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Lacavera: “Incumbents were allowed to make a mockery of the regulatory process”

Today at the 2010 Canadian Telecom Summit Globalive Chairman and CEO Tony Lacavera took the podium and talked about his latest venture WIND Mobile.

There’s been lots of talk about foreign ownership in Canada ever since Industry Minister Tony Clement gave the green light for WIND to operate by overturning the CRTC’s decision that they are not Canadian enough. Over the past year WIND started offering their wireless service in Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and most recently Vancouver.

It seems that Lacavera stepped away from his planned talked and stated that he’s not upset at the CRTC and that CRTC Chairman Konrad von Finckenstein was “just applying the rules and regulations that were in place… the thing that actually really upset me was that the incumbents were allowed to make a mockery of the regulatory process.” (more…)

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Video: Unreleased BlackBerry 9670 clamshell gets reviewed

We’ve seen pictures and a short video in the past about the unreleased BlackBerry 9670 clamshell device. However, today there’s been a 12-minute overview graciously dropped into YouTube for all to admire.

Although it’s not something I would go out and purchase but there must be a reason why RIM created this device… other than a throwback to the 90′s. First up is a hardware review where the design is apparently “very sleek and smooth”. The 9670 is a dual-screen CDMA device where the reviewer Driphter.com says that front screen is “very large” and the internal screen (resolution of 480 x 360) is also “very large and should make for a pleasant browsing experience”. Other specs are that it comes with a 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microUSB port, microSD card slot, F-M1 battery and 512MB of Device Memory… and possibly may have a touchscreen feature to it. (more…)

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Rogers launches the Nokia N97 Mini at $499.99 no-contract

The time has arrived for another Nokia device to be added to the Rogers lineup. We’ve mentioned this a few times that this one is coming soon and the Nokia N97 Mini has finally been launched and will be arriving in stores shortly. Thanks to our tipster for sending us all the info for the Rogers N97 Mini. This is available on the following price plans:

3-year contract: $99.99 (Promo price with a monthly $45 Voice and data plan)
2-year contract: $399.99
1-year contract: $449.99
No-Contract: $499.99

Quick specs on the N97 Mini are that it has a 3.2-inch touchscreen (resolution of 640 x 360) , slide out QWERTY keyboard, 5.0 MP Camera with video capabilities, 8GB of memory and can hold up to 16GB with a MicroSD card, GPS, “Pre-loaded content including 4 full length Rihannasongs and 5 free premium games”,

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More confirmation of the Sony Xperia X10 Mini & X10 Mini Pro coming to Rogers

Even though we posted an internal document that shows Rogers will be launching the Android-powered Sony Xperia X10 Mini and the X10 Mini Pro… it’s always good to get a bit more confirmation. We’ve been informed that this is going to be available sometime this month on the following 3-year price plans: X10 Mini for $49.99 and the X10 Mini Pro for $69.99.

Further confirmation actually now appears on the Rogers site. If you go to the Rogers on Demand Mobile section and click on compatible devices you’ll see 12 devices listed and two of them are “E10a Robyn, E10a Pro Mimmi”. (more…)

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Ryerson University designs app called “Mobile Transit Companion” to help those with special needs

Here’s something cool that’s gone global and designed by Toronto’s Ryerson University. Currently testing on 10 Android phones, an app called “Mobile Transit Companion”is designed to help those who have special needs and travel on the Paris Metro. The free app can be download and a user creates their profile. This info is then be sent to your mobile device where it’ll help you navigate your way through the subway system. Users can receive notifications such as the location of station elevators, schedules, connecting trains, Metro transfer points, facilities and nearby businesses. This is not yet tested in Canada but there’s a pilot project scheduled in the Fall with Go Transit. (more…)

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Videotron: “The more of our services you have the better the deal we can offer”

Videotron is looking to eventually launch their new AWS wireless network sometime before the end of the year – perhaps in the Fall. They were supposed to go live in May but President & CEO of parent company Pierre Karl Péladeau recently stated that “Launching a network is not a piece of cake…We want to keep offering our clients quality products and, in telecommunications, this means service without interruption and offering quality content. We are quite satisfied with the deployment but it isn’t finished yet”.

Videotron is one of the companies that all the carriers are watching carefully. They have such a strong dominance in Quebec in their other businesses that wireless will become their primary focus… eventually taking more customers away from the other carriers.

Today at the 2010 Canadian Telecom Summit Robert Depatie President & CEO of Videotron took the stage and spoke about where their organization is heading when it comes to wireless. Depatie stated the Videotron “Winning Formula” (more…)

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TELUS increases prices for Caller ID, Call Forwarding & 5 Favourite numbers

TELUS has implemented a series of price increases for Caller ID, Call Forwarding, Local 5 Favourite numbers & Nationwide 5 Favourite numbers features. If you are currently a customer and have these features you are not impacted, however, for those looking to add these you will now be paying the following each month:

- Caller ID: $8.00 per month (was $7.00)
- Call Forwarding: $3.00 (was $2.00)
- Local 5 Favourite Numbers: $15 (was $15) OLD PRICE – $10 — NEW PRICE $15
- Nationwide 5 Favourite Numbers: $20 (was $15) (more…)

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