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    by Published on 12-07-2019 08:00 AM
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    Here's an FYI from a helpful person on RFD:

    Hey so I just thought I'd share this because I didn't see it posted anywhere...

    I was speaking to Bell loyalty department and was offered an additional 5 GB free to the $65/10 GB plan (that used to be $60) from last year.

    It is not a limited time only as the agent actually switched the plan to a $65/15 GB loyalty BYOD plan. So same cost per month with 5 additional GB of data ongoing.

    Took only about 5-10 minutes and is definitely worth the phone call for those of you on that original plan from last year. I'm not sure if Rogers or Telus would offer the same.

    Good luck!
    To be clear, this would seem to apply to Bell's holiday miracle plan from December, 2017. And according to iPhone in Canada Rogers did already offer a similar deal to their customers, but the extra data was only good for two years. Bell's data bonus seems to be permanent.

    Like the OP on RFD says, good luck!

    Source: RedFlagDeals Forums via iPhone in Canada, Mobile Syrup

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    by Published on 12-03-2019 08:00 AM
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    If you're thinking of activating a line on Canada's Freedom Mobile network there's something you should know. From Mobile Syrup:

    “Starting Tuesday, December 3, Freedom Mobile will be charging a one-time connection fee for all new activations on our network. As the digital expectations of our customers continue to evolve, Freedom Mobile is committed to continuously improving the quality of our wireless network to provide better coverage to connect more and more Canadians. Charging a one-time activation fee will allow us to fund further network improvements and explore transformative technology.”
    I wouldn't fault anyone for being upset about this on principle alone—it's a move you'd expect from the Big Three, not from Freedom. But I myself am not yet convinced that the sky's falling, for two reasons. First, SIM cards are now free (I believe they used to be $25 with BYOD) and second, iPhone in Canada is reporting the that fees are waived if you activate online:

    Hardware upgrades: $0
    Online activations or upgrades: $0
    Postpaid activations: $20 (charged on first bill)
    Prepaid activations: $10 (charged on first top-up)

    Waiting for a SIM in the mail is certainly less convenient than activating in-store, but at least there's a way to avoid the extra fee if you're dead-set against paying it.

    Sources: iPhone in Canada, Mobile Syrup

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    by Published on 11-27-2019 01:55 PM
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    * Travel and/or fake ID may be required.

    Canadian Thanksgiving was back in October, but that hasn't stopped Black Friday from becoming an annual November event here. Here are some carrier BYOD deals that you may be interested in—by no means an exhaustive list, just something to get the proverbial ball rolling...

    1. Bell, Rogers, Telus: $10 off BYOD "Unlimited" Plans

    For a limited time you can enjoy 10 GB of unthrottled data with your own device for only $65/month. The catch? You need to be in Manitoba or Saskatchewan to get it.

    For the rest of the country (BC and ON anyway) Telus is currently offering $10 off of their 20 GB Peace of Mind Connect plan. Yay?

    2. Koodo: $55 for 9 GB / $65 for 16 GB

    An even better deal is available on the Koodo network—that is if you're willing to travel to Ottawa to get it. At least one person on RFD got Koodo to match this offer over the phone so you might want to try that first.

    3. Freedom Mobile: All Plans on Sale

    The best data deals are from Freedom, with the caveat of their smaller footprint and capacity. They also offer $0 handset financing, albeit at higher monthly rates.

    If you find any Black Friday bargains that you'd like to share with your fellow Canadians, please do so below!

    Sources: iPhone in Canada (1) (2), Mobile Syrup (1) (2)

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    by Published on 11-15-2019 08:10 AM
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    Canada's Big Three carriers are about to set their lobbyists loose on the newly-elected minority government in Ottawa. Their mission? To dissuade politicians from keeping campaign promises relating to the high cost of wireless service in this country.

    Operators are facing potential price cuts of up to 25%, but an even greater threat looms—here's what an anonymous telco exec told Reuters:

    “We’re fighting a five-front battle here and we will use whatever tools are at our disposal to convince the powers that be ... that this is wrong-headed,” an executive at one of the major firms said, adding the prospect of MVNOs was a greater existential threat than price cuts.
    Last time I checked Bell, Rogers and Telus were still making money from broadband Internet, despite government-mandated wholesale rates that make the existence of TekSavvy and the like possible. But what do I know? I'm just a lowly peasant paying out $75/month just to get a decent per-gigabyte rate for wireless data.

