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VMC Updates Plans

We have already told you about Virgin Mobile Canada’s new Text Maniac prepaid plan, but the changes do not stop there.  Major changes are currently appearing on the website to their myPlan (postpaid) offerings.  From what I can tell, the website is still under construction with text and images everywhere, all myPlan rates now come with text messaging and are only available on 2 year, 30 day, no contract terms.  BlackBerry plans will still require a three year term.

Virgin Mobile myPlan rates still feature no System Access Fee (SAF), no 911 fee, free plan switching, and no incoming text message charge.

Click the “more” link to view the new plans.

50 anytime minutes
50 text messages

100 anytime minutes
unlimited evening and weekends
250 text messages

100 anytime minutes
unlimited evening and weekends
myPlan feature

200 anytime minutes
unlimited evening and weekends
myPlan feature

400 anytime minutes
unlimited evening and weekends
myPlan feature

600 minutes
unlimited evening and weekends
myPlan feature

myPlan Features
myCrew: text and talk to 5 buddies
myTime: 6 hour unlimited weekday calling block
myTalk&Text: unlimited text messages
myCalls: 500 anytime incoming local minutes


Add comment July 31st, 2009

NEW: Text Maniac Prepaid Plan-VMC

The Virgin Mobile Canada webmasters are busy updating the website and refreshing their plan offerings, both prepaid and postpaid.


Looks like Virgin Mobile has added a new plan their prepaid offerings.  The Text Maniac Plan is aimed at teens, or those who mostly text, which is perfect for Back-to-School.  As you can see from the image, $20/month will get you unlimited texting and a low per-minute rate of $0.10.  Voicemail and Call Display are included with all prepaid plans along with no SAF (System Access Fee), 911 charges, or incoming text message charge.

Head over to your local Virgin Mobile kiosk, your favorite electronics store, the VMC website to learn more, or VMC customer care (1-888-999-2321) to learn more.


4 comments July 31st, 2009

Reminder: Incoming Messsages are No Longer Free-Rogers

Today is July 7, 2009 and that means that Rogers Wireless consumers are being charged $0.15 per incoming text message.

To void the incoming message fee simply subscribe to any text plan or value pack that has text messaging included.  Customers with my5 plans without a texting package will be charge $0.15 per incoming messagae that is not from one of their chosen five numbers.  System alerts and WhoCalled messages will continue to be free regardless if you have a text messaging plan or not.

Text messaging plans start at as low as $5/month for 250 picture of text messages.  Give customer care a call at 1-888-ROGERS1 (1-888-764-3771) or 611 from your Rogers mobile phone to add you text plan and avoid the incoming message charge.

Rogers’ discount brand, Fido, will not implement the incoming messaging charge.  If you want to switch your Rogers account to Fido a $100 transfer fee will apply and the transfer will only be granted if you are past the one year mark in your contract.


2 comments July 7th, 2009

Koodo Referral Program

Koodo Mobile, a subsidiary of Telus Mobility, has launched a referral program.  Referring a friend to Koodo Mobile will get you (up to) 25 Tab credits when they activate a new account.  To make it worth your friend’s time to enter the referral code when signing up they will also score 25 Tab credits.


Head over to the Koodo Referral Program webpage to learn more.


1 comment June 22nd, 2009

HTC Dream, Magic Android powered phones launch


Today Rogers is launching the Android powered HTC Dream and Magic. I had a chance to play with both of them and was very impressed. Not just because it’s something new to try but because they seem to work well.

Both will cost $149.99 on a 3 year if you have a plan with a minimum monthly fee of $45. Rogers is also bringing back the $30/6GB plans for these devices until July 1st 2009.

Here’s the goods:

  • Full suite of Google applications including Google search, Gmail, Google Talk, Google Apps and YouTube
  • Android Market (an app store)
  • Quad band GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900Mhz
  • Dual band HSDPA 850/1900Mhz, 7.2Mbps
  • 3.2″ 320×480 LCD with capacitive touch screen (no stylus needed)
  • Gmail and Exchange support both with push
  • IMAP and POP3 email support
  • 3.2MP camera
  • Bluetooth, WiFi
  • Micro SDHC card slot
  • Both use a mini USB connector located at the bottom for charging and headphones. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack


The Dream has a slick pop out keyboard, 1150mAh battery and 256MB RAM with a Qualcomm MSM 7200 528Mhz processor.



The Magic has no physical keyboard, is a bit thinner and noticeably lighter 1340mAh, 288MB RAM with a Qualcomm MSM 7201 528Mhz processor. Please excuse the picture, the table had a bright red table cloth on it.




4 comments June 2nd, 2009

Leaked Time Line of T-Mobile 3G Upgrades

TmoNews tipped us off earlier this week with a list of a dozen new phones set to make their way to T-Mobile.  Well today they have leaked a list of locations set to get 3G service.  Check out the image for yourself (way too much for my to type).


