I never looked at the TekSavvy DSL prices until just now. Pretty confusing.
With cable, it is straightforward. You select the combination of down, up and total data and you get a price. I wanted more than 500 kb/s up (Ooma suggests about 300 kb/s for voice), so I only had one option. Good or bad, you need to buy a modem - no renting. But, if you buy a TekSavvy Internet Starter Kit at Canada Computers, TekSavvy throws in one month of service and free activation - however, the modem costs $25 more than buying it through TekSavvy or just buying the modem outside of the package . I just looked on line and I don't see them offered any more, but my local store had a shelf of them a month ago. I think they also had TekSavvy DSL modems. Give your local store a call.
I like them so far. They are fantastic to talk to on the phone, although dialing their 877 number via Ooma is a bit of a challenge (see one of my other threads here: http://www.ooma.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13047
). I called them to ensure that I could get their service before I booted Rogers and they had all the time in the world for me. They even took the time to figure out the answer to my "do you support IPv6" question when she had no idea what I was talking about. I have yet to call them back on any topic now that I am a paying customer (actually, I am still in my free month).
I like their model for Cable. They have few choices and they are not looking to put you into a low one and then charge you a fortune if you go over the download limit (Roger's did this to my Dad and he moves TekSavvy on Friday). Most importantly, the guy at the top is always fighting the big guys at the CRTC - this is one of the big reasons I am supporting him. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
I just downloaded a Ubuntu ISO (about 700 MB) via bit torrent. I averaged over 1 Mb/s (about 10 to 100 times faster than with Rogers) and it was down before I could finish my lunch. So, they are not throttling bit torrent on the weekend.
Although my bandwidth is larger, I think the actual response times are faster (e.g. a ping). But, I think the modem update might be part of speed up. I bet if I open up my modem, I just see a single chip there. It definitely runs cooler than my old one.
Maybe because that they are not inspecting and logging every packet for billing and traffic shaping purposes the packets get through faster.
Anyway, it is at least as good as Rogers. When I first put my modem in, I was getting over 40 Mb/s. Those days are gone.
From reading the CEO's blog, it looks like Rogers is pretty uncooperative in the Toronto market. I suggest you call them and discuss the situation. It seems like they won't sell to you if they can't ensure that you'll be happy. A nice touch for a telco.