Right now our friends to the south are celebrating their independence, while the Canadian contingent of the BlackBerry Nation is recovering from the celebration of ours. Still, I’m sure the intense summertime revelry hasn’t stopped us from using our beloved BlackBerrys.
So BlackBerry Cool HQ wants you to display your pride for the BlackBerry Nation. Whether it’s an embarrassing story of getting caught using your BlackBerry somewhere you shouldn’t (the shower comes to mind), climbing the Lincoln Memorial to get better wireless reception, or a link to a photo/video displaying your intense love of BlackBerry, we want it.
LAST WEEK’S WINNER was Aaron, who gave us a four-point plan to control the carriers:
Personally, I’ve not had a problem with my 3 year contract with Rogers. They gave me a subsidized price of $0 on a phone that was worth $299.99 retail. My plan is fine, relatively inexpensive, and I rarely go over.
However, if I were to suggest a few things to the carriers, I would recommend the following things:
1) The same plan to be available on a 3 year, 2 year, 1 year, and 1 month contract signup for new customers.
- You shouldn’t be penalized for signing a contract in a country where you’re not going to stay in. I know carriers have special plans that are only available on a 3 year term, and that feels like it’s cheating the system a bit.
2) Contract Length should dictate the subsidy price on the phone.
- Yeah, if I want to get a free phone, I should sign into a contract with a service.
3) A cancellation fee for breaking the contract should represent the subsidy cost of the phone, and not the potential profits that the company would have received from my potential bill.
- Telus, I’m looking at you. Fuck you for a potential $1200 cancellation fee; No Cap indeed. Bell’s flat rate of $400 is outrageous. Roger’s $20 per month for each month remaining to a max of $400 is still very high.
4) Remove or Incorporate the System Access Fee. “Expanding the Network” crap is tedious. It’s a pure money grab and everybody knows it. Just include the potential profits from that into the price plan and get over it.
That’s about it for now.
Thanks to everyone for their thoughtful answers!