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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…)

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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!)

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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

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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…

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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!)

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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

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Bell launching BlackBerry Bold 9780 November 2nd


Last week we posted an internal doc that Virgin was getting ready to launch the Bold 9780 (a refresh of the Bold 9700) on October 21st for $149.99 on their SuperTab/contract. However, an internal doc shows Bell getting ready to launch BlackBerry Bold 9780 on November 2nd. This will apparently be available for $499.99 no-contract in both black and white. As for specs the 9780 runs the new BlackBerry 6 OS, has a 2.4-inch display (resolution of 480×360), 624 MHz Processor, 512 MB of RAM, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, Bluetooth 2.1.

It could be possible that Virgin will release this before Bell as they released the HTC Legend a few days ahead of them.

Source: BGR

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Nexus One now available at Mobilicity


Mobilicity has launched the Google Nexus One. Hands down this is the best device in their lineup. Just like when Videotron released the Nexus One… this will most likely sell out quickly on Mobilicity as well. The price is for $549.99 no contact and it comes with OS 2.2, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.7-inch touchscreen display, 5.0 megapixel with auto focus and LED flash.

Nice work on making this available to your customers. Check it out here at Mobilciity

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Palm Pre 2 officially announced… coming to Canada “in the coming months”


It’s now official… the Palm Pre 2 has been announced and will be powered by their webOS 2.0 In the press release HP (Palm’s parent company) has now re-branded Palm webOS to “HP webOS”. Thankfully they are keeping the Palm name alive though. HO states that “The first device to run webOS 2.0, HP’s new Palm Pre 2 smartphone, will be available on Friday in France from SFR and is scheduled to be available in the coming months in the United States from Verizon Wireless and in Canada”. No word on which Canadian carrier will be launching this yet.

The design is a flatter, mainly due to the new glass touchscreen. Other new features of the Pre 2 comes with a 1GHz processor and a 5 megapixel camera. Majority of all the other specs are the same as the original Pre. For webOS 2.0 this comes with what HP is now calling “True Multitasking”, “Just Type”, “HP Synergy” “Exhibition” and support for Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1 Beta.

Check the Palm Pre 2 out here over at Palm Canada

Source: Palm
Via: Pre Central

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TELUS releases the Huawei E5836 Mobile WiFi


TELUS has released the Huawei E5836 and this mobile WiFi hub can connect up to 5 users. As for the speeds you can expect: download speeds up to 7.2 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 5.76 Mbps. In addition, this also has a built-in display that shows signal strength, battery life (4 hours of connectivity time with 100 hours of standby time) and the number of connected users. Prices points: $0 with a 3-year contract and ranges to a decent $149.99 no contract.

Source: TELUS

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