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April 12, 2019 1:28 pm  #1


Who Do Use Use For TV, Internet & Phone ...

There seems to be very strong feelings towards Bell and Rogers around here.  Just wondering, who do you use for your providers?

I've got cell phones with FIDO (Rogers, I know) and Home Phone with Ooma ($4.85 a month!).  As for TV and internet, I am switching to vMedia come May 1st (using Roger's backbone).

Enquiring minds want to know.

Last edited by Leslieville Bill (April 12, 2019 1:43 pm)


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April 12, 2019 2:00 pm  #2


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Pertinent to this thread, Teksavvy just released their TV service in Toronto this week.


 
 

April 12, 2019 2:29 pm  #3


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Two mobile phones with Koodo (Telus). $44/month. Forced over when PC Mobile sold itself. Unlimited local and long distance calls/text. Data extra.

TV - Bell Sat (for now) but increasingly I depend on streaming services for entertainment. In fact, I'm rarely below channel 500 on the dish. If I could get CNN, MSNBC, CTVNN and CBCNN in real time, online, Bell would be gone to Hell.

Internet - Nexicom (reseller of Cogeco cable) $60/month with unlimited data

VOIP (two "land" lines) $1.00/month for each, plus $0.01/minute (local or long distance). Yeah. If I made just one hour-long call to Vancouver (or Halifax, etc.) each month, my entire monthly cost would be $1.60 (for the service and the call). If you don't like fiddling with tech, don't even think about it.


 
 

April 12, 2019 3:11 pm  #4


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TV -  OTA (primary)  Apple TV (secondary)

Phone - Rogers family plan...  (me, wife and two biological units)

Internet - Cogeco...  but looking into TekSavy.

 

 

April 12, 2019 3:14 pm  #5


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Cell: Koodo x2 10gig/each
Internet: Teksavvy unlimited
TV: Antenna, Crave, Netflix
Home phone: none


 
 

April 12, 2019 3:39 pm  #6


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Looking at changing. Thinking digital antenna for tv. So I am actively watching this thread.

 

April 12, 2019 4:11 pm  #7


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Justalistener wrote:

Thinking digital antenna

There's no such thing. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/whistling.png


 


 
 

April 12, 2019 4:15 pm  #8


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Check TV Fool...  enter your location by address or co-ordinates.  It will show you which OTA channels can be received at your location.

 http://www.tvfool.com/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29

 

April 12, 2019 8:04 pm  #9


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I am 100% Rogers because they are being really good to me!
I also have IPTV service, (IPTV is not Rogers)
I can cancel my cable at any one given time, but then it means I won't get 
the deep discounts I've been enjoying lately.
Plus also, I enjoy rewinding live TV. 
IPTV does have catch up, but it does not rewind actual live TV.

 

 

April 12, 2019 8:46 pm  #10


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Radiowiz wrote:

I am 100% Rogers because they are being really good to me!
I also have IPTV service, (IPTV is not Rogers)
I can cancel my cable at any one given time, but then it means I won't get 
the deep discounts I've been enjoying lately.
Plus also, I enjoy rewinding live TV. 
IPTV does have catch up, but it does not rewind actual live TV.

 

sadly that's why i still have bell for tv and internet... too many discounts to ignore.  I bailed on the bell satellite as soon as fibe came along to my neighbourhood.  the dish was too temperamental, even in light rain it would cut out... never mind having to hang out the bedroom window to sweep snow off the dish once a month!  I'm a long-time Telus client for my phone.  great customer service.

 

April 12, 2019 11:30 pm  #11


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chatr (which is Rogers I think) 40.00 a month for unlimited local calls and texts, free long distance in Canada, plus 6G data that's high speed, after which it's unlimited 2G speed (which is why God made WiFi). The cell service is excellent, rarely a dropped call.

Don't have a tv, I just watch shows and hockey on my phone.

 

April 13, 2019 12:48 am  #12


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Rogers TV cable (yes, we're a sports household).
Teksavvy DSL (400GB monthly quota).
Virgin Mobile for cell .. but for emergency only .. pay $100/yr, pay thru nose by minute, unused $ rollover to next year)
Bell Landline (i know, i know, no chirping : )) 

 

April 13, 2019 7:11 am  #13


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Dial Twister wrote:

Justalistener wrote:

Thinking digital antenna

There's no such thing. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/whistling.png


 

Yes, the antenna doesn't care...though the marketing BS probably gets a few people to 'upgrade' their old 'analog' antennas ... hee hee

I use Bell because I use if for internet at multiple locations, including one rural location where it's either them or another service which I don't like. I could probably save money by switching some services... I use a plain old indoor antenna for digital TV. In theory ... it sits there but I don't watch TV except for DXing it. The same antenna gets me Huntsville 11 CTV and Bancroft 2 Global analog signals, as well as occasional digital skip visitors from a few distants states like SD NE and TN... I finally tried VOIP for long distance...works well for some instances...

