Updated rates

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Amitel is alive and well. It has been quiet on the blog front as we have been busy on many exciting initiatives. I am pleased to announce that we have revamped our rate structure with an overwhelming majority of the changes being decreases, effective on November 1, 2013. Here are the highlights;

* Canada (except for NorthwestTel area) and United States calls (including Alaska and Hawaii) falls to 2.9 cents per minute

* There are sixty destinations at 3.9 cents per minute including ;
Argentina (Buenos Aires), Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile (Santiago), Chine, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia , Cyprus ,Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isreal, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal,, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, U.S. Virgin Islands, United Kingdom, Venezuela

* We have lowered rates to calling mobile phones across the board. For example, calling a cellphone in the United Kingdom is now 5.9 cents a minute, in Malta 9.9 cents a minute. Now you no longer have to pause on calling a mobile, it is just as affordable as calling a land-line.

* There are a handful of increases, due to rising wholesale costs of termination. Most notable is Tanzania as the termination cost has doubled over the last few months.

We are pleased to be able to offer your premium quality service at these competitive rates. Feel free to share your thoughts with us here on the blog or on our Facebook or LinkedIn pages.

Your Friend in Telecom, Amitel .

Canadian Telecom Summit

From June 3 to 5 I was lucky to attend the twelfth annual Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto . Organized by Mark Goldberg and Michael Sone, the CTS brings together the prime movers of our industry for some thought provoking presentations. This year also saw some major announcements from the CRTC and also the Canadian government.

The CRTC issued a new Code of Conduct for the wireless industry to try to reign in some of the worst anti-consumer practices in the industry. Then the Industry Minister, Christian Paradis, sent a clear message to the industry by blocking the Telus proposed purchase of Mobilicity. The direction of the government and the regulator is clearly being signaled as “pro-consumer” which I applaud and support.

I am lucky to have been in the telecom industry for over 30 years and have witnessed incredible growth and advancements in that time period. When the Canadian market deregulated in the early 1990’s I was an executive at ACC. CRTC Decision 92-12 in 1992 opened the door to true long distance competition in Canada and many new entrants such as CallNet, fonorola, STN and ACC fought hard for consumers against the established incumbent telcos.

Fast forward to 2013… all those early long distance competitors are gone, bought by the telcos… our new wireless entrants are all in danger of being bought by the telcos. The Canadian telecom market is controlled by three companies Bell, Telus and Rogers. Some things have changed, some things have not.

Here at Amitel, we support the “pro-consumer” approach, and we strive to earn your business every day. We are proud to compete fairly in the market, using our premium quality as our competitive advantage. We don’t believe in long term contracts, or bundling, or unfair consumer practices.

We look forward to serving you, and being a vibrant part of the Canadian competitive telecom landscape and seeing what the next 30 years will bring.

Expanded Portals

Amitel has extended its geographic reach. We can be your primary long distance carrier across Canada regardless of who your local telephone service provider is. Just contact us and we can arrange to carry your long distance calls.

Alternately, we have added dialup ports in the following cities;

Vancouver (604) 282-7987
Calgary (587) 880-2325
Edmonton (587) 881-4395
Winnipeg (204) 289-3052
Kitchener/Waterloo (519) 279-6805
London (519) 266-6898
Hamilton (905) 769-0588
Ottawa (613) 627-2673
Montreal (438) 288-0778

and our Greater Toronto area numbers remain;

Toronto (416) 643-0007
Toronto (647) 727-3000 (for calling cards)

for dialup/ANI service outside of the dialports, you can acccess our 800 number (for a small 3 cent per minute surcharge)