The $74.95 and $84.95 plans from Videotron have had their data allocations dropped by 1GB each. Previously, the $74.95/mo option netted you 4GB per month; now you’ll get just 3GB. The $84.95/mo plan was a 6GB big-hitter, but has been reduced to just 5GB.
Unsurprisingly, these changes were made on the down-low. We only noticed thanks to regular audits performed by WhistleOut in order to maintain accuracy for cell plan searches and comparisons across our website.
This news comes towards the end of a crazy week in the mobile industry. First, Bell announced that it would raise the pricing of all its plans by $5. Next came Rogers, followed today’s changes by Telus. The fact that all three major providers altered their plan pricing by an almost identical amount within a week of each other is a little fishy, but the blame was laid predominantly at the feet of the presently-weak Canadian dollar.
The same might be true for Videotron. 6GB is a lot of data, but so is 5GB. It’s likely the majority of Videotron’s users on the 6GB plan never got close to using their full data allocation (although a few undoubtedly did with steadfast regularity). If this were the case, dropping the data allotment, rather than raising the plan price, is the lesser of two evils.
We’ll keep an eye out for any other carriers making quiet changes to their plan lineups and keep you informed.
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