Canadian Mobile Data Carriers - YMM extremely V
1) Rogers EDGE Network = Five cents per kilobyte (~$50,000/GB)
2) Bell - varies from place to place... $75 EV-DO plan requires 3-yr contract
3) Telus EV-DO Network = $75 + $6.95 + $0.43 + tax (unlimited, month-to-month)
Hmmm... which one should I choose...? Hmmm...
I am using a Sierra Wireless 595U EV-DO gadget plugged into a Cradlepoint CTR-350 'travel' modem to provide my house-in-the-forest with high speed Internet access not otherwise available. This gear combination provides a 1+ Mbps WiFi hotspot for "$75" per month - apparently really truly unlimited.
My first week's data usage was about 3GB and the line item on my first bill showed $0.00 in extra data fees. The bill from Telus simply listed the $35 start-up fee, the first week fee, and the next month's fee (billed in advance - which is fine, as agreed).
That amount of data (3GB in one week) would have cost $152,000 from Rogers EDGE Network. But if it was on a data plan, maybe only $92,000. LOL.
By the way, the huge province of Alberta (where our $85 Calgarian friend is located) is almost 100% covered with the Telus EV-DO network.
Here is my EV-DO in Nova Scotia blog:
Link = http://evdo-novascotia.blogspot.com/
Not reading the fine print is bad.
But charging $50,000 per one GB is completely insane. It's just lunacy. Crazy babbling nonsense. It's like if a gas station upped the price per liter to 1 million and some people didn't notice and suddenly owed $50M. No. It's insane and totally unjustifiable. The telco deserves to eat the bill - this time and many more times. There are reasonable limits and they're over them by about 30dB.