Over the past several quarters Bell has implemented some major changes in operations, management and services. For one, the Bell brand has taken a major move not only in looks but in action. Specifically over the past few months they have acquired all of Virgin Mobile Canada, all of The Source retail stores and have finally released a price and launch date for the anticipated Palm Pre (August 27th)… this is a device that Bell has stated is “the most important launch in Bell’s history”.
Bell has reported its Q2 results, but before we get to the numbers, they have announced a “reciprocal wireless roaming agreement with AT&T that will enable AT&T wireless customers to roam on Bell Mobility’s new HSPA network when it launches, while providing Bell customers access to AT&T’s GSM and 3G wireless networks in the United States”. That is pretty big news, major partnerships are happening with the new HSPA network. With major partnerships come better devices – the competition just got a little more fierce in Canada. With this agreement, and many more to come, hopefully we are one step closer to the rumoured Apple iPhone coming on the new Bell network.
Q2 results made Bell Wireless client base reach a total of 6,572,000 subscribers. Total gross activations in Q2 were 404,000 (increase of 3.3% from Q2 of last year). Postpaid net activations were only 64,000, compared to 111,000 net activations a year ago. The prepaid client base decreased by 19,000 from 28,000 last year. Total net activations were 45,000 this quarter, 45.8% fewer than last year. Bell Wireless service revenues declined slightly by 0.3% and Bell Wireless product revenues declined by 11.1%. Total Bell Wireless operating revenues decreased by 1.4%… all “impacted by the weaker economy”.
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