City of Kelowna Coun. Ryan Donn (from left) takes a Freedom Mobile-launch selfie with MP Dan Albas, MLA Norm Letnick and Freedom Mobile vice-president of corporate retail West Dean Price at the ribbon-cutting event at Orchard Park Mall on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (Ryan Donn - Supplied)

Freedom Mobile throws hat into Kelowna’s cellphone provider ring

More competition means better prices for Canadians, MP says

The people of Kelowna now have one more choice for cellphone plans with the opening of Freedom Mobile at Orchard Park Shopping Centre on Wednesday.

Special guests came to celebrate the opening of the low-cost provider, including Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, City of Kelowna Coun. Ryan Donn, Central Okanagan MP Dan Albas and Freedom Mobile’s vice-president of western operations Dean Price.

Shaw Communication’s Freedom Mobile will bring to Kelowna Canada’s most affordable unlimited data plans, the company said.

“For too long, the people of Kelowna have been starved for choice and affordability in their wireless providers—and that ends today with the arrival of Freedom Mobile,” Shaw Communications president Paul McAlesse said.

Price said the turnout to today’s opening was exceptional.

“There were people sitting in camp chairs at 7 a.m. this morning,” he said. “Kelowna has been very warm and gracious in their welcoming.”

READ MORE: New airline Swoops into Kelowna

READ MORE: 38M-plus litres of water saved annually with Kelowna partnerships

The opening of not just the store, but the network, wouldn’t have been possible without partnerships with all levels of government, Price said.

“We needed the co-operation of all levels of government,” he said, noting the dignitaries were great co-hosts. “They were generally excited about what Freedom was bringing to the region and their constituents.”

Coun. Ryan Donn said more than 50 people were lined up out the door at the store’s opening event on Wednesday morning.

“People are saying across the board that life is getting more expensive,” Coun. Donn said. “We hear about rent, we talk about all the costs that are going up, we talk about gas prices.”

“Kelowna seems to be attracting low costs, whether it’s air carriers (West Jet’s Swoop) or cellphone providers,” Donn said. “There is excitement about that. People want to lower their monthly costs.”

MP Albas said the launch of Freedom Mobile in the Okanagan is a welcomed opportunity to boost choice in the sector.

“Competition in the mobile phone sector is essential to make sure Canadians have the choice and lower prices they deserve,” he said. “We all know that the more companies there are competing for the customer, the better off everyone will be.”

Kelownians can sign up at the store in Orchard Park Shopping Centre, Mission Park Shopping Centre, Walmart on Banks Road and Loblaws’ Mobile Shop on Baron Road. To celebrate the Okanagan launch, residents can get a special introductory offer on Freedom’s Big Gig Unlimited plans.

Coun. Donn said he was surprised by the low-cost plans and said he will be signing his daughter up.

READ MORE: Future unknown for Kelowna seniors’ activity centre

READ MORE: Kelowna’s ELLA Tower hits a construction milestone

“My daughter is going into middle school and she’s been pestering me about getting a phone,” he said. “I was going to do it today, but it was just so busy. I’ll have to go back.”

Freedom Mobile started with Canada’s main centres and now, as part of their expansion plan, it is opening networks in mid-sized cities, such as Kelowna, Red Deer and Lethbridge, Alta.

“By adding all these new markets, it adds to the footprint coverage,” Price said. “It offers more geographical opportunities to use your Freedom allotment data instead of Nationwide.”

He said it’s flattering to see other phone companies following suit and looking to Freedom Mobile for ideas.

“I’m proud and excited for the rest of Canadians because even their carriers are starting to look at the most egregious practices like data overages,” he said.

Freedom Mobile’s Kelowna entrance follows its expansion into Victoria earlier this year and its Nanaimo launch last week.

Next up on the Freedom Mobile’s docket: Penticton, Vernon and Kamloops.


@caitleerach
Caitlin.clow@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

More than 50 people were lined up at the launch of Freedom Mobile at Orchard Park Mall on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (Ryan Donn - Supplied)

Just Posted

Foundry Kelowna to take its services on the road this fall

Foundry Mobile will break down barriers for Kelowna youth thanks to a generous donation

Suspect drops white powder running from police near Kelowna playground

Kelowna RCMP responded to reports of two individuals swinging a chain in a park

Public upset over man allegedly exposing himself at Kelowna’s Rotary Beach

No arrests made, charges not considered at this time, RCMP say

Warmer fall weather could extend wildfire season: AccuWeather

Above seasonal temperatures are expected throughout September, October and November

Who let the dogs out: Only 17 days until Kelowna’s 2nd annual mud race for pups

This year will be bigger and better than last year, organizers say

Paws! Join the cause and raise money for the BC SPCA

Sign up to walk in the annual BC SPCA Paws for a Cause walk

RCMP catch ‘erratic’ driving thieves; upon release steal mountain bike

The incident involved a police chase, taser, and a destroyed vehicle

New study suggests autism overdiagnosed: Canadian expert

Laurent Mottron: ‘Autistic people we test now are less and less different than typical people’

B.C. father tells judge he did not kill his young daughters

Andrew Berry pleaded not guilty to the December 2017 deaths

Trans Mountain gives contractors 30 days to get workers, supplies ready for pipeline

Crown corporation believes the expansion project could be in service by mid-2022

Riot on the Roof returns to top of North Okanagan Parkade

Party of the summer will rock out above the city

Heavy police responses in Kamloops connected to unfounded weapons calls

Mounties were seen in Westsyde and in North Kamloops on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning

Rosemount cooked diced chicken linked to listeria case in B.C.

The symptoms of listeria include vomiting, nausea, fever, muscle aches

B.C. seniors allowed more choice to stay in assisted living

Province doesn’t need to wait for a complaint to investigate care, Adrian Dix says

Most Read