Halifax-based Tether just turned the sweet age of one and they created an app that allows your laptop to use your BlackBerry devices data connection to access the web. They also recently announced a beta version for Android users. They state that they crossed the 110,000 downloads for BlackBerry mark. Pretty cool seeing a Canadian company do so well! (more…)
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Thanks to tipster “Mlexxus” for confirming the upcoming Rogers Samsung Galaxy Spica will in fact indeed come loaded with Android OS 1.5. We also hear from another source that this will be upgraded within the following couple months. No word on when the Galaxy Spica is officially launching but the price points are the following: (more…)
Here’s a bummer. Last week during the Throne Speech Governor General Michaëlle Jean stated “Our government will open Canada’s doors further to venture capital and to foreign investment in key sectors, including the satellite and telecommunications industries, giving Canadian firms access to the funds and expertise they need.”
Dreams were starting to come true of big wireless players coming into Canada and helping smaller players grow and expand faster. There was even some analysts talking about Bell and TELUS merging again. However, nothing yet has come forward specifically about telecommunications, it’s all been a focus on satellite.
The Globe has written a good piece called “The reality of Ottawa’s foreign ownership changes” and they quoted a regulatory source that said “What the government appears to have done is over-promised and under-delivered and that, I think, is the disappointment. They created such an expectation. And then when people got the budget, they said, ‘This is all there is?’ I would have expected more precision in something as significant as this.” (more…)
There was rumours of the Samung Gravity headed to Fido over the past few weeks… confirmation is always a good thing as this has now been slapped with the famous “Coming Soon”.
You’ll be able to pick this full QWERTY slider up for $25 on a 2-year contract and although it doesn’t state the no contract price we hear it’ll be $150. Additional rumours have this pegged for an official release date of Tuesday, March 16th. (more…)
“Enhanced Text Messaging” I thought has been around for a little while from Rogers, but apparently it’s “Coming Soon”. With this service at Rogers you can now do more with your text messages such as creating a distribution list, signature, auto-reply, block spam texts and Rogers states that “these enhancements are available for every rogers customer with a text messaging–capable phone, regardless of your plan”. With the enhanced text service you are charged by how many text messages you send out. So let’s say you put 10 people in your distribution list and send one message to all of them, you’re charged for 10 text messages.
To get this all you have to do is go into your Account and click “Enhanced Text Messaging”. (more…)
With Public Mobile letting loose on some non-branded “unlimited” advertising last week. More news today as we’ve been tipped that they’ll be soft launching their stores on March 15th. That alone is good news but even better is that their network will officially go live on May 15th.
So here’s the deal… if you buy a device before the live network launch day on May 15th you’ll be given free Canadian long distance for life (as long as your account is in good standing). Remember, the phone will not actually work until the network is put live. Public Mobile will offer a flat rate $40 unlimited talk and text plan and have their service available in Ontario and Quebec.
We’ll see how everything pans out as this is still a rumour… the offer sounds like it would fit with what Public Mobile has to offer. The May 15th launch date is actually a Saturday – but anything is possible. Is the offer of free Canadian long distance for life tempting you to give them a go?
Motorola stated last week that the Android-powered Backflip, Dext and Quench will be coming to Canada sometime “in the first half of 2010″. TELUS followed up by announcing they’ll exclusively release the Backflip and Bell announced they’ll exclusively sell the Dext… so by default this has Rogers to release the Quench!
No official word on a price point or when this will officially be available, but this will be the fourth upcoming Android device that Rogers will release: Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10, Acer Liquid e, Samsung Galaxy Spica and the Motorola Quench all within the next few months.
No official announcement yet from Rogers about the Quench but I’m sure we’ll hear something soon.
It’s rumoured that TELUS will release the another Motorola device, this time an iDen version on their Mike Network. Apparently it might be as soon as Q3 and will be the “Opus One”. This will be a great improvement to their lineup as currently the best smartphone available is the BlackBerry Curve 8350i. Motorola has yet to even officially announce the Opus One, so there’s no word on price or an actual Canadian availability.
Known specs and features of the Opus One are the a 3.1-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320×480, Accelerometer, Android 1.5 running MOTOBLUR, Enterprise email, iDEN PTT & PTX, 3.0 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash and video capabilities, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, 2.5mm headset jack, Overall dimensions are 58mm in width x 118mm in length and weighs in at a 100 grams. (more…)
The CBC has been looking for feedback over the past few months to find out who has Canada’s Worst Cellphone Bill” and yesterday they revealed who it was. CBC’s Wendy Mesley took to the streets of Toronto, interviewed people across the country and received over 1,000 submission for the cause. The findings can be viewed over at the CBC and it is honestly a brilliant piece of work that showcases the major carriers and how they respond to high cellphone bill charges. In some cases the monthly cost soared to $6,000, others were just about being put on the wrong plan.
Mesley also interview University of Waterloo professor Srinivasan Keshav who explained that the cost of services such as text messaging, roaming and data are a cash cow for our carriers. You should check it out, the entire piece is over 20 minutes but gives you an insight into how the carriers treat their customers. The “worst” cellphone bill is not just about price, but about service. In this case Rogers, Fido, TELUS, Bell and Virgin have been interviewed. (more…)
Sometime over the past few months Fido has become the “green” carrier of Canada. They have the most amount of devices that are eco-friendly: Motorola Renew, Motorola Renew+ and now the Sony Ericsson Naite.
When you look at the Naite it looks like any other Sony Ericsson device in design. So you can see that a great deal of thought went into creating this product to ensure the style was not compromised when making it green. The Naite is made from 70% recycled consumer plastics with the overall dimensions of 108.0 x 47.0 x 12.6 mm. So the length is a couple inches short of a standard gift card. When it comes to the weigh, the Naite is a measly 84 grams and you barely feel it in your hand, let alone your pocket.
The screen size is tiny at 2.2 inches (resolution of 240×320), but gets the job done. You have options to change the brightness settings and save your battery life – which makes the device even more green. Around the Naite you’ll see on the right hand side the volume rocker but missing is a 3.5mm headset jack. So to listen to your music (and charge the device) you’ll have to plug in the proprietary cable they provide. For the size of the Naite the keypad is actually nicely spaced out and you won’t have much trouble getting used to typing your text messages/e-mails. We did notice that the back light is a bit faded around the “s” so at night or in dark places it could be a challenge to see the letter. Nothing to be concerned about though.
You have all the standard features of a phone, such as contacts, calendar and phones. The call quality was good – people could hear us and we could hear others clearly. The Naite also has quick access to Facebook and Twitter, plus when you check out the video you’ll see they have also included in the applications feature tips on how to be green.
When it comes to other features, the 2 megapixel camera is probably the only thing I would improve on. The picture quality is good for taking quick pics and sending to your friends, but printing them will only come up pixelated. The Naite can take video and the quality again was a bit pixelated, but the sound quality rocked during the video test. This device also comes with an FM radio and video calling capabilities with it’s front facing camera. For the web experience it was as expected, no full HTML browser or WiFi but incredibly fast compared previous devices we’ve tested. Surfing the web is easy and viewing can only be done portrait view so the 2.2 inch display might take some getting used to. We checked out YouTube and streamed a video and found the video came up quickly, pixelated and the sound quality at full blast was muffled. Once I took it down a level it was perfectly clear. Realistically you’ll be listening to your music with your headphones. The Baite can also hold up to 8GB with a microSD card.
Again, I would have never picked Fido to be the green carrier but they’re doing a bang up job. The Naite can be yours for $25 on a 2-year contract or $150 no contract. You can check out the full review here