The CRTC announced a decision today that will prevent us from continuing to use the Rogers Network. Currently, when our customers are not connected to Wi-Fi, they access data through Rogers Network.
We’ve been given 50 days to make the necessary changes so that our customers no longer use Rogers Network when Wi-Fi isn’t available, in the meantime our customers may still access Rogers Network.
We’re currently exploring alternative options for non-Wi-Fi access that will ensure our customers have access to data despite this decision.
Rest assured, our customers won’t experience any service interruptions within the next 50 days. We will stay in direct communication with you as further developments unfold.
This decision is a big win for Rogers, and the Big 3 in general, one that blocks fair competition and innovation in an attempt to keep wireless prices among the highest in the world. But it’s not over yet. We’ll continue to fight for Canadian consumers and thank you for your ongoing support.
CEO, Sugar Mobile
Frank Hull I was in Niagara Falls New York and I was able to connect to AT&T. This could be a tempory thing. I have no idea if Sugar plans to let existing costomers roam on AT&T. If Sugar decides to allow this I'd be happy to continue to top up on data. I love roaming free in The U.S and I can just use my Fido data plan in Canada. Maybe Sugar could do what Tring did and offer roaming services in the U.S. Folks even if Sugar took away all my saved data and my sim was dead. Having lifetime access to their app is worth it. I always have a back up plan. So I connected to a Freedompop Plan for $0.00 dollars a month I get 500MB data 200 minutes over ther freedompop app and 500 texts over the freedompop App. You need to use a friends U.S. address to sign up. I downloaded my Sugar App to my Freedompop phone. Now I have unlimited calls and text over my free Freedompop plan. I hope Sugar finds away to keep on Keeping ON...and thank you for the continued savings. Sincerly Frank G. Hull. https://www.freedompop.com
Update on my Sugar replacement using my Sugar app on a data plan in Canada. As of April 24, 2017 I was able to cancel my Virgin Felxi Plan and I got on the Fido $15 dollar a month tablet plan. I was honest with the sales rep about losing mobile data service with Sugar and that it Sucked that the CRTC took a way my cheap data plan on my iPhone 6. You get 2GB of data a month. If you go over your 2GB alotment they charge you $10 per 1GB. I have access to the fido LTE data Network across Canada. Get this plan while you can and if you refer me [email protected] I get 25 dollars toward my bill. Or don't refer me. I give this info for free. I had to delete the Sugar Profile on my Iphone 6 in the profile management section under general settings on my phone in order to access the Fido Netowrk or your phone won't connect to the data network. So remember to do this. I also text sugar 611 to let them know that they needed to update me to the free for ever use of the sugar mobile phone and texting app and they did this for me on their end. So folks let sugar costomer service know you want to be upgraded to the Sugar app free forever plan if you live in a non icewireless area. I now have 12,530 days left on my plan. That is 35 years. I will still test my sugar sim in the U.S. to see if it still works on the AT&T network. Thanks for reading Frank Hull
Groom your dog, vacuum and wash your clothes. Dude, how do you live like that?
I have made a youtube video because i am so mad
Hi there, my service went down with non-wifi . Is there any announcement or new inf. about future with Sugar mobile.
Do we have an update yet on what if anything those of us who's account are ending now? Do we still top up? Do you have an Ace up your sleave? LOL
Tried to purchase a new Top Up Card at Pharma Prix and was told they don't offer the service anymore.
if you live in a boarder town like Niagara Falls Freedompop will work. I have a
Freedompop phone and their free service is awsome. I use it when I am state side they roam on the sprint network when you buy a cdma smart phone through them.
All said and done, I am very surprised that USA cell providers have not tried, for cheap roaming rates for travelling up here, long before now.
To give a better perspective on where this was coming from, I can relate something I have looked for before buying sugar. This may also help defend us.
I have tried to find someway to get any of the USA cell services that provide free data to use in Ontario where I
So Dave C, my question to the CRTC would be why not order Rogers to negotiate a fair, market based retail price for the small amounts of data us (mostly wifi) customers use. If Sugar needed to raise the price by $5 or $6 to hand over to Rogers, so be it. Instead the CRTC wants to shut out smaller players. It is wrong.
Here is the CRTC response to what is going on with Sugar Mobile and Rogers. I received it after filing a complaint:
"Thank you for contacting the CRTC on March 2nd about the Commission’s decision on Sugar Mobile.
The CRTC forces the big wireless carriers to temporarily give access to their network to smaller company’s customers. This is known as wholesale roaming.
The CRTC has determined that Ice Wireless/Sugar Mobile were allowing their customers to use the big wireless company’s network permanently — which is not permitted. Therefore, if Ice Wireless/Sugar Mobile continue this practice, the big wireless companies will be within their rights to deny service to Ice Wireless/Sugar Mobile.
The Commission's reasoning is set out in Telecom Decision 2017-57 "Ice Wireless Inc. – Application regarding roaming on Rogers Communications Canada Inc.’s network by customers of Ice Wireless Inc. and Sugar Mobile Inc.": chrome-extension://ohhcpmplhhiiaoiddkfboafbhiknefdf/TMToolbar/image/tooltip/webicon_green.pnghttp://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2017/2017-57.htm"
I'm with you Dave and Frank. You can't just lay down and take it! Fight back, like the com wave guy says
I am on a fixed income and disabled sugar is a cheap way for me have data on my phone. This is not fair. In the states they have free mobile phone plans for the poor. We have nothing in Canada and the big communication companies have taken over what little competiton we had. What will happen to after the fiftly days are up? I will stay on this sinking ship. Maybe it can be saved.
cak20051 Why are you giving up already? I guess you don't mind paying $80 / month with the regular big three. However for me and I am sure many others, this is an accessibility issue to basic technology. The injustice has to stop now. What are you going to do about it Sugar Mobile or did you decide to sell out to Rogers?
Its amazing how competition is either bought out by the big 3 or demolosed as a whole. I say lets get Google fi. Its wifi over weather balloons. It was a great try for Sugar but not the last dance!
Here is the link to file a complaint with the CRTC, if you are upset about this issue then please speak up for Canadian people over out of control corporations: https://applications.crtc.gc.ca/question/eng/public-inquiries-form?t=40
Somebody please inform on what OpenMedia is doing to go against the CRTC? I donated $50 to them and I would donate more to them if I knew that they were well organized to fight this injustice of preventing accessibility to technology that in turn deters innovation and growth for Canada.
Dear sugar mobile keep up the good fight we are there with you . Give us a direction to help you fight this decision of the crtc .
I only want internet on my phone. I can do everything i need with my data plan. I dont care about the text call app. My only reason for sugar was for when i needed goolge maps or facebook messenger. Im 23. I dont need a phone because textplus exists. Google hangouts dialer is also good for making calls. I only need data. Now give me phone numbers so i can keep calling rogers and the crtc because talking about crap on the internet does nothing at all.
What can we, as consumers and Canadian citizens who are sick of unfair access and pricing, do? Who can we contact to be upset with and put pressure on this unjust decision.
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