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Canadians send 154 million text messages per day


Text messaging in Canada is on the rise again. Statistics from the CWTA (Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association) show that in June 2010 Canadians sent 154 million text messages a day. This brings the total to 4.6 billion a month. Other stats released show the 6-month mark for text messaging increased for a total of 25.7 billion. Not to diminish the number… but it would have been higher if Twitter was not around. Some people have recently opted to use their service over text messaging.

Source: CWTA

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Confirmed: “TELUS will be offering the BlackBerry Style”


With United States carrier Sprint announcing they will offer the BlackBerry Style 9670 on October 31st ($99.99 on a 2 year contract after mail-in rebate)… we just received an e-mail from TELUS stating that “Today Sprint announced that they will offer the BlackBerry Style 9670. I wanted to reach out to confirm that TELUS will be offering the BlackBerry Style here in Canada. Pricing and availability information still to come.”

This confirms they will be releasing it soon. A previous tip that we received has this new flip BlackBerry available the first week of November.

More Soon!

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Report: Canadians still pay the most for wireless


Canadians have the highest monthly cellphone bill in the world. This is certainly not a surprise and there has been several reports indicating this very unfortunate truth. Yet another report has surfaced, this time by the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative (OTI) that yet again shows Canada taking the number one spot for the highest rates.

The report studied 11 counties (Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, U.K., United States and Canada) and compared several mobile plans to determine “cell phone voice, text and data services for prepaid, regular postpaid, and unlimited postpaid plans”. The results are based on September 2010 rates and is a bit skewed as it only compares one wireless carrier, Rogers – who tends to have somewhat higher monthly pricing compared to other carriers. The Foundation does not take into consideration that there are now other options apart from the Big 3 and their flanker brands such as Wind Mobile, Mobilicity and Public Mobile that offer Unlimited Monthly plans (Talk and Text and Data).

However, the report reveals that a complete cell phone package that includes voice, text, and data Canadians pay the most at $67.50 (USD), followed by the United States at $59.99 (USD) and Finland at $40.10 (USD). Breaking it down even further shows that our voice and text plans are cheaper than other countries but our data plans is where we are getting shafted on. A whopping $24.00 for 500 megabytes (MB) per month… compared to India at $2.10 for 5120MB ($0.0004/MB).

Check out all the graphs and charts after the break (more…)

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Bell charging an extra $10/month for upcoming HSPA+ devices

Bell is going to be releasing “new higher speed devices” on their HSPA+ network. The upcoming Turbo Stick and Turbo Hub will apparently double “peak data speeds over what clients currently enjoy”. That sounds incredibly promising but you would expect that these devices like any new devices will be rolled into a current monthly data plans. No so. In an internal doc Bell stated that those customers who purchase these devices will actually have to “subscribe to a monthly $10 feature” above their current plan. Hopefully the actual products are reduced in price.

Source: BGR

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Public Mobile expands coverage to include Mississauga


New entrant Public Mobile has expanded their coverage outside of the GTA into Mississauga. This is good for anyone who currently has a Public Mobile device because your zone is now stretched. In a release Public stated that they currently have 6 stores open with plans to build more. As for the Mississauga coverage, here’s the reach:

- From Chinguacousy Road (Brampton) east to Highway 427
- From Highway 403 (Mississauga) east to Port Union Road (Scarborough)
- From Steeles Avenue south to Lake Ontario

Public also said that they have plans to light up Brampton before the year is over.

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Apple’s App Store crosses over the 300,000 app mark


There are reports that Apple’s App Store now has over 300,000 apps available for download. According to Moblix the milestone was reached over the past 24hours for a total of 301,240. In regards to the paid versus free apps: 207, 063 paid apps and 94,177 free. However, there are some discrepancies from other app tracking websites… AppShopper says there are currently 280,086 apps and over at 148Apps they state that there’s 267,727 apps. I’m sure we’ll here the official total from Apple on Monday when they announce their Q4 results.

Source: Venture Beat
Via: BGR

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Public Mobile reduces phones by 50%, offers 1-month free service


There are 3 new entrants in Canada: Wind Mobile, Mobilicity and Public Mobile. ALL of them continue to offer unbelievable promotions (all good for customers). The new entrants came in offering low prices (plans and handsets) and have continued this trend for several months… we’re just waiting to see what the deals will be in the busy Q4 holiday period.

