SaskTel continues to expand their new 3G+ network, seems like the build out is going incredibly fast – and even better is the way they are communicating updates. Every week they send out a notice of where the network coverage has reached. Today 17 new locations have been added and you can check them out after the break (more…)
Live in the Montreal area? Itching to get yourself a Samsung Captivate? We like looking for mobile deals and Rogers dealer Planète Mobile has discounted the Android-powered device to the ripe price of free on a 3-year. Something to consider this holiday season (it’s usually $99.99)
Check it here at Planète Mobile
This year new-entrants worked hard to get their service off the ground. First it was WIND Mobile, then Public Mobile and finally Mobilicity. As for known new-entrant subscriber numbers: Wind will “be well north of 200,000 by the end of the year” and Mobilicity just declared they’ve “added over 50,000 new subscribers in just the fourth quarter”. Public Mobile has not released any official numbers.
The reason these new players came into play was due to a Government Spectrum Auction to increase competition. The Industry Minister stated before the auction that “Our government’s intentions are clear: to achieve lower prices, better service and more choice for consumers and business. We believe in relying on market forces to the maximum extent feasible because competition benefits consumers, and consumers benefit most when markets are as competitive as they can be.”
Competition has certainly increased. Prices have dropped for both handsets and monthly plans. Various a nalysts and industry execs have stated that the Canadian wireless market cannot handle the number of carriers we currently have… thus believing that in 2011 we will start to see carrier consolidations. There is an interesting read in the Financial Post that says Public Mobile has “approached” the other new entrants or investors to merge and form a partnership. Public Mobile CEO Alek Krstajic said that “I don’t think there is any question in my mind that it would be good for all parties concerned that the new entrants consolidate. If you brought these three together, you’d have a really strong national footprint, distribution, call-centre efficiencies [and] stable pricing”.
In the same article a quote by Phillip Huang at UBS says that “Consolidation would repair the market structure… With fewer players price stabilizes”. Really? Is the market structure in need of repair and does Canadian pricing need to be stabilized? Are these not the reasons the Government created room for new entrants?
So if 2011 is the year of carriers being consolidated… who do you think will join together?
Source: Financial Post
The Bell Palm Pre has been sent down to a low no-contract price of $149.95 and it seems like Bell is using that same magical number to clear out other stock. The once acclaimed Android-powered Motorola Dext with MOTOBLUR can now be had for the no-contract price of $149.95. If you’re thinking about getting this just remember that you’ll be stuck with the same OS at 1.5.
REALTOR.ca iPhone app is now available for download. This was created by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and gives you the option to search for properties on your device and also includes a map (courtesy of Bing). The app is free uses the GPS to locate nearby listings and open houses. Other features include the ability to search (and save) property listings, contact agents and schedule open houses.
More here via iTunes
The Mobilicity “Mobiflip” is now available. Their site states it’s $99.99 but they currently have a $50 main-in-rebate form that takes this down to $49.99 until December 31st. The device is actually the Sidekick LX but Mobilicity re-branded it with their own flare. We have more info on this device here but quick specs are that it comes with a 3.2-inch display (resolution of 854×480) with a swivel form factor, full QWERTY keyboard with trackball, 3.5mm headphone jack, 3.2 megapixel camera with flash and video capabilities.
Get it here at Mobilicity
It looks like the relationship between Globalive and MyScreen Mobile is about to come to fruition. The two entered into a partnership back in October 2008 to bring mobile advertising to Wind Mobile customers. A press release stated that a pilot project is currently happening and a full roll out will take place Q1 2011 that will give customers the option to opt-in to “check out mobile ads”… in return “earn rewards, discounts and even products”.
If you are a customer and choose to sign up, MyScreen says their mobile ads are different as the “ads are deployed at the end of every call”. Subscribers accumulate reward points for every ad they view. In addition, customers have the option to choose the type of ads that get delivered by creating a profile and choosing from the categories of sports, entertainment, lifestyle and health.
What do you think… are customers ready for opt-in advertising on their device?
UPDATE: This contest is now closed… congratulations to Forum member “Nathan” who takes home the sweet Nexus S
It’s been a great year for mobile devices in 2010 and Android has been a major player in the success. For our final contest of the year we have put forward a device that is not yet available in Canada (or many other parts of the world). Up for grabs is the Android-powered Nexus S!
Specs of this wanted Google/Samsung device comes with OS 2.3 (Gingerbread), a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 4-inch touchscreen (resolution of 800 x 480), 512MB RAM, 16GB ROM, GPS, NFC (Near-field communications), 5 megapixel camera with Flash and HD video recording, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, 1500 and weighs in at 129 grams.
All you have to do enter is one of the following: follow us on Twitter or become a member of our Forum (and join/start a conversation). People who are already following or members are automatically entered. The winner will be announced on January 1st, 2011. Good luck to all who enter! (more…)
One of the greatest Canadian traditions is to go to Tim Horton’s – I go at least once a day if not more. Good news for BlackBerry Bold 9780 owners as the “TimmyMe” app has been updated for you to enjoy. The app allows you to find the closest Timmies that’s around you (via GPS) and also has the ability to save orders via a notepad. The app is free.
Get it here from the BlackBerry App World
MTS has come out swinging with their own holiday promo… it’s $100 off select smartphones until December 31st. You could also say this is a good attempt to get rid of some CDMA inventory before going live with their 3G+ network. Here are the devices that have been put on sale:
BlackBerry Style was just launched but drops to free on a 3-year
HTC 6250 is also free on a 3-year contract
BlackBerry Bold 9650 is now $29.99 on a 3-year contract
Motorola Milestone A854 is $79.99 on a 3-year contract
BlackBerry Storm 2 is now $99.99 on a 3-year contract
More here at MTS