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Speculation abounds over Wind Mobile rates

Wind Mobile will announce its handsets and rates today and if onlinespeculation is anything to go by, consumers will be pleased, thoughperhaps not surprised.

Wind Mobile will announce its handsets and rates today and if online speculation is anything to go by, consumers will be pleased, though perhaps not surprised.

The company has refused to comment on rumours and leaks on blogs and online forums — some of which were supposedly posted by insiders, others leaked by disgruntled ex-employees.

But top industry analysts, who did not want to be named, said some of the information looked “dead-on,” while adding some aspects were likely to change.

Wind seems to be coming in with a more fulsome low-rate plan, with unlimited national calling between the company’s future subscribers and 100 provincewide voice minutes for $15 — twice the minutes of Telus Corp.’s discount Koodoo brand and Rogers Wireless Inc.’s FIDO, which have similar $15 plans.

The posting, which has almost 50,000 page views, also lists a $35-per-month plan with unlimited provincial calling (but only 50 outgoing texts) and a $45 monthly plan that includes unlimited national calling and texting.

The plans, posted on howardforums.com, a site for cellphone junkies, are heavy on “unlimited” talk, text and data plans, but are not necessarily cheaper than competitors. In interviews, Globalive chairman Anthony Lacavera has stressed his goal is to provide value-for-money, good customer service and clear billing.

 
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