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CAA says that Texting while driving “is only going to get worse”

Many Canadian provinces have banned the use of hand held devices while driving. If you;re caught talking, texting, emailing or basically using your device without a Bluetooth headset of sorts then you could be heavily fined, possibly have your licence suspended. A recent survey of 6,000 people by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) shows that 88% of people said text messaging while driving is a “very serious” safety threat and the biggest safety concern. Impaired driving came in at 83%. Other findings of the survey have talking on cellphones at 65%.

CAA spokesman Ian Jack said “It signals a sea shift for people. It’s part of Canadian culture now that, for almost everyone, you don’t get impaired and get behind the wheel of a car. The message hasn’t sunk in yet that it’s a really bad idea to be looking at your wireless device while driving. We’re dealing right now with a generation of teenagers who seem to have their wireless devices stapled to their hands, 24/7. Older drivers don’t have that habit and a lot of people who are about to get their driver’s licence do have that habit of constantly texting. The problem is only going to get worse.”

Source: Canoe


Mobilicity to launch the Android Motorola Spice

It’s been a day filled with news from new entrant Mobilicity. Everything from monthly rate plan changes to a new city launching (Edmonton). Here’s some more news for you. We just received a couple e-mails of 2 new devices coming soon – by the end of year.

The first is the LG Wink. We’ve spoken about the entry level device a couple times. Specs have this with a 2-inch touchscreen (resolution of 240 x 320), 3.5 mm headphone jack, 1.3 megapixel camera, FM radio and holds up to 4GB with a microSD and it will be available for $99.99 no-contract.

The other in an Android device. The Motorola Spice will be “Exclusive to Mobilicity in its markets”… this is true as Videotron will also be releasing the Spice in the Quebec market. The e-mail also stated that the Spice will be available in time “for the holidays and new market launches in Edmonton, Vancouver & Ottawa”. Specs for the Spice have it running Android 2.1, a 3-inch touchscreen with slide out QWERTY keyboard, WiFi, 3 megapixel camera and weighs in at 145 grams. Videotron will be selling this for $59.95 on a “reduced price” or $279.95 no-contract… but Mobilicity will have this for the no-contract price of $199.99.

More soon!


Update: Mobilicity finally launching another city… Edmonton going live tomorrow!

It’s been months and months of waiting for new entrant Mobilicity to expand outside the Toronto core… and today is the glorious day that sees the switch turned on for Edmonton. You can take a look at this coverage map above and see if you made it into their Unlimited zone. The same phone are available and customers can also take advantage of the new 3 monthly rate plans versus 6 that Toronto launched with (you can check them out here).

What do you think Edmonton… you like the newest wireless carrier in town?

UPDATE: Shortly after posting this a release went out that stated “Canada’s newest national carrier appeals to consumers tired of paying outrageous costs and getting horrible service from incumbent carriers” and that they will be going live tomorrow.

Chairman John Bitove stated “No one likes being stuck in an expensive ‘Big Three’ contract. No one likes spending hours on the phone to get a billing error reversed. Consumers have become so accustomed to being treated badly, many think they have no choice but to accept it. But they don’t – not here, not now, not anymore.”

Next up is Ottawa, Vancouver and then Calgary.


Bell Samsung Galaxy Tab pops up online, then removed.

Bell will be releasing the Samsung Galaxy Tab tomorrow but made a brief appearance online today. Very brief. Unfortunately there were no official price points on the dedicated page, but it was previously known that the no-contract price will be $649.95 or if you sign up for their “Tablet Flex” plan you’ll get a $50 bill credit – taking it to $599.95.

To compare to the pricing that Rogers has going on: $674.99; 1-year is $599.99; 2-year is $564.99 and the 3-year is $539.99.

For now you can check out the hidden page here at Bell
(Thanks Rico!)


