For those customers that are on Koodo Mobile you’ll be happy to know that the new and improved Self Serve website has gone live. This should make your life a bit easier. You’ll see that it’s easier to navigate your way around, update your profile, change your plans, change your Add-ons… more importantly faster way to check your monthly usage. (more…)
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Last week we posted that the rumoured launch of the TELUS Motorola Milestone will be Thursday, February 18th and thanks to Best Buy we have a bit more confirmation today!
Our tipster informed us that the “Milestone will be launching February 18th” and that Best Buy will start taking deposits for the phone on February 5th.” Looking at best Buy today we see that they are taking pre-orders! You can take a peek at the screenshot as it confirms “Pre-order the Motorola Milestone in-store today. Simply put a $50 deposit down in-store and on February 18th you will be the first to own the Smartphone without limits.” (more…)
Nokia Beta Labs have pushed out another view of mobile technology they are working on. Nokia says the “Nokia Diagnostics makes it easy to diagnose and troubleshoot situations on the mobile phone by running various tests on the phone”. Sounds good and currently works on the following devices: Nokia N97, Nokia N97 Mini, Nokia 5230, Nokia 5530, Nokia 5800, and Nokia X6.
The tool scans your device in 5 areas: Network Coverage test, Internet connectivity test, Battery charger test, Loudspeaker & Earpiece test (more…)
Google honestly do things with class, and it’s not because they are ruling the world at this point. They simply know how to keep interest in a product. The Nexus One has been a project that started two years ago. You’ll see in the the first video (there are more coming over the next few days) that Google’s Erick Tseng, HTC project manager Tomasz Hasinski and Lloyd Watts of Audience give a good understand of how the Nexus One came to life. It’s pretty cool to see it come from concept to creation.
Check out the first vid called “Nexus One: The Story – Episode 1: Concept & Design” (more…)
Finally some simple price plans and it only took the Olympics to get here. Bell is a major sponsor of the upcoming Vancouver Olympics next week and to celebrate they have released a 3-tiered set of plans called the “2010 Winter Games Plans”: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The offer is valid until February 28th, 2010 and only “With new activation on a min. 3-yr. contract term”.
The $30 per month Bronze plan you get 100 minutes, unlimited nights & weekends (6pm – 7am), Unlimited 2010 Winter Games Content, Unlimited Mobile Browser, no text messages.
The $40 per month Silver plan you get 150 minutes, unlimited nights & weekends (6pm – 7am), Unlimited 2010 Winter Games Content, Unlimited Mobile Browser, 250 text messages.
The $55 per month Gold plan you get 200 minutes, unlimited nights & weekends (6pm – 7am), Unlimited 2010 Winter Games Content, 500MB of data, 2500 text messages.
As usual, with any rate plan with any carrier you must read the fine print to fully understand you know what you’re signing up for. Bell fine print states these plans are:
“Available with compatible HSPA/HSPA+ devices within network coverage areas available from Bell Mobility (HSPA/HSPA+) where technology permits. HSPA/HSPA+ not available everywhere. Long distance and roaming charges (including foreign taxes) may apply outside your local area. Weeknights Mon-Thu, 6pm-7am; Weekends Fri 6pm-Mon 7am. Other monthly fees, e.g., 9-1-1 (Quebec: $0.40, New Brunswick: $0.53, Nova Scotia: $0.43, P.E.I.: $0.50), and one-time device activation ($35) apply. Paper bill service charge ($2/mo) applies unless you register for e-bill and cancel your paper bill. With data use, charges apply if you do not subscribe to a data plan or unlimited Mobile Browser service and fees may apply for features, content and roaming when outside your local area. Upon early termination, price adjustment charges apply. Subject to change without notice; not combinable with other offers. Taxes extra. Other conditions apply. (1) With new activation on a min. 3-yr. contract term. (2) Based on: (a) fastest network, according to tests of average upload and download speeds, in large Canadian urban centres, (b) largest network, based on total square kms of coverage, and (c) tests for fewest dropped calls and clearest reception in large Canadian urban centres; all on the shared HSPA/HSPA+ network available from Bell, vs. Rogers HSPA/HSPA+ network. Speed may vary due to topography, environmental conditions, device type and other factors. HSPA/HSPA+ not available in all areas. Bell.ca/network. (3) Mobile Browser does not include use of your device as a modem to connect to the Internet from your computer; additional per kilobyte data charges apply. Unlimited in core network and high speed mobile network coverage areas. 100 mins. in other digital coverage areas; 25¢/additional min. Subject to acceptable use restrictions in Terms of Service, including consuming excessive network capacity or causing our network to be adversely affected. See bell.ca/acceptableuse for details. (4) Supports personal email accounts and on-device HTML & WAP Browsing. Instant Messaging includes BlackBerry Messenger and Windows Live Messenger for BlackBerry smartphones and Windows Live Messenger for compatible Windows Mobile smartphones. Outlook synchronization, corporate email integration and other corporate-type solutions not available. Excludes Mobile Connect and tethering with your device. (5) Sent messages include domestic text messages and exclude international, roaming, alerts, premium text messages and messages sent with an instant messaging application. Received messages include domestic, international, roaming and service related messages from Bell and exclude premium, alerts or dial-up messages. Out of bundle charges may apply.”
