WIND Mobile confirms expansion to Kitchener-Waterloo

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Jul 062011
 

WIND MobileTo go along with the picture of its first store in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, WIND Mobile today confirmed expansion in this area of southwestern Ontario. Scott Campbell, Chief Marketing Officer, provided no timeline or specific coverage details, writing only about their “impending expansion into Kitchener-Waterloo.”

Scott also indicated that WIND Mobile has begun to hire for the store. Oddly, only one position is currently posted for Kitchener.

In the same post, Scott outlined existing markets where WIND Mobile is expanding current coverage. Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver will all see some improvements.

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WIND Mobile gearing up for Kitchener-Waterloo launch

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Jul 052011
 

WIND Mobile today gave a hint as to where it will be expanding next: The Kitchener-Waterloo area. The carrier has posted on its blog a picture showing a new store under consruction at the Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener.

WIND Mobile Kitchener store

There is no word from WIND Mobile as to when it will officially flip the switch on its Kitchener-Waterloo network but it cannot be too long now (in time for back-to-school in September perhaps).

Source: MobileSyrup.com

LG Optimus 2X and Huawei U6150 now available at WIND Mobile

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Jun 242011
 

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WIND Mobile now has two additional devices available. The LG Optimus 2X is now available for CA$445 (CA$295 on WINDTab) while the entry-level Qualcomm BREW-powered Huawei U6150 is available for CA$98 (CA$0 on WINDTab).

LG Optimus 2X specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz NVIDIA dual-core Tegra 2
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.2 (upgradeable to 2.3)
  • Cellular connectivity: GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS, Wi-Fi, DLNA
  • Display: 4-inch WVGA
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Storage: 8GB onboard / microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP (1080p HD video playback and recording)
  • Front-facing camera: 1.3MP with fixed focus
  • Connectors: micro-USB port
  • Battery: 1,500mAh
  • Other: HDMI mirroring, accelerometer, gyroscope
  • Dimensions / weight: 123.9 x 63.2 x 109 millimeters / 139 grams

Huawei 6150 specifications:

  • Operating system: Qualcomm BREW
  • Cellular connectivity: GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1
  • Display: 2.4-inch QVGA
  • Input: QWERTY keyboard
  • Storage: 23MB onboard / microSD cards up to 8GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 2MP
  • Front-facing camera: None
  • Battery: 1200mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 112 x 58 x 9.9 millimeters / 106.3 grams

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WIND Mobile CEO Ken Campbell steps down

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Jun 232011
 

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WIND Mobile CEO Ken Campbell today announced he was stepping down. Tony Lacavera will take on the mantle of CEO role in addition his role as Chairman.

And with progress comes change. Our ability to manage change has defined us. Indeed, how we react to change tells a lot about us. And so for me, it is time for a change and to hand the baton to Tony, who started this business and will now fill the CEO position in addition to his Chairman role. I leave WIND confident that the business has a strong foundation and that we are on a strong growth trajectory to deliver even more great service to Canadians.

Campbell had been with WIND Mobile since its launch (and even before its official launch) and helped grow the company to one that now has over 300,000 subscribers.

Update: WIND Mobile also announced that Gianluca Corti will join the company as Chief Operating Officer from Wind Telecomunicazioni in Italy.

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Jun 222011
 

LG Optimus 2X

The LG Optimus 2X is coming to WIND Mobile. The carrier has put up the world’s first dual-core smartphone on its website, promising “Hold tight, this product is on its way. Check back soon!”

LG Optimus 2X specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz NVIDIA dual-core Tegra 2
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.2 (upgradeable to 2.3)
  • Cellular connectivity: GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS, Wi-Fi, DLNA
  • Display: 4-inch WVGA
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Storage: 8GB onboard / microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP (1080p HD video playback and recording)
  • Front-facing camera: 1.3MP with fixed focus
  • Connectors: micro-USB port
  • Battery: 1,500mAh
  • Other: HDMI mirroring, accelerometer, gyroscope
  • Dimensions / weight: 123.9 x 63.2 x 109 millimeters / 139 grams

WIND Mobile will offer the LG Optimus 2X for CA$450. It has not provided a specific availability date.

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Public Mobile to appeal Globalive ruling to Supreme Court

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Jun 082011
 

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The ink is barely dry on the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal’s ruling that Globalive meets Canadian foreign ownership rules that Public Mobile, the rival that launched the court case, has confirmed it will appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court.

“There have been five different decision makers in this process with a flip-flopping of the decision each time,” said Public Mobile CEO Alek Krstajic. “Industry Canada, the CRTC, the Governor in Council (Federal Cabinet), the Federal Court and now the Federal Court of Appeal have reached conflicting verdicts. Today’s decision shows us just how clouded this issue has become and demonstrates more than ever the national importance for consistent rules that should be applied equally to all Canadian wireless carriers. If you’re going to change the rules, change them equally for everyone, not just for WIND.”

Last week, Industry Minister Christian Paradis confirmed that foreign ownership remains a priority for the government but gave no details as to how the government plans to proceed.

