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September 27, 2004 8:03:07 AM

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I am on a month to month basis for $70 month unlimited plan. Can they
cancel it as soon as Rogers buys Microcell?
Should I sign up for a 2 year contract just before it is approved?

Big Al

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Anonymous
September 27, 2004 8:03:08 AM

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On Mon, 27 Sep 2004 04:03:07 +0000, Al wrote:

> I am on a month to month basis for $70 month unlimited plan. Can they
> cancel it as soon as Rogers buys Microcell? Should I sign up for a 2 year
> contract just before it is approved?
>
> Big Al

Can they? Yes. Will they? Almost most certainly not.

The standard practice is the grandfather plans if you want to get rid of
them. I know some people that are still on plans with various companies
YEARS after they were last offered.

I personally would NEVER EVER sign a contract with a wireless provider,
but that's just me.
Anonymous
September 27, 2004 8:03:08 AM

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Al wrote:
>
> I am on a month to month basis for $70 month unlimited plan. Can they
> cancel it as soon as Rogers buys Microcell?

Rogers is likely to honour fido customer packages whether on contract or not
for at least one year after Rogers has officially taken control of Fido. And
during that time, they will probably start to send "welcome to rogers" special
offers as contracts lapse, inviting customers to switch to a rogers branded
package, complete with some incentives (like a month free, or free weekends
for a year if you sign a contract etc).

Also, it will take quite a while before the transaction actually happens. Due
process (including government approval of the elimination of competition in
canada's wireless industry), as well as shareholder approval shouldn't happen
until at least january. We should know more in a couple of weeks.

So, if you fear for fido offerings, you might wish to wait for the transaction
to be consumated before you lock yourself to Fido, this way, your Fido rate
might last longer.

Also, remember that Fido now sees a customer switching to contract as a form
of payment for a cheap phone. So if when you do enter into a contract, make
sure you negotiate for a new phone at reasonable price because once you,re
locked in, you no longer have any leverage to get cheap phone.
September 27, 2004 9:33:14 AM

Archived from groups: alt.cellular.fido (More info?)

On Mon, 27 Sep 2004 04:03:07 GMT, "Al" <heychicksblowme@shaw.ca>
wrote:

>I am on a month to month basis for $70 month unlimited plan. Can they
>cancel it as soon as Rogers buys Microcell?
>Should I sign up for a 2 year contract just before it is approved?

I don't know if they are *forced* to honour terms that you are under
if they acquire Fido, but the usual practice of companies is to
'grandfather' any present arrangement when the new company takes over.
However, you should also understand that if you decide to make any
change to that plan they may likely tell you that you cannot and you
will lose any promotions/features you presently have and will be
forced to be on a present plan offering.

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