Freedom is enabling LTE for customers with grandfathered 3G plans

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  • Hello Moto ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Great news for their dedicated customers on 3G.

    • hoo dat

      My wife is on Freedom’s LTE and barely cracks 20Mb/s at home and at work, I’m getting 12-17Mb/s regularly on their 3G+ network at home and at my office. I just don’t see the value in ‘upgrading’, especially when they barely include voice in their new plans. I also have the grandfathered US Roaming plan with 2,400 minutes of US roaming talk and 10GB of local and US roaming data for $50 which I rely on. There’s just not a suitable plan for me to switch to even if I thought the speeds would be worth it.

    • specialk2000

      The article just said that that they are giving LTE to old plans, you don’t need to upgrade, it’s being given to you. =-)

    • hoo dat

      They’re not really giving it away, it’s just for a 3 month trial period to rope people into upping to LTE. Besides, it’s only in Ottawa, Kingston, and a couple of other places where Freedom doesn’t have B66 LTE which doesn’t apply to me.

      However, there are rumours that Freedom will bump all the holdouts to LTE at some point but throttle them to 3G+ speeds to get them off of the AWS1 network. We’ll see.

    • meh

      No, it’s now permanent, and for everyone

    • hoo dat

      Even if it is it still doesn’t apply to me in the GTA. Just those in specific non B66 areas and with specific grandfathered plans of which mine is not included.

    • meh

      I’ve been told all WIND plans now have access to LTE, regardless of location or plan type

    • hoo dat

      Hmm, that flies in the face of what I’m being told by some at Queen’s Quay. I’m not saying that what you’re saying isn’t true but from what I hear not only is it restricted geographically but also by plan, with those with the grand-fathered $35 plan seeing the upgrade the most.

    • Matt

      People on a number of different plans got it. I am on the old $29 back to school special and got it as well. The settings on my phone were limiting it to 3G and 4G networks. I had to change the settings to allow it to connect to LTE networks. 30 seconds later, I had the letters “LTE” next to the 4G indicator for the first time.

    • specialk2000

      There was a trial but this is different, it’s permanent and there is no throttle.

    • Pisdan

      I have the $50 promo plan with the friends and family discount and the bundle everywhere discount I only pay $27.50 a month. So sweet! I came off the Holiday miracle $40 plan which F&F discount wouldn’t count towards unless I went to this plan but in the end I’m paying less for more

  • Bob

    i had the grandfathered 5gb $30 plan and upgraded to the 6gb $40 plan only 2 months ago. what a rip off.
    Im paying extra $10 for something i would have gotten if i had waited !!!!

    Frustrating !

    • specialk2000

      Call up their loyalty

    • hoo dat

      This happens all the time, not just in the mobile device world but in pretty much every retail sector. Timing is everything.

    • me

      Yup, I’m with you on this one. I switched away from my grandfathered plan to get LTE, and now I pay more for the same. Been with Wind/Freedom for 4 years now and now I’m paying more than I should.

  • Joel

    They’re definitely testing this new spectrum in Toronto right now. I was near King & Bathurst Saturday night and my Nexus 6P, which doesn’t support Band 66, was connected to Freedom’s Home network with an LTE icon showing. I ran a speed check and it showed 58mbps down and 20mbps up. Nearly seven times faster than my normal data speeds.

    • hoo dat

      I’ve been scanning for the B4 LTE signal for a couple of weeks now and I haven’t come across it in the GTA yet. I definitely have a plan they don’t want me to keep so I’d be very surprised if I’d be able to access it anyway.

    • hoo dat

      Just scanned again and there are no LTE networks broadcasting for my SIM. It seems to be those with the $35 plan who are getting access. Can you confirm or deny this is the plan you have?

    • Joel

      I recently grabbed the $50 8 gig promo plan that they discontinued recently, before their new plans came out. It is an LTE plan as I’ve roamed while away with LTE.

