RIM COO Don Morrison thinks Canadian rates suck too

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Don MorissonRIM COO Don Morrison had a chat with the Financial Post on Friday, and voiced his confusion over Canadian wireless costs. In a nutshell, he doesn’t understand why rates are so high when it works in carriers’ best interests to appeal to a mass market with low rates, as demonstrated by massive growth in Europe and elsewhere. Google’s director of global public policy Andrew McLaughlin agrees wholeheartedly, citing a lack of Canadian activity on Google’s mobile services. It’s kind of perverse that BlackBerry has a decent adoption rate everywhere else but where it was made, and the Post brought up a solid point: maybe the government should step in to make wireless competition more viable and push prices down. In light of Harper’s stance on the Telus’ Bell bid, the possibility of federal intervention seems unlikely, though not impossible. Ideally, carriers would take a hint, but if there’s really no sign of rates letting up, maybe it is time for the feds to give Rogers, Telus and company a smack upside the head.