At the Canadian Telecom Summit, Minister Navdeep Bains instructed the CRTC to reconsider its decision that resulted in Sugar Mobile's shutdown.
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Sugar Mobile is offering cellphone plans that start at $19 per month, about half the price of the big players. The approach relies on a hybrid model that uses both Wi-Fi and 3G networks and allows Sugar to make an end run around Canadian telco rivals.
When Sugar Mobile customers are not in those northern areas, they get cellular service thanks to roaming agreements that its sister company has with other network providers, including Rogers
Sugar Mobile says a CRTC ruling means it can take advantage of roaming agreements to offer wireless services to its customers anywhere in Canada
The ongoing saga involving wireless carrier giants Rogers and Bell and upstart Sugar Mobile has been going back and forth since the latter came on to the scene last year. Back in February, Sugar filed a complaint with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission against Rogers, hoping to force Rogers to continue to allow it to use its network.
Canadian policy-makers have been promising that better cellular deals are just around the corner. But there's no sign of them yet and no sign of a strategy that would bring us stable and substantive competition.
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