Freedom Mobile Activation Fee Increasing to $45; Band 71 Live in Ottawa and Kingston

Shaw’s Freedom Mobile will be increasing the price of its activation fee to $45 next week, according to a memo sent to stores, seen by iPhone in Canada. 

According to the document, the Connection Fee will increase to $45 on Monday, October 18–a 29% increase. The fee will apply to in-store and online activations, along with hardware upgrades, on postpaid lines. The Connection Fee will be charged on the first bill.

Freedom Mobile justifies the price increase by saying it will support ongoing improvements to its network and services, reads the documentation, noting it will also allow the company to deliver an even better experience to customers.

As of today, the Freedom Mobile Connection Fee is $35. Rogers, Telus and Bell recently raised their activation fees to $50, up from $45.

Shaw has also confirmed it has launched Band 71 in Ottawa and Kingston, Ontario, to expand coverage and speeds (thanks to everyone for also letting us know about this last week).