Archive for October, 2009

Telus Releases LG Versa

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Enjoy a unique HTML browsing experience with the LG Versa™ and browse up to 3 web pages at one time. The LG Versa™ also features 3 home screens to personalize with contacts, widgets and multimedia for instant access.

The Versa is priced at $79.99/$179.99/$229.99/$279.99 (3 year term to no contract) and features:

  • 3″ high-resolution touchscreen with 3 customizable home screens
  • Easily navigate with the intuitive 3D S-Class UI from LG
  • HTML browser for access to social networking sites
  • 2.0 megapixel camera with autofocus, flash and video capture
  • Bluetooth® technology for stereo and hands-free accessories

Head over to Telus to learn more or to purchase.

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Add comment October 29th, 2009

WIND Mobile Responds to CRTC’s Decision

For those of you who are not following us on Twitter and missed our tweet with WIND Mobile’s response to the CRTC’s decision I provide a few quotes for your reading convenience.

WIND Mobile will be delayed in becoming Canada’s newest competitive wireless operator in over a decade, Globalive Wireless Management Corp. announced today on the heels of a regulatory decision from the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

In its decision, the CRTC came to a different conclusion than Industry Canada and has indicated that Globalive Wireless is not in compliance with the Canadian ownership and control requirements set out in the Telecommunications Act.

“Having already received approval from Industry Canada, we are extremely disappointed that the CRTC has come to a different conclusion,” said Anthony Lacavera, Chairman, Globalive Wireless Management Corp. “This is a bad day for Canadian consumers. Canadians deserve competition in wireless and this decision represents a major step backwards.”

“WIND Mobile had planned to launch in the coming weeks. We have pulled together an excellent team of more than 500 people and had built a strong network and operation across the country. We are ready to bring competition to the market.” said Ken Campbell, CEO of WIND Mobile. “We will be evaluating our options on how to proceed.”

Read the complete press release on WIND Mobile’s website.  After doing so, be sure to follow us on Twitter so you do not miss another news update.

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Add comment October 29th, 2009

WIND Mobile Plan Information

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With the CRTC’s decision today to block WIND Mobile (Globalive Wireless) from launching in Canada at this time, HowardForums member “Windsider” decided it would be safe to leak some plan information.

Three plans were to be available at launch, sorry no monthly pricing was given:

Chat (basic plan)
100 province-wide minutes

Always Talk (mid range plan)
province-wide “local” minutes

Always Shout (high end plan)
province-wide “local” minutes
unlimited texting to Canada and the US
voicemail

All plans were to include: missed call alert, caller id, call waiting, call forwarding, conference calling, Wind-to-Wind Calling (Nationwide).

In addition to the three base calling plans, WIND mobile also planned to launch data and prepaid services.  The data plan was to be called “Infinite Internet” featuring unlimited data (tethering, downloading, streaming, etc.).  Prepaid service was to be referred to as “Pay Before” which gave the consumer access to the same monthly plans as the “Pay After” (postpaid) service.

Thanks “Windsider”.

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5 comments October 29th, 2009

CRTC: “Globalive is controlled by Orascom, a non-Canadian”

The CRTC has finally published the results of the investigation into the ownership of Globalive Wireless, which was to operate under the name of WIND Mobile in Canada.  According to the press release published on the CRTC website, it was determined that:  “Globalive is controlled in fact by Orascom, a non-Canadian“.  As a result, Globalive Wireless (WIND Mobile) is unable to launch in Canada at this time.


In this decision, the Commission sets out its determination in the proceeding initiated by Telecom Notice of Consultation 2009-429, in which it undertook a review of Globalive’s ownership and control. In its review, the Commission considered whether non-Canadians do not own or control Globalive as currently structured. The Commission determines that Globalive does not meet that test. The Commission therefore determines that Globalive has not met the requirements of the ownership and control regime and is therefore not currently eligible to operate as a Canadian telecommunications common carrier.

We will have more on the CRTC’s decision in a future post.  In the mean time, head over the the WIND Mobile section of HowardForums to discuss the ruling by the CRTC.

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4 comments October 29th, 2009

Fido Q4 Information

Fido Telephony, a division of Rogers Wireless, will be release the following four phones as part of their Q4 offerings.

BlackBerry Pearl 8100 (Red)
3 year: $0 (requires data)
prepaid: $400
November 2009

Nokia 2720
2 year: $0
prepaid: $80
November 2009

Sony Ericsson T715a
2 year: $50
prepaid: $200
November 2009

LG Xenon
2 year: $125
$225: prepaid
December 2009

Discuss Fido’s Q4 plans on HowardForums.