SaskTel BlackBerry Bold 9780 now available

The newest Bold 9780 has made itself available over at SaskTel. As expected this QWERTY device running the new BlackBerry 6 OS can be yours for a flat $100 on a 3-year; $400 on a 2-year; $500 on a 1-year and a whopping $570 no-contract. Notable specs have this with a 2.4-inch display (resolution of 480×360), 624 MHz Processor, 512 MB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, WiFi and can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card.

More here over at SaskTel


Video: RIM’s PlayBook vs. Apple iPad in web browser comparison

This video by RIM is great. They are putting their upcoming tablet called the PlayBook against the ever popular Apple iPad. It’s just over 3-minutes in length and gives a good run down of how we’ll be able to experience surfing the web. The best quote is “You’ll notice that the PlayBook is downloading rich Flash content. The iPad on the other hand actually has an error. If you look closely you’ll see that Flash is not supported. And instead they get a rather mundane, boring looking HTML site. The PlayBook is animated and is clearly getting much richer content”. Tablet wars are upon us… check out the video after the break (more…)


Android 2.2 Froyo finally arrives for the Acer Liquid e

For those who have the Android-powered Rogers Acer Liquid e today is a good day for you as the upgrade to Android OS 2.2 Froyo is now available. Rogers stated on Twitter that “Good news Acer Liquid E users! Android OS 2.2 now available: Select Smart Handheld ->Liquid E & follow instructions”

Update: This is available for both Rogers and Fido

Go forth here at Acer
(Thanks to everyone who sent this is!)


Mobilicity slims down to offer just 3 monthly plans

New entrant Mobilicity originally launched their wireless service with 6 monthly plans. They ranged from a basic talk and text plan at $15/month to an all-in Unlimited Data offering at $65/month. Well, they must be getting ready to rumble and go live with their other cities as they have abolished 3 of their plans. Here’s what we have remaining and Mobilicity states that “The price you see is the price you actually pay”:

$25 per month plan: Unlimited Text & Picture Messaging, Local Calling, Caller I.D. and Mobilicity to Mobilicity Calling plus a slew of available add-ons.

$35 per month plan: Unlimited Text & Picture Messaging, Local Calling, Caller I.D. and Mobilicity to Mobilicity Calling. Voicemail, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, 3 Way Calling, Province Wide Long Distance (plus the add-ons)

$45 per month plan: Unlimited Text & Picture Messaging, Local Calling, Caller I.D. and Mobilicity to Mobilicity Calling. Voicemail, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, 3 Way Calling, Province Wide Long Distance, Canadian Long Distance, U.S. Long Distance, Global Text Messaging. (plus the add-ons)

So there is no pure data plan anymore… you can add $10 and get unlimited data on a smartphone.
All we can say is good move Mobilicity. Good. Move. Now get the Nexus One back in stock!

More here at Mobilicity
(Thanks cellphoneSTAR!)


Mobilicity takes 50% off monthly data stick plan… but you need a voice plan to get it

Mobilicity will be launching new cities soon (rumoured this week) but they have also come out with yet another discounted plan. We’ve got no idea how these new entrants are making enough dough… but it’s a good deal for customers. The latest is a 50% cut in the $40/month “Unlimited Internet Access” data stick plan. To get this you’ll need to not only buy their Option Data Stick 452 for $99.99 but also have to sign up for a $25 Mobilicity voice plan (or higher)??. So this is the closest thing Mobilicity is getting to a “bundle” package.

More here at Mobilicity


LG 4-inch Android device arriving early 2011 gets pictured early

The other day a leaked Sony Ericsson doc showed a couple devices aptly named the Xperia X7 and X7 mini that had some impressive specs to it. Today it’s an unknown LG device that’s in the spotlight and it looks to be heading into the market sometime in early 2011 (no idea of when this will land on Canadian soil). The pictures look wicked and so do the specs: Android (unknown OS), NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 4-inch display, 8 megapixel camera with flash that can record 1080p videos, front-facing camera, 1500mAh battery, microSD slot (no idea on what the memory can expand to yet) and a microUSB port.

Seriously. 2011 is looking like it will be a very good year. Devices are getting bigger and more powerful.
Source: Engadget