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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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Motorola launches “Summer’s A Blur” Contest

Motorola Canada is going to be launching daily contests this Summer conveniently titled “Summer’s A Blur”. They recently launched the Quench, Backflip and Dext and wherever these contests are you can expect to see these devices there too.

It seems the contests are only on Facebook and they start today. Looks like the first one is starting today. Moto states that will be “First up: Tickets to Lady GaGa concerts in Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton!”

You’ll have to “like” their Facebook page to enter and give all your contact info. Also it looks like they are still setting things up as the rules and regs are not updated and says “coming soon”. (more…)

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Rogers promo lowers US & Int’l text message package

A couple months ago Rogers increased the price for the U.S. & International Text Messaging Travel Packs by a couple bucks. But now a new promo has been announced that sees a price drop for a few months. The promo starts today and goes until October 31st and sees the price of the 25 text message pack go from $12.50 to $5.00. Good deal but still comes out to $0.20 per text. (more…)

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