Money, money, money, money, MONEY! There’s enough songs about money that we’re surprised none of them have made their way into a Bell Canada commercial yet. We all know just how much these mobility companies love to nickel and dime their customers. Need a data plan? Money. Have a 3G iPad with an unlimited smart phone data plan already? Too bad, more money. Want to see your voicemail visually instead of having to dial in, despite it being the same packets? Yup, more money.
Want access to the HPSA+ nework? It’s going to cost you an additional $10.00. Boy Genius Reports has posted an internal memo highlighting another charge that seems to be coming our way. The memo outlines Turbo Stick and Turbo Hub devices specifically, but is vague enough that it could also mean smart phones that are “4G” compatible. I’m all for capitalism, and getting your money where you can, but there’s also a point where it becomes gouging.
For instance, paying $30.00 for a data plan, and then having to pay an additional $10.00 for a “faster” data plan is pretty ballsy. It’s not the additional ten dollars that’s the problem, it’s the fact that it’ll be compounded on top of something you’re already paying for to begin with that drives me nuts. It’s getting so bad that I’m starting to forget what we’re paying for to begin with.
While this doesn’t affect iPhone or iPad users specifically, I thought it was important to point out, considering at some point we’ll be using the “4G” network over the 3G network as more and more devices start to integrate the technology. This is also the reason why I’ve seriously considered retiring my iPhone entirely. At some point 100+ dollars per month is just too much to make a call. I’m afraid this might just be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, and by camel, I clearly mean Josh.
What do you think about this? Are you willing to continually let telcos add on fees to your bill year after year, every time a new technology pops up? Or, do you think your current data plan cost should cover the transition? Let us know in the comments.
Article Via Boy Genius Report