Industry Minister to make an announcement about ‘better service in the wireless market’

Ian Hardy

July 4, 2014 4:09 pm

This coming Monday will be another exciting day for wireless in Canada. Industry Minister James Moore has just announced that he will be making an announcement “about Wireless Competition.” The only details listed, other than the festivities will happen at 9:30am EST, is that it will “support more consumer choice and better service in the wireless market.”

Moore previously announced several “pro-consumer” regulation initiatives, such as reducing domestic roaming costs, cell tower build restrictions and a “use it or lose it” policy for carriers who hoard spectrum. Moore also might give greater insight into the upcoming 2500Mhz spectrum auction set April 2015, or possibly let us know the fate of Mobilicity.

Source: IC

  • silver_arrow

    Please be a Wind / Mobilicity merger or Videotron expanding into the west/ buying mobilicity. Either of these would light a spark under the big three

    • Dexaw

      Private companies merging doesn’t seem like something the government would announce.

    • It’s Me

      I’d like to see a combination of:

      -new enforcement of the existing domestic roaming and tower sharing regulations that are already in place. New regulation to better clarify specific terms.
      -immediate recalling all hoarded spectrum that has not been deployed for more than 2 years.
      -new enforcement of regulation meant to encourage MVNOs and new regulation to further encourage them.
      -an immediate investigation into collusion between the incumbents

    • marorun1982

      For one of the few time i am 100% with you on all point!

    • Plazmic Flame

      I’m going to bet that what ever is announced, will result in plan prices increasing by $5-25 per month, on the Big-3-Mafia carriers

    • Chris Parsons

      Half empty thinking and probably very true.

    • Richmcgee

      harper govt is a scam. vote liberal

    • It’s Me

      Yeah, because they are always trying to save us money. In Ontario, our Liberal government decided that power plants weren’t efficient enough. They decided to just burn cash instead. Billions.

      No thanks.

    • jinga

      or vote federal and have your money burned by corrupt conservative poltiicans.

    • It’s Me

      Yeah, ok.

    • d a

      Actually the Liberals have show themselves to more corrupt than any of them. They’re just not as bad as the conservatives at catering to the corporate world and ignoring the tax payers but in the end they all behave like they run a dictatorship.

    • Ro Tep

      Is there something wrong with the brain?? You didn’t remember all the corruption with the Federal Liberal Party?? In Ontario and Quebec, it’s even worst.

    • kanar

      lets think to recent – mike duffy? brazzau? walin? flaherty? all scams at the govenrment level. wright? harper the biggest crook of them all. no thanks. trudeau 2015

    • Al Chui

      Let’s not think just “recent”. What about ad-scam? Billions wasted on cancelling helicopters only to have to go out and buy them at an inflated price?
      Or buying used nuclear subs from the British, only to have them break down and need millions more in repairs just to get them to Canada?
      Or the billions on the “Long Gun” registry? You know the piece of legislation that required people to register their shotguns and rifles but not handguns in a duplicate registry. News flash, there has been a gun registry in place since the ’70s, we didn’t need a second one.
      Or the plain and simple fact that they balanced the budget buy downloading tons on the provinces and then criticized them when they turned around and did the same to the cities?

      Funny how you forgot about Mac Harb. You know, the Liberal senator that was embroiled in his own expense scandal.

      Trudeau in 2015? NO THANKS! Why on earth would anyone vote for someone who thinks China is a country to be admired because they could “go green” in an instant, ignoring the fact that China brings at least 1 COAL power plant online EVERY week.

    • marorun1982

      You forgot the Lobby Scam thats happen in 1990… Liberal always steal money..

    • Al Chui

      “Lobby Scam”? I’m assuming you’re talking about the sponsorship scandal that the media labelled “adscam” where they were caught passing envelopes full of cash across tables in Quebec bars & restaurants. Guessing they were paying homage to their mobster roots.