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WIND Mobile to continue operations after winning appeal

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Jun 082011
 

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The Canadian Federal Court of Appeal today ruled that Globalive (and its WIND Mobile brand) can continue to operate in Canada. The decision overturned an earlier one by Canada’s federal court that struck down the federal government’s 2009 ruling that Globalive met Canadian ownership rules.

“I am hopeful that the incumbents will stop playing games now and focus on offering Canadians better service and lower cost wireless services,” said Anthony Lacavera, Globalive’s chairman.

The saga may not be over just yet. The decision could now be appealed to the Supreme Court. Globalive representatives were optimistic that this would not be the case though, calling the decision today “bullet proof.”

Source: The Globe And Mail

WIND Mobile to expand to Maritimes in 2012?

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May 162011
 

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WIND Mobile’s future expansion plans are a bit clearer after a The Chronicle Herald interview with CEO Ken Campbell. In it, Campbell says:

“We have plans to be in Atlantic Canada. I’m sorry to say it will not be this year. It would certainly be safe to bet we’ll be there the following year.”

As it has done in other areas where it has launched, WIND Mobile will have its own infrastructure in Nova Scotia (likely the Halifax/Dartmouth area initially). Campbell indicated that expansion is still in the early stages as it still needs to acquire sites for towers, stores and a call centre.

Aside from Nova Scotia, Campbell did not reveal whether WIND Mobile had any other Maritimes markets in mind for expansion in 2012.

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Source: MobileSyrup.com

WIND Mobile adds over 39,000 customers in Q1 2011

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May 132011
 

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WIND Mobile is the latest Canadian carrier to reveal how many customers it added in Q1 2011. With more than 39,000 new subscribers in the quarter, WIND Mobile is calling itself “the fastest growing wireless carrier in Canada.”

“The results are clear. The market is shifting. WIND is proving to be the competitive alternative for Canadians,” said Ken Campbell, CEO of WIND Mobile. “Our message of value and customer service is resonating with consumers and attracting them at an accelerating rate.”

WIND Mobile did not reveal its current total subscriber base. The last time it did so was back in January when it stood over 250,000 suggesting that it is nearing or may have even passed the 300,000 mark.

Without revealing any details, WIND Mobile also confirmed plans to expand its network coverage over the next year.

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Vimpelcom shareholders approve merger with Wind Telecom SpA

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Mar 172011
 

The merger between Russian-based VimpelCom Ltd. and WIND Telecom SpA (which owns Orascom Telecom, itself a WIND Mobile partner) cleared a significant milestone today as shareholders approved the move.

Alexander Izosimov, CEO and President of VimpelCom, commented: “The approval of this transformative combination with Wind Telecom by our shareholders will lead to the creation of a new global telecom player with over 173 million mobile subscribers covering a population of 838 million people.”

The announcement was welcomed in Canada by WIND Mobile:

This is great news for us. Our partner, Orascom, will be even larger and stronger as a financial partner. This gives us more leverage and increased scale with telecom network equipment manufacturers and more importantly, for devices including handsets and tablets. This will also give us more access to international cooperation for roaming and long distance services. All of that means the ability to deliver even more value to all of our customers.

The forthcoming merger could also have another positive effect for WIND Mobile: That of giving it more time to resolve its legal issues around its ownership status.

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WIND Mobile completes first 4G live trial

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Feb 042011
 

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WIND Mobile yesterday announced that it had completed its first successful 4G live trials. Customers involved in the LTE tests saw average download speeds between 50 and 60Mbps and improved multitasking performance (concurrent emailing, browsing, file downloads, etc). WIND concluded that “the network is in line to advance to the next evolution of 4G compatible technologies.”

WIND also announced the introduction of High Definition Voice Calling (HD Voice). This technology promises to improve audio quality and reduce background noise. It will be initially supported on the Alcatel Tribe handset with more HD Voice-ready 3G handsets to be released later.

WIND Mobile is not the only Canadian carrier to have begun testing LTE. Both Bell Mobility and Rogers Wireless have also begun conducting tests.

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WIND Mobile parent company Weather Investments SpA to merge with Russian VimpelCom Ltd.

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Oct 042010
 

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Russian-based VimpelCom Ltd. and Weather Investments S.p.A today announced that they will be merging to become the world’s fifth largest mobile telecommunications carrier with over 174 million subscribers and operations in 20 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. As part of the agreement, VimpelCom will hold 51.7% of Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E., the backing company behind Canadian carrier WIND Mobile.

At this point, it is unclear what this will mean for WIND Mobile, the carrier that launched back in December 2009. One option would be status quo. Another would be for VimpelCom end the agreement between Orascom and WIND Mobile and sell WIND Mobile to another foreign operator. It’s also not clear what it means for the new round of financing worth several hundred million dollars that WIND Mobile is currently negotiating with Orascom.

With the transaction not expected to be completed before Q1 2011, it may be a while before we understand the ramifications of this merger for WIND Mobile.

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