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A company in the Canadian province of Quebec will soon match Verizon in deploying some of the fastest consumer Internet access in North America, according to reports. Cable supplier Videotron is preparing to debut two "Ultimate Speed Internet" plans, capable of downloads at 30 and 50Mbps, respectively. This is an upgrade on the company's current top tier of 20Mbps, and takes advantage of pre-DOCSIS 3.0 technology. The plans will cost $65 and $80 CAD per month.

 

Unlike Verizon's equivalent FiOS service however, the Videotron technology will have several drawbacks. First is a maximum upload speed of 1Mbps, due to a lack of upstream channel bonding. The initial deployment will also be restricted to just 112,000 homes in Laval, when the province's total population is over 7.7 million. Finally, caps of 30 and 50GB per month (including uploads) are being put in place, with an overage charge of $1.50 per GB. The sheer bandwidth of Ultimate Speed could make it possible to exceed each cap in a matter of days, if not hours.

 

Rogers

Confirming earlier leaks, Rogers Wireless today began offering its sought-after Communicate Value Pack, the first bundle plan to offer true unlimited web browsing with the Canadian provider. An improvement even on AT&T's $20 unlimited plan, the Rogers pack allows both unlimited browsing from the device itself as well as 2,500 outbound SMS text messages and 1,000 MMS sent picture or video messages. It also supplies caller ID, recent call history, and voicemail, according to Rogers.

The plan adds $20 Canadian (same in US dollars) to the cost of any existing cellphone plan and is limited to 'feature' phones; PC cards as well as smartphones either running the BlackBerry or Windows Mobile operating systems are subject to different plans. A separate version of the pack with just the unlimited on-device web browsing is also available, though Rogers has not confirmed the accuracy of the $7 monthly fee leaked ahead of the debut.

 

While the new feature is in part meant to help compete against Bell's $7 HTC Touch plan, the now official unlimited data plan at Rogers provides an essential component for the potential release of the iPhone in Canada. Rogers has said it would carry the iPhone in Canada since early 2007 but has only gradually relaxed the costs of its cellphone data service, which at one point would have cost nearly $300 per month for just 512MB of data transfer and a fraction of the calling time of the base $60 iPhone plan from AT&T.

 

(Courtesy of Electronista)

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One thing I used to like Videotron, when they had no cap for one of the services :(

 

Now stuck with Colba.net, no caps but stuck with 4-5 Mbps (when it is suppose to be around 12-24 Mbps), while I was at around 10 Mbps.

 

Finally unlimited internet on a cellphone. I wonder if it is true, I checked out Rogers site and they had no * next to the sentence. I wonder how Rogers would feel, if I go for the plan and ask them if I can get a notarized letter saying it is true, if they over charge me once I can put them into the ground :D

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  • 5 months later...

If you guys want an amazing high speed internet for an amazing price look at VDN.ca

 

It shows up as 9-10 Mbps but its really like 16-32 Mbps for $38.45/month or $58.45, but its caped to 60-100 GB. With Videotron pretty much more than double. Only reason I know this, my friend went with VDN.

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Finally unlimited internet on a cellphone. I wonder if it is true, I checked out Rogers site and they had no * next to the sentence. I wonder how Rogers would feel, if I go for the plan and ask them if I can get a notarized letter saying it is true, if they over charge me once I can put them into the ground :D

 

There was a story about that a few weeks ago, regarding the "wireless unlimited plan" at Bell. Apparently this was not true. The guy had a huge bill and finally Bell did not wanted to keep him as a customer anymore.

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