Category cell phone
OpenMedia calls on new chair of CRTC to prioritize competition, affordability, and everyday people’s needs
Canada’s Internet is dangerously adrift. OpenMedia’s letter to new CRTC chair Vicky Eatrides urges her to put us back on track.
DEBUNKED! Did Minister Champagne actually stop the Rogers-Shaw buyout?
Or did he approve it? The truth is: Champagne rubber stamped the affordability-crushing deal. Here’s how he pulled off the sleight of hand.
Minister Champagne’s 3 Simple Steps to Collapsing Internet Competition in Canada
Our “Minister of Collapse” must undo this affordability disaster of his own making.
Your voice, DELIVERED: OpenMedia’s latest petition to stop Rogers from buying Shaw is in!
To date, the OpenMedia community has called on the government a whopping 34,700+ times to block Rogers-Shaw. Talk about a deafening response!
2021 report shows Canada’s cell phone prices STILL among most expensive globally
Rewheel’s 2021 report yet again confirmed the ugly truth: People in Canada continue to pay some of the highest prices in the world for our wireless services.
Data collection, privacy, and COVID-19
How can the government protect privacy if cell phone tracking is used to combat COVID-19?
British Columbians spoke out by the thousands calling for better cell phone plans
The B.C. government’s survey on cell phone contracts was a huge opportunity for cell phone users. Here’s how the OpenMedia community rallied to speak out for bold change.
Success! We delivered your voices to the CRTC to overhaul Canada’s mobile market
This week we delivered over 18,000 voices to the CRTC along with our detailed policy submission to overhaul Canada’s mobile market and bring customers affordability, choice and better access. Thank you for speaking out and here’s what’s next!
The comment period for the T-Mobile/Sprint merger is over. Now what?
Over 12,000 people voiced their opposition to the T-Mobile/Sprint merger application at the FCC. Will the FCC listen?
T-Mobile & Sprint Merger: Less choice, higher bills
The T-Mobile/Sprint merger will mean less choice and higher prices for Americans. But we can still stop the merger, here's how.
What the heck is a Stingray? (And what does it have to do with my privacy?)
A growing concern in the privacy world, the surveillance device nicknamed a “Stingray”, is an invasive technology that threatens to undermine the privacy of anyone with a cell phone.
Important precedent for cell phone privacy in Canada set in landmark ruling
Police request for “tower dump” of user data from over 40,000 Rogers and Telus customers ruled a violation of privacy rights, and lays important groundwork for battling other privacy violations, including StingRay technologies and Bill C-51.
Ian Mulgew: Court chooses Internet privacy in limiting police access to text messages
When you send a text message, do you assume it stays just between you and your friend? What about the police? Article by Ian Mulgew for the Vancouver Sun The B.C. Court of Appeal has struck a blow for Internet privacy at the expense of letting walk a Nanaimo man accused of drug trafficking because of his text messages.
We’re challenging a crucial CRTC decision on behalf of Canadians
Last night, OpenMedia filed detailed and significant comments in support of a crucial challenge that will determine whether Canadians get access to new, independent wireless providers like Ting. If the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) listens to Canadians, bad parts of a recent ruling will be overturned and a new level playing field will allow a wide range of new mobile providers to set up shop and sell services to Canadians. Back in May, the CRTC took a significant step towards ensuring Canadians have access to more affordable options in our mobile phone and Internet market.
Arstechnica: Videotron provoking net neutrality fight with unlimited music
Instead of giving Big Telecom giants the power to choose which online apps and services are more expensive, why don't they treat all services equally? Let's put Canadians in the driver's seat – not these out of touch telecom giants. Article by Peter Nowak for Arstechnica Quebec wireless provider Videotron looks to be stepping into a net neutrality battle with a new unlimited music service that boasts “zero data usage.” But is the offer offside Canada’s fair internet rules? Unlike previous, similar situations involving the country’s wireless carriers, this one isn’t as cut and dried.
Rogers is officially approved to take control of Mobilicity
This will mean fewer choices for Canadian cell phone subscribers when wireless prices are already increasing at 3 times the rate of inflation. Speak out now at http://openmedia.ca/gatekeepers Article by Ian Hardy for Mobile Syrup Rogers announced today it has received all governmental, creditor and court approvals to officially acquire Mobilicity’s spectrum and subscriber base, as well as Shaw’s AWS spectrum.
The Globe and Mail: Wind Mobile brings cell service to Toronto subways
Great news for subway commuters users in Toronto, and yet another reason to escape the high prices and rampant abuse of the Big Three as new options become viable for Canadians. We hope that other providers will follow Wind's lead, and that the CRTC and Industry Canada will take bold steps to improve mobile choice and affordability in Canada. Article by Christine Dobby for The Globe and Mail
Cellphone Freedom Day! On June 3 you’ll be able to end your 3-year-contract for free
Starting June 3, three year contracts which have run or 24 months or more can be cancelled without any penalties. Together, we helped make this code of conduct happen by developing our crowdsourced action plan for the future of our wireless market.
Rogers may be pulling out of the CWTA
It looks like Big Telecom's lobby group is in deep trouble. Last week Telus pulled out of the CWTA - now Rogers could be poised to do the same. Will you be shedding tears over its demise? http://bit.ly/NVDvuc Article by Gary Ng for iPhone in Canada Last week in a surprise move Telus pulled out of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), a wireless lobby group which earlier saw Wind Mobile, Public Mobile and Mobilicity withdraw its membership as well. The future of the CWTA could be in jeopardy depending on how you look into comments made by Rogers, reports The Canadian Press. When asked whether Rogers would remain within the CWTA, spokesperson Patricia Trott said on Friday “We’ve been reviewing our options and we’ll make a decision that’s right for our customers.” Does that mean a yes or a no?
We need a more competitive cell phone market.
With three big telecom companies controlling 92% of the Canadian mobile market, Canadians have been dissatisfied long enough for a separate group, the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services, to have been created a few years ago. This lack of choice is unacceptable and harmful for users. Demand more choice, better prices, and more opportunities at http://cellphonehorrorstory.ca Article by Nelson Bennett for Business in Vancouver:
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