Here’s something you definitely don’t read every day. Shaw, one of Canada’s biggest ISPs, is doubling down and giving new and existing internet subscribers in Western Canada double the download speed — at no additional charge.
Of course, if you’re like me, you’re probably asking yourself “what’s the catch?” Turns out, there isn’t one!
“This isn’t a promotion or a one-time offer. This is an unprecedented upgrade to our best internet plans, giving customers even faster speeds to help them use more powerful in-home technology and lead a more connected life,” said Brad Shaw, Chief Executive Officer, Shaw Communications. “We strive to give our customers more value and we know that having faster download speeds is vital. We’re doubling the speeds of our fastest offerings. No tricks, no gimmicks, just more speed. It’s that simple.”
ISPs and telecommunications often get a bad rap, especially up here in Canada, for the prices they charge and the speeds they offer. While it has been getting better lately, at least on the ISP front, it’s pretty unprecedented for a company to go ahead and double your speeds like this without charging more or forcing you into a new contract.
For new customers, the new “enhanced” Internet 150 and Internet 300 plans are available as low as $50CAD and $55/mth respectively for the first six months. After the introductory period, customers are guaranteed the same service for $95 and $110/mth for the following 18-months, a savings of $15/month on each plan. Both plans also included unlimited data transfer, modem rental, and Shaw Go WiFi access.
“The strength of our extensive network paired with industry-leading DOCSIS 3.1 technology means that we can offer our fastest speeds to almost all of our customers today without needing to dig holes in their street, break apart their sidewalk or rip up their lawn. And because we don’t charge for data overages, our customers also have the peace of mind in knowing they can use our network as much as they want without penalty,” Mr. Shaw said.
Already an existing customer? Getting the new speed bump is super easy. Simply power cycle your Shaw modem if you are currently on Internet 150 or Internet 300 and once it’s booted back up, you should be seeing speeds of 300Mbps or 600Mbps respectively. We cycled ours last night and verified this indeed works as expected.
Last Updated on February 3, 2021.