Originally Posted by einsteinbqat
Additionally, the HSPA+ network that Bell and Telus rolled out last November will be their upgrade path to LTE. Verizon wanted to skip this step and go directly from CDMA to LTE. It is their choice, but had they chosen to go HSPA+ before going LTE, they would have been carrying the iPhone for a while now. It's been 3 years now, they could have deployed HSPA+ already. It took Bell and Telus something like 1.5 years to roll it out from the arrival of the iPhone exclusively to Rogers in summer 2008.
You are also talking about Canada (where I am from) --- with only 3 national carriers and two of which decided to jointly build a HSPA+ network together.
3 national carriers --- that's why Canada has 3 years contracts and ETF that goes up to $720.
From a consumer point of view --- it is a BAD thing. It was the LACK of competition in Canada in the first place --- that resulted in 2 of the carriers jointly built-out a redundant second network that was totally incompatible with their existing infrastructure and never would have made business sense to build in the first place if Canada had a more competitive telecom environment.