    Source: Reuters

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    by Published on 11-13-2019 04:44 PM
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    Tonight Motorola unveiled their own version of a foldable phone in the form of the classic RAZR design, running on Android 9. They're calling this one lowercase "razr."

    Priced at $1,499 USD, it is set to release early January 2020 on Verizon as a carrier exclusive. Pre-orders start the day after Christmas.

    More specs, pictures and info on Motorola's site here: https://www.motorola.com/us/products/razr

    Sources: The Verge | CNET
    by Published on 11-07-2019 03:15 PM
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    A story that broke last night on The Verge is now being widely cited across the web. Some AT&T customers on Mobile Share Value plans are suddenly being gifted extra data... and an extra $10 on their monthly bill.

    Even worse is that there's no way to opt out of this. In a statement to The Verge the carrier said:

    “We are communicating with some customers regarding changes to their mobile plans. Customers have the choice to change their plan at any time and can always contact us with questions or to understand their options.”
    AT&T apparently offered its customers a similar "bonus" earlier this year. At least users are getting extra data for their extra money.

    Source: The Verge

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    by Published on 10-24-2019 08:00 AM
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    By "little three" I mean Fido, Koodo and Virgin. I guess that would make Chatr, Lucky and Public the tiny three? Still working on this. Anyhoo...

    A coherent strategy seems to have finally emerged from the second-tier brands of Canada's Big Three carriers: for those who can't (or won't) shell out $75/month for unlimited (10 GB) data, Fido, Koodo and Virgin each now offer slightly more affordable (or at least less expensive) BYOD options.

    Fido
    $55 for 4 GB ($13.75 per GB)
    $60 for 6 GB ($10 per GB)
    $65 for 8 GB ($8.125 per GB)

    Koodo
    $55 for 4 GB
    $60 for 6 GB
    $65 for 8 GB

    Virgin
    $55 for 4 GB
    $60 for 6 GB
    $65 for 8 GB

    According to the source below, all plans include unlimited nationwide calling plus unlimited international texting—that is, any SMS sent from or received in Canada. But, as always, it's best to check your carrier's provincial portal to confirm.

    Source: Mobile Syrup (1) (2) (3)

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    by Published on 10-23-2019 07:20 PM
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    AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Form Joint Venture to Transform Messaging Experience
    The Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative will help drive the next generation of messaging for consumers and businesses


    DALLAS and OVERLAND PARK, Kan. and BELLEVUE, Wash. and BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Oct. 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon have created a joint venture - the Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI) - to deliver the next generation of messaging to consumers and businesses. The service, based on GSMA's Rich Communications Service (RCS) industry standard, will enable an engaging way for consumers to interact and transact with each other and with businesses.

    To enable the service, the CCMI joint venture is working to develop and deploy the standards-based, interoperable messaging service starting with Android and expected in 2020. Working with its carrier ownership group and other companies in the RCS ecosystem, the CCMI service will:

    Drive a robust business-to-consumer messaging ecosystem and accelerate the adoption of Rich Communications Services (RCS)
    Enable an enhanced experience to privately send individual or group chats across carriers with high quality pictures and videos
    Provide consumers with the ability to chat with their favorite brands, order a rideshare, pay bills or schedule appointments, and more
    Create a single seamless, interoperable RCS experience across carriers, both in the U.S. and globally

    "People love text messaging for a reason. Texting is trusted, reliable and readily available—which is why we're using it to build the foundation of a simple, immersive messaging experience," said David Christopher, executive vice president and general manager, AT&T Mobility. "This service will power new and innovative ways for customers to engage with each other and their favorite brands."

    "The CCMI will bring a consistent, engaging experience that makes it easy for consumers and businesses to interact in an environment they can trust," said Michel Combes, President & CEO of Sprint. "As we have seen in Asia, messaging is poised to become the next significant digital platform. CCMI will make it easy for consumers to navigate their lives from a smartphone."

    "At the Un-carrier, customers drive everything we do, and that's no different here," said John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile. "Efforts like CCMI help move the entire industry forward so we can give customers more of what they want and roll out new messaging capabilities that work the same across providers and even across countries."

