Bell customers will have to pay more for their services as of February 1, 2017, as the telecom giant has issued an official notice detailing an upcoming price increase to internet, TV and home phone services.
The increase varies depending on service availability and region, with the biggest price hike coming to internet subscribers. We’ve detailed the affected services and extra monthly costs below.
- Internet (all tiers, excluding Dial-up and High Speed LD bundle) - $5.00 increase
- Fibe TV (all packages, excluding Starter) - $3.00 increase
- Satellite TV (all packages, excluding Starter) - $3.00 increase
- Home phone (all packages) - $2.51 increase
In what feels like Canada’s most unpopular annual tradition, Bell has attributed the price increase to higher operating costs and an investment of $3.5 billion to upgrade and maintain their network infrastructure. The company also noted a 40% increase in network traffic and listed a number of recent innovations including 4K broadcasts, fibre-to-the-home internet and updated apps.
The timing of this move is ironic, as many independent ISPs have recently cut prices and increased bandwidth thanks to a recent CRTC ruling. If you’re looking to save on internet, leaving Bell for a third-party provider could save you a lot of money in the long run.
If you’re with Bell, let us know if this news will prompt you to switch to another provider. Be sure to also visit our Ongoing Deals forum, where you can find a number of telecom deals found by our forum members!