Source: TmoNews


1 comment April 8th, 2009

Nadir Mohamed Named CEO of Rogers


Monday, March 30, 2009 marked the appointment of Nadir Mohamed as President and CEO of Rogers Communications.  Mohadmed previously held the position of President and was the Chief Operating Officer of the mobile and cable division at Rogers since May 2005.  Nadir oversaw the acquisition of Microcell and migrated the brand to Fido Solutions.  Before beginning his career at Rogers in 2000 he partook in many senior executive assignments at B.C. Telcom, including the launch of the company’s wireless and data networking division.

“To succeed a visionary business titan like Ted Rogers and to lead a
company that has an asset mix as unique and powerful as Rogers’ is a rare and
exciting opportunity,” said Nadir Mohamed, President and Chief Executive
Officer, Rogers Communications Inc. “We have the brand, the technology
platforms, the financial strength, and tremendously talented employees to
continue this company’s success well into the future.”

Read the complete press release from Rogers here.

Source: CNW Group


1 comment April 4th, 2009

Attention Canadians: Virigin Mobile to give you $5 a month


Starting Monday April 6th Virgin Mobile Canada will begin giving it’s customers $5 a month. All you have to do is is register for Auto-Pay on a Virgin Mobile Prepaid Monthly Plan with your credit card. They’ll do this for up to 30 months.


2 comments April 4th, 2009

Virgin Mobile USA acquires Helio

Helio & Virgin Mobile USA

Virgin Mobile USA and Helio have merged to provide you with a better cellphone service.  Virgin Mobile USA is paying $39 Million in Equity for Helio and the deal should close in the thrid quarter of 2008 (subject to regulatory approvals).  Virgin and Helio are both MVNOs and will continue to lease network capacities from CDMA carrier Sprint after the merger.  Virgin Mobile USA will sell Helio’s premium service and exclusive devices while providing customer service for 70 000 existing Helio customer (as of December 2007) and 4.6 Million Virgin USA clients (as of January 2008).

Q: What does this mean for current HELIO members? Can I still use my HELIO device, while keeping my HELIO service plan and number?
A: Current service plans will continue without interruption – it will be business as usual. HELIO members are at the center of this transaction and we’ll continue to bring them the innovative mobile services they’ve come to expect.
Q: Can new members still sign up for HELIO service?
A: Absolutely. HELIO will continue to offer exclusive, high-end devices and our innovative All-In plans.
Q: Will the HELIO brand be retained, or will everything migrate to Virgin Mobile USA?

A: Over time, we expect that all aspects of the customer experience will be integrated under the Virgin Mobile USA brand. Integration of the direct sales channel will begin immediately, and we expect that existing HELIO products and services will soon be offered through the Virgin Mobile USA website at
Q: So what’s next?
A: We’re excited by the possibilities our new, combined team offers. We have some big ideas, but as you can imagine, a little bit of housekeeping is in order before we share them. Stay tuned!
Q: Does this affect my current contract with HELIO in any way? When Virgin Mobile USA does acquire HELIO, can I end my current contract without paying an early termination fee (ETF)?
A: HELIO contracts remain in effect and unchanged by this transaction. HELIO members who wish to end their contract early will still be subject to an early termination fee (ETF).

Q&A’s from


Add comment June 27th, 2008

Rogers launches Nokia n95 8GB

The Nokia n95 8GB is a great phone. If you’re Canadian and been itching for a carrier branded version complete with carrier customizations your wait is over.

Rogers just announced that they’re going to be carrying the n95 8GB. It’s going to be 399.99 on a 3 year (not sure if that’s on a Vision plan) or 599.99 straight up. The n95 8GB will be locked to Rogers.

One of the data plans available for it is 20 bucks a month, unlimited on device browsing (using Nokia’s terrific s60 browser), 2500SMS, “100′s” of MMS (the Rogers guy’s words) and unlimited web email. If you sign up on a 3 year then you also get unlimited Vision. The $7 unlimited on device browsing plan is also available.

If you add your own apps or use the Nokia email client (for POP or iMAP) then data is billed per kb (so don’t use your Slingbox unless you have WiFi). I asked how they can differentiate between the different types of data. One guy said they use deep packet inspection (the same thing Rogers uses to throttle bittorrent).

There are the typical Rogers customizations; separate Vision app, Music store that doesn’t work with the built-in music player, that sort of thing. It also appears to come with Telenav (which you have to pay to use) – Nokia’s mapping program is also available.

While I’m not thrilled with the customizations, I’m lukewarm about the plans. The data plans are incredibly limiting but the n95 has a pretty good browser so that makes things a little easier to bear.

2 comments May 2nd, 2008

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