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Will bid for Mobilicity change Canada's mobile industry? The answer is blowin' in the WIND

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Will bid for Mobilicity change Canada's mobile industry? The answer is blowin' in the WIND
The Canadian government rejected a $380 million bid ($357 USD) from Telus for fellow carrier Mobilicity earlier this year. With Mobilicity's assets now being offered via a court-ordered auction, bidding closed on Monday. Before the auction ended, WIND Mobile apparently made a bid for the carrier that adds up to about $190 million ($178 million USD). WIND, based in Toronto, could use Mobilicity's spectrum to help it take on larger carriers like Rogers and Telus.

The Canadian government blocked Telus' bid for Mobilicity earlier in 2013 because it does not want to see airwave licenses held by small mobile operators end up in the clutches of a large carrier. Mobilicity, through its spokesman, refused to acknowledge whether it has received a bid from WIND or from any other company. Spokesman Nick Anstett said that a final decision on who wins Mobilicity's assets could still take "several weeks."

"Like any other organization, Wind is always considering the options and evaluating any opportunities available to us."-Alexandra Maxwell, spokeswoman, WIND Mobile

Mobilicity has been under protection from creditors since September, when it filed with the Canadian courts for bankruptcy. The operator has coverage extending to 95% of the Canadian population.

source: Bloomberg

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posted on 18 Dec 2013, 16:30 3

1. apple4never (Posts: 921; Member since: 08 May 2013)


hopefully the smaller companies get more spectrum out, its terrible having bell and rogers control our phone plans, wind offers for $30 what bell and rogers does for $60

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 17:14

2. Finalflash (Posts: 1456; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


God I hate that monopoly they have. Here in the UK I have unlimited net (with tethering) some 500 mins and 500 texts, incoming free, caller id and everything else pretty much for $15. In Canada that would cost upwards of $70+ and that is without the unlimited internet (like 3gb).

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 17:36

3. apple4never (Posts: 921; Member since: 08 May 2013)


exactly, like with wind for 30 you get unlimited EVERYTHING although their phones are pricier its way cheaper in the long run

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 19:31

4. apple4never (Posts: 921; Member since: 08 May 2013)


i couldn't survive on 500 texts lol last month i spent 4298 texts o_O

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 19:43 1

5. a_merryman (Posts: 605; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Luckily there are a multitude of apps that let you circumvent that. Like imessage on ios or hangouts (now) on android, or bbm, or whatsapp, or kakao, or facebook messenger. Of course unlimited texts are standard pretty much nowadays in america....still hate the character limit.

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