Cellular Throttling Question

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How often does MTS (and I guess now Bell) review the cap on the mobile throttling?

I ask because I see that some US carriers have started increasing the cap. The latest now being Verison at 22gb before throttling.


Any plan on a review or increase? 

I assume most normal people don't come close to the gap.. For us people streaming music and stuff... That 15gb can be achieved relatively easy (for me usually 20-24 days into a cycle).

Curious is all :D 
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I would say things look extremely bleak for the future of the unlimited and flat rate MTS plans. The contract language means any carrier operating those plans can change the price or decrease the amount of data included with no protection to consumers, even while they are under contract. This past week Bell appeared before the CRTC and presented that this should be preserved in contract langauge going forward. as Bell knows about this exploit, has used it with their own customers and argued to keep it going forward it looks like they could actually reduce the included data if their deal closes.

Here is the official transcript. Read around 1551 to see Bell's official comments.

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One more bad thing about Bell Deal :( so much for competition.:(
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It has very little to do with the Bell deal. MTS could.make those changes today.
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Here's some irony! mts used to offer true "Unlimited Data" but has since changed terms to 24/7 throttling, down to a snail's pace after a newly introduced threshold is reached. So much for contract language! This was done because many ISP's in the US, who did the same thing, were successfully sued by multiple regulatory authorities for false advertising. This is when mts changed terms by sneaking in a threshold limitation into their FAQ section (not part of any policy)  and then changed the name of the plan from "Unlimited Data" to "Flat Rate".

Verizon and T-Mobile are currently in the middle of an Unlimited Data war for $80/ month and many, many extras including international data usage. AT&T also provides this Unlimited Data plan. Unlike mts, they all only throttle after 22 GB and only when the network is congested, even then, at a much higher rate that doesn't cripple your service. 
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In Canada, the only providers that offer some sort of "unlimited" or "Flat Rate" data are MTS and Sasktel, and some low cost providers like Wind and Chatr. With the latter, you are limited to only select zones (typically, Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver only) and to 3G data speeds only (and usually only for about 4 gigs per month, after which you get 2G speeds) MTS and Sasktel offering what they do is already way more than what you can get with any other provider in the country. There is simply no competitive advantage for MTS to increase their throttling limit at this time.  

Comparing MTS' offering to that of Verizon and AT&T is not exactly fair either,  since the latter are national carriers with millions of subscribers each. I can guarantee you that if Bell, Telus and Rogers were to get into a pissing match and start one upping each other with their own "unlimited" data plans...you would see a change pretty quickly.