    • Chris Parsons

      Haha.. unexpected and funny

    • Plazmic Flame

      Government in general is a scam. Don’t matter who you vote for, no government ever follows through on their promises to the people… unless it benefits them directly, indirectly or secretly. Since the beginning of time. The cycle will continue until the people rise up and do something about it. But we’re Canadians, we’re not at that level yet.

    • marorun1982

      Some are worst than others…

    • marorun1982

      Liberal is the worst Mafia ever! They responsible for over 50% of all Quebec debt… Never vote Liberal… But also never vote for harper lol.

    • Raj Brar

      Videotron is not a friend of competition in my eyes. We cannot trust Quebecor to actually bring real competition. They are only interested in hoarding the new LTE license until someone buys it from them. Shaw did the exact same thing. These Canadian telecommunications companies are all in bed together

    • realitycheck

      shaw wanted to use theirs but their wireless plans fell through so to recover it went to rogers.

    • Raj Brar

      That is what they want you to believe. The truth is rarely told by companies. I know what goes on in those board room meetings. It is all. Cursing, racists remarks and guys thinking they are god

    • ScooterinAB

      Yeah. More accurately, I understand that Shaw couldn’t afford to/no longer wanted to invest in wireless due to cost. But the effect is still basically the same.

    • CADDMan71

      You got that right. I was working for the team building the Shaw network here in Vancouver when after only 6 months they announced they’re ‘pausing’ their build in Vancouver & Edmonton, but continuing in Calgary (they stopped in Calgary as well a few months later). Shaw clearly got cold feet realizing the reality of the CDN wireless market and that they’d never profit for 5-10 years. At least Shaw had some brains to realize this. Wind & Mobi on the other hand….

    • It’s Me

      Huh. You’d think a communications company would understand the high up front costs of deployment and how that might impact profitability, even in our cash cow market. You’d think that would be something they’d look into before initiating anything. Like step number one.

      Guess Shaw doesn’t have the brightest people working for them.

    • CADDMan71

      I believe the difficulties the build team in AB were having scared them into making their decision to pull out, IMHO. Our team in Vancouver, in less than 6 months, had designs for as many sites as the Calgary team had done in 1 year. And we had less resources to work with, again IMHO. I could go on but don’t want to say too much in an open forum like this.

    • ScooterinAB

      It should be noted that projects change and fail all the time in the business world. While we might see this as a massive blunder on Shaw’s part, it’s really just a move that the company made that didn’t pan out. Companies like this are always making acquisitions and huge impractical expenditures on projects that only end up being cancelled or panned when they realize that they are feasible. It’s kind of just part of doing business.

    • It’s Me

      Absolutely. The part that surprised me was the suggestion that they were caught off guard at the idea of a 5-10 year period to recoup the initial investment. A telecom company should have understood better than most that that size of initial investment in infrastructure would take years to recover. At the very least, due diligence should have clued in even a company with zero telecom experience to the anticipated time to profitability. That’s also kind of just part of doing business.

    • realitycheck

      how is shaw considered to be hoarding if the intention was to actually build infrastructure to utilize the spectrum??

    • ScooterinAB

      It’s a comparable statement. Although Shaw originally intended purchased the licences for use, the reality is that they are not using them. The whole concept of hoarding is ultimately based around that, since any company can say they purchased with the intention to use, only to have business plans change. While it’s public knowledge that Shaw truly intended to create a wireless network, the end result is the same; they didn’t and they are sitting on the spectrum, effectively hoarding it.

    • realitycheck

      blind assumptions much?? I know someone that was in the loop in the preliminary planning stages and trust me hoarding was not the intention. I’m not trying to defend shaw, i just want to point out your inaccurate assumption.

    • Raj Brar

      Really Shaw didn’t have the balls to go against the big three. They saw two options, spend a billion to build a huge network (Canada is huge) the. Spend another billion fighting the big three mobsters. They saw selling the spectrum at a profit. I highly doubt they had the intention to do anything. They didn’t want industry Canada to cancel their spectrum license for not using it.

