Freedom Mobile officially retires the Freedom Bear

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  • Marshall Davidson

    About bloody time. Easily the creepiest mascot out there

  • Zaptor99

    I suggest they change the company name as well, freedom is just not catchy enough

    • Jérémy Letendre-Côté

      How about Shaw Mobile?

    • Si2k78

      Yes. Shaw would be better. But there are aspects of freedom I’m sure Shaw does not want assossicates with the Shaw brand.

    • Zaptor99

      Makes sense, but the Shaw name is a bit evily like bell Rogers etc.

    • DONALDainamaito TRUMPetto

      Back in September, MS had an article about this and mention Shaw has registered “Shaw Mobile,” “Shaw Mobility,” and “Shaw Wireless” with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). They wouldn’t registered that without a reason, I think when the time is right, they will make Freedom the flanker brand and have Shaw (something) as the main brand.

    • Rattrap

      Freedom 55 is pretty catchy.

    • Zaptor99

      $55 for unlimited LTE and county wide coverage. Sounds good 🙂

    • Supa_Fly

      That is ONLY if you actually GET LTE working!
      iPhone was just supported this month: Finally MMS works, I should get LTE in Toronto – yet I don’t except for a 100m sq in Scarborough in which the data doesn’t work iPhone 7 is supported.

      First before any new expansion:
      FIX the damn SMS sending and receiving issue!! for 9mths it’s STILL garbage!
      (I’ve already troubleshooted the hell out of it)
      LTE should be across the entire Toronto/GTA Area else why the hell is Wind, ahem Freedom Mobile still in business for?!

      If it wasn’t for the exhorbitant ridiculous Data or voice plans with minimal data from the big 3 I’d not be with Freedom Mobile suffering.

    • somebody else

      Ensure SMS is set as default (which includes MMS), not iMessage. Else you will run into that problem. LTE band 66 for the GTHA, band 4 and 7 due in spring 2018. Helps to read up. I get LTE isn’t everywhere (in terms of band 4 and 7), however people have noticed that on their screens (if glued to it 24/7) from time to time.

  • Tim3Tripp3r

    I’m so sad said no one ever. Last I heard, Freddy & Zeddy were seen going into the woods to set up a legal grow op ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    • somebody else

      Or to live and support one another. :3

  • Igor Bonifacic

    They may take our bear, but they will never have our freedom.

  • Dan man

    I think eventually they would rename it to shaw mobile but not until the network becomes more reliable. Getting rid of the bear is probably a good idea, it was childish and creepy. I don’t think they want freedom mobile to be some kiddie brand.

    • basesloadedwalk

      Or Freedom mobile will remain as Shaw’s flanker brand, like Koodo is to Telus, and Fido is to Rogers, and shaw will release their main brand as Shaw Mobile.

    • Sighmonsez

      And have Freedom roam free on Shaw network.

    • somebody else

      Shaw can’t really rebrand it to that because I don’t think they (as an individual brand) service all of canada. Rogers has a stronghold due to also being a cablecom (using cable) company, not telecom (using phone lines).

    • basesloadedwalk

      That’s a bunk argument and isn’t valid. Rogers for instance does not service Alberta in any way other than mobile phone service, so it would be no different if Shaw were to sell mobile phone service only in a province like Ontario. Shaw too, is a cablecom, as they own the Global TV network, which does have a Canada-wide presence.

    • somebody else

      I never said rogers served alberta. I only mentioned the majority.

    • basesloadedwalk

      Rogers only has cable service in 3 provinces, hardly a majority .whereas Shaw cable is in 2 provinces, and Shaw Direct Satellite is available Canada wide. No reason why Shaw could not re-brand at all. Your argument is full of holes.

    • somebody else

      If they really wanted to rebrand, it would already have taken place last year.

  • basesloadedwalk

    Freddy the bear had allegations of sexual harassment, and like everyone else, lost his job before the facts came out.

    • somebody else

      Really now.. A stuffed CGI inanimate object did those things? xD

    • Jonathon__Lucas

      for sure!

  • Anonymous Agent

    Freedom Mobile is such a joke. How many years has this company been in business and they still only have the small zone service. You’d think by now they would have expanded the coverage to make the zones way larger and more cities and towns by now. It’s been like over a decade now since they’ve been in business why are they so slow at expanding the network. Don’t they already have over 1 million subscribers by now and you’d think they’ll start running out of any new customers signing up if they just continue with the same small zones. But now after a decade in business you’d think they would have expanded the network to include an entire province by now in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan. Manitoba. Or at least Ontario province entirely first as Ontario has the largest population for Canada. If they want to grow they need to expand to include an entire province of service. Didn’t take Rogers or Bell over a decade to include province wide service.

