It was a year ago, almost to the day, that I welcomed an early Christmas gift to the North from Canada’s telephone regulator, the CRTC: the end of NorthwesTel’s telephone monopoly (Happy Xmas (Northwestel is Over) – December 17, 2011).
Unfortunately, that present’s been sitting unopened under the tree ever since. It’s only with this holiday season that we’re finally able to tear the gift wrap away.
And what’s inside?
Why, it’s local phone services in Whitehorse and other major northern cities, care of Iristel, an Ontario-based “global phone company”.
We are no longer restricted to purchasing fixed line phone numbers in the 867 area code from just one company. At long last, there is an alternative.
So in the true holiday spirit, I declare: hallelujah!
Iristel is bringing a lower-cost product to our northern market that promises both business and home customers a larger and much more advanced feature set than we’re accustomed to. Continue reading