Virgin is a unique brand. They have a good strategy and their PR stunts truly get people noticing them. The latest perk that Virgin has announced is the “Red Glove Service” and is all about Virgin surprising unsuspecting Members to “hand deliver replacement phones right to their door”… So for all those who order a new device you can count yourself out. It sounds like this is part of a process to retain and keep frustrated customers happy. (more…)
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Virgin rolls out Toronto pilot project called “Red Glove Service” to hand deliver replacement phones
It’s been a long time since carriers started to offer refurbished/refreshed iPhones. Bell has now jumped on the bus and started to get rid off all inventory possible by throwing up their “refreshed” iPhone 3G and 3GS models. The prices range from $9.95 to $99.95 and Bell states that “Each phone carries a 90-day warranty from your date of purchase… If you are not satisfied with the phone, you can return it within 30 days of your purchase.”
Or you can just hold out for the new iPhone 4. (Just make sure you hold it in your right hand).
More here at Bell
There’s no doubt that Google’s Android platform is gaining popularity. In Canada we have several devices that run their OS. To name a few we’ve got the HTC Hero, Legend, LG Eve, Samsung Galaxy, Acer Liquid E, Motorola Milestone, Quench and Dext… and more coming such as the HTC Desire and Galaxy Vibrant.
When it comes to the Android Market, it was only a few weeks ago that Google’s Andy Rubin said they have over 65,000 available for download. It looks like this month the combined number of paid and free apps will cross over the 100,000 mark. According to AndroidLib (they gathers stats on the Android Market) they show that we are currently sitting around the 92,000 apps. Over the past few months there has been an average of over 14,000 new apps submitted. So this should take it just beyond the 100k milestone.
Here’s some good news from Toronto-based Polar Mobile. They created a free app that’s available in the BlackBerry App World called “WC2010″. Now that the 2010 FIFA World Cup is over they have released some stunning stats and gives an insight into how people are getting real time targeted info:
- 265,408 App downloads in 30 days
- 43% of subs used the App everyday (on average) (more…)
Consumer Reports boldly announced yesterday that they “can’t recommend the iPhone 4”. This is somewhat of a blow to Apple as many other countries are prepping to release this device soon. The reason for the slam was due to the antenna issues. When users hold the iPhone 4 on the left side they slowly start to see reception dwindle down to zero bars. Consumer Reports did say an easy solution was to put a piece of tape on the left side and it will somehow miraculously solve the issue.
However, in an odd and ironic twist Consumer Reports also has an online mobile phone rankings section where users can pay to see full details and breakdowns of smartphone ratings. Can you guess what device is at the top of the list: the new iPhone 4. This has been granted the “highest rated” smartphone and Consumer Reports gave it a ranking of 76 out of 100. The next highest ranking is the iPhone 3GS and the HTC Sprint Evo 4G with 74 points.
John Paczkowski of the WSJ “Digital Daily” said that “The product evaluation agency rated the iPhone 4 “Excellent” in its display, navigation, Web browsing, multimedia and battery life categories, “Very Good” in phoning and messaging and “Good” in voice quality.”
So if you take away the reception issues and only hold the iPhone 4 on the right side you’ve got a stellar top class device.
Samsung’s first Bada-powered device called the “Wave” just launched in Canada last week but the results are in globally. Justin Hong, project lead and architect of Bada stated on Twitter that it only took a quick 4-weeks to sell 1 million units. Very impressive and with the price points we can see why. You can get this for as low as $29.95 on a 3-year and no contract as low as $299.95.
For those in Canada who purchased the Wave are you liking Samsung’s Bada platform? Creating any apps?
RIM has announced that their “BlackBerry Protect” will be released in a “limited beta” next week and then officially available in an “open public beta later this year”. This is a free security application that basically give users the ability to wirelessly backup, restore, locate, remote device lock and remote wipe your BlackBerry device.
We’ve seen this in a leaked screenshot before so it;s nice that this is finally making its way to your Berry.
Check it out here (more…)
With competition in the Canadian wireless market heating up, we thought we’d get a poll going to understand in your opinion which of the Canadian carrier is overall the best. Now this is a big question to ask but overall when you combine your experience with customer service, rate plans, coverage, reliability, device offerings etc. who is “the best” to you?
It’ll be interesting to see where everyone sits… is it Rogers, Bell or TELUS that’s winning the wireless battle… or new entrants WIND, Mobilicity or Public. How about Virgin, SaskTel, MTS and discount brands like Solo, Koodo and Fido. Give your answer below and if you wish to take it further write a comment too. (more…)
We thought Solo Mobile would slowly be put into the grave ever since Bell swallowed up all Virgin Mobile Canada. However, we’ve learned that Solo Mobile is currently getting a full re-branding.
One of our tipsters let us know that Solo is prepping for an “upcoming brand re-launch to directly compete with Chatr and new entrant fighter brands. The brand has been completely repositioned to cater to a new target demographic and will be offering very similar priced rate plans.”
We have no other details as to when this new brand launch will occur but looks like the no-contract, low price point strategy is heating up! Rogers new discount brand Chatr is expected to roll out their services within a couple weeks and offer low cost devices and a couple monthly plans.
RIM is scheduling the release of their new BlackBerry 6 for sometime this Summer. They have gracefully released another sneak peek into how the OS will work. It’s looks promising and we’ve seen many leaks of this over the past few weeks. However, it’s always good to get an “official” video. Check it out here… what do you think of it? Will it bring the BlackBerry up to date? (more…)