Videotron has a target of the Summer of 2010 to launch their new wireless network, this has some current carriers a bit scared as they dominate and have some valuable spectrum in the Quebec region.
On another note, Videotron has released some numbers for 2009 and states that “as of December 31, 2009, there were 82,800 activated handsets on Videotron’s wireless service, compared with 63,400 at the same date in 2008″. These numbers represent a growth of 23.4% in the last year. A very good sign of things to come in 2010. (more…)
Rogers will be the first in North America to release the highly anticipated Android-powered Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10. This will be available sometime in the 2nd quarter of 2010, so April, May or June. Quick specs on the beast are:
- Overall dimensions are 119 × 63 x 13 mm and weighs 135 grams
- 4-inch WVGA (480×854 pixels) capacitive touchscreen that’s scratch-resistant
- GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio jack
- 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 CPU
- 8GB microSD card included, 1GB of internal memory
- Android 1.6 (probably by release it’ll be upgradable to 2.0)
- signature applications pre-loaded such as Mediascape and Timescape
- 8.1-megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom, auto-focus, touch focus, face recognition, smile detection, geo-tagging image & video stabilizer
2010 is already shaping up to be a good year. This is the first major announcement and you can bet eager people who want to jump on the TELUS Motorola Milestone… might possibly hold out until the X10 is released. No word on pricing but it should coming in around the $199.99 – $249.99 mark on a 3-year.
John Boynton, Executive Vice President, Marketing said “At Rogers, we have built our legacy on innovation, bringing the most exciting and exclusive handsets first to customers in Canada…We are thrilled to be the exclusive Canadian carrier to offer this phenomenal mobile entertainment device.”
It’s finally here and for all those who had a leaked version you now can get the real deal. Bell has officially released OS 220.127.116.111 for the BlackBerry Bold 9000. Get it here over at BlackBerry and as usual make sure you backup all your files before downloading the new OS. (more…)
There has been a surge of Bluetooth headsets and manufacturers are raking in the money. British Columbia and Saskatchewan are the latest provinces to jump on board and banning the use of hand held devices while driving. So no texting, e-mail surfing the web or talking without some sort of Bluetooth assistance.
Best Buy will be exclusively releasing the SoundID 400 (see the ad on the left). This looks almost identical to the Jawbone headsets and has similar qualities such as noise cancellation, comfort and volume control. The SoundID 400 weighs in at 8 grams and in the States it retails for $129, so it might ring in around the $140 mark here.No word on when this will be available but it’ll be before the end of January.
Found this video of the Sound ID 300 and it looks like it can handle just about anything, so just imagine what the 400 will offer. The vid shows a guy enjoying a coffee, suddenly gets a call and uses the headset and strolls outside where all hell is breaking loose around him. Not even remotely phased about what’s happening he continues to enjoy his conversation all because of his SoundID headset.
TNS is first out of the gate for a 2010 study on consumers and their intention to purchase a mobile device. The annual Global Telecoms and Insight Study surveyed over 24,000 people in 35 markets and when it comes to Canadian specifics here is what they found out:
- 55% of Canadian are planning to buy a mobile phone in the next six months (up from just 19% last year).
- 28% of Canadians are looking to purchase a touchscreen as their next phone.
- 19% of Canadians are planning to buy a QWERTY device as their next phone of choice.
Tom Buehrer, SVP of TNS, “Increased consumer confidence, pent-up demand and a raft of new smartphones have created conditions akin to a ‘perfect storm’ for 2010, and the industry stands to make out handsomely. Purchase intent is at unprecedented levels and has risen dramatically since last year, which presents the industry with an opportunity to drive handset sales and simultaneously build incremental revenue through content and data plans.”
Are you one of the 55% of Canadians that are looking to get a new phone? If so which one and with what carrier?
WIND Mobile launched almost 3 weeks ago and we sat down with Chairman Tony Lacavera to talk about how everything is going.
Check out the video and you hear how they have well over 5,000 subscribers and will be expanding to Ottawa, Edmonton and Vancouver this quarter. Also, he speaks candid about the network challenges, such as porting numbers, network coverage and their prices for the home and away zones.
In addition, we asked him a few direct questions when it comes to rumours. Will they be launching a new brand? Will they be implementing a “tab” system like Koodo Mobile? What devices will they be bringing on? Check out the video and leave your thoughts… (YouTube is still processing so the quality may be a bit pixelated for a bit)
Calgary-based Multiplied Media, developers of the free app Poynt, has a new beta version of their app available. In this release it gives the user instant weather forecast and gas prices. All you have to do to get the weather is launch the Poynt app and the background will reflect the current temperature. For the gas prices, unfortunately this is not available in Canada yet but when it is you’ll be able to get the latest local gas prices that are in your area. (more…)
Back on December 11th Industry Minister Tony Clement overturned the CRTC’s decision and gave Globalive the green light to launch their WIND Mobile brand. He stated “It is a Canadian company that meets Canadian ownership and control requirements”.
It’s been several weeks and he’s still getting some flack for this choice… and probably will for some time. The main reason for the backlash is the fact that the foreign-ownership rules have somewhat been rewritten and bent to accommodate the governments 2008 wireless auction.
Clement stated in an interview “This government made a decision a couple of years ago that we wanted more competition in the wireless space, that this was important for consumers, it was important for our economy… So the momentous decision wasn’t the Globalive decision, (more…)
Not the greatest news but it’s always good to continue to save money. If you are looking for a Prepaid device you might want to head on over to your local 7Eleven. Speak Out Wireless is having a promo now that will save you $20 on all their devices. The only condition is that you have to buy $50 worth of airtime to get the discount. (more…)
With Bell now completely having full ownership of all 765 The Source locations… for those who want a glimpse into what Bell is doing with the look of the wireless department you can check out the pics below. Rogers was booted out after several years of representation and over the next few months Bell will being completing a full re-design of the brand. (more…)