    • realitycheck

      again nothing but assumptions on your part.

      1. shaw purchased canwest for 2 billion which is a much more lucrative venture and will complement their current services which it obviously has.

      2. deciding to sell the spectrum was decided AFTER the purchase.

      3. There is no risk of losing your spectrum license after you have acquired it.

    • Brian Callacabbage

      Not going to happen wind is going to buy them and videotron too ! Join my top secret group and let me tell you why wind is so amazing. BTW a rogers employee knocked out of tooth and stole my stash of weed!

    • The Rooty’s Tweeties

      Wind cannot afford to buy out a giant. I don’t have a secret group and I had no contact physically with a rogers employee either, nor do I smoke marijuana (cannibis). So that is entirely fictional. Okay, maybe you had your stashe stolen. lol.

      Lame move for impersonating me.

    • Brian Callacabbage

      I like the odd puff.. wish I would find my tooth..

    • The Rooty’s Tweeties

      The odd puff from legal action can arrive if you don’t cease impersonating me.

    • Brian Callacabbage

      As long as they do not find my stash I don’t care! Rogers stooge!

    • The Rooty’s Tweeties

      Okay jason, or angelos, cease. Just stop. Before I have to call you out.

  • canuck07

    Announcing the state is finally launching a lawsuit against the Big 3 for price fixing would be exciting.

    • Jack Lee

      This would make me so happy. Tears of joy happy.

    • beyond

      if price fixing is illegal I don’t understand why they haven’t done this already :(
      it’s obvious enough that it’s going on.

    • silver_arrow

      I’m going to go out on a limb and say something related to campaign donations

    • Chris Parsons

      Or campaign “injections”. Stopping there.

    • 5Gs

      Asking for impossible there. Rogers employee on his own ( who btw don’t know me at all ) told me that govt is in their pocket.

    • Chris Parsons

      His brain may fit in your pocket.

    • sicsicpuppy

      No , he cant lose his job

    • Chris Parsons

      That would be awesome. We have some of the Highest mobile carrier rates in the WORLD!!!

  • mrideas

    Merger of the two small carriers Wind and Moblicity with Videotron who then offers plans like Rogers does in Saskatchewan vs Ontario. That would be excellent news. Always seemed outrageous they can offer the same ‘service’ for almost 50% less in a part of the country where there is a viable 4th carrier for the same service they charge here in Ontario.

    • 5Gs

      Not to mention they are still making huge profit there but here they claim to be costly.

    • josh

      Saskatchewan has sasktel, a government funded mobile company that can offer plans at a fraction of the cost because tax payer’s money goes into the infrastructure. For any other mobile service to compete there, they have to have equivalent pricing. Private providers then have to boost the amount that other provinces pay to balance it out. If anything, saskatchewan is hurting the rest of us. Great service for there, though. Obviously that’s not the only reason our plans are higher, but it’s not helping.

    • It’s Me

      Nope. Sasktel and MTS, while government owned, operate at a profit. Like the LCBO in Ontario. The government does not pay for their infrastructure. That’s a chestnut spread by the carriers.

      In fact, IIRC, there was once some talk of one or both of them spreading their wings to other provinces in order to bring additional profits from other territories into their provincial coffers. Not sure if the telecom act or regs would allow that though.

      If they have an advantage it’s that they don’t have to be profitable (but are). Being allowed to operate at a loss, if needed, gives them more flexibility.

    • josh

      Ahh, fair enough. My source was incorrect. That said, sasktel still only needs to put up and maintain towers within saskatchewan, so they don’t necessarily have the burden of having to build and maintain towers in fairly underpopulated parts of Canada like some of the other providers do. Towers are fairly costly. I’ll agree that rogers, bell, etc… Are in it to make money, but they do have expenses

    • It’s Me

      Granted, they only operate in those provinces. But then again, they only can then find revenues from those provinces, so that balances out. Lower expenses but smaller client base and lower revenue.

