[kwlug-disc] Dropping Bell, Phase 5

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Mon Apr 28 10:43:09 EDT 2014

Wind is good for all-you-can-eat usage for a flat fee, for example,
teenagers like to text and do social networking stuff (Facebook, Twitter,

They even have a USA plan, where you get no roaming when you go to the USA.
Someone who goes to the US monthly is really happy with this. It is $40 a
month all inclusive. The regular unlimited plan was $30, so not bad for $10

The problem is coverage. In Waterloo they do work on the west side south of
Columbia St. North of Columbia, there is no service. So friends we have
there could not get it.

Also, when you are outside cities you are roaming on Rogers and pay per MB,
per call, per text message. On the 401 there used to be a stretch between
Guelph and Milton that was like that.

Too bad because we had 3 new mobile startups, and Wind is the only one
left, after another being bought by Telus, and a third with Toronto only
coverage and saddled with debt.

On Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 9:39 AM, Joe Wennechuk <
youcanreachmehere at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Depending on the usage WInd seems to be the best bet for cell service.
> They are only good in cities. There is a big spot between Kitchener and
> Toronto where roaming charges can really add up.
> ------------------------------
> Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:37:10 -0400
> From: crankyoldbugger at gmail.com
> To: kwlug-disc at kwlug.org
> Subject: [kwlug-disc] Dropping Bell, Phase 5
> Well the satellite TV is now gone (I have receivers for sale cheap!) and
> the home phone is in the process of being ported to Ooma, so that leaves me
> with only one more Bell product to dump: Wifeski's cellphone.
> What recommendations for non-Bell and non-Rogers cellphone providers do
> you guys have?
> She is a low-volume cellphone user, mostly just calls home like "how do I
> find Suchandsuch Street?"  She texts a little bit as well.  Data is
> optional, but not necessary.
> She'd like to keep her current cell phone as she likes the slide out
> keyboard.
> I'm on Telus myself, so there's an advantage to having her account merged
> in with mine, but I'm open to suggestions on a smaller provider like those
> guys who have kiosks in the mall if they have an unbeatable deal.
> I've gone through the various company websites and I'm familiar with the
> pricing structures, etc., but I was wondering if you guys had really good
> or really bad experiences with any of the smaller companies like Koodoo,
> Solo or Wind or whatever.
> By the way, now that the satellite TV is gone, I'm seriously considering
> Western Digital's Live TV box for Wifeski's TV.  It looks pretty good, and
> as far as I can tell it's the best device for streaming the stuff I have
> already downloaded to my servers, whereas devices like Roku or Chromecast
> seem intent on selling you monthly subscriptions to Netflix, etc.  I'll
> keep you guys informed as this progresses.
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