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TELUS to “deploy HSPA+ Dual Cell technology” in 2011 (and increase revenues 3.5% to 6.5%)

TELUS has announced their 2011 financial targets and it’s seems a banner year is in the works. While the wireless industry in Canada is expected to grow between 4.5-5% in 2011, TELUS plans to increase their wireless revenue between 3.5% to 6.5% ($5.2 to $5.35 billion). The reason for the growth is due to an increase of subscribers, continued adoption of smartphones and increased data and roaming revenues.

In the release TELUS said they’ll “deploy HSPA+ Dual Cell technology which will increase the manufacturer rated data downloads speeds of up to 42 Mbps. The deployment of Dual Cell is consistent with TELUS’ evolution towards Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology”. No word on which product but Bell recently released their Novatel Wireless U547 Turbo Stick which could reach speeds of 42 Mbps. However, TELUS states these numbers are targets and other factors can hinder 2011 results such as intense wireless competition and continued downward re-pricing.

Should be a great 2011. Read the full release here at TELUS


Nokia delays shipping E7 until “early 2011″

The Nokia E7 is expected to come to Canada – early rumours are that possibly Rogers or Bell will be released this device sometime in the Spring. However, news today couldn’t be going over well for their new Canadian-born CEO Stephen Elop.

The flagship slider was supposed to be available this month… but now a Nokia spokesperson has confirmed that “to ensure the best possible user experience on the E7 we have decided to begin shipping it in early 2011″. So this will probably start shipping in the January/February/March time frame and hopefully the Canadian date is still on track. Apparently it has something to do with a “minor durability issue” of the E7 hardware.

Source: Reuters
Via: Engadget


Concept Phone: “Voim” Braille Smartphone

Here’s another concept design, this time is a Braille Smartphone. This design was created by Youngseong Kim & Eunsol Yeom and is called “Voim” which is “seeing” in Korean. All the important features are embedded into the device such as route navigation, word recognition and object identification. Once in use the information is collected its relayed back to the user and displayed on the silicon screen and communicated via Bluetooth. Isn’t it about time that a manufacturer truly helps out the those with vision loss other than pre-loading devices with Nuance’s TALKS software. (more…)


Premier McGuinty gets a BlackBerry Torch loaded with Polar Mobile apps

We like Toronto-based Polar Mobile. They are one of the few Canadian companies that are truly succeeding in the global app market. Today date they have created successful apps such as The Hockey News, Time, NHLPA, Food Network, Toronto Maple Leafs and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

Last week Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty stopped by their headquarters for a few minutes to speak his mind about jobs, taxes and how other Ontario companies can succeed like Polar. Probably the best moment of his appearance was the nice gesture that CEO Kunal Gupta gave him a new BlackBerry Torch 9800 full loaded with all their apps.

We’re guessing the Premier really doesn’t need it – the Government just signed a deal with the Big 3 for wireless services. However – very nice gesture from a stellar company. Check out the video after the break (more…)


“Find the Public Mobile $10,000 Phone contest” goes live in Toronto

New entrant Public Mobile has created a cool contest. It’s already happening in Montreal and today it goes live in Toronto. The details are that from today until December 17th they are giving the chance to win “phones, free plans, and $10,000 in cash”. Huh? 10k in cash? Didn’t know they had that kind of cash (joking).

The contest is called “Find the Public Mobile $10,000 Phone contest” and you have to listen for 4 daily clues (Toronto it’s BOOM 97.3 FM & Montreal it’s NRJ 94.3 FM) of where the Public Mobile Phone is hiding… then between 6-6:30 p.m. the magical phone will start ringing and you’ve got to be the first to pounce on it. If you are successful you’ll win the phone and 3 months of service – then be entered into the grand prize for that cool $10k. No word on what phone you could win.

Check out the full details here at Public


RIM releases the BlackBerry News Feeds beta

RIM has released the BlackBerry News Feed beta app in the BlackBerry Beta Zone and BlackBerry App World Test Center. The app allows you to view, add, and share the RSS feeds you subscribe to. You can share via email, text or BlackBerry Messenger. In addition, this is only open to Canadian and American users but a downer is that it currently doesn’t support Google reader.

Get it here at BlackBerry
Via: CrackBerry


Update: “Bud Phone” app now live… offers Canadian long distance for free

No need to pay for long distance minutes again – Bud has saved the day! Looks like Freephoneline and Budweiser have teamed up for a very heavy ad centric app called the “Bud Phone”. This is officially launching on December 15th and works on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry devices. All you have to do is install the app (everything apparently integrates and syncs with your contact list) and type in the long distance number and press call and get unlimited for free.

The description that we were sent states that “The ‘location’ feature of the application allows the user to confirm their location. This ensures your calls are always routed through our network access number local to that city. You can now take your free long distance on the road and never pay for anything more than local airtime”.

Update: Well the app is now live on BlackBerry, iPhone and Android. Make sure you read the FAQ’s carefully. It seems that the app only gives free Canadian long distance calling to select provinces/cities. Check out the full list here. Unfortunately if you want to call outside these cities you’ll need to purchase a “long distance voucher”. Rates for Canada and the US are two cents a minute and they state that over 50 countries range from $0.03/minute. (more…)


Video: Nokia Beta Labs releases “Wellness Diary”

Nokia Beta Labs has released the “Wellness Diary” to help you “Improve your health and wellness every day”. Feels like having Tony Robbins and the Nike Plus app on your Nokia device and it’s actually a cool idea. You can check out the videos after the break but the app assists you to set goals, monitor your progress and also has built in features to share with your friends. For example, if walking 5km is a goal of yours the Wellness Diary Step Counter uses the accelerometer to keep track of how many steps you take, once accomplished you have the ability to share via various social networks. (more…)


Twitter “Trends of 2010″ has iPad, Android battling it out

Twitter has released their “Top Twitter Trends of 2010″. Specifically for the technology section it was Apple that scored top spot. This seems to be a global trend as they came in number one in both Yahoo! and Google’s top trends. Twitter states that they grew their subscriber base by 100 million registered accounts in 2010 and below are the top 10 most popular user tweets… Google crashes the Apple party by coming in 2nd with Android. No word on how many times each term was used. That would be cool to see.

1. Apple iPad
2. Google Android
3. Apple iOS
4. Apple iPhone
5. Call of Duty Black Ops
6. New Twitter
7. HTC
8. RockMelt
9. MacBook Air
10. Google Instant

Source: Twitter top Trends of 2010
Via: AppleInsider


Virgin Legend upgrade to OS 2.2 Froyo coming “mid-Janaury”

Virgin is still hammering out the sales of the HTC Legend. This came packed with OS 2.1 and now they have stated on Twitter that an upgrade to OS 2.2 is in the works for a January release. Good news for Virgin Legend owners that they are not being left behind. No word yet on the Bell version.

Source: Twitter