Rogers to Honour All Mobilicity Plans – For Now

by Istvan Fekete on August 24, 2015

Rogers recently spent $465 million acquiring one of its (dying) competitors, Mobilicity. As a result, all 150,000 customers it acquired will be transitioned over to the Rogers network. This won’t be a one-day process, but the most important question is: Will Rogers honour the low-cost plan existing Mobilicity customers have? MobileSyrup tried to find out.

Not so long ago, Mobilicity rolled out its annual back-to-school plan: For $40 per month, you have unlimited North American calling, global messaging, 30 minutes of voice roaming, unlimited data, and more. In the light of Rogers’ pricy plans for such services and the transitioning of Mobilicity’s customer base, the obvious question is: Will Rogers limit the amount of data usage on its network?

Rogers sent the following statement to MobileSyrup: “Currently, Mobilicity customers are running on the existing Mobilicity towers/network. As we roll out the red carpet to welcome them to Rogers, we will switch Mobilicity sites over to the Rogers network, further improving our network and giving customers even greater access to fast, reliable service. All Mobilicity plans are being honoured.”

There is a catch, though: While Canada’s biggest carrier will honour any and all existing Mobilicity plans, such plans will still be subject to Mobilicity’s fair use policies, which means it has the right to cut off its customers for “excess usage.”

For example, the $40 plan includes unlimited data, as mentioned above, but that amounts to 6 GB of bandwidth before Mobilicity throttles users to sub-3G speeds.
Also, an important feature of the transitioning is that Rogers will maintain Mobilicity’s current Home and Away zones. This means that, as a Mobilicity customer, you will still be limited to the carrier’s current markets – Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver – despite now being part of the biggest national network (as a result of the acquisition).

Remember, this is only the first phase: The transition is being prepared. Mobilicity customers are currently using Mobilicity’s network. We can expect major changes the moment Rogers switches Mobilicity sites over to its own network. A speed and coverage upgrade always comes at a price.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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