      It only happened while I was out on Saturday at a few places near King & Bathurst and Adelaide and Bathurst. Anytime I’ve been out since then I’ve been on my regular HSPA connection, and I haven’t had a chance to go back to King & Bathurst to check since.

    • hoo dat

      So you’re paying for LTE on a non (up until now) LTE device?

    • Joel

      Indeed. I mainly upgraded for the increased data, as I don’t have wifi at work and was getting throttled most months with my old plan, and also the 1 gig of away/US data as my old plan had no roaming data included at all. When I switched, I figured I’d upgrade my phone to a band 66 one sometime next year, but I guess I won’t have to for now.

      My old plan was a $39 /month promo plan, not $35, so I figured the extra data and away roaming was worth $11 a month.

  • John Paul

    So happy that me and my wife’s $35 (5Gb) plan were upgraded to LTE this morning without additional cost. Now my V20 and wifey’s S8+ run on LTE. Speedtest results at my office in Calgary was 45 mbps down and 15 mbps up. I’m glad I stayed with this really old plan. Thanks Freedom !!!

    • hoo dat

      It seems that the $35 plan is the one Freedom has targeted for this upgrade.

    • Sean McConnell

      My $40 circa 2010 Holiday miracle 5GB was upgraded to LTE today. I now get the “Big Data+Talk” $50 equivalent for $40. 😀

    • hoo dat

      Approx. where are you? I’m sure I won’t get it as I’m on the original US roaming plan and Freedom wants me off that plan so badly!

    • Sean McConnell

      I’m in East York, Toronto. I’m getting 16-27 MB down.

    • hoo dat

      What plan are you on?

      OK, ignore that question, I just reread your original post.

      Have you been told this is permanent or a trial?

    • Walter

      It’s permanent. Nowhere in the text or the link in the text says it’s a trial.

    • hoo dat

      Not getting it, and I’ve been with WIND/Freedom since Jan 2010. Everything I’ve been told has been specific plans and specific areas.

    • Walter

      What do you mean

    • My 1/2 cents

      your speeds are still below industry averages. time for a reality check.

    • John Paul

      At $35 per month for 5GB and at ~45Mbps, who cares about industry standards ???? Do you work for Robellus ??? And BTW, why are you even here??? Why waste your time here? SOUR GRAPER !!!!!

    • Graham_Douglas

      LOL. “Below industry averages”. Tell us how you maximaze faster LTE speeds. Website have servers right? That limits speed. Streaming? Faster network doesn’t mean faster anything. Streaming works or it doesn’t. The faster speeds is a failed sales pitch. Freedom LTE is going to be better than anything else out there for the buck.

    • Techguru86

      probably works for the big 3 lol, And with non band 66 LTE and 700 mh coming, why would you stay with them unless they dont have towers in the area

  • danny wood

    WTF? Last month I dumped Freedom/Wind after 4½ years on a 20gb plan. When I called last month to enquire about switching to the LTE network, I was told I could but would have to pay off the remainder owing on my Nexus 6p that I had on a tab with only four months remaining. They wanted $275 plus tax and then open a new plan, more expensive and less data on LTE though. (Not even a”real” LTE network btw, and I bet I STILL couldn’t access data while at home for Christ’s sake)
    After giving them a piece of my mind and thanking them for being a pile of crap, I agreed to pay the remainder, and at the same time I asked to close my account and I was moving to another carrier. The rep didn’t ask me to stay or even convince me to stay onboard.
    I moved to Telus on a FAR better network, smaller , 5gb plan, some minutes and big bucket of txts for more money than I was paying with Freedom. I don’t need 20gb of data these days, after having Rogers wifi installed at home because Freedoms network is basically nonexistent at Weston and Lawrence in Toronto anyway…
    ..so now Freedom offers this to those (formally me included) as thanks for hanging around. Although I’m extremely happy with Telus so far, I’m also pretty pissed off at Freedom. Also happy I’m done with them.

