Eastlink Wireless

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Eastlink Wireless
Subsidiary
Industry Mobile network operator
Founded February 15, 2013
Headquarters Halifax, Nova Scotia
Parent Eastlink
Website Eastlink.ca/Wireless

Eastlink Wireless is a Canadian mobile network operator owned by Eastlink. Its built network serves the provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, with additional coverage areas provided in Ontario and Alberta communities.

History[edit]

Eastlink spent $25,628,000 for Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum licenses covering Atlantic Canada, plus smaller communities elsewhere in Canada.[1]

Network[edit]

Eastlink has AWS spectrum licenses to serve the entire Atlantic Canada population, plus Grande Prairie, Alberta and several small cities throughout Ontario. Combined, these markets cover a population of 4,886,983.[1] The carrier is using LTE and HSPA+ technology.

Products[edit]

Feature phone[edit]

The LG F4n is Eastlink's first feature phone.

Smartphones[edit]

Eastlink sells multiple Android and BlackBerry devices, two which are LTE-capable:

Outdoor advertisements for Eastlink show the Sony Xperia T.

In addition to the above, AWS-capable versions of the iPhone 5 may be used on Eastlink if purchased outright and unlocked from a third party.

Internet access modem[edit]

The Huawei E397 is Eastlink's first mobile broadband modem. It supports both HSPA+ and LTE.

Services[edit]

Various services are available at Eastlink Wireless.[2]

Voice[edit]

Eastlink currently offers two plans: a low-end one with 200 local daytime minutes and a high-end one with unlimited local minutes. Both plans include unlimited local calling during nights and weekends, unlimited calling to other lines on the same account and unlimited messaging via SMS and MMS. Calling features included with both plans are Caller ID, call waiting and conference calling.

Mobile Internet[edit]

Standalone mobile broadband is available at Eastlink. Two plans are offered, allowing the customer to choose between a 3 or 5 GB access allowance.

Mobile Internet access add-ons can be added to any Eastlink Wireless voice plan. The add-ons currently feature fixed allowances of 1, 2 or 5 GB. For BlackBerry smartphones, a "Social" BlackBerry Internet Service add-on is offered. This allows unlimited access to the Facebook, Twitter and the BlackBerry Messenger app while on Eastlink's network, but all other apps can only be used on Wi-Fi.

Device subsidies[edit]

Eastlink offers a device subsidy option called the easyTab for customers with a plan costing $40 or more.

Roaming[edit]

When in parts of Canada not on Eastlink's network, customers roam domestically at no extra charge on the networks of one of the three major mobile providers in Canada (Bell Mobility, Rogers Wireless, and Telus Mobility) as well as on Vidéotron Mobile in Quebec.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Auction of Spectrum Licences for Advanced Wireless Services and Other Spectrum in the 2 GHz Range: Summary by Licence Winner". Industry Canada. July 21, 2008. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ Hardy, Ian (February 8, 2013). "Eastlink to launch wireless service next week". Mobile Syrup. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Canadian Wireless Coverage". Eastlink Wireless. Retrieved 7 July 2017. Extended coverage represents access to partner networks in Atlantic Canada and across the country, including the Bell, Rogers, and, now, Telus and Videotron networks. 

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