      Further, the carriers and their shills love to use the population density in Canada as an excuse for our highest in the world rates. But somehow, in the two provinces with amongst the lowest population density, all of these carriers (provincial and incumbents alike) are able to make fair profits at much lower rates. (usually this is when those same shills will then say lower population density drives lower prices…go figure)

      There is really only one reason why Canadians, in general, pay more than the rest of the world. Our carriers have the highest rates and the highest margins in the world. One naturally leads to the other.

    • marorun1982

      This is sadly true… up to 5000% profit margin on roaming.. ( locally and internationally )

    • TLB

      OMG. You really need to start researching your claims before you make them public. First of all, look at a Rogers coverage map in Saskatchewan, and then look at a Sasktel coverage map. You’ll notice that Rogers only puts towers by highways and major urban centres. They don’t care about providing service to underpopulated areas–they simply don’t do it. SaskTel, because it’s owned by the people of Saskatchewan, has put towers into the most unlikely of places, such as the northern community of Wollaston Lake. There are many small towns in Saskatchewan that have cell service because of SaskTel–Rogers certainly didn’t help them out. Secondly, Bell and Telus use SaskTel’s towers. SaskTel built out its coverage first, and it was only later that Telus and Bell entered the market by leasing tower space. Yeah, they’re real big risk-takers, those two. Yet, despite all this, SaskTel remains profitable. Perhaps not the huge profits the others make, but it still makes money. I wish SaskTel would set up in Alberta.

    • josh

      1. My source was someone who lives there who obviously was wrong… Sorry to have strangely offended you and the entire public. One can’t be wrong on the internet, it seems.

      2. It makes sense that they would. Sasktel has great infrastructure there, so it makes more sense to rent towers than to put up their own. It’s surprising that Rogers doesn’t do that… Anyway, Telus uses Bell towers in Ontario and Bell uses quite a few Telus towers out west, so It’s not really a new concept.

    • marorun1982

      SaskTel as the best Roaming agreement with Telus and Bell also as a result..

    • Jeff

      “burden of having to build and maintain towers in fairly underpopulated parts of Canada”

      You mean like Saskatchewan which has the lowest population density with the exception of Newfoundland and the territories?

    • TLB

      @josh Are you from there? Have you ever lived there? SaskTel is owned by the government, as it’s a Crown Corporation, and its profits go the province’s general revenue. Some years the profits are smaller because of the company’s investment in infrastructure, but the company has never lost money. So no, the government doesn’t fund SaskTel’s infrastructure. The only direction SaskTel takes from the government is its mandate to provide telecommunications to ALL of Saskatchewan’s citizens, whether they be in the far north or one of the major cities. It’s amazing what a company can do when it’s not concerned about shareholders who are only looking for short-term gain.

    • Matthew Pfeifer

      Rogers only offers the because it has virtually no subscribers left in Saskatchewan. Last I heard Sasktel alone has over 80% of the market. I would bet Bell and Telus make up the majority of the remaining 20%.

    • Brian Callacabbage

      if they merger I know wind will run them awesomely! Look at wind over 800,000,000 subscribers. I know this because I know this!

    • The Rooty’s Tweeties

      You don’t know anything like that, impersonating me is a lame excuse and claiming anything using my name is very lame.

  • KiwiBri

    not going to hold my breath on this.

    • mrideas

      Lol. Yes likely they are going to tell us again how two year contracts lowered the cost of our cell plans. Oh ya. It didn’t….

    • It’s Me

      It didn’t cause the hikes we did see. That was a pure cash grab with no justification.

  • Sérgio Da Silva

    Anything against the BIG 3 will make me happy :-)

    • 5Gs

      Lol who wouldn’t be happy about it.

    • Sérgio Da Silva

      Rogers, Bell and Telus, who else? :-D

    • 5Gs

      Hahaha true

    • Ro Tep

      Yes Verizon. I want to see them crying for real. Seriously any big companies who come to Canada to bring great service at affordable prices, I don’t say no to that. I’m against Canadian protectionnism

  • KrispyInTO

    Gonna announce new partnership with rogers for the government issued value plan. 500mb starting at $75 instead of $80. Giving Canadians the value they deserve!

