For consumers, a triopoly of wireless service in Canada has meant high prices (as confirmed by several international surveys) and a limited number of service options.
Thankfully, over the last two years, several newcomers on the wireless scene have appeared in a number of major Canadian cities offering Canadians lower wireless voice, text and data pricing. One of those newcomers is Mobilicity which launched service in Toronto in May 2010.
Wind Mobile, an upstart wireless carrier which operates in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Toronto, announced today it had gained 39,000 new customers in the first quarter. Wind Mobile now has about 271,000 customers.
That increase was down substantially from the 92,960 new subscribers the company picked up in the fourth quarter of 2010 but still very strong for what is traditionally a weak quarter for new additions.
Wireless phone provider Public Mobile last week announced its service is now available in Markham and will be available in Richmond Hill and Vaughan in early May.
Public launched in Toronto last summer and now has network coverage in the Greater Toronto area now stretches from Hamilton to Oshawa.
Alternate wireless provider Mobilicity has announced it will be launching its 3G Wireless service in Calgary on Thursday April 28th.
The company says residents of Calgary Vancouver will be able to purchase its phones and plans from over 70 locations in the city including corporate stores and Mobilicity dealers.
Wireless phone provider Public Mobile has announced roaming coverage for its customers in most major cities in Ontario and Quebec, as well as areas in Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Alberta and B.C. beginning March 14th.
Upstart wireless provider Mobilicity said today that it has added over 50,000 new subscribers in the final quarter of 2010 with still two weeks left to go in the year.
To meet the growing competition, the company also announced a new $50 handset mail-in rebate offer for new subscribers.
Egyptian based Orascom Telecom Holding SAE, a major backer of Wind Mobile, reported its third quarter financial results today which revealed that Wind had 139,681 subscribers in Canada on September 30th.
That was up 49% from 93,882 at the end of June.