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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 2017-12-04, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Lucky Mobile

Lucky Mobile is Canada's new low cost, no surprises prepaid wireless service

Dec. 1, 2017 - Bell today announced the upcoming launch of Lucky Mobile, an easy and low-cost prepaid mobile alternative for budget-conscious Canadians with monthly plans starting at just $20.

Initially available to consumers in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia beginning December 4, Lucky Mobile will offer service in 17 zones covering most major cities across the country including Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and surrounding areas. For customers who want a plan that covers a larger area, Lucky Mobile also offers economical province-wide and Canada-wide service options.

Unlike other low-cost prepaid wireless services in Canada, there are no surprise overage or automatic charges with Lucky Mobile – customers are notified by text if they are about to use services not included in their monthly plan. Service Passes valid for 30 days are available for $3 or $5 and offer options like international calling to popular destinations.

In addition to talk and text on its cellular network, Lucky Mobile will introduce an app that enables talk and text over Wi-Fi in 2018.

Lucky Mobile monthly plans start at just $20 and all include voicemail, unlimited nationwide and international incoming calls and texts, call display, call waiting and 3-way calling. Monthly mobile data options are also available at 3G-equivalent access speeds.

Customers can bring their own mobile device and activate a Lucky Mobile SIM card or choose an affordable handset from manufacturers like Alcatel, LG and ZTE. Lucky Mobile will be available at Walmart, Wireless Wave, TBooth wireless, Wireless etc., Cellular Point, Visions Electronics and select The Source locations or by calling 1-833-88-LUCKY.

For more information, please visit LuckyMobile.ca.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 2017-12-05, 07:29 AM
 
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I took a look at the website just out of curiosity and of course, their "zones", or at least my local zone mirrors Freedom's coverage. In my opinion this is predatory and anti-competitive behaviour on Bell. Any thoughts?
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The government is claiming credit for Bell's "predatory and anti-competitive behaviour." I also got this press release on Dec. 1.

Statement - Minister Bains comments on Bell Canada's introduction of Lucky Mobile
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The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, made the following statement:

"In June, I delivered a clear message at the Canadian Telecom Summit: Our government wants to see more options and better price points offered to all Canadian families, particularly in the wireless sector.

"Bell is joining other large service providers in Canada in offering a low-cost option for consumers. We thank Bell Canada for listening and taking a step in the right direction by introducing Lucky Mobile, a low-cost wireless carrier. We encourage all of the telecom companies to continue working in the right direction and offering Canadians more flexible and affordable options.

"Our government remains focused on the three elements of telecoms service that matter most to middle-class families: quality, coverage and price."
I also noticed in the press release in post 1 that Lucky data plans are "3G-equivalent access speeds," so keep that in mind when you are comparing plans.
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I agree with @cptcarter . For consumers, this new offering appears to add little to the marketplace than more confusion when choosing a carrier. The only beneficiary is Bell, which gains from weakening real competitors and advancing its goal of monopolizing the telecommunications marketplace.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 2017-12-06, 10:45 AM
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Yes the pricing is pretty sad in Canada. I usually come down here to Mexico and get a 1 month Unifon (ATT) plan for 200 pesos, about 16 bucks, a month. Unlimited calling to US, Canada and Mexico, 2 gigs data and a pile of social media.

I am now staying longer so I just bought a year with the actual ATT store for 2400 pesos or about 160 bucks, buy 7 months get 5 free. Same plan with 3 gigs data and they "say" its a better network. All seems to work fine anyways. And they say it will work for 3 months when you leave Mexico but I hear of others that still work after 10 months.

Needless to say I dont think I will ever buy a Canadian cell plan again as I will renew this every time I came down to Mexico.

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What an absolute joke on the part of the Minister. It doesn't take a long study of Lucky Mobile to realize that they mirror Freedom and this is Bell's response to taking out Freedom. I am surprised Freedom hasn't come out publicly, condemning Lucky mobile and Bell.
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If I were Freedom, I'd be checking to see which large companies donated to his campaign.
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