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Bell Launches Lucky Mobile

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  • Dec 14th, 2017 7:50 am
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Poll: Will you consider switching to Lucky Mobile?

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You bet!
 
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No way!
 
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31%
If they can offer a better deal than what I have
 
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39%
Only if they offer flagship phones at a discount
 
2
2%
Wont touch anything Bell with an ugly stick
 
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21%
Will grab some for the kids/elderly/other relatives
 
3
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Will consider it to stick it to Robbers for crippling Sugar Mobile
 
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2%
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Bell Launches Lucky Mobile

Article on MobileSyrup
The new prepaid-only brand offers plans starting at $20 for talk and text and begins operation December 4th in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.

Parent company BCE currently owns mobile brands Bell Mobility and Virgin Mobile, and once operated Solo Mobile. Lucky will be competing within the same market niche as Telus-owned Public Mobile and Rogers-owned Chatr.
Article on The Star
The company says Lucky Mobile will also introduce an app that enables talk and text over Wi-Fi next year.
Anyone think this is gonna be any good?

My guess is Bell's trying to mitigate losing customers to Public and Chatr now that they have no choice but to unlock their phones at no charge. Based on Mobile Syrup's article, there will be zoned rate plans, and it looks like the service will be throttled at 3G speeds.
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titaniumtux wrote:
Dec 1st, 2017 11:27 am
The company says Lucky Mobile will also introduce an app that enables talk and text over Wi-Fi next year.
This is happening due to the new rules...

More mobile competition soon, new rules would let "Wi-Fi-first" mobile providers roam on big telcos' wireless networks
more-mobile-competition-soon-new-rules- ... s-2104747/
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tk1000 wrote:
Dec 1st, 2017 11:32 am
This is happening due to the new rules...

More mobile competition soon, new rules would let "Wi-Fi-first" mobile providers roam on big telcos' wireless networks
more-mobile-competition-soon-new-rules- ... s-2104747/
You think we'll see more of this?

My guess is that Bell would allow the voice calls via app to go through unthrottled, thus questionable in terms of net neutrality, unless it's a true ROBELUS 3G roaming agreement (which I doubt) which wouldn't allow unthrottled VOIP.

@tk1000 what are your thoughts?
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Rest of the world moving to 5g already and Canada launching new 3g plans every month
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hvwozq wrote:
Dec 1st, 2017 12:04 pm
This is basically Chatr on the BELUS network with a taste of (B)hell. Zone BS, and 3G speeds.
RFDQ1016 wrote:
Dec 1st, 2017 3:06 pm
Rest of the world moving to 5g already and Canada launching new 3g plans every month
This is all fairly obvious, as what is stated in the articles linked and quoted in OP.

Most of us here on RFD don't bother with prepaid brands (unless it's for kids, or grandfathered into the Mobilicity>Chatr dump). This is obviously to compete with Chatr & Public since Bell didn't have an active prepaid brand with $100 phones off the rack. Both Bell and Virgin are relatively expensive on prepaid and don't attract many customers for long-term use. Now that all carrier phones are unlocked at no cost via carrier, it's even easier for those who upgrade their phones every 3-4+ years to switch to these prepaid brands. Such users usually care less about data, couldn't care less about what others think about their phone, and often use their phones in wifi zones anyway. Hence Bell can retain them via the Lucky brand.
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Another below mediocre option.
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batcave wrote:
Dec 1st, 2017 3:58 pm
Another below mediocre option.
+1 such small timid minds out there
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All plans are 3g speeds capped at 3mbps? Instant no for me.
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titaniumtux wrote:
Dec 1st, 2017 11:40 am
You think we'll see more of this?

My guess is that Bell would allow the voice calls via app to go through unthrottled, thus questionable in terms of net neutrality, unless it's a true ROBELUS 3G roaming agreement (which I doubt) which wouldn't allow unthrottled VOIP.

@tk1000 what are your thoughts?
Yes, we will see more of this.

Voice calls through Wi-Fi should not be throttled.

In April 2017, the CRTC confirmed that it would uphold the ideals of net neutrality, stating, “No Canadian carrier shall, in relation to the provision of a telecommunications service or the charging of a rate for it, unjustly discriminate or give an undue or unreasonable preference toward any person, including itself, or subject any person to an undue or unreasonable disadvantage.”
http://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2017/2017-104.htm
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Why not post this under cell phone discussion section? This doesn't exactly qualify as any sort of deal especially since it isn't released yet.
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Mods, please feel free to merge with the discussion in the cellphone forum... Or wait another 2-3 days to see if Lucky Mobile releases any enticing promotional offers to new users / accounts. I hope this doesnt make Public Mobile consider reducing their offers / prepaid plans even more, coz that would suck for consumers...
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if it can beat pm, i will switch to it since bell has better coverage in gta than telus... i sometimes got 3g signal
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This is about as "hot" as Inuvik in February.
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