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Juniper Research unveils 2011 “Top Ten Wireless Predictions”

Juniper Research has unveiled their top 10 predictions for 2011. These are global insights so some of these will not be relevant yet to us Canadians – we take a bit longer to implement some new technologies – such as Mobile Lottery Tickets… this will be a long drawn out government process to get buy in. However, there are are a few certainties for Canada in 2011: Surging Mobile Data, Mobile Handset sensitivity and mobile banking will become more popular – you’ll see Zoompass (the Big 3 joint venture) come in your daily life more with the ability to pay by mobile.

Here’s the complete top 10:

1. Surging Mobile Data Traffic
2. Augmented Reality to Enhance Mobile Games and Retail
3. Cloud-Based Operating Systems are Launched
4. Mobile Banking will become a “must-have” when opening a new account
5. Mobile Devices Begin to Replace Credit Cards
6. Mobile Handsets Become Even More Sensitive
7. Mobile Lottery Tickets Sales to Soar Fuelled by Deployments in US, Europe, and China
8. Mobile-Specific Threats Lead to Demand for Mobile-Specific Security
9. Buyouts take Social Purchasing to a New Level
10. More Vendors Develop a “GreenHeart”

Source: Juniper Research
Via: IntoMobile


Google Nexus S camera quality surfaces online with Video and Images

The upcoming Google Samsung Nexus S has had a share of leaks online but now the quality of its camera has made its appearance. The same thing happened when the Nexus One launched, soon after an official announcement was made. What your looking at is an HD video and images that were shot with its 5 megapixel camera. These were apparently taken by Google employees to capture real life everyday pictures. Check them out and let us know what you think about the quality (more…)


Apple signage confirms the white iPhone “will be available Spring 2011″

At the end of October Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller stated that “We’re sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone yet again, but we’ve decided to delay its release until this Spring”. Looks like it’s now confirmed that stores will be getting this long-awaited colour…. signage has started to arrive that says “The white Apple iPhone will be available Spring 2011″.

Hopefully by then the next generation of the iPhone will have leaked online. Anyway, will you be getting the white iPhone 4 when it drops or going for something else… like an Android, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry or webOS device?

Source: 9to5Mac
Via: IntoMobile


Video: Motorola Droid 2 apparently exploded in this guys ear

This has absolutely nothing to do with Canada… just a incredibly bizarre video of somebody who claims that a Motorola Droid 2 exploded in his ear. “As I got into the bathroom and once I got to the mirror and saw it, it was only then I kinda looked at my phone and noticed the screen had appeared to burst outward”.

Motorola is looking into the situation and the victim is looking for a lawyer. Check it out after the break (more…)


TELUS HTC Desire hits $0.01 on 3-year at Best Buy

Here’s a good holiday offer. If you’ve been holding out to get the Android-powered HTC Desire, now could be a good time to buy. It’s sunk to $0.01 on a 3-year over at Best Buy until December 5th. You’ll also score yourself a $75 Gift Card. Pretty good deal if you’re willing to sign a 3-year.

Check it here at Best Buy


PlayStation phone clearly shown on video, looking amazing.

Remember that blurry video of the Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone a few days ago… well a new incredibly clear new video has popped up of the unreleased and unannounced Android. This time you can see it in all its glory – running Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread, slide-out gamepad controls and a PlayStation icon on the 4-inch display. Definitely one of the nicest products that Sony Ericsson has ever produced – looking forward to the official announcement. Check out the video after the break (no audio in it) (more…)


WIND in 2011: “a lot new Android devices… working really hard” on the BlackBerry PlayBook (Video)

It’s almost been 1-year since Wind Mobile actively began selling their wireless service in Canada – the anniversary date is December 18th. Today I had a quick conversation with Wind Chairman Tony Lacavera and he gave a bit of an insight into what we can expect to see from them in 2011.

Tony stated that “There will be a lot new Android devices coming out… the Android platform is gaining a lot of steam as everyone knows. RIM is coming out with a lot of new and exciting devices. See the PlayBook is going to be an exciting one and we are working really hard on bringing that out. All the big manufacturers are coming out with a lot more handsets that work on our frequency so we’re going to be out there with a lot more handsets in the new year”. Another focus on 2011 will be their unlimited data offering and making customers more aware of it.

Should be an exciting year! Check it out after the break (more…)


“Due to the recent competitive activity” Rogers offers 6PM evenings & weekends

Rogers is feeling the competitive pressure. In an internal doc it states that “due to the recent competitive activity, we will be offering a 6 pm early evenings & weekends clock on all 3-year term plans until December 31st”. Certainly good news for those who are looking to go into a contract with them or as Rogers puts it “one more reason to choose” them. This is usually a $7 Add-on and is good for Unlimited voice plan, Unlimited Voice and Text plans, Student Plans and Family plans.

On another Rogers note, they have dropped the prices of a number of new devices. All on a 3-year term:
- Samsung Focus now 149.99 on 3-year (was $199.99)
- BlackBerry Curve 9300 Black & Violet now $29.99 on 3-year
- Samsung Captivate now $99.99 on 3-year (was $149.99)
- Nokia N8 now $49.99 on 3-year (was $79.99)
- Sony Ericsson Xperia x10 now $49.99 on 3-year (was $79.99)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab now $499.99 on 3-year (was $539.99)

Good deals from Rogers if you’re looking to commit for a few years. What do you think…

Source: The Cellular Guru


Virgin and Solo come out with Unlimited No Zone $50 plan

Competition is intense these days. Koodo launched their $50 unlimited No Zone offering yesterday and the trend continued with both Virgin and Solo today. Both now offer a $50 “No Zone” plan and below are the details. Thankfully all these carriers have different devices because the plans are all the same.

Solo Mobile “Unlimited No Zone $50 plan”:
Effective date December 3, 2010 to January 1, 2011
· unlimited local & international text & picture messaging,
· call-waiting,
· conference calling, and
· per second billing (after the 1st minute).

Virgin Mobile $50 unlimited calling & text
Unlimited Local Calling
Unlimited Text
Unlimited international text
No Zone restrictions
Note: LD and Roaming are extra
Available in AB, BC, SK, MB, ON, PQ
(This plan is not available on iPhone, Blackberry, and Android Smartphone)
This plan is only available until January 1, 2011

(Thanks tipster!)