Mobilicity calls for ‘spectrum screen’ in upcoming Canadian spectrum auction

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Mar 052012
 

MobilicityWith Industry Canada yet to announce details about its next spectrum auction, Canadian carriers have been busy providing their input on how the auction should be run. Mobilicity, which last week released a cartoon summarizing its position, today called on the Canadian government to implement a ‘Spectrum Screen’ like the one used in the U.S. The idea behind this screen is to limit the spectrum and wireless licenses that a carrier can hold.

In the U.S., the FCC uses this spectrum screen to identify carriers that could end up controlling more than a certain amount (typically a third) of spectrum in a given market. When the threshold is exceeded, the FCC can force a carrier to sell off some of this spectrum. Such a move should help increase competition. It was recently used to help block the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger.

Mobilicity adds that the Spectrum Screen works differently than the spectrum auction cap proposed by other carriers. In the latter, the amount that a carrier can purchase in a single auction is limited rather than the carrier’s entire spectrum holdings.

Executive Chairman John Bitove also called on the government “to proactively regulate all used and unused spectrum holdings.”

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Mobilicity outlines spectrum auction position through “Twist” cartoon

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Feb 292012
 

Mobilicity today stated its position on the upcoming Canadian wireless spectrum auction with the following cartoon:

Twist: Mobilicity on the 2012 spectrum auction

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Mobilicity President and CEO Stewart Lyons painted a grim picture if the government does not set aside spectrum for the smaller players: “For Mobilicity, acquiring more spectrum in the upcoming Federal Government auction is a must-have – not a nice-to-have. Our current 3G technology uses our entire 10MHz of spectrum and we need more to expand and introduce new technologies, such as LTE.” He added that the incumbent carriers (Bell, Rogers and TELUS) already own more spectrum than any other carrier in the world and that much of that was given to them for free back in 1985 (and worth as much as CA$20 billion according to recent estimates from the SeaBoard Group).

Industry Canada has yet to outline the rules that will govern the upcoming spectrum auction expected to take place in late 2012 or early 2013.

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Mobilicity adds 63,000 customers in Q4 2011

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Feb 162012
 

MobilicityMobilicity yesterday announced that it had signed up 63,000 customers in the last quarter of 2011 and described itself as “the nation’s fastest-growing new wireless entrant.” It also expects to continue to outpace its competition “based on results disclosed thus far.”

“In just our second year of operations, Mobilicity continues to shake up the industry as the fastest-growing new entrant, adding even more subscribers last quarter than one of the Big 3 incumbents,” said Mobilicity President and Chief Operating Officer Stewart Lyons. “Our value-based service is clearly resonating with Canadian consumers. The Federal Government’s desire to foster a competitive environment has worked, and providing new entrants with access to more spectrum through the 700 MHz auction will be an important component of furthering the gains in competition realized to date.”

Mobilicity also revealed that its ARPU (average revenue per user) topped CA$30 at the end of 2011.

Mobilicity revealed last November that it had over 250,000 customers. These new numbers suggests that it could now have over 300,000. In comparison, WIND Mobile now has 425,000 customers and Public Mobile has some 199,000 customers.

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Mobilicity launches the Galaxy Nexus ahead of schedule

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Feb 022012
 

Galaxy NexusAs part of its two-year anniversary celebrations, Mobilicity today announced that it has launched the Galaxy Nexus ahead of schedule.

It may be Groundhog Day, but it’s the sleek shadow of the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung that will be casting attention at Mobilicity stores across Canada starting today.

The news that the fast-growing unlimited carrier is selling the acclaimed smartphone, powered by Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), ahead of its original launch date – and with a free Samsung HM1100 Bluetooth headset – also coincides with the two-year anniversary of unveiling the Mobilicity brand.

Mobilicity is offering the Galaxy Nexus for CA$599.99 with no contract at select Mobilicity stores. While supplies last, it comes with a free Samsung HM1100 Bluetooth headset.

