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Call me, maybe? Rogers buys out another cell phone company

June 30th, 2015 by ,    photos by Huffington Post

Consumers worried Rogers deal will spark a spike in phone plan prices

 
 
 

Phone plan prices are on the line. According to CBC, some consumers across Canada are worried their cell phone plans will soon climb in price as Rogers inks a $465 million deal, $175 million of which will be offset by tax losses, to buy out smaller, "cash-strapped" competitor Mobilicity. 

Get this: Phone plan prices are down 20 percent since 2008. But last year's four-to-eight percent hike has some analysts citing concerns. 

The sharpest jump goes to...

The phone plans that spiked the highest? The popular ones. The middle-grounders. The ones the majority of us gravitate toward the most - which may help to explain the jusification behind the price climb.

And while less compeitition in the space could point to higher prices - the deal is met with waves of mixed emotions. With new government policies favouring smaller industry players, and Wind Mobile (Canada's fourth-largest cellular provider) gearing to take on the 'Big Three' - Rogers, Bell, and Telus - the market could be in for a shake up. 

Which hopefully translates into lower prices. Maybe. Someday. 

Want to read more?

CBC: Mobilicity deal could stick Canadians with expensive cellphone plans, critics fear

 

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