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Koodo creates new “Unlimited No Zone Combo” for $50/month

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


BlackBerry Style 9670 released by TELUS, $399.99 no-contract

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.

(Thanks tipster!)


Canada’s “Rich 100″ list includes Rogers, Lazaridis, Balsillie and others

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%)

The complete list is here at Canadian Business
Source: CNW


Google: 83% of all Android devices run OS 2.1 or higher

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!

Source: Android Developer
Via: Android Central


Red BlackBerry Curve 3G now available at Videotron

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?


LG Wink arrives at Videotron for $159.95 no-contract

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


University of Toronto Libraries go mobile

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
(Thanks Ali!)


Mobilicity: “Giving someone a mobile phone with a contract is a lot like giving them a pet rat”

Just got the opportunity to read over the official Mobilicity press release from this mornings “Unlimited to Go” bundled phones and 3-months announcement. The deserves high praise for creativity and really shows how they feel about the incumbents.

“UNLIMITED to GO is the perfect gift for friends and family members who want a quality 3G wireless experience without worrying that it’s going to get them stuck in a long-term contract and cost them a fortune down the road,” said Mobilicity’s VP of Marketing Sara Moore. “Giving someone a mobile phone with a contract is a lot like giving them a pet rat – you have to keep feeding it and cleaning out its cage for the rest of its life. It comes with a big obligation.”

Hilarious… but does the quote get the message across?
Source: Mobilicity


CRTC says it’s mandatory for all telecom service providers to join CCTS

Frustrated with your service provider? You’re not alone. About a month ago the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications (CCTS) released their annual study and found that 51% of the total telecom complaints (3,747) were regarding wireless. Billing errors (44%) and contract disputes (35%) were at the top of the list.

The CCTS was created in 2007 and is an independent and industry-funded agency that customers can dispute issues such as billing, contracts and service regarding telephone, wireless and Internet providers. Companies with $10 million in annual revenues or more were mandated to join, but those under have always had the option to become members or not. However, the CRTC declared today that effective January 2011 all Canadian telecom service providers must join the CCTS.

It’s probably a good move for us customers… blowing the doors open to include all telecom players at all levels will certainly increase the number of complaints. Hopefully the CCTS has the capacity to beef up their staff and train them in time for January.

Source: Canoe


Orange Koodo Mobile LG Breeze exclusively arrives at Future Shop

Koodo Mobile released the LG Breeze last week – A decent low cost messaging device ($150 outright or $0.00 on the Tab). If you’re not fond of the colour choice (it’s basic chrome and silver), Future Shop has somehow for some reason got their hands on an exclusive colour of the Breeze – a sexy Orange for the same price. This has not made it onto the Future Shop website but store have it in stock.