A subscription to the digital edition and the print edition used to cost the same, approximately $18.68 a month. I have subscribed to the smart edition, the iPad and the weekend print edition.
A few months ago, I canceled my iPad subscription because I felt gouged. From my perspective there is very little printing or delivery cost involved with producing the digital version, so why the premium price?
It seems that the mandarins at Transcontinental must have felt the same way because they have cut the cost for a digital subscription by more than half! It now costs $8.00 a month or $96.00 a year. I think this is great value for money considering the access to unique premium content.
Gerry Carew, Director Digital Products and Operations, TC Media NL replied to a blog post about pay walls informing me that:
"We have recently changed the digital only subscription price to $8 per month. Our content is available on our Telegram App on the App store for Apple and ALL other devices through the Press Reader app."
www.thetelegram.com which is very different from our digital replica edition contains about 20% of our content and is our latest/breaking news delivery source. To find out more of the background about the breaking news stories the full Telegram offers that. In addition we are working very hard to offer a mutlimedia experience though videos and pictures on our website."
Print subscriptions include access to The Telegram full digital editions as part of the subscription. Weekend subscribers receive Friday and Saturday digital editions only - unless you have purchased the Print/Digital Combo subscription.
I wonder if TC Media NL might consider some sort of combo package for all of the weekly papers as well!