This happy fellow is Bonhomme de neige, mascot for the Québec Winter Carnival. What’s with the grin? Perhaps it’s because the presence of a strong regional carrier is bringing better wireless deals to the province for everyone.
A recent thread in the Vidéotron forum links to a double data promotion from that Québec-only carrier. And wouldn’t you know it, Canada’s Big Three have somehow managed to up their data buckets and/or lower their prices to match.
Exhibit A: Mobile Syrup reported last week that Bell was offering BYOD customers a whopping 10 GB of data for a mere $25/month—plus a $40 or $45 province or nationwide calling plan, but still a much better deal than anything offered here in Ontario.
Exhibit B: This week iPhone in Canada has news of a new promo from Koodo wherein customers can get No Tab plans with 6 GB of data for $49/month, or 8 GB for $56/month.
The catch, of course, is that these offers are only officially available in Québec, though it looks like you can snag one of the Koodo plans using this handy guide. Hopefully Vidéotron can sustain such aggressive pricing; they are (I think) the last independent upstart carrier from the 2008 spectrum auction, but have yet to hit the million subscriber mark.