Latest News

Virgin Mobile creates “Common Cents” initiative to help the homeless

It’s good to see the mobile carriers helping out for a good cause. TELUS supports Breast Cancer, Koodo helps Food Banks Canada, Rogers is a big supporter in the United Way, Bell with the mental health initiatives and Virgin does their part by helping the homeless with their Virgin Unite and RE*Generation initiative.

November 17th has been declared as “National Youth Homelessness Awareness Day”. Tonight Virgin will be holding a concert with Canadian band Mother Mother at Lee’s Palace. If you can’t attend you can still help out. Virgin has set up the ability to give via text message. All you have to do is text REGEN to 30333 to donate $5… Virgin will match the first 10,000 donations. In addition, Virgin Mobile members can donate $1 via their monthly bill as a new program has been launched today called “RE*Generation Common Cents”.

More here at Virgin


Images leak out of the “PlayStation Phone”

This is a great turn of events… especially for hardcore gamers! Looks like Sony Ericsson will take on the others in the mobile gaming space. What this image is the much rumoured “PlayStation phone”. This apparently is coming out soon but has no specific launch date. As for specs it could come with Android OS 3.0 (Gingerbread), is a touchscreen that has an estimated display size is 3.7 to 4.1 inches, slider that has dedicated gaming controls, a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, a custom Sony Marketplace to purchase and download games. All sounds good… hopefully they expand on this prototype and give the actual production device a sexier look.

Source: Engadget


White iPhone 4 delayed until Spring 2011

This is a bit disappointing. After Apple stating that the white version of the iPhone 4 would be delayed because it’s “more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected”. Rumour has it that it’s the the suppliers are having trouble matching the white home button colour to the white front face plate.

Today Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller stated that “We’re sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone yet again, but we’ve decided to delay its release until this Spring.” Not the end of the world but it would be nice to have another colour.

Source: AllThingsDigital
Via: Engadget


Bell to release the Samsung Rugby II

This probably won’t be a massive seller for Bell but for their target market it will be a good device. The Samsung Rugby II will be their first rugged HSPA device. We don’t have price points yet but it will be available in the next few weeks. As for specs, like all rugged devices it meets Military Standard 810F certification, 1.3-inch external display and a 2.2-inch internal display (resolution of 240×320), 2 megapixel camera, GPS, Dual external speakers, holds up to 32GB with a microSD card, the 10-4 service is not available on the Samsung Rugby II. Overall dimensions are 10.2 x 5.2 x 2.2 cm and weighs 100 grams.

More soon!
(Thanks tipster!)


MTS to release the BlackBerry Curve 3G (HSPA Device)

This is great news for those who are patiently waiting for MTS to switch on their new HSPA+ network. It will be going live before the end of the year and most likely in early November. A good sign of progress is that one of the listed devices to download the latest BlackBerry OS is the Curve 9300 3G… hopefully other BlackBerry devices will pop up such as the Pearl 3G, the new Bold 9780 or even the Torch 9800. What other devices would you like to see?

Check it out here at BlackBerry
(Thanks Lance!)


Mobilicity now launching Calgary “early 2011″

New entrant Mobilicity is busy these days. Launching new devices, setting up shop in other cities and throwing together a bunch of great promotions. There is a good article in that reveals a couple things. First, the recently added Nexus One actually “sold out in 20 minutes”. Very impressive. Next is regarding one of the upcoming launch cities. Mobilicity will be expanding outside their GTA coverage in November. It’s been confirmed that Ottawa, Edmonton and Vancouver will all be going live within the next few weeks… but what about Calgary? Well, even though it was scheduled to go live before the end of the year, Calgarians will have to wait a few more months as the launch has been pushed back to “early 2011″. We reached out to Mobilicity to see what the reason for the delay was. They stated they’ll “launch when our network is ready, as we are committed to delivering the best possible consumer experience.”


Video: RIM demos the BlackBerry PlayBook

The BlackBerry PlayBook made an appearance at the Adobe MAX conference yesterday (official launch date of the PlayBook is sometime in 2011). On the stage was Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch and RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis who were pimping out all the goodness the PlayBook has to offer: full flash support, multi-tasking, fast processor… and to quote Lazaridis: “we’ve gone even further. We’ve been talking about this for a while. We’re not trying to dumb down the internet for a small a mobile device. What we’re trying to do is bring up the performance and capability of the mobile device to the internet.” It looks good so far… check it out after the break (more…)


Rogers to release “Essential Connect Package” specifically for seniors

Rogers is getting ready to release a device specifically for seniors – and possibly reaching an untapped market. The Doro Phone Easy 410 gsm was supposed to be available today. This phone has big buttons with large fonts that makes for easy dialing/texting and comes with a extra loud handset volume feature. Other features has a “easy to read” colour display and a “special ‘alert’ button that triggers emergency text message alerts and calls. Getting old sounds terrible.

As for price points: No-Term: $99 and a 2 year-term: $24.99. There’s a specialized price plan for this called the “Essential Connect Package” and the Doro Phone Easy 410 must be purchased to get it:
$15 – 100 weekday minutes
$20 – 150 weekday minutes
$25 – 200 weekday minutes

There are also some specially priced add-ons:
$5 – Call display
$7 – Call display + voicemail
$7 – Long Distance add-on

Check it out here at Rogers


Update: TELUS HTC Desire upgrade to OS 2.2 changed back to “October”

Today is a great day for TELUS HTC Desire owners… According to the TELUS HTC Desire site it states that the the upgrade to OS 2.2 Froyo is going to be available today. You’ll be able to upgrade via your device and also through the HTC site (nothing is on the site yet).

Update: Well, it was sooo close. The TELUS site has for some reason been changed to back to the “HTC Desire upgrade to Android 2.2 coming in October”… so within the next few days. (more…)


Koodo offers a “Mini Muchacho” and helps Food Banks Canada

Remember when Koodo Mobile launched their wireless service with the 1980′s feel and people decked out in spandex. That was good for a season and then jumped to a Gingerbread man and then eventually created the current “El Tabador” character. Finally the Koodo brand is taking shape. El Tabador is fun, entertaining and his image can be viral… his goal is to help “fight for phone freedom” but in the month of November it’ll be to help “fight against hunger”.

For every Koodo phone purchased they will be giving out a free “Mini Muchacho”… a little El Tabador that you can place on your desk, car etc… It looks there will be 4 Mini Muchacho’s in total and you can buy others for $8 each and proceeds will go towards Food Banks Canada. Say hello to his little friends…

(Thanks tipster!)