ProvincialTel Reviews & Service Offerings
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ProvincialTel was founded with the vision of providing Manitoba with an economical alternative for VoIP needs. They were founded in 2006 and have been at it for close to a decade now. They are rated with an A+ on the better business bureau which is always a great note for any company. They offer residential and business phone services and do not dabble in other telecommunications services such as television or internet. Their headquarters can be found at 601-191 Lombard Ave Winnipeg, MB, R3B 0X1. They provide their services within Manitoba only. Let us now review one of ProvincialTel’s bread and butter home phone plans to gauge there standing in the world of telecommunications!
ProvincialTel offers a Canada/US home phone plan that comes with two separate phone lines – meaning you can acquire two different numbers. This plan comes with a price tag of $29.95 per month, which may seem okay if you have two phone lines. However upon reading the conspicuously placed fine print, we learned this price is only available if you opt into a 12 month contractual agreement. If one doesn’t want to opt into any such agreement the cost would be an extra $10.00 per month.
The tactic of lowering prices to ensnare customers into long term contracts is one that we frown upon. The surprise comes with the fact that this plan is not unlimited – you are allotted 1,000 minutes for the United States, and 2,000 minutes for Canada. Furthermore the territories are excluded from this, and so are a few states; Hawaii and Alaska. PhonePower offers an unlimited North America wide plan which costs only $5.95 per month and there is no need for a contractual agreement to attain this price.
This plan does however come with a few unique calling features that aren’t found so easily with other providers. You can dial 511 to find out the traffic conditions within Manitoba, a message relay service for speech and hearing impaired people after dialling 711, and a call trace feature which can allow you to send the information of people who bother you to the local authorities. Furthermore ProvincialTel also has a working Android and iPhone App for your handheld devices!
ProvincialTel does show up well with a great bunch of features, but sadly it just isn’t enough to justify such a steep price. Furthermore the need to use a lower price to get people into a contractual agreement is not at all necessary. ProvincialTel just needs a few minor tweaks for it to be a more competitive force in today’s market.
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