    "At Verizon, our customers depend on reliable text messaging to easily connect them to the people they care about most. Yet, we can deliver even more working together as an industry," said Ronan Dunne, CEO of Verizon Consumer Group. "CCMI will create the foundation for an innovative digital platform that not only connects consumers with friends and family, but also offers a seamless experience for consumers to connect with businesses in a compelling and trusted environment."

    More details will be announced at a later date.
    Source: PR Newswire via The Verge

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    by Published on 10-23-2019 03:20 PM
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    Ookla, the folks behind Speedtest.net, have just published a new market snapshot of mobile service in Canada. The good news? This country enjoys the 4th-fastest download speeds worldwide—already up two slots from last month's rankings.

    The bad news? For upload speeds we're currently ranked at #42 of countries tested.

    Back to the good news, here's Ookla's Speed Score™ for the top five carriers nationwide:

    1. TELUS - 69.61
    2. Bell - 68.59
    3. Fido - 59.35
    4. Rogers - 54.01
    5. Videotron - 40.88

    For more data, including breakdowns of speeds by province and city, visit the first link below.

    Source: Speedtest via Mobile Syrup

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    by Published on 10-16-2019 01:35 PM
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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc’s (TMUS.O) proposed $26.5 billion tie-up with Sprint Corp (S.N) won formal approval from the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday in a vote split along party lines, two sources told Reuters.

    Chairman Ajit Pai and two Republican commissioners voted to approve the deal while two Democratic commissioners voted against it, the sources said.

    The text of the approval order is not expected to be released until later in the month.

    The deal to combine the third and fourth largest U.S. wireless carriers, which has been fighting for government approval since April 2018, still faces a lawsuit brought by a group of state attorneys general, headed by New York.

    The lawsuit against Sprint and its parent company Softbank Group Corp and T-Mobile and its parent Deutsche Telekom AG argues the deal will lead to higher prices for consumers. A trial date has been set for Dec. 9.

    The U.S. Justice Department approved the deal in July.

    Under the Justice Department deal, the companies would divest Sprint’s prepaid businesses, including Boost Mobile, to satellite television company Dish Network Corp (DISH.O), and provide it with access to 20,000 cell sites and hundreds of retail locations. That deal is worth about $5 billion.
    Source: Reuters

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    by Published on 10-06-2019 09:30 AM
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    It looks like Canada will be excluded entirely from an upcoming report by Swedish research firm Tefficient. One of the reasons cited in coverage from The Wire Report is incomplete data; the other, bullying from industry lobbyists. Here's the full quote:

    The “fact that the data is reported so late for Canada (and since none of the carriers report data traffic or usage) we aren’t too interested in incorporating Canada in our analyses going forward,” Fredrik Jungermann, founder of Tefficient, said in an email when asked about the company’s information on Canadian telecom pricing. He noted that was “primarily” the driver of that decision.

    He said that “another reason is the workload created when lobbyists try to shoot down the credibility of the whole report because they don’t like to see Canada presented as an outlier. We have no business in Canada and have, unlike lobbyists, no agenda.”
    Make sure to visit the referring link to see a prior example of lobbyist bullying, an attempt to discredit the work of Finland's Rewheel/research by this country's most notorious Twitter telco shill.

    Source: The Wire Report via iPhone in Canada

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    by Published on 08-27-2019 02:20 PM
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    Bad news for anyone trying to game Koodo's tab system for financing hardware: as of this week if you cancel your tab you won't just have to pay back the balance, but any activation credits as well.

    iPhone in Canada illustrates with the following example:

    iPhone XR
    $1060 CAD retail price
    $480 in activation credits from Koodo

    Prior to this week you could cancel a plan with a medium tab, keep the phone and only be on the hook for $220 (the upfront payment) plus $360 (the balance of your tab), for a total of only $580.

    Though it took a bit longer than you'd expect, the carrier eventually got wise to this:

    "Over the past two years, Koodo has noticed an increase in the number of customers who activate new devices on our network when a phone credit is available, then cancel their service within days to turn a quick profit. As a result, we are adjusting our service agreements to require customers to pay back the phone credit when they choose to leave their 24-month agreement early.

    If a customer chooses to cancel or renew any time before the 24-month agreement is complete, they would have to pay back the phone credit that is owed for the remainder of the months. While the majority of customers abide by the agreement terms, we are implementing these changes to address a small subset of customers gaming the system."
    Seems fair to me... If you've ever flipped a phone with Koodo feel free to flex below.

