Telus Launches HSPA Network…. And The Disappointment Begins

So, today is the day that Telus launched it’s HSPA network. Oddly, there was no press release announcing this fact. I guess that’s because they also released their pricing for the iPhone and much like Bell yesterday, it was underwhelming:

  • $50/month: 100 local anytime minutes; 50 bonus anytime minutes; and choice between 5 local favourites or 1,000 outgoing and unlimited incoming SMS or double anytime minutes; unlimited nights and weekends; 500 MB data
  • $65/month: 200 local anytime minutes; 50 bonus anytime minutes; and choice between 5 nationwide favourites or unlimited incoming SMS or double anytime minutes; unlimited nights and weekends; 1 GB data
  • $80/month: 350 local anytime minutes; 50 bonus anytime minutes; and choice between 5 nationwide favourites or unlimited incoming SMS or double anytime minutes; unlimited nights and weekends; 2 GB data
  • $100/month: 450 local anytime minutes; 50 bonus anytime minutes; and choice between 5 favourites or unlimited incoming SMS or double anytime minutes; unlimited nights and weekends; 3 GB data

For those of you keeping score at home, that pricing is very similar to Bell’s pricing. Which means that if you’re a Rogers iPhone customer, you have absolutely no reason to switch as you’re not going to save any money.

It’s really too bad that Rogers, Bell, and Telus don’t seem interested in competing against each other. As a result, Canadian cell phone rates are some of the highest in the world and the Canadian consumer gets screwed. I was hoping with the HSPA networks being introduced by Bell and Telus, some relief to Canadian consumers would arrive. But clearly that is not to be the case. So Canada gets screwed once again by the communications cartel of Rogers, Bell, and Telus.

I guess that Canada’s only hope is the Canadian Government overturns that craptastic CRTC decision and allows Globalive to enter the market. If that doesn’t come through, then Canadians are truly screwed.

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