TV, Internet and Phone

Each household has enhanced HD digital cable services with two cable boxes, enhanced internet (Rogers and Cox) and home phone services. Phoenix has Cox Digital phone services and Canada has Vonage VOIP phone services.

Cox Monthly Charges as follows – HD TV w/HBO $102.98, Internet $46.95 and Phone $26.93 including rental plus taxes of $9.32 total monthly cost is $168.29.

Rogers Monthly Charges as follows – HD TV $108.16, Internet $47.64 including box rental plus taxes of $17.00 total monthly cost is $195.59. Toronto phone service is via Vonage at $22.59/mth inc $2.60 HST. Total Canadian Services $220.54 (difference $52.25 mth). On March 1st Rogers will be increasing their rates resulting in an additional $8.50 per month bringing the difference up to $60.75 month or $729.00 annual.

I use a Blackberry and have services provided by Rogers, as I have U.S. roaming included in my data rate I use a pay-as-you play provider while in the U.S. for voice. I renegotiated my Rogers Plan on January 2nd to be a close to the US services as possible for a direct comparison. My wife uses her cell for limited communications so a new basic plan was negotiated with Rogers in Canada and her U.S. service is pay-as-you-play provided by Tracfone.

As mentioned I renegotiated a new three year Blackberry plan with Rogers and upgraded to the Torch, The upgrade was $279.00 with a mail in rebate of $50.00 resulting in a net cost of $249.00. An unlimited Canadian voice plan $50.00, 500MB Blackberry Plan $35.00, Extras $16.95 Total with Taxes $116.88.

AT&T Torch for new or upgrade in U.S. is $99.00, Unlimited Nationwide calling $69.00, 2 GB Data plan $25.00, Unlimited Messaging $20.00, Enhanced Voicemail $1.95. Total Monthly $116.99. Other than the initial hardware cost difference is $0.00

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2 Responses to TV, Internet and Phone

  1. flynnroad says:

    I love your blog!

    I found if you live in Canada and just wanted voice, you can get a plan from Verizon that is called Nationwide + Canada and ROAM IN CANADA

  2. flynnroad says:

    I love your blog!

    I found if you live in Canada and just wanted voice, you can get a plan from Verizon (or AT&T) that is called Nationwide + Canada and ROAM IN CANADA and save a lot of money. Verizon has a list of plans and they START at 450 minutes. With Rogers, you have to go to the second page of options before you can even find 450 minute plans because their pathetic plans start at 200 minutes /month.

    Oh, and in the US, if you have a mobile phone with a major carrier, there is basically no such thing as long distance and voice mail and caller ID are included in the already cheaper rate. I had to pay and extra $12/month to get voicemail and caller ID at Rogers. If I want to call my cousin who lives 1 hour away, its long distance. US Cellphone plans haven’t had long distance charges in over 10 years. In the US you can call Hawaii from your mobile phone and it just uses your minutes. If you call from AZ to Hawaii and the other person is on the same carrier, you can talk for infinity minutes! With Rogers, I believe you both have to spend your allowance of minutes even if it isn’t long distance.

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