Just came across these videos while surfing the web. Funny how much has changed over the past 3 years. Below are a couple vids of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talking about his thoughts on Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android platform. I bet he wishes times were different. Check them out here (more…)
Read this: CRTC drops the hammer on telemarketers
For those who have an Rogers Dream or Magic and were a bit frustrated over the past week due to the 911 software fix… HTC has completed the required fixes and update is now available.
What’s even better for Magic owners is when you do download the upgrade you’ll get 1.5 with the Sense UI that has multi-touch. In addition, Rogers states “You will be compensated automatically for this inconvenience with a credit of one month of data fees”, probably because your data will now skyrocket.
Also… as this is a 911 issue and those current owners who do not download the update, Rogers says they will take “precautionary measure of temporarily disabling internet access for Dream and Magic users on Sunday January 24 at 6:00AM (EST). Voice and text messaging will not be impacted”.
Here is the statement from Rogers:
“A mandatory software update is now available for Rogers HTC Dream and Magic customers to ensure 911 calls can be completed on these devices. These customers need to go immediately to http://www.rogers.com/dreamsoftwareupdate or http://www.rogers.com/magicsoftwareupdate on a PC to download the update. Users of Windows 7 or Macintosh will need to call 1-888-Rogers1 for update instructions. Customers will need to backup any personal items before the update process.
Customers who have not downloaded this software update could have problems accessing 911. As a result, we are taking the precautionary measure of temporarily disabling internet access for Dream and Magic users on Sunday January 24 at 6:00AM (EST). Voice and text messaging will not be impacted. By disabling internet access, we can ensure that 911 calls are completed for all our Dream and Magic customers. Once a customer completes the software update, his/her internet access will be re-enabled within 24 hours.
Temporarily disabling internet access is the only decision we could make to ensure all customers can make 911 calls. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience. Dream and Magic customers on data plans will automatically be credited for one month of data fees (excluding roaming). This credit will show up on invoices within 60 days. We take this matter very seriously and continue to investigate the way this issue was addressed to determine how we can improve our internal and external processes.”
How has the upgrades gone?
RIM has been hammered with patent infringement cases over the past couple months. The latest was Kodak last week. Today Motorola filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission that claims Waterloo-based RIM’s BlackBerry devices currently infringe on 5 of their patents in various forms: Wi-Fi access, application management, user interface and power management.
Jonathan Meyer, Motorola’s SVP of intellectual property law, said “In light of RIM’s continued unlicensed use of Motorola’s patents, RIM’s use of delay tactics in our current patent litigation and RIM’s refusal to design out Motorola’s proprietary technology, Motorola has no choice but to file a complaint with the ITC to halt RIM’s continued infringement (more…)
If you’re wanting to get a BlackBerry Curve 8520 you might want to enter our contest… however, if you feel like paying for one you’d be happy to know that Rogers has released the Curve in a stunning white. This is available for $49.99 on a 3-year contract.
Other colours available are in Black or Lavender. (more…)
Earlier today we saw Bell drop the Palm Pre to free on a 3-year contract… and it also seems they have lowered the price of the BlackBerry Storm 9530 to $0.00 on a year also. This is now the same price TELUS is offering it for… perhaps the Storm2 9550 is on the way! (more…)
Update: It seems as though Rogers withdrew their CRTC application today. However, read below for bits of the proposed filing.
Yesterday Rogers filed a request to the CRTC that basically is asking for all the carriers to ensure all customer balances are at $0.00 before porting their number to the new carrier of choice. Apparently it’s costing Rogers “millions of dollars each year” when customers comes over with balances.
In the application Dawn Hunt, Vice-President Regulatory for Rogers stated that “Rogers requests that the Commission order that the new wireless carrier will be responsible for the unpaid balances owed by the wireless customer that the customer fails to pay after receiving their final invoice. This requirement will apply only for wireless-to-wireless ports.”
In addition, the applications says “Circumstances have changed since the implementation of Wireless Number Portability (“WNP”) as more and more customers are porting their numbers with unpaid balances that include both charges for wireless usage and early cancellation charges… Customers porting-out mid-contract with unpaid balances are costing Rogers, and most probably other wireless carriers as well, millions of dollars each year. (more…)
We’ve seen the Palm Pre hit the rock bottom price of $0.00 over the holidays… but it was not through Bell directly. However if you take a peek over at Bell today you can see the price dropped to a lovely $0.00 on a 3-year contract.
Possibly the reason for this drop is the upcoming TELUS Palm Pre. Even back in July we wrote a story stating that Bell has a 6-month exclusive on the Pre. We’re guessing the time is up and the drop is get people to buy the first webOS device. (more…)
We thought we’d hold another contest, this time it’ll only last 1-week so if you want inyou better put your name in below.
Since majority of the carriers in Canada offer the uber affordable BlackBerry Curve 8520 or 8530 we think it’s time to give one away. Currently Rogers offers the 8520 and Fido will soon too. Bell and Telus offer the 8530 and Virgin is also adding this to their list shortly. So depending what carrier you want… we’ll give you the device and you’ll be responsible for the monthly plans.
To enter the contest all you have to do is submit your name in the comment section below. The contest goes until Friday, January 29th at 1:00pm and as usual we’ll announce our winner shortly after. You can only enter your name once…Go ahead, enter your name below!
Sony Ericsson has reported their Q4 and full year 2009 results and even though us Canadians will be the first to get the anticipated XPERIA X1 shortly… the results have not been the best.
The report shows that the number of devices shipped in Q4 increased 3% to 14.6 million but had a year-on-year decrease of an astonishing 40%. Sony Ericsson states that the reason for the decrease was “due to a downturn in the global handset market and a faster than anticipated shift to touch screen phones in the mid-priced sector of the market”. We say that Rogers should speed up that X10! (more…)
Another day… another patent filed by a mobile manufacturer. This time it’s RIM with a patent that shows they are working on some sort finger print scanning technology. The specific patent was originally filed on February 26th, 2009 but recently updated on January 12th, 2010.
According to the documents, this is “An apparatus for input and fingerprint recognition comprises a touch surface, and a data processor coupled to the touch surface. The touch surface comprises a first region and a second region. The second region is distinct from and coplanar with the first region and occupies a minor portion of a total surface area of the touch surface. The data processor is configured to selectively operate the touch surface in a touch input mode or a fingerprint detection mode. In the touch input mode, the data processor is configured to operate the second region at a first resolution comparable to that of the first region to detect a touch input anywhere on the touch surface. (more…)