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