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T-Mobile Canada due with unlimited BlackBerry?

updated 12:15 pm EDT, Wed March 12, 2008

T-Mobile Canada Follow-up

T-Mobile's tentative steps to enter the Canadian market for cellphones may have been confirmed, according to a detailed tip sent to BGR. The carrier has reportedly received government approval to start its service in 2009 and would run at least a trial service until 2010 that would offer all the normal calling, data, and roaming services expected of most providers. It would also bring many of the phones used by its American cousin, including HTC-made devices such as the Shadow as well as the SideKick line.

Legal hurdles are not expected, according to the claim. The company has already received a license for the T-Mobile name through a cross-border agreement with its US cousin and already intends to choose a Canadian as the head of the local provider.

While such a launch would prove disruptive in the country, which has only Rogers as a major GSM-based phone carrier, T-Mobile intends to rely on an unlimited BlackBerry plan as its initial competitive weapon, according to the claim. To cost about $75 per month, the service would provide at least unlimited "push" e-mail through any of RIM's smartphones and would supply a much higher value than Rogers' upcoming plans, which still set data caps. Whether the plan would also include some form of calling or general Internet access is unknown.

Indirectly, any official confirmations of T-Mobile Canada are likely to increase pressure on Rogers to add the iPhone and other high-profile handsets to its lineup. Despite promising that it would carry Apple handset almost immediately after its unveiling in early 2007, Rogers has not provided many additional clues as to a release and is widely believed to be resisting demands that the iPhone come with an unlimited data plan. However, the carrier in February introduced a $20 Communications Pack for some phones that would mimic AT&T's iPhone data plan in the US.

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  1. danviento

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Dec 2005


    Once again

    Apple's innovations roust a sleeping industry to try and play catch up. Now that we know that RIM's email etc. is routed through servers in Canada, does unlimited RIM service in Candad seem all that surprising?

  1. Salty

    Professional Poster

    Joined: Jul 2005


    Unlimited BB Data

    Ha, uhh unlimited blackberry data for 75 bucks!? That's insane! I'm quite a heavy user and the most I've even done is around 7 megs, and I'm viewing web pages and crazy c*** like that all the time, and you can get that for 40 bucks on Rogers now. Tmobile would need a lot more than a 75 dollar plan to beat Rogers up here. Though it would be nice to have another GSM provider.

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