Canadians love to complain about being overcharged for their data plans. Rightfully so, as phone plans in Canada are among the most expensive in the world - based on the plans offered by the country's three major providers.

Those companies would be Bell, Rogers and Telus. These three companies control a majority of the market when it comes to Canadian phone plans.

It seems that the three companies tried to get Canadians to pay quite a fortune for their data plans. But, after a smaller company stepped up to help Canadians access cheaper phone plans, those three major carriers have decided to change their game plan.

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The federal government ordered the trio of companies to lower the cost of their data-only plans because they were too high. Each company submitted a plan to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), which, unfortunately for them, didn’t go well.

The plans each company submitted ranged from just 400 MB of data for $25 a month to 600 MB for $30 a month. The CRTC didn’t like those rates at all and told the companies to go back to the drawing board.

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A much smaller company, Shaw, then released its own plan to the CRTC, offering 1 GB of data for $25 a month. This is more data than the best plan any of the big three put forward - and at a much more reasonable cost.

Bell, Rogers and Telus all said their original plans were still competitive but still had no choice but to redo them.

Bell has now put forward a plan to offer 1 GB for $28 on Virgin Mobile, which it owns.

Rogers is looking to offer customers 1 GB for $30, which it will provide through its smaller company, Fido. Lastly, Telus has proposed a plan of 1 GB for $30 with its company, Koodo. 

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All of these are better deals than what is currently offered online by any of the big three.

So if you’re tired of paying an arm and a leg for data, keep this in mind when you’re looking for a new phone plan. Or,  if you really want to save moneymaybe you should look into a data plan from France

Source: Financial Post

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