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OpenMedia.ca: Telus announces plans to takeover Canada’s largest independent cell phone provider

OpenMedia.ca argues the takeover will encourage more mistreatment of Canadian cell phone customers

April 16, 2013 – Telus has formally announced plans to takeover Mobilicity, one of Canada’s largest independent cell phone providers. Grassroots group OpenMedia.ca believes, if allowed to go through, will stifle choice and fair treatment of customers in Canada’s already-broken wireless market.

Mobilicity is one of only three carriers in Canada independent of the “Big Three” cell phone companies – Bell, Rogers, and Telus – that already control roughly 94% of the market.

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OpenMedia.ca: Spoof: Hadfield comes home to $1.37 million Rogers phone bill

He may be home, Canada’s favourite astronaut is not free and clear. Chris Hadfield’s 5 month phone bill is a whopping $1.37 million! Better pay better attention to your contract, Chris. How could you miss the clearly defined section on outer-space data usage and roaming fees?

Just kidding. Chris wasn’t saddled with the bill; at least, not this time. Don’t forget to Demand Choice for our cell phone market at http://demandchoice.ca/

Article by Alexander Huntley for the Beaverton:

KAZAKHSTAN – After five months in space, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was shocked to discover his cell phone provider has (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Telus refuse to comment on Mobilicity acquisition reports

Telus are refusing to comment on reports that it is in talks to acquire independent provider Mobilicity.

This would mean that the already dismal state of competition in our cell phone market would be reduced yet further – meaning higher prices and less choice for consumers.

Canadians have made it very clear that we want more choice, not less – stand up for choice at http://DemandChoice.ca

For more info: http://bit.ly/11mJNVD

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OpenMedia.ca: J.D. Power study shows cell phone rates are rising sharply; OpenMedia.ca available for comment

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Cell phone prices rising 13% more quickly than inflation

WHO: Steve Anderson, Executive Director, OpenMedia.ca Lindsey Pinto, Communications Manager, OpenMedia.ca

WHAT: J.D Power & Associates released a study that shows Canadians are paying 13% more for cell phone service than they did last year – this while Canada’s overall inflation rate holds steady at 1%.

At the start of 2013, the average monthly cell phone bill in Canada topped $77, an increase of $9 from 2012, according to the study.

OpenMedia.ca says that this is largely due to a “broken cell phone market”, in (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Canadians deserve more choice, not less, in our cell phone market

Another company has jumped in line for a chance at gaining Canada’s independent cell phone companies.

Canadians clearly desire more competition and choice, but we need the government to fix the rules and enforce those already on the books for this to happen successfully.

Help us get the word out and share this on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/15l98Vi

Read more (Globe and Mail): http://bit.ly/16vU1Yv

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OpenMedia.ca: Stand up for affordability and choice in Canada’s cell phone market

Did you know that the high prices in our cell phone market mean that you can own about four phones in Portugal for the same price as having one device in Canada? Learn more here.

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Citizens can stand up for affordable and accessible wireless choices in Canada by signing our Demand Choice petition at http://DemandChoice.ca

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OpenMedia.ca: Stop New Telecom Fees | Weekly News Update from OpenMedia.ca

Hello!

Here’s Arielle with your update:

Watch Arielle’s video update to hear this week’s news. This week, OpenMedia is encouraging Canadians to speak out on new telecom fees. You can help push Canada’s political party leaders and Industry Minister, Christian Paradis to put an end to Big Telecom price-gouging at openmedia.ca/fees.

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OpenMedia.ca: Over 1,300 letters later, your voices are being heard

What a response! We at OpenMedia.ca are absolutely thrilled by how many of you took the time to write letters to the editor of your local newspapers. Well over 1,300 letters have been sent to newspapers across the country demanding Industry Minister Paradis do the right thing and stand up for greater choice, innovation and affordability in Canada’s mobile phone and Internet market. And the best part? The letters are still coming in!