    • Graham_Douglas

      I suspect you could move back to Freedom provided you talk to the right person. In reality you’re losing by paying crap loads more per month with far less data. I honestly say it’s just a matter of talking to the right person at Freedom. Paying more per month isn’t a win under any circumstance. I think Freedom needs customers so bad, that most people aren’t leveraging that properly. Again, talk to the right person and don’t walk away right away.

  • pvanb

    Bastards. So I could’ve just kept my Holiday Miracle plan and had LTE anyway? Not cool, Freedom. Not cool.

    • hoo dat

      Hold your horses, it’s not so cut and dry as that. It’s still yet to be confirmed that it’s not just a trial or pushed out to those with certain plans.

    • Gu

      I just got the ‘:we’ve added lte to your plan’ text from freedom and I’m still on the Holiday Miracle Plan. I’m glad I waited it out. I had no need to migrate to lte as I was using a Nexus 6P and now a 1st Gen pixel. But now with them deploying lte on other bands it certainly seems like a win for customers like me. I also have the old double your data add on for 10$ so 10GB of data for 50$ but with all the bells and whistles of the HMP.,,👉🙏

    • lengend

      I’m on the Holiday Miracle Plan with the double your data and 1st Gen Google Pixel XL and still no LTE. Weird

  • HiHoSilver

    Well when I got the email and text message about my LTE upgrade – I was a little baffled. When I bought my new phone 2 months back, they never mentioned a need to upgrade my plan. I had assumed that was just par for the course. It worked out for me, but they sure did a crap job of fully informing their customers.

    • Carl Hall

      There wasn’t a NEED to upgrade the plan, HSPA+ was fine for many users, especially in Edmonton, most 3G areas were undersold

    • HiHoSilver

      I won’t say I’m ungrateful for it. I did a speedtest on my phone last night and the difference was quite significant. 10x the speed I had before.

  • Gabriel Bort

    Very excited, whole family is on the network and loving it! Happy they are expanding their existing network, though hopefully this encourages larger growth.

    • My 1/2 cents

      you’re in for a huge shock after you join their network. It’s going to be HUGE.

  • Cory Zirk

    Kinda down i left them for public now.. Whatever tho.. Still no voice over lte, so service still sucks (which is partly why i left…) still miss my 30/month plan tho

    • My 1/2 cents

      And no Public Mobile special promotion like they had this time last year.

  • Until I can have service that doesn’t see me roaming in Toronto (notably in the northwest area of Etobicoke) I’ll stick to Public Mobile.

  • hoo dat

    Definitely going to wait this out. There seems to be so much uncertainty about the plan regs and such.

  • My 1/2 cents

    58 Mbps on a very empty highway is pretty bad when Robelus especially Rogers who uses older LTE technology surpasses these speeds. It’s all a gimmick and I pity those fools who join Freedom and suffer from poor speeds.

    • lolwat

      You don’t even know the difference between “their” and “they’re.” Who is the ignorant one here?

    • Brandon Arneson

      All the big carriers get faster speeds because they bond the bands together to get faster speeds, once freedom does this then speeds will be faster and honestly I get up to 82mbps download and 35mbps upload on my Galaxy A5, I’ll be getting an LG G6 very soon so once I switch to that I’m sure speeds will be better.

    • Carl Hall

      Robellus all Use LTE-A too….just with more spectrum

    • Herbert Chong

      May be you are ignorant to understand majority of ppl do not need that much speed. Not everyone is a video streamer or gamer. Besides, WiFi coverage has expanded. Lots of ppl have WiFi at home or work.

  • Brandon Arneson

    I’m still glad I am on the Promo Everywhere 50 plan with free Canada and USA roaming. Cant beat that plan because you get free roaming across Canada and the USA

    • Pisdan

      I have this too with the friend and family discount and the bundle everywhere discount I only pay $27.50 a month. So sweet!

    • Brandon Arneson

      That’s an incredible discount! I have the $10 3gb full speed data addon so I only pay $60 per month plus tax

  • Michał Krężołek

    Damn it. I have upgraded to the $45 LTE 6 gb plan for existing Wind customers. I had almost same 3G plan without international picture messaging and 5 gb for $40. I feel cheated. And it’s no way to go back!!!!

