I know, it adds up overtime, but Bell will not sell you the modem and they won't authorize it if you buy your own. So I am looking at $74.90 plus tax for all in cost for a 25-7 MBPS internet service.
In comparison, my Teksavvy DSL only run at 4.3/0.6 MBPS and costing $39.90 per month.
Anyone can check with there Government consumer protection agency on buying your own VDSL2+ modem.
There are rules in place to stop anti-consumer practices of gouging the customers with long term rentals without option of purchase at a fair price(remember when you had to rent your home phone?). Even some random posts, say that Bell is charging customers the rental fee, without there being a rental. And thats illegal. But when Bell owns seats in Government, well you get the picture.
If you are in Ontario, file a complaint about being forced to rent a modem or there being a fee without a rental being used.
Note that buying your own modem is you are responsible for it's support, unless bought from Bell. Combination units that are modem and router combined can have issues and may not be as secure as you might think from attacks.
But fiber to the node and then VDSL2 to the home is still great compared to just ADSL2. I wonder if TekSavvy will be allowed to resell it? (EDIT: Apparently Teksavvy can not, due to it being a somewhat newer protocol of hardware, or some B.S. like that, so no reselling it.)
Heres a copy and paste of some reasons why there is an illegal rental. Slightly old in some details.
Can I opt out of the modem rental? Why can't I just use my own?
Sympatico imposes a mandatory modem rental on its subscribers. The rental cost is $2/month plus GST and PST and incorporated into your monthly bill. This monthly rental is not optional.
Some users wish they could purchase their own modem outright and save on the monthly charge, but there is currently no option to do so. There are several good reasons for this:
1. It is a Bell Managed Solution. Even a Bell dedicated 10Mbps fibre connection requires the mandatory rental of a Cisco access router! Bell has traditionally offered complete "ready-to-serve" solutions instead of piecemeal offerings. Sympatico will also replace your modem free of charge if it stops working properly.
The only ADSL service that Bell offers optional modem rental is Bell Business Internet High Speed. (Incidentally, the majority of business subscribers opt in and rent their modems anyway.)
2. They want to maintain high service quality. All the modems that Sympatico has offered for rental have been rigorously tested and come from an approved manufacturer. Sympatico is understandably shy about having foreign modems from unknown origins connect to their network. This also reduces the number of tech support calls.
3. Sympatico wants to be future-proof. Since Sympatico's inception in 1996 up to March 2004, Sympatico has had 3 different high-speed platforms and used 8 different modems. With ADSL2 and VDSL on the horizon, Sympatico is poised to change platforms and modems yet again in the very near future. Sympatico has always upgraded your modem free of charge when necessary.
We have heard rumours that Sympatico has discussed implementing optional modem rental for a couple years now, but as the price of the modem rental has dropped from $10 to $2, this now seems unlikely.