A great day for Canada — monopoly becomes duopoly as Bell goes 3G.

Yeah, it’s still the usual suspects — Bell Canada, Rogers and even (ugh) the iPhone — but at the very least Bell has finally broken the stranglehold that Rogers has had on GSM-based services in this country since they gobbled up Fido in 2004.

Staying true to the carrier spirit of rate obfuscation Bell has chosen to release different plans to different device platforms, because surfing the web on an iPhone is entirely different than doing the same thing on a Palm Pre — just like it is on Windows vs. Mac vs. Linux (not). Oh, and you’ll also be ponying up an additional $6.95 for the bullshit system access fee.

Still, as a whole the rates aren’t disastrously bad, and special offers are surely on the way as we get closer to the holiday season and Telus launches an HSPA network of their own. Personally I’m waiting for someone to step up and offer a contract term more reasonable than three years.

Any takers?

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  1. AC:

    My Bell contract runs out in May. I’m hopeful there will be plenty of wireless choices out there by then–I’m ditching the landline altogether and going all wireless. My landline has gone from $24/month to $32/month in 2 1/2 years despite having the same features now as I did when I started.

    Bell must have upgraded their towers up here in North York. I have a couple extra bars showing here at my desk, up from the 1 or 2 usually showing.


    1. I’m ditching the landline altogether and going all wireless.

      Good for you! I sent my cable box back last week, so maybe we can get together some time for charades or something… 😉

  2. AC:
    I’ve been buying DVDs as the retailers dump them in favour of BluRay, so I still have televisual entertainment. Heck, my DVD player has an iPod dock, so I don’t need anything more than iTunes, QuickTime Pro, and some freeware conversion software to watch just about anything….

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