  • Sia

    I have my $30 5gb plan from 2013. Using ZTE Axon 7 which has band 4 & 7, not 66. Hopefully I can have LTE when they bring band 4,7. I’ve been really pissed with their service, even doing using it for more than 4 years. Always losing signal at office and super slow speeds and slow response while commuting.

    • Phantomplayz

      Isnt band 4 another name for aws 66?? Cause i was considering getting axon 7. Now u got me thinking otherwise o-O

    • Raj Brar

      Band 66 is AWS-1. They will have 2500 mhz and re-farm some of their existing AWS-3. The reason to enable LTE for all customers was purely strategic; they first push as many people on old plans to get LTE. Once those people stopped switching, they were stuck with too many people kept using 4G service; (maybe more than expected). They needed to refarm their existing 4G network for LTE service in hope of reducing network congestion. If they roll out VoLTE, this will mean very few people will need to use 4G, further improving network quality.

    • Brandon Arneson

      Band66 is AWS-3 band4 is AWS-1

  • Eric Liu

    This is way too late.
    I joined Wind several years ago when they were promising cutomers LTE would be available “soon”.
    However, when LTE was finally rolled out, the older subscribers had to pay extra or change our older plans to new ones in order to take advantage of the faster internet speed.
    That was why I left the company. I am sure lots of people have done the same.

    • Raj Brar

      You left, but did you end up getting a cheaper plan?

  • irritum

    I was so glad to get the text/email about this! I’ve been on the old 50$ plan which includes US Roaming, Data etc and desperately needed to keep it as I travel back and forth between US and Canada often. I was hoping to upgrade to Note 8 but holding back because of my non-LTE phone plan. No more holding back! Woohoo!

  • Samano

    I had a wind plan since 2012 the 25$ back to school plan .. if I did stick to the plan your saying I would have got 5gig LTE for 25$ plus tax ?

    • Hello Moto ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Yes.

  • Samano

    Boxing day coming in just looking for the sales an going to lick the best one. Currently on public mobile 4gig LTE for 38$

  • Samano

    Anyone want to join public mobile an us me an a referral so we both can get 1gig extra for free ?

  • Techguru86

    This will definitely push competition as long as byop phones have the bands which most do. And clearly Apple was happy with their network if they are going to be selling with them.

  • Bill___A

    Since data is sold in quantity, it made no sense to hold people back to 3G. I am glad they are fixing that.

  • Jonathon__Lucas

    I’m on the friends and family Freedom plan. 8 gigs at full LTE speed. After that they slow me down and it’s unlimited (as it should be)… $38? Try getting that with Robellus (Rogers Bell Telus), good luck! The most I’ve used up in a month was 6 gigs. I work next to the QEW, sometimes the tower nearest to me is jammed up with commuters and a text or two have to be resent? One and only issue…. Other than that, it’s amazing! Without going broke to Robellus!

  • Thomas C. Riddell

    I am On Winds 29.00 Plan since 2011 Happy with 3G
    If now Freedome (Shaw) Wants to give me LTE without changing anything I’ll take it
    Other wise I am happy with what I have
    since I download very little when I am out
    and use WIFI when I am home

    • Sanjay Kumar

      Your plan will be switched to LTE without any price increase.
      But if you don’t use their lte capable phones, it’s useless.
      I saw speed slowed down on my device since
      I use unlock phone not purchased from freedom. My device isn’t capable of LTE 66 band. I really don’t care as $30 for 5gb is a steal deal.

    • Carl Hall

      you don’t need B66 amymore…..AWS-1 and band 4 will work soon (YEG works fine)

  • Odie

    Noticed LTE on my Nexus 6P with my old plan this morning here in Edmonton

  • Carl Hall

    LTE on band 4 has launched in YEG

  • Techguru86

    My Passport from Bell won’t switch to LTE option even though my Dtek50 has LTE