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Mobilicity has recently introduced U.S. and global roaming options to their customers, with support for over 60 countries worldwide. U.S. roaming rates are just 25 cents/minute, which includes calls within the U.S. and back to Canada. Other costs for roaming in the United States include text messaging, at 10 cents per SMS, and data - priced at $5/mb of usage. Usage costs for global roaming appear to begin at $3.25/minute, 50 cents/SMS, and $15/mb of data usage. What do you think about Mobilicity's new roaming rates? Let us know in the forum!


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As you know, Chatr Wireless launched today, offering yet another option for Canadians residing in major cities looking for an affordable and simple solution for their mobile services. We got the opportunity to speak with Garrick Tiplady, the Senior VP of Chatr, and this new brand from Rogers is definitely one to look out for.

Chatr launched today in 5 major cities(zones) across Canada: Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver, with a Montreal launch planned for this fall. Customers living in these areas can pick up one of four devices, and can use their service in any Chatr zone without worrying about long distance or roaming charges. The device line-up, which ranges from a simple bar phone to a sliding full QWERTY messaging device, is expected to remain the same for some time, and includes 4 phones that are offered contract-free:

- The "essential" Nokia 1661 - $60
- The "flip" LG GB125R - $75
- The "slider" Nokia 2680 - $95
- The "QWERTY" Samsung Gravity - $130

During the conversation, Tiplady let us know that Chatr is focused on delivering a worry-free experience, at the root of which are 3 things - simplicity, certainty, and quality. Keeping things simple, Chatr offers only two price plans, and makes it very easy to understand offers. Ensuring customers know exactly what to expect, the price plans available are the $35 Unlimited Talk and $45 Unlimited Talk & Text packages, so the possibility of unexpected overage or pay-per-use charges is significantly reduced. Finally, Chatr boasts a reliable experience, using Rogers' physical network to provide excellent coverage that Canadians have come to trust.

With other discount brands launching mobile internet sticks recently, we asked if we could expect the same thing in Chatr's future. In response to customer demand, Chatr is focusing on talk and text services only, with no intentions to launch data services as of now.

Offering unique options for payment, customers can either sign up for "no worries auto-pay", which is a pre-authorized payment service that keeps things as simple as possible. The second option is to top up your account before your anniversary date (day of the month you originally signed up) each month using your credit card or top-up vouchers from Chatr Wireless retail locations.

The main thing we got out of this is that Chatr aims to keep things simple, offering a limited selection of handsets and price plans, and focusing on users who know what they want without hassle or confusion. If you're looking to find out even more, or find the nearest Chatr store, be sure to check out Chatr Wirless


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Thanks to unreleased brochures leaked on the internet, we know KOODO Mobile is set to launch 2 new price plans, as well as 2 new data plans, sometime early this week. Speculation is pointing to the introduction of these new options today, though confirmation is yet to be received.

The new price plans are:

$40 Stay Social Plan - Unlimited text and picture messages, unlimited incoming calls, 300 anytime minutes with unlimited evenings(7pm) and weekends, and the social add-on

$70 More Nationwide Talk and Text Combo - Unlimited text and picture messages, no long-distance or roaming charges within Canada, up to 1000 nationwide anytime minutes, unlimited evenings(7pm) and weekends, and voicemail/call display.

They are also launching 2 new data plans, the first of which costs $10 and includes 100MB of usage for web browsing, Twitter and Facebook, Windows Live, etc. The second plan costs $25, and includes 500MB of data usage.


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We recently filled you in on the known details of Rogers new brand Chatr, and have more information available for you! Offering up unlimited plans and affordable, contract-free devices, Chatr Wireless aims to compete with Wind Mobile, Mobilicity, and Public Mobile directly. According to internal training documents, "zones" at launch will include Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Ottawa, though maps also included in the material suggest coverage spanning through Quebec and into the east coast.

Marketing based on the reliability of the service, since the service will be using an existing network, Rogers claims this new brand will be able to offer fewer dropped calls, better reception, and one low monthly fee for unlimited talk and text compared to competitors.

Scrapping activation fees with Chatr, customers will purchasing a SIM card, and can choose between 2 plans.Though pricing is yet to be confirmed, it seems as though the first plan will be Unlimited Talk for $35 which will offer unlimited in-province calling and 50 outgoing SMS (unlimited incoming). The second plan, Unlimited Talk & Text is rumoured to be $45, and offers unlimited talk across Canada, along with unlimited SMS to and from Canada and the U.S.A. Keep in mind that these are "in-zone" rates, so customers roaming would be subject to additional fees.

Lastly, the training material leaked shows at least four handsets at launch:

The essential - Nokia 1661 - $49.99 The slider - Nokia 2680 - $89.99 The flip - LG GB125R - $69.99 The QWERTY - Samsung Gravity - $149.99

Apparently Chatr Wireless will be launching within the coming weeks, with training already well underway.


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A while back, we let you know that Mobilicity would be launching the Option 452 data stick at a $99.99 outright price point, though we weren't sure of a release date. Mobilicity has now officially launched the mobile internet stick, updating their website to include the new device. Paired with the $40 unlimited data access plan, users can get unlimited 3G internet access on their laptops within the relatively new carrier's coverage area, which currently covers most of the GTA. Be warned, customers who roam outside of the coverage area will be subject to roaming fees.


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Beginning this month, Rogers and Fido will no longer be offering the option to block data services, either while at home or roaming abroad. This change will not affect customers who already have the block added on their account, though removing it will mean the inability to re-add it in the future. Some smartphones, such as iPhone and BlackBerry, attempt to connect to the data network automatically, so this will pose an issue to some users who do not wish to have pay-per-use data charges. The new policy will also apply to prepaid customers, who will also have to either purchase data options, pay per use, or manage data directly from their handset.


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Bell Mobility announced they have bought completely Virgin Mobile Canada for $142-millions. Bell has also bought a long-term licensing agreement with the Virgin Group for continued use of the Virgin Mobile brand in Canada.

"Bell Mobility's acquisition of Virgin Mobile Canada supports our strategic imperative to Accelerate Wireless, a core component in Bell's overall strategy to achieve our goal: To be recognized by customers as Canada's leading communications company," said George Cope, President and CEO of Bell and BCE. "This initiative will allow Bell Mobility to be uniquely flexible in the competitive wireless marketplace, maximizing network, handset, distribution and global roaming efficiencies, and enhancing the growth of the No. 1 youth brand in Canadian wireless."


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