SwitchWorks Reviews & Service Offerings
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|$$39.95||Shipping: $$50.00 Other: $$9.10/month - Dry Loop||No||
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SwitchWorks was founded way back in 1988 in Toronto by an entrepreneurial Science Engineer named Rick Ross. Since its conception SwitchWorks has come a long way in the world of telecommunications and they now provide a variety of services to their business and residential clients. They offer home phone services, internet services, and domain hosting, and if you happen to be looking for a well-priced bundle on all of these services, they offer that as well. The headquarters of SwitchWorks can be found at 20 Amber St, Suite 16, Markham, ON, L3R 5P4. Let us now review one of SwitchWorks flagship residential internet plans to see how they match up to the competition.
SwitchWorks offers a residential internet plan which comes with download speeds of up to 6 MBPS and they don’t mention the upload speeds. This plan is offered at an unlimited bandwidth cap and costs a total of $39.95 per month. One humorous thing we noticed was that on the homepage of SwitchWorks they are bashing Bell and Rogers for charging way too much money with capped plans. On their plan page they make it very clear that you can not avail SwitchWork services without a Bell Home phone, otherwise you’d require a dry loop installation which we’ll talk about later. However back to the pricing of the SwitchWorks plan which is definitely too high, when we consider other prominent providers such as WorldLine who offer a residential internet plan which comes with download speeds of up to 6 MBPS, upload speeds of up to 1 MBPS, at an unlimited bandwidth cap for the meager price of $29.99 per month.
To gain a dry loop for SwitchWork services you would need to pay an activation fee of $12.00 as well as a monthly charge which depends on your distance from SwitchWorks switching center, or rate band. Most SwitchWork customers end up paying an extra $9.10 per month. Sadly SwitchWork engages in contract baiting as well. You would be required to pay a $50.00 activation fee for this plan, however if you decide to enter into a 12 month contractual agreement, the activation fee would be waived.
SwitchWorks isn’t too bad at their pricing though the ten dollar difference can add up quite quickly What we found the most disappointing however was the fact that they employ a contractual agreement for waived fees which in an all honest is an underhanded tactic. Furthermore there was no mention of features included with their services such as web space, email addresses or other perks such as peak times.
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