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Mobilicity to launch Galaxy Nexus on February 6th

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Jan 252012
 

MobilicityThe Mobilicity Galaxy Nexus ‘coming soon’ banner is about to come down. The carrier today announced that it will launch the first Android 4.0 smartphone on February 6th:

Big news…just announced – @Mobilicity is launching the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on February 6! #HoFoLicity

Pricing has not been announced. With other carriers now offering it for CA$599.99 with no contract, we have a rough idea of what Mobilicity will sell it for.

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Mobilicity to focus on dealer network at expense of corporate stores?

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Jan 222012
 

MobilicityAccording to a leaked internal document obtained by MobileSyrup, Mobilicity is about to make some changes to its corporate store structure. The document indicates that the carrier will sell 22 of its 27 corporate stores to dealers and only keep one corporate store per city (Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver) in which it operates. President and COO Stewart Lyons, explains:

“You may notice notice some changes at the corporate store channel as we transition many of them back to dealer ownership, which they were originally. We are heading back to 1 store per market, which in alignment with our strategic plan. However, many of these stores are high performers, and dealers are interested in acquiring and operating them.”

With rumours suggesting that Mobilicity could be acquired by WIND Mobile or go public, it could well be that the company is looking to improve its financials and balance sheet. The move would also save it money should it opt to continue operating as it has so far.

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Galaxy Nexus “coming soon” to Mobilicity

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Jan 042012
 

Bell and Virgin Mobile Canada were the first to launch the Galaxy Nexus in Canada but it will not be an exclusive much longer. While both Rogers Wireless and TELUS Mobility have already confirmed that they will soon be carrying Google’s latest smartphone, it was unclear whether newer carriers would also offer it. Now Mobilicity’s President & COO, Stewart Lyons, has confirmed that the Galaxy Nexus is “coming soon.”

Galaxy Nexus coming soon to Mobilicity

There is no word yet on specific availability details or pricing.

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Mobilicity to go public in 2012?

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Dec 202011
 

MobilicityIt appears that Mobilicity is weighing a number of future moves. On the heels of a report that it is in buyout talks with Globalive comes a report that it is considering going public in 2012. The Globe and Mail reports that an IPO could take place as early as Q1 2012 “provided that equity markets are less volatile.” Sources add that shares would be priced between CA$15 and CA$20, allowing Mobilicity to raise between CA$50 and CA$100 million.

The Globe‘s sources add that such a move could be the first step in a merger between Mobilicity and WIND Mobile’s parent company Globalive. Other options include using the funds to fund further expansion or preparing for the upcoming 700MHz spectrum auction.

Neither company commented on the rumours but Globalive chairman Anthony Lacavera has again reiterated his belief that “New entrant consolidation must happen.”

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WIND Mobile to acquire Mobilicity?

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Dec 202011
 

WIND MobileWIND Mobile’s parent company, Globalive Communications Corp, is reportedly looking to buy Mobilicity. Citing “a person familiar with the discussions,” Bloomberg adds that the two companies are currently talking and could reach an agreement sometime in the first quarter of 2012.

WIND Mobile’s subscriber base (about 400,000 now) would more than double with the addition of the 250,000 Mobilicity customers such a deal would bring. The move would allow WIND to move closer to its goal of acquiring 1.5 million subscribers in its first three years of operation. Having just celebrated its second birthday, the carrier is still far from that goal having just topped 400,000 subscribers.

Another reason given for the merger is that the two companies use “compatible wireless frequencies.”

Another source revealed that Orascom, WIND Mobile’s Egyptian backer, considered a merger with Public Mobile in late 2010 as well. Those discussions stopped when Orascom turned its attention to a merger with VimpelCom.

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Mobilicity launches HTC Amaze 4G and BlackBerry Curve 9380

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Dec 012011
 

MobilicityMobilicity today announced the launch of two new smartphones, the HTC Amaze 4G and the BlackBerry Curve 9380.

The HTC Amaze is an Android smartphone with a 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen display and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is RIM’s first all-touch device with touchscreen display Curve device.

Mobilicity is offering the HTC Amaze 4G and BlackBerry Curve 9380 are available for CA$299.99 and CA$549.99 respectively with no contract at Mobilicity stores across Canada. Once again, Mobilicity has managed to undercut competitor pricing!