    Source: iPhone in Canada

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    by Published on 08-23-2019 02:20 PM
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    "Hey, it's Public Mobile.

    As a thank you for being part of Public & to celebrate our new look, we're gifting you 1GB of data. No strings attached.

    This one-time addon will be added to your account in the next week. You'll get a confirmation SMS when it's applied. Learn more: http://tl.jumptxt.com/t100Ai8GT"
    If you were a Public Mobile subscriber on Monday, August 19th at 23:59 Eastern Time then you should be getting an SMS notification like the one above sometime today. The free GB is to be applied to your account after Wednesday, September 4th—provided, of course, that you're still a PM subscriber on that date as well.

    This one-time, 1GB bonus is yours to enjoy until it's all used up. According to iPhone in Canada the speed of your free gigabyte will be the same as the data on your existing plan. That seems fair, and it's a refreshing change to see existing customers getting something back for their loyalty.

    Let us know if you got the text from PM!

    Sources: iPhone in Canada, reddit

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    by Published on 08-21-2019 03:50 PM
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    OpenMedia, a digital rights nonprofit that I used to volunteer for, is asking Canadians to submit their worst carrier nightmares via a new survey. Here's the pitch:

    Canada’s exorbitant cell phone prices and lack of competition are severely hurting our wallets, holding back our economy, stifling innovation and widening the digital divide.

    The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is currently reviewing our wireless market. We want to share your perspectives with the CRTC, to show them they can’t ignore the problem any longer. It’s time to allow more providers to enter the market to bolster choice and affordability.

    Enough is enough—Big Telecom has been gouging people in Canada for far too long and change is long overdue. By providing robust data on people’s lived experiences we can convince the CRTC to set things straight!
    Complete the survey and make your voice heard at the public hearing in Gatineau, Quebec next January.

    Source: OpenMedia via iPhone in Canada

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    by Published on 08-19-2019 02:00 PM
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    An exclusive report from Reuters this morning reveals that for the past two years Google was offering anonymized user data to carriers around the world. The good news is that they've stopped; the bad news is that they did it at all, especially without their users' express consent.

    From the source:

    Google’s Mobile Network Insights service, which had launched in March 2017, was essentially a map showing carriers signal strengths and connection speeds they were delivering in each area.

    The service was provided free to carriers and vendors that helped them manage operations. The data came from devices running Google’s Android operating system, which is on about 75% of the world’s smartphones, making it a valuable resource for the industry.

    It used data only from users who had opted into sharing location history and usage and diagnostics with Google. The data were aggregated, meaning they did not explicitly link any information to any individual phone user. It included data relating to a carrier’s own service and that of competitors, which were not identified by name.

    Nevertheless, Google shut down the service in April due to concerns about data privacy, four people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
    For the record, Facebook still offers a similar service to carriers, and in the USA carriers themselves have only recently stopped selling customer location data to third parties.

    Source: Reuters via reddit
    Image source: Android Police

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    by Published on 08-15-2019 02:20 PM
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    I know, everyone uses Speedtest (and thanks to peer pressure, I do as well) but it's worth mentioning that Telus has also been crowned Canada's best carrier in OpenSignal's August, 2019 Mobile Network Experience Report for Canada. That's certainly a mouthful.

    Nationwide Telus came out on top in four out of five categories:

    4G Availability
    Video Experience
    Download Speed Experience
    Upload Speed Experience (tied with Rogers)
    Latency Experience

    Regional Results are as follows:

    Calgary
    4G Availability - Bell/Rogers/Telus (tie)
    Video Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Download Speed Experience - Telus
    Upload Speed Experience - Bell/Rogers/Telus (tie)
    Latency Experience - Telus

    Edmonton
    4G Availability - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Video Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Download Speed Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Upload Speed Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Latency Experience - Telus

    Montreal
    4G Availability - Bell/Rogers/Telus/Videotron (tie)
    Video Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Download Speed Experience - Telus
    Upload Speed Experience - Bell/Rogers/Telus/Videotron (tie)
    Latency Experience - Telus

    Ottawa
    4G Availability - Bell/Rogers/Telus (tie)
    Video Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Download Speed Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Upload Speed Experience - Bell/Rogers/Telus (tie)
    Latency Experience - Telus

    Toronto
    4G Availability - Bell/Rogers/Telus (tie)
    Video Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Download Speed Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Upload Speed Experience - Telus
    Latency Experience - Bell/Rogers/Telus (tie)

    Vancouver
    4G Availability - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Video Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Download Speed Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Upload Speed Experience - Bell/Rogers/Telus (tie)
    Latency Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)

    Winnipeg
    4G Availability - Bell/Rogers/Telus (tie)
    Video Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Download Speed Experience - Telus
    Upload Speed Experience - Bell/Rogers/Telus (tie)
    Latency Experience - Telus

    If you're shopping for a new carrier in any of the above markets, hopefully OpenSignal's results will be instructive. Be sure to check the source immediately below to verify what I've copied and pasted above.

