Category competition

May the fourth carrier be with you

In the Berkman Center’s 2010 report on “Next Generation Connectivity,” the Harvard-based think tank classified Canada as a case of “regulatory hesitation,” due to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s less-than-enthusiastic willingness to discipline incumbent firms. This week’s release on wireless from the CRTC shows just how far we’ve come since then, but also highlights […]

Wireless Carriers’ High Flying Prices

Last week, Mobile Syrup reported that the big 3’s flanker brands, Virgin, Fido, and Koodo (including zombified competitor Public Mobile) would be raising prices on their wireless plans at the same time. Then, the news broke today that Bell, Rogers, and Telus, moving in lockstep, have quietly raised their prices for wireless services as well. Prices for plans […]

Rogers website still can’t get it right

Back in September, I wrote about confusing and misleading advertising on Rogers’ website. Their site was listing contradictory wireless data roaming and overage rates, making it impossible for consumers to make informed choices about the price of available services. I was somewhat surprised when a Rogers rep responded to my blog by thanking me for […]

Up for a Challenge

You might be surprised as I was to learn that Bell Canada was offering its customers cell phone service as early as the 1970’s. You probably wouldn’t be surprised, however, to hear that back then Bell was giving itself an unfair advantage to get a leg up on the competition. Forty some years ago, the […]

Elephant in the Room

The National Post has today published an article entitled “Why Canada has third world access to the Internet.” The author starts off by pointing out that, whether we’re talking about wires or radio waves, Canadian Internet services just aren’t up to snuff by the standards of virtually every authoritative international comparison. Our services are too expensive. […]