A thread on the forums last week piqued my interest, wherein users were discussing exclusive plans available to government employees from Canada’s Big Three carriers. And as proven in the graphic above, they do indeed exist!
These secret, sweetheart deals fall under the general umbrella of “corporate plans” — in this particular case, proof of gainful employment in the public sector will get you service on Canada’s largest wireless provider for almost half of what you’d pay if you were a regular schmuck like me.
As luck would have it I’ve an acquaintance who’s a public servant. I asked this person to procure for me the email address of the appropriate contact at Rogers. Though ineligible myself, I wanted to see how far I could get.
My first query was answered in short order with a couple of attachments — the flyer above and an application form. Details of the plan were spelled out:
$20.00 Voice Plan
- 350 daytime minutes
- 1000 incoming minutes
- Unlimited Evening & Weekends 6pm-7am
- Unlimited text video and picture messaging
- Unlimited Rogers to Rogers local calling
- Voicemail, Call Display
- 250 Domestic long distance minutes
- Conference Calling, Visual Call Waiting, Calling Forwarding, and Detailed Billing
- Additional minute rate .15 cents /min
- $0.10/min CDN Long Distance rate
- $0.15/min US long Distance
- Optional DATA PLAN: 5GB – $30.00
- Optional DATA PLAN: 500MB – $25.00
- Optional unlimited domestic long distance: $5.00
… Along with some additional info:
You can request the last four digits of your new cellular number based upon availability or port any existing number.
Once received, your new device will arrive by courier at your home or work address.
Please note bundling discounts cannot be added to the corporate plan.
In a second email I inquired as to whether friends and family of an eligible customer could also get in on the action, and if a contract was involved. The response:
Proof of employment is required to take advantage of this offer, you can activate a new line under your name and credit information for a friend or family member.
The plan is only available on a 36 month agreement. If using your own device, the hardware subsidy will be available for you to upgrade at anytime.
I thought this a bit unusual, as Rogers’ plans for civilians were now effectively on 2-year terms. So I pressed for more information, specifically:
- What are the ETF fees if the line is cancelled before the end of the term?
- Is this plan not subject to the CRTC’s new Wireless Code?
This yielded a rather terse reply:
Thanks for the email. Please feel free to call me if you would like to discuss the program details.
Pushed too hard, I guess…
I certainly don’t begrudge anyone signing up for this deal if they can get it — but at the same time it doesn’t really help the situation for the rest of us. Peter Nowak agrees that if more people had to pay full market price for their mobile service then we’d have that many more voices complaining about how unreasonably expensive the service is.
My two cents? Even if I was able to get this plan the contract would definitely be an issue. Three years is a long time. Hopefully, in time, things will get better.