Shaw Mobile launches in Alberta, BC, alongside Shaw's Freedom Mobile

Joanna Estrada
August 14, 2020

Calgary-based Shaw Communications announced Thursday the launch of Shaw Mobile, a brand-new wireless service in Canada that leverages the almost $30 billion of investments the company has made in its LTE and fibre networks since 2013.

Shaw Mobile customers can also make use of Shaw's thousands of WiFi hotspots across Western Canada powered by Shaw's Fibre+ network.

The posted prices on Shaw Mobile's website range between $15 and $95 per month, with a one-time $20 connection fee for each line, but are now subject to promotional discounts. So instead of LTE service, the system works by constantly switching between Shaw's existing WiFi hotspots.

The service is different from most other cellphone services in that it piggybacks on the company's existing internet service to offer cellular services, without having to create a new cellular service constantly connected to an individual phone.

Its Internet customers in British Columbia and Alberta can add wireless to Shaw Fibre Plus plans to get up to six lines of unlimited talk/text for no additional charge.

It will offer three levels of service plan, now at an introductory price discount, all with access to more than 450,000 Shaw Go WiFi hotspots.

The three big national carriers - which collectively have about 90 per cent of the country's wireless market - each have three separate wireless brands, with Freedom mostly up against Telus's Koodo, Rogers's Fido and Bell's Virgin. There are a number of conditions attached that may affect customer decisions.

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