Wind Mobile has just officially launched, and the good news is that the leaked Wind Mobile price plans we’re spot on. Aside from that, we’ve also now learned that they won’t be offering a bunch of other stuff (believe me, this is good) which will definitely entice more subscribers to consider them over the big three.
How does the following sound to you:
- No contracts on services
- No activation fees
- No charge for incoming long distance
- No penalties for changing or canceling a plan
- Unlimited WIND to WIND calling
- All plans include caller ID, missed call alerts, call waiting, call hold, call forwarding, unlimited conference calling — no extra charge
- No charge for incoming text messages, ever
- No E911 fees
It’s pretty tempting, right? However, there is a bit of a catch (isn't there always Canada?).
They only have a handful of handsets to offer at the time being. The obvious headliner of the pack is the BlackBerry Bold 9700 which is retailing for $450. The HTC Maple aka the HTC Dash 3G ($300), Samsung Gravity 2 ($150), and Huawei U7519 ($130) round up their first batch of mobile phones. They also have an internet stick, the Huawei E181 Data Stick, retailing for $150.
Given that you're not obligated to sign any contracts, handset prices are understandably more expensive, but it's actually still more affordable when you compare it to the other carrier's outright purchase price for these phones. You can compare Wind phones side-by-side here.
Coverage is also another concern as they’ve limited their service to Toronto and Calgary for the time being. Data users might also find Wind Mobile’s network a tad bit too slow for their needs as it will certainly be no match to the new HSPA+ networks in Canada.
Be that as it may, we’re willing to overlook these drawbacks especially since their just starting up their business in the country. We like how Wind Mobile has started their journey, and hopefully, as they continue to grow, they can improve on their services and expand their coverage to the greater majority of Canada while maintaining the same policies and competitive pricing they’ve just unveiled.