NorthernTel flips HSPA+ network on in Timmins

Ian Hardy

November 24, 2010 2:43pm

A few weeks back Norma Hughes said that “By 2011, Northern Tel is going to be 100% HSPA active”. Timmins residents got some great news today as the HSPA+ service in the area has been turned on! Coverage is limited but the device selection and pricing is big – and the same as Bell (NortherTel is a division of Bell Aliant). So some of the devices you now have are the iPhone 4, BlackBerry Bold 9780 and Torch 9800, Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant, Windows Phone 7 LG Optimus Quantum, and even the newly released Android 2.2 HTC Desire (for a low $49 on a 3-year). Even better is that the Samsung Galaxy Tab is for sale along with tablet plans for this and the iPad. NorthernTel also have a few promos happening for when you sign up on contract.

Check it out here at NortherTel
(Thanks Jay!)

  • HighDefiniasian

    Pretty decent lineup for a small carrier in the North even if they are a subsidiary of Bell. Its so awesome that CDMA is going the way of the dinosaur here in Canada.

  • aviking

    Excellent for the people in Timmins.

    How’s the HSPA network going in ALL of Manitoba MTS and Rogers? Oh that’s right next year some time!

    I don’t even joke when I say that once MTS/Rogers gets HSPA going in Manitoba the rest of the country will already have moved on to LTE.

    Manitoba’s new moto “A day late and a dollar short”

  • Brad F

    Meanwhile: Rogers promises to upgrade its towers in Timmins to HSPA by Q4 2018, and will fix its failing tower in South Porcupine sometime in 2024.

  • Dan

    NorthernTel launched their New Liskeard and Kirkland Lake towers last week. So far the network is great and really fast. Especially when you compare it to Rogers where I was getting gprs if I got a signal at all. Rogers told me that New Liskeard was in their 2012 plan for 3G. How can Bell and Telus create a whole new 3G network and still beat Rogers in many areas? I realize that Bell got some money from the government but Rogers could have been part of that too. They just dont care about people outside the major centres.

  • Steve

    Bell actually commits to the rural areas, even if it doesn’t make money for them. Being the 130 year old phone company they understand they have a responsibility to provide people decent service.

  • Curtis

    It’s getting pretty funny that every time there is a story like this one, or something regarding Sasktel, a good portion of the comments are from MTS customers complaining (with good reason). I can laugh because I am one of them.

  • slype

    I visit New Liekeard fairly often and I’ll be happy once they upgrade to 3G. The edge network is so painful to use.

    Good to Timmins for getting the HSPA+.