    • Nick_Abby

      it’s a little more complicated than that, Freedom has only been operating under that name for a few years, before that it was WIND mobile and WIND, while it has been operating for 8 years was not owned by the same company throughout all those years. You had people who were looking to invest and found a market that was too hard to move forward in so they didn’t invest in more infrastructure as they were looking to sell not expand. Shaw has come in now (west coast company) and bought WIND mobile, changed the name to freedom, updated their current towers to current competitive technology (LTE) and is expanding their phone options and shaking up pricing in a stale market. the Next 5 years are going to be very interesting in the cell phone market.. have patience as big changes do not happen overnight.

    • Si2k78

      Can’t happen soon enough. I’m banking on the 700mhz spectrum they just purchased to be a game changer in terms of strength of their signal and reliability of their service.

    • somebody else

      voLTE too, it’s patience we all need. Same for myself. Rogers, bell and telus moved at a snail’s pace to build out their networks over 20-30+ years.

    • Zee

      No carrier, not even Rogers, Bell or Telus, have province wide coverage.

    • Anonymous Agent

      Yes they do. Look at their coverage maps lmao lol. Rogers and Bell have the largest networks. Telus mainly roams on Bells Network outside of city zones.

    • Zee

      Drive from Vancouver to Calgary on TC-1 Highway (which is a very frequented route) and you will get coverage in patches. There are large parts where there are no signals from any of the Big 3.

    • Marshall Davidson

      That isn’t really the case anymore like it may have been a decade ago. There is widespread coverage with the only exception being some of the higher mountain passes and even Rogers Pass has coverage now. Face it. Freedom sucks azz and really doesn’t give their customers ‘freedom’ at all.

    • somebody else

      I’m a customer. lol

    • Bill___A

      The coverage on that route has improved massively over the years – it isn’t perfect yet, but it has improved big time. I do wish they would just bite the bullet and finish it, but it isnt that spotty anymore. I just drove between Charlottesville and Lynchburg Virginia, and it was quite spotty, not nearly as rugged as the route to the west coast.

    • David Gregory

      Drive through Newfoundland with Rogers. See how far outside st. John’s you get before you’re out of range

    • Anonymous Agent

      Wouldn’t be surprised with Newfoundland having a population of what 50 Fisher men lmao lol

    • somebody else

      It’s not just fisherpersons, it’s farmers too. Take a look at google or bing maps using satellite view.

    • daniel waito

      You are dead wrong. I travel all over Ontario and I know. I used Freedom for a month and had to quickly buy a GPS because I got lost when I couldn’t use their data. Back to Bell where I feel safe.
      Freedom data is spotty even in the GTA.

    • w00

      They needed to fill in the network in urban centres to have reliable coverage for existing customers first.

      That has helped their reputation (I rarely am in an area without coverage these days).

      No point in having spotty coverage in lots of places when one can be a serious competitor in the larger places (where most people actually live, therefore most customers are).

      Seems obvious given a few seconds of thought.

    • Marshall Davidson

      That’s a lot of excuses. Fill the network in urban centres? The fact is that a mobility provider with such spotty coverage isn’t one that a person can rely on if they’re away from an urban area and where cell phone coverage is pretty damn important. Being stranded in a rural area on the side of a highway in freezing weather for example doesn’t lend itself to your argument.
      Sure, Freedom has some good pricing compared to the rivals but you pay for what you get and in this case it ain’t much. I’d rather pay an extra $25-$30/month know that if I need to use my phone outside of Toronto I can do so without worrying about excess roaming charges or unavailability of service.

    • w00

      When stuck outside urban centres, there’s this thing called “roaming” and several providers support it.

      Unless you’re way into the back country, in which case even your gold plated provider isn’t going to have service.

      I pay a paltry $25 / month, rarely find a location I can’t use my phone – rarely. I’m not tied to my phone, I have other things of more importance to me than checking updates or yacking on it.

      If I leave town and head to the hinterlands, I can accept paying 5¢ to 25¢ for roaming when making or receiving calls. It happens a few times per year, so …

      $25 / month, never outside coverage. Makes sense to me.

      YMMV, but from Wind’s point of view, the urban centres are where people are, by definition, and so it’s the focus for their expansion.

    • Marshall Davidson

      I had a friend using their services and we would frequently go on bike trips together whether to Niagara region or towards Kingston and in both locations his phone would revert to roaming which is ridiculous. That isn’t in the back country or that far outside urban centres but to suggest you can only get proper coverage in a major city and everything else requires roaming is pretty pathetic. If youre happy with that quality of service then so be it but I can assure you most are not nor should people have to settle for less to save a few bucks on a cell phone bill.
      Anonymous is correct. More than a decade in business and they still cant provide decent coverage. Smh.

