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Industry Canada Finally Gives Green Light to Wind Mobile

 Industry Canada Finally Gives Green Light to Wind Mobile
After taking out the wind from beneath their sales, Industry Canada has suddenly become the wind beneath their wings. It’s been quite the epic journey for Globalive in its quest to become another major Canadian wireless provider and now it seems that they can finally open up shop. Wind Mobile lives!

Industry Minister Tony Clement has officially announced that Globalive can have the green light and proceed to start its Wind Mobile brand in Canada. The argument before was that it had too much foreign investment and not enough Canadian ownership to qualify under the current laws.

I’m not entirely sure what has changed in the meantime, but Clement has said that Globalive “is a Canadian company that meets Canadian ownership and control requirements.” As it turns out, what was once perceived as foreign ownership was really just “debt financing” for Wind Mobile. Semantics.

So, one of the major bureaucratic hurdles has been overcome. Now we just have to see how well Wind Mobile can stack up against the likes of Rogers, Telus, and Bell. We all know what ended up happening to companies like Fido and Clearnet, right?

Source: MobileSyrup

UPDATE:

I just found a new thread over at the RFD forums pointing toward the rumored price plans. For me, the $15 chat + $5 voicemail + $35 data sounds pretty good!

Chat: $15 per month
Unlimited WIND to WIND calling (Canada wide)
Unlimited incoming text
100 province-wide voice minutes
50 text messages

Always Talk: $35 per month
Unlimited WIND to WIND calling (Canada wide)
Unlimited province-wide calling
Unlimited incoming text
50 outgoing text messages

Always Shout: $45 per month
Unlimited Canada-wide calling
Unlimited incoming /outgoing text messages
Voicemail

Data Plans
Infinite Mobile: $35 per month (used with any voice plan)
Unlimited internet for phones (tethering too)

Infinite Laptop: $45 per month
Unlimited internet for USB data sticks

Possibly there will be a web on your phone only type data plan for $10/mn.

BlackBerry data plans
Social BlackBerry: $10 per month
Unlimited instant messaging, Facebook and MySpace.

Infinite BlackBerry: $35 per month (used with any voice plan)
Unlimited internet for BlackBerry

Addons:
Voice: 10c Per Minute with the $15 plan
SMS: 10c each
MMS: 20c each
Voicemail: $5

Long Distance:
$20 for unlimited North America

Stores should open within a week.

Edit: All plans include Caller’s ID, Call Forwarding and Call Waiting.

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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  • Johanna

    That is awesome!!! Way to go WIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone check them out! Amazing company with an amazing philosophy!!!

    Johanna