Bell is reportedly increasing data overuse rates and long distance calling rates for its mobile wireless services starting in November 2021.
According to a screenshot Posted on Twitter by TekSavvy’s VP of Knowledge and Engagement, and Bell’s competitor, it should be noted: Peter NowakData overuse rates for some Bell Mobility customers are increasing by $ 3, from $ 10 per 100MB (up to 800MB) to $ 13 per 100MB.
After 800MB, the data overage rate appears to remain unchanged at $ 0.15 per MB.
This means that the excess fee charge for a gigabyte of data would increase from approximately $ 110 per GB to $ 134 per GB.
Additionally, rates for long distance calls both within Canada and to the United States are reportedly increasing by $ 0.10, from $ 0.65 per minute to $ 0.75 per minute.
As a previous report from MobileSyrup notes, the Canadian Radio, Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Wireless code It has a rule that “a service provider must suspend data overage charges once they reach $ 50 in a single monthly billing cycle.”
However, the rule itself seems quite ineffective, since the Code also states that this suspension does not apply if the “account holder or authorized user expressly consents to paying additional charges”, which seems to imply that the limit of $ 50 stops being applied to customers once I have enrolled in a wireless plan with specific surcharge charges listed in the fine print.
According to reports from MobileSyrupBell has steadily increased its data glut rates over the past five years.
In 2016, the data overage rate was $ 0.06 per megabyte; in 2017, it was $ 0.07; in 2018, the rate jumped from $ 0.07 to $ 0.10; and in 2019 it rose again by $ 0.12.
MobileSyrup has contacted Bell to confirm whether these rate changes are accurate and will update this story accordingly when the operator responds.