Quick Note: Verizon May Become Canada's Fourth Major Carrier
June 18, 2013 2:15 PM
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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.
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Not going to happen.
6/19/2013 1:32:08 PM
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.
6/19/2013 1:35:38 PM
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.
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