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    Post The New Normal? Bell Raises Connection Fee to $40

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    Mobile Syrup reports this week that the cost of entry for mobile service from Bell Canada will soon be $40. We can almost certainly expect Rogers and Telus to follow their lead. It's worth noting that this fee has almost tripled in the past two years:

    July 6th, 2017 - Bell raises their connection fee from $15 to $25
    April 19th, 2018 - Bell raises fee from $25 to $30
    October 3rd, 2018 - Bell raises fee from $30 to $35
    July 4th, 2019 - Bell raises fee from $35 to $40

    But hey, free SIM card!

    According to the source the fee is "a one-time cost associated with adding a new phone number to Bell’s network." But the cynic in me thinks that it's a deliberate move to discourage hopping back and forth between providers and BYOD promos like the ones happening now.

    Source: Mobile Syrup
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    The 'cost of adding a new phone number' is the cost of acquiring a customer. It is appalling that these companies are so settled in their oligopoly that they think we should PAY them for the privilege of becoming a customer. It's a cost of doing business, take it out of your world leading profits you grotesquely greedy <omitted>. </RANT>

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    Not only Videotron charges 15$, but they wave it every time...as a thank you for becoming or remaining a customer.
    Screw Bhell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acurrie View Post
    July 6th, 2017 - Bell raises their connection fee from $15 to $25
    April 19th, 2018 - Bell raises fee from $25 to $30
    October 3rd, 2018 - Bell raises fee from $30 to $35
    July 4th, 2019 - Bell raises fee from $35 to $40
    Something wrong with this timeline; connection fee was $35 way before 2017 (like from 2008? up to the introduction of wireless code)
    The only diff was in old days they offered to waive it fairly often
    Koodo $40 Canada Wide + 8GB + 1000 Intl LD
    Public $120 Province Wide + 12GB - $6 Autopay - $12 Loyalty - $45 Refer = $19 per Month
    Freedom $35 ($37-BTS) North America Wide + 8GB + 1GB Roaming

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    Unlike Telus and Rogers with Bell, you can't get the connection fee waived if you set it up online.
    Telus: No Overage Plan 50gb - VIP 20% + $5 Call Forwarding = $105 + TAX

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    So what do the carriers think are going to happen... No doubt here will come another regulation - they do it to themselves by offering insane packages with insane fees and pricing.

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