How does the Wireless Competition Stack Up in Thunder Bay?

by Istvan Fekete on March 4, 2013

The competition has started to heat up among the smaller Canadian wireless carriers, at least in Thunder Bay. The trend recently seems to be targeting long-distance calls and some sort of data bucket (roughly between 3 GB and 5 GB), given the fact that new-generation smartphones and tablets are turning into data hogs.

But Tbaytel is going against the recent trend and has brought back a 6 GB promo, which is plenty of data for a month, even for those who stream music and videos on their smart devices. In addition to the data pack, Tbaytel has decided to throw in unlimited Canadian talk and text for a reasonable $50/month. The only drawback could be the three-year contract term, especially given the current debate over contract lengths.

The promomotion is pretty similar to what Virgin Mobile was offering some while ago: 6 GB of data available in Thunder Bay; unlimited Canada-wide calling; unlimited SMS/MMS to Canada/USA/International; voicemail; caller ID; and the whole package is available for $50 per month.

As we previously reported, Telus has flipped the switch on in its Thunder Bay LTE network, with the company announcing their commitment to the best possible consumer experience. And they seem to be pioneering the way toward an improved consumer experience: Telus recently launched a free and easy-to-use app that provides real-time, on-the-go feedback about the wireless service on its network.

Also, to celebrate the launch of the new LTE network, Telus had previously offered a promotional plan until February 7, 2013: For $50 per month, the carrier offered unlimited Canada-wide calling, voicemail, caller ID and (maybe) most important, 6 GB of data. Update:  The $50 per month rate plan promotion has been extended until April 1, 2013.

Wireless carriers play different cards to attract mobile subscribers from another network. After going live with their LTE network in Thunder Bay, Bell, for example, has started offering the iPhone 5 free to customers who switche from Tbaytel.

But Bell didn’t just target Thunder Bay; it targeted other smaller players as well, such as Manitoba regional carrier MTS, by offering up the same bargain. This certainly sounds exciting for those who are after a cheap iPhone 5, but it’s still a $179 saving on a three-year term.

As always, these promotions are always something to consider, but think twice before signing up for a three-year contract and make sure you have read all the fine print.

Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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