As mentioned in a previous posting, Canadians are finally getting the opportunity to switch cell phone providers while being able to keep their old numbers as wireless number portability (WNP) has officially started today. I can already see companies coming out in full force to entice people to switch over to their service or offer some kind of retention plan to keep people from leaving.
From what I can see, Virgin Mobile seems to be creating a lot of buzz as their plan states that if you signup as a new customer today, for one day only they will give you full credit for whatever phone you buy. Considering there doesnâ€™t seem to be a contract plan obligation, a lot of people are taking advantage of it.
In the midst of all this though there are some important points of course to consider which I think most people may overlook. When you are looking at a cell phone plan, just because one plan looks cheaper from one provider over the other it may not be the case. Be sure to get all of the hidden charges details as well such as those system access fees which some people think is a government imposed tax type of thing when really itâ€™s not. I wouldnâ€™t be surprised if companies start silently bumping up these kinds of fees to make up for the loss and especially now that people are more likely to move as a result of wireless number portability.
Another way to think about it is to pretend that you were shopping for a cell phone online and saw that one guy had it for $5 cheaper. Many times a company would make up for it by having higher shipping costs. You might think that it is common sense that people would simply do the math to see which one is cheaper, but in many cases people simply buy emotionally. Just keep that in mind when reviewing various offers. The only other thing that I can think of is that if you switch providers keep in mind that all of the features on your old phone may not work with your new carrier and so you should keep that in mind too as you may have to get a new phone. Looks like this is great for consumers in Canada so far though.