How to Cut Your Phone Bill in Half


It seems like the price of Canadian phone plans have finally started to decrease. After many horrifying stories of companies overcharging consumers, it looks like the government has finally stepped in and put some safeguards in place to protect consumers. With new companies like Wind and Mobilicity coming to the rescue by providing affordable mobile services, it seems the worst is finally behind us. Even Fido has a new promotion out right now with no fixed contract.

Even though things are looking better, the problem with these new companies like Wind and Mobilicity is they don’t have the network coverage of “The Big 3”. While this isn’t an issue for most people, when your job requires you to go out of town and you have no reception, it starts to becomes a big problem.

Now along with these cheaper plans are also new Voip services that are appearing. Google Voice as I mentioned in an earlier post has been around for over a year now, and Dell Voice, the close Canadian equivalent is also here at little to no cost. With these options available, there really is no longer a need for a voice plan with your service provider. These services provide both talk and text using just the data from your smartphone. The only problem is none of the carriers will give you a data only plan without a voice plan as well. This really makes no sense considering there are tablet plans out there that have no voice plan associated with them.

I decided to talk to a Bell representative through web-chat to see what they thought:

Bell Representative Chat

As annoying as this is, I’ve been doing some digging to find ways around this. The tablet plans from Bell and Rogers are definitely good deals. They’re only $35/month for 5GB. That’s more than enough data to talk, text, and surf the web. Along side your free Voip service from either Google Voice, or Dell Voice, you’re essentially cutting your bill in half. Now the reason why it may be better to choose these companies over the smaller companies is again due to coverage, but another key reason is they provide LTE service. While it isn’t essential, the added bandwidth will definitely help with the call quality.

So here are the steps to get around paying for a voice plan:

1. Buy a sim card that’s also compatible with your smartphone from a company of your choice (preferably one that provides LTE).

2. Activate the sim card with a tablet plan from your chosen provider (don’t inset it into your phone yet).

3. Connect your smartphone to a wi-fi network

4. Go to the APN Changer website on your smartphone http://unlockit.co.nz/

5. Create APN – Choose country and carrier

6. Hit create APN and install

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7. Insert sim card into your phone

And that’s it, voila. You should have a data only smartphone with Voip services. With this great new service you can enjoy unlimited calling and texting anywhere in the country with 5GB of data for only $35/month. The phone companies have been screwing us over for too long. It’s only fair we screw them back.

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Why I will never use Bell Mobility as my mobile network provider again!


The reason why I actually decided to start blogging again is because I have been having a really bad experiences with Bell Mobility lately and it has angered me so much to the point where I want to share it with the world.

I think Bell is one of THE WORST service providers IN THE WORLD! The only thing I can’t complain about is that their network is fast and it works, but here are the reasons why I will never sign another contract with them again and why you shouldn’t either:

1. Terrible Customer Service

I have never experienced such terrible customer service in my life. To fix a problem on your account, you will literally be on the phone for at least 30 minutes. I’ve actually logged probably 5 hours with them by now, and I’m never going to get that time back. Now it’s not necessarily the customer service agent’s fault, the employees just don’t have the authority to make the changes without consulting their supervisor first. They need to seriously fix this and give them more authority.

2. They’re not flexible

I once accidentally went over on my data usage. I really have no idea how this happened, but somehow on Christmas Eve I managed to use 1GB of data in a span of a day. It ended up adding a whopping $170 to my bill. I definitely was not happy about this, but I was hoping they’d at least be able to do something to soften the burden. THEY CAN’T AND THEY WON’T! You’ll have to eat up those costs. With a stupid policy like that, I wish I had some kind of ripoff insurance. At least inform me or cut off my service. For this reason alone, I would not want to be with Bell for the chance that this might happen again.

3. They’re expensive

There are a lot of cheaper options out there. Wind and Mobilicity both provide unlimited Voice and Data plans for less than $45/month. With Bell you’ll have a limited plan that you’ll pay at least $60/month for. You’ll be stuck in a contract with a high buyout price, and you’ll have a chance of going over your usage and being eaten alive. I usually don’t mind paying more for service, but if you’re going to cost more than the service better be great as well.

4. They will waste your time and tell you things that don’t make sense

I decided that since I went over on my data usage and had to pay a ridiculous amount, I’d counter this by increasing my data to 1GB and paying a little more. What do you think happened? Yes I did have to pay more, but a little more is kind of an understatement.

A whopping $300 more! So I went to check what the problem was…

Something I used to get for free, I was now being charged $30.27/MB for. THIRTY DOLLARS AND SEVENTY CENTS PER MEGABYTE! If that wasn’t icing on the cake, the decided to throw in a $10/MB charge for e-mail and internet just in case I didn’t notice the first one.

Okay, so fine… mistakes happen. I called them to get things sorted out and sure enough I was put on hold for 25 minutes. I know it was 25 minutes, because I was checking the timer on my phone. What happens after the 25 minutes? They hang up. Are you serious? Please pay me $10 for wasting my time. So I called back and it was answered by some guy who could barely speak english and finally I was able to get a hold of a lady. I explained the situation and told her that I didn’t want to be kept waiting because I was already very frustrated.

She informed me that she would have to speak with her supervisor, so I told her to please let me speak to her supervisor, because I really didn’t want to waste anymore time. Finally after wasting another 3o minutes, they finally credited the $290.76 charge for the data usage, but what about the $1o charge for the e-mail usage?

She tried to explain to me that the charge is because I am on a flex plan and that if I pass the 1GB usage, I will automatically be switched to the 3GB plan. Fine, but where does it say that on the bill and why was it only for 1MB? If it’s not stated properly, then I’m not paying for it. Then she began stalling and looking at things on her system and that’s when I just lost it.

Me: I don’t get it, why can’t just credit the $10? Just put it back on my account and stop wasting time. If you can’t do it then let me talk to your supervisor.
Lady: Ok sir, I’m going to talk to my supervisor, can you hold on again for a moment?
Me: Fine.

Finally after another 10 minutes or so, she finally told me that her supervisor approved a credit on the $10 charge and finally concludes my worst customer service experience ever.

I really just hope whoever reads this will try to stay away from Bell Mobility as much as possible. Please share it with your friends so they too can see this scumbag they call a company. Do not fall for their promos, they will eat away at you and waste your time, and then come back later for leftovers. I’ve said it many times before, though they’re not related. TD Canada Trust has the best customer service I’ve ever seen. Sure they charge a lot, but their service is above and beyond. I hope more companies will strive to be like them.

Finally to conclude this post, I want to thank you Bell Canada. Because of you, I summoned the energy and passion to start blogging again. I just really hope you guys try make some changes in the future. If there’s something I learned about customer service, when there’s a problem, you don’t just make it right; You make it right and exceed the customer’s expectations. That’s how you take something negative and turn it into something positive.

#BellMobility hashtag on Twitter. Really? Not one positive tweet?