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Mobilicity gets new CEO as Dave Dobbins leaves “to pursue other interests”

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Nov 182011
 

MobilicityMobilicity today announced that President and CEO Dave Dobbins has left the company “to pursue other interests.” Stewart Lyons has been appointed the new President and CEO.

Lyons, who was a founding member of Mobilicity’s management team, has played a significant role in driving Mobilicity’s strategy, customer service orientation and fundraising efforts. Lyons will continue to work closely with the executive management team and John Bitove, who is assuming the role of Executive Chairman, to drive the company forward.

The press release issued has also revealed Mobilicity’s subscriber numbers for the first time. It reports now having over 250,000 customers. This puts it behind WIND Mobile with its 358,000 subscribers but ahead of Public Mobile and its 150,000 customers.

Quite the news to end the week!

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Mobilicity launches BlackBerry Curve 9360

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Nov 022011
 

BlackBerry Curve 9360Mobilicity today launched the BlackBerry Curve 9360 smartphone, its second BlackBerry OS 7 device (the first being the BlackBerry Bold 9900).

Ideal for students, parents and other budget-minded mobile consumers who want to stay connected and productive, the next-gen BlackBerry Curve 9360 provides even more value when used in conjunction with Mobilicity’s unlimited BlackBerry data offering. The plan includes unlimited email, web browsing, social networking and BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) and can be added onto any Mobilicity plan for only $15 a month.

Mobilicity is offering the BlackBerry Curve 9360 for CA$299.99 with no contract. It is also offering three free months of BlackBerry Internet Service to any customer buying a BlackBerry Bold 9900 and activating it on a monthly rate plan of CA$35 or higher with unlimited data.

It is not yet available online but is now available at Mobilicity stores.

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Mobilicity launches all-inclusive “CA$40 Happier Holidays Plan”

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Nov 012011
 

MobilicityHalloween is done for another year except for the mounds of candies that will need to be plowed through. Now it’s time to focus on the upcoming holidays. Mobilicity is wasting no time and has just launched its “Happier Holidays Plan.” For CA$40 per month, you get the following:

  • Unlimited Data
  • Unlimited Long Distance to Canada & the U.S.
  • Unlimited Global Text Messaging
  • Unlimited Local Calling
  • Unlimited Text & Picture Messaging
  • Call Waiting
  • Call Forwarding
  • 3-Way Calling
  • Voicemail + Caller ID

Mobilicity is also guaranteeing this rate for life.

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Mobilicity launches Nokia 500

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Oct 262011
 

Nokia 500Mobilicity today announced that it has launched the Nokia 500.

Social media users will enjoy the phone’s intuitive nature. Its integrated Social App widget enables users to view social networking status updates, tweets, personal messages and events on the home screen, while its 5.0 megapixel camera makes it quick and easy to share photos and videos with family and friends.

Nokia 500 specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz ARM
  • Operating system: Symbian Anna
  • Cellular connectivity: GSM/HSPA
  • Other connectivity: GPS/A-GPS, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Display: 3.2-inch nHD (640×360 pixels)
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM
  • Storage: 2GB internal and microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP
  • Front-facing camera: None
  • Connectors: microUSB 2.0
  • Battery: 1110mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 111.3 x 53.8 x 14.1 millimeters / 93 grams

The Nokia 500 is available for CA$169.99 at Mobilicity stores across Canada. As I write this, it is not yet live on Mobilicity’s website.

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Sep 292011
 

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900Mobilicity today announced via Twitter that the BlackBerry Bold is now available:

#TeamMobilicity today is the day you’ve been waiting for, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 is now available @Mobilicity. ^TD

As I write this, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 has not yet made it onto Mobilicity’s website.

Update: Mobilicity has now announced pricing and confirmed that the Bold 9900 is now available at Mobilicity stores across Canada and at mobilicity.ca.

Mobilicity is also offering a special promotion giving three free months of BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) to any customer buying a BlackBerry Bold 9900 and activating on a monthly rate plan of CA$35 or higher.

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