Before launching their new 3G+ network in September of 2010 Videotron asked Quebec residents to “WAIT before renewing your cell phone contract”. This was in hopes of them signing up for one of their new devices and possibly their “Infinite” Québec plans that suggested “The End of Time” has happened.
Quebec is a hotbed for competition. Every carrier jumped on board and created an Unlimited Plan of some sorts. Bell, TELUS, Virgin, Solo, Fido, Public, Rogers, Koodo, Chatr… they all created one around the $50/month price. Yesterday during the Quebecor (parent company of Videotron) investor conference call CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau stated that “It’s been one of the most competitive environments we’ve seen in a while”. Subscriber numbers have been released and are not as strong as Videotron had hoped for. As of December 31, 2010, Videotron had 136,100 connections to its mobile service (including the old network which some customers are sticking with). In the press release it shows that “92,600 subscriber additions to its new mobile network (55,800 new connections and 36,800 migrations)”.
Good news though… new devices are coming soon. The Android-powered Nexus S is one of them.