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VivienM
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Re: Extreme Plus Plan


jimboden wrote:As for the iPhone, I understand what you're saying. I hardly ever use my phone plus I don't need a data plan, so I'm trying to cut back on that expense. Think I'll call Rogers and go over their options. I have looked at their online plans, but the permutations and combinations are really confusing (PayGo etc.). Despite what plan I pick I need the equivalent of Rogers One Number because I get almost zero cell signal where I live. RON at least allows Wi-Fi calls. Of course, there are other options like Skype and some others.

Ummm... am I missing something?

 

If you live somewhere where Rogers doesn't have coverage, then... switch to another carrier (there's probably only one other choice anyways). WiFi calling, RON, etc are just workarounds for lousy coverage...

VivienM
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@jimboden wrote:

Thanks for all the feedback. I haven't considered going with one of the new packages because I'm reluctant to throw away a modem/router that I paid $250 for and the speeds I'm getting now are perfectly fine for me, except for the recent problem with the upload speed.


 

How long ago did you buy that SMC? $250/7 = 36 months (wow, that's a long time... dangerous purchase compared to a CGN3 on sale that you can break even on in a year), so if you bought it more than 3 years ago, you're ahead by having bought it. 🙂

 

What you need to do is coldly inventory out what you have now: price, speed, and caps. Then compare how the new plans deliver (keeping in mind that modem rental is included in the posted price)

 

D3 Extreme Plus is 45 megabits/sec down, 150GB. $79.50/month, no, not including modem rental?

 

Hybrid Fiber 60, with a CGN3 rental, is 60 megabits/sec down, 120GB, $70/month incl. CGN3 rental.

Hybrid Fiber 150, with a CGN3 rental, is 150 megabits/sec down, 350GB, $86/month incl. CGN3 rental.

 

Your SMC is a sunk cost; don't let yourself pay more than you have to because of it.

jimboden
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VivienM:

 

Thanks for the recommendations. Rogers has good coverage in my area (I'm on the Danforth near downtown). I live in a basement suite and the signal quality is very poor, so I use Rogers One Number on my computer. I actually bought my SMC 4 years ago when I moved, so it has paid for itself many times over.

 

As for the internet packages, I just came off a 12 month deal with Rogers for my 3 services, which prevented me from switching. I have done a spreadsheet of all my Rogers services to see what things look like. I've determined that the 150/15 Internet package makes the most sense if I buy the modem. The plan also has 350GB data, which is over double my Extreme Plus package. The plan with modem is $85.99 per month plus taxes. I'm assuming that it will drop to $73.99 because I won't need a rental modem. If my assumption is incorrect, please let me know.

 

The cost of all my services is going up because I came to the end of a 12 month discount deal. I will have to call in and go through the dance all over again, but I want to sort out the Internet thing first.

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Gdkitty
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I would double check if you qualify for the free 200g extra (call and they can see).. that may allow you to go with a CHEAPER plan, but get close to the same usage.
(EG: 60/10 package gives you 320 with the extra 200)

 

Correct, any of the 60/10 or higher packages, if you BUY the modem, it would be $12 less that that monthly.

 

Yeah.. phone wise.. in your location... you may be hard presses for ANY cellular signal from any company 😞

Not sure of any of them which provide RON type service.
There is always skype and other voip options for on a cell, etc.. but then you are potentially having TWO numbers then 😞



jimboden
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Gdkitty:

 

Thanks for the suggestion about the extra 200GB and answering the modem question. It would be $15 a month less, but I'm leaning towards the 150/15 because of the higher speeds. I occasionally host online games and speed, especially on the upload side, is critical for decent performance.

 

On the phone side, I have looked at Skype and a couple of other options like Fongo and Fido. While my Rogers plan is more than I need, RON is a free part of the package and has a lot of benefit for me.

 

I have costed out all 3 of my services (cable, internet, wireless) in my spreadsheet based on Rogers pricing per service. I'm going to call them looking for a discount off the total in turn for another 12 or maybe even 24 month commitment if they will go that long for a better deal.

