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

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."


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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5 Comments

4. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

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

5. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 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.

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 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

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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).

3. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

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

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