July 1, 1985 - Bell Cellular (the predecessor to Bell Mobility) and Cantel (the predecessor to Rogers Wireless) launch cellular services in the Toronto, Hamilton, Oshawa and Montreal areas
1986 - The Alberta Government Telephones Commission, which would become Telus, launches a cellphone network in Alberta for public use. (It had been offering wireless service to the province's resource industries since 1982.) Bell reaches 6,000 total wireless subscribers.
1990 - The number of Canadian cellphone users hits 500,000.
1996 - Microcell Solutions Inc. launches Fido, on the global GSM wireless standard.
1997 - Clearnet launched PCS, a digital wireless service.
1998 - Telus and B.C. Telecom announce a merger.
2000 - For a whopping $6.6-billion, the largest acquisition in Canadian telecom history, Telus acquires Clearnet, giving Telus a national wireless network.
2002 - Rogers launches service on the GSM wireless network - the international world standard network.
2004 - Rogers buys back AT&T's interest in Rogers Wireless for $1.8-billion and one week later announces a $1.6-billion deal to purchase Microcell
2007 - A monumental merger of BCE and Telus is discussed but quickly falls apart.
2008 - Rogers brings Apple Inc.'s iPhone to Canada.
2009 - Wind Mobile, after running a regulatory obstacle course, launches wireless service.
2010 - New wireless providers Public Mobile and Mobilicity launch service. Google begins offering a cellphone and the iPad comes out in Canada. The federal Conservatives announce plans to cut foreign ownership restrictions in the regulated sector.
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