Canadians Get Great Mobile Coverage Plus Unlimited North America Calling
From Home or Office With a New Service That Supports Calls Over Both
Wi-Fi and Harmony's GSM Network
TORONTO, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - Harmony Mobile, Canada's newest national GSM
wireless carrier, today announces the national launch of CityHarmony, the
first truly converged GSM/WiFi dual-mode service in Canada.
CityHarmony is a groundbreaking new wireless service designed to provide
Canadians with one phone for all their home, office, and mobile calling needs,
by combining the power of Wireless LAN and Harmony's next generation cellular
network. While at home or at the office, customers can enjoy great mobile
coverage plus unlimited local and long distance calling within North America
over Wi-Fi. While mobile, customers enjoy great mobile coverage across Canada
over Harmony's next generation voice and data network. Unlike other
proprietary systems which restrict customers' use of Wi-Fi VoIP service to
just one wireless access point, CityHarmony allows customers to make and
receive phone calls in any Wi-Fi network that they have access to. This
creates a powerful value proposition for international travelers who need to
work in remote offices or hotels; expensive roaming charges can be eliminated.
"After 3 years of research and development and extensive fine-tuning of
our system based on feedback from our beta testers, I am pleased to announce
the official launch of CityHarmony," said Jonathan Richards, president and
founder of Harmony Mobile. "This service has three major benefits for our
customers. In addition to eliminating North American long distance charges and
expensive international roaming fees, this service also enhances in-building
mobile coverage in places where traditional GSM signals are weak or
unavailable, such as conference rooms or basements. Furthermore, we do not
lock you into a multi-year service contract to use our service."
Key components of the CityHarmony service include a Cisco Linksys Wi-Fi
router and a Harmony SIP VoIP account. The CityHarmony service is available to
users of HP iPAQ 510 Voice Messenger and Nokia E61/E61i smartphones;
additional compatible dual-mode devices will be tested and supported in the
"As a small business owner, I am always looking for innovative
technologies that can help me enhance my productivity and reduce operating
costs," said Luis DelPoso, owner of Mobile Fluency. "I have been testing the
CityHarmony service for several months and I am very impressed with this
innovative service. It not only reduces my cellular bill but also allows me to
make cellular calls in places where the GSM coverage is poor. Furthermore,
Harmony delighted me by allowing me to put a 2nd phone number with another
area code and office extension on my smartphone. With Harmony, I can be easily
reached no matter which number my business partners call and I no longer miss
important phone calls; that's breakthrough technology in my opinion."
Canadians are choosing the simplicity of a single phone for communication
and this phone is their mobile device. An increasing number of mobile voice
calls are being made from home and at the office, where traditional landline
phones are available.
The CityHarmony service addresses the most common concerns consumers and
businesses express when using their mobile phone as their only phone:
Expensive voice minutes and long distance charges. For some customers,
upgrading to a voice plan that provides sufficient minutes for all of their
local and long distance calling needs can be cost prohibitive. The CityHarmony
service addresses this problem by allowing customers to place phone calls over
Wi-Fi at home and/or office to enjoy unlimited local and long distance calling
capabilities, anytime of the day.
Poor mobile coverage. The fact is that not 100% of the areas have
cellular coverage. There are many places like rural areas, in-building
conference rooms, and basements where traditional mobile signals are poor or
simply not available. The CityHarmony service addresses this problem by using
customers' existing broadband Internet connection to handle the mobile voice
call and re-routing it to the public phone system (PSTN) for call completion.
Pricing and Service Requirements:
The CityHarmony service can be used with any broadband Internet service
such as DSL or Cable Internet. For a limited time, to kick off the launch of
CityHarmony, the service can be added to any Harmony voice/data plans for only
$25 a month which includes unlimited local and long distance calling within
North America over Wi-Fi and free use of the Harmony-provided wireless router.
Basic Harmony GSM voice plans start at $15.95 a month with no System Access
Fee (SAF) and E911 fees.
Starting today, Canadians can purchase the CityHarmony service by calling
(416) 548-8380, purchasing via our online web store at harmony-mobile.com, or
visiting our Toronto head office.
About Harmony Mobile Networks Inc.
Founded in 2005, Harmony Mobile is a new and innovative communications
provider headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. Harmony offers voice, data and
voice over WLAN capabilities, bringing Canadians the most flexible and robust
mobile solutions available. Harmony Mobile is about to change the way you
think about mobile communications. By coupling next-generation devices with
feature-rich plans and network services, Harmony offers a true upgrade path to
suit the most demanding mobile lifestyle. For more information, please visit
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For further information: Media Contact: Jonathan Richards, President &
Founder, Harmony Mobile Networks Inc., Phone: (647) 829-3450, E-mail: