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Android News Canada 17/05/2013: Galaxy S4 Launch, Wind Q1 Results, TELUS/Mobilicity Acquisition and More

May 17, 2013 - Written By Briley Kenney

 

Wind Mobile Launches the Samsung Galaxy S4

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On May 14th, Wind Mobile launched Samsung’s latest flagship the Galaxy S4. They’re offering the Galaxy S4 for $399 through WINDTab or $699 contract-free.

Galaxy S4 Available Through Mobilicity

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Moving right along with Galaxy S4 news, Mobilicity has also launched the flagship offering the device at the lowest off-contract price of $649.99.

Finding a unit may prove problematic, however as Mobilicity originally released this statement on Twitter:

“A limited number of the new Samsung Galaxy S4 phones are now available at select locations. Contact your local store for availability!”

So keep your eyes peeled and if you find one, covet it!

Wind Picks up 11,281 Subscribers in Q1

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According to the numbers, WIND mobile picked up 11,281 subscribers in the first quarter. WIND Mobile’s parent company, Orascom Telecom released their Q1 results and noted that the company now has 601,719 total subscribers. That’s an increase of 44.9% from 2012.

In addition, the average revenue per user (APRU) is currently at $27.60 which is up 1.1% year-over-year. WIND attributes the increase to its new “Value Plus Strategy” along with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Blackberry Z10. They’re probably playing down the importance of those flagships, but their numbers are up nevertheless.

Rogers Realigns Monthly Plan Prices

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Rogers implemented a complete realignment of their monthly plan fees, just like they did last week in Quebec. Most of the prices are decreased, yet they’re still pretty high. Keep in mind that a lot of these new plans are offered as promos for new customers until June 30th.

Individual plans:

  • $25/month plan talk and text:
    • 100 minutes
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail
  • $30/month plan talk and text (was $35/month):
    • 200 minutes
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail
  • $35/month plan talk and text (was $42/month):
    • 1,000 minutes
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail
  • $45/month plan talk, text and internet (was $55/month):
    • 200 minutes
    • 150mb data
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail
  • $60/month plan talk, text and internet (was $70/month):
    • Unlimited Canada-wide calling
    • 3GB data
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail
  • $70/month plan talk, text and internet (was $80/month):
    • Unlimited Canada-wide calling
    • 5GB data
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail
  • $90/month plan talk, text and internet (was $100/month):
    • Unlimited Canada-wide calling
    • 7GB data
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail

Family Plans:

  • New $70/month plan talk and text plan:
    • 2,000 minutes
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail
  • $90/month plan talk, text and internet (was $110/month):
    • 2,000 minutes
    • 300 MB data
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail
  • $120/month plan talk, text and internet (was $140/month):
    • Unlimited Canada-wide calling
    • 6GB data
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail
  • $140/month plan talk, text and internet (was $160/month):
    • Unlimited Canada-wide calling
    • 10GB data
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail
  • $180/month plan talk, text and internet (was $200/month):
    • Unlimited Canada-wide calling
    • 14GB data
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail

Telus Enters Agreement to Acquire Mobilicity for $380 million

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This was to be expected, so it’s not really a huge shocker. TELUS announced earlier today (May 16th) that they entered an agreement and if all goes well they will be acquiring Mobilicity for $380 million. Of course, the deal won’t go through until the Competition Bureau Industry Canada and Mobilicity’s debtholders agree to it.

“The purchase price received would be applied to repay all of the outstanding first and second lien debt of Mobilicity, with the remainder being used to repay certain outstanding unsecured debt securities issued by Mobilicity.”

According to Mobilicity:

“If this transaction is approved, TELUS will retain all 150 Mobilicity employees as it integrates the Mobilicity operation into TELUS over the coming months.”

According to court documents the whole deal should be complete by June 10, 2013. If it’s not over by that date, then TELUS has to pay Mobilicity a $10 million deposit. This will fund Mobilicity enough to enter the 700Mhz spectrum auction. The last day anyone can drop down money is June 11th, which is why that stipulation exists.

In the acquisition, TELUS will gain all 150 Mobilicity employees and their 250,000 subscribers. Not a bad deal all around for TELUS, but we’ll know soon enough if the deal went through or not.

TELUS took the time to post about the acquisition in a recent blog post:

“We don’t believe this transaction will have a significant impact on competition in our industry… If approved, our agreement to acquire Mobilicity would be good news for their 250,000 customers. Importantly, their wireless service would continue without the risk of disruption. Moblicity’s customers would also join Canada’s most satisfied and loyal customers at TELUS and Koodo.”

Field Trip is Now Available in Canada

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Niantic Labs quietly made Field Trip available in Canada so no more sideloading is necessary. You can head right to Google Play and get it now. In case you’re not already familiar with the app, it uses your current location to display unique locations nearby that you can pop in and visit. As advertised by the developers it will help you “see this world with new eyes!”