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Future Shop and Best Buy now selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab


For everyone who is having a challenge finding a Samsung Galaxy Tab at a Bell or Rogers store you might want to check out your local Future Shop or Best Buy. They have been stocked with limited quantities across our great land.

As for prices: Best Buy has the Bell version in stock for $699.99. Over a Future Shop they we’ve been informed that they have both Bell and Rogers in stock for the following prices: Bell: $699.99 (no contract) and Rogers for 674.99 (no contract) and $539.99 on a 3-year contract.

Source: Future Shop & Best Buy

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Mobilicity to release Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 at $499.99


So much Mobilicity news is absolutely insane. This week we saw them launch in 3 cities (Edmonton, Vancouver and Ottawa), announced 3 new devices (LG Wink, Motorola Spice, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10) and even had time to rant against the Big 3 (Rogers, Bell and TELUS) and do a little dance at the Rogers Head Office.

Regarding the upcoming launch of the Xperia X10, we’ve been tipped that you can expect this to be “available as early as next week” for the no-contract price of $499.99. Pretty good price for the Android 2.1 device. If you’re looking to get this it comes with a 4-inch touchscreen display (resolution of 480×854), WiFi, holds up to 32GB with a microSD card, 8.1 megapixel camera with flash, auto-focus and video capabilities, 3.5mm headset jack and you’ll be happy to know that multi touch is coming in 2011.

More soon!
(Thanks tipster!)

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Rogers offering up free tickets for upcoming TabLife conference


Rogers is offering up free tickets for their upcoming “TabLife TO” conference – an event around Tablets and how they’re gaining popularity and becoming more common in our everyday lives. This year alone Canada saw the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Dell Streak released.

This event is an invite only event that’s happening on Friday December 3rd but Rogers stated on their RedBoard blog that “At 3 p.m. ET this Monday, Nov 22, we’ll open up a limited number of free tickets for TabLife TO on a first-come, first-served basis at tablife.ca. Your ticket includes admission to the event only, and you will be responsible for your own transportation to Toronto.”

So if you want to check this out it’s best you get your browser ready at 3pm Monday.

More info here at RedBoard
(Thanks Miranda!)

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Virgin releases Android-powered Samsung Galaxy 550


Another Android device has officially landed at Virgin Mobile. The Samsung Galaxy 550 is now their 3rd (HTC Legend and Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant are the others). As for specs of this OS 2.1 device:2.8 inch QVGA touchscreen display, 600MHz processor, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.5mm headset jack, 2 megapixel camera and can hold up to 16Gb with a microSD card. Also, this has it’s only exclusive plan (see it here) and is available for $0.00 on contract/SuperTab or $199.99 no-contract.

More here at Virgin

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Competition Bureau asks Court to have Rogers to pay $10 million for “misleading advertising” of Chatr


Wowzers… a wind has blown through Canada and it could cost Rogers $10 million (plus restitution) . Remember a few months back when new entrant Mobilicity complained to the Competition Bureau that Rogers new discount wireless brand was – as Chairman John Bitove stated – “trying to destroy our success”. Or how about when Wind Mobile Chairman Tony Lacavera stated that “There is absolutely no solid or objective technical basis” that Chatr advertising they have “fewer dropped calls than new wireless carriers”.

Well today the Competition Bureau completed their 2 month investigation and has begun legal proceedings against Rogers Communications Inc. to stop what the Bureau has concluded is misleading advertising of Rogers’ Chatr”.

According to the release on the Competition Bureau’s website it states that “The Bureau’s investigation, which involved an extensive review of technical data, obtained from a number of sources, led the Bureau to conclude that there is no discernible difference in dropped call rates between Rogers/Chatr and new entrants”.

The Competition Bureau is going to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and asking Rogers to:
- immediately stop the advertising campaign and refrain from engaging in similar campaigns
- pay an administrative monetary penalty of $10 million dollars;
- pay restitution to affected customers; and
- issue a corrective notice to inform the general public about the nature and provisions of the order issued against them.

Melanie Aitken, Commissioner of Competition said that “We take misleading advertising very seriously. Consumers deserve accurate information when making purchasing decisions and need to have confidence they are not being misled by false advertising campaigns. The spectrum auction was intended to enhance competition in the wireless sector… New entrants attempting to gain a foothold in the market should not be discredited by misleading claims made by their competitors.”

HUGE news for the new entrants. Over $10 million… that’s a serious amount of discounted handsets they have to sell to make that money back.

Update: It seems that this is not a done deal yet. The Competition Bureau is only at a stage of “asking” the Court for Rogers to do the above. Regardless – they will end up paying some sort of amount for the false claims.

