PIAC and NPF seek affordable pay-as-you-go plans

When a customer of Tello Mobile (a US wireless service provider) roams in Canada, they pay 3¢/minute for calls and 1¢/SMS. Plus, the customer does not have to top-up their account to keep it from expiring.

That kind of innovative and affordable plan for occasional users just is not available to Canadians. Many wireless service providers do not offer any plan suitable for occasional users, while others charge up to 50¢/minute for local calls, 30¢/SMS, and $2/MB.

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and National Pensioners Federation (NPF) have filed an application with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) seeking to address this existing market gap for occasional wireless users in Canada. We specifically realize the lack of affordable plans that seniors can rely on. We hope you will join us in this endeavour by linking into the application to submit your comments in support of our application here

PIAC-NPF’s application in full is available here.

PIAC hopes that this application will lead to innovative and affordable plans for occasional users being introduced into the Canadian market. These plans should lower the entry-level cost of cellphone adoption and make telecommunications more affordable for the occasional users like seniors with landlines and low-income persons who appreciate the control and flexibility provided by pay-as-you-go plans.

The application regarding pay-per-use service has been filed and is now public. You can see it on the CRTC website here.