Wind mobile plan

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I have a $39 Koodoo plan which has 400mb of data but am continually blowing through it. Wind mobile has a special plan with 5gb of data. Is Koodoo offering anything to make itself some what competitive?
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koert vandenenden

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Robert, Mobile Master

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Yeah. It is offering plans with more data you can switch to if you want. They are more expensive though because you get better quality from Koodo then you get from Wind. At that point it's your choice
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Goran, Mobile Master

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Unless you're in QC/SK/MB, no. Koodo considers its superior network to be worth the price differential. It's up to you to determine if Wind's network where you live is good enough for your use or its shortcomings tolerable enough for the price difference. One million people plus feel that way and growing so far.
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I just left Wind for Koodo. So many times I was wind away and that means pay more... my bill for 2 devices $39 + $36 + tax with 1 week vacation in Ontario $157.00
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Whatever fits your usage pattern. I don't blame anyone for going to whichever carrier if they have a better experience overall.
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@Koert Looking at your account, in the last three months, you have only used between 40-70% of your data allotment. As some of the other suggested you could consider changing plans for something with more data. We do have some specials going on currently.
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It's my understanding that with Wind as long as you are in your home area all is good but if you leave your area the costs really add up quickly. Correct me if I'm wrong but domestic roaming is not free on Wind but it is for Koodo and the others.
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Also, even if you are in their coverage area... you will loose your network connection easily if you go to shopping mall or inside, basement of building with Wind.
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You are correct. "all is good" is in the eye of the beholder - meaning as long as service works in home area. 

"Your unlimited features can only be used in the WIND network area. Outside of the WIND network, we’ve still got you covered with coast-to-coast North America AWAY coverage – you are charged low flat rates to make a call/ send text message or access data from anywhere in Canada or the US."  
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If you don't mind cruddy coverage and you don't travel a lot.  Go for it.  But when I was looking at Wind, I knew I was going to be out of there coverage area and it wasn't going to work for me.  My friends son is with Wind and she said he drops calls all the time when in the states.  it's up to you, but I'm under the impression you pay less but the coverage isn't all that great.  Its up to you.
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Wind's own network is of course no issue. The away network is an issue if you spend a lot of time in it. The overage rates for data are also pretty bad but still much lower than most other carriers' overage rates. Looks like Shaw managed to secure a much better roaming deal (guessing Rogers) if you get the 60 dollar plan, including 1GB of away data, unlimited texting, and 2400 minutes. Ironically your network connection would likely be better than home in most cases.

Falcon, dropping calls regularly in the US is not a Wind issue, but a roaming partner issue. Where he goes the roaming partner likely does not have a strong network. The same would be true for any carrier.

FWIW Shaw's money and the ~450 million secured before Shaw bought them out is rapidly improving their network. Edmonton is greatly improved now. I hear so is Vancouver. Lots of parts of downtown Hamilton that used to be dead zones no longer are.
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WIND Mobile: "The wireless coverage area is an anticipated approximation of the actual service being provided and is subject to change as more towers are built. The level of voice and data service while within WIND network coverage can vary due to terrain, foliage, technical capacity, or weather conditions. WIND Mobile cannot guarantee service availability".

Which, to be fair, is no different than any other carrier minus the tower construction because Koodo is an mvno. To put this in perspective, WIND has built their own network from the ground up amidst delays during WIND’s initial entry into market.

Early on, Public Mobile and TELUS added to the fray citing that Wind's Canadian ownership requirements were improper and tried to sue the company on those grounds. The suit was later dropped. I have to hand it to a company that stays the course and can still build a sizeable network without gouging their customers.

Hopefully, Shaw will have an influence in further propelling this carrier to present day standards in terms of coverage and network technology. I’m reading that this has already started in Vancouver and is expected to spread to other regions by year end. It’s time to see a fourth player finally get in on the action, in my opinion.
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Truth to be told "success" is measured more by building a company with sustainable future not going bankrupt and written off in value twice in their short Canadian history. :-)

 http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/wind-mobile-written-down-to-0-by-owner-vimpelcom-1.2562438
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When you have the big three blocking foreign interest/investment at every turn, this inherently detracts from a sustainable future. "Success" is measured by building a company, staying the course and riding out the storm, against all odds. :-)
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When Telus just started up, I decided to give them a try and regretted it.  The only coverage they had was in the city.  In the country no coverage is not an option.  I was forced to go to Rogers.  Sometimes houses are half a km, sometimes 1 km between each other.  Depending on which road you're on.  I still visit out there, and Wind is out of their coverage zone. I was told depending on which side of the 401 my parents house was on depended if it was covered or not.  It's not.   It just wasn't going to work.  I find myself out of their coverage areas more times then I can count.  It's just not going to work.  Until Wind gets better coverage I won't be switching to them anytime soon.
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I think that Wind has done a great job with their network considering just how much younger it is than their competition. I've been a mobile subscriber for 16 years now and I remember the early days.
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They certainly have outpaced Fido in the same time frame I terms of network size and subs. Clear net was before my time but they had spotty reception quality themselves from reading forum threads around their acquisition time by Telus.