42 Mbps wireless service debuts in Canada


Novatel Wireless U547 - the first device to allow Dual Cell mobile download speeds of up to 42 Mbps.

Novatel Wireless U547 - the first device to allow Dual Cell mobile download speeds of up to 42 Mbps.

If you’re a heavy user of mobile broadband and have always felt limited by the current 3G speeds offered by most of the rocket/turbo sticks out there, I’ve got good news.

Starting in the Toronto area, Bell Mobility is now offering mobile users a way to effectively double the download and upload speeds they experience through a technology called Dual Cell.

To get in on all the super-high-speed action, you’ll need a USB stick that is compatible with Dual Cell, namely the Novatel Wireless U547 Turbo Stick. When you’re in an area that is Dual Cell capable, the stick will provide the higher speeds. In regular HSPA+ covered areas, you’ll get the normal “up to 21Mbps” speeds. An expanded coverage area for the Dual Cell service is planned for 2011.

In addition to the cost of the Novatel stick ($49.95/3-year contract or $199 no contract), you’ll have to pay a $10/month premium on top of your regular data plan to access the faster Dual Cell network.

For all the details, check out: www.bell.ca/speed

Disclosure: Sync is owned and operated by Bell Canada.

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5 comments

  1. bob

    Yup,just another money grab.Right now I can get up to 21 mbps.With all this new technology,I can get up to 42 mbps.Since I have never received 21 mbps,even under optimum conditions,why would I expect to ever see 42 mbps.To be fair,Bell delivered as promised since the wording ‘up to’ creates a very large gray area.All they have to do to fulfill their end of the contract is to make sure that I have a speed between 0 and 21.

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  2. paul masse

    I was persuaded to upgrade when I had trouble getting and staying connected with my former Bell Wireless Highspeed. It appeared to be clyclical during the day such as immediately after school closed which led me to beleive that the issue was not modem speed but tower capacity.

    I have had the product installed now for a few days and the same capacity problem occurred for much of Friday afternoon. I also have a Rogers Stick for traveling with my laptop — there was no problem with it Firday while Bell seemed overloaded.

    It reminds me of the old commercial for digital cable for both TV and Internet. Bell is going to have to ensure that adequate connection capacity is available before I would recommend switching.

    The current marketing (cash grab) appears to be introducing down load volume charges which were not available on the original Bell Wireless Service.

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  3. CDC

    Truly this is just another attempt by Bell to grab the money and run. I had a Turbo Hub and found that Bell was generously taking (read stealing) money for services that were not rendered. They charged for time that the hub was on but didn’t bother to tell me that when the computer was not being used that the hub should be shut down completely. Quite a surprise to me but the retailer was also fully aware of these vicious billing practices. In many cases Bell has their clients by the short hairs, but as competition moves in we should be able to cut and keep cutting the number of services that Bell hangs above our heads. My cellphone charges are outrageous as well so I welcome the competition!

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