Canadian minister on incoming SMS charges: “Tough luck”

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Telus and Bell in bed

Jim Prentice, Canadian Minister of Industry, recently met up with execs from Telus and Bell to discuss the upcoming $.15 charges on incoming SMS messages. In the end, Prentice, who had previously had serious concerns over the move by carriers has since backpedalled, and is advising unsatisfied customers to find alternatives.

“Given these undertakings by Bell Mobility and Telus, I would encourage consumers dissatisfied with existing plans to seek alternatives. The telecommunications market in Canada is dynamic — choice is available,”

Like who, Rogers? A single alternative isn’t exactly what you’d call choice, let alone personify a dynamic market. To be honest, it’s hardly about finding good wireless rates in Canada anymore, it’s just about finding the one who will screw you over the least. If you’re as unhappy about this as we are, the NDP party is running a petition to fight the new SMS charges. Bell’s charges have already kicked in and Telus will commence the gouging on Aug. 24.

(via CBC)

  • Zoomer

    Alternative = BlackBerry Instant Messenger and PIN to PIN messaging… I sure hope they don’t clue in and start charging for that traffic on a per message basis…

  • Zoomer

    Alternative = BlackBerry Instant Messenger and PIN to PIN messaging… I sure hope they don’t clue in and start charging for that traffic on a per message basis…

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ BlackBerry Cool

    @Zoomer,

    Good call on increasing the BIM use, but the problem with being charged with incoming SMS use is that you have no real control over how many messages your non-blackberry using friends/family send you.

    Dark times indeed for Canadian mobile subscribers.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ BlackBerry Cool

    @Zoomer,

    Good call on increasing the BIM use, but the problem with being charged with incoming SMS use is that you have no real control over how many messages your non-blackberry using friends/family send you.

    Dark times indeed for Canadian mobile subscribers.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com BlackBerry Cool

    @Zoomer,

    Good call on increasing the BIM use, but the problem with being charged with incoming SMS use is that you have no real control over how many messages your non-blackberry using friends/family send you.

    Dark times indeed for Canadian mobile subscribers.

  • http://coolcolumn.com/ Cool Mike

    The greed never stops!

  • http://coolcolumn.com Cool Mike

    The greed never stops!

  • John

    The canadian market is dynamic… wow what a load of crap.
    Who is this guy and who is he sleeping with, dumb caveman.

  • John

    The canadian market is dynamic… wow what a load of crap.
    Who is this guy and who is he sleeping with, dumb caveman.

  • DavidB

    So there aren’t reasonably priced ($10/month) “unlimited” SMS plans in CA?

    Can you tell Telus and Bell you want SMS blocked (like you can with Verizon and others down here)? Seems rife for a customer class action lawsuit, if you as a customer are forced to contact them every month to request removal of charges that you’ve specifically told them you do not want to incur.

  • DavidB

    So there aren’t reasonably priced ($10/month) “unlimited” SMS plans in CA?

    Can you tell Telus and Bell you want SMS blocked (like you can with Verizon and others down here)? Seems rife for a customer class action lawsuit, if you as a customer are forced to contact them every month to request removal of charges that you’ve specifically told them you do not want to incur.

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    It will be a good move and i think there sholud be any charge on incoming messages.