Remember the incredibly awesome looking and very much unannounced LG “B” Android device that leaked out yesterday? Well it seems that LG themselves have stepped up and said the device is real. Usually mobile manufacturers deny or delay talking about leaked devices… but this time LG tweeted that “seein is believin! The super slim & super bright “LG B” Android phone. come to #CES #CES11 and see with your own eyes!!”. For sure looking forward to seeing what’s apparently the thinnest smartphone in the world!
Canada gets incredibly cold during the winter and if you’ve got a touchscreen device it’ll be horrible to take your bulky gloves off and check your email every time the notification goes off. It doesn’t work and your hands freeze. A quick solution is getting a pair of Glider Gloves – these are made by a Canadian company and are winter gloves for touchscreen devices. They are made of synthetic thermal micro-fibers and conductive yarns – but the only thing you really need to know is if they work and if they keep your hands warm. Yes to both. You can check out the video of the gloves in action on the iPhone . Easily maneuvering between screens and flipping between apps. These gloves are available for $24.99 and come in Small/Medium and Large/Extra Large.
Good news also… we’re giving one away! 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. We will announce winner in a couple days.
Future Shop has discounted the Bell Android-powered HTC Desire Z to a stellar $0.00 on a 3-year. Good if you like contracts but even better is they are throwing in a $100 gift card. Definately a good deal – this offer is good until December 23rd.
Source: Future Shop
New-entrant Mobilicity is going after business from every angle and they are doing very well it seems by announcing recent subscriber numbers. They have new phones and new monthly rate promo plans that are making other carriers adjust their pricing. Now it seems they are adding to the goodness by offering up a $50 Mail-In rebate on a few select devices.
According to the fine print it states that “Mail-In rebate offer only valid on purchases of the applicable handsets and activations from December 18- December 31, 2010. Applicable handsets are LG Wink, MobiFlip and Nokia 5230. Valid on new activations only; upgrades are not applicable for this offer. Valid on a new handset purchase only, refurbished or previously activated handsets excluded. Limit of (1) rebate per receipt and activation. Activated account must be in active status for 31 days after activation to qualify for rebate. Please allow approximately 8 weeks or more for rebate.”
So there you have it… can’t get more clear than fine print. Did you notice something in there though. A new and completely unknown device called the “MobiFlip” is part of the deal. It’s probably a Mobilicity branded device similar to the Mobilicity Totem. No word on prices or a launch date but it’ll be between the 18th and 31st.
The LG Wink currently retails for $99.99 no-contract and the Nokia 5230 is available for $149.99.
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Ever since the upgrade to Android OS 2.2 Froyo upgrade went live for the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant customers have been complaining of phones dying and becoming basically a brick. Finally some official news from Samsung about the issue. They sent us an e-mail and also stated on Facebook the following note to Vibrant users:
“We are continuing to investigate issues that some users have reported while completing the upgrade to Android 2.2. In the interim, we are taking the extra precaution of temporarily suspending the upgrade as a download from Kies. We apologize for the inconvenience and ask that clients contact 1-800-751-4078 or firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any further questions.”
This is just for the Vibrant upgrade. Both the Captivate and the Fascinate are supposed to be upgraded shortly. No word if these have been delayed.
A few weeks ago RBC stated that an iPhone app was coming soon. Well… today is the glorious day where Canadians who bank at our countries largest financial institution can go forth on their mobile (available also on the iPod Touch and iPad). The RBC Mobile app can be download via iTunes and has the ability to pay bills, transfer funds, check account balances, use Interac Email Money Transfers and locate branches and ATMs.
Get it here via iTunes
This is a cool iPhone app and will come in handy when traveling. Word Lends translates whatever text you put in front of it by using the video camera on your device. It’s like Google translate on your iPhone but visually . It’s currently free to download but you’ll have to fork over $4.99 to have either Spanish-to-English or English-to-Spanish. No other languages are available yet. The video of this is amazing and you can check it out after the break (more…)
New entrant Mobilicity wants to show their muscles. They are a private company and don’t need to share subscriber numbers, but in a press release they’ve announced that they “already added over 50,000 new subscribers in just the fourth quarter, reinforcing its position as the rising new force in Canada’s competitive wireless market. This milestone comes with the key holiday sales period still ahead and just one month after launching in three new markets.”
Good results considering they were only operating in Toronto for 6 months before launching Vancouver, Edmonton and Ottawa last month. The only other remaining city is Calgary and this is poised for an early 2011 launch. No word on how many of these “over 50,000 new subscribers” are active subscribers or what there total number of subscribers are. It would also be interesting to see some more data like average rate per user and which devices are the most popular choices.
Mobilicity also made a few inroads last month with distribution partners 7Eleven, HMV and Zellers and now have over 700 places where people can pick up a device and plan (this includes corporate locations and franchises). Speaking of plans, Mobilicity also restructured their Unlimited rate plans over the past couple months from 6 to 3 and now have a all-in $40 talk, text and data Holiday promo… WIND Mobile followed suit shortly after and Public Mobile recently discounted their rate plans. Seems like the competition between the carriers is heating up, specifically the new carriers against themselves. It’ll be interesting to see what happens a year from now and who will be active versus who will have been consolidated (if it happens).
Mobilicity President and CEO Dave Dobbin stated “Mobilicity is thriving and is on track to account for approximately 10 percent of the Canadian wireless industry’s growth in subscribers this quarter with three of our key markets open for only six weeks. We are proud of achieving so much in so short a time period and look to Canadians’ thirst for more affordable mobile phones and plans as a sign to continue chipping away at the high cost of wireless in this country.”
Rogers foray into the machine-to-machine (M2M) market is coming on strong. They announced a few weeks ago that trials are currently happening with both the City of Ottawa to remotely monitor traffic lights and Toronto Hydro to track electricity usage. In addition, the “Rogers Smart Home Monitoring” will be rolling out in 2011… all these services can be accessed and managed through smartphones.
Next on the list is an exclusive agreement between Pandigital and Rogers. Early next year customers will be able to wirelessly upload their photos to Pandigital Photo Mail Digital Photo Frames. According to the Pandigital site there are “No Cables. No WiFi. No Setup… As each Photo Mail Frame features a unique email address, photos can be sent directly to the frame with no complicated setup, no difficult syncing and no confusing WiFi connection. Just send the pre-assigned email to friends and family and let the fun begin.”
Cool idea for Rogers to grab hold of… surprising that TELUS didn’t snatch this up as it would fit perfectly with their Black’s Photo arrangement. No word on how Rogers will be pricing this but AT&T in the States currently has this priced at $119.99 for the frame and includes the ability to receive 60 photos.
Mansell Nelson, Vice President, M2M and Partners, Rogers Communications stated “Canadians are looking for new ways to stay connected to family and friends, colleagues and customers like they never have before and we are excited to work with companies like Pandigital to deliver these experiences to them. As the provider of choice in Canada, we are powering all points of connection for M2M solutions to bring emerging devices such as the Pandigital Photo Mail Digital Photo Frame to Canadians.”
The Samsung Rugby II has also landed at SaskTel. This “heavy-duty workhorse” is a rugged device that meets military specs and can resist “dust, shock, vibration, moisture, solar radiation, and altitude and weather extremities”. Specs of this flip phone has a a 2.2-inch internal display (resolution of 240 x 320), a 1.3-inch external display, 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card, A-GPS, Voice Recognition and weighs in at 100 grams. SaskTel prices are $75 on a 3-year; $175 on a 2-year; $225 on a 1-year and $250 no-contract.
Check it here over at Jump