    Source: OpenSignal via iPhone in Canada, Mobile Syrup

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    by Published on 08-08-2019 10:50 AM
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    Good news for heavy data users on the Fido network: as of this week overages on new plans have plummeted from $100 CAD per GB to a far more reasonable $15. But there's a catch: these overages are no longer billed automatically; data will instead be "paused" when you hit the limit on your plan, and stay in effect until you buy more.

    Here's the official press release to explain:

    TORONTO, Aug. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Fido announced that it is eliminating data overage fees so customers can go all out, without going over, with the launch of Data Overage Protection, a feature that will be included in new Fido Data, Talk and Text plans starting today.

    Data Overage Protection lets customers manage their data use and spend automatically by pausing data once they reach their limit. Customers will receive an SMS notification when they reach 90% of their limit and another at 100% when their data is paused. If customers want more data to keep streaming, searching and sharing, they can buy 1GB for $15 right from their smartphone.

    “We know that data overage fees are a major concern for some customers, and that many hold back from using the full data included in their plans,” said Nancy Audette, Vice President, Fido. “With Data Overage Protection, our customers can get the most out of their wireless plans and enjoy their services worry-free with no surprise charges.”
    While I personally think it would have been much easier to just charge overages at a $15/GB rate, I suppose this is the next best thing.

    Links: Fido Press Release, iPhone in Canada, Mobile Syrup

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    by Published on 08-02-2019 11:00 AM
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    Ookla has published their global index of speedtest results for June. Somewhat surprising is that Canada is ranked third overall behind South Korea and Norway. Here are the top ten countries and their mobile download speeds, along with some other notable markets:

    01. South Korea - 90.06 Mbps
    02. Norway - 64.80 Mbps
    03. Canada - 63.63 Mbps
    04. Australia - 63.20 Mbps
    05. Netherlands - 60.31 Mbps
    06. Qatar - 60.09 Mbps
    07. United Arab Emirates - 57.45 Mbps
    08. Switzerland - 52.03 Mbps
    09. Croatia - 51.62 Mbps
    10. Singapore - 51.11 Mbps
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    37. United States - 35.02 Mbps
    51. United Kingdom - 30.97 Mbps
    52. Japan - 30.74 Mbps

    For reference, the average download speed for all markets was 27.44 Mbps. Meanwhile Telus, once again the top-ranked carrier in Canada, yielded an average download speed of 72.27 Mbps across the country. Not too shabby... but still too expensive.

    Source: Ookla (1) (2) via iPhone in Canada, Mobile Syrup

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    by Published on 07-31-2019 07:20 AM
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    Bell must be getting lots of signups for their version of the $75/10GB "unlimited" plan, as they've just raised their monthly rate to $85. And that's not all: as iPhone in Canada reports, their 20GB plan has also gone up by ten bucks, and they've removed the 50GB option altogether.

    I guess there's such a thing as too much data...?

    If you're not on an unlimited plan, don't worry—Bell has a separate surprise for you. Data overages on non-unlimited plans will now be subject to a $0.12 per megabyte price hike over and above 500MB. Surprise!

    Source: iPhone in Canada (1) (2)

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    by Published on 07-26-2019 01:30 PM
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Friday, July 26, 2019

    Justice Department Settles with T-Mobile and Sprint in Their Proposed Merger by Requiring a Package of Divestitures to Dish

    Divestiture Will Enable DISH’s Entry as a Fourth Nationwide Facilities-Based Wireless Competitor and Expedite Deployment of High-Quality 5G for American Consumers

    The Department of Justice announced today that it and the Attorneys General for five states reached a settlement with T-Mobile and Sprint regarding their proposed merger. The settlement requires a substantial divestiture package in order to enable a viable facilities-based competitor to enter the market. Further, the settlement will facilitate the expeditious deployment of multiple high-quality 5G networks for the benefit of American consumers and entrepreneurs.

