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Fido adopts HSDPA broadband

updated 12:15 pm EST, Thu November 8, 2007

Fido adopts HSDPA

Although parent company Rogers has had HSDPA in limited fashion for a while, and recently expanded its service area, Fido has only now joined the ranks of Canadian cellular companies offering 3G broadband. Some 25 cities are being covered at launch, including Calgary, Montreal, and Vancouver, as well as most other major urban areas; Toronto is conspicuously absent from the list, but the region is among those covered by Rogers. Services available through Fido's HSDPA include video calls, mobile TV and XM Radio streaming.

The main limitation of Fido's offering, aside from geography, is that the only compatible phone is currently the TU500 by LG, which costs $75 CAD with a three-year contract and a mobile Internet plan. Internet plans start at $5 per month, but only include 12MB of web usage, and omit highlights like radio or video streaming; these are $15 per month separately, or $25 per month together, with mobile TV costing another $15.



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  1. Athens

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    The one thing that would.

    The one thing that would make me move to the US, is our stupid data plan prices. I really do wish every Canadian Cell phone company dead, bring on the American companies.

  1. midtoad

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    another rip-off

    Fido's plan provides 12 MB for $10/mo., identically priced to Bell's plan (surprise!). Overages cost $10/MB. You can only browse on the phone itself, not tethering it to a PDA or laptop. But if you used 500 MB/mo. (about 20 graphics-rich web pages per day), you'd be billed $4880/month!!!! Meanwhile Virgin Mobile Canada has a true unlimited plan for only $10/mo. Now that Fido is owned by Rogers, it's just as much a rip-off as Rip-Off Rogers itself.

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