I’m switching internet service providers.
I’ve had Shaw cable internet for as long as they’ve been in business here. Before that it was Rogers who provided internet access. I only switched when the monopoly in this area was handed over from Rogers to Shaw.
Over the years Shaw has been pretty good. I don’t think they’ve engaged in a lot of the shitty practices I hear many ISPs have.
But, the price has never gone down, and the service hasn’t really improved.
So, when I saw that there was an $3.00 increase scheduled for September 1st, 2012, one without explanation as to how I was getting a better service for it, I decided to look around at the competition.
Gaudrault made a great impression, and I remember thinking that TekSavvy sounded like they were the ideal ISP.
Shortly after beginning my research today I discovered that TekSavvy has started operating in Coquitlam, I gave them a call. They use the same wires as Shaw, but they offer those same wires at a better price and with better download and upload numbers.
Shaw’s “High Speed Internet” for August cost me $58.24 per month (including taxes)
TekSavvy’s “Extreme Cable 25 Unlimited” $50.34 per month (including taxes)
TekSavvy promises numbers about double the download speed and quadruple the upload speed I am currently getting. And it’s cheaper.
Here are the three calls I made today:
First call |MP3| Inquiring To Teksavvy
Second call |MP3| Cancelling Shaw
Third call |MP3| Signing Up With Teksavvy
All three recordings are unedited except for the obfuscation of some non-$$ based numbers.
Here’s all three done up as a YouTube video:
The only downside to today’s switch is the switchover cost. Here’s what I paid out today to switch:
Qty Item Price
1 Shipping – Canada Post $10.00
1 Activation Discount – Rabais d’activation -$20.00
1 DCM475 DOCSIS 3 Modem $99.00
1 TekSavvy Extreme Cable 25 Unlimited / TekSavvy Câble extrême 25 Illimité $44.95
1 Activation Fee – frais d’activation ($79.00) $79.00
BC HST : $25.55
I’ll let you know how it goes on September 14th, 2012.
Posted by Jesse Willis