Well, apparently MTS lied to me and there is a $72 deal available. I got the letter in the mail yesterday. The difference is the $85 deal includes Total Home Phone ($40/month) and the $72 deal includes a home phone lite bundle ($27/month).
I don't use long distance or voice mail so this is a better deal for me. You still get call display, call waiting, and call waiting plus. I phoned and got them to put me on this offer.
Plus, to add to the confusion this CSR said I don't need to pay $6/month for HD starter. I really don't understand where the $72 comes from though, since she explained it as follows:
$29.99 TV including HD starter
-$10.00 tv/internet bundle
Where is the $72 in that? I wish MTS was as clear as Shaw with their pricing. With Shaw you just pick your services and get the total price. With MTS it feels like I'm probing around trying to find the best hidden deal available and the website is useless since none of this is mentioned.
We'll see what my bill actually comes out to. Somehow I get the feeling I'll be back on the phone with them.