    • mrideas

      But it won’t include call display voice mail etc. But for $10 more….

    • KrispyInTO

      That’s offensive to our progress! This is the VALUE plan and we will be offering voicemail for the low cost of 8.99

    • Plazmic Flame

      Honestly, wouldn’t be surprised by something as ridiculous as this…

  • Mike Scott

    What about Shaw who’s has all this spectrum and is not using it?

    • It’s Me

      Good time to yank it from them.

  • Steven

    Canadian government announces communist utopia for cellular users….

    The Canadian government should not be able to regulate things like roaming rates among carriers. Imagine you bought a car, pay all the maintenance for it and the government comes along and tells you that you have to lend it to your neighbor 1 day a week and that you have no say in how much he pays to use it. This is what is happening right now.

    • d a

      You need to get help.

      I have one for you then, Imagine you have a bar, Al Capone sells booze, his prices are high, you say, well I’ll just go to someone else to get my booze for my bar, that someone else says oh our prices are the same as Al’s, you wonder how can that be in a free market, so you go to the next guy and the same thing happens. So what do you think is actually happenning there? A fluke, you imagine that’s what competition is? I’d RATHER have a communist government than continue to allow this collusion, this is ANTI-FREEMARKET behavior. When the big three collude to price fix and hurt the small carriers, THAT’S NOT FREEMARKET. That to me, is organized crime.

    • marorun1982

      Average price for all comodity is quite similar…

      If you want a high end phone full price its 600 to 800$

      If you want a bag of basmati rice its about 8 to 10$

      If you want to buy gaz its about the same price everywhere in the same city.
      Its called market price..

      This do not make it right to overprice thats a shame on all the big 3..

    • It’s Me

      Yeah, because regulation is communist.

      The US regulates domestic roaming and has done for years. Not exactly a communist utopia there.

      In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a country that doesn’t regulate domestic roaming. Are our carriers somehow special that they shouldn’t be regulated in this regard?

    • marorun1982

      US Regulates domestic roaming but still had price as high as here in Canada.. They have much higher pupulation density too and in fact make Very big profit.
      They also like here in Canada have big company ( At&t , t-mobile , sprint ect ) thats own the majority of the market and has the highest price with national network and you got smaller provider with regional zone and lower price..

      This proove thats only regulating the roaming fee wont fix the problem.
      Its sad to say but they need to go further and put a maximum price per month for plans ( both data and voice.. ) Thats really communist but we have no choice to fix this problem is to put a cap…

    • It’s Me

      The smaller regional players are able to provide their users with coverage outside of their areas without insane roaming rates because of their regulation. They don’t get a free ride but they are able to offer reasonable rates based on the wholesale rates.

    • Philosoraptor

      Seriously?

    • canuck07

      It cracks me up every time I see i****s like you throw out terms like “communists” or “socialists” when they don’t even know what they mean. Most countries in the world run a mixed system of socialism and capitalism, some leaning on one side more than another. In Canada’s case, we lean more towards socialism than the US, but by no means we’re socialists or communists. Production is still based on market demand, so get your facts straight before you utter total non-sense. If you want to see the glory of capitalism, go look at what happen in the financial crisis. No regulation in sub-prime mortgages and see where it took them.

    • marorun1982

      This is so funny but so true..

      Its sad thats a governement has to go to thats lenght to get the price to lower a bit..

  • Kevin Whynot

    I’m betting that it won’t benefit eastern canada. We would love to have Wind Mobile .

  • 5Gs

    Here comes no more roaming charges canada wide??

  • d a

    Haven’t we been down this road? In the end HE DID NOTHING! More horse crap in the end about the market taking care of itself. Well the market can’t take care of itself when the carriers aren’t on the same playing field. Thanks to government indifference, the big 3 will continue to gouge and collude against us. They won’t be happy until the public say, enough, give me back my flip phone.

