Update: How to Stay with Paper Billing from Bell Canada - A step by step guide.
Bell Canada has been sending out letters saying that they are going green and will be automatically discontinuing your paper bill and switching you to electronic billing.
The letter reads as follows:
We're going green.
Dear [insert name]
We are wring to notify you about an important change in our eBill program.
You are currently receiving a per invoice, along with a monthly email notification advising you that your online bull can be viewed by logging in at the Bell Web site. Following your next bill, we will be discontinuing your paper invoice to help reduce paper waste and protect our forests.
If you would prefer to continue receiving a paper bill in the mail, you have the option of keeping this arrangement now and in the future. Simply log in to bell.ca/staypaper and click on "I wish to keep receiving paper bills".
Thank you for choosing Bell.
Senior Vice-President, Customer Experience
This program is very similar to negative option billing. In negative option billing companies sign you up without asking you and then make it your responsibility to contact them to opt out. This method of business is immoral.
It took over 20 minutes of my time to opt out of ebilling and retain paper billing. Bell Canada's ebilling does not benefit you at all. Under the guise of protecting the environment Bell Canada is trying to cut costs and increase profits at your expense.
Top 5 Reasons NOT To Go Paperless.
- Paper bills printed by Bell Canada are receipts. You purchased a product or service and they are your proof of purchase. Paper bills are needed for tax purposes. If your are claiming your phone bill on your taxes Revenue Canada will require proof. You can print your ebills but that will cost you money.
- Paper bills drive the economy. You are saving hundreds of jobs by asking for paper bills. Lumber workers, paper mill workers, Bell Canada billing workers, Bell Canada mail room workers, Canada Post sorters and letter carriers, even your blue bin recycling collector are depending on your paper bills.
- Paper is environmentally friendly. It is recyclable, reusable, renewable and biodegradable. Ebills are viewed on computers which use electricity (nuclear waste) and are full of heavy metals. The computer servers that your ebills are stored end up in landfills as ewaste.
- Computers crash, data gets erased. If Bell Canada's computers were to lose your ebills you will have no proof of purchase. If a billing dispute was to arise you do not want the company you are arguing with to hold all the evidence.
- Checking your ebills cost bandwidth. Since Bell Canada or your ISP is charging you for bandwidth usage it will cost you your usage allowance to check your bills.