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Wind Mobile “phone booth” gives 5 min of free long distance

When it comes to marketing, one of the first challenges is simply convincing potential customers to come through the door. Wind already tried that with its 50% discounts, but the Canadian carrier is about to unleash another tactic: free long distance… but it’s not exactly what you think it is.

The first time I heard about this story, my assumption was that you would get some long distance minutes tacked onto your monthly plan for free when you sign up for service with Wind Mobile. That’s not the case. Instead, customers can waltz into Wind “mobile phone booths” and make a long distance call in the store.

You don’t sign a contract. You don’t agree to sign up for service. You just ask to use the phone the same way you would when your regular cell phone runs out of juice and you ask the local diner if you can borrow the phone to call a cab. The kicker is that Wind is a-okay with you doing long distance on that free call… for up to five minutes.

This free service is being offered in Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver, which presumably also includes the Wind kiosks inside of Blockbuster locations. These same stores are also offering a gift wrapping service too. I wonder how they’d feel about wrapping up a shiny new Telus phone for your cousin?

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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  • http://www.areyoukiddingme.com TTom

    Telus service has not been competent since they were Clearnet. Those were the days, great value on their plans, absolutely NO fine print (now they rival bell and rogers) and they has loyalty to their customers! Now all three are the same, lure people in with flashy phones, and hook them onto large contracts.

    Wind mobile doesn’t use contracts because they have this crazy notion that excellent service and completely unmatched value will keep people coming back for more. The fact that you can buy unlocked “flashy” phones from the USA doesn’t phase them a bit.