Sale of carriers could hurt Canadian consumers

With three small Canadian mobile carriers up for sale, analysts are warning consumers may take a hit to their pocketbooks due to decreased competition in the industry. It’s likely the carriers could be scooped up by bigger companies, or even merge into one.

“Either way prices will go up for consumers,” telecommunications reporter Rita Trichur was quoted as saying.

WIND Mobile, Public Mobile and Mobilicity have all struggled to gain market share since their introduction in 2009-2010.

Going up on the auction block hasn’t been the only big news for the small carriers lately. Earlier this month, all three withdrew from the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, citing the organization’s consistent bias towards large providers as the reason for their departure.