To celebrate your hard work, we thought we would highlight a great letter that was recently submitted, below.

We want you to know that we are (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Calling all Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs to speak out about our broken cell phone market

Are you part of a business that will be negatively affected by rising telecom costs? Are you an innovator or entrepreneur that relies on open and affordable Internet access to do your work? Then please sign on to the letter to Industry Minister Christian Paradis below.

Why?

With nearly 94% of our cell phone market controlled by just three telecom companies, we’re paying some of the highest prices in the industrialized world and it’s having a negative impact on Canadians and Canadian businesses.

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OpenMedia.ca: Big Telecom thinks they should get spectrum that was set aside for new entrants to create choice for Canadians

Big Telecom is trying to tell us everything is fine in Canada’s cell phone market. Canadians know different. Big Telecom wants to take scarce wireless assets meant for independent mobile companies and gain more control of the market. Let’s not give them more power to price gouge us. Fight back at http://DemandChoice.ca/

Article by Rita Trichur for The Globe and Mail:

Wireless carriers are sounding alarm bells over the federal government’s desire to create new rules for the transfer of spectrum licences between telecom companies.

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OpenMedia.ca: Big Telecom thinks they should get spectrum that was set aside for new entrants to create choice for Canadians

Big Telecom is trying to tell us everything is fine in Canada’s cell phone market. Canadians know different. Big Telecom wants to take scarce wireless assets meant for independent mobile companies and gain more control of the market. Let’s not give them more power to price gouge us. Fight back at http://DemandChoice.ca/

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OpenMedia.ca: Upgrading Europe’s cell phone market: If they can do it, why can’t we?

In a recent flurry of activity across Europe, we’ve seen cell phone service costs slashed – even in markets that have traditionally lacked choice and have been known for their high prices.

As Canadians see these developments, we have to ask, if Europe can improve, why can’t we?

It’s high time Canada’s cell phone market caught up to the times, or Canadians will find ourselves falling behind, unable to benefit from the latest technologies.

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OpenMedia.ca: How we’re doing as we demand choice in our cell phone market

You wouldn’t believe just how well things are going with the campaign to demand more choice in Canada’s cell phone market. From its humble beginning as a letter-writing campaign asking the CRTC to develop national rules to protect cell phone users, the Demand Choice campaign is hitting a stride, and now includes (but is not limited to) a toolkit for mistreated cell phone users, a citizen-powered study, a letter-to-the-editor tool, and a petition that’s tens-of-thousands of Canadians strong.

It’s thanks to the amazing pro-Internet community that more and more Canadians are learning about the stunning lack of (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: How much does it cost your cell phone provider to send your text messages?

We recently saw Telus increase the cost of sending a text message to the U.S. to 40 cents. Research and your stories have shown that Canada has some of the highest cell phone prices in the world, so we wanted to know, what does it actually cost to send a text message?

The answer? Less than a penny.

It’s common practice for companies to offer packages of unlimited texts for $5 or $10, which seems like a deal, right? Not when you look at the actual cost of sending a text. University of Waterloo professor Srinivasan Keshav estimated in (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Over 52,000 Canadians have taken action to demand choice in our cell phone market!

Woah! More than 52,000 Canadians have now taken action to demand choice and affordability in our cell phone market! Thank you for signing the petition, spreading the word, and working together to make change happen – we couldn’t do this without you. Let’s keep going! http://DemandChoice.ca/

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OpenMedia.ca: Your cell phone stories are making decision-makers sit up and take action

After reading your stories in our cell phone report, Ontario is now looking to put forward cell phone rules that include making cancellation easy and straightforward. Thanks to your efforts, we’re seeing decision-makers take notice of Canadians’ concerns and moving towards pro-citizen actions.

Article by Christine Dobby for The Financial Post:

Ontario’s minority Liberal government said Thursday it plans to table legislation that would govern cellphone contracts in the province.

