Thanks for the update, spywhite.spywhite wrote: ↑"SpeakOut Data Update
We regret to notify users that the Data services will be delayed.
The good news is that Browse Feature will continue in its current format until Data service begins later this year.
We apologize to the users who have been patiently waiting for Data Services.
Once we have confirmed the Data launch dates, we will update the website.
We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to improve SpeakOut Wireless’ program."
Of course this probably means they are waiting and will kill all UMB plans through all providers in one swoop.
From browsing this 230+ page thread, it's pretty obvious most SpeakOut (and Petro) customers stick with them for the cheap UMB/data plan (face it - most of the posts are about using proxy/VPN to enable data apps and tethering).
Based on the negative feedback following the announcement that UMB would be cancelled, SpeakOut probably saw the writing on the wall. Either they'd face a mass exit of customers switching to the new entrants (WIND/mobilicity offer unltd calling and 5-20Gb data for only $15 more) or, as suggested, ditching data altogether and going wifi-only.
Also, the UMB cancellation announcement came literally a month after SpeakOut encouraged subscribers to buy $100 refills with a bonus promo, most of them intending to use those top-ups to pay for UMB. Justifiably, that did not sit well with subscribers like anh2003.
SpeakOut (and Petro) continued existence likely hinges on UMB. They're probably trying to delay the decision as long as possible, hoping perhaps to convince Rogers to either let them continue with it (Rogers once offered $10 UMB on its branded prepay, but discontinued it years ago) or allow them to offer something better than the standard $10/100Mb, $25/500Mb, $35/1Gb prepaid data rates - knowing those rates wouldn't be accepted by their current UMB subs. For the sceptics, this is proof that calling companies out on price-gouging has an impact.