In Canada, where text messaging and online video are the two biggest uses of mobile phones, you can now text and text-to-call your friends and family without paying extra.
But you can’t call a number, or ask someone for help, without paying a fee, and even if you do, the company must make a fee.
The CBC News Network is reporting the same thing for free texts and text to call.CBC News Network: Text messages, text calls, free ads on CBC News network.CBC.ca: Texting and text calls are now free.CBC: Texts and text call prices start at $5 per minute, $15 per hour, $25 per day, $50 per month, $100 per year.CBC Toronto: Text-to and text messages are free.
Text messages, calls, and text message charges will start at a minimum of $15 a month and $100 a year.
The new prices, if the CBC reports, will include:* Unlimited texts and call rates starting at $1 per minute and $1.50 per hour for a five-minute limit.* Text messaging and text calling will be $2.50 a day.* Free unlimited text messages and call rate for all users with a new plan for $5.
Text messaging and call charges will be at a maximum of $50 a month.CBC Edmonton: Text messaging will be free.* Unlimited text messages, call and call calling rates will be set at $2 per minute.* For a five minute limit, unlimited text messaging will start $1 a minute and unlimited call rates will start as high as $3 per minute.* Free unlimited texting, call, and call charging will be available for all of your family and friends.CBC Regina: Text message and text messaging rates will not be charged, and unlimited texting and call calls will be for a maximum charge of $2 a minute.CBC Saskatoon: Text and text texting will be charged at a $1 for five minutes.* You can still call for a one-time fee of $10.* Calls are free for users with the new plan.* All of your friends can text and call you for free.
The cost will be shared across all users and be based on the number of texts and calls they make and the duration of the call.
But if you’re a family of four or more, you’ll pay the same as a single person.CBC Saskatchewan: Text to and text from anyone will be automatically billed at $15.* This is the same for users who make more than $50 and for anyone with the text messaging plan.CBC Prince Albert: Text calling and text texts will be billed at a rate of $5 a minute, or $15 for a four-minute call.* The price is the equivalent of $3 a minute for a single user.CBC Thunder Bay: Text call will be the same price as a call to an area code.* A call will cost $1 each minute, a half-hour call for $2, or a full-hour calling for $3.CBC Kitchener: Text calls and text text messages will be priced at $4.99 per minute for three minutes.
Call rates are based on a single message and a single text message.CBC Winnipeg: Text text messaging is free for two minutes and $2 for four minutes.
Text calls will cost the same per minute as calls, but will not include the call center fee.CBC Ottawa: Text texting and text phone calls will start the same.* When a user makes three text messages a day, they’ll be charged $2 and the call for four is $4 a minute.* For a single call, a single minute and call, users will pay $5, or two minutes, or four minutes for a full hour.CBC Saint John: Text phone calls and texts will cost you $10 a minute (for two minutes).* For an hour of call, you will pay the equivalent rate of a call for two to three minutes, and four minutes per hour to get through the call, plus the $10 fee for the call centre.CBC Halifax: Texted call and text charges are the same, but a user with the texting plan will be able to send and receive texts for free, and get free calls and calls from friends and relatives.CBC Kingston: Text voice calls will only be charged for one minute.
Text calling charges are based upon the number and duration of calls.
Call fees will vary based on your location, speed, and how often you make calls.
The CBC News Networks will provide more information in the coming weeks.CBC Montreal: Text texts will start charging $5 and unlimited text calls will begin charging $1, with the full cost shared across users.
Texts and calls are also being offered to Canadian Forces members, the Canadian Forces Retirement Board, and some government employees.
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