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Calgary man racks up $8k bill while visiting France

These kind of stories will never get old. Another mobile user who has racked up a bill while ravelling overseas. This time it’s Calgary resident Jason Boutang who went to France between June 1-7th to see some of the local attractions. He pulled out his Virgin iPhone and started to use a translator app to help him out. In addition for some reason he also decided to stream a Calgary rock radio station and send a number of text messages.

This is all good and very handy but the downside is that Boutang didn’t get himself a roaming data plan before he left… so he get’s home to find his bill totaling a whopping $7,763.70. Ouch! Even though he was there for 7 days Virgin saw his bill increase and shut it down after 3 days.

Boutang says “I opened my e-bill and fell over. I had to get three other people to look at the screen to make sure I read it right. It’s criminal… They (Virgin) said, ‘pay up, every penny … you went outside your neighbourhood, you pay the price”.

Virgin’s spokeswoman Erica Faltous said “We do our best to have warnings in place but we are looking into it to see if there’s some way we can help out”. Over the 3-day period Faltous said Boutang used about 130 megabytes.

So not Boutang has ditched his iPhone and says “it’s a nice ornament”. He’s switched to a Rogers Prepaid device and filed a complaint with the CRTC about why Virgin representatives said nothing to him about roaming packages.

Ouch. That’s gotta hurt.
Via: Canoe

Update from August 20th, 2010: For some reason we received an e-mail from Jason Boutang. It stated the following:

“Hello Kate O’Brian this is Jason Boutang the guy you obivously like to run down because your Article is no where near the truth. You remind me of a ex girlfriend that had the same name as yours always like to pick out the negatives and not the positives so im going to fill you in on whats what. My contract with rogers is a month to month one ( It’s not pay as you go). For the data I used in France would of costed me $420 on the rogers network and when I asked them they where straight and up front with me No!! Virgin run arounds I like dealing with adults rather than kids So thats what it costed me for the Data and to kiss Virgin Goodbye I don’t think I will ever go back. Maybye If the kids are more competent or Virgin and big brother Bell do something diferent then the other 2.”

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SaskTel to go live with 3G+ network August 16th, 2010

SaskTel has just announced that they’ll be launching the “first phase” of their 3G+ network as a “technical trial” for select employees. This trial will last for 6 weeks and will “resolve any technical issues prior to a commercial launch”. For the rest of us we’ll have to wait until August 16th, 2010 as this is the consumer go live date.

When it comes to coverage, SaskTel states that “customers in Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Yorkton, Swift Current, Prince Albert, North Battleford and most of the connecting highways” will get access. In addition, 3G+ will be available province-wide by the end of 2010.

They are still in talks to bring the iPhone 4 to their network but confirmed that they will launch with the BlackBerry Bold 9700, BlackBerry Pearl 9100, Nokia 7230, Nokia 6350 and a Novatel MC998D USB data stick.

Robert Watson, SaskTel President and CEO said “We want to ensure that we are delivering the highest quality network to our customers so we are beginning our deployment with a technical trial. The 3G+ network build is one of the biggest network projects in SaskTel history and our employees have gone above and beyond to deliver it in record time. This initiative is a significant network project as it ensures a smoother transition to fourth generation (4G) wireless technology known as long term evolution (LTE)”.

For those who live in these areas… is this what you were waiting to hear?

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Bell delivers the CFL live to your mobile phone

Bell announced that they’ll stream live CFL games to your smartphone. The partnership is with TSN and includes all 2010 regular season and playoff games produced by TSN and RDS. Of course this is not a free service and Bell customers will have to pay $8 per month plus data charges for Mobile TV access.

Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility said “Our partnership with TSN and RDS means Bell clients can access the best of Canadian football on their smartphones and see how watching live sports just got better.” (more…)

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CAA releases the “CAA Roadside App” for iPhone

Just in time for the Summer road trips CAA (Canadian Automobile Association) has released the “CAA Roadside App” for iPhone. The app is free via the App Store and gives users quick access to connect for roadside assistance. You can either use the app for a one-touch button call for help, or click the “request for assistance” button and it uses the GPS in the iPhone to send help. While in the app you can select what issues you are experiencing such as dead battery, flat tire, tow truck, locked out etc… (more…)

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How much data do you use in a month?

A new Nielsen report based on 60,000 mobile phone bills in the United States shows that a significant number of Smartphone owners are using less than 1 MB a month of data. Roger Entner of Neilsen said “The top 6% of smartphone users are consuming half of all data. More than a third of smartphone users have not yet signed up for a data plan.”

Even though the report is based in the States  were curious how close the numbers are for us Canadians.  Smartphone adoption is on the rise in Canada and the only recent stat we could find is when Rogers President Rob Bruce recently stated at the 2010 Canadian Telecom Summit that “Our research shows that average daily use on an iPhone is about 210 MB and more than 90% of iPhone customers use less than 500MB of data.”

How much data do you use in a month?

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HTC reports Q2 results… on track to ship 20 million handsets?

HTC is continuing to gain traction when it comes to the handset market share. They reported their Q2 results and it’s another record… $268 million in unedited profit (up 33% from last year), shipped 50% more devices than last year at 4.5 million units and analyst Bonnie Chang of Yuanta Securities believes that HTC will ship over 20 million handsets this year.

HTC said that the “second-quarter earnings result is better than its original second-quarter guidance, [as] both June and second-quarter revenues continuously hit record highs”. (more…)

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SaskTel making 3G+ announcement tomorrow

For all those located in Saskatchewan and are waiting for SaskTel to give an update about thier anticipated 3G+ launch… it’s coming in a few short hours. SaskTel stated on Twitter that “3G+ announcement is coming tomorrow morning.”

We’ve been hearing that it’s still in a soft launch scenario but they will be announcing their lineup of new devices. One heavily rumoured devices that SaskTel will launch is the new Apple iPhone 4. Back in October last year SaskTel signed a network sharing agreement with TELUS and Bell so there are many devices that they have access to. What devices do you think they’ll launch with?

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Nokia 7020 now available at Rogers

Another flip phone that looks like it came from the 90′s has officially launched at Rogers. We’ve got to remember that there are still people out there that don’t need a smartphone and want a basic device. The Nokia 7020 is certainly that basic device.

You can get this for the 3-year contract price of $9.99; 2-year contract for $59.99; 1-year contract for $99.99 and no-contract for $149.99. Decent prices for a entry level device that has a 2.2-inch screen, 2 megapixel camera and can hold up to 16 GB with a microSD card. (more…)

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Public having a BOGO deal for a free ZTE C78 on July 10th

Here’s probably the best promo that Public Mobile has ever offered. Almost as good as the free Unlimited long distance for life deal. Hopefully all the Montreal network problems are solved because on July 10th Public is giving out a free ZTE C78. There’s a catch though as it’s basically a buy one get one free deal.

To celebrate the FIFA World Cup they state on their blog that “For one day only, July 10th, Public Mobile will give a free ZTE C78 phone to everyone who buys any regularly priced Public Mobile phone. Sign both up for one of our unlimited plans, and you’ll have unlimited talk in time for the finals.”

You game for this offer?

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RIM gives The Queen a White BlackBerry Bold 9700

Well the anticipation is over as to what device the Queen was given today when she toured the RIM factory in Waterloo.

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis gave the Queen a BlackBerry Bold 9700 in white. In addition, traditionally a bouquet of flowers are given to her but this time students from Queen Elizabeth public school opted to give her a virtual bouquet of flowers. (more…)

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