One of the best third-party camera apps for iPhone, VSCO Cam, is coming to Android tomorrow.
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Texting, according to the latest CWTA chart, is declining.
The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association has once again released some numbers that show texting habits of Canadians. For the three months ending September 2013, Canadians took to their mobile devices to send over 23 billion text messages, which is approximately 250 million messages per day. The number of MMS messages in Q3 was 316 million. (more…)
Bell is taking the enforcement of the Wireless Code of Conduct to introduce a new Travel Data Pass for mobile roaming.
With the new $100 international data roaming caps, and the requirement for WPS’s to inform customers when they’ve hit a certain cost — in the case of Bell’s new Pass, $25.
The Travel Data Pass can be applied, either before or during a trip, from the Bell Self Serve app for iOS, Android and BlackBerry. Customers will get a text message when they’ve reached $25 data usage and when they’ve reached $100, which is the limit.
The announcement today also notes that prices have been dropped in many “Zone 1″ countries, including China, Mexico, Turkey, Australia, UK, France, Italy, and many others. For example, a $30 Travel Data Pass gets 50MB for 30 days; a $100 Data Pass gets 200MB for 30 days. The price was previously $75 for 100MB (compared to $60 now, if you add up two $30 Passes).
It’s still a lot of money, but prices are dropping, which is good. Bell recently dropped roaming prices to the Caribbean and the United States, too, in an effort to close the gap on Rogers and, to a lesser extent, Roam Mobility.
Our annual buffet of smartphone and tablet giveaways has once again returned! Tomorrow we’ll start giving away various devices from various manufacturers and carriers – Motorola, HTC, Samsung, Sony, LG, Nokia, BlackBerry, Google, Rogers, Bell, TELUS and WIND.
Just us spreading the holiday cheer!
WIND Mobile has come to the table with their big discounted monthly plan for the holidays. Similar to previous years, WIND has included all the fixings for $39/month and is a dollar cheaper than their current $40/month plan, plus includes Voicemail+, which is usually $8/month. Here are the finer details: (more…)
Another BlackBerry Open Letter, now to Enterprise customers: ‘We’re going back to our heritage and roots’
John Chen, Interim CEO of BlackBerry, has once again taken the time to write an open letter to loyal users and doubters. He certainly seems to be a man on a mission and very upfront about this new direction.
Putting all the negativity aside, Chen stated that rumours of BlackBerry’s “death are greatly exaggerated,” proudly declaring “our for sale sign has been taken down and we are here to stay.” The Waterloo-based company will be “going back to our heritage and roots” and focus on providing solutions for the enterprise customers, including the ability to “manage all devices.” Chen said that he welcomes all feedback, specifically in EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management), because in the coming weeks they’ll have open conversation to understand how to better service this customer segment.
Read the entire letter below. (more…)
If you’re not looking for the latest and fastest tablet from Amazon, Apple, Samsung et al, you may want to check out today’s discount on the OG Kindle Fire HD.
Last year’s model is a little slower and not quite as slick as the new HDX variety, but Amazon has put the 16GB model on sale for $129 today only. It still comes with a 7-inch 1280×800 pixel display, a 1.5Ghz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, and the new Fire OS 3.1, and Canadians have access to Amazon’s excellent selection of books and Android apps/games.
Of course, Canadian Kindle devices don’t have the advantages afforded to their American counterparts: no Prime streaming, no MP3 store, and books tend to be more expensive. But at $129, this is about the best “cheap” Android tablet you can buy.
Today ushers in new leader at Rogers. Nadir Mohamed will be stepping aside and Guy Laurence will take over as President and CEO.
In a statement, Mohamed noted, “It’s hard to believe thirteen years have passed and I’ll be retiring from Rogers… As I reflect on my time here, I can honestly say I’ve loved every minute of it… Together we have accomplished many great things and I will take so many incredible memories with me. I leave knowing we are in great shape and the future is bright.”
Under Mohamed’s reign, Rogers saw wireless subscriber rise to reach almost 9.5 million, saw the company bind together several key media relationships that include the recent $5.2 billion NHL broadcasting agreement, and a partnership with rival Bell on acquiring MLSE. In addition, Mohamed has been pushing M2M (Machine to Machine) technology for year and unveiled the Rogers Home Monitoring System and various Smart Metering programs, and on the charity side he created the Rogers Youth Fund.
As for Guy Laurence, former Vodafone exec, there’s limited info about the strategy he’ll be taking at Rogers. Apparently, from our conversations with various levels of employees, the company is ready for a new direction and enthusiasm. In a previous report, Anthony Staffieri, Rogers CFO, stated that Laurence brings a “depth of experience on the customer experience and customer experience road map. He has very much hands-on experience in having executed leading an organization to get a culture that really is customer first.”
Mohamed, who took over from founder Ted Rogers, also issued a parting message to all employees: “As you carry forward with the next chapter in Rogers history, let’s remember to keep Ted’s spirit and legacy alive.”
After six months of promises and pre-emptive changes to the way our telcos do business — not to mention the very fabric of how we purchase devices — the CRTC’s Wireless Code of Conduct comes into effect today for all new and altered contracts.
Though most of the major Canadian wireless providers have already instituted many of the Code’s tenets, the most drastic of which has been the move away from 3-year contracts, there are some sizeable lesser-known benefits to consumers that should be emphasized.
We have highlighted a few of the more important ones below. (more…)
A couple weeks back BlackBerry unveiled their latest upscale smartphone, the BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9982.
We had some hands-on time with the P’9982 and came out impressed. This BlackBerry 10 powered device has a high price tag of $2,500, but if you purchase this limited edition gem you’ll be one of the very few that can claim to have a BB10 that’s “expertly crafted” with a satin finished stainless steel frame, and a back battery door that’s hand-wrapped in genuine Italian leather.
For those elite who desire a bit more exclusivity, BlackBerry will also make an additional 500 units available at Harrods in London that has the back battery door outfitted with “genuine Crocodile leather.” There is no word yet on the price difference, but the above picture gives a first look of the difference between the P’9982 in Italian leather and the P’9982 in genuine Crocodile leather — both an acquired taste.
Check out our hands-on with the P’9982 here.