Iristel, one of Canada's largest VoIP service providers, has launched its first ever phone offering which will compete directly with other providers in Canada's North region. Consumers and businesses in Yellowknife, Whitehorse and Inuvik can now keep their existing phone numbers and move to Iristel's advanced phone network for significantly less than they are paying currently for their local phone service.
"Our network is fired up, connected to the south and ready to go for people in Canada's North who are tired of high monopoly prices for landline phone service," said Samer Bishay, president and CEO of Iristel Inc., in a statement.
"We're offering more advanced services at lower prices than the incumbent phone company," said Bishay.
The new phone service is being sold in Yellowknife through ICE Wireless and Global Storm, in Whitehorse through Midarctic Technology Services and Polar Group ICT , and in Inuvik New North Networks.
With this offering that boasts virtual PBX features, business customers can cut their local service phone bill in half, keep their existing phone numbers, no longer be required to buy new equipment or even change anything in how they make calls.
“It's simple to change, simple to use and simply more affordable," he said.
Last year, the CRTC (Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission) broke the final phone monopoly in North America and set in place regulations allowing competition in Canada's North. Connecting its VoIP network to the rest of Canada and the world via the Internet was the last piece of the puzzle for local phone choices in Canada's North.
"We just completed our final tests and our network now reaches the North with cutting-edge technology and advanced 21st century services," commented Maged Bishara, vice-president of Operations, Iristel.
This is significant, not only for consumers and businesses in the North but for all of Canada because it is the first step in bridging the digital divide that has separated Canada's North from the rest of the country.
Some of the best features fond within this solution include call waiting, three way calling and voicemail for $2 a month.
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Edited by Jamie Epstein