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Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 9:47:39 PM
Lack of competition in Canada threatens mobile Internet
Even Third World and Eastern European countries are more advanced than we are
MICHAEL GEIST , CanWest News Service
Published: Wednesday, July 25, 2007
The promise of an always-on mobile Internet - delivered through cellphones and wireless devices - has long been touted as the next stage in the evolution of electronic communication and commerce. That next stage is a reality in many countries, yet Canada finds itself rapidly falling behind even developing countries as a consequence of overpriced mobile data services in our cozy, uncompetitive market.

Until recently, the conventional wisdom held that there were two barriers - technology and cost - to the emergence of widespread mobile Internet use. From a technological perspective, most cellphones and wireless devices could manage email and text messaging, but were ill-suited for full Internet service including browsing and video. That technology barrier has largely been eliminated, fuelled by the popularity of devices such as the Apple iPhone.

The cost barrier still looms large, however. Canadian carriers have treated mobile Internet use as a business product, establishing pricing plans that require most consumers to conserve their time online frugally. Indeed, the mobile Internet in Canada is reminiscent of Internet access in the mid-1990s, when dial-up access dominated the market and consumers paid by the minute for their time online.

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Font:****Today, not only are cellphone data speeds comparatively slow - the attractiveness of Wi-Fi access for the iPhone or in a recently unveiled model of Research in Motion's BlackBerry is based primarily on the availability of substantially faster speeds - but they are shockingly expensive since cost is measured by the amount of data downloaded.

For example, Rogers - Canada's sole GSM provider and therefore the only telecom company currently equipped to offer the iPhone if it is introduced into our market - offers a starter data plan that provides 1.5 megabytes of data per month for $15 (each additional MB is $21). Since that is not even enough data to download a single high-resolution photograph, most consumers presumably choose more. The company's biggest data plan provides 500 MB, yet costs $210 per month, far beyond the reach of most consumers.

This pricing, which is comparable to plans found with Bell and Telus, is not close to competitive internationally. The introduction of the Apple iPhone in the U.S. has placed the spotlight on the difference between the Canadian and U.S. market.

In the U.S., AT&T, the sole iPhone provider, offers unlimited data for only $21 U.S. per month (the total monthly price is $59.99 U.S., but AT&T divides the bill as two-thirds for voice and one-third for data).

While it is tempting to believe that the AT&T offer is an anomalous product of pressure from Apple, the reality is that unlimited data plans are becoming commonplace around the world. For example, consumers in Lithuania can purchase an unlimited data plan for less than $3 per month, while similar plans can be had in the Netherlands and France for under $15 per month.

In fact, Canada not only trails the U.S. and Western Europe, but Eastern European countries such as Poland and Romania, Asian countries such as Malaysia, and African countries such as Rwanda, which all offer unlimited monthly data plans for less than $50.

Even in those countries without unlimited data plans, the pricing is often far better than what is found in Canada. Italians can purchase one GB - double the largest Rogers plan - for $29 per month, while a 500 MB monthly plan is $45 in South Africa, $79 in Mozambique, and $103 in Tanzania.

The negative consequences of Canada's falling behind even the African market should not be underestimated. RIM has expressed frustration with Canadian pricing, predicting that carriers could sell "eight or nine times" more BlackBerries if wireless provides lowered data prices to levels found elsewhere.

Reduced sales are only part of the story. High data prices mean Canadians use the mobile Internet less than people in other countries, which Google has noted leads to lower Canadian usage of web-based email or online mapping services from wireless devices.

Canadian carriers would do well to reshape their approach to mobile data by better servicing consumers. The longer-term solution, however, lies in Industry Minister Maxime Bernier cracking open the wireless market by encouraging new entrants through a spectrum set-aside. The prospect of a new national wireless carrier offering unlimited data - and perhaps even the red-hot iPhone - would do wonders for a once-proud market that now lags behind the rest of the world.

Michael Geist holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law.

[email protected]

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Data Rates

Here is a sample of countries with unlimited mobile data plans and monthly price in Canadian dollars:

Lithuania (Vodaphone): $2.86

Netherlands (Vodaphone): $13.68

France (Bouygues): $14.25

U.S. (AT&T for iPhone): $20.86

Poland (Plus GSM): $23.00

Malaysia (Celcom): $36.40

Romania (Zapp): $40.67

Rwanda (Teracomm): $47.50

Oman (Nawras): 78.50
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Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 11:18:42 PM
открытие блин.
А как по вашему держать на плаву блэкбери?
Если девушка не только красивая, но и умная, то и трахать её не только приятно, но и интересно.
Joined: 12/9/2005
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Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 11:33:57 PM
Незнаю, но всегда знал что всегда нас по технологии имеют только так. Вот тока недавно вышло что можно свой номер оставлять при себе если меняеш компании. Все цены раскрученные, почти на все, но шя грим о связи.
Я думаю помните было такой план City Fido unlimited local calls, так его Роджерс сразу нах.... и опустил на 450 минут. Потамучто некто не будет жаловатся а просто будут платить.

А насчет 6.95 "system access fee" это вообше нерня хернёй

A class-action lawsuit accusing Canada's big cellphone companies of gouging customers with an unfair "system access fee" has been certified by a Saskatchewan court, refocusing the spotlight on a long-standing and controversial practice that has generated billions for the industry.

At issue is whether Canada's cellphone providers have misled monthly subscribers by implying that so-called "system access" or "licensing" fees are somehow required by federal regulators. The suit names Bell Mobility Inc., Telus Corp, Rogers Wireless Inc. and their various subsidiaries, as well as several other smaller, regional players. The carriers charge their subscribers access fees of $6.95 to $8.95 a month.

от Torronto Star The Spectator - Hamilton, Ont.
Date: Sep 19, 2007
Joined: 7/28/2007
Posts: 218
Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 1:06:23 AM
Зато нигде нет столько халявного вай-фай, как в Канаде.
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