Starting today until October 24th is Waste Reduction Week the CWTA along with “Recycle My Cell” have launched the “Recycle My Cell Challenge”. The actual contest goes until November 30th but they have thrown together a quick video to remind you that you should recycle your cell at one of their drop of locations. The video itself is a bit of a stretch but gets the message across… you’re just not going to throw your dog an old Nokia. Check it out after the break (more…)
Say it ain’t so. Rogers stated last week that the anticipated Samsung Galaxy S Captivate is launching this week. Retail partner Best Buy shows the release date being 11/02/2010. We’re guessing/hoping it’s a typo.
Update: Well it seems that the sister company Future Shop likes the Captivate a bit better. They stated on Facebook that the release date is set for Friday, October 22nd.Check it out here over at the Facebook Future Shop page. (Thanks Dave)
When Videotron launched their 3G+ network they also made the Google Nexus One available. This sold out incredibly fast. Customers who pre-ordered the device were told that the beloved Android would be available at the very latest on October 9th. Some people are receiving them but those who order now are expected to be the first week of December… so this will make a great gift for yourself this holiday season.
In addition to the 3 new Mobile TV channels that Bell announced today, they also will be releasing a Mobile TV Tablet plan soon. There is no specific release date but one would think it’ll be coming in time for the launch of the Samsung Tab and could also be used for the Apple iPad and for the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook. Bell states their upcoming Mobile TV tablet plan will “Take your entertainment to the next level”.
So if these mobile offering is for $5 a month for 10 hours of viewing… what do you think the tablet plans will come in at?
Bell will be going hard this year on offering many mobile TV offerings… and it’s not just because they swallowed CTV. It’s a big push for them and today they announced 3 new Mobile TV packages for their customers: Mobile TV Sports (exclusive NHL, NFL plus other professional sports content), Mobile TV Variety (news, weather and entertainment content) and Mobile TV HBO (stream shows such as Entourage). This feature does come at a cost though. Bell states that this is available now for “$5 per month for 10 hours of viewing and includes all data usage.”
More here at Bell
Text messaging in Canada is on the rise again. Statistics from the CWTA (Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association) show that in June 2010 Canadians sent 154 million text messages a day. This brings the total to 4.6 billion a month. Other stats released show the 6-month mark for text messaging increased for a total of 25.7 billion. Not to diminish the number… but it would have been higher if Twitter was not around. Some people have recently opted to use their service over text messaging.
With United States carrier Sprint announcing they will offer the BlackBerry Style 9670 on October 31st ($99.99 on a 2 year contract after mail-in rebate)… we just received an e-mail from TELUS stating that “Today Sprint announced that they will offer the BlackBerry Style 9670. I wanted to reach out to confirm that TELUS will be offering the BlackBerry Style here in Canada. Pricing and availability information still to come.”
This confirms they will be releasing it soon. A previous tip that we received has this new flip BlackBerry available the first week of November.
Canadians have the highest monthly cellphone bill in the world. This is certainly not a surprise and there has been several reports indicating this very unfortunate truth. Yet another report has surfaced, this time by the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative (OTI) that yet again shows Canada taking the number one spot for the highest rates.
The report studied 11 counties (Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, U.K., United States and Canada) and compared several mobile plans to determine “cell phone voice, text and data services for prepaid, regular postpaid, and unlimited postpaid plans”. The results are based on September 2010 rates and is a bit skewed as it only compares one wireless carrier, Rogers – who tends to have somewhat higher monthly pricing compared to other carriers. The Foundation does not take into consideration that there are now other options apart from the Big 3 and their flanker brands such as Wind Mobile, Mobilicity and Public Mobile that offer Unlimited Monthly plans (Talk and Text and Data).
However, the report reveals that a complete cell phone package that includes voice, text, and data Canadians pay the most at $67.50 (USD), followed by the United States at $59.99 (USD) and Finland at $40.10 (USD). Breaking it down even further shows that our voice and text plans are cheaper than other countries but our data plans is where we are getting shafted on. A whopping $24.00 for 500 megabytes (MB) per month… compared to India at $2.10 for 5120MB ($0.0004/MB).
Check out all the graphs and charts after the break (more…)
Bell is going to be releasing “new higher speed devices” on their HSPA+ network. The upcoming Turbo Stick and Turbo Hub will apparently double “peak data speeds over what clients currently enjoy”. That sounds incredibly promising but you would expect that these devices like any new devices will be rolled into a current monthly data plans. No so. In an internal doc Bell stated that those customers who purchase these devices will actually have to “subscribe to a monthly $10 feature” above their current plan. Hopefully the actual products are reduced in price.
New entrant Public Mobile has expanded their coverage outside of the GTA into Mississauga. This is good for anyone who currently has a Public Mobile device because your zone is now stretched. In a release Public stated that they currently have 6 stores open with plans to build more. As for the Mississauga coverage, here’s the reach:
- From Chinguacousy Road (Brampton) east to Highway 427
- From Highway 403 (Mississauga) east to Port Union Road (Scarborough)
- From Steeles Avenue south to Lake Ontario
Public also said that they have plans to light up Brampton before the year is over.