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Public Mobile: “We can see ourselves as being the ones consolidating”

A few days ago Naguib Sawiris, Chairman of Orascom and WIND Mobile financial backer, said that both Mobilicity and Public Mobile are “dead on arrival” and they will inevitably be acquired by WIND.

It seems Public is standing their ground that this will not happen. In an interview Bruce Kirby, Public Mobile VP of strategy and business development, said “We can see ourselves as being the ones consolidating… We would much rather build up a business and demonstrate that we can serve this segment of customers effectively and efficiently, rather than sell out quickly… No one has made any formal offers, I am pretty sure to anybody.”

Public Mobile invested $53 million during the recent Spectrum auction and has the possibility of reaching 19 million customers from Windsor to Quebec City. They are backed by a $50 million investment from OMERS and in June announced a whopping $350 financing deal with ZTE Corporation and the Export-Import Bank of China to help them build out their network. In the interview Kirby also stated they’ll be opening locations in Ottawa and Quebec City in early 2011. In addition, confirming plans to go beyond talk and text is to eventually offer data services such as email, IM and picture/video messaging.

On paper it looks like Public Mobile has everything set up correctly: entered into the market with low upfront costs, have millions of dollars given to you by big investors and a decent distribution channel. Unfortunately, there’s been no official word on how many subscribers Public has brought on with their low-cost unlimited talk and text plans.

In 5 years what do you think the Canadian wireless market will look like?

Source: Winnipeg Free Press


Confirmed: WIND Mobile launching the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 tomorrow

In a few short hours WIND Mobile will be releasing their 2nd BlackBerry device, the Pearl 9100. This has been “coming soon” for over 3 months and although we don’t have confirmation of a price – rumoured to be $320 no contract – we do have an image with the Wind branding all over it. Quick specs of the Pearl 9100 has it coming with the new trackpad, SureType keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera, BlackBerry Messenger, WiFi, and GPS.


Bell also releasing BlackBerry Torch 9800 September 24th

Bell was first out with the news of a registration sign up page for the upcoming Torch 9800… but almost last out with the release date. We just got an e-mail stating that “Bell Mobility will launch the BlackBerry Torch on September 24, and clients will be able to get the device for as low as $199.99 on a three year contract”. Kinda odd as Bell always has the pricing ending in $0.95. Plus, Bell has announced this news over on Twitter.

The only carrier we are now waiting on is Virgin. No word yet if they will be releasing the new Touchscreen/QWERTY slider on the 24th.


TELUS offering $50 mail-in rebate for “clients who had to wait for the HTC Desire”

The TELUS HTC Desire is a wicked device, hands down the best Android that TELUS has released. Apparently it’s selling incredibly well too. Taking a look at this scanned coupon that was sent into us shows that “clients who had to wait for the HTC Desire” can take advantage of a $50 mail-in rebate. Of course there are a few terms and conditions to who can get this credit:

- Reserved for customers who visit store between August 20th – October 20th
- Must activate or renew a 3-year contract
- Must mail in the original sales receipt

This deal along with the fact that the Desire is only $79.99 makes it a stellar offer. Unfortunately there are no details as to how what TELUS deems as a “wait” time.
(Thanks Dino!)


Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant officially available at SaskTel

The sleek Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant has officially landed at SaskTel. This 4-inch Super AMOLED display and all its goodness can be yours for $150 on a 3-year contract; 2-year at $450; 1-year contract at $550 and the expensive no-contract hitting $645.

Other notable specs have this running OS 2.1 (will be upgraded to 2.2), 1GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera that can record 720p HD videos, Wi-Fi, GPS, holds up to 32 GB microSD card and Video calling.

More here over at SaskTel



Video: Flash might be coming to the iPhone… thanks to SkyFire

SkyFire is a mobile browser that’s currently available on Windows, Android and Symbian/Nokia platforms. Missing is the iPhone and the main reason is because it enables flash… which Apple is not the biggest fan of.

However, today the fine folks over at Skyfire announced they’ve submitted Syfire 2.0 for the iPhone to the App Store. Skyfire says the app “addresses Apple’s concerns regarding Flash deployment on mobile devices. Rather than enabling Flash, Skyfire will translate videos into Apple standards. Skyfire supports HTML5 but at the same time, we recognize that the transition to HTML5 for 100 million Flash publishers will take years.”

To make a point they’ve created a working demo of the app on the iPhone 4… plus they show how a video plays back from Flash to HTML 5. Check out the video after the break (more…)


TELUS confirms BlackBerry Torch 9800 launching September 24th

TELUS has stepped up to announce that the upcoming BlackBerry Torch 9800 will be shedding the “coming soon” and be launched this month. In a release they stated that “TELUS today announced it is targeting September 24th for the launch of the new BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone”. No word on official price plans but it’ll probably be $199.99 on a 3-year and $599.99 no contract. What do you think the price plans will look like?

Via: CNW


Apple announces iOS 4.1, available next week

Today at the Apple “Music Event” Steve Jobs took some time to announce that they are releasing iOS 4.1 (available sometime next week). With this update they are fixing some proximity and Bluetooth bugs and also fixing up the lag time for 3G users. In addition, Apple is also introducing a new feature called High Dynamic Range photos (HDR). This is usually found in semi-pro camera and takes three simultaneous photos and combines them all for a higher contrasted image. Other features of 4.1 will include the ability to upload HD videos uploads over WiFi and rent TV shows (not just purchase) and the anticipated Game Center.

More here over at Apple (more…)


Vidéotron ads suggests customers “WAIT before renewing your cell phone contract”

Looks like Vidéotron is getting serious… the countdown is now on until they set their new 3G+ network live. They’ve been placing ads in the 24HRS daily newspaper enticing people about the new network launch.

Yesterday one ad stated “ATTENDEZ avant de renouveler votre entente avec votre fournisseur actuel. Les nouveaux forfaits 3G+ de Vidéotron sont presque arrivés Vous Vraiment impressionnés”. Translated this basically reads “WAIT before renewing your cell phone contract with your current provider. Vidéotron’s new 3G+ wireless plans are almost here. You will be really impressed.”

And today another ad by Vidéotron appeared that read “La fin du temps est proche” which again translated is “The end of time is near”… possibly insinuating Unlimited plans might be coming to Vidéotron.

No word on an official launch date but it’s rumoured to be within the next few weeks. (more…)


Rogers releasing BlackBerry Torch 9800 on September 24th, $199.99 on 3-year

Rogers has announced on their company blog that the upcoming BlackBerry Torch 9800 will be available on September 24th for $199.99 on a 3-year contract. This new BlackBerry has a 3.2 HVGA capacitive touchscreen with a full slide out QWERTY keyboard, runs off the new BlackBerry 6 OS, has a 5 megapixel camera with flash, Wi-Fi, GPS. In addition, Rogers has put a video interview together with BlackBerry’s Director of Marketing, Michael McDowell to highlight some of the features. You can check it out after the break.

No word on the other price plans but most likely we’ll see this hit the $599.99 no contract price.

Excited for this new BlackBerry? (more…)