carriers

CRTC Calls for Cheaper Data-Only Plans from National Carriers

Customers who are seeking low-cost alternatives from Canada's large wireless carriers might not have to wait much longer. The CRTC has ordered the Big Three to offer cheaper data-only plans to consumers. On Thursday the CRTC asked Rogers, Bell, and Telus to submit their initial proposals for data-only plans by April 23rd. The regulator also...

Chart Shows Sky High Data Prices Canadians are Paying vs the World

If you have been following the incumbents' quarterly earnings reports recently, you may have already noticed that they are posting nice revenues, and as smartphone adoption rises on their networks, data usage rises as well, driving more revenue. There have been tons of reports saying that Canadians pay among the highest prices in the world,...

CRTC Enforces ‘Big 3’ to Lower Wholesale Internet Rates

The CRTC has already mandated access to the incumbents' fibre networks for smaller ISPs, but recently it has sent strong signals to the industry that it also wants to regulate the wholesale price telcos may charge (via OpenMedia). “Competitors that provide retail Internet services to Canadians using wholesale high-speed services must have access to these...

Canadian Carriers Offering Free Calls, Texts to Brussels [u]

Following Tuesday’s terrorist attack in Brussels, Belgium, Canadian wireless carriers started offering free calls and texts for their customers to contact loved ones. There are 517 Canadians registered as being in Belgium according to Global Affairs, not everyone registers as it is voluntary (via Global News). Here are the carriers offering free calls and texts to the...

Apple’s Carrier Partners in Europe Skeptical About Apple SIM

The cellular versions of the newly released iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 devices will arrive with a preinstalled “Apple SIM”, which will allow users to choose plans from carriers in the US and the UK without needing to physically remove and swap multiple SIMs when switching between carriers. However, EE is the only carrier...

Can Canada Support Four Wireless Carriers Long Term?

The condition for wireless innovation and lower prices is the presence of a fourth player: that’s the position of the federal government. But the telecom sector tends to disagree with this position – just consider Rogers’ Guy Laurence recent statement. However, besides the media war between the two parties there has been no public debate...

Apple Now Has 323 Carrier Partners Worldwide

According to a report by AppleInsider, Wells Fargo Securities analyst Maynard Um has noted that Apple has increased its carrier partners count by 15.4% over the last 7 months, bringing its current worldwide total to 323, up from 316 partners in mid-April, and 280 carriers in last October.  The analyst, who has also increased his "valuation" range for Apple...