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.