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The CRTC Can’t Lower Your Cell Phone Bill, But It Can Help. Here’s How.

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You’ve tried everything, but no matter what you do, your cell phone bill remains insanely expensive. That’s the plight of most Canadians who don’t live in a province with a viable third-party competitor. The fact is that Canada is the most expensive country in the world when it comes to high-speed mobile data. Even the government of Canada thinks so, according to a 2017 study they conducted of international mobile phone markets. So what can the CRTC do about it?

Not much.

The sad fact is that the CRTC can’t lower your cell phone bill. This arm’s-length government commission was never meant to be a market interferer. Instead, it’s a regulator that aims to make sure there’s fair competition between the providers. In plain speak, that means they exist to help

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Rising Cost of Owning A Smartphone In Canada – InfoGraphic 2017

You know the feeling, that gut turning moment when you get your cell phone bill in the mail. By the way, not opening it for a week doesn’t make it go away. It still sits on your counter, a juicy chunk out of your bank, really out of your life. Canadians are well travelled, comparing price plans abroad to what we pay here, most of us know its exorbitant. I’ll explain how they’re extortionary! You probably also noticed that buying a new smartphone is getting pricey. These two factors are becoming a serious expense for Canadians, and many are slowly getting blindsided by the upward trend hoping it will get better. I hate to break it to you but after this, you’ll see why its just getting started

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