MONTREAL - A telecom consulting group says Canada's new wireless companies still have a small market share partly because most Canadians like all of their services from one provider.
The Convergence Consulting Group says Wind Mobile, Mobilicity and Public Mobile will have just under five per cent of the market by the end of the year, but it had expected it to be significantly higher.
The Toronto-based consulting firm says many consumers prefer one monthly bill for all of their services.
That means they will often stick with a big provider for their wireless, home phone, TV and Internet services.
The Convergence Consulting Group notes the independent wireless companies have competitive prices, but the big players like Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Bell (TSX:BCE) and Telus (TSX:T) have also lowered their prices in the face of competition.
It also says by 2014 that monthly bills will go up due to the increased use of smartphones and data services such as video, pushing up the average revenue per customer for the telecom companies.