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Consumer Reports: “iPhone 4 is still not one of our Recommended models”

It’s been a long time since Apple has felt this kind of pressure. They are used to everyone getting excited to use their products not nervous. The PR storm started right after the new iPhone 4 was launched where customers were getting a weak signal strength. Apple dodged the issue for weeks… then Consumer Reports said they could not recommend it and all broke out. That could have been the tipping point, a well known publication boldly stating that the product has an issue (Ironically the iPhone 4 is on their highest rated list too).

Friday we saw Apple CEO Steve Jobs announce that “a very small number of users” are having this antenna issue but they’ll be giving everyone who bought the iPhone 4 a free case (only until September 30th). Plus give if owners choose to return their iPhone 4, Apple will also give a full refund. Even though Apple has been “working our butts off so we can come up with real solutions”, Consumer Reports wrote on their blog that:

“Consumer Reports believes Apple’s offer of free cases is a good first step. However, Apple has indicated that this is not a long-term solution, it has guaranteed the offer only through September 30th, and has not extended it unequivocally to customers who bought cases from third-party vendors. We look forward to a long-term fix from Apple. As things currently stand, the iPhone 4 is still not one of our Recommended models.”

Source: Consumer Reports
Via: IntoMobile


HTC unofficially responds to being roped into the Apple “Antennagate” debacle

Apple stated on Friday that the iPhone 4 is not the only device that gets hit with a weak signal strength. Steve Jobs specifically targeted his closest competitors into his presentation: Samsung, RIM and HTC. We’ve already heard back from RIM by them stating that “Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable.”

How about HTC. Jobs singled out the Droid Eris and said that their testing revealed the device completely lost signal by showing no bars. Although there’s no official statement HTC yet, head of Global PR Eric Lin said that “Approximately .016% of customers” of customer who have the Eris have complained about poor signal strength. (more…)


BlackBerry Storm2 9550 finally arrives at MTS

The BlackBerry Storm2 9550 has finally popped up over at MTS. This touchscreen is available for the long 3-year contract price of $199.99; 2-year of $299.99 then hits the high note of $524.99 on a 1-year contract price. It’s got the same specs as what you can get with TELUS, Bell and SaskTel: a 3.25-inch display (resolution of 480 X 360) with a virtual QWERTY keyboard, WiFi, 3.2 megapixel camera with flash and auto-focus, 3.5mm headset jack, Speakerphone, can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card, full HTML browser, Speakerphone, GPS.

Check it here at MTS
(Thanks Curtis & Kyle!)


RIM fights back: “Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable”

Apple held their iPhone 4 antenna press conference and stated that other manufacturers such as Nokia, Motorola, HTC and RIM devices have the same “Antennagate” problem where the signal slowly disappears. Apple went as far as showing examples of each.

Well our homegrown Waterloo-based Research in Motion is fighting back! Thanks to Kevin over at CrackBerry for the official statement by co-CEO’s Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie. Read it below… it’s bold and to the point:

“Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation. (more…)


Chatr “launch has been delayed, with a revised launch date to be determined”

Ouch. Rogers new discount wireless brand had a targeted for a possible launch date of July 21st… but thanks to one of our tipsters who let us know the launch has been delayed “with a revised launch date to be determined”. Perhaps Mobilicity complaining did do something??

Yesterday we got pics of the 4 devices that Chatr
will be launching but according to the internal doc we received execs asked that employees “hold the Chatr items in your storage rooms until confirmation has been provided”. Have a read below and let us know your thoughts:

“Hi everyone,
In anticipation of the upcoming launch which was scheduled for July 21st, Chatr had arranged to have handsets and fixtures shipped out to stores this week for arrival Monday or Tuesday next week.

Unfortunately Chatr has now confirmed that the launch has been delayed, with a revised launch date to be determined. As a result, we ask that you hold the Chatr items in your storage rooms until confirmation has been provided. Once this has been confirmed, we’ll send a notification with details of when and how to display the new Chatr POP. We are mindful of the limited storage space available in your stores, and appreciate your efforts to accommodate these additional pieces until the Chatr launch date is confirmed.

Chatr shipment details:
- Handsets have been shipped with expected delivery today or Monday July 19 in store (please hold these items in the backrooms for now)
- Fixtures for Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton have been shipped and will arrive in store on July 19/20 (please have courier deliver fixtures to your storage rooms)
- Kiosk store fixtures for Ontario have shipped and will arrive in store on July 19/20
- Inline store fixtures for Ontario have been held back
- The collateral and dummy phone shipments have been stopped
- Emailing of the store administrator user ID’s and passwords is on hold

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

(Thanks d-insider and iSellPhones!)


TELUS HTC Desire to be priced at $79.99 on 3-year

The Android-powered HTC desire will be hitting TELUS soon. Yesterday we found hidden prices in the source code of the TELUS Desire web page… but today we’ve got a retail inventory screenshot of the 3-year contract price. How does $79.99 sound to you?

If this is the actual price that TELUS will be releasing the Desire at it’ll do incredibly well. The Desire runs on Android 2.1 with talk of being upgraded to 2.2, has a 3.7 inch LCD display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and a 5 megapixel camera. We also hear that the no-contract price is going to be around the $449.99 mark (not confirmed).

Good work TELUS!

(Thanks Tipster!)


Apple iPhone 4 launching in Canada on July 30th

At the Apple iPhone 4 press conference today Steve Jobs announced that they’ll be giving people who purchased the device a free case or a bumper, this will help solve antenna issues. The offer stands until September 30th. Also, they will give users a full refund if they want it (within 30 days of purchase).

In addition, what’s also important for us Canadians is that he announced the release date is set for July 30th. Jobs states that “Also on July 30th, we’re going to bring the iPhone to 17 more countries, with the omission of South Korea. So that’s the update on iPhone 4.”

Wonder if us Canadians will be lucky enough to get both colours (Black and White models). Will you be getting the new iPhone 4 or sticking with a iPhone 3GS?

Via: Engadget

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iPhone 4 Press conference now on: “Okay – we’ll give you a free case.”

Apple is holding a press conference right now about the iPhone 4 and its antenna issues. Jobs is on stage now and stated that “The iPhone 4 is perhaps the best product we’ve ever made at Apple. We’ve sold well over 3 million since we launched it 3 weeks ago. It’s been judged the number 1 smartphone…”

Regarding the antenna issues. Jobs stated that “This was 22 days ago… we haven’t had out head in the sand. We’ve been working on this for just 22 days. We are an engineering company, and we want to find out what the real problem is. We’ve been working our butts off so we can come up with real solutions. And we want to share what we’ve learned.” (more…)


WIND to launch 1 or 2 Android devices. Plus HTC, BlackBerry, Nokia, & Samsung before the end of the year

There are a number of rumours out there about how many customers have signed up with WIND: 75,000, 90,000 and 100,000. Yesterday I caught up with Chairman of Wind Mobile Tony Lacavera and he avoided giving me exact numbers but did state an official announcement will be made within 30-60 days.

In addition, Wind will soon be launching 1 if not 2 Android-powered devices. Plus new BlackBerry smartphones, Nokia, Samsung and HTC devices all before the end of the year. It’s rumoured that the Android devices could be the Huawei U8100 and a Motorola device. The BlackBerry Pearl 9100 has already been spotted in their Wind Mobile magazine. (more…)