Big 3 telcos raise prices on wireless, home phone and internet

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Bell, Rogers and Telus people should get set for rate hikes.

The three largest telecommunications com nies drink raised or plan to raise the prices of their wireless ckages in January, and are foreshadowing of increases to home phone and internet prices in February.

Telus determination be tacking on $5 to its Smartphone and Premium Smartphone tiers beginning Thursday.

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New clients of Bell and Rogers are ying more, and Telus customers will lickety-split get bigger bills for their telecommunications services. (Antionio Guillem/Fotolia)

The become affects new customers buying phones — including Apple and Android instruments — through Telus.

Rogers increased the cost of its Share Everything designs with 5GB, 9GB or 15GB of data by $5 a month on Jan. 12.

Bell also announced premium increases effective Jan. 12, an additional $5 for both Lite and Return Share plans, with increases of $3 to $8 for Mobile TV.

Together, Rogers, Telus and Bell suppress 89 per cent of the wireless telecom market in Canada.

Blame the low dollar

Telus told CBC Story the low Canadian dollar is pushing up the price of new equipment to build out its networks.

“The limited wireless rate plan increase reflects increasing costs for network components resulting from a weaker Canadian dollar, as spring as the annual multibillion-dollar investments required to keep up with the growing need for wireless data. The change applies only to new contracts and renewals, so prevailing customers won’t notice a change to their monthly bills,” thought a Telus spokeswoman.

Bell said it spends $3 billion annually to augment its broadband networks, but that most equipment comes from suppliers who order U.S. dollars.

“The massive and ongoing investment required to build world savoir vivre infrastructure is coming at a significantly higher cost due to the weak dollar,” a concern spokesman said in an email.

All three telcos also plan to debilitate the attraction for bring-your-own-device plans by raising the price of base service.

Not much meet

According to MobileSyrup’s Daniel Bader, the telcos are finding average proceeds per user is dropping as people adopt more all-inclusive plans, cataloguing long distance and unlimited roaming, prompting price increases for some options.

Canadian networks are stalwart and fast, but we y some of the highest prices in the world, Bader told CBC’s The Commerce.

“Unfortunately what we have in Canada is a situation where in some responsibilities, specifically Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta, most of the wireless subscribers are preach oned by Rogers, Bell and Telus,” he said.

Bader says he desires that Shaw, which recently bought Wind Mobile, resolve introduce more competition by rolling out LTE service and creating a fourth shipper in underserved provinces.

Cost of internet, TV to rise

At the same time, the price of residential service is rising.

Both Bell and Telus have published price increases effective Feb. 1 on home phone, and internet and TV combines.

“Price adjustments support our continued investments in network, product and serve enhancements,” Bell said in a statement.

Rogers has already bring up internet prices and plans to boost the cost of TV ckages later in February.

In Walk, cable and satellite com nies must introduce a $25 “basic” combination and offer consumers either a choice of individual channels or small decamps of channels.

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