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Bell to offer smartphone with unlimited data plan Bell to offer smartphone with unlimited data plan Bell Canada is planning to offer a touch-screen mobile phone with the option of an unlimited data plan, upping the ante in its battle for the Canadian smartphone market.
Jul 03, 4: July 3, Bell Canada is planning to offer a touch-screen mobile phone with the option of an unlimited data plan, upping the ante in its battle for the Canadian smartphone market.
Bell said Thursday it would offer the Samsung Instinct, which includes many of the features found on Apple Inc. The announcement comes just eight days before Rogers Communications plans to launch the iPhone.
Rogers is already taking heat from potential customers over data rate plans it announced for the iPhone. In the last week more than 30, people signed an online petition at ruinediphone.
Unlike the iPhone, the Instinct cannot access the internet through a Wi-Fi connection, but it has many features in common with the iPhone, including a touch-screen interface and HTML web browsing.
Bell spokesperson Jason Laszlo said the unlimited data plan includes web browsing, web-based e-mail and downloads.
As with most mobile phones, media that require software — such as QuickTime or RealPlayer — to be downloaded will also not work on the Instinct.
The phone can also not be used under the Bell plan as a tethered device to offer roaming access for laptops. Telecommunications analyst Mark Goldberg said the announcement is a good sign for consumers. He added that while Rogers is the only carrier in the country to run its network using the Global Systems for Mobile GSM standard for cell phones — the standard the iPhone uses — that could change as new carriers enter the market next year.
A government auction of wireless airwaves currently winding down set aside some of the spectrum for new entrants. Goldberg said the current auction results suggest most markets will get one or two new carriers next year. Many of these are likely to run on the GSM standard because of its ubiquity.Business Mobility, Business phone, Business Internet, Business TV, Web hosting and web design from Bell Small Business.
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