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I'm a Contributor Level 1 Telus
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Retention

Does Fido still have retention dept to take care long time customer?

 

For the past few years, I have had trouble getting the services I needed when it comes to plan pricing.

 

It has been very competitive in the last few years, whenever one company gets a new lower price plan, others will always followed.

 

Last year, when I called Fido retention, asked if they will match a Wind Mobile plan, the anser is no because its competitor is Koodo and Virgin Mobile, Wind Mobile doesn't have good coverage.

 

In just 6 month from my last call, Koodo just rolled out a new promotional plan which Fido and Virgin Mobile also rolled out, all other carriers included voice mail but Fido doesn't because the customer service I talked to said the Spotify premium is included.  

 

I told them there is apps that can do the same for free and I don't need spotify at all, but was told SOL, it's not an option,  So it's either get it or don't.

 

And I also got another lower usage phone, and asked about other retention plan to match, similar to Koodo, now the customer service said, Koodo is not their competitor, so can't match????

 

I was like, you guys said differently before, but the CS said, it was before, it's now, and they don't match??

 

I was really choked at the anser and simply hung up,  

 

 

 

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Re: Retention

Hi Telus,

 

we do have a customer relations department taking care of looking into available promotions for long times customers. We certainly don't want our customers to feel like hanging up during a call with the customer service.

 

I would like to look at your options. I'm contacting you now by Private Message so that we can verify your account together Smiley

 

- Kenny

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I'm a Participant Level 3 Moserg
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Hi Cawtau

I aware of most things you have mentioned, I just pissed how reps responded.

I didn't ask much - and for loyalty they offer me 5$ off for 6 months....

And I hate this unfairness in competition...

I often travelling - in Europe I can get 1GB for 14Euro, all incoming call free, in Russia I got two sim card with voice and data unlim for 14 days for less then 10USD, in Belarus I got 16Gb of data for just below 8USD.

South of the border you can get 2GB 4G and after unlim 2G for 40 buck with rouming really like in home (not 5$/day "like in home") US+Canada+Mexico.

Looks like only Canadian ready to pay to BIG THREE 100 buck and ask them politely to provide the service.... 

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I'm a Participant Level 3 Moserg
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One more question - why is so big difference for Quebec residents and Ontarian. Is the guy from Qc sitting just in same cubicle as me (I'm in Ottawa and here a lot of Qc people working here) 50% better then me ?

I don't think the difference in the taxes give 15 bucks difference in the plan? 49CAD vs 34CAD - same plan for different province...

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Former Moderator FidoManuel
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Re: Retention

Hey Moserg!

 

Just think about the gas price that changes from a province to the other! Different markets have different prices! 

Also, keep in mind that there's wireless service providers in Ontario that don't exist in Quebec. That has another impact on the pricing we offer. 

 



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It's called "capitalism": charge as much as the customers are willing to pay.

 

There's something that drives that price down in Québec - probably competition; my guess would be Vidéotron. Koodo was the first that I'm aware was offering 1GB for $34/month, though I don't know what triggered that promotion; Fido only followed suit 3 weeks later.

 

Manitoba gets 5GB for $48/month, Québec gets that for $60, Ontario has to pay $84 (promotional price, usually $90).

 

There are two ways Fido (and others) will lower the prices in Ontario: either the competition lowers the price (probably in an attempt to drive customers to them), or people just stop taking those plans (at $49 / $55). But as long as there are enough people willing to put up with that price, there's little reason for the carriers to lower it.

 

This applies to every business using the capitalist model.

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I'm a Participant Level 3 Moserg
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I mostly agree with your conclusions related to competition. But this is called "Monopolism/Imperialism". In capitalism competition exists and not regulated by three big 'interested' parties. I remember a while ago Egiptian company would like to get into canadian cell phone market (with good plans and a lot of money to build own infrastructure), but CRTC blocked this because it will hurm Canadians company (Rogers, Telus and Bell), they don't care how those three hurm Canadian people. Yes, in QC it is Videotron, in Manitoba MTS.... And price there twice as lower as rest of Canada.

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I'm a Participant Level 3 Moserg
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To FidoManuel - gas prices difference mostly because of taxes, not competition. And they aren't 50% different. Not good example. Initial price of gas/oil w/o taxes pretty same everywhere (except Alberta where delivery price is close to 0). Your delivery price of cell service all around country pretty same. There is no difference cost of hardware in ON or QC. 

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Monopolism / imperialism is a natural outcome of capitalism. It is only kept in check through gouvernment regulation.

 

I didn't know about that Egyptian thing, so I had to look it up: the company is Orascom, and that thing happened in 2009. But the conclusion that the CRTC blocked them because "it would hurt the big 3" is an emotional interpretation made to fit the desired conclusion.

 

In 1993, parliament passed the Telecommunication Act, which clearly states that a common carrier must be owned by Canadian interests. The proposed company would have been owned at around 63% by Orascom, which would have been in violation of the Telecommunication Act. So the CRTC did not have any choice - the law prevented it from accepting this new carrier.

 

Had the goal of the Telecommunication Act been to "protect the big 3", it would have prevented the creation of any new players since then, like Microcell, Clearnet, Public Mobile, and Vidéotron. And considering that Telus wasn't a cellular player at that time, it wasn't part of "the big 3".

 

Yes, the small players were bought by the big ones. That, again, is capitalism.

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@Moserg wrote:

To FidoManuel - gas prices difference mostly because of taxes, not competition. And they aren't 50% different. Not good example. Initial price of gas/oil w/o taxes pretty same everywhere (except Alberta where delivery price is close to 0). Your delivery price of cell service all around country pretty same. There is no difference cost of hardware in ON or QC. 


 

The answer given by FidoManuel would be the standard PR/marketing answer - a vague non-answer. That marketing "answer" has been ready from the beginning.

 

Because the correct answer ("people will still pay that price") is not good PR.

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I'm a Participant Level 3 zzzzzzzzzzzzzz1
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Retention Farce

I have been with Fido since 1998 and currently on a BYOD plan paying $49/month for unlimited minutes with 1 GB of data. I called today, asking about getting a new iPhone 6 or 6s, w 64 GB. The rep told me that, buying the phones outright, it would be $774 for the 6/64 and $1029 for the 6s/64. After some further discussion, I asked for retention.

 

Retention treated me to

1. A higher proce for the 6/64 ($905);

2. A virtually fraudulent effort to persuade me that the following deal would be to my benefit: $549 for the 6/64 and $70/month for substantially the same plan as I have now. Let's do the math on this one:

    549 (for the 6/64)

    504 ($21 per month over current plan X 24 months)

$1053

 

That's significantly more than either the $774 unlocked price I was offered by the first rep or the higher $905 price offered by retention. I did the math with the rep, and he responded with something to the effect that I am entitled to my "opinion". This is, of course, not an opinion, but math.

 

My *opinion* is that it was a dishonest attempt to deceive me. My opinion is that Fido holds its long term customers in low regard and does not value their continued business. Certainly, I don't see how this had anything to do with retention.

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Former Moderator FidoAlyson
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Re: Retention Farce

Hi zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz1

and Welcome to the Community. 

It's important to keep in mind that the discount on the phone is related to the plan category and not the plan itself.

A BYOP plan will offer no discount on a new phone. You can view the pricing yourself over here

We currently offer a dicscount on the iPhone 6s and 6s plus only with a MAX plan.(We have different pricing available in MAX plans and they all offer the same discount on the phone)

If you want to discuss your options, send us a message on Facebook or Twitter and we'll be happy to review the possibilities!



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