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Add comment October 28th, 2009

2009 Canadian Wireless Customer Satisfaction Study

Congratulations to Virgin Mobile Canada for being the J.D. Power 2009 Award Recipient for both Prepaid and Postpaid Service.

Prepaid

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Virgin Mobile: 752
Fido: 654
Telus Mobility: 653
industry average: 662

Postpaid

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Virgin Mobile: 758
Koodo Mobile: 755
SaskTel: 716
industry average: 642

Read the complete press release on the J.D. Power website.

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Add comment October 27th, 2009

Telus: What You See Is What You Pay

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Telus Mobility is gearing up for the launch of their HSPA+ network early next month by teasing us with the new rate plans.  Termed “Clear and Simple Pricing” the new plans eliminate the addition costs associated with the System Access Fee (SAF) and 9-1-1 fee by building them into the base plan pricing.  As a result the base plan will increase $5/month but will actually save the consumer $2.70 per month in addition to gaining voice mail 3.  Please note that the removal of the System Access Fee and 9-1-1 fee is only for the new “Clear and Simple Pricing” plans-existing plans and contract will not have this amount credited.

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Follow the “more” link for some FAQs about the “Clear and Simple Pricing” plans.

Q. Why is TELUS launching these new plans?

A. TELUS is committed to delivering exceptional client service. We recognize wireless pricing can be confusing. Clear Choice™ rate plans maintain our industry leading position on pricing transparency by making rate plans clear and simple. What you see is what you pay.

Q. Are SAF and 911 TELUS fees included in the price of TELUS Clear Choice™ plans?

A. The expenses to TELUS that are currently covered by the System Access and carrier 911 fees still exist and will be covered by the Clear Choice™ plan rate.

Q. As an existing TELUS client, can I stay on my existing rate plan and remove SAF and carrier 911 fees?

A. No. The expenses covered by System Access and carrier 911 fees still exist, so you must continue to pay the fees while you remain on your existing plan. You have the option to change to Clear Choice™ rate plans as of November 5, but if you choose to do so, you will forfeit the benefits and features of your existing rate plan.

Q. As an existing TELUS client, can I continue to renew on my existing rate plan?

A. Yes, you can. Existing clients will continue to be able to renew their current plan as it exists.

Head over to the Telus website to read all about the “Clear and Simple Pricing” rate plans.

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1 comment October 27th, 2009

Motorola VE440 Finds Its Way to Koodo Mobile

Koodo Mobile has launched the Motorola VE440.

Packed with fun essentials.

  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • MP3 player with microSD™ slot (expandable up to 8GB) & dedicated one touch music keys
  • Bluetooth® technology for stereo and hands-free accessories
  • Voice-activated dialing
  • Speakerphone

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The VE440 is only $125 or $0 with a 125 Tab.  Buying through the Koodo Mobile online store will score you free shipping.

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Add comment October 27th, 2009

Koodo Mobile Releases Samsung Intensity

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The Samsung Intensity has officially been launched on Telus’ discount brand-Koodo Mobile.  The full QWERTY device retails for $200, or $50 when you max out the Tab.

With a 1.3MP camera, MP3 player, microSD slot (supporting up to 16 GB), and Bluetooth this device has great features and a excellent price tag.

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Add comment October 26th, 2009

Unlimited Everything Coming to Solo Mobile

It has been awhile since we last posted something about Solo Mobile, a division of Bell Mobility, so lets give them some press time.

A web page went up late last week with information about three unlimited plans.  Of course a truly “unlimited”plan it too good to be true so the following conditions apply:

1) available in Toronto and Montreal only
2) only for use in “City Zone” (just like the “Solo in the City” and “City Fido” plans)
3) prepaid only

Click on the “more” link to see the details on the three unlimited plans.

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$45/month
unlimited talk
unlimited text

$55/month
unlimited talk
unlimited text
caller id
voicemail

$65/month
unlimited talk
unlimited text
unlimited mobile internet (on-device browsing)
unlimited long distance (Canada only)
caller id
voicemail

The three plans have since been removed from the Solo Mobile website, but they should be back soon.  The plans are most likely in direct competition with newcomer Public Mobile.  The new carrier is currently advertising a $40/month unlimited talk and text plan which will become available when they launch in Toronto and Montreal later this year.

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Add comment October 25th, 2009

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