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WIND Mobile To Launch With BlackBerry Bold 9700 in Canada

Wind-Mobile WIND Mobile has been making quite a splash in the news recently. They have slowly been ramping up their network for the official launch. Simon and Bla1ze were kind enough to give me a little rundown about WIND Mobile so I can share some of the insight, leaks, and rumors.

WIND is rumored to be launching today in Toronto and Calgary. They have their own 3G network on 1700Mhz like T-Mobile which uses Rogers EDGE as a fallback/failover. Their main benefit is that they have no contracts but the downside is you have to pay full retail for the devices. They do own 3G licenses for most of Canada with the exclusion of Quebec which is owned by Quebec Corp and they are still working out licensing. That means that they should be rolling out service to the rest of the country shortly after launch. The BlackBerry plan is rumored to be $30/month and unlimited data.

They just announced that they will be launching the BlackBerry Bold 9700 when their service goes online and they are stressing their 3 major features:

  • Simplicity: No contract is required when a WIND Mobile customer purchases a BlackBerry smartphone or signs up for BlackBerry service.
  • Control: WIND Mobile will be the first wireless carrier in Canada to offer BlackBerry service on a pre-paid or post-pay basis – enabling customers to manage their spending and extending service to customers who may not have a credit history.
  • Value: With no required minimum voice spend and compelling entry level and full service optional add-ons packed with unlimited features, WIND Mobile is making BlackBerry service more accessible than ever.

Should be interesting to see how this all pans out up north and if it will shake up the industry.

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  1. Finally something that sounds resonable and will help bring more competition to the Canadian Cellphone Market.

  2. Definitely it’s going to give a big competition to the cellphone market.It sounds interesting and good to that which one will be the winner.

  3. Canada could for sure use some competition to stir up the “big 3” and their crazy contracts.

    That said, you sorta have to question the logic of launching (in the last month of the decade) a 3G wireless network that uses frequencies only one other major provider in the world uses, and is thus incompatible with anyone but TMO USA. Why not launch LTE when you’re coming this late to the party? Manufacturers will be moving to LTE and WiMax in their phones and supporting a 3G standard only used by the #4 carriers in USA and Canada is going to mean fewer AMD fewer devices.

    From my BlackBerry Storm…

  4. I noticed Rogers has been bumping up their cancellation fee. Just told me it will cost me 500$ to get out of my cell contract. I was expecting 200$ or less as that is what I was told a few years ago.

  5. Wind mobile is great except for their phone selection… so i made a list of phones that are compatible with wind mobile and have the 1700 mhz band..

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