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OpenMedia.ca: Your voices are helping spread the word about Big Telecom price-gouging

Telus recently introduced a new text message fee, but Canadians are speaking out and demanding the government enforce the rules to stop this type of price-gouging from happening. We’re seeing Canadians’ outrage becoming visible in the media, and now is the time to push decision makers to choose choice for Canadians. Please help us spread the word and share this image:

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OpenMedia.ca: Hey CRTC! Check out Quebec for some good cell phone rules

The CRTC is currently working on a final version of the national cell phone rules, but before they finish, they may want to check out Quebec’s rules. Namely, their limits on high termination fees and the ability to walk away penalty free if a provider changes contract terms midway through. What rules would you like to see in the final version of the national cell phone code? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Article by Sophie Cousineau for The Globe and Mail:

Montrealers don’t have it easy these days.

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OpenMedia.ca: Over 1,300 letters later, your voice is being heard

What a response! We at OpenMedia.ca are absolutely thrilled with how many of you who took the time to write letters to the editor of your local newspapers. Well over 1,300 letters have been sent to media outlets across the country demanding Industry Minister Paradis do the right thing and stand up for greater choice, innovation, and affordability in Canada’s mobile phone and Internet market.1 And the best part? The letters are still pouring in!

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OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia.ca talks to CBC’s The Current about our broken cell phone market

Check it out as Lindsey talks on CBC Radio: The Current about our broken cell phone market and some measures that must be taken in order to increase choice for Canadians. “When we’re looking at a situation where the wireless market becomes less affordable and less accessible, we’re looking at a situation where we’re really in trouble as a citizenry.”

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OpenMedia.ca: "A picture is worth a thousand words, not $1000."

Canadians continue to express their outrage at the price-gouging and lack of choice in Canada’s cell phone market. Thousands of Canadians have taken action already, but we need your help to keep spreading the word and get others to speak out. Please share this image if you think Canadians deserve better cell phone choice.

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OpenMedia.ca: Why Your High Cell Phone Bills Have Nothing To Do With The Size of Canada

Canada’s broken cell phone market has come under a lot of public scrutiny of late, with the CRTC trying to establish a set of minimum standards for wireless providers; the release of OpenMedia.ca’s citizen-powered report, Time For An Upgrade, which demonstrated the systematic mistreatment that cell phone users suffer due to this dysfunctional market; and Industry Minister Christian Paradis coming under pressure over Big Telecom’s bid to take over scarce wireless resources meant for new independent providers.

In the face of all this critical opposition, Big Telecom has been unwavering in their defense of their practices, insisting that (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Canadians demand choice in their local communities

Thank you to everyone who has helped spread the word about Canadians’ real experiences in our broken cell phone market and our citizen-powered action plan to fix it. Check out this letter from Christopher Anderson in North Shore News as he shows how Canadians really feel about our cell phone market.

Letter from Christopher Anderson, appearing in North Shore News:

Why do we all tolerate such bad deals on our cellphones? Canadians pay some of the highest cellphone fees and are forced into some of the worst contracts in the industrialized world.

Our broken cellphone market limits our use

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OpenMedia.ca: Pressure from Canadians is starting to have an effect: Paradis signals discomfort with the Shaw-Rogers backroom deal

Today, on a call with reporters, Industry Minister Christian Paradis signalled that he may take a stand to ensure we don’t see even less choice in Canada’s already uncompetitive and dysfunctional cell phone market.

Earlier this year Shaw announced that it would attempt to sell quality spectrum—a key resource for providing cell phone service—to Canada’s largest provider, Rogers. Over 33,000 Canadians have since spoken out against the deal, saying that this would concentrate even more power in Rogers’ hands, and lead to more price-gouging and disrespectful service. The call was also made in a letter to the Industry Minister

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OpenMedia.ca: Globe and Mail: Why your cell phone bill will likely go up

Last week we heard that all three of our independent cell phone companies may be taken over by Big Telecom. If this happens, this will mean less choice for Canadians in the wireless market and a likely increase in prices.

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