Posts Tagged 'bell'

Rogers 4g soon?

Freshly off a successful 3g launch last year and happy customers Rogers is focusing on the next gen speed of communication. The company has begun 4g testing of their LTE network in the Ottawa area. So does this mean Rogers 4g service is just around the corner? They are staying mum so far but one would expect if they are, there will be a big fuss over it.

Bell also let it be known that they have been testing their 4g network since early summer. They also let it slip that they expect service to be available in 2012. Either way both of these wireless carriers will be pushing to be first for bragging rights.

4g has had limited success in the US but faster is faster right? No need to start researching 4g phones just yet. It looks like 4g launch is still a long ways away.

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Bell should be worried

At least in “La Belle Province”. Videotron is set to launch their new wireless phone service in Quebec which has been traditionally dominated by Bell subscribers. Videotron on the other hand has the cable services market locked up and is prepared for a price war. The residents of Quebec will enjoy a nice price break on their phone bills and new subscribers can get locked into cheap wireless plans going forward. Other brands (Public Mobile, Chatr, Wind Mobile) have had little impact on Bell’s stronghold. Expect bundle offers, heavy discounts, and frequent price deals. (link)

Mobile News July 9, 2010

Toronto Transit Commission is trying to help you stay in the loop with recent technology announcements. Heading underground? No need to end that phone call. The TTC is working on it. There is renewed interest in integrating a cellular network into the transit system. Keep working away on your crackberry or continue to buy music from iTunes no matter how far you are underground. It’s good news for cellphone service providers because more airtime in use likely mean more data plans and more revenue. Perhaps Rogers will stop jacking up my cable bill because they will be making more money from me on my cellphone plan.

Another medium on the rise is text messaging. The TTC also announced a new service to offer customers more information for their particular route. Select routes will have numbers that you can text in order to find out how long the wait will be. GPS units are installed in some vehicles so expect it to expand depending on demand. Standard text messaging costs apply.

The latest Samsung phone has become available on both Rogers and Bell at the same time. The Samsung Wave boasts a Bada operating system, 1Ghz processor, Super AMOLED display, and more. So what network should you go with? Rogers: $100 with a 3 year contract ($475 no contract) Bell: $30 with a 3 year contract ($300 no contract). Hmm, math is hard. Both require data plans so expect to be spending over $50 a month.

Should You Lock In for another 3 years?

With the wireless industry in Canada to become more competitive in the new year existing carriers are trying desperately to keep their customers. Offering shiny phones for a brand new 3 year commitment. So should you do it? I guess it really comes down to whether you’re happy with your service provider. In some rural areas you don’t really have a choice with the service provider you have but some of the major city centers will have customers jumping ship for greener pastures. Here’s what to expect:

Rogers – phones for $1, initially requires a data plan but can be canceled later, 3 year commitment. Rogers services bundle discounts 15% CSRs are bending over backwards to get you to sign up for another 3 years, no need to threaten to cancel either.

Bell – talk and data plans from $40/month, new deal with the Source to distribute their phones. I believe they also offer a bundled service discounts. No really good phone deals. I’m guessing they are betting on the Olympics to boost their customer base along with touting their high speed wireless network.

Telus – smartphones for $0, $50 for 3 year contracts requires data plan. Great marketing as usual. Have you seen the hippo commercial? Now available at Black’s Camera locations.

Wind – building up steam with their cheap, no contract plans. The only downside is that you have to buy the phone up front. The company seems to be very responsive and listening to the community. Number portability not a problem. Some real promise with the way this company is defining itself.

Dave Wireless – other than no contracts not much has been revealed. New company Dave Wireless says it won’t compete on price.

Public Mobile – no contract (I see a recurring theme here) $40/month for UNLIMITED talk and text. It looks like they are aiming for the entry level market to try to scoop customers away from Koodo and Fido. Phone offering doesn’t look great at the moment.

It looks like pricing should should get a bit cheaper for all but premium services (data) will still end up costing you $50+ a month. I’m still wondering who’s cell towers the new service providers will be running off of. You can be sure that which ever salesperson you speak to they will be extra nice in an effort to get your business. I think one of the barriers to switching for existing customers is the “bundling” aspect. Many already enjoy the “bundle discounts” from having multiple services with one company. Definitely a smart move by those companies who implemented it.

Competition is still good. Hopefully this will be a good time for you to negotiate a better plan with your carrier or even cut ties and move on. Now, what shiny phone should I pick?

Goodbye monopoly

Well what do we have here? Who knew Telus and Bell could put together a HSPA so quickly in time for the Olympics no doubt AND (score!) a fresh deal with Apple. So expect a whole new offering of phones from both networks for the upcoming Christmas rush. But with new networks there will be bugs to work out, especially with something rushed to market. There’s going to be a whole lot of network traffic, who knows how well it will hold up under the stress.

However if you’re sick of the Rogers bullshit then feel free to try out the competitors. Iphone sales are expected to start up as early as next month (November) so get ready to spend some money on a new phone. So long as your phone is HSPA compatible you may not even need to get a new phone.

Telus Buys Black’s, Keeps Pace With Bell

Telus has agreed to purchase Black’s Photos stores in a bid to bolster their retail presence. This move follows Bell Canada’s purchase of the Source retail stores from Circuit City. It would appear that the battleground for mobile subscribers will take place in malls across Canada. While Telus already has kiosks in many malls the additional Black’s Camera stores will help with Telus’ exposure.

Rogers Wireless so far has been mum on adding retail locations but perhaps they are putting something together. The iPhone alone puts enough clout behind Rogers to add subscribers and Bell has the Palm Pre and perhaps even the Pixi. Telus has … cute commercials. All I gotta say is Telus better get some cool phones or risk losing market share to Globalive.

Bell Sympatico aims to squeeze out wholesalers

Usage based billing will be the end of Internet DSL wholesale companies in Canada. Bell raised the idea last year in a response to a CRTC ruling forcing them to allow their wholesalers the same service offering they had. UBB is the end of unlimited flat rate Internet plans for many smaller companies. Bell plans to implement the billing system at the end May this year. So much for competition.

So not only do Bell Sympatico customers have to deal with unnecessary slow Internet due to throttling but monthly access fees will also rise. Oops you went over your monthly cap, that will be an extra $20. Will it be any surprise when BCE’s profit results are up by the end of the year? If only there were another service provider. In Canada there is Rogers and Bell, both which suck balls. (link)


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