Sometimes pictures speak louder than words. This is one of those times.
But sometimes pictures need a bit of context. And sometimes you’re looking at an enormous infographic on a mobile device and for whatever reason you can’t zoom in. In either case, I got you.
Someone on the Canada reddit assembled a bunch of screen grabs from Canadian carrier websites into a very telling display, clearly showing how plans and pricing across our Big Three carriers and flanker brands are exactly the same. It shouldn’t really be that surprising to Canadian mobile users, but it doesn’t make me any less angry when I see it, either.
The first part of the image compares Fido with Koodo, showing identical plans and price points:
- $35/month for 300 minutes and 100MB of data
- $40 for 300 minutes and 300MB
- $45 for 500 minutes and 500MB
- $60 for unlimited minutes and an entire gigabyte! </s>
- $70 for 2GB
- $80 for 3GB
- $95 for 5GB
The second part compares identical plans and pricing across Bell, Rogers and TELUS:
- $80/month for 1GB of data
- $90 for 2.5GB
It’s also worth highlighting at least one comment from the reddit discussion, from u/thirstyross:
I can assure you, as someone who has worked at these companies, there is definitely collusion. Meetings are held between companies where the staff are specifically warned never to speak of them as if word ever got back to the CRTC they would be in hot water.
They work together as a group to squeeze every last cent they can out of us, and they get away with it!
You can read the other twelve hundred-plus comments at the link directly below.