Comwave

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Comwave Networks Inc.
IndustryService
Founded1999
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario, Canada
Number of locations
1600+
Area served
Canada
United States
Key people
Yuval Barzakay (President & CEO)
ProductsTelephone services
Voice over Internet Protocol
Internet Protocol Television
High-Speed Internet
Number of employees
200[1]
WebsiteComwave's Official Web Page

Comwave Networks Inc. is a Canadian company that markets telecommunication services. Actual telecommunication services are provided by third party carriers.[2] Based in Toronto and run by president and CEO, Yuval Barzakay, Comwave was established in 1999 and it serves over 500 cities in Canada and over 1,100 in the United States.

Services[edit]

Telephone[edit]

Comwave is the industry leader in Voice over IP (VoIP) and offer home phone services, small business phone lines, mobile calling, and high-speed internet.

Predating Apple's iPhone, beginning in 2004, Comwave offered a bundle of hardware and services, sold as an alternative to traditional phone service known as the iPhone.[3] They no longer offer this service under the iPhone name.

In May 2012, Comwave launched its Hosted PBX platform.[4] Comwave Hosted PBX is a cloud based phone system for business that bundles together Polycom telephones, phone lines, over 40 business class features, long distance and a private digital secure connection, for a fixed monthly fee. Comwave Hosted PBX phone systems are managed by Comwave 24x7 on a secure private connection.

In September 2012, the company launched the ePhone app for Android [5] (now available on iOS as well). This VoIP Softphone app helps users avoid roaming and long distance fees by providing a free alternate telephone number in the North American market of their choice.

Internet[edit]

In April 2013, Comwave launched high speed internet services across Canada. Their plans are all inclusive and include modem, dry loop, and in-home installation.[6]

Television[edit]

On September 25, 2017, Comwave Networks announced that the company will enter the television market by announcing their new service named Comwave TV.[7] Due to Comwave solely being a networking company, Comwave's new television service may use IPTV technology. This television technology requires an active internet connection for the use of it.

Legal issues[edit]

Misleading advertising[edit]

On September 13, 2016, Comwave Networks was fined $300,000 by the Competition Bureau for misleading advertisements.

The Bureau concluded that Comwave's advertisements misrepresented the charges consumers would face for their services, and that the advertised prices were not attainable because of additional non‑optional fees.

The Competition Bureau had determined [8] that despite Comwave marketing their Voice over IP (VoIP) home phone services and high speed internet services as unlimited, Comwave had applied a monthly minute cap onto their VoIP home phone service, as well as a monthly Bandwidth cap onto all tiers of their internet service regardless; per Comwave's Fair Usage Policy for Internet.[9]

The Bureau has also concluded that while this information was being disclosed in their fine print, and that Comwave's staff had been instructed to provide some of this information to customers when they call into their call centre, it was not sufficient enough to prevent the advertisements from being misleading.

Under a consent agreement filed between The Commissioner of Competition and Comwave Networks,[10] Comwave had agreed to pay $60,000 towards the cost of the Bureau's investigation.

Comwave Networks had also agreed to establish a corporate compliance program to help the company avoid any similar issues in the future, as well as to change their advertisements to accurately explain their services to customers; in order to relieve the Bureau's concerns.

Telemarketing[edit]

In April 2013, Comwave was fined $100,000 by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. The fine was a result of 33 calls made between April 1, 2011, and March 18, 2013 by independent telemarketers, hired by Comwave, to people who had registered their phone numbers on the National Do Not Call List. In response to the fine the company voluntarily agreed to stop telemarketing and report any customer complaints it receives to the CRTC annually.[11]

Customer complaints[edit]

In spite of Comwave receiving Consumers Choice Award, in 2012, there are a growing number of issues reported by Comwave customers. Among the most common is the complaint of customers being tied to a 3-year contract with the advertised offer. Several hundred reviews [12] attest Comwave's customers growing concerns, in what appears being signed up without full disclosure with regards to the contract term and penalties.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "# of locations/# of employees". Crunch Base. Retrieved 2011-04-07.
  2. ^ "Toronto company has dibs on iPhone". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Comwave Launches Hosted PBX - Business Phone System in the Cloud". Newswire.ca. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Comwave announces a new ePhone App for Android". Newswire.ca. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Comwave Launches Unlimited Internet". Newswire.ca. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Comwave - TV - Comwave". Comwave.net. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Comwave to pay over $300,000 to settle telecom services advertising case". Competitionbureau.gc.ca. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Comwave - Terms and Conditions". Comwave.net. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-20. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  10. ^ "Comwave fined $100,000 for breaking telemarketing rules". Ctvnews.ca. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Comwave Home Phone 2018 Review". Gonevoip.ca. Retrieved 1 August 2018.