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Solo Mobile to be re-launched as “Solo Unlimited”?

Wireless competition is a fierce game in Canada these days. We’ve got the new entrants looking to gain the trust and loyalty. Then we’ve got the incumbents Rogers, Bell and TELUS starting to offer customers lower handset prices and cheaper monthly rate plans. Then there are the sub-brands like Koodo Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Fido, Solo and Chatr all fighting for market share.

It was officially declared yesterday during the Bell Q2 conference call that Solo Mobile will re-launch sometime this month and offer unlimited talk and text plans. No official word on what cities but most likely it’ll be where Mobilicity, Chatr and Wind Mobile are located: Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton and Ottawa.

I checked out the recorded conference call and found the actual clip of CEO George Cope discussing the Solo strategy. He stated that “On Chatr, obviously it’s a significant competitive development. We will respond to that. Solo Unlimited will launch. It will launch in August. It’ll be competitive with Chatr and it’ll cost us no capital at all because it will go on our CDMA network where we’ve been moving clients off of CDMA to HSPA. So for us the unlimited won’t cost our shareholders any capital. It’s a development in the marketplace and we’ll, as we said defend our 3rd of the Postpaid market. And so we’ll be in the marketplace this quarter with Solo Unlimited. No surprise to anyone because we’ve said that since the beginning we’re always going to remain competitive and our pricing will competitive”. (more…)

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Best Buy puts Galaxy S Vibrant on sale for $99.99, throws in a $75 Gift Card

The Galaxy S Vibrant is now available and Bell has this available for $499.95 no contract. Good deal considering all the glorious specs it comes with. If you’re not into paying large amounts of money upfront and saving dough is your game, the 3-year contract is probably best. You can get the Vibrant over at Bell locations for $149.95 but why would you when you can save an extra $50 over at Best Buy. That’s right… this Android just launched and it’s already been put on sale for a low $99.99 on a 3-year contract. To make the deal sweeter Best Buy is throwing in a $75 Gift Card.

Check it out over at Best Buy
(Thanks Derek!)

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Koodo throws entire lineup on sale for eager students

Koodo is being very thoughtful to the eager back-to-school crowd and have discounted their entire lineup. The deal is on until September 19th and basically everything has been reduced by $50. You can now score the BlackBerry Curve 8530 for $250 ($100 on the Tab) and the recently launched INQ Chat 3G can be yours for $150 or $0 with the Tab. More phones are available but these are the best ones that Koodo currently offers.

More here at Koodo

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TELUS Q2 2010 results: Subscriber base increased by 6.5%

TELUS has reported their Q2 2010 results and should be happy about the news. I’m sure next quarter results will be even better as the new iPhone 4 and the HTC Desire will be good sellers for them. As for the numbers, TELUS states that Wireless segment revenues increased by $73 million, smartphones now represent 30% of wireless postpaid gross additions and their subscribers base increased by 6.5% to 6,699,000 (Postpaid is represents 81.6% and Prepaid represents 33.7%). (more…)

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Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant launched by Bell

Another stellar Android has landed in Canada. Devices just get better here every week. Bell has officially released the anticipated Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. You can check out a quick video pf the device in action here, plus pics we shot from the free Metric concert the other day here.

This is available for $149.95 on a 3-year; $349.95 on a 2-year; $399.95 on a 1-year and no contract for $449.95. The Vibrant comes loaded with Android 2.1 with an upgraded to 2.2 scheduled for later this year, a 1GHz processor, 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 5 megapixel camera, Video calling, Wi-Fi, GPS, Samsung’s Social Hub, Google Maps, Google Talk and access to apps from the Android Market.

Just noticed another contest Bell is holding. They state that if you “Buy a Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant before September 3 and you’ll be automatically entered into a draw to win a 55-inch Samsung LED HD TV”.

More here at Bell

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Saudi Arabian government turns off BlackBerry data services

Waterloo-based RIM cannot be happy this morning. There are reports that the Saudi Arabian government has moved forward and shut down BlackBerry data services. There were national security concerns from the Saudi Communications & Information Technology Commission because the service didn’t meet their regulatory requirements. The government ordered their 3 mobile carriers to block the service or be forced to pay a $1.3 million fine. There are over 700,000 BlackBerry users in Saudi Arabia and one user stated “It has stopped”.

Source: Yahoo!
Via: Engadget

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MTS releases the Android HTC 6250

MTS has jumped on the Android bus and released the HTC 6250. It comes with a 3.2-inch display (resolution of 320×480), 5 megapixel camera with video, WiFi, 3.5mm headset jack and all the goodness of an Android device would bring such as access to the Android Market, Google Maps, Google Talk… MTS has priced this at a reasonable $99.99 on a 3-year contract and $199.99 on a 2-year contract.

Check it out here at MTS
(Thanks Alex!)

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Report: Mobilicity & Public Mobile have less than 7,000 subscribers, combined.

There’s an interesting article on the GSMA’s Mobile Business Briefing that gives insights into the number of subscribers our new entrants might have. Currently there are rumours out there that have WIND Mobile bringing in 100,000 subscribers since launching last December. However, there are no stats of either Mobilicity or Public Mobile.

We’re not sure where these numbers came from but they state that Public Mobile who operates in Toronto and Montreal have a 0.02% market share with 3,584 subscribers. During the auction Public spent $53 million and have the possibility of reaching 19 million customers. They opened their doors on March 18th and with this stat is shows they sign up on average of 25 subscribers per day (it’s been 141 days since the doors opened).

In addition, Mobilicity invested $243.1-million for 10 licenses during the Canadian Wireless Spectrum Auction and currently operates in Toronto, but will expand to Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Ottawa later this year. When it comes to subscribers the article states they have brought in 3,000 (0.01% market share) since launching on May 14th… so effective today Mobilicity has been in operation for 84 days and on average have signed up 36 people every day.

Check out the full breakdown after the break

UPDATE: I got a call from Mobilicity this morning stating that these numbers in the article are WAY off. They would not release actual numbers to me as they are a private company but did confirm that they have signed up more than 3,000.

UPDATE #2: Here’s an e-mail we received from Mobilicity: “Further to that conversation, I wanted to drive home the point that the number reported by the GSMA is inaccurate. We had 3,000 subscribers just over a week after we launched and we have been growing at a rapid pace since then; a more aggressive growth trajectory than any other new entrant. As we are a private company, I am unable to provide you with any specifics surrounding our subscriber base, but I thought it important to clarify.”

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Update: TELUS HTC Desire launching tomorrow… pricing revealed

It’s been a long and exciting road for the Android-powered HTC Desire. It was only a couple months back that one of our tipsters let us know that this was coming to Canada via TELUS… and tomorrow it can officially be yours.

We’ve been informed that stores are preparing to receive their stock. We don’t have official pricing yet but the rumours are that this will be available for $79.99 on a 3-year and $449.99 no-contract.

I got my hands on one of these beauties, plus we shot a video a few weeks ago that gives a good run down of the features. Some of the specs the Desire comes with Android OS 2.1, a 3.7-inch touchscreen display (resolution of 480×800), a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, WiFi, 5 megapixel camera etc.

UPDATE: Thanks to one of our tipsters for letting us know the Desire pricing. According to the internal doc we received it shows the following stellar pricing (it also looks like they are throwing in an 8GB microSD card):

3-year contract: $79.99
2-year contract: $349.99
1-year contract: $399.99
No-contract: $449.99

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