    • somebody else

      You expect way too much. Not everybody does however, and I respect your opinions.

    • Marshall Davidson

      Expect what? Coverage along the 401 outside of Ajax or the QEW beyond Hamilton? lol
      Freedom is a discount operation and the only reason you enjoy lower monthly bills is because the service is just that limited. If you’re a business person travelling extensively in Canada or the U.S. you’ll find your monthly bills no less appealing than a Robellus user.

    • somebody else

      1. Not everyone drives a car. 2. I wouldn’t say they are a discount operation (subsidiaries of robelus are), they are a regional carrier. 3. There is an everywhere plan for that, which includes roaming. I have said plan, and my bill remains the same.

    • Marshall Davidson

      How can your bill remain the same if you’re roaming? Its an additional cost, in the case of U.S. roaming another $20 per month on top of your regular bill. Either way you cut it, depending on usage a monthly bill there could easily reach around $100 with taxes in. It’s not a bargain for a ‘regional carrier’ Bottom line.

    • somebody else

      Look up Everywhere $59, it includes US and Canadian roaming. It’s no-longer available however. It is one of the best bargains I have ever come across, and won’t be switching from it anytime soon.

    • somebody else

      There is a plan on freedom mobile’s network called “everywhere” and it offers exactly that: Coverage OUTSIDE of the coverage area. You should check it out. I just so happen to be on that plan, and it’s been well-worth it. Except in the back country parts (nobody really lives out there, or do they?) and HUGE conservation areas, you won’t get signal from ANY large carrier. They prohibit tower construction in those places for obvious reasons, due to trees growing very high and dense enough to prevent service vehicles to get inside there.

    • Bill___A

      I expect with the new owners, things will change. We’re already seeing big changes. But they have a lot to do.

    • somebody else

      Rogers, bell and telus took 30+ years to build up and outreach, their networks. It is going to take the *SAME AMOUNT OF TIME* for freedom mobile to reach that extent.

    • Marshall Davidson

      30 years? Get real! Cell phones weren’t that widespread in the late 1980’s and really even in the early 90’s they were a rarity. These companies started making investments in the infrastructure going back to the mid to late 90’s but they made significant strides in the last decade alone to expand coverage. The notion Freedom Mobile can’t expand beyond a few urban areas is ludicrous. They are second tier garbage provider but people like you will justify it because you save a few bucks on your bill. Of course, what happens when that network expands further as you predict huh? Yeah. You’re bill will go up to reflect that. Bottom line.

    • somebody else

      I may have gotten the numbers off by ten years, but it did take a long time before rogers (initially), bell and telus started and grew their networks out. That and fighting the ones who pushed the hoaxes about cellular devices (including appliances) killing people by cooking their heads (roasted radiated brain anyone? LOL!!)

      Freedom mobile, while only regional (Ontario, Alberta, Vancouver), is going to take a while to build out their network. It’s never going to happen overnight or over a week, a month or year. I can’t call them a “second tier garbage carrier” because I am a customer, else I would not be. Grandfathered plans (which I don’t intend to switch from) won’t raise in terms of price. NEW plans yes, eventually they will go up.

  • Croc Ography

    Freedom Mobile could just have THE worst branding of any company in North America.

    • basesloadedwalk

      I still think the HEAD ski company takes that honor.

    • Croc Ography

      Sadly I will check this out.

    • somebody else

      There’s other companies that have worst branding. It sure isn’t freedom mobile.

  • beyond

    Noooooo, not Freddy…. 🙁

  • N00bicals

    Don’t tell me, the next mascot will be a blue dogfish.

    • somebody else

      I haven’t a clue. Let’s just take it as a surprise.

  • Bill___A

    Was never a fan of the bear, nor the stupid annoying commercials.

  • somebody else

    WHHAAATTTTT!!?? I kind of wondered what happen to freedom bear. lol
    I guess he got set free to find his long-lost soul-mate, Zeddy!

  • Spencer Navarra-Chew

    Yaaaasssss!
    I have a counter-proposal to setting him free in the forest.
    Let’s just set him on fire instead!
    Lord I hate that bear!
    🐻🔥😈

    • somebody else

      xD
      Somebody should do a CGI.

  • Jonathon__Lucas

    The bear had good intentions but I found it a little Dorky….. Have a nice retirement Freddy. Now the question is does Freedom get a replacement? Just don’t hire the Canadian Tire guy (another Dork) or even worse the guy from “The Brick” (super annoying) Leons bought The Brick and brought back the mouthpiece! I now just change the channel….. The End..