Rate increase despite contract?

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Resident

I noticed my bill jumped $10 this month despite the fact that I am supposed to be locked in for 24 months to a plan. I thought when you lock in for a term contract, the prices aren't supposed to change for the term of the contract. Can anyone clarify why this happened? I'm waiting for a callback but it's been hours.

Resident

They have terms in their terms of service, which you agreed to upon using their services, that they can at anytime change the rates of your plan for whatever reason.  Even if they told you a certain price and that's what you expect to pay, they can bump it up 5% or they can triple it if thats what they decide to do.  They are supposed to notify you well in advance before this happens in your bill or by email, but they don't have to.  They also have a dedicated page where they post this info.  Its also in their terms that it is YOUR responsibility to check that page and the status of these rate changes and if you do not cancel your services and these rate changes apply, you have now agreed to them.

They can also at anytime limit or restrict access to the services you are paying for.  If they wanted, they could cut your service in half and charge you double for it.  You could of course cancel the services before this happens, but they'll charge you a fee for doing so if you are under contract.  

 

Companies like Telus like to use the word "contract" because it gives the impression that you are signing up for something with fixed terms that will apply for the duration.  In actuality its a contract that they have the right to change by using amendments for whatever reason they like. 

 

But there is always the possibility that this is a mistake so please do follow up with them about the issue. 

 

You can view more information about your specific services terms here:  https://www.telus.com/en/bc/support/topic/service-terms/mobility

Resident

if thats the case then you would be able to cancel and not get dinged either since it's not a contract, good to know

Resident

Telus always has been like this even 10 years ago. I had to fight over phone bill that is changing every single month, still did not get any credit back despite calling every single month. Then I was done and quit.

 

I signed up Telus internet few years ago due to great deal. I was moving from shaw. Then today I realized the bills are increasing every year, despite having 2-year contract. With shaw I have never seen such thing. Telus billing always has been problematic for me.

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Community Power User

Shaw has multiple increases a year in or out of contract. With the industry they're in just the way it goes. Hardware, licensing deals etc. Many moving parts in the back end to try and keep costs competitive. At the end of they day it's a business and has to be a profit.  Price increases at the end of the day happen all over. Netflix, house insurance etc.


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