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Cope also said Solo Unlimited will run on BCE's CDMA network, meaning locked phones and hampering the ability to move between carriers, which makes the absence of contracts somewhat meaningless.
 

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Also, given they are forcing low-end customers onto their old previous-generation network, it seems to suggest that Bell is not interested in playing in the low-end of the market for the long haul.
Where's the logic in the "not in it for the long haul" comment?

We went through this a year ago when Bell and Telus were building the HSPA network and the rumour mongers were suggesting the CDMA network would be shut down imminently. Maybe, possibly, probably the CDMA network will be shut down eventually but that won't happen for years. For those who thrive on inventing conspitacy theories, maybe they should be speculating in which will disappear first: Bell Canada or the CDMA network? Do we say Bell is not in it for the long haul because Harper government may open the telecommunications sector to foreign ownership? For sure anyone who suggests Wind/Mobilicity are not in it for the long haul are labelled Rogers fan-boys.

Fact is, none of us, and that includes the wireless carriers has anything more than a gerneral idea of what the market place will look like in five years. Meanwhile, subscribers should look for the best deal that meets their needs knowing there are only subtle differences between the carriers. If Solo or chat-r work now, so be it, and worry about what carrier to use in five years, in five years.
 

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One difference between Solo Unlimited and chat-r is that Solo's CDMA phones will be locked to the Solo network. Chat-r phones (unlocked) can be used on the Rogers or Fido network while Wind and Mobilicity phones can also be used on Rogers, Fido and chat-r as well as on each other's networks. In the absence of any contracts, the user has a lot of flexibility that Solo users will not enjoy if/when they lay out some cash for a new handset (anyone who has a Rogers or Fido phone lying around can use it without buying a new chat-r handset, just by purchasing a SIM card for $10). It will be interesting to see if Solo offers some other benefit to offset the disadvantage inherent in its technology.
 
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