December 16th, 2009
Wind, the first of the new Canadian wireless entrants is here.
Before I start I just want to remind you all that Wind uses AWS frequencies. So unless you have an unlocked AWS phone (or buy one from Wind) it won’t work on in HSPA mode on Wind. AWS is the same frequency T-Mobile uses in the States for their HSPA service. Basically none of the phones from Rogers/Bell/TELUS will work on Wind’s 3G- even if you unlock them. Note, if you bought a Nokia N900 and have been using it on EDGE, well now you can pop a Wind SIM in and use it on HSPA. You can use a phone in EDGE mode with Wind but it will be in roaming mode ($0.25 a minute).
They have 3 phones at launch and 1 USB modem; The Blackberry Bold 9700 is $450, HTC Maple $300 (WinMo), Huawei U7519 $130 (a non-smartphone) ; Samsung Gravity 2 $150 (a non-smartphone) and the Huawei E181 USB modem $150. Note that the modem is 7.2mbps only.
There are 3 plans; Chat, Always Talk and Always Shout. All 3 plans coming with unlimited incoming text and Wind to Wind calling. You also get calling waiting, caller ID, call forwarding, conference calling, call hold and missed caller alerts.
Also, included minutes/unlimited minutes are only when you’re in areas with Wind (as opposed to roaming) coverage. Roaming costs $0.25 a minute.
Chat is $15 a month (no extra fees besides taxes) and includes 50 outgoing texts and 100 in province minutes.
Always Talk is $35, you get unlimited in province minutes, unlimited incoming calls and 50 outgoing texts.
Always Shout is $45, you get Canada wide calling, voice mail and unlimited texts.
Unlimited text and voice mail are $5 (included on Always Shout).
Unlimited calling to the States or unlimited calling within Canada is $10.
Blackberry add-ons are $10 and $35. For $10 you get access to Facebook, MySpace, BlackBerry Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk, and AIM. For $35 you get everything else (including browsing, email and tethering).
Data is $35 if you have a voice plan and $55 if you just use a modem. You get 5GB of data, after that Wind can throttle your service if they choose to.
There’s more info at http://shop.windmobile.ca.
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