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Perfectly in line with the launch of the new LTE enabled iPad, Virgin mobile has gone live with their LTE network. It piggy-backs off of Bell?s network, and is currently active in major urban areas including Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Yellowknife, and many cities in Southern Ontario including Toronto, London, Kitchener, and more. Of course, in order to support the new iPad, they are now offering LTE microSIM cards as well.

As for prices, they have decided to keep things simple and straight-forward, extending their existing Flexi-Data plan for tablets to include 4G LTE. This starts at $5/month for 10 MB, after which, it steps up to $15 for 250 MB. If you exceed 250 MB of usage, you enter the last tier of 5 GB for $35/month. Overages beyond 5 GB are charged at 1.5 cents/MB.


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We recently let you know that new entrant Mobilicity confirmed plans to expand to Edmonton and Vancouver in November, and now it seems Ottawa can be added to that list. No word yet on exactly when the networks will go live in any of these 3 cities, but we also received word that Calgary and "southern Ontario" would be coming as well, but at a later time than Edmonton, Vancouver, and Ottawa. Hopefully we'll see these 3 cities go live by November 7th so residents can take advantage of the Friends and Family program that expires on that day. Keep expanding, Mobilicity!


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Rogers has recently announced that they are beginning technical trials of a new LTE network in Ottawa, Ontario this month. LTE stands for Long Term Evolution, and is considered to be a true 4G network, capable of download speeds reaching 150 Mbps. This is a huge step for Rogers and for Canada, as their HSPA+ network currently has a maximum download speed of 21.1 Mbps, so a 4G network using LTE technology would provide incredibly faster speeds to users. No word yet on exactly when the network will launch for public testing or use, but progress is always good, especially when we're talking about such a vast jump (about 7x faster)!


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Mobilicity has offered free province-wide calling to both new and existing customers in Ontario who are on the $35 plan, which now includes:

-Unlimited text and picture messages
-Unlimited local calling
-Unlimited Mobilicity to Mobilicity, Unlimited province-wide calling
-Caller ID, voicemail
-Call waiting, call forwarding, 3 way calling

In addition to this, they've also recently offered up yet another promotion to new customers, giving recurring monthly discounts of $5 - $15. The offer is available until September 6th, and the amount of the discount depends on your monthly costs - $35 plan/$5 discount, $45 and $55 plans/$10 discount, $65 plan/$15 discount. There is some fine print attached to the offer, but overall it's a great deal for those looking to save as much as possible.


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Bell has decided to expand their HSPA+ network coverage in Eastern Ontario and Quebec over the next few weeks, allowing significantly faster download speeds in selected regions. The expansion of the network coincides with Videotron's stated plans of rolling out their own 3G+ network around May of this year.

Bell's HSPA+ network is capable of download speeds of up to 21Mbps on mobile phones and mobile internet sticks alike.


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Rogers have just announced few minutes ago, the final step in the Inukshuk network ( in partnered with Bell Sympatico) in many new city in Canada. This big wireless network (similar to cell phone network and not a real WiMax network) it?s build to use with the Rogers Portable Internet service. This service is a mobile modem without any wire connection for internet but use AC plug for electricity, ? very mobile, but the rate are very attractive for a boat, or a business man at hotel.

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British Columbia : Penticton No. 1, Chilliwack, Kamloops, Kelowna, Tsinstikeptum No. 9, Tsinstikeptum No. 10 . Alberta : Blairmore, Calmar, Coleman, Mannville, Milk River, Mundare, New Sarepta, Warner, Lethbridge. Ontario : Ashton, Beckett's Landing, Kemptville, Cedar Ridge, Sierra Woods, Embrun, Russell, Enniskerry, John Quinn Sub, Huntley Manor Estates, Stittsville, Brechin, Cannington, Dunsford, Thurstonia, Grandview Beach, Midland, Port McNicoll, Victoria Harbour, Thornton, Washago, Country Club Estates, Kinburn, Marionville, Spring Hill, Vernon, Westmount Estates, Antrim, Deerwood Estates, Panmure, Dunrobin Shore, Maclaren's Landing. Quebec : Quyon, Neuville, Saint-Jean-Baptiste-de-Nicolet, Drummondville, Joliette, Trois-Rivieres, Chicoutimi-Jonquiere. New Brunswick : Steeves Mountain.


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Here is that the Royal Bank of Canada and Visa recently announced the launching of a pilot project to test the payment by credit card, but with a cell phone. The pilot testing will be conducted in Ontario include several step. Laboratory tests, a pilot project with the staff of the RBC and tested with consumers. It is insert chips NFC (Near Field Communication) in cellphone, which will allow the client to pay for their purchases with Visa payWave that technology will also be used in conjunction with traditional credit cards.

"Handheld communication devices are already as indispensable as wallets," said Anne Koski, head, Payments Innovation in RBC's Cards division. "Many of our clients would appreciate the convenience of making purchases through their mobile phones rather than fumbling for cash when trying to get through a busy checkout line. Mobile devices, much like electronic payments, have become a mainstay in people's lives, so combining the two securely makes a lot of sense."


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Of course, Now that it does not even talk of WiMax as in the United States, then it is understandable that Rogers is the first company in North America to test the generation 3.5. The tests were conducted in the cities of Montreal and Brampton, Ontario. We talk more specifically HSPA / UMTS that will allow speeds of 7.2 Mbps. Rogers says they had invested about $ 500 million since the last 2 years in its 3G cellular network.

"The consumer appetite for mobile applications is undeniable in Canada and around the world," said Rob Bruce, President, Rogers Wireless." The data speeds achieved in this trial will enable Rogers to meet our customers' needs with the most advanced, innovative services today and in the future."


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According to Jim Balsillie, the Canada is the country with the greatest penetration of BlackBerry per capita. The President of Research In Motion (maker of the famous BlackBerry) said that to the Canadian Association of wireless telecommunications. (ACTS)

"Canada was the birthplace of the BlackBerry platform and Canada continues to generate the highest per capita penetration of BlackBerry smartphones in the world today," said Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM. "We are fortunate to be located in a country with a thriving wireless industry that continues to offer businesspeople and consumers world-class wireless data services. RIM works with hundreds of carriers internationally and I am proud to say that the Canadian carriers and our collective success are well respected within the worldwide industry."

We believe Jim Balsillie really do not live in Canada and do not really know the prices that are requested from Canadian wireless subscribers, because if it did it would not declare that. But I think that Jim speaks wireless operators in terms of glory because a portion of their profits return to RIM. The miss of competition in Canada is not a good thing for this industry in Canada.


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Bell Canada (who is one of the principal actors of the world of telecommunications in Canada) has just published an official statement which announces an extraordinary assembly of the shareholders who will take place next on September 21 in Montreal. The shareholders of Bell Canada, who will have actions with the closing of the markets on August 10, will have to come to a conclusion about the privatization of Bell Canada. A group which includes in other the Council of the Pension plan of the Teachers of Ontario, Providence Equity Partner and Madison Dearborn Partners want to transform Bell Canada into closed company. The Pension plan of the Teachers of Ontario was already the principal shareholder of Bell Canada and found that Bell Canada did not progress rather quickly. Had with the fact that Bell Canada will not be any more at the thank you of his shareholders and competitors by revealing his financial results each quarter will enable him to plan strategies in the long run even if the profits are not immediately with go. Let us recall that last week Telus officially announced to have given up buying Bell Canada because of the lack of information of the federal government about the laws anti competition with which would have probably obliged Telus to separate its division wireless telegraphy, which Telus did not want to consider.


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