Wind Canada officially opened its doors in 2010 and is the newest service provider in Canada. Wind has their own towers and equipment in Canada, but at present these are limited to Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver. Roaming outside of the Wind network falls back onto the Rogers network and customers are charged an additional $0.25/minute on top of monthly plans.
Wind offers three different plan types that all have their advantages and disadvantages:
The minute2minute plan is $0.25/min for the first 5 minutes used per day and then any additional minutes are $0.15/min for the rest of the day. The day2day plan has a $0.40/day charge, but rates are $0.10/day. The All Nighter plan is $24/month for unlimited calls bewteen 6pm and 5am; add unlimited incoming calls for $7/month and any airtime during the day is $0.20/minutes. All plans include a lot of free extras, such as Voicemail, Call Display, Call Waiting, 3-way Calling, and Call Forwarding (charged as airtime). Long distance is 25¢ per minute anywhere in North America.
Phones may be purchased through their website (www.virginmobile.ca) or from selected retailers, including Blockbuster Video.