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Can we start a list of phones that will work with Wind? There has to be choices other than what they are offering. I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking this.

Mods, if this deserves its own thread, LMK, and I will start it.
From windmobile FAQ

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Do I have to buy a WIND phone at WIND Mobile or can I use my unlocked phone?
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Yes, at this time you must buy a WIND phone to access service at WIND Mobile Canada. That may change in the future though, so stay tuned.
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Will WIND lock the phones they sell?
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Yes, WIND phones are designed to be exclusive to WIND for now.
 

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The locked-phone issue doesn't really matter as even an unlocked Wind phone won't work on the Rogers, Bell, or Telus 3G networks - just Rogers GSM.

Though, I sure hope you will be able to bring your own phone to Wind eventually - or they have a better selection in the near future - as I have no interest in their current lineup.
 

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Any ideas of how long it might take for them to expand to other cities? I mean I realize that they obviously have to see how well they do at first, get some other cities in mind etc. So I'm not expecting it to happen tomorrow, but has anyone heard anything?

1-2 years maybe, with same or better coverage as the big 3 within 5 years? Less, more?
 

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Any ideas of how long it might take for them to expand to other cities? I mean I realize that they obviously have to see how well they do at first, get some other cities in mind etc. So I'm not expecting it to happen tomorrow, but has anyone heard anything?

1-2 years maybe, with same or better coverage as the big 3 within 5 years? Less, more?
I think by next summer, they should be in most of the major cities in Canada. Somewhere on Wind's site they mention about 5 cities that will be operational in a few months, can't find it right now though.
 

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I know, many folks are super excited about little bit of competition in Canada. Here is an example of what a real "dog eat dog competition" looks like to tickle your fantasies.

In India, Virgin mobile is now offering equivalent of 0.5 cents/minute for every minute you talk. Kind of like get paid to use Bing search engine in US.

For $2.5 a year, Indians get, unlimited free incoming valid for a year with most operators on pre-paid. Caller ID is assumed free and no one thinks about it when signing up and still companies are making some money.

A far cry from 3 year contracts which operators can change at their whim and not notify you. Personal experience with a company whose name starts with R.
 

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This thread is discussing Wind Mobile in Canada. Please lets stick to it. Discussions of rates in other countries have taken place in other threads so you may wish to search there.
 

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I think by next summer, they should be in most of the major cities in Canada. Somewhere on Wind's site they mention about 5 cities that will be operational in a few months, can't find it right now though.
The link for coverage is finally working for me now

It appears that Vancouver, Ottawa and Edmonton are the planned expansion HOME zones for 2010. I would imagine by the summer of 2011 they'll be all over.
 

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Replace my Home Landline

While the focus has been on renewed competition in the mobile market, it seems to me that these plans could also replace home landlines.

Telus

$48 / month
200 included minutes within Canada and to the U.S., 4¢ calling to Canada, the U.S. and 50 international destinations

$65 / month
Unlimited Calling within Canda and to the U.S., 1000 minutes to 50 international destinations
 

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I wonder if Wind (GlobalLive) who also runs Yak will team up with MTS/Allstream for a nationwide network as I believe Yak uses Allstream like Primus to have 4th national carrier rather than regional.
 

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It appears that Vancouver, Ottawa and Edmonton are the planned expansion HOME zones for 2010. I would imagine by the summer of 2011 they'll be all over.
In a recent interview, Wind's Anthony Lacavera said Ottawa, Edmonton and Vancouver should launch sometime in Q1. Southwestern Ontario should be up this year too.
 

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Number Porting Update

According to a WIND manager at the Oakville kiosk who I spoke with today (Saturday), number porting is still not available and there is no information on when it will be. Technical glitches are the source of the problem. Hopefully this will be resolved soon. :(
 

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And that's a good thing. The CRTC doesn't serve Canadians, it serves the established Canadian telecom industry. Kudos to a government with the courage to dismantle that nightmare.
I think you need to get your facts straight... The CRTC has been a thorn in the sides of Bell/Telus for a long time. I'm sure they would love to see the CRTC go away and we the customers would suffer the consequences. I can think of a few things Bell/Telus would immediately start doing like more Internet throttling, selective crippling of certain Internet sites/applications, stop serving rural communities, stop selling their DSL lines at wholesale and/or significantly hike the prices etc...

Pick you poison I guess... The CRTC sure isn't perfect but it's doing a decent job protecting Canadians IMO. Like anything in life it's a balancing act. If you want to trade this for a pro "Big Business" government calling the shots it's up to you...
 
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