Canadian carrier Bell offers free Apple iPhone 5 for those who switch from MTS

Canadian carrier Bell offers free Apple iPhone 5 for those who switch from MTS
Manitoba has suddenly become ground zero in a battle for mobile market share. A couple of days ago, Canadian carrier Bell was offering a free Apple iPhone 5 ("the phone everyone is talking about") to those who join Bell from Tybatel. Apple's advertising guidelines prevent carrier's from offering the phone at certain prices which stopped Bell from posting the name of the phone in the ad.

Bell's two ads targeting Tbaytel customers

Bell's two ads targeting Tbaytel customers

Now Bell is going after another Manitoba based operator, MTS. Those who make the switch to Bell from MTS will also receive a free Apple iPhone 5. MTS, which has a 53% market share in the region, isn't sitting back and letting its customers go without a fight. Kelvin Shepard, president of MTS, says his network is "stronger, faster and more powerful" than Bell's pipeline, adding that a free handset on a network that is not good in Manitoba is not a great offer.

Will MTS match Bell and offer a free Apple iPhone 5? Not immediately. Shepard says that he will analyze the market to see if he has to make any adjustments to MTS' pricing. Meanwhile, Bell's free iPhone 5 requires a signed three year contract and those jumping from MTS can select from other free handsets like the HTC Windows Phone 8X, Sony Xperia T and the BlackBerry Bold 9900.

Bell normally offers the Apple iPhone 5 for $179.99 to those who sign a three year-year contract with the carrier.

source: WinnipegFreePress via MobileSyrup (1), (2)

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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)

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5 Comments

1. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Haha resorting to giving them away.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Your obviously not understanding the article. They're using a very popular device to lure subscribers from a rival company...Einstein.

2. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

if only the US carriers could fight for customers like this

3. Kan_wha

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Nothing free about it. Bell's service plans are horrendously overpriced, which'll make it a 2000 dollar "free phone".

6. molanjames

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 11, 2012

Its pathetic when a company has to bash another company to keep their customers.

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