    The Department’s Antitrust Division, along with the offices of five state Attorneys General (Plaintiff States), filed a civil antitrust lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to block the proposed transaction. At the same time, the Department and the Plaintiff States filed a proposed settlement that, if approved by the court, would resolve the Department’s and the Plaintiff States’ competitive concerns. The participating state Attorneys General offices represent Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.

    Under the terms of the proposed settlement, T-Mobile and Sprint must divest Sprint’s prepaid business, including Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, and Sprint prepaid, to Dish Network Corp., a Colorado-based satellite television provider. The proposed settlement also provides for the divestiture of certain spectrum assets to Dish. Additionally, T-Mobile and Sprint must make available to Dish at least 20,000 cell sites and hundreds of retail locations. T-Mobile must also provide Dish with robust access to the T-Mobile network for a period of seven years while Dish builds out its own 5G network.

    “With this merger and accompanying divestiture, we are expanding output significantly by ensuring that large amounts of currently unused or underused spectrum are made available to American consumers in the form of high quality 5G networks,” said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. “Today’s settlement will provide Dish with the assets and transitional services required to become a facilities-based mobile network operator that can provide a full range of mobile wireless services nationwide. I want to thank our state partners for joining us in this settlement.” Delrahim added, “In crafting this remedy, we are also mindful of the significant commitments T-Mobile, Sprint, and Dish have made to the Federal Communications Commission.”

    The Department and the Plaintiff States said that, without the divestiture, the proposed acquisition would eliminate competition between two of only four facilities-based suppliers of nationwide mobile wireless services. According to the complaint, T-Mobile and Sprint both operate mobile networks and offer nationwide coverage to consumers, and they are particularly close competitors to each other for the roughly 30% of retail subscribers who purchase prepaid mobile wireless service. The combination of T-Mobile and Sprint would eliminate head-to-head competition between the companies and threaten the benefits that customers have realized from that competition in the form of lower prices and better service.

    T-Mobile US Inc. is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. In 2018, T-Mobile posted revenues of more than $43 billion. Deutsche Telekom AG, a German corporation headquartered in Bonn, Germany, is the controlling shareholder of T-Mobile US Inc.

    Sprint Corporation is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas. In 2018, its posted revenue was over $32 billion. Sprint is controlled by SoftBank Group Corp., a Japanese Corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

    As required by the Tunney Act, the proposed consent decree, along with the Department’s competitive impact statement, will be published in the Federal Register. Any person may submit written comments concerning the proposed settlement within 60 days of its publication to Scott Scheele, Chief, Telecommunications and Broadband Section, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 450 Fifth Street, N.W., Suite 7000, Washington, D.C. 20530. At the conclusion of the 60-day comment period, the court may enter the final judgment upon a finding that it serves the public interest.

    Press Release Number 19-812
    Source: The United States Department of Justice
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    Andrew Currie has been blogging about mobile phones since 2001, smartphones (depending on how you define them) since 2002 and smartwatches since 2014.
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    meetoo88

    . I just got the same 3 days ago... but nowhere...

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    I just got the same 3 days ago... but nowhere does it say, if there is a time limit to activate it!

    I am thinking to activate it on the iPhone, and use that as the 1 year proof to unlock.

    I...

    meetoo88 Today, 07:15 PM Go to last post
    hofonewb9

    No that's true, but even before a judge I would...

    No that's true, but even before a judge I would suspect J.L. to be able to answer any direct questions from the judge more....not sure a good word for it.....maybe confidently? Than the other 2 will....

    hofonewb9 Today, 07:15 PM Go to last post
    Samshares

    Edit: Cant do that: "You can only change...

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    Cant do that:

    "You can only change your number to another number within the same province. If you’re moving to another province and want to change your phone number, please go to...

    Samshares Today, 07:12 PM Go to last post
    kevink1

    The easiest way is to setup autopay with a credit...

    The easiest way is to setup autopay with a credit or debit card. There are options of buying refill pins through other companies or eBay, but not quite as easy.

    Check if the existing phone is...

    kevink1 Today, 07:00 PM Go to last post
    CanadianAngela

    Perhaps. But this is not a jury trial.

    Perhaps. But this is not a jury trial.

    CanadianAngela Today, 06:55 PM Go to last post