Freedom Mobile, formerly known as WIND Mobile, has launched promotion on its $45 Canada/USA plan. The ‘Big Gig Event’ sees the plan drop by $10 to $35 (for 10 months), plus throws in 3GB bonus data for 12 months, taking it to 6GB full LTE data (for at least a year).
The plan offers unlimited calling to Canada and the USA, along with unlimited global SMS/MMS and the usual extras like Caller ID, Voicemail+ and more.
The fine print reads the following:
*You will receive an additional 3 gigabytes of data per month (6 gigabytes total) on the Freedom Mobile Home network until January 31, 2018, as long as you remain active and in good stand¬ing on this promotional plan. Effective February 1, 2018, you will receive a total of 3 gigabytes of data per month on the Freedom Mobile Home network.
Shaw announced Freedom Mobile’s faster network last November, but the caveat is the AWS Band 3 LTE, which currently is not supported by the iPhone; only a couple smartphones nobody wants support AWS Band 3 (LG V20; ZTE Grand X 4), are available from the company.
We’ve seen Freedom Mobile try to retain its current customers with similar promos for bonus data, but right now its AWS Band 3 LTE network is only available in Vancouver and Toronto. Everyone else is still plagued by its spotty HSPA network.
Looks like Shaw is bringing over their home Internet-style discounts to mobile plans, offering discounts for a limited period to entice customers to sign on. Until the company expands its LTE footprint and more phones can support AWS Band 3 (especially the iPhone), it’ll be a hard sell.