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Android News Canada 05/31/13: Rogers Launches Vicinity, the TELUS and Mobilicity Merger Moves Forward and More

May 31, 2013 - Written By Briley Kenney

The TELUS/Mobilicity Merger Moves One More Step Forward

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On Tuesday, the TELUS/Mobilicity merger made yet another leap forward as Justice Colin Campbell of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice gave the all-clear for the deal. In the press release, David Fuller the CMO of TELUS made the following statement:

“Today’s court decision takes us another important step closer to completing this acquisition, which will allow TELUS to save the jobs of Mobilicity’s 150 employees and continue service for their 250,000 customers without the disruption that company’s current financial issues could cause.”

TELUS and Mobilicity are shooting for the deal to close by June 10th, but there are still quite a few more hoops to jump through before the deal is complete. The federal government and the Competition Bureau still have to approve the deal, which are both difficult steps.

If and when there are more developments on the matter you can expect us to cover them here.

Rogers Launches New Customer Loyalty Program for Local Toronto Businesses

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Rogers launched a new program called Vicinity, which allows businesses to offer returning customers exclusive rewards when they visit a local brick and mortar store. It works just like any other customer rewards program really. Every time a customer makes a valid purchase for a product or service they are awarded with points. The points accumulate over time and can be redeemed for discounts, coupons, special offers and more.

Currently, the program is only available to Toronto residents but it will be expanded to include other territories eventually. In fact, Rogers said the program “will roll out to other Canadian cities in the coming months.”

If you want to join up, you’ll need to submit your personal contact information and your telephone number so the app can “generate automated targeted offers and customer communications.”

PC Mobile Expands Into the Postpaid Market

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PC Mobile, the Mobile Shop owned company, will be moving into subscription based territory on June 5th. More specifically, the company will be offering 1-year, 1.5-year or 2-year contracts along with monthly rate plans (starting at $35 and ranging upwards of $60). Furthermore, the company is expected to offer the following devices in their lineup:

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 in Black ($625)
  • BlackBerry Q10 in Black ($625)
  • LG Nexus 4 ($400)
  • Samsung Galaxy SII X in Black ($300)
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace IIx in Black ($180)
  • Nokia Lumia 520 ($180)

The coverage area for PC Mobile’s new service will be powered by TELUS’ network via HSPA+ and LTE. Of course, PC will likely offer premium services like voicemail, caller ID, roaming and more but there’s no mention of pricing for those services.

Not much else is known, but we’ll have more information on the matter soon enough. June 5th is right around the corner, after all.

That’s it for This Week!

That’s it for this week, pretty uneventful time for Canadians I would say. See you next week for another edition of Android News Canada!