Rogers is buying Shaw. Tiny telecoms are needed now more than ever. so we are accepting eSIM/SIM card pre-orders nationwide in anticipation of wireless service launching late this year.
Let's get this out of the way - data pricing and exact launch details are pending Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) decisions on the Wireless Industry Review. We want to say more, but it would be irresponsible to play with your hearts by speculating on the outcome and what that means for our service and pricing.
So why are we doing pre-orders if we can't tell you when we'll launch or how much data will cost? Well, three words: Rogers eats Shaw.
Their consolidation was inevitable, and it leaves no doubt that meaningful and sustainable competition is not possible without a mandated wholesale framework. All of us, every Canadian, needs to send a message about fair access to the essential national network infrastructure that we all contribute to each and every month with our sky-high wireless bills. One of the ways the dotmobile team will do this is through our pre-order program.
Based on our existing research, the need for affordable and awesome wireless exists across Canada, in both urban and rural areas. These pre-orders will allow us to determine more precisely where our members need the service, and firm up our plans for launch. Many things - interconnects, distribution, number portability, and more - need work done for each geographical area and therefore need geographic prioritization. It also further proves that our over thirty-thousand members are committed to seeing this change and support our vision.
For a limited time, dotmobile eSIM/SIM cards are available free to pre-order with the promo code FREESIM. Simply launch or download the app from Google Play or the App Store and place an order. We don't need a payment method, but we do need your shipping address. Don't worry, you'll get a chance to make changes before we ship anything, or activate via eSIM if your device is compatible.
Another point to clarify - you will be able to port your existing phone number from another carrier or choose a new number. We have a network code and our Full MVNO license grants us access to numbering resources - one of our first major accomplishments throughout our regulatory journey with the CRTC.
For those of you who are new to dotmobile, we are officially Canada's first licensed Full MVNO. A Full MVNO operates essentially the same technology as a mobile network operator, but without owning the radio access network (ie. cell towers). Instead, the core network connects to one or more existing radio access networks, similar to a mobile network operator sharing or roaming on another operator’s network.
The CRTC is expected to rule imminently on the wireless industry review that started in 2019. This ruling will define the Canadian national wireless infrastructure access rules and rates, similar to those for home internet over the past 10 years. The Rogers/Shaw deal proves that we need this now, not later, and for all Canadians no matter who they are or where they live.