    • It’s Me

      Yep. Good ideas but poor execution. They need to go hard and fast with regulations instead of dribbling them out slowly, allowing them to screw us.

    • d a

      That’s a good point, it’s right or it’s wrong and if it’s right, get it done. Don’e wait for elections, don’t wait for anything. Moving slowly gives the lobbyists more time to work over the politicians, Rogers alone has 36 apparently. That itself should be regulated. One guy per company should be allowed to communicate with the government at high levels and only in transparent ways at any level.

    • It’s Me

      The best recent example is the 2 year terms. Great idea and well needed but their execution sucked. They announced it well in advance and then walked away with no further stipulations. The carriers took that and ran with it and jack up rate across the board, way, way beyond anything justified by the shorter discount repayment period. And then they have sucked most people into blaming the 2 year terms for the rate hike. Look how many people just in this thread blame the 2 year terms for rate hikes, when they were not even related. Or rather a very small portion for most customers would have been related but the bulk was not,

      Next the started trying to encourage foreign investors, again another needed change. Meanwhile they hadn’t yet updated the foreign ownership restrictions, scaring all that money away and requiring many hoops for the new incumbents to work through and that still is a mess. And it gave the incumbents lots of time to start up their propaganda machine to make it sound like all foreign companies, like verizon, were big bad boogeymen getting unfair benefits to kill Canadian jobs. Again, look how many people swallowed that load.

      I am in favour of the government attempts to better regulate the industry. It’s needed and long overdue. But they need to do a better job at getting that done.

    • J-Ro

      I wouldn’t say the plans are high. Considering our network and handset lineup, we are better off than our neighbors to the south. I think moving forward, prices will flatten out and handsets will becoming affordable off contract.

    • It’s Me

      After so many years of paying world leading rates with networks on par with 3rd world countries I should certainly hope we finally have a better network. We finally got the better network but rates went up even more. A year ago we were leading the world. Now that rates have spiked 30%-60% we are untouchable.

      Prices in the rest of the world go down, ours go up.

    • J-Ro

      I know we don’t have the lowest but we aren’t leading. For example, a $80 plan here (the minimum to get a good phone) is $90 in the US. That, without even factoring in currency, is more.

    • It’s Me

      I don’t know about that. I did some comparisons a month or so ago and feature for feature we were ahead even with exchange. In addition the requirements for subsidy were much lower in the US for those that want a subsidy.

    • J-Ro

      I think that has since changed. Unless you are referring to a smaller brand like T-mobile or Sprint. The big 2 over there are identical

    • It’s Me

      ATT:
      $50
      1GB
      Unlimited nationwide talk/text/MMS
      VVM

      Rogers:
      $85
      1GB
      Unlimited nationwide talk and text
      Basic VM

    • J-Ro

      I guess it varies state to state but we are paying more than AT&T and less than Verizon. It will likely get better for us when videotron goes national. Unless they just do the same structure.

    • It’s Me

      Don’t have time to look up Verizon right now. I’d be really surprised if they aren’t identical to AT&T.

    • marorun1982

      Now lets compare for a device..

      Samsung S5 in the US is 199$ on 2 years..
      Plan at 65$ unlimited US wide with all options and 1 gb.

      Canada Samsung S5 is 200$ on 2 years.
      plan at 80$ for unlimited with 500 mb.

      Not thats good is it?
      What insult me most is the minimum per month crap they feed us… Even here at the Telus store we work when we call Telus for a client and try to help the client get a good plan they give us crap like : oh but those are very good plan rich with options..

    • It’s Me

      (bizarre day that you and I agree)

      people like to say that we are now paying what the US pays because of the shorter 2 year terms. The truth is that we were paying as much (maybe a little more) that our US cousins per month when we had 3 year terms. Now we pay far more and way more than the term reduction justified for the subsidy (or anything else).

      We are world leading.

