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Unlimited North American GPRS access for $32

Wed Sep 4, 2002 - 7:17 PM EDT - By Marcus Adolfsson

While American service providers charge an arm-and-a-leg for GPRS access, our friends to the north are in a much better situation.

Fido, a Canadian GSM provider, charges $32 ($50 Canadian) for unlimited internet access throughout North America. That’s right, in addition to Canada over 3,500 cities in the US are covered (we assume they use T-Mobiles infrastructure).

With T-Mobile $40 buys to 10 MB, and $50 at Cingular buys you 13 MB. Price gauging anyone?

However, there is hope on the horizon. According to News.com, the Danger-made T-Mobile Sidekick (which uses the GPRS network) will ship shortly and have monthly service charge of just $39.99 for a fixed number of phone minutes and all-you-can-eat data.

Unless T-Mobile is going to be extremely favorable to their own devices, hopefully we will see similar pricing for the Treo. If not, I am sure that the clever folks in our discussion forum will figure our how to use the Sidekick’s service plan with the Treo (they are both GSM phones with SIM cards).

Thanks to Patrick for pointing out that Fido's pricing was Canadian dollers

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