A recent survey of our network pointed to cell phone costs as a major pinch point. So, we wondered if we could negotiate a better deal for our allies. The answer: yes, yes we can. With the help of Cully Duffin of PBC Communications we've put together a cell phone deal that costs 30% less than comparable plans with the Big Three carriers
Pic: Cully (centre) with his family
Gen Squeeze aims to be a national voice for squeezed Canadians in their 20s to 40s, in the world of politics AND in the marketplace. On the latter front, we've been building up a benefits program to ease your squeeze.
Our first national Benefit
With Cully's help, we've put together a cell phone deal that's 30% cheaper than comparable plans with national carriers (service starts at $55/mo. for unlimited talk, 3GB data; or if all you need is voice we've negotiated $35/month for unlimited text and local calls).
Basically, we've set up Gen Squeezers with access to a custom group/corporate rate from Telus. It does involve a couple of steps, an annual fee split with Gen Squeeze (offset by sign-up credits), and slightly more mouse-clicking than usual...
...But with this referral code - gensqueeze - and a bit of patience to complete the journey, you can start saving some serious money on your phone bill (if you're already in a contract you'll have to do the math to figure out if it's worth switching).
Q&A With Cully
Tell me a bit about yourself and why you started PBC?
I worked in the advertising industry for the Yellow Pages Group. My job was to help medium to large companies maximize their advertising ROI. In those days Yellow Pages and Telus used to bill on the same invoice. I began to find that my clients were much more concerned with the size of their phone bill than talking about their ads. It seemed to be a good opportunity to fill a need and start a unique business as a telecom expense reduction consultant. I did a lot of research and found a partner who knows a lot more about technology and telecom than me. PBC Communications was born in 2008.
You seem to know a lot about cell phone plans, what’s the one thing that our Squeezers need to know
As telecom consultants we see hundreds of plans and bills. We mainly deal with fairly large corporations but were always asked by small businesses and consultants if we could help lower their cell bills. It doesn’t seem fair that big companies pay so much less than individuals for the same cellular service. After years of investigation and negotiation we finally worked out a deal with Telus that they only offer to associations. The Gen Squeeze plan is about 30% less than your typical consumer plan and is only available to Gen Squeezers and PBC members.
How does “the Squeeze” show up for you in your day-to-day life? What excites you about Gen Squeeze?
Living in the lower mainland I have experienced the same squeezes that most encounter. It is almost impossible to save enough money for a down payment on a house or make the mortgage payments. Every little bit helps, so any time I can save money on something I need I definitely take advantage! Gen Squeeze is exciting because it gives a voice to citizens who have real pressing issues. I support any effort to make government more fair and accountable!