    • marorun1982

      But we want to regulate the roaming rate like in the US.. Very useful right?

    • J-Ro

      If you mean international roaming, we are pretty much like that. T-mobile has insane rates with lots of fine print. Prices will be a lot better once the 4th carrier goes national.

    • KiwiBri

      our plans are way overpriced for a freaking first world country

  • ammanerz

    Its probably only about roaming fees with some lip service about investigating other issues…
    I hope its also about spectrum hoarding but I doubt it…
    Maybe since the new reduction in EU roaming fees, the gov’t is looking to adopt a similar pricing structure (could that have been something that falls under the Can-EU free trade agreement?)

  • sicsicpuppy

    he’ll claim Blacbkerry as sole canadian safe smartphone …..pure comedy

  • Omis

    He’s going to announce that government regulations are interfering with the telecos ability to innovate. He’s going to let them self regulate which will provide better service and cheaper prices.

  • R.S.

    Is this a**hole actually going to do anything that actually helps consumers?

    • J-Ro

      Last time he made a speech, we paid more. By Monday evening, we will start having to take loans out for service.

  • Raj Brar

    Let’s ban no in my back movements. Force real tower sharing, nationalise spectrum again and force air waves to be leased by all the companies. Why does a private company get to own air waves. It was always a government asset. We can earn a higher revenue through leases than a one time sale. This will reduce barriers to entry and exit of the market. Anyone can open a cell phone company and compete on the basis of price and services. Furthermore, why duplicate the same network 5 times?

    • ABCONMan

      Kinda like our Natural Resources that Harper gives away to the Chinese and any other low bidder.

    • CADDMan71

      I’ve always been curious where these ‘force real tower sharing’ rants came from? I’ve worked with all the carriers in Western Canada and can tell you tower sharing hasn’t been a problem. Wind & Mobi both put in requests with the 3 incumbents during their initial rollouts and each incumbent accepted their applications. The problems were Wind & Mobi wanted elevations that would require upgrades to the towers to increase their heights, which required municipal support, which if you follow local news is rarely, if ever, forthcoming. There’s also a cost involved, which Wind & Mobi would have to take care of. Unfortunately the cost of the upgrades (which Wind & Mobi determine BTW) were such that building their own towers made more sense. Side effect to that was 1)non-optimal locations for coverage & 2)need the aforementioned municipal support.
      If people want to blame the big 3 for not allowing the new carriers on their towers, fine, continue believing that. My experience was that it was never an issue, but became one in the public mind for some reason.

  • Tarzyx Blacks

    Bcz it is. “Better servic” he might say amendments ttowireless code…

  • Ro Tep

    Yes and to make the thing for customers, vaseline will be for free ( if you sign on a premium 2 years minimim 80$ and then you will have to go with another because thr 80$ has been grandfathered….)

  • ABCONMan

    If only Harper would go after Big Oil. Then again, can’t get that plum board position by upsetting his buddies.

    By the way, how did that meddling work out last time? Any savings?

  • hoo dat

    Exciting? James Moore is about as exciting as wet cement!

  • MXH070

    The government announcement is they are becoming the 4th national cell provider to compete with Robellus. All national plans will be advertised in August.. lol.

  • Brian Callacabbage

    You are all forgetting that Wind is the best and needs no hands outs! I often tell people to put the phone in airplane mode and that helps!

    • The Rooty’s Tweeties

      Yeah jason, impersonating me and using my advice? How unoriginal. I help out way more than that and you know it. I suggest using your facebook name instead of mine.

  • skullan

    “In an effort to combat rising cellphone costs, we have decided to allow RRSPs to now be used to pay for cellphones at the rate of 5% of the total remaining RRSP a month”. Could this be the announcement?

  • Ali

    Lets hope the government will ease the distriction on foreign ownership. I want AT&T and Verizon here. Rogers Bell Telus been sucking too much money.

  • Shlomi Ifrah

    How about the fact we are one of the most expensive countries in the world for cellular usage. Lets start there