Koodo Mobile To Launch HSPA Network, iPhone Support?

If the rumors are correct, it seems that Koodo Mobile, a discount carrier under Telus Mobility, may soon be launching a HSPA network. The tentative launch date is set for June 15, 2010 and the new Koodo network would essentially be an extension of the existing Telus network.

Koodo currently uses CDMA, which is the cellular technology that both Telus and Bell used before creating their own HSPA network to support the iPhone. In terms of plans, the carrier offers low cost plans that are very similar to those offered by Fido. The primary difference is that Koodo has no contracts.

A HSPA network from Koodo would be an interesting move, as this opens up yet another carrier brand to support the iPhone. At this time it is unknown whether Koodo will officially carry the iPhone but with HSPA comes SIM cards and that means at the very least, users with unlocked iPhones may be able to use the Koodo HSPA network.

Also of note is an interesting Koodo device policy that apparently states that if customers pay their monthly bill on time for three consecutive months, Koodo will unlock the device. For individuals who travel frequently, this is a great option however don’t expect Koodo to unlock your iPhone, especially if the iPhone is not officially supported by Koodo.

In any case, keep an eye on this, as Koodo does have some decent price plans.

[MobileSyrup]

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  • Just a comment Gary, Koodoo does not have contracts, right, but if you quit them before the end of the “subsidized” period, you have to pay the balance of the phone value.

    To me it's like a contract, but in a hidden form.

  • David

    Contract or no contract – it still means you only pay $150 at the absolute most if you ever want to leave. After having to pay over $200 to leave my rogers contract a few years ago, I'm very happy with the tab.

  • Yeah, but don't forget that Rogers is know to overcharge leaving customers (as Telus does it too). Try with Fido, I never had problems and only paid a few months worth of “leaving fee”.

  • Just a comment, Koodoo does not have contracts, right, but if you quit them before the end of the “subsidized” period, you have to pay the balance of the phone value.

    To me it's like a contract, but in a hidden form.

  • David

    Contract or no contract – it still means you only pay $150 at the absolute most if you ever want to leave. After having to pay over $200 to leave my rogers contract a few years ago, I'm very happy with the tab.

  • Yeah, but don't forget that Rogers is know to overcharge leaving customers (as Telus does it too). Try with Fido, I never had problems and only paid a few months worth of “leaving fee”.

  • Liquorbag

    What do you expect?? The phone for free?? So what you are saying, is that if you were to sign up and get a free phone, and then decide to leave after 6 months. — you think its crazy for Koodo to ask you to pay for the phone they just gave you? THATS NOT UNFAIR AT ALL. Hey dummy, if you pay for the phone out right when you start with them, then you dont have to pay anything when you leave. So that to me is VERY FAIR> smarten up

  • Hate_is_on_trial

    koodo has better plans than telus. its easy to tell what your bill will be. no extra fees. there’s a fee for unlocking your koodo phone, 50 bucks, but if you’re phone is already unlocked you just get a koodo sim card.

    it sucks that koodo is still telus. cause telus customer service sucks. just like telus is owned by bell? i think?

    and the tab is for people who can’t afford the full cost of a phone all at once.

    the phones on contract are never actually for free. you pay with your time (customer service is useless) if not your money when they rip you off and you’re stuck with their crappy service.

  • Hate_is_on_trial

    oh ya, and they are compatible with Iphone 3gs

  • Calvin

    Yes There phones are very cheap in comparison to telus, bell, or rogers almost half the price in the end contract or not they are a better deal in the end. And it will keep them competitive