It looks like Shaw-owned regional carrier Freedom Mobile is also set to raise its connection fee on October 1st.
According to documents obtained by MobileSyrup, Freedom will increase its $20 connection fee to $30 on the 1st. The change applies to in-store activations and hardware upgrades on postpaid lines. Those who do upgrades online will not be charged a connection fee.
In the documents, Freedom explains that the increased fee will help it improve on its network and services.
It’s worth noting that Freedom does charge a connection fee for prepaid lines, but it’s only $10. That fee appears when customers first top-up their account, while the postpaid line activation and hardware upgrade $30 connection fees appear on customers’ first bills.
Freedom Mobile’s increased connection fee comes as Bell and Virgin also increase connection fees. Bell and Virgin will start charging $45 connection fees on October 1st as well.
Rogers, Fido, Telus and Koodo currently charges $40 connection fees, which means that even with the increase, Freedom Mobile’s connection fee remains lower than the other big carriers.