 

Last edited by Saul (April 13, 2019 7:19 am)

 

April 13, 2019 9:59 am  #14


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Leslieville Bill.  Tell me about Ooma.  I'e never heard of it.  For the record I use both Bell & Rogers.  In order to get a better package I use Rogers for everything except Bell Mobility.

 

April 13, 2019 10:09 am  #15


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Cogeco for TV, Internet and home phone... Rogers for cell phones.  Picked up Cogeco's TiVo (six-tuner unit) about three years ago, and my wife swears by it.

 

April 13, 2019 10:11 am  #16


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John D wrote:

Leslieville Bill.  Tell me about Ooma.  I'e never heard of it.  For the record I use both Bell & Rogers.  In order to get a better package I use Rogers for everything except Bell Mobility.

We used Rogers Home phone and we have cell phones.  I couldn't justify spending $20+ on a "land line".  Ooma is similar to Vonage -- an IP phone service.  You plug their device, which you buy upfront, into your router and your regular home phone into the Ooma.  The free plan means you pay only for government fees and taxes (HST, 911 fee, etc.) which amounts to $4.85 a month.  Ooma for home is on sale for $110 right now.  If you want to port your home number it's $40 one time fee.  Here's the important part, they make their money by selling upgrades and the Premier service is the default.  You have to turn it off or you'll be billed for a year's service.  They tell you that and it is easy to do.  The service is fine.  Is it as good as my $20+ Rogers service no? -- but it's reliable and more than does the job.  No complaints.

They have an app which allows you to use your home number on a cell phone presumably using data.  I think this is a premium feature.  I have not tried it but it's an interesting idea.

https://ca.ooma.com/telo/home-phone-service/

Hope that helps.
 

Last edited by Leslieville Bill (April 13, 2019 10:16 am)


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April 14, 2019 12:57 am  #17


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Leslieville Bill wrote:

John D wrote:

Leslieville Bill.  Tell me about Ooma.  I'e never heard of it.  For the record I use both Bell & Rogers.  In order to get a better package I use Rogers for everything except Bell Mobility.

We used Rogers Home phone and we have cell phones.  I couldn't justify spending $20+ on a "land line".  Ooma is similar to Vonage -- an IP phone service.  You plug their device, which you buy upfront, into your router and your regular home phone into the Ooma.  The free plan means you pay only for government fees and taxes (HST, 911 fee, etc.) which amounts to $4.85 a month.  Ooma for home is on sale for $110 right now.  If you want to port your home number it's $40 one time fee.  Here's the important part, they make their money by selling upgrades and the Premier service is the default.  You have to turn it off or you'll be billed for a year's service.  They tell you that and it is easy to do.  The service is fine.  Is it as good as my $20+ Rogers service no? -- but it's reliable and more than does the job.  No complaints.

They have an app which allows you to use your home number on a cell phone presumably using data.  I think this is a premium feature.  I have not tried it but it's an interesting idea.

https://ca.ooma.com/telo/home-phone-service/

Hope that helps.
 

The magic number range is between * $200-$225 a month (including tax) for 4 services.
If you are spending more than that then you may as well bundle everything into Rogers like I did. 
(*price does not include sports pack, cable is select package, smart phone may have either a 5GB or 10GB data plan, depending on promotion at the time)
Rogers was good enough to give me the Popular package for the select price, but that might not be available to just anyone. 
They also threw in the 1GB internet for less than the 500u price. 
Bundling saves a lot! 
 

Last edited by Radiowiz (April 14, 2019 1:01 am)

 

April 14, 2019 6:10 am  #18


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Radiowiz wrote:

Leslieville Bill wrote:

John D wrote:

Leslieville Bill.  Tell me about Ooma.  I'e never heard of it.  For the record I use both Bell & Rogers.  In order to get a better package I use Rogers for everything except Bell Mobility.

We used Rogers Home phone and we have cell phones.  I couldn't justify spending $20+ on a "land line".  Ooma is similar to Vonage -- an IP phone service.  You plug their device, which you buy upfront, into your router and your regular home phone into the Ooma.  The free plan means you pay only for government fees and taxes (HST, 911 fee, etc.) which amounts to $4.85 a month.  Ooma for home is on sale for $110 right now.  If you want to port your home number it's $40 one time fee.  Here's the important part, they make their money by selling upgrades and the Premier service is the default.  You have to turn it off or you'll be billed for a year's service.  They tell you that and it is easy to do.  The service is fine.  Is it as good as my $20+ Rogers service no? -- but it's reliable and more than does the job.  No complaints.

