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With Telus I find myself spending 200 a month due to going over my data limit. If Wind Mobile can do unlimited everything for only 39 dollars a month you guys can certainly do it. Telecommunications companies have a bad tendency to sit on their networking infrastructure, to rarely upgrade, to rarely innovative, and to hike up rates because options are limited for consumers.
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Daniel Kim, Mobile Master

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I find that wind is only effective if you stay in the same place all the time. Koodo offers canada wide plans. Also please search before posting this was just brought up yesterday and multiple times before. Its good that you want to contribute, simply add a +1 to yesterdays unlimited data post. Thanks :)
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Have you been a customer of Wind or is this hearsay?
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I was in the Barrie ON (south store) yesterday to price out their data plan.
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Daniel Kim, Mobile Master

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Nope not me Ivan, my friends are on Wind and are frequently complaining about the coverage.
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Zaphod Beeblebrox

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Does no one read the previous posts about this?
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Well, Public also though they could, so did Mobilicity. One was already sold the other is bankrupt and Wind's Rusiian backers said no more money to you. So, no one yet showed they can do unlimited data in this country and survive. :-) It's a pretty huge country with very few people so the infrastructure cost are signifcantly higher than say in tiny European countries with lots of folks living there.

Also, unlimited data on your phone would mean no more need for ISPs since I could just use my phone as a hotspot. That's likely another reason amongst the many phone companies don't want to rush into this. Just my 2 cents.
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Chris I have to agree with you on this.. there would be no need for ISPs
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Well, seeing how a lot of the phone companies also provide your home internet, it makes sense they would rather screw you twice...
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I have Telus,Mobility and Telus Home Service for landline, Wi-Fi, and internet. My mobility contract is up in April. If I use my Alcatel Idol3 cellphone to switch to Koodo am I able to keep the same phone number?
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Of course you can keep your number, Linda. May I suggest that if you have any more questions, you start a new thread? This one is 4 years old... thanks :)
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With Wind Mobile they're supposed "unlimited data" is misleading. They slow your bandwidth down after so much data useage. Oh and to add this breaks the CRTC enforced by the governement. No cell phone company offers unlimited data. Oh and to put the icing on the cake Wind Mobiles great coverage map..... *coughs! Well have fun with Wind soon as you step outside a city and hit a dead zone wouldn't surprise me.
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Forgot it's unlimited local calling! Good catch Timo!
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Wind throttles at the 5Gs mark, so in reality its a 5G Plan for $50.00. So given Wind's lack of coverage, Koodo Canada Wide 6G @ $60.00 no throttling and exceptional coverage is hands down, BEST VALUE!
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Where's that 6 GB plan? I can't seem to find it anywhere on Koodo's website.
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Grandfathered since August 2010(?).
Originally started as base plan with long distance, favorite 5 #'s and other add ons.
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I have to admit trying Wind for a month. It works well once connected. but when I really needed my phone it let me down. So I agree with Rocky
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If WIND didn't have unlimited data, they'd be under the gun for false advertising. The fair usage policy kicks in AFTER you've gone over the 5 or 10 GB data limit within your billing cycle. They don't cut you off, they throttle back internet speeds, which is why they can justify their claim as the only provider with unlimited data.

The CRTC clearly states that; a service provider must not limit the use of a service purchased on an unlimited basis unless these limits are clearly explained in the fair use policy. WIND explains their fair usage policy quite clearly, so they are not in violation of the Wireless Code.

As for expansion, WIND has been fighting an uphill battle the day it entered into this country. I have to give credit where it's due. WIND has done exceptionally well for itself, considering the adversity this company has had to endure over the years and even to this day. That said, 675,000 customers can't be wrong.

One of the reasons VimpelCom decided not to fund WIND's purchase of the 700 MHz spectrum, was because of ongoing conflict over Ottawa’s foreign investment rules that, to date, have prevented it from taking formal control of the small Canadian carrier.

It will be interesting to see what materializes in the months to come. Aside from that, it's 'business as usual' and WIND continues to forge ahead, despite its decision to withdraw from the auction.

For those that don't travel outside of 'zones', the savings to be had are exponential. A lot of people are getting tired of the nickel and diming tactics that the big three continue to employ, particularly with data and see WIND as a cost-effective alternative. I'd really like to see WIND become the fourth national carrier/competitor and give the big three a run for their money.

