Wind Mobile to lower its roaming charges

Wind president and chief executive Anthony Lacavera
Wind CEO Anthony Lacavera

Wind Mobile customers are going to like what they see on their next cellphone bill, as this super tiny Canadian wireless carrier decided to slahs its domestic roaming fees.

Toronto-based Wind also said it will boost its data speeds for those who travel outside the company’s coverage areas and need to use another Canadian carrier’s network.

The move follows new limits by the federal government on what the larger wireless network operators, such as Rogers, Telus and Bell, can charge to carry traffic for their smaller rivals.

“In June, the government took a very positive step in legislating interim relief — rate caps — and we’ve now, in very short order, passed through a very significant savings to our customers,” Wind president and chief executive Anthony Lacavera said in an interview Thursday.

The three largest wireless carriers have national networks and don’t charge domestic roaming fees in Canada because their customers are usually within their coverage areas.

Lacavera said only about five per cent of Wind’s customers regularly pay any roaming fees, since most stay close to home and within the company’s coverage areas in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. But he added the new rates will increase the company’s competitiveness.

Wind, which has most of its customers in the Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary areas, says it will cut charges for data domestic roaming to five cents a megabyte, down from $1. Roaming rates for calls are being cut by 25 per cent to 15 cents per minute and texting by 66 per cent to five cents each.

— Canadian Press contributed to this story