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Do the incumbents have “embedded spies with the new entrants”?

There’s many rumours of how many subscribers the new entrants Wind Mobile, Mobilicity and Public Mobile have actually taken away from the incumbents: 30,000, 100,000, 140,000 – there are no official numbers released and probably won’t be for a while. The Big 3 and their flanker brands have all stepped up their game offering Unlimited Calling, early evenings, axed System Access fees and some carriers have also reduced their handset prices.

Rogers is coming into the market with a new discount brand named “Chatr”. This will be available in core urban locations (Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Ottawa) and will directly compete with the new entrants. The government wanted more competition and things are fiercely heating up.

Here’s something to ponder. We were exchanging e-mails from one of our tipsters who works for one of the Big 3 in a corporate office position. The tipster had this to say about the current wireless state in Canada:

“I’ve been reading up on the articles regarding the Big 3 abusing their dominant positions in the marketplace, and let me tell you that this is completely true. For the last few months there have been high level meetings between executives and business analysts from Rogers, Bell, & Telus. (more…)

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TELUS becomes the official wireless provider of the CFL

Even though they didn’t secure the naming rights for the Vancouver Canucks home arena, TELUS has finalized a 2-year partnership to become the official wireless provider of the CFL. As part of the deal fans will be able to download a free app that will give them the ability to watch live games, check real time stats, schedules and watch highlights. The app will be available later this year and anyone can download regardless of what carrier they’re with. (more…)

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TELUS announces the HTC Desire is coming soon

We already knew that this was coming… but it’s always a good thing to get some official confirmation! Today TELUS held an event for the HTC Desire where they officially announced that it was “coming soon”. We have no official dates or pricing it will come with Android OS 2.1 and it will be upgradable to 2.2 in the future.

David Fuller, Chief Marketing Officer at TELUS stated “With social media being an essential part of the way Canadians communicate and stay informed, TELUS is committed to bring them some of the best smartphones available on the market to answer that need. The HTC Desire is not only the perfect smartphone to stay in the know of everything that’s going on around you”.

The Desire comes with a 3.7-inch display with a resolution of 800×480, a 5. megapixel camera with video capabilities, can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card, WiFi. We will upload a quick video of the Desire in action and will have more updates soon.

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Quick Contest: Selection of SIM cards up for grabs

Here’s a quick contest again… We’ve got 5 TELUS SIM cards, 5 WIND Mobile SIM cards and 5 Bell SIM cards up for grabs.

All you have to do to win this one of these bad boys is one of the following: follow us on Twitter, become a member of our Forum or enter your name in the comment section below.  The contest ends Friday, July 16th at 11:59pm.

Good luck to all who enter!

(Winners will be send an e-mail or DM on Twitter)

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Analyst: Total recall of the iPhone 4 could cost $900 million

More talk around this much talked about Apple iPhone 4 antenna issues. RBC Capital Markets Analyst Mike Abramsky says that if Apple goes the route of doing a “broad repair scenario, or even a full recall” of the iPhone 4 it could cost upwards of $900 million… to which he said “Apple can easily afford it”. In a report Abramsky pointed out that if the antenna issue effects 100% of iPhone 4 users Apple has 3 possible scenarios: (more…)

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XM app for Android “will be available later this summer”

XM Canada recently released an app for called XM online+ for the iPhone and BlackBerry and iPhone. This app gives you access to the all the music, talk, sports and entertainment shows on XM and will cost $7.99 per month or $2.99 a month when bundled it with a XM Canada subscription. They do have a 14 day trial available before you put your money down.

Today they announced an iPad app but more importantly for those who want to give this a go with your Android device, XM states that “an application for Android will be available later this summer”. (more…)

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Rumour: BlackBerry 9800 to be a Rogers exclusive in Canada?

There’s been a tremendous amount of leaks when it comes to the upcoming BlackBerry 9800 Slider. Quick specs are that it comes with their new OS called BlackBerry 6, a 3.2-inch touchscreen display (resolution of 360 x 480), full QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad, 5 megapixel camera, 3G connectivity, WLAN, A-GPS Bluetooth, 3.5 mm headset jack, 4GB of internal memory and can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card.

AT&T is pegged to get this in the States and although we don’t have a price point or a release date of when this will be available in Canada, we’ve been informed that “the 9800 could be exclusive to Rogers only due to Bell and Telus already has touch screen BlackBerrys (Storm 1 and 2).”

Rogers and RIM have launched several exclusive devices in the past and their relationship goes back to when RIM was just starting out. They were the first to launch the Bold 9000 and if this rumour pans out they would not only be the first to release the 9800 but a device that operates on their new BlackBerry 6 OS. You can check out the videos of the 9800 slider here.

UPDATE: After posting this we got several tips that this is in Bell and TELUS inventory.

Blackberry Accessories Code: All of your Blackberry Accessories are available at PureMobile.ca

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Lazaridis on RIM’s new BlackBerry 6: “you’re going to see something different”

Research in Motion held their Annual Meeting of Shareholders yesterday in Waterloo and co-CEO Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis were asked a number of questions about where the company stands in the Smartphone market and what they are doing to compete.

Specifically one of the questions surrounded the hype and lineups that Apple gets when they release a new iPhone and perhaps RIM could borrow what they do. In response Balsillie pointed out to their chief marketing officer Keith Pardy and said “Did you hear that Keith?”. So maybe when the 9800 is released we’ll be seeing a lineup somewhere. Hopefully not just filled with actors.

Also, Lazaridis said that their new OS called BlackBerry 6 has over 15 million lines of software code that’s all put together “in a seamless way… When you pick it up and start using it you’re going to see something different… There has been a lot of thought put into it about how people are going to use it to communicate.”

Earlier this week RIM
gave another sneak peek at the new OS, certainly a difference experience from previous BlackBerry OS updates in the past… but will it be enough? (more…)

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Opera Mini 5.1 for Android officially released

Opera has officially released Opera Mini 5.1 for Android smartphones. They stated in a press release that it’s lightning fast and highly suggest you make it your default mobile browser. Some of the new features with this update are that it brings better kinetic scrolling, auto-saves your browsing sessions but unfortunately does not support Flash. (more…)

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