They have an app which allows you to use your home number on a cell phone presumably using data.  I think this is a premium feature.  I have not tried it but it's an interesting idea.

https://ca.ooma.com/telo/home-phone-service/

Hope that helps.
 

The magic number range is between * $200-$225 a month (including tax) for 4 services.
If you are spending more than that then you may as well bundle everything into Rogers like I did. 
(*price does not include sports pack, cable is select package, smart phone may have either a 5GB or 10GB data plan, depending on promotion at the time)
Rogers was good enough to give me the Popular package for the select price, but that might not be available to just anyone. 
They also threw in the 1GB internet for less than the 500u price. 
Bundling saves a lot! 
 

At vMedia, I will be getting their Grand Premium package which is similar to Rogers Premier (includes all TSNs, Sportnets -- yes SN360 and One -- and the Golf channel).  I have three TVs.  The cost of the vMedia Android box needed to run the service will be offset by the 4 month discount I get with the service.  The box has PVR capability.  My other two TVs will use their ROKU channel (but no PVR).  (I bought the ROKUs some time ago to get Netflix on those TVs.)  The price is $133 per month which includes Internet.  The free router has WIFI built in and has a speed of 150Mbps download speed.  Unlimited usage.  (This all starts May 1st so I have no opinion as to the quality of the service.)

As I mentioned, my home phone is free -- and will pay for itself in 10 months.

My cell phone at Fido costs $40 for a 4GB plan with a "bring your own phone" plan.  My wife's is plan is $65 for 2GB but she is paying off an iPhone 7 she got this year.

That totals to $238 a month (taxes not included).

Last edited by Leslieville Bill (April 14, 2019 6:27 am)


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April 15, 2019 9:37 pm  #19


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TV, internet and home phone land line - Rogers
Two cell phones - Bell
Operated a business until recently and business telephone was with Bell

Support for cable and internet with Rogers has been good any time we have needed it. Biggest problem is wait times in hold waiting for the next available person.

Bell tech support not the greatest and charges were generally higher and the choice was more limited. My wife had to give up her 20 year old flip cell phone as it was no longer compatible with new cell phone network. Bell sent her a smart phone free. The phone is a Windows phone and support has been zero. What little we have done so far has been on our own. 

 

April 16, 2019 5:48 am  #20


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Leslieville Bill wrote:

That totals to $238 a month (taxes not included).

Because you've added your wife into it, that might actually be a good deal. 
Don't forget to wifi as much as you can (but not for banking info etc in public places, lol)
I use my own Rogers internet wifi to keep my data usage down when I'm at home.
I also ALWAYS keep my data off on my phone when not in use so Rogers can't say I used more than I did.

 

 

April 16, 2019 7:24 am  #21


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Leslieville Bill   I want to cut the cable and get a new cell phone provider too. Can I call you to chat about your experience?

Last edited by Broodcaster (April 16, 2019 7:24 am)

 

April 16, 2019 7:41 am  #22


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Broodcaster wrote:

Leslieville Bill   I want to cut the cable and get a new cell phone provider too. Can I call you to chat about your experience?

If you have been with Rogers for a while, have a chat with their loyalty department. You might get an amazing deal that is not offered in the Rogers stores.

 

April 16, 2019 9:05 am  #23


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Broodcaster wrote:

Leslieville Bill   I want to cut the cable and get a new cell phone provider too. Can I call you to chat about your experience?

Sure, but it doesn't happen until the beginning of May so you may want to wait until a bit after that.


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April 16, 2019 11:16 am  #24


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We use:

Bell Satellite for our TV -- currently subscribe to the "better" package
Freedom Mobile for our Cell phones
voip.ms and freephoneline.ca (fongo) for my voip needs
Teksavvy for Internet (60mbit unlimited plan on cable)

Love Teksavvy but their TV offering is too new to switch over to.  I require PVR capability and they're just not there yet.

Been a Bell satellite subscriber for over 10 years.  The only problem is that the technology is getting long on the tooth and with an impending move, it's time to look to alternatives.  As it turns out, the house we're just about to go firm on (pending the requisite home inspection) already has a satellite dish mounted (so I could stay with that) but the current owner is also a FIBE customer.  Folks on RedFlagDeals say that Bell is very anxious to wean folks off the dish and is willing to make some very attractive deals, especially if the house is serviced by fibre.  (Won't know about that until I speak with the current owner later this week.)