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Public gives Montrealers 10-minutes of free long distance tomorrow, must visit a store.

Yet again another perk of being located in Montreal. New entrant Public Mobile is giving away a free 10-minute long distance phone call tomorrow at 3 Montreal locations. You’ll have to visit a store (location are below) between 9a.m.–1 p.m. and 5 p.m.– 8 p.m. and probably go through a sales pitch of sorts. But hey… free long distance to is a good way to connect with long lost friends.

Public states that “Because long distance calling is so popular with our customers, we’re letting people who visit select Public Mobile stores in Montreal make free overseas long distance calls this Thursday. Stop by one of three Public Mobile stores and make a free ten-minute long distance call to one of 45 overseas countries”.

1. Place Vertu, corner of Cavendish Boulevard and Côte-Vertu Boulevard
2. Plaza Côte-des-Neiges, 5630 Côte-des-Neiges Road
3. Boulevard Mall, 4270 Jean-Talon East corner of Jean-Talon and Pie-IX

Via: Public Mobile


Rogers pushes Captivate pre-order date to October 24th

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S Captivate is launching soon – in fact you still have time to pre-order this as Rogers has pushed the pre-order date to Friday. The date was first scheduled to end on October 16th, then the 20th and now the 24th. Rogers stated last week that we can expect this Android to launch this week… so bank on it being available for sale online Monday.

Via: Rogers


Sony Ericsson Facebook Fans vote the Xperia X10 as favourite handset

Sony Ericsson recently put a poll together on their Facebook page that asked fans what device they like the best. Not much of a surprise it was the Xperia X10 with 50.8% of the votes. No other device really comes close to touching it, hopefully the upgrade to Android 2.1 comes out soon. In a distant second place was the Vivaz with 10.99% of the votes.

Ben Padley of Sony Ericsson, said “The popularity of the X10 and the Xperia range in general illustrates how successful we have been in producing entertaining smartphones for the modern mobile user.”

Recently Bert Nordberg, President & CEO of Sony Ericsson said “it is our ambition to become the global number one handset provider on the Android platform”.

Source: MarketWire


Mobilicity sells out of the Nexus One in less than 24 hours

Not even 24 hours ago Mobilicity announced the anticipated Google Nexus One was available… and today they have stated that it’s “Sold Out” and customers should “Check back soon for availability”. No word on how many devices were made available but hopefully they saved some or will have more stock available for their upcoming launches in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa.

Source: Mobilicity
(Thanks Max!)


Report: Globally there’s over 192,000 text messages sent every second

A new report is out from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) called “The World in 2010″ reveals some staggering global mobile numbers:

- There will be an estimated 5.3 billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide by the end of 2010
- Of the 5.3 billion mobile cellular subscriptions, 940 million subscriptions to 3G services.
- 90% of the global population have access to mobile networks (80% of the population living in rural areas)
- In 2009-2010 growth in mobile subscriptions has slowed down in developed countries to only 1.6%.
- Total number of SMS sent globally tripled since 2007 to an estimated 6.1 trillion in 2010 (192,192 text messages are sent every second)

To put a Canadian spin on these numbers. We have approximately 23 million mobile subscribers which means that Canada accounts for 0.43% of the global subscriptions. In addition, when it comes to text messaging, the CWTA recently stated that Canadians send 154 million per day and have 25.7 billion over a 6-month period. So to make it easy let’s say on a yearly basis Canadians send 52 billion text messages a year…. which means of the global 6.1 trillion texts Canadians account for about 0.85% of the global text messages.

There are a few other chats and graphs after the break (more…)


Palm Pre 2 will be “available on the Rodger’s network”

With HP officially announcing the new Palm Pre 2 yesterday they stated that it will be available in Canada “in the coming months”. Other carriers were announced such as Verizon in the United States and even SFR in France will be the first to launch this on Friday. No Canadian carrier was listed. However, if you take a look into the source code on the Canadian section of the Palm Pre 2 it reveals that “The Palm Pre2 phone is available on the Rodger’s network”. Even though it’s spelled incorrectly it’s a good indication that Rogers Wireless will be taking a crack at the newest version of the Palm Pre.

Check it out here at Palm
Via: HoFo
(Thanks to everyone who sent this in!)


RIM: “customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple”

The last time Apple CEO Steve Jobs ripped into RIM was the famed “Antennagate” episode and stated that even RIM devices have reception issues. The next day Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at RIM stated that “Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable”.

Yesterday, Steve Jobs once again spoke about how they have “now passed RIM. And I don’t see them catching up with us in the foreseeable future. They must move beyond their comfort area into the unfamiliar territory in trying to become a software platform company. I think it’s going to be a challenge for them to create a competitive platform and to convince developers to create apps for yet a third platform after iOS and Android.”

Well, Balsillie is a man that stands his ground and has stated the following:

“For those of us who live outside of Apple’s distortion field, we know that 7″ tablets will actually be a big portion of the market and we know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience. We also know that while Apple’s attempt to control the ecosystem and maintain a closed platform may be good for Apple, developers want more options and customers want to fully access the overwhelming majority of web sites that use Flash. We think many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple. And by the way, RIM has achieved record shipments for five consecutive quarters and recently shared guidance of 13.8 – 14.4 million BlackBerry smartphones for the current quarter. Apple’s preference to compare its September-ending quarter with RIM’s August-ending quarter doesn’t tell the whole story because it doesn’t take into account that industry demand in September is typically stronger than summer months, nor does it explain why Apple only shipped 8.4 million devices in its prior quarter and whether Apple’s Q4 results were padded by unfulfilled Q3 customer demand and channel orders. As usual, whether the subject is antennas, Flash or shipments, there is more to the story and sooner or later, even people inside the distortion field will begin to resent being told half a story.”

Source: CrackBerry


Contest: 3 Android devices up for grabs!

UPDATE: This contest is now closed. We are proud to announce the following winners:
Forum Member Casino1: Motorola XT720
Twitter Follower C.J. Keats (@CJKeats): Motorola Charm
Forum Member Newton: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini

This time we’ve decided to throw together a bunch of Android devices up for grabs. 3 in total are included in this contest and there will be 3 winners. These devices are the Motorola Charm, Motorola XT720 and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini (video here).

All you have to do to possibly win is one of the following: follow us on Twitter or become a member of our Forum. People who are already following or members are automatically entered. The contest ends Friday, November 5th at 11:59pm. Good luck to all who enter…


Mobilicity extends Friends & Family program until November 7th

Now would be an opportune time to contact that friend or family member who works at Mobility. The reason is because they’ve extended the Friends & Family program until November 7th. You can only get this offer through corporate stores or exclusive dealerships, but the deal is that the $45 monthly plan goes to $25 a month and the $65 Unlimited data plan goes to a low $35 per month… which is perfect for the recently launched Nexus One.

(Thanks to everyone who sent this in!)


HTC Desire Z available at Bell November 3rd

The good news keeps on coming for Bell upcoming releases. It seems that the much anticipated HTC Desire Z will be launching on November 3rd. The Desire Z is powered by Android 2.2 and Bell makes it a point to state some highlights of the device: reaches download speeds up to 14.4 megabits per second and that it’s the first smartphone in North America to feature the new HTC Sense 2.0 UI. Other notable specs has this coming with a full QWERTY keyboard, 3.7-inch touchscreen (resolution of 480 x 800), 800MHz Qualcomm 7230 processor, 5 megapixel camera, flash and records 720p HD videos.

Price points have the Desire Z retailing for $499.95 no-contract and we’ve been informed the 3-year contract price will be $129.95.

Source: BGR