In case you thought Canada’s more competitive provinces — Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, where regional carriers suppress wireless plan costs — were immune to the recent price increases, here’s a reality check.
According to documents received by MobileSyrup, Bell and its flanker brand, Virgin Mobile, will be applying its recent hikes to Quebec starting today, January 28th.
While base prices are still considerably lower than in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, Bell will be raising prices by $5 on all share plans, as well as increasing base bring-your-own-device costs by $10 per month — identical to those seen those surrounding provinces earlier this month.
Seeing as how data prices are already so much lower in Quebec than, say, Ontario, the $5 increase to the base constitutes a much higher percentage gain than those seen in other parts of the country.
The company also plans to get rid of its popular $50 / 2GB non-share plan in Quebec.
Elsewhere, Virgin Mobile will be introducing two new 50MB plans for low-data users, as well as increasing the cost of its current Silver, Gold and Platinum plans by $5.
These changes go into effect later today.