Telus Internet subscribers should check their service agreement fine print before the communications giant starts charging customers who exceed their monthly data limits.
“The new charges are designed to ensure the amount customers pay for internet service reflects their actual data consumption – you pay for what you use,” the release said.
“For customers who go over their monthly data allowance, TELUS will charge an additional $5 for the first 50 gigabytes (GB) of data, and $10 for each additional 50 GB. We are also introducing unlimited data add-ons for $15 a month for customers with TELUS TV, $30 a month for other Internet customers.”
The new policy is for usage-based charges in B.C. and Alberta.
Usage-based pricing is when consumers pay internet service providers for a specific amount of data they agree to consume instead of a flat fee for unlimited data.
“In the last 16 months alone our customers’ monthly internet data usage has more than doubled,” the Telus announcement said.
“Further, much of this consumption is being driven by a minority of our customers — in fact, less than five per cent of our internet customers are consuming 25 per cent of the data on our network in any given month.”
The new charge goes into affectstarting on March 2015 bills.