 

There's a Rogers store near me, so I'll head over there to discuss the Internet package and see if they have a CGN3 in stock.

 

UPDATE: The store closest to me is out of stock, but they reserved one for me at a different store. I'll go pick it up tomorrow.

 

Aside from changing my plan to 150/15, is there anything special I should know about setting up the CGN3 or is it plug and play?

VivienM
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Re: Extreme Plus Plan


@jimboden wrote:

VivienM:

 

Thanks for the recommendations. Rogers has good coverage in my area (I'm on the Danforth near downtown). I live in a basement suite and the signal quality is very poor, so I use Rogers One Number on my computer.


Do you have friends with similar phones on other carriers? Indoor/basement reception is very hit or miss, I'd certainly do a bit more research before presuming all carriers are as bad...

 

Also, FYI, I don't what your offer was, but all the retention/bundle deals I've seen are 'X% off Internet', '$10 off Internet', etc, but you can switch Internet packages and keep the discount on the new package...

 

(If you have an actual special plan, e.g. the $45/300GB plan, that's a different story)

VivienM
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Re: Extreme Plus Plan


@jimboden wrote:

Gdkitty:

 

Thanks for the suggestion about the extra 200GB and answering the modem question. It would be $15 a month less, but I'm leaning towards the 150/15 because of the higher speeds. I occasionally host online games and speed, especially on the upload side, is critical for decent performance.

 

On the phone side, I have looked at Skype and a couple of other options like Fongo and Fido. While my Rogers plan is more than I need, RON is a free part of the package and has a lot of benefit for me.

 

I have costed out all 3 of my services (cable, internet, wireless) in my spreadsheet based on Rogers pricing per service. I'm going to call them looking for a discount off the total in turn for another 12 or maybe even 24 month commitment if they will go that long for a better deal.

 

There's a Rogers store near me, so I'll head over there to discuss the Internet package and see if they have a CGN3 in stock.

 

UPDATE: The store closest to me is out of stock, but they reserved one for me at a different store. I'll go pick it up tomorrow.

 

Aside from changing my plan to 150/15, is there anything special I should know about setting up the CGN3 or is it plug and play?


In terms of 12-24 months retention contracts, I thought Rogers stopped doing that a while back, but I don't know...

 

As for setting up the CGN3, plug it in, plug in a computer, and then either set it up for your desired wifi settings or log into it and put it in in bridge mode.

jimboden
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VivienM:

 

The issue with my celll signal isn't Rogers' problem. If I go outside, I get 5 bars. As far as I know, anyone living in a basement has signal issues. I think the main reason in my case is that the next door house is only a few feet away and a few storeys high, so it must be blocking some of the signal. I've also lived in condos right in downtown Toronto where I couldn't even get a decent signal standing right by a window 20 storeys up. The signal strength isn't an issue for me because I use RON on my computer, plus the RON mobile app works on Wi-Fi.

 

The last discount package I had, which just expired, was done as N% of each service where N was the same for each. I don't have any special plans.

 

Thanks for the info on the CGN3. I'm very familiar with the technical details of my SMCD3GN, so I don't expect any prolems setting it up. I hope it has a user manual, though. If not, Google is my friend. Smiley Happy

Datalink
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Have a look at the following summary on the CGN3 before deciding to make the leap:

 

http://communityforums.rogers.com/t5/forums/forumtopicpage/board-id/Getting_connected/message-id/190...

 

🙂



jimboden
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Datalink:

 

Thank you, that was a real eye opener. I think I understand the download throttling issue, but want to make sure. I have a newer computer that's capable of 1GB/s and it's connected to my SMC via ethernet. When I run speed tests on it, the SMC delivers well over 100mbps for a few seconds before it settles back down. If I simply connect it to the CGN3 as is, should there be an issue with download throttling? I have 3 other wired devices connected to my SMC. They are a PS3, a Denon AVR, and a Samsung Smart TV. Download rates for those devices are not significant for me. On the wireless side, I have an iPhone and HP printer which both work well on my SMC.