MTS is getting ready to roll out their HSPA network that they are targeting a late 2010 completion, in the meantime they have reported their 2009 results and now have 458,478 wireless subscribers, up by 5.5% from last year. In addition, wireless revenues increased by $3.9 million in Q4 for a total yearly revenue of $312.9 million (up by $23.2 million from last year). MTS is also reporting that their average revenue per user (“ARPU”) is $57.03, which has decreased by 0.6% or $0.37.
The report states “We continue to see strong growth potential for our wireless services in Manitoba… at the end of the fourth quarter of 2009, wireless penetration in Manitoba was approximately 65% as compared to our estimate of the Canadian penetration rate of approximately 67%.” (more…)
The 2010 Vancouver Olympics are coming up fast, opening ceremonies are on February 12th and the Games will last until the 28th. Rogers is looking to accommodate the millions of people who will be flocking to the area and have decided to release a SIM card “Visitor Pack” that’s only available in the Vancouver area.
The Visitor Pack costs $29.99 and you get one GSM SIM card and a $20 prepaid “Pay As You Go” voucher that can only be activated on any current Pay As You Go price plans. In addition, if you have an unlocked GSM you can purchase the Visitor Pack and activate it so you don’t have to buy the SIM and a phone. (more…)
Slacker Radio has announced the availability of their free mobile app for Palm Pre – I could not find it in the App Catalog yet but Slacker does state it may take longer for the app to show up there. Slacker allows you to listen to music and customize your own radio station (they have over 10,000 stations in different genres to choose from). (more…)
SaskTel has released an official update to for all the BlackBerry Storm users out there. You can now update to OS version 188.8.131.529. The total file size is 111.61MB so make sure you back up and save all your info before going ahead. (more…)
Since I got hold of the upcoming TELUS Milestone I can confidently say that this is the best Motorola device I’ve experience in a VERY long time.
This first review is about the hardware. We’ll follow up with a separate review of the Android OS 2.0 and how it performs. When it comes to the design of the Milestone it certainly gets noticed. It’s basically made of metal and weighs in at a hefty 165 grams, so you’ll feel it in your pocket but but it’s not bulky by any means. The Milestone is sleek looking and if you think down the road 3-years will the design last? The answer is yes. It’s shape is not anything trend setting which makes it standout. Overall dimensions are 2.4 x 4.6 0.5 inches.
The 3.7 inch WVGA screen is impressive and has a resolution of 480×854. Quickly glancing over the web to see how much space it really occupies and it takes up the entire screen. Since the Milestone is a touchscreen the only downside I found so far is the amount of fingerprints it gets. Like all touchscreen devices all you have to do is rub a cloth to remove them. On the screen itself you’ll find capacitive touch sensitive buttons: back, menu, home and search. Around the device there is a power/lock button, 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port, volume rocker and a one-touch button for the 5 megapixel auto-focus camera that has a dual LED flash, 4x zoom with video capabilities.
Probably one of the best features of the Milestone is it’s full slide out QWERTY keyboard. This will attract those users who want both a physical keyboard and a touchscreen. The actual keys are nothing special and are flush with with the lower part of the device. There are a couple keys that are missing that I believe Moto could have occupied with a button for the web or e-mail, but they are simply left blank. In addition, there is a 4-way directional pad on the right hand side of the keypad that I have yet to use. Looks good but it takes up a great deal of real estate on the actual keypad. When it comes to the durability of the slide mechanism, you’ll see in the video that I’ve put it to the test and it’s incredibly solid and wickedly smooth.
So far I am incredibly impressed with the Milestone. Check out the video and we’ll post the 2nd review shortly.