WIND Mobile: Over 2,500 Unlocked iPhone 5 Users Using the Network

WIND Mobile is openly welcoming unlocked iPhone users with AWS models to their network and has plans to bring the iconic smartphone to its network, despite its relatively small user base of 650,000, reports the Globe and Mail.

Earlier it was reported WIND Mobile is starting a promotion targeting new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c owners to switch to their network, by enticing $500 worth of credit.

WIND Mobile’s chief financial officer Brice Scheschuk, told the Globe and Mail’s editorial board on Monday the iPhone 5 is a popular device on the network:

“There has been a reasonable movement, particularly from Apple, to [allow customers to] buy unlocked phones and bring them wherever you want to go – which has helped us,”

“We have over 2,500 iPhones on the network now – and that’s [iPhone] 5s only.”

“You’re north of $100 a month with an incumbent with an iPhone almost no matter what you do. We are well below half that,”

Other carriers are seeing similar trends, as WIND Italy has about 5 percent of its 20 million users bringing over 1 million unlocked iPhones to the network.

As for trying to get on Apple’s radar and sell the iPhone, company CEO Anthony Lacavera said they “are working on that,” but in the big picture the carrier is just too small in Apple’s eyes:

“We are working on that,” Mr. Lacavera said. He later added: “We don’t exist to Apple. We’re so small … There are some significant commitments that need to be made. So, we are working on alternate sources for it.”

WIND Mobile has already stated it plans to bid on the upcoming wireless spectrum auction for the coveted 700MHz airwave.

How to find out if your iPhone 5 is an AWS model? Here’s how:

Tap Settings > General > About and check if your serial number ends with any of these four-digit combinations:

FH19
FH1C
FH1D
FH1F
FH1G
FH1H

If your AWS iPhone 5 is currently locked to Rogers, TELUS or Bell, you’ll have to pay to get them to unlock it (Rogers: $50; TELUS: $35; Bell: $75), which they will do after 90 days. Once your contract is over (or you buy it out), you will be able to hop over to WIND Mobile’s network.

Of course, WIND’s network doesn’t have LTE speeds, but the shortfall is covered by the fact your wallet saves every month compared to similar iPhone plans with the Big 3. Are you currently using your AWS iPhone 5 on WIND Mobile or any other AWS wireless entrant?

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  • Chrome262

    to bad, I don’t have the right iPhone 5, but in talking to other in town the speeds are not always there for Wind yet. But the pricing is great. But that could all be a function of the CRTC not enforcing their network sharing policies.

  • Stefan Vasiljevic

    Using iphone 5 on wind. It is good. I am saving a lot, but speed are not that great. I am getting 2Mbps download and 0.2 Mbps upload. It practice it takes a few seconds more to load the page. After I use up all 10GBs speeds goes down to 0.25 Mbps which is good for Facebook and light websites.

  • Xywix

    im one of those!! just got my ip5 after the 5c/s event. & they DO have LTE in downtown toronto only right now.

  • Nice! You mean Wind has LTE in downtown Toronto? Can you send a screenshot of speedtest.net to tips@iphoneincanada.ca? Thanks!

  • Canucks

    Show me the fact please. If you think 6-9 Mbps is LTE then you are way behind on this. You should have average around 40Mbps on LTE.

  • Xywix

    i dont live downotwn toronto, they just told me at wind they have LTE downtown only & its expanding slowly…& their 3G speeds are way lower than rogers 3G, so i wouldnt expect their LTE to be a full 40Mbps honestly

  • Damian W

    I wish Wind could just work with all types of iPhones, not just AWS. I am sticking to chatr for now.

  • Om

    But isn’t chatr expensive?

  • Damian W

    It is the cheapest out there without contract on iphones

  • Sanchay

    can a non aws also subcribe wind ? in toronto,canada
    model A1429 gsm unlocked

  • Sanchay

    Purchase date October 2013

  • Stefan Vasiljevic

    If you iphone doesn’t have the antena for AWS then no. Follow the instruction in this article or go to the nearest WIND kiosk/store and get your answer. 🙂

  • julie

    can wind mobile unlock a bell phone?