New entrant Mobilicity and Rogers are rivals in wireless – the two companies just don’t get along. It could be that Mobilicity went to the Competition Bureau after Chatr launched which might see Rogers paying a $10 million fine for false advertising claims… or it could be that the Mobilicity “Magenta Militia” stopped by the Rogers Head Office and paraded around promoting unlimited wireless. An interesting 2-page internal document has popped up on Howard Forums that shows Rogers going head-to-head with Mobilicity and gives a complete “explanation of the claims made about Mobilicity” such as the “Reality of Unlimited” and “Reality of No Bill Surprises”… basically going after them in every angle from coverage to high upfront device costs and a full breakdown of comparing monthly plans. Check it out after the break and leave your comments about what you think of it… (more…)
The Future Shop “Cell Shop” magazine highlights certain devices each month and in their January issue they have a short intro to 2011 titled “Get the 411 for the new year”. It gives a quick outline of what they expect this year to be like. Specifically a caption in the post reads “It’s going to be a banner year for smartphones and tablets. 2010 was just the start, 2011 is where they’re going to shine. We’ve got cool devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the iPad changing the way we connect, and awesome new Android 3.0, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry Smartphone, and Apple iPhone devices offering incredible possibilities.”
It’s almost expected that we’ll eventually see a device with Android OS 3.0 “Honeycomb” in Canada, but nothing has been confirmed. This new OS is “Built entirely for Tablet” and this could mean that we’ll see the new Motorola Xoom launched here. However there are other tablet devices that are 3.0 compatible: Toshiba Honeycomb tablet (yet to be named), Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Asus Eee Pad Slider and the Asus Eee Pad MeMo… but hopefully it’s the Motorola Xoom that becomes available.
The Samsung Infuse 4G by its specs looks to be a stellar device. This is heading towards AT&T in the States and comes packed with a 4.5 inch “Super AMOLED Plus” touchscreen display with a resolution of 450 x 800 (apparently gets “50% more sub-pixels for better contrast and outdoor readability”), runs Android 2.2, has a 1.2GHz processor, 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, records 1080p HD videos, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video calling.
But what about us Canadians? In conversation with Paul Brennan of Samsung Canada he stated the following about the Infuse: “we will bring that to Canada, I’m just trying to finalize which carrier and I don’t know timing”.
So there you have it… it’s coming to Canada and from the sounds of it will be an exclusive.
The BlackBerry 9780 was recently found on the Mobilicity BlackBerry download section and now it’s officially been confirmed to be “available soon”. In a press release today Mobilicity stated this will go on sale for the no-contract price of $499.99.
Specs have this Bold 9780 come with the new BlackBerry 6 OS, a 2.4-inch display (resolution of 480×360), 624 MHz Processor, 512 MB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, GPS, WiFi and can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card (comes with a 2GB micro SD card in the box).
Update: This is now available at Mobilicity
There is an abundance of news coming out of CES 2011. Specifically when it comes to mobile devices majority of the announcements are for the United States, Europe and overseas. Rarely is there a major Canadian announcement. So far Bell is the only carrier that has officially announced plans to release the Motorola Atrix “in the coming months”. While down here one has to press hard for any sort of answer or hint of a release date/carrier info. There is still limited info on this sort of stuff.
Visiting the LG Booth I spoke with Frank Lee, he’s the Senior Manager of Public Relations for LG Canada. The 2 phones that they officially announced and are extremely beautiful are the Android powered LG Optimus 2X and Optimus Black. These are global devices and are on display at CES and the word from the press releases are that the “Optimus Black will be rolled out globally in the first half of 2011″, and the LG Optimus 2X will be soon first in Korea then in Europe and Asia to follow.
Frank Lee had this to say about a Canadian availability: “The LG Optimus Black and LG Optimus 2X are currently being reviewed by Canadian carriers but regarding if and when they will be released in Canada there are no specific dates”. We’re wishing there was a bit more solid info other than “reviewed” with at least being “tested internally”. However, sounds like it’s just a matter of time before somebody makes an announcement.
$69.99 – So far this is the lowest price this Windows Phone 7 device has seen. Best Buy has shaven $80 off the 3-year contract price and the deal is on until February 3rd so you have a bit of time to decide if you want to commit for the duration. Hopefully by the time this sale is over Microsoft will have pushed out their first update with Copy and Paste.
Check out this deal over at Best Buy
On June 30th, 2010 Shaw announced they brought on Laurence Cooke as VP of their wireless division. In the press release about his appointment it stated that “We are confident that Laurence will make a significant contribution in this exciting new opportunity, and we wish him every success”. Well, after a short 6-month stint the Globe is reporting that Cooke has suddenly departed the company for “professional and personal reasons”. No official word on what the real reasons are or who will be replacing him… but this is not good timing. How can Shaw have the wireless impact they desire when there is so much uncertainly from the top. It’s been known for a while that Shaw is aiming for an “initial launch in late 2011″ and a couple days ago the GSMA showed a planned September launch.
Last month Google noted on their Android Developers blog that 83% of all Android devices run OS 2.1 or higher. A month has passed and several devices have either launched or been upgraded to a newer OS. The number of Android devices that are currently running OS 2.1 (Eclair) or higher has reached 87.4%. Breaking it down by individual OS numbers: 2.1 rings in at 35.2%; Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) is now at 51.8% and the newly released OS 2.3 Gingerbread on the Nexus S is at 0.4%.
Where do you fit in?
Check it here at the developer blog
RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook is beautiful. Finally had some hands on time with it at their booth at CES. The PlayBook is incredibly fluid, crisp, light and the experience is brilliant in person. The hype is well worth it and now this tablet just needs to be launched (still sometime in Q1). For us Canadian, Rogers is the only carrier that has confirmed they will be releasing the PlayBook.
The specs have been mentioned before and you can check out the 5-minute video demo of the PlayBook in action: 7-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1024 x 600, powered by QNX technology, 1GHz Dual Core Symmetrical Multiprocessor with 1GB RAM, 3 megapixel front facing and 5 megapixel rear facing camera (both cameras are capable of HD video recording), runs with Flash and AIR and offer a full web experience, out of the box support for BES, WiFi.
In addition to this, shot a quick demo video of the BlackBerry “Bridge”. This allows you to create a connection between your Blackberry device (in this case the Torch 9800) and the PlayBook – this is all done over Bluetooth. RIM says this is 100% and NSA certified (National Security Agency) and you can access messages, calendar and BBM. (more…)
Now that Bell and Rogers have rocking the Samsung Galaxy Tab for about a couple months… it’s time for a little more news about this tablet. Yesterday it was announced at CES that a WiFi-only Tab will be available in the U.S. sometime during Q1 2011. Good news for us Canadians as this Wi-Fi only Android 2.2 tablet will become available in Canada soon too. A quick chat with Paul Brennan of Samsung Canada stated that this will arrive and be available for sale “late Q1 early Q2″. No info was given about pricing.