Bell is getting ready to release the Palm Centro on February 2nd with the following price plans:
Launch promo 3-year contract: $49.95
After launch promo 3-year contract: $199.95
2-year contract: $249.95
1-year contract: $349.95
Month to Month: $399.95
This was first launched with Rogers back in June. The Centro weighs in at 119 grams with dimensions of107 x 54 x 18.5 mm (smaller than previous Palm devices). It has full QWERTY keyboard (stylis for the touchscreen), 1.3 mega pixel camera with video capabilities, email, text , phone and Instant messenger, MP3 player and can hold up to extra 4GB of memory.
More info soon…
Things are getting feisty! With the recent comment by Apple’s acting CEO Tim Cook about his competition “We like competition as long as they don’t rip off our IP. And if they do, we will go after anyone who does. I don’t want to talk about any specific company. We are ready to suit up and go against anyone. However, we will not stand for having our IP ripped off.”
Not sure if this was directed at Palm specifically, but a Palm spokesperson said “Palm has a long history of innovation that is reflected in our products and robust patent portfolio, and we have long been recognized for our fundamental patents in the mobile space. If faced with legal action, we are confident that we have the tools necessary to defend ourselves.”
You think a measly $100 million can break RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie? The day the Securities Commission dropped the bomb and are looking into that “accounting issue”… He took his day in stride, put on his game face and was given the “Outstanding Business Leader of the Year” award by Wilfrid Laurier University.
Joan Fisk, CEO of the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce said “he is our boy. In this crowd, Jim has tremendous credibility.”
With recent ruling by Justice Alexandra Hoy to stop RIM from a $66 million hostile takeover bid of Certicom… it comes news today that there actually was another buyer on the table – VeriSign has swooped in to buy Certicom for $92 million (a 40% in in value). The deal is set to officially close in March.
Certicom board chairman Jeffrey Chisholm said “The special committee and the board conducted a thorough process on behalf of Certicom shareholders resulting in a significant increase in value for the company and its owners. We believe this transaction also represents a very promising opportunity for our customers and employees.”
Various analysts predicted the cellphone market would slow down in Q4 2008, and they were correct. A total of 295 million cellphones were shipped worldwide, down 10% from the 329 million units in 2007, and the weakest quarter since 2001!
Strategy Analytics reports the following breakdown: Nokia shipped 113 million handsets (down 15% from 2007); Samsung 53 million handsets; LG shipped 26 million handsets ; Sony Ericsson sold 24.2 million handsets (down 21%); Motorola shipped 19 million handsets; Apple 4.4 million handsets
We are excited to bring you the MobileSyrup.com Forum – a place to have conversations regarding everything to do with Mobile News and Reviews in Canada. Express your opinions about mobile phones, accessories or pricing plans, share the latest news and even discuss a few of the latest rumours!
Whether you’re with Rogers, Bell, TELUS, PC Mobile, SaskTel or even considering Globalive when they officially launch.. it’s important to have your say and help others understand the sometimes confusing mobile industry.
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Nokia has a new contest out where you can win a “private show” featuring Death Cab for Cutie. ll you have do is enter your personal info at the dedicated site here.
The grand prize is 2 Nokia N95 8GB devices, 2 tickets to the private show, 2-night stay in a hotel and transportation… with an overall value of $3,000. The contest starts January 22nd until March 15th at 5:00pm (EST).
For all those who are curious about when the next TELUS BlackBerry will be available… you’re in luck as the Curve 8350i will be launching on TELUS’ Mike Network soon.. very very soon.
As this is a Push To Talk (PTT) device it will come equipped with BlackBerry OS version 4.6, a full QWERTY keyboard, 2 Megapixel camera, built-in Wi-Fi, full HTML Web browser, audio and video recording multimedia capabilities, GPS, Mobile Office, micro SD slot with expandable memory of 16GB, Bluetooth and stereo 2.5mm headset jack, speakerphone and voice-activated dialing.
This is a bit bigger than the Curve you are probably used to as it comes in at 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.7 inches thick, and weighs 4.7 ounces (The BlackBerry Curve 8330 measures 4.2 x 2.4 inches x 0.6 inches thick and weighs 4.2 ounces). The display is a 2.4-inch, QVGA with a 320×240-pixel resolution.
No info on pricing has been released by TELUS but we’ll have more info and pics from the upcoming launch party. Sprint recently launched their version of the 8350i and it’s available for $149.99 on a 2-year plan.
More info to come soon.
Crikey!! The Globe & Mail is reporting that the Ontario Securities Commission is seeking a record $100 million penalty from RIM’s co-CEO’s, Jim Balsillie & Mike Lazaridis for their role in a 1996 stock option accounting controversy.
If a full $100 million is to be paid out, this would rank as the largest penalty paid by individuals to the OSC.
“In 2007, a special committee of RIM’s board investigated the back-dating issue, and determined the company had backdated more than 40 per cent of stock options granted to employees since 1996. It also concluded that 12 of the 16 option grants made to Mr. Balsillie and Mr. Lazaridis between 1996 and 2006, to acquire a total of two million shares, were priced using an incorrect date.”
Our friends over at BBSync sent us a message with some solid news that TELUS will release the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 in Black and Pink around the middle of February. No pricing or other details were included.
For those curious if Bell will be launching this… the answer is yes and it will be in Q1 2009 for sure.