Bell has decided to cut a few more jobs, this time it’s 250 clerical jobs in Hamilton, Ont., Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. With the earlier cuts this year as part of Georg Cope’s 100-day plan, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada is outraged and believe the cuts are the result of outsourcing.
Bell spokesman Jacques Bouchard denied that any of the jobs are being outsourced and said “We will work with a certain number of employees to help them find a new job at Bell.”
A Harris/Decima survey finds that 72% of Canadian households now have access to a wireless phone (up from 64% in 2006). The survey also showed “text messaging and picture-taking top the list of the most common activities performed on mobile phones. The use of text messaging has grown enormously from 25% of wireless users in 2006 to 44% in 2008; picture-taking has gone from 15% to 38%; and the use of multimedia messaging has increased from 3% to 13%.”
Bernard Lord, CWTA President and CEO said “Canadians continue to be some of the most enthusiastic mobile phone users in the world, averaging more than 400 minutes of talk time each month, and text messaging volumes continue to soar with growth rates in excess of 100% per year. In the first six months of this year, Canadians sent close to 9 billion text messages, with a current daily count of more than 54 million.”
If you are having a challenge finding the info on the Rogers Samsung SGH-f406 slider, this is the device that comes loaded with speakers by Bang & Olufsen, 3 megapixel camera with camcorder, MP3 player and can hold up to 8GB. It is available for $49.99 with Vision. A full spec sheet can be found here
With the flurry of BlackBerry Storm reviews and videos that have surfaced from the Vodafone and Verizon launches, hopefully us Canadians won’t be forgotten when it launches in the Great White North! (Just remember RIM is homegrown Canadian!)
News from the Bell BlackBerry Storm front: A notice has gone out to the Bell Dealers that their 1-hour hands on training will be starting December 1st in various cities across Canada. From what we hear this is the first time a hands on training has been made available and will be hosted by RIM. Here are the dates for the hands on training in several locations:
Vancouver: December 9th
Edmonton: December 10th
Calgary: December 11th
Waterloo: December 1st
Mississauga & Scarborough is December 2nd & 4th
Ottawa: December 9th
Montreal: December 4th & 5th
Quebec City:December 11th
Halifax: TBD (Week of December 8th)
The e-mail continues to say: “Bell is very excited to annouce an opportunity for the sales channels (Corporate Stores and Dealers) to get live hands-on experience BEFORE the BlackBerry Storm lauinches.”
Take this news and couple it with the recent info from last week stating: “The Storm will be available in Canada closely following the US launch. Testing on the Bell Storm has begun; Bell & Telus will receive the device for sale at the same time.”
Does this mean that the launch date is December 12th?
We will have more info soon.
Apple has released the latest updates to the iPhone, version 2.2. The enhancements are mainly to the Maps app and your Mail settings. Enhancements to Maps are: Google Street View, Public transit and walking directions, display address of dropping pins, share location via email. In addition, some enhancements to your Mail are: Improved stability and performance of Safari, Podcasts are now available for download in iTunes application (over Wi-Fi and cellular network). Full details at Apple Canada
Yellowknife resident James Anderson filed a lawsuit back in 2007 against Bell Mobility saying he was being charged $0.75 a month for 911 service, when there is no 911 service in his area. We hear about several cases like this, however this time around Justice John Vertes has cleared the way for the case to move forward and will go to court on May 11th.
MySpace for BlackBerry smartphones launched on November 13, 2008 and has been downloaded over 400,000 times – an all-time high for the number of downloads in the 1st week. In addition, “users collectively sent and received more than 15 million messages and updated their mood and status over two million times in the first week.” Read the press release here
Millions of dollars are spent every year to effectively brand a product and ensure people remember the name when they decide to purchase. Telus released the Samsung M540 Glyde a couple weeks ago and it went on sale at a stellar price of $0.00 on a 3-year plan.
We noticed Best buy has an advertisement out (again) that shows the Glyde as the “TAGG”. Just so you don’t get confused when you go purchase this.. it’s the same phone. Probably to make up for the error, Best Buy is throwing in a $50 Gift Card when you buy this on a 3-year plan through them.
Telus HTC Touch Pro for $299.99 on a 3-year contract, $549.99 on a 2-year contract, $599.99 on a 1-year contract and the full buyout rate of $649.99. Bell HTC Touch Pro prices: 30-day:$599.95; 1-year: $549.95; 2-year: $449.95 and 3-year: $239.95
This is a touchscreen device that has a side slider QWERTY keyboard, 2.8″ colour screen, 640×480 VGA resolution, 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, flash and camcorder, GPS, Music player, speakerphone, Accelerometer, Handwriting recognition and weighs 165 grams.
In our first review of the Pro we took a peek around the Telus version (Bell has a different interface). We found that the overall device felt nice in the hands and with a weight of 165 grams you’ll feel a difference when you compare it to the Touch Diamond which weighs in at 110 grams. This is mainly due to the QWERTY keyboard – a great asset to this smartphone. The touchscreen is very responsive and with the Touch Flo 3D navigation we found no lag time accessing the applications we needed.
The keyboard itself has 5 rows and looks exactly like your computer keyboard. For the size of the phone (102 x 51 x 18.1 mm) it does feel a bit tight to type e-mails, messages or web addresses, but this just takes some getting used to. Overall the feel of the keys have a “matte” feel to them.
In our first video review we looked into the browser, Touch Flo 3D navigation, Pictures and Video, Music. Our next reviews we will go more into the phone features, contacts, calendar, battery life, text messages and e-mails.