My nickels' worth... pennies are obsolete :)
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round that up to a dime rikkster. So your saying Ottawa has issues with the foreign company taking over the Canadian company that its pouring the money into? And yet the Canadian government, all but invited, Verision to come in and set up shop.
So much for the appearance of the goverment wanting to appear as though they want 'healthy cell phone competition' in Canada that ok'd the Telus/Virgin Deal.
Passive Canadian Culture is a money maker for sure.
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I love how "national security" gets thrown around when discussing foreign companies such as Huawei (Chinese) and VimpelCom (Russian by share majority, but Norwegian Telenor owns 43%) but Verizon apparently poses no national security risks because we all know that the US government is a totally benign entity with nothing but peace, love, and harmony to share. I mean, can't NSA stand for "no strings attached"? ;)
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Huawei is the one who built the Bellus network too.
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I don't think anyone expects truly unlimited data but a throttled back plan after a certain quota would bring a lot of business to Koodo. If Wind can do it, so can Koodo. I have unlimited anytime minutes with Koodo but I don't talk on my phone all day or even an hour a day - I just like not having to think about how much this call is going to cost me or when my allotment of minutes might run out. Same could be done with data, make a plan with no overages, just an aggressive slow down.
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Have you tried Wind's speed though? I just check on my koodo phone and my download speed is 8.8Mb/s. I have one friend with Wind and always complains about the speed and at last time he said the best he could get was around 500kb/s. We have the same phones. so, unlimited at dial-up speed doesn't work for me. :-)
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Believe it or not, 500 kbps is still 10-20 times faster than dial-up.
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I loved Hackers and the excitement they had using a 28.8 bps modem, yet everything loaded for them at high speed.
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I believe you Timo. Inward simply trying to make a point. Nowadays people expect the same speed on their phones as their home Internet. If you only get 500kb/s at home you won't mind that speed on your phone. Since the vast majority of Canadians are on high speed expectations are already set for what speed is acceptable before they start tossing their cellphone against the wall. People are predictably irrational. We are just wired that way.
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Koodo is a telus company who shares their network with bell. Slow speeds on wind have little to do with unlimited data being offered and more to do with lack of spectrum and not upgrading backbones causing overloaded towers due to costs of being a small new company. I think public, now a telus company and or koodo could take the T-Mobile plans as wind did and really win. No overages... But capped high speed rates... After you are slowed instead of charged. Its fair, consumer friendly and ensures cost overruns don't happen causing customers to leave.
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Austin, if you believe that $200/month is unreasonable then I don't quite understand why you continue to pay that. Sure, if you don't change usage pattern you won't see a difference (I'm not suggesting that you don't pay your bill but rather not to run it up).

As long as we keep paying, these prices are staying. No amount of complaining reduces profit margins.
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Its nauseous Ivan. 3kms and 33' to the east of me is Barrie Ontario. Basic Cable $38.00 plus 80G data $53.00. Same goes for New Subdivision in Angus Ontario, 12kms to west of me.
I have to pay $212.00 for Satellite, plus pay per view extras (which I refuse to do).
If I don't want Bell, I can go Shaw, which is supported by Explore Net. 20g for $44.00 plus $5.00 for extra 30g. Or Explore Net Streaming Data 20G for $84.00, plus $5.00 more, gets me another 30Gs.
Nickles and dimes to death, out here in Rural Ontario. Oh and now some moron wants to strap a water meter to the Water Wells that we paid to have drilled.....lol
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Agreed. Unlimited data is the future. It would be fine if you had a limited amount of LTE data and then fall back to 3G/2G speeds after xGB. I'm fine with paying more for faster speeds, but treating bits as a finite resource is silly. Soon we'll be behind 3rd world countries in mobile.
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Actually, unlimited data is a thing of the past. What I foresee is even less data in the future, at even higher prices.

Of course I really really REALLY hope to be proven WRONG by our overlord Koodo :D
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Say what? "Soon we'll be behind 3rd world countries in mobile." Have you been to a 3rd world country lately? They got us beat by a country mile and then some. Yeah, they have pre-paid unlimited everything (including unlimited data, ok so they throttle it after 3G in one day until the clock strikes midnight) and many people use that to supply Internet to their whole house because in the 3rd world the outside cable plant to get wired Internet isn't there so everyone has a cell phone only and everyone talks on it all day long :)
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I would love unlimited data, and throttled after my 6gigs of average use. Because if everyone had unlimited at top speed. The top speed for everyone would not be good. This is what happened to Netflix and comcast. Its not that I need unlimited data. Its just that I want to use it free of worry.

thanks for posting!
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I also heartily support the idea of unlimited yet throttled, data.
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I agree with OP. I live in the sticks, and I can blow through 3GB in 10 days without watching much video. I understand the need to make a dollar on mobile data, but for areas without cable a 'real' data plan would keep me around, otherwise I'll have to jump ship. Paying $20 per GB over 3GB is ridiculous nowadays.
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Where would you jump ship to? If that was a viable option I would consider it. It's unfortunately not. :-(
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The T-Mobile approach is also something I would support.. Pay for a capped high speed data, but after the cap, you simply get slowed/throttled without extra charges. I think Koodo or even public (now that telus owns both) should use one of these companies to do something much different, fair and more consumer friendly instead of the current setup, where there really is no difference between any of the BIG 3 companies and their children.
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Unfortunate that unlimited data is not an option. My family lives in the country and don't have access to cable internet. I use my hotspot for all my internet needs and am an avid gamer. The current plan is quite pricey and unlimited data would be a godsend.