There was once a time that Public Mobile, one of Canada’s newest wireless carriers, phone didn’t work when you stepped out of their coverage area. Customers were not able to make or receive calls or texts. This changed when they signed a roaming agreement with TELUS last year, giving their customers a bit more freedom.
At last count there was 25,000 Canadians who opted in and subscribed to getting free AMBER Alerts texts on their mobile device. Every carrier was basically on the list, except new entrants Mobilicity and Public Mobile. However, Mobilicty joined the group in June and Public Mobile has now decided to help out with the cause.
WIND Mobile has been battling it out in the courts for a few years now, all circling around the amount of foreign ownership they have and if they are truly a Canadian company. Industry Canada believes they are, then in June the Federal Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the new entrant and said
Public Mobile is one of Canada’s new wireless carriers and they’re not for everyone. They cater to a specific demographic who hates spending tons on money on wireless. During the 2008 Spectrum Auction Public invested over $52 million and gained coverage from Windsor to Quebec City. There’s no word official word on their subscriber numbers,
Public Mobile has really been in the background over the past few months. We’ve only heard about them during the Globalive (WIND Mobile) Federal Court of Appeal hearings back in June, before that it was the release of their email capable BUZZ device. An internal doc that we received shows a promo happening until July
Public Mobile seeks a “level-playing field” on foreign ownership, heads back to the Supreme Court of Canada
The Federal Court of Appeal declared that Globalive Wireless Management Corp., WIND Mobile’s parent company, is a “Canadian owned and controlled company”, compliant with Canadian foreign ownership laws and can continue to operate their business. This latest foreign ownership case recently went back to court because of Public Mobile and TELUS both requesting a deeper
New entrant Public Mobile will be releasing another low-cost entry level device to their lineup. The ZTE C76 will be available May 26th and follows the “Buzz” and allows you to get email and surf the web (WAP 2.0). We’ve been informed that the C76 will cost $65 and comes with a 2-inch display, Bluetooth
Public Mobile is a private company and there’s no official word on how many subscribers they have but RBC estimated 25,000 at the end of 2010. Public just came of releasing their BUZZ data device and a $5 Unlimited email plan. One additional feature that Public introduced a few months ago was a referral program
Data is now available at Public Mobile. The BUZZ is their data device and it’s been immediately put on sale for $99 (usually $119). The specs are decent for their target audience: QWERTY keyboard, 1.3 megapixel camera, 2.2-inch display, WAP browser, speakerphone, MP3 player, Bluetooth. In addition, Public came out with a $5 Unlimited email
Public Mobile officially announced their coverage now extents into Markham and next will come to Richmond Hill and Vaughan early May. Public also noted their current coverage area now reaches 8 million people but the spectrum they purchased in 2008 is capable of reaching 19 million in Ontario and Quebec… so still lots of growth