Both models of the iPhone 4 sold out across the country the day it went on sale (16GB and 32GB). Those who placed orders online via Apple were given a ship date of 3 weeks out. There’s been some good news for those who want to get their hands on the new iPhone as carriers recently received a big shipment in. Also, Apple themselves have changed the shipping estimates from the 3-weeks to 2 weeks out. Still no word on when the white version is going to officially land… by now they could just hold off until 2011 when the next generation of the iPhone is unveiled.
From what we knew the next Sony Ericsson device that was going to launch was to be a follow-up to the Xperia X10 mini, the the Xperia Mini Pro. However, taking a look over at the Sony Ericsson Canada site shows a better and bigger device: the Vivaz pro. One would believe this is destined for Rogers but the site only states that it’s “coming soon”.
Specs of the Vivaz pro have it coming with a 3.2 inch touchscreen display (resolution of 360 x 640), slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5.1 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, auto-focus, geo-tagging and can shoot 720p HD videos, 720 MHz processor, Video calling, full HTML browser, A-GPS, 3.5 mm audio jack, WiFi. When this is officially available it will be in Black and White.
Check it here over at Sony Ericsson Canada
MTS has launched the eco-friendly Motorola Grasp. This device is made up of 25% recycled materials and is 100% recyclable. Specs have this with a 2.2-inch display, full QWERTY keyboard, 1.3 megapixel camera with video capabilities, Bluetooth 2.1, threaded text messaging, holds up to 8GB with a microSD card, 3.5 mm headset jack and weighs in at 105grams. As for pricing of this gem… it can be yours for $29.99 on a 3-year contract; $99.99 on a 2-year contract and $339.99 on a 1-year contract.
We’re more curious when MTS will flip the green light for their HSPA+ network.
Check out the Grasp here
Mobilicity – the new wireless carrier that will be bringing on the Google Nexus One soon – has somewhat updated their coverage map. The only downside is that it only shows their GTA coverage and their roaming coverage. They have a roaming agreement with Rogers so if you go out of the Mobilicity unlimited zone you’ll hop onto Rogers (it’ll cost you 20¢/minute for voice, 10¢ per text message and data costs $5 per Mb. In regards to the Toronto coverage, we’ve been informed that building cell sites has stopped and what currently is available will be staying this way. Mobilicity is preparing to launch their wireless service in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa – hopefully by the end of the year. Image of the roaming map after the break.
As expected, TELUS has finally released the Android iDen Motorola i1 on their Mike Network. Price points are $399.99 no-contract and $249.99 on a 3-year contract. This push-to-talk device is like any other rugged device and can take a beating, meets military specs to take on dust, shock, vibration and blowing rain. In addition, it’s been boosted from Android OS 1.5 to 2.1 and comes with a 3.1-inch HVGA display (resolution of 320×480), 5 megapixel camera and flash, 2.5mm headset jack, holds up to 32GB with a microSD card. Overall dimensions are 58 x 118 x 13 mm and weighs 131 grams.
Update: Telus has updated their pricing for the i1 to the following:
1 year contract: $349.99
2 year contract: $299.99
3 year contract: $149.99
Check it out here at TELUS
Last week Google’s Andy Rubin was talking about Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 and said “the world doesn’t need another platform. Android is free and open; I think the only reason you create another platform is for political reasons. Why doesn’t the whole world run with [Android]?”
Microsoft announced their new platform on Monday and nn Canada we will be graced with 4 Windows Phone 7 devices: HTC Surround (TELUS), LG Optimus Quantum (Bell), LG Optimus 7 (TELUS) and the Samsung Focus (Rogers). Release dates of these are unofficial but all will be available sometime before the holiday season.
In an interview with CNet’s Ina Fried, Steve Ballmer, Microfost CEO, was asked about the future upgrade schedule of Windows Phone devices and how they plan on moving faster than their competition. Ballmaer said “You will see us with capability that comes out more regularly and then with big annual steps. I think it is probably fair to stay that Apple takes reasonably big steps every year to two years. I think a lot of the steps Google is taking are chaotic and not necessarily as well thought through. It doesn’t mean there is not some good stuff there and certainly we’re going to have a rapid pace.
During the interview Ballmer avoided to give any predictions on sales numbers but did state that “I think this is a very dynamic marketplace. You’ve got a weird eclectic mix of players. There’s always somebody who is hot. In Google’s case, you don’t really know whether an Android device is an Android device is an Android device. Then you’ve got some guys who are less hot. We’ll have to see where we play in the mix, but I am optimistic about the chance to make some real progress.”
What are your thoughts… will you be getting any one of these 4 devices when they officially land in Canada? If so which one… if not, why not?
The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) says there are over 6 million calls to 911 via cellphone each year… and it’s probably going to increase a bit thanks to a baby named Alex. According to Owen Sound police Alex (who is around 4 or 5 years old) grabbed his parents cellphone and dialed 911 over 400 times, tying up service lines for hours. Apparently 911 dispatchers were shouting into the phone to get his attention but failed. On one occasion dispatchers heard the parents ask him if he wants a piece of pie.
Police wanted to send a message out that prepaid devices with no remaining minutes or deactivated devices still have the ability to call 911.
If you’re around a Wind Mobile store this weekend you might want to quickly stop in and grab a phone as possibly the “limit of 5 per person”. Wind is labeling this epic sale as the “best deal ever sale” and it’s only for “lightly loved” devices.
The sale is for new customers only and starts on October 15th until the 17th. with the following list of devices: Huawei U7519 for $20, Huawei U1250 for $20, Samsung Gravity 2 in Orange for $60, Samsung Gravity 2 in Black for $80, Nokia 5230 for $90, HTC Maple for $95 and the Huawei E181 Internet Stick for $70. Plus another discounted “Always Shout” rate plans for the first year at $24 (usually $45). In addition, Wind has put together a “Door Crasher” that sees you walk out with a Huawei U7519 for free when you purchase an orange Samsung Gravity 2. Both devices have to be activate and you must visit a Wind store before 11:00am.
Definitely good prices for a “Lightly Loved” devices. All “Lightly Loved: phones have been slightly or been refurbished by the manufacturer, carry a 90-day exchange policy. With a “limit of 5 per person” we’re curious how many lightly loved devices actually available, 100, 200, 400, 1000? Wind says in the fine print that “Limited quantities. Offer only available while quantities last.”
Check it here over at WIND
(Thanks to everyone who sent this in!)
Remember that “BlackBerry Watch” called inPulse from Waterloo-based Allerta? It’s been over a year since being in beta and forever since the pre-order page went up. They’ve teased potential buyers with a few random images every couple months but now it seems that one of the beta testers has put a quick unboxing and review video online. The inPulse watch connects wirelessly to your BlackBerry by Bluetooth and the review is just over 6 minutes and states that “the software is beta and only does SMS, Email (for one acct for now), Phone” but upcoming features will be the ability to view your BBM and have multiple email accounts. Check it out after the break (more…)
What we’ve got here is a first look at the upcoming Palm Pre 2, looking incredibly similar to the original Pre. The specs are scarce but its known to have a 1GHz processor with 512mb of RAM, better screen that’s apparently “flatter” but with the same resolution at 320×480. In addition, this will run webOS 2.0. According to MobiFrance who captured the pics this is expected to be available in November.