Update #2: Wind Mobile has just responded to the news by the Competition Bureau: (more…)

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SaskTel expands 3G+ coverage with 30 new tower locations


SaskTel launched their 3G+ network on August 16th and they are incredibly good at keeping people up to date with their complete 3G+ roll-out schedule. In fact they have a dedicated page where you can follow the rollout and they always maintain the updates. Today they announced that 30 more areas in Saskatchewan have been turned on with 3G+ speeds and the full project is expected to be completed in 2011.

Check out the new additions to the SaskTel 3G+ network after the break (more…)

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Bell HTC Desire Z Review


The Desire Z is one of HTC’s latest Android offerings, which sports a 3.7” super LCD capacitive touch screen and slide out QWERTY keyboard. The Desire Z is approximately 2.38” (wide) by 4.69” (tall) by 0.56” (thick). The touch screen has a resolution of 480 by 800 WVGA and has pinch-zoom capabilities.

AESTETHICS:

One of the first things I noticed about this phone was its weight, since when you first pick it up, it seems a lot heavy than most smartphones on the market. The Desire Z weighs in at around 180g; however while sliding open and typing on the phone, the heaviness is quickly forgotten. One of the reasons for the added weight is the solid design of the device.

The phone is covered in a light grey brushed aluminum bezel, while the front of the device sports four touch key backlit shortcuts for Home, Menu, Back, and Search, as well as an optical trackpad for navigation. The shortcut buttons are very responsive; however the trackpad does not feel as smooth or comfortable as my trusty Blackberry. (more…)

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WIND releases the Android Alcatel Tribe at $190


It’s been known that WIND will be launching the Alcatel Tribe as it’s listed all over their current promos… but it’s officially available today for $190 outright or $40 on the WINDTab. WIND now offer 2 of the cheapest priced Android devices in Canada (the other is the Huawei U8100 for $150).

As for specs of the Tribe, this slider comes with a touchscreen and a full QWERTY keyboard, Android OS 2.1 Eclair (no word on future upgrades), 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, WiFi, GPS 3.5mm headset jack and can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card.

Check it here over at WIND

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TELUS says Mobilicity complaint is “self-serving mythology”


New entrant Mobilicity is now operational is 4 out of 5 of their launch cities. Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver and Ottawa are now live and Calgary will open shop sometime in Q1 2011 (they were supposed to be this year but it’s been delayed).

When Rogers launched their discount brand Chatr, Mobilcity Chairman John Bitove said they are “trying to destroy our success” and his company filed complaints against them “with various government agencies, including the Competition Bureau, on the grounds that Chatr is in direct breach of Section 78 of the Competition Act prohibiting market leaders from using “fighting brands to discipline or eliminate a competitor.”

Yesterday at their Ottawa launch Mobilicity CEO Dave Dobbin continued the charge against the incumbents and stated that Rogers, Bell and TELUS all use “anti-consumer tactics” that hurt competition and force consumers into signing long-term contracts. So Mobilicity sent a letter to Industry Minister Tony Clement to support legislation that protects consumers rights and reduce cancellation fees. This letter was also sent to the Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta governments.

Dobbin stated that “We just want to let the governments know that there’s a wireless company out there that agrees with them that the Canadian consumer needs to be protected… Mobilicity does not believe incumbents should be allowed to continue to use the anti-consumer tactics…These tactics have already attracted a lot of consumers’ complaints… The broadening of these tactics will only attract more consumers’ complaints”. This is what Quebec currently has in place and also what Ontario Liberal MPP David Orazietti has proposed.

Unfortunately the complaint already seems to go nowhere as Clement’s press secretary Lynn Meahan said in an email that they should not bother contacting the Industry Minister but reach out to the Competition Bureau. “We acknowledge the concerns Mobilicity has about their competitors…There are various methods to address concerns like these, such as the federal Competition Bureau.”

I’m sure we’ll eventually hear from all the carriers, but TELUS spokesman Shawn Hall said the complaint is “self-serving mythology. When a contract expires, you automatically go month-to-month… That’s a pretty serious accusation. What’s his example? What’s his proof? Our customers have always had the option of signing on to a contract in exchange for a deep discount on a device, or going month-to-month”.

UPDATE: We were just sent a note from Mobilicity President and CEO, Dave Dobbin that stated the following remarks on TELUS’ comment: “My proof?  My proof are the 19 million frustrated Big 3 wireless subscribers in this country.  I bet few if any of them were aware of the punitive nature of these contracts and their inherent cancellation fees when they were lured in by cheap handset prices.  The Big 3 should focus on solving their 20% customer satisfaction rates rather than arguing their customers ‘knew what they were getting into.’”

Thoughts?

Source: Yahoo & Canoe

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