oh, consumers. we’re sometimes like sheep, aren’t we? i admit, i am the first one to be at fault here. if it has a collector’s edition, chances are that i will just go blindly into the store. for the record, i blame myself when i waste $100 on some gimmicky plastic trinket. i don’t really suffer over it, or lose sleep at night.
when it comes to big promotions, shit i have to sign or commit to, i read the goddamn fine print – a concept rogers is either choosing to ignore or just doesn’t give a shit about.
if you haven’t heard, rogers is giving away a free ps3. what’s the catch? oh, just your whole brain, or possibly a piece of your soul to satan. also, give or take an insult to your intelligence. they’re very sneaky about it too – you can’t see what it will cost you, but you can fill out a handy little form to automatically add it to your account.
let’s break down the details about this promotion. you have 3 options, reprinted here:
1. Sign up to a Couples and Family Voice and Data Share Plan or SmartTeam™ Voice and Data sharing plan
Activate any 2 smartphones on a new Couples and Family Voice and Data Share Plan or SmartTeam™ Voice and Data sharing plan on a 3 year term.
2. Add a new member to your existing Couples and Family Voice and Data Share Plan or SmartTeam™ Voice and Data sharing plan
Activate an additional line on a 3 year term.
3. Upgrade to a Couples and Family Voice and Data Share Plan or SmartTeam™ Voice and Data sharing plan
Upgrade from your existing single line plan to a Couples and Family Voice and Data Share Plan or SmartTeam™ Voice and Data sharing plan and activate one new line on a 3 year term.
1. this is not a cheap option. to sign to a voice and data plan (cheapest being $105.50), you pay $27.83 for every phone activated. two phones = $55.66. these are just the activation fees. the cheapest voice and data plan is $105.50. over three years, that’s $3798. class, what’s $55.66 + $3798? that’s $3853.66! that’s doesn’t include paying for the damn smartphones themselves!
2. an individual with rogers pays $42.75 per month on an individual plan. per year, that’s $513. over three years? that’s $1539. for one person. i’m assuming that if you add another line, there are going to be a lot more charges.
3. say you decide to buy into the family plan. cheapest option here for rogers’ voice and data plan is $105.50 a month. rogers does have some cheap smartphones that go with this, ranging from $9.99 to $99.99, but that’s still $1266 a year, or $3798 over three years. that does not cover if you get other benefits like voice mail, caller ID, or stuff like roaming charges. plus there is a $25 charge for every smartphone activated.
do we want to know what a ps3 costs? $300. add some games to it, get a bundle – whatever, you aren’t paying almost FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS.
consumers: THINK before you BUY.