Rogers' HSPA monopoly comes tumbling down as Bell's HSPA network goes live

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We don’t think we need to go over what an insanely huge day today is for Canada, but in case anyone is feeling particularly thick, we’re going to spell it out plan and simple — Rogers is no longer the only HSPA game in Canada. Bell’s 21Mbps HSPA network has at long last gone live. As with any network launch, a few awesome handsets, data cards and a few Canadian-style rip-off plans have come along for the ride. So hit the jump and check out what’s new.

Smartphones

  • Apple iPhone 3G – $99.95 / 599.95 (3-year contract / no strings attached)
  • Apple iPhone 3GS (16GB) – $199.95 / $699.95
  • Apple iPhone 3GS (32GB) – $299.95 / $799.95
  • BlackBerry Bold 9700 – $229.95 / $599.95
  • BlackBerry Bold 9000 – $249.95 / $599.95
  • Samsung Omnia II – $199.95 / $549.95

Non-Smartphones

  • LG Xenon – $89.95 / $289.95
  • Nokia 2730 – $27.95 / $119.95
  • Nokia 6350 – $49.95 / $249.95
  • Samsung Impact – $79.95 / $279.95

Data Sticks

  • Novatel Wireless U950 – $24.95 / $174.95
  • Novatel Wireless U998 – $74.95 / $174.95
  • Novatel Wireless X950 – $24.95 / $174.95

SIM Cards

  • $0 / $5

As for price plans, not all that much has changed (the $6.95 SAF is staying for now), but Bell did introduce some iPhone specific plans which are as follows:

Combo 45 for iPhone

  • 100 anytime local minutes plus 50 bonus local minutes
  • Local Fab Five: Unlimited calling & text to and from five local numbers of your choice
  • 500 MB of data for personal email, Internet browsing
  • Unlimited local nights & weekends (9 p.m. – 7 a.m.)

Combo 55 for iPhone

  • 300 anytime local minutes
  • Local Fab Five
  • 1 GB of data for personal email, Internet browsing
  • Unlimited local nights & weekends (9 p.m. – 7 a.m.)

Combo 75 for iPhone

  • 400 anytime local minutes
  • Nationwide Fab Five: Unlimited calling & text to and from five local numbers of your choice nationwide
  • 2 GB of data for personal email, Internet browsing
  • Unlimited local nights & weekends (9 p.m. – 7 a.m.)

Combo 95 for iPhone

  • 500 anytime local minutes
  • Nationwide Fab Five
  • 2 GB of data for personal email, Internet browsing
  • Unlimited local nights & weekends (9 p.m. – 7 a.m.)

Now to sit and wait for TELUS’ day in the sun to see what, if any, surprises it has in store beyond what we already know.

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