Rogers Wireless Pay As You Go starts the timer when the phone is ringing?

First published on January 13, 2007

I recently switched from Rogers Wireless Pay As You Go to 7-Eleven Speak Out Wireless. So far I’ve loved the 7-Eleven service, although I can’t say I’ll be loyal to them if an even better deal comes along.

At any rate, most cell phones have a timer to record the length of calls:

A 54-second call is charged for two minutes

On my phone, the timer starts when the person on the other end picks up the phone. Recently I had a call that clocked in at 2:59 and 7-Eleven charged me for three minutes. This is great! After all, anything between 2:01 and 3:00 should be charged as a three-minute call.

However, I was using the same phone with my Rogers plan last year, and I know for sure that calls that came in at the 52-second, 54-second, 59-second marks were routinely being charged for the next minute as well. In other words, a 2:59 call would have been charged for four minutes. This leads me to believe that Rogers either has a wrongly-calibrated timer, or that it charges for ringing time.


6 Responses to “Rogers Wireless Pay As You Go starts the timer when the phone is ringing?”

  1. Alan says:

    it DOES charge for ringing time. So does fido…which is also rogers? Iunno, but I think they do! Sometimes I have to listen to that bitch that tells me to refill and it still charges!

  2. joe says:

    Is this allow, should consumer pay even in a drop call situration? I think the corporation has ways to get us! Yuk!!!

  3. Peter says:

    No, it doesn’t charge for ringing on unanswered calls. But it seems to do so for answered calls…

  4. Trandana says:

    Actauly it does charge for unanswered, at least mine does and it pisses the fuck out of me. I called it from a home phone just to make sure it was working when i got it, and it took off like 2 bucks. I didn’t even answer the fucking thing.

  5. Chris says:

    As far as i know for pay-as-you go there is no charge for unanswered phone calls, that being said if the line is picked up by a voicemail or answering services you will be charged begining at that juncture. If you call your voicemail account from your cell phone you'll also be charged per-minute, one of the many downsides to a pay-per use system

  6. michaela says:

    i think that if u talk for 1 sec it should cost u 1 sec not a min its dumb and phones now days cost so much

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