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Ottawa Requests Wireless Providers to Lower PriceS

Canadian government says that it now requires cell phone companies like Rogers, Bell and Telus to lower its cell phone bill by 25% within the next 2 years or face consequences.

Innovation, Science and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains says that unlimited talk-and-text plans that offer two gigabytes, four gigabytes and six gigabytes of data need to be reduced by 25% further from their current prices.

That means that the six-gigabyte plan that is now $60 would go down to $45. The two-gigabyte plan that is now $50 should be $37.50.

If cell phones’ bills are not reduced by 25% , Bains said, that Ottawa will introduce regulation that might force carriers to open their networks to wireless re-sellers.

Ottawa will start compiling cell phones’ pricing information and publish it every quarter for the next 2 years.

“Canada is at an exciting turning point in the future of connectivity. Wireless services are no longer a luxury. They are a critical necessity—for working, for learning at school and for engaging in modern society. We heard Canadians when they asked for more affordable options for their wireless services, and we have delivered.

Canadians shouldn’t have to choose between having a cellphone or heating their home. These new tools build on a number of initiatives we already set in place to help lower prices, improve access and ensure affordable, high-quality wireless services in every corner of our country.

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Navdeep Bains

Innovation, Science and Industry Minister

Bell Canada spokesperson Marc Choma said that right now is the worst time to regulate the industry as they are spending millions of dollars to roll out much needed 5G across the country and will put jobs and innovation at risk.

Huawei Is Moving its R&D To Canada

Fed up with American sanctions against their company, Huawei announced that they will be moving its R&D office to Canada.

Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Huawei, said the move its necessary because Huawei would be blocked from interacting with US employees.

This is a surprising move considering Canada is currently holding Meng Wanzhou, Huawei CFO, under house arrest and refuses to release her.

“The research and development center will move from the United States, and Canada will be the center.

According to the U.S. ban, we couldn’t communicate with, call, email or contact our own employees in the United States.”

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Ren Zhengfei in interview with Globe and Mail

Founder and CEO of Huawei

Huawei is one the largest network providers for the cell phones in the world. US authorities also accuse Huawei of spying and corporate espionage. Huawei denies all accusations.

Details were not disclosed where the new R&D in Canada will be located or how many new jobs will be created. But we do know that Huawei has cut 600 jobs in California just recently.

Huawei’s main headquarter is in China with additional offices in Germany, India, Sweden and Turkey.

Huawei also wants to start manufacturing 5G chips in Europe to gain trust from Europe that their equipment does not contain anything illegal.

“Ottawa should make the development of artificial intelligence its national strategy, Such a strategy would involve attracting talent.” Ren was dismissive of the idea that Ottawa should give Huawei some financial support. “If they need more money, I can give them money. I’m richer than the Canadian government.”

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Ren Zhengfei in interview with Globe and Mail

Founder and CEO of Huawei

Trudeau Promises To Cut Cell Phones Bills by 25%

If you have traveled around the world , you probably know, that in Canada we have one of the most expensive cell phone bills on the planet.

Justin Trudeau came to the rescue last week saying that if reelected he will cut the cell phone bills by 25% in the next 4 years.

As Canadians, we pay some of the highest prices in the world for cell phone services, while Canadian Telecom companies are among the most profitable in the developed world.

To help lower monthly cell phone bills and bring costs in line with what people pay in other countries, we will move forward with cutting the cost of these services by 25 per cent in the next two years by using the government’s regulatory powers,saving an average middle class family of four nearly $1,000 per year.

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Liberal Party of Canada

NDP has also proposed the idea of capping internet and cell phone bills if elected.

Robert Ghiz, president and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, has mentioned to CBC, that cell phone bills have already been reduced by 30% in the last 3 years and continue going down.

He warned not to put caps on prices of internet and cell phone bills.

As we enter a world of 5G, it is critical that we encourage investment in network technology, the backbone of the Canadian economy. We need to balance driving affordability with investing long-term so Canadians continue to enjoy world-class networks

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Robert Ghiz

CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association

15,000 Accounts Hacked at Canada’s Freedom Mobile

Freedom Mobile says that 15,000 accounts were breached earlier this year, and that they will be notifying customers if their accounts were breached.

Freedom Mobile had no idea their system was hacked until security firm vpnMentor notified them of the breach.

vpnMentor said they had reached out to the company few times to let them know but noone from Freedom Mobile ever got back to them.

vpnMentor said that customer database was just sitting there for everyone to download. Report estimates the database had over 1.5 million of unencrypted data of Freedom Mobile’s customers.

Freedom Mobile did not agree with this assessment saying that 1.5 million is not accurate. They said breach began on March 17 and they fixed it on April 23rd.

Under Canadian PIPEDA law, organizations that have their information hacked or breached must notify federal privacy commissioner’s office as soon as possible after the breach.

Google’s Cell Phone Plan Now Works on iPhone and in Canada

UPDATE #1: Some of our readers on social media in Canada were  astonished with this phone plan and asked us to clarify – Does it kick you off if you aren’t in the US? like after 6 months if you live in Canada and want to use it?

We have reached out to Google and they replied back : Correct it will not kick you off and yes the plan will still be the same. However if something were to happen and the service is giving you troubles, you would need to be in the US so that we can fully troubleshoot whatever problem it is.


In case you did not know Google’s been testing its super cheap and reliable phone service plan that is now supported in over 170+ countries and now supports both Apple and Android phones.

The main appeal of Google Fi is that it is month to month plan starts at $20 USD for unlimited calls and texts within the US, and $10 per GB (you will get refund for data you don’t use, and data over 6 GB is free). They also provide free international SMS.

Even though you can not sign up for the service in Canada, you can sign up when you are down in the US, and take your cell phone with you to Canada or any other of the 170 countries on the list and can keep that cheap data plan as well as unlimited SMS. If you do not use all the data, you will get a refund.

Compare this for example to Fido’s plan where they charge you $7.99/50MB when you go down to the US.

Basically you can use 20GB in Canada every month for just $80 USD. Did we mention that there is no roaming and will work in Canada the US and 170 other countries and you can use it once month or pause it the next?

Even though Google Fi existed for few years not many users knew about it because it only supported limited number of phones. This all changed this week as they now support most iPhones and Android phones.

Please note that iPhone support is still in beta as per their website:

Fi for iOS is in beta for iPhone 5S and up. You’ll have a great Fi experience with most of the Google Fi features you know and love. Your phone isn’t built with Fi’s technology to seamlessly switch between networks, but of course, you’ll have reliable coverage. Finally, bringing your iPhone requires some extra upkeep from time to time (it’s in beta, after all), but we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Ready to sign up and save money on Canadian expensive cell phone providers? You can head over to the Google Fi site here and get their Free SIM (limited time offer) shipped to any address in the US.

Canadian Cell Phone Companies Can No Longer Lock Your Phone

As of December 1st, 2017, Government of Canada and specifically CRTC, has requested that all telco companies in Canada can no longer lock your phone or ask you to pay to unlock it.

They have also requested that all wireless contracts are readable to make sure you avoid unpleasant surprise when your bill comes.

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All phones sold in Canada as of December 1st will be unlocked and you can use them with any provider you chose.

Also now if you have a family plan, you as plan administrator will be the only person, who can authorize how much data your kids can use.

Lastly, all contracts must be in simple language without any small print that can get you for thousands of dollars. You will be given a permanent copy, it will tell you how much exactly it is by the month, and potential optional charges and how much more you would need to pay.

Finally, we are catching up to the rest of the world. PlanetWeb loves this new regulation. Thanks!