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No Communications Revolution Here: Verizon in Canada Wouldn’t Really Change Anything

Verizon: preparing to fleece Canadians
Obviously, the guy on the bottom is Canadian.

It was recently rumoured that Verizon, a major US broadband and telecommunications company, was interested in purchasing Wind Mobile as a way to gain entry and an immediate customer base in Canada. The rumoured price for Wind was $700 million. This rumour, if true, could have a major impact on the Canadian wireless market.

But it won’t.

To be fair, I guess there has already been an effect. All three Canadian majors’ share prices fell significantly when the rumour started making the rounds. I’m guessing that the reason for this is that shareholders are assuming that if Verizon, white-knight like, comes onto the scene, Canadians will be saved from those nasty, evil, price-gauging um, other Canadians (the three incumbents), prices will fall, service (both the coverage and customers varieties) will be stellar, and all will be well in the Great White North.

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Much Ado About Cell Phone Contracts

Cell phone contracts are evil
If you can’t afford to pay upfront, you can’t afford a phone.

The Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRTC) recently announced that starting in December 2013, customers would be able to walk away from cell phone contracts after two years without penalty, even if they had signed contracts for longer terms. (The CRTC ruled on a few other issues, as well, but the two-year walkaway is the focus of this post.)

I know I’m probably not going to be too popular for saying this, but I think this is a case of the CRTC stepping in to save people from themselves, and it’s not going to work. People are going to get even angrier when the other shoe drops, which it inevitably will. At the end the day, consumers will (still) have no one to blame but themselves.

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