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Yes, there are. When you buy your phone, first of all, you can choose a monthly plan so that there's no penalty if you find a better plan with another provider - you can switch any time. Second, most providers give you about 10% off your plan for bringing your own phone. I have a plan now with 400 minutes, unlimited international text, unlimited evenings and weekends from 5 and 400 MB data for $35.10/month. Since contract plans for my iPhone 5C start at around $70 a month, and another $35/month x 24 months is $840, which is $150 more than I spent for the phone, including tax, I did save money by doing it this way. More importantly, I have the freedom to change to the lowest-price plan anytime I want - I'm not locked in to anything.
I don't understand why you seem angry about people looking for the least expensive way to have the phone service they want - and coming to the conclusion that Telus isn't competitive in the market. As to your point -- of course my grocery store rewards my loyalty, in the form of a points card. I can hardly wait to pick up my free tenderloin for Christmas dinner! :-) And if you think Apple doesn't reward loyalty, then you haven't had enough Apple products. In 2006, I bought a first edition white macbook. In 2010, when it was one year out of warranty, the case cracked. Apple replaced it for free while I waited. The next year, the fan went, and, again, Apple replaced a five-year-old computer's fan for free, while I waited. In each case, the "genius" looked up my record, saw that I had been buying Apple products for a long time, and treated me accordingly.
It's good business to retain customers even while trying to attract new ones. And it's good business to offer deals comparable to competitors'. This thread only complains that Telus does neither.
I have been a Telus customer since around 1995 and just went to BELL as I got the Nexus 5 for $98.00 which is the same as you, but got $100 bonus, case and a car charger with the Lite plan for $55 instead of the $60 you charge for the same thing. Telus does not offer anything close and I should not have to do the leg work then try to talk to someone there to see if they can match it.I had spent 1/2 hour one day and 20 minutes another and still couldn't get to talk to any one, there is no customer service any more and Telus won't give an offer in an email unless you talk to them first. If some reason I should go over my minutes Bell will automatically add an extra minutes plan to cover it instead of charging by the minute and tripling the monthly plan cost. I looked at my bill again even with the added minutes plan I put on it was still not acceptable to me that you would charge by the minute and not offer some sort of notice or automatic coverage to cover minutes that are gone over. Factoring this and the fact I would have to spend hours on the phone to try to talk to anyone to try and at least match my plan was enough for me. As far as reception and lost calls I have no complaints.
If you have a cheaper plan less than $45 (mine is $43.35 after the 10% discount and taxes), I've calculated that you would save several hundreds of dollars, depending on what phone you have. I created an excel spreadsheet with a list of phones under different scenarios. If anyone needs that let me know. All you would need to enter is the current price of the subsidized phone and your current plan. Using the minimum plan, seems to be $75 now, there is a significant savings.
My Telus contract was about to expire so I went to see about renewing and getting a new phone. What I discovered was that I needed to be on a minimum of $70 plan to get the phone that I wanted. Telus would not budge with the new 2 year plan prices. That adds up to over $500 more than what I was currently paying over two years. Anyway I decided to shop around and found a way to get the phone I wanted with Rogers on a 3 year plan at $50/month. I then ported my phone number over 2 days after my renewal date and Telus said they had to charge me for an entire month since I missed the billing cycle date. I sure found out where I stood as a customer...
Same experience. Telus has terrible customer service. Sure, the representatives are nice enough, but the company wants to take you for as much as they can. No flexibility at all, and no real loyalty program for their long time customers. Example in point, I had some issues with my bill so I called up, they told me I had to cancel my existing plan, and start a new plan that costs more and gives me less. Thank telus, I really appreicate that. I pay more, get less, and this was less than one year into my current contract. Also the actual service has been terrible the last few years. Numerous days of dropped calls and irregular cell phone reception. I regret not going with another carrier, and one more issue and I am done! I will gladly pay any penalty not to have to deal with this anti customer attitude they have. No wonder I do not have a telus home phone or telus TV. If mobility is this bad, why would I bother with any other products. My advise to anyone else is not to go with telus.