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Freedom Mobile to Shake Up the Wireless Market: Financial Post

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According to a new report from the Financial Post, Freedom Mobile will see growth in the New Year after the successful launch of its 10GB plan for $50.

Shaw Communications, the parent company of Freedom Mobile, is preparing to report its quarterly earnings this week. The carrier is expected to gain momentum after its “Big Gig” plans triggered a price war with its competitors.

Canada’s Big Three carriers responded in December with limited time offers of 10GB for $60. A lot of consumers rushed to get these very rare deals from Rogers, Bell, and Telus. In a statement, Barclays analyst Phillip Huang:

“We believe Freedom’s momentum is set to accelerate.”

Huang is expected the increase in momentum to be driven by its cheap data plans and the launch of the iPhone X at $0 down. These actions are going to put pressure on Shaw’s margins especially as the company is already facing immense pressure from the Big Three.

According to analysts’ estimates, Freedom Mobile is expected to add approximately 150,000 wireless customers in 2018. This is a small wedge in a wireless market that is supposed to add a total of 1 million customers this year.

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  • Riddlemethis

    haha. how many freedom customers recently jumped ship because of poor network performance and coverage?

  • raslucas

    I’ve actually found that with the exception of the Skytrain underground, Freedom has better coverage than Rogers… and LTE performance crushes Rogers as well… I’ve never gotten over 100 mbps on Rogers, get it all the time with Freedom. Luckily though, can you imagine how much data you’d go through on Rogers’ stingy data allowances?

  • raslucas

    I suppose I probably meant the same not better than rogers. Didn’t really have coverage issues with either of them.

  • Shan

    In Toronto, they have to improve the signal quality as in many places signal is poor for indoors. If not people keep moving away from freedom. By the way I am Wind and freedom mobile customer

  • Aceclutch

    Not in Vancouver. Rogers has outperformed freedom is every single speedtest. Even pc mag testing proved that

  • raslucas

    http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/i/2436360886 Rogers was generally 25 down and 10 up on LTE. It’s not really close. In Vancouver.

  • Brandon Arneson

    I have been with Freedom mobile for a while and i am on their Everywhere50 plan, im in Edmonton Alberta and i have home coverage in 7 surrounding cities outside of Edmonton and then the free roaming off my Everywhere50 plan covers me everywhere else, coverage has improved a lot im getting signal inside buildings i never used to get any service. My rating of freedom mobile is 10/10

    if you ever join them get an Everywhere plan and dont ever look back, the data is unlimited when roaming after u pass the full speed away data allotment just like on the home network. I think freedom has true potential if they are able to expand their own network across canada eventually but they should start with covering entire provinces first so more people can switch over to them.

  • Aceclutch

    Lol in Rogers you can easily score 200+ down in Vancouver. Look at Pc mag Vancouver test. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/920f770ebc5519db7de9b3bddf21c390bf9b6e4aa64b7345f9b48179434f1ce5.png

  • raslucas

    Donno… that screenshot said 66 down average, and these tests were done before Freedom upgraded its network with band 7… so I’m not sure it’s relevant.

  • Aceclutch

    Well here is a Speedtest from a week ago in Vancouver. Only a crazy person can say freedom is better than rogers https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b39964bec0ed1b0f0adb3b7468ba38d6977956726c14393f46cc71ab0c107d46.jpg

  • Aceclutch

    Rogers has been upgrading too in Vancouver. You prob haven’t been with them in a while

  • raslucas

    Ya, a lot can happen in a month.

  • Aceclutch

    Clearly since your calling freedom faster than Rogers ?

  • raslucas

    Ya, I almost never had more than a tenth of that when I used Rogers.

  • Aceclutch

    You must be using a old phone or live in a weird place

  • mcfilmmakers

    10% is HUGE for an independant Cartier. Bravo and keep pushing! They are our best hope for unlimited plans!

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