The iPhone is always a hot topic but this year was intensified as the 4th generation of the iPhone was leaked online, then had a massive reception issue that was dubbed “Antennagate”. Finally “Glassgate” came but then quickly vanished from the radar… Sales of the beloved touchscreen still soared and now Yahoo! has named the iPhone 4 as the top obsession of 2010. Followed is Lindsay Lohan in 2nd, then the iPad in 3rd spot.
TELUS is feeling festive – they have come out with a new accessories promo called the “Holiday Accessory Sale” and it can see $25 get put back into your pocket. The catch is that you to spend $100 (before taxes) to get it… good deal if you’re planning on buying a Bluetooth headset or a few cases. The offer is on until December 24th and the mail-in rebate cheque will take about 8 weeks to get to your door. With any of these offers you have to submit a copy of the receipt.
More here at TELUS
According to the latest report by the Conference Board of Canada the “past year was a milestone for the telecom industry”. No doubt. New wireless entrants Wind Mobile, Public Mobile, Mobilicity all launched their services. Videotron and SaskTel turned on their 3G+ networks and all the incumbent players significantly responded by changing cancellation fee structures and all sorts of adjusted price plans.
The Conference Board estimates the telecom industry will see profits rise by 11.6% to $7.5 billion in 2010 but will “stagnate starting next year as increased competition limits the ability of providers – notably in wireless services”.
Economist Maxim Armstrong said “The sluggish economic recovery made it harder for telecom providers to attract new clients or convince existing customers to expand their service. However, lower costs and continued demand for new products, such as digital TV and smartphones, helped to keep the telecom industry growing when most other industries were in recession.”
What do you think 2011 will look like for wireless? Will we see the start of a consolidation of carriers?
Yet another new plan this holiday season. It’s getting hard to keep up but this time Koodo has returned with their “Unlimited No Zone Combo” plan. Taking aim at the new carriers this includes unlimited Local Calling with No Zones and unlimited text and picture messaging. It’s available until December 31st for 50 bucks a month… but really, Koodo needs to release more smartphones – specifically Android devices.
Check it out here at Koodo
Over the past few weeks we’ve seen the dummy devices and videos pop up but it looks like TELUS has released the BlackBerry Style 9670. This is a flip phone that operates on their CDMA network and comes loaded with RIM’s new BlackBerry 6 OS. Other notable specs is the full QWERTY keyboard, 3.6-inch internal display (360×400 resolution), Wi-Fi, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus, flash and video recording and a 3.5mm headset jack. A couple bonuses that TELUS is throwing in the box is an 8GB microSD card and a BlackBerry desktop charger.
As for pricing, the “Suggested contract pricing” is $79.99 on a 3-year; $229.99 on a 2-year; $349.99 on a 1-year and $399.99 no-contract. Hopefully this changes as Future Shop had this listed for $49.99. This has not made it online over at TELUS but good to see another Berry flip device arrive. Much better than the original BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230.
Canadian Business magazine has released their annual Rich 100 list and it’s certainly something to aspire towards. In total there are 58 billionaires and leading the way is the Thomson family with a measly worth of $23.36 billion. When it comes to wireless, here’s who made the cut:
Rogers Family at #4 with a combined worth of $6.02 billion (up 28%)
RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis coming in at #24 with $2.02 billion (down 30.5%)
RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie coming in at #30 with $1.81 billion (down 32.4%)
JR Shaw of Shaw Communications coming in at #42 with $1.41 billion (up 22.1%)
Pierre Karl & Érik Péladeau of Quebecor coming in at #85 with $667 Million (new on the list this year)
André Chagnon of Videotron ltée coming in at #100 with $540 Million (down 1.6%)
74% of Android devices in Canada are running OS 2.1 or higher… but the latest reports from Google’s Android developer distribution stats shows us Canadians trailing a bit behind the global number of 83% (it was 77% a month ago). The good news is that more devices are being released with OS 2.2 and carriers and manufactures have committed to have an upgrade path for certain devices. Android phones that were first launched years ago are slowly dropping in percentage. 6.3% for Android OS 1.5 and 10.6% for Android OS 1.6.
Looking forward to seeing Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) on the charts soon!
Videotron is following up from the release of the BlackBerry Curve 3G last week by adding a new colour… now available in a festive holiday Red. The same specs and prices: $49.95 on their “reduced price” plan or $349.95 no-contract. Got to hand it to Videotron – after a couple network delays they are certainly taking full advantage and bringing on new devices and creating compelling plans… how’s everyone liking the new Videotron?
Videotron is describing their latest release as the “The little phone that could”. The phone they are talking about is the LG Wink. An entry level slider that comes with a -inch display (resolution of 240 x 320), 3.5 mm headphone jack, 1.3 megapixel camera, FM radio and can hold up to 4GB with a microSD card. As for prices this can be yours for $9.95 on a “reduced price” or $159.95 no-contract. (Mobilicity is selling the same device for $99.99).
More here at Videotron
If you’re a student of UofT you can now sit back and chill on the coach before you head off to the library. The reason: the entire University of Toronto Library can now be accessed via your iPhone, BlackBerry or Android device! Features of the app allow you to easily search (just start typing the author or book title), check your account, renew your items, find library hours, get updates on new books and give feedback.
Good step forward for sure!
More here at Uof T