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Canada has been searching for a fourth to compete with its top tier carriers for greater consumer choice and competitive prices

Verizon Communications Inc. may make its way into Canada as a major carrier. 

There's an open opportunity for a company to move into Canada as the fourth major wireless  carrier, since there are only three right now. Canada has been searching for a fourth to compete with its top tier carriers for greater consumer choice and competitive prices. 

Canada's three largest carriers are Rogers Communications, Telus Corp and BCE Inc's Bell. Other smaller companies have come along in an attempt to be the fourth, such as Public Mobile, Wind and Mobilicity. However, none of them have been as profitable as the top three. 

There's a chance that Verizon could acquire one of the smaller companies like Wind or Mobilicity to make its move into Canada. 

In February of this year, Verizon announced pricey prepaid plans in the U.S. It offered either $60 USD/month for unlimited 3G talk and text plus 500 MB of data, or $70 USD/month for unlimited 3G talk and text plus 2 GB of data.  

It announced it Share Everything plans last year, where owners of basic feature phones pay a base "Monthly Line Access" rate of $30/month per device while smartphone users pay $40/month per device. Adding USB wireless modems, notebooks, or netbooks cost $20/month per device and adding a tablet costs $10/month per device. As far as data goes, it starts from $50/month for 1GB of shared data up to $100/month for 10GB of shared data. 

Source: Reuters

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By GreenEnvt on 6/18/2013 3:12:33 PM , Rating: 2
The big three here are often referred to as Robellus in tech circles.
I welcome any new entrant, I doubt they could be worse than those 3.

RE: Robellus
By Shig on 6/18/2013 3:30:29 PM , Rating: 2
It depends on the ratio, what is the current market share like in Canada?

In the US we have multiple carriers but Verizon and AT&T have 75%+ of the market.

Here in the US they did a big infrastructure build out and it was really good in the short term. Then once they got control they immediately stopped building infrastructure and upped prices every quarter.

Yeahhhhh I shouldn't talk about the telecom situation in North America, it just makes you both very sad and very angry.

RE: Robellus
By cyberguyz on 6/18/2013 4:17:44 PM , Rating: 2
Bell and Rogers seem to be pretty close with about 40% each with Telus having the last 20%

How is the general feel between Verizon and AT&T (aka Bell to us Canucks)?

RE: Robellus
By Accord99 on 6/18/2013 4:53:06 PM , Rating: 2
Verizon makes the Canadian Big 3 look cheap by comparison.

RE: Robellus
By Kiffberet on 6/19/2013 7:47:23 AM , Rating: 2
There's Verizon Wireless, 55% owned by Verizon Communications.

I'm assuming it's the Wirelss company that are looking to get into Canada?

If so, that would be a real waste of time and money. Buying up a small company and expanding it, sounds great, but it will cost a fortune! Wireless infrastructure in a country are big as Canada would cost multi $Billions. And then you have to entice customers from the other companies...

Verizon shaehlders - sell up, because th managment sound like tey want to destroy shareholder value with this deal.

RE: Robellus
By Makaveli on 6/18/2013 3:42:24 PM , Rating: 2
Now if they coming in offering fibre internet for reasonable prices rogers and bell will have something to fear.

This is a good thing for the canadian market as everyone is pretty sick of the top 3 and their strangehold on the market.

RE: Robellus
By phatboye on 6/18/2013 6:30:55 PM , Rating: 3
On thing Verizon does not understand is "reasonable prices".

RE: Robellus
By BRB29 on 6/19/2013 8:53:43 AM , Rating: 2
You mean ATT?
Last I checked, ATT plans cost more.

RE: Robellus
By Vertigo2000 on 6/19/2013 1:58:39 PM , Rating: 2
If this happens, then they'll be referred to as Verobellus. I've coined it and demand royalty payments every time it's used in the tech circles.

By spread on 6/18/2013 6:14:23 PM , Rating: 3
Maybe Verizon will suck slightly less than the big three. There's hope that competition and a free market might exist because right now it doesn't.

F*ck Bell, Telus and Rogers. F*ck you too Verizon.

RE: Maybe
By chrnochime on 6/18/2013 8:34:32 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know how bad Rogers and Telus are, but Verizon is REALLY BAD.

RE: Maybe
By arazok on 6/18/2013 9:56:50 PM , Rating: 2
They will be in good company then.

Bell seems to go out of it's way to be bad. I've refused to do business with them for 10 years now.

Rogers is just incompetent bad.

Telus is where you go once you've gotten sick of the other two. By that time the bar is so low, you think they're great.

By Flunk on 6/18/2013 4:52:26 PM , Rating: 2
I predict they'll buy Mobilicity (because they're broke). This is probably good to possibly neutral news for us Canadians. Competition tends to be good for consumers.

Although it's not made clear in this article Canada effectively only has 2 large wireless networks because Bell and Telus share one network between the two. Rogers has their own and the smaller carriers Wind and Mobility have smaller, individual networks. Every other carrier in Canada is a virtual carrier on one of the other networks.

More wireless competition is sorely needed, but Verizon may have trouble because of government foreign ownership limits for telecommunications companies. Anything they do here will have to be a either a joint venture with a Canadian company or a Canadian subsidiary with mixed ownership.

RE: Mobilicity
By MicrowaveOven on 6/20/2013 3:33:02 PM , Rating: 2
Actually there are a number of carriers in Canada that are not "Virtual Carriers"


While they are not nearly as large as the big three, they often out perform them.

Surprise Canadians!
By phatboye on 6/18/2013 6:33:16 PM , Rating: 4
Congrats Canada! Now the US NSA will be able to spy on you too.

Not going to happen.
By allknowingeye on 6/19/2013 1:32:08 PM , Rating: 2
This whole article is just silly, and seems to have been written without any knowledge of the Canadian Telecom scene. I seriously doubt Verizon will ever enter this market. A few short years ago Verizon had a major presence in Canada through it's huge stake in TELUS. Verizon sold it's entire stake a number of years ago but remains an ally of TELUS. You should also check your numbers, the 3 majors are actually very close, TELUS was actually number one in terms of revenue. Personally I think all this whining about the cell service in Canada fails to recognize we have some of the lowest total costs (set and service) and at the same time we have some of the highest quality service in the world. The best fit for Mobilicity was to become part of TELUS but the CRTC messed that up, improper decision that was.

RE: Not going to happen.
By allknowingeye on 6/19/2013 1:35:38 PM , Rating: 2
We have much better competition in cell services in Canada then they do in the US. What they don't have in the US is the CRTC. The big 3 aren't the problem, the CRTC is and we need to get rid of it, and bring freedom to telecom in Canada.

By Pessimism on 6/19/2013 9:08:00 AM , Rating: 2
Public Mobile, Wind and Mobilicity are failing here in Ontario because they are utterly blind to anyone living or commuting outside the downtown Toronto core. Their pricing structure and tiny network coverage areas reflect this. Unless Verizon fronts a massive network build-out immediately upon entering the market to cover the great frontier OUTSIDE DOWNTOWN TORONTO, they too will get curb stomped by Robellus.

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