Good companies will always offer you "more for less." But in the case of Rogers Communications, they're charging you more for less.
Canada's country's second-biggest Internet provider is lowering usage limits on some of its plans, quickly following the online video service Netflix's announcement it was expanding into Canada.
- Rogers Extreme plan has dropped from 90 GB to 80 GB
- Rogers Lite plan has dropped from 25 GB to 15 GB
Rogers has not explained these changes and spokespeople for the company have no comments.
Tech blogs have estimated that a typical two-hour Netflix movie uses about 1.5 to 2 GB of data, with high-def versions consuming upward of 3 GB. This means that users on Rogers' new Lite plan could therefore view roughly 10 hours a month of HD video a month - if they didn't use their Internet connection for anything else - while Extreme subscribers could view about 53 hours, equalling less than two hours a day.
Rogers has one plan above Extreme, its Ultimate service, which allows for a whopping 175 GB - for a whopping $99 per month. And Rogers raised its maximum overage fee this year to a staggering $50 from an already questionable $25.
While competitor Bell doesn't necessarily offer more GB, companies south of the border sure do: Comcast, for instance, offers a 250 GB limit on all plans, charging more based on speed instead of max limit.