WIND Mobile Completes Calgary Network Upgrade; Edmonton Underway

WIND Mobile has announced customers in the Calgary Area will now benefit from similar enhancements, as better coverage and faster data speeds have arrived, on top of better call quality, thanks to “completion of a major network infrastructure upgrade,” just like the recent network upgrade in Vancouver in February,

Alek Krstajic, President and CEO, WIND Mobile, said in an emailed statement to iPhone in Canada, “We are really pleased to have completed the second Western market in our continuing network upgrade journey. It is so exciting to hear customers tell us that they are experiencing a noticeable improvement in their service.”

Now that Calgary has been completed, similar network enhancements have started in Edmonton, with further cities to come.

While these network upgrades are nice, most customers are eagerly awaiting the launch of the company’s LTE network (backed by their new owners Shaw), which will bring support to take advantage of the latest smartphones, such as Apple’s iPhone.

If you’re in Calgary and on WIND’s network, let us know if you’re seeing any real-world improvements.

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  • KS

    Any reviews on how the network is after the upgrade?

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Once it’s nationwide Shaw will jack up prices so as to be inline with the Pig3. Mark my words.

  • Jonathan Ratcliff

    Service in Calgary is much faster (5+Mbps) and more reliable. I used to have constant issues with the data connection during the day and now that is rare.

  • Tim

    If it’s not LTE, it’s not an upgrade. Like seriously, “Look everyone we have 2007 speeds now!”

  • E-mann

    Then why would they pick Wind? Wind will always be behind.

  • KS

    Thanks Jonathan. I’m in Edmonton. If the reviews after the upgrade are good I may consider switching from Fido.

  • KS

    In fact, they are already considering changing the name to Shaw. I subscribe to Google Opinion Rewards and I had a survey which said “What is your opinion if Shaw offers Mobile service, with that name?” And another question was “Would you subscribe to Internet and Mobile bundles if Shaw offers those?” (Not those exact words)

  • 1His_Nibs1

    I’m confused by your question. Shaw bought WIND and now they’re upgrading their system. They didn’t “pick” WIND but WIND already had a customer base and the infrastructure in place & that saved Shaw from starting from scratch so that’s why they bought them. Plus Shaw wanted to get into providing mobile service & WIND was up for sale. A happy coincidence. Also Shaw will get WIND up to par with the Pig3 now that they own WIND.

  • E-mann

    I meant the customers. Why would people go to Wind if the prices are the same as the Big 3?

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Yeah, I have no problem believing they want to ditch WIND & rebrand to Shaw. They already bundle Internet, home phone & cable under Shaw & now they want to be able to bundle mobile plans now as well (as Shaw & not WIND). Makes total sense to me.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Well they are still cheaper BUT I suspect there will be some kind of grandfathering of plans that now exist with current WIND customers or Shaw might honour the contracts until a certain future date but once they rebrand to Shaw, I guarantee that their prices will fall in line with the Pig3. Remember, there’s no competition in Canada so it doesn’t matter who you choose as a cellphone provider. Price wise you have nowhere to go so you hold your nose and pick your poison & the Pig3 (soon to be the Pig4) know this. In Canada, the customer loses.

  • E-mann

    Then it makes no sense for Shaw to buy Wind if all they are going to do is become part of the Big 3. Winds network will never become robust as the Big 3.

  • KS

    Right. Although, Wind was an oasis of relief amongst money-sucking oligopoly market that we have here in Canada. And now soon your service provider wouldn’t matter, for whether it is Fido, Koodo or Wind, they’ll raise prices together and God forbid they decide to slash their rates for a few hours – they’ll do that together.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    I disagree. Now that Shaw is at the helm of WIND, they will strive to catch up to the Big 3 in all ways so that they’re offering exactly what the others offer & people won’t be able to claim that Shaw’s network speeds are slower or coverage is bad or the signal is poor (all currently customer’s biggest issues with WIND). You get the idea. They will (eventually) raise prices & will use the age old excuse that the price increases are justified because they’re upgrading their equipment, infrastructure & network. It will, in essence, evolve into the Big 4. Just wait and see.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    No argument here.