Bell is a major sponsor of the upcoming 2010 Vancouver Olympics (starts in 3 days) and they have released a free Cowbell app that will help you cheer on Team Canada. All you have to do is go to www.bell.ca/cowbell on your mobile browser and download it. I’ve downloaded the app and it’s nice looking – just a cartoon like cowbell branded with the Bell logo. The actual cowbell sound is identical, but the speed of the cowbell is a bit lacking as it’s really slow. (more…)
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Research and Markets have released their study “1Q10 Canada Mobile Operator Forecast, 2009 – 2014″ and boldly state that the total number of wireless subscriber will reach 30.7 million in 2014 (our current number at 23.1 million people this represents about 70% of Canadians).
More specific numbers in regards to market share have Rogers continuing to dominate into 2014 with an estimated
11.6 million subscribers in 2014 (37.8% market share). This is followed by Bell with 8.93 million subscribers (29.1% market share) and Telus Mobility with 8.92 million subscribers (29.1% market share) by the end of 2014. The big 3 still make up for 29.45 million subscribers and the remaining 1.25 million subscribers will be made up all the other carriers (in the report they don’t mention carriers WIND, Mobilicity, Videotron, Shaw, or Public Mobile). (more…)
MTS is continuing to build out their CDMA network. A couple weeks ago they announced 8 new Manitoba communities will get better coverage and now improved CDMA wireless data coverage is available to residents in Alberta and British Columbia (Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton).
Kelvin Shepherd, President, MTS stated “We are pleased to be able to provide improved wireless speeds and wider coverage to our Manitoba customers when traveling in Alberta and B.C.”
MTS have also entered into an agreement with Rogers that will see their HSPA network launched by the end of 2010. (more…)
The LG Pop (GD510) has just been released as one of Rogers new “Touchphones”. This is one tiny touchscreen! Overall dimensions are 95.3 x 49.6 x 11.2 mm and weighs a measly 89 grams. The Pop has a 3-inch touchscreen WQVGA display (resolution of 240×400), Bluetooth, music player, 3 megapixel camera with 2x zoom and video capabilities, holds 16GB with a microSD card.
The Pop can be yours on the following price plans:
3-year contract: $19.99
2-year contract: $69.99
1-year contract: $124.99
No Contract: $174.99
More here at Rogers
Mobile banking has been slow to adopt in Canada, stats show only 9% are accessing their account to check their balance. To put in perspective, other countries such as our U.S. friends are already taking a picture of a cheque then e-mailing their banks to make deposits.
A couple reasons for the slow adoption is that we only have 70% wireless penetration in Canada, and our data plans are more expensive than other countries, which makes us use our device less for these premium services. According to Bob Hedges, a managing partner at Boston-based consulting firm Mercatus, us Canadians are “at the tipping point in terms of adoption” and “over the next five years this will become more important than online banking”. Mercatus completed a study that showed almost 20% plan to start using mobile banking within the next year and that it’s more popular with people who are aged 18 to 25.
IDC Canada Senior Analyst Krista Napier says there are 3 categories when it comes to mobile banking (more…)
The Samsung Flight was just released by Rogers and is a slider device that reveals a full QWERTY keyboard. This comes with a 2.8 inch touchscreen display and has a resolution of 240×320. The Flight has a 2 megapixel camera with 2x zoom and video capabilities, Bluetooth, can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card and has a media player. Overall dimensions are 58 x 106 x 13.95 mm and weighs in at 115 grams.
The price on a 3-year contract is $69.99 and the no contract price is $274.99
More here at Rogers
We knew that Bell was going to release the Samung R330 but didn’t think SaskTel was going to beat them to it! If you’re looking for an entry level phone it can’t get more basic than this one.
The r330 is a flip phone that has all your basic needs: phone book, alarm clock, calculator, speakerphone, large one-touch dial keys, VGA camera, 2.5mm headset jack and has overall dimensions of 3.5 x 1.9 x 0.7-inches (weight of 90 grams) In addition, SaskTel says you this is “text messaging capable, voice mail to text capable, and call display capable”.
This can be yours on the following plans:
3-year contract: $15.00
2-year contract : $65.00
1-year contract : $100.00
Prepaid/Monthly: $175.00 (more…)
iPhone repair site iResQ has posted a few photos of what is apparently the front panel for the upcoming 4th generation iPhone. These are obviously not confirmed and just like all iPhone launches there are always lots of rumours to go around…. we won’t see what is actually the real parts until closer to an official launch.
Taking a quick look at the pic, some of the claimed features on the front panel show the next-gen iPhone to be approximately 1/4-inch taller than the current iPhone 3GS. In addition, there is a “reflective surface” above the earpiece that is rumoured to be a proximity sensor or maybe even for video calling. (more…)
A 49-year old Winnipeg resident “Darren P.” is feeling no love this week and he’s blaming his Virgin Mobile device! Apparently his girlfriend found explicit text messages and proceeded to flip out, end their relationship and kicked him out of the house.
After his girlfriend approached him he said ‘That’s ridiculous, why would I cheat?’ There’s things I believe about relationships… The first is that if you are in a relationship, you don’t cheat. I said, You’re being ridiculous.’ She said, “No I’m not, here’s the proof.”
Virgin is known for their racy brand campaigns and they do pre-program text messages on their devices such as “Booty call,” “Where u at,” and “Be there soon” Darren P said “It’s not just teenagers buying these things. For people who don’t know the technology, these things can be severely misconstrued. I’d like to see the phones recalled and the messages taken off, so that others don’t have to go through the hell I’m going through.” (more…)
UBS Investment Research released a report based on Canadian Telecommunications today titled “Ten trends for 2010″. It’s pretty in-depth and gives a good insight into what we could possibly expect to see and what not to see. (There is a top 10 list below).
Phillip Huang put the report together and he says that “Quebecor (Videotron) remains our Industry Top Pick” and beleives the “market currently underestimates the value of the company’s wireless investment”. Videotron is targeting the Summer of 2010 to launch theit HSPA network. It’s interesting to see another analyst report on the top 10 trends and forecasting Rogers, Bell and TELUS still competing against each other with little or no impact from the new carriers. (more…)