They are all currently responding to each other… Wind offers 50% off rate plans plus discounts handsets, Mobilicity comes in at $0 contract phones and Public is hooking potential customers up with discounted phones and a free-month. Not only has Public Mobile discontinued/retired their first device ZTE C78, they have reduced a few of their phones by 50% off. You can now get the Kyocera Tomo for $55, Samsung R312 for $62.50, Kyocera G2GO for $70 and the ZTE C70 stays at $50.

As for what else is coming up for Public Mobile… expect data a data device with an unlimited plan real soon.

More here at Public

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Rogers Dell Streak training guide surfaces


Now that it’s known that Rogers will be releasing the Dell Streak in November – when it officially becomes available this tablet/smartphone is something you might want to get your hands on. We don’t have a specific release date or pricing yet but do have some solid reading for you. What we’ve got here are the training slides that Rogers employees are perusing through… and there’s some good info/specs to get familiar with.

Rogers states that the Streak “was developed with the following customer segments in mind: Families, Students and Gen Y (young adults), and Affluent Professionals”. In addition, as this comes with Android OS 1.6 they do confirm that “an over-the-air upgrade to Android 2.2 is expected later this year”… hopefully that means sometime by the end of 2010. In the slides Rogers takes some time to compare the Android OS to iOS, BlackBerry 6 and BlackBerry 5.

As for Specs: 5-inch WVGA (800 x 480) LCD supporting capacitive multi-touch with Corning Gorilla Glass, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8250 processor, 512 MB ROM + 512MB SDRAM, holds up to 32GB with a microSD card, 5 megapixel, auto-focus with dual LED flash; plus front-facing VGA camera, 3.5 mm headphone jack, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 1530 mAh battery, weighs 220 grams.

Rogers seems to be loading up on the tablet devices as they will also be releasing the Samsung Tab soon, plus offer plans for the iPad. Check out all the slides and info after the break
(Thanks tipster!) (more…)

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TELUS CEO is “bullish on the PlayBook”


Remember RIM’s upcoming tablet, the PlayBook? They introduced this to the world on September 27th and it’s been relatively quiet ever since. This came out with a bang and we’re hoping it won’t fade, rumours have it launching in the February/March time frame.

RIM is targeting business users and dubbed the PlayBook as “The world’s 1st professional tablet”. Specs have it coming with a 7-inch LCD display, 1GHz Dual Core Symmetrical Multiprocessor with 1GB RAM, Out of the box support for BES, Front and rear cameras, full web experience and WiFi. This all sounds impressive and TELUS’ CEO also thinks the same. Darren Entwistle was in Toronto yesterday and took some time to talk about the upcoming Playbook, stating it would be a good fit for their business customers and that he’s “bullish on the PlayBook”, while acknowledging Apple’s iPad is “not all things to all people.”

We’ll probably see TELUS (and other big carriers) offer the PlayBook along with monthly plans like the iPad.
Source: The Globe

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Telus, MTS, SaskTel, RIM all honoured as one of “Canada’s Top 100 Employers”


Mediacorp has announced “Canada’s Top 100 Employers” and their editors examined thousands of employers across Canada in 8 areas: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement.

This year specifically for telecommunications organizations here’s the list that made the cut: Telus, Ericsson Canada, MTS Allstream, RIM and SaskTel. Some of the reasons of why these companies were recognized are below (MTS description was MIA):

TELUS: Supports ongoing employee education with tuition subsidies, helps employees prepare for retirement, provides parental leave top-up payments to new mothers, offers a number of excellent financial benefits, employee referral bonuses

SaskTel
: offers employees discounted company products, free memberships to an on-site fitness facility, employees and retirees donate tens of thousands of volunteer hours every year, operates a peer recognition program, tuition subsidies

RIM: Gives new employees a free BlackBerry smartphone, tuition subsidies, helps employees plan for retirement with matching RSP contributions, provides on-site massage services, flu shot clinics and discounted gym memberships

Ericsson Canada: offers new mothers a maternity leave top-up payment, provides on-site daycare centre, supports ongoing employee skills development, offers referrals bonuses, free memberships to an on-site fitness facility

Big congrats to the Telus, Ericsson, MTS, RIM and SaskTel!
What does your company do for you? What perks do you get?

Check out the full list here

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