The Vancouver-born actor has launched a billboard in downtown Toronto (at Yonge and Edward) to promote Mint Mobile.In the video, Reynolds notes that many Canadians have asked why Mint — which is well-known in the U.S. for offering low-cost phone plans — isn’t available in his home country.While he didn’t get into specifics, he’s no doubt been running into issues with Canada’s complicated telecom industry, which is dominated by the likes of Rogers, Bell and Telus.
Large barriers remain to bring Ryan Reynolds' Mint Mobile to
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) said last week that only regional carriers which have invested in network infrastructure and spectrum will be granted access.Shortly after the announcement, Reynolds tweeted he is happy his company might soon "serve Canadians, who've been paying some of the highest phone bills on the planet.".We’re super happy that we might soon have the chance to invade, er, SERVE Canadians who’ve been paying some of the highest phone bills on the planet.Samer Bishay, president and chief executive officer of Iristel and Ice Wireless says, on first impression the new rules may look great, but they aren't very supportive of true MVNOs like Mint Mobile.Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa, said in an email that the new CRTC deal does not really help Mint Mobile to come to Canada.Geist says that players like Mint Mobile and other MVNOs could be successful in the Canadian market but the CRTC has not allowed this type of mandated access.Bishay says he is also concerned that this announcement came after Innovation, Science, and Economic Development closed applications for the upcoming spectrum auction, which blocks new entrants from taking advantage of the new rules."The only way for him to expand further is to wait for the next spectrum auction, or Bell, Telus, Rogers came in and say 'hey we want to be a part of this, we will give you a commercial agreement.'". .
Ryan Reynolds says he's 'working' on bringing Mint Mobile to Canada
On Twitter, Reynolds posted a new commercial for Mint with Rick Moranis, the Toronto-born star of Ghostbusters, to promote the carrier’s just-launched unlimited service plan.For context, when Reynolds became the owner of Mint, he noted that Americans pay an average of $65 USD (about $85.50 CAD) per month on their phone plans.Hopefully, Reynolds can bring Mint to Canada and pass on a similar amount of savings, especially given that Canadians reportedly pay at least 25 percent more than Americans for their phone plans. .
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Ryan Reynolds' Mint Mobile Offers 25 Year Cellphone Plan for $2500
Last September, Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds and his U.S.-based wireless company, Mint Mobile, said they were “trying” to come to Canada.Reynolds responded to the CRTC ruling in April to say Mint Mobile would instead “forge ahead with landlines” in Canada, likely making a joke about the impossible situation.“Years ago, former pro baseball player Bobby Bonilla signed one of the most famous contracts in sports history, ensuring he would be paid more than $1 million every July 1st for 25 years,” explained Mint Mobile.According to Reynolds in an update on Friday morning, 124 people actually signed up for the Bobby Bonilla plan. .
Ryan Reynolds will have to fight the Big Three if he tries to bring
On Sept. 9, Reynolds tweeted the launch of his telecom company Mint Mobile in the U.S., offering customers a pre-paid service that starts at US$15 per month, as well as an unlimited plan priced at US$30.John Lawford, executive director and general counsel of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, said in an interview that even if the CRTC mandates network access to MVNOs, he doesn’t think the regulatory environment is stable enough for anyone to launch a company.“The three large providers, if they sense any true threat from the rules from the CRTC on MVNOs, whether or not there is an interesting startup like Mr. Reynolds’ efforts here, will use every regulatory and political and traditional lever to stop it.”.In late February, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) held regulatory hearings on whether to mandate MVNO (wholesale service providers) access to large wireless networks.Lawford added that even if the CRTC mandates MVNO access, it will be met with appeals from the bigger carriers and will result in a long process before a final decision is made.Nowak explained the case is different in Canada because Bell, Rogers, and Telus have carved the market in thirds relatively equally, and aren’t motivated to make serious customer gains through the use of MVNOs.The biggest challenge Reynolds would face is trying to gain access to companies in Canada, and Klass added that carriers simply aren’t willing to negotiate. .
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