If you’ve been waiting for a price drop since Rogers slashed the Bold by $100 a few weeks ago… your time has come. Future Shop is selling the BlackBerry Bold for $279.99 with a 3-year voice and data plan – available until October 30th.
In addition, you can score a $50 Gift Card which is perfect to giveaway at your company holiday party! According to the flyer it states it’s a $100 savings… but they have corrected themselves and stated that it’s only a $20 savings: “On page 13 of the October 24 flyer, this product was incorrectly advertised as $279.99 save $100. Please note that the correct price is $279.99 save $20, on a new 3-year voice & data plan.”
Rogers is currently selling the Bold at $299.99 and you can get a $50 Canadian Tire Gift Card.
With Vidéotron committing up to $1 billion to set up a new network in Quebec, Globalive CEO Tony Lacavera is still optimistic in aligning a merger with them to become the next national wireless player in Canada. “I am still really hopeful that we can develop some kind of relationship with Videotron. I think ultimately we will end up in a reciprocal roaming arrangement, which makes so much commercial sense for both of us”. More here
LG and Bell have announced a new fashion phone called the LG “Reveal” with no hesitation to promote it as looking like a make-up compact.
This will be available in a flowery designed purple and black. It boasts a 2.4 inch high res screen, full QWERTY keyboard with a 2 Megapixel Camera with zoom and brightness controls, video recorder, speakerphone, EVDO, Bluetooth enabled.
To kick this beast off Bell has come up with a “Shimmer Kit”. This will include a Bluetooth headset that is all blinged out with Swarovski crystals.
LG seems to like them better as well! We checked out their microsite and even though Bell will be selling this phone also, their name is nowhere on the site. The Voyager has a 2.8” touch screen with a QWERTY keyboard, 3G, 2.0 Megapixel camera, External Touch screen, MicroSD up to 8 GB. Weighs 133 grams and has dimensions of 118×54×18. Talk time is 240 minutes.
A survey of 2,251 adult Canadians by RBC Insurance/Ipsos Reid between March 27 and April 10, 2008 shows “nine-in-ten Canadians drivers (86%) do not approve of using a cell phone when driving, almost all drivers (95%) report having seen other people talking on cell phones while on the road”. Also, 97% say it’s “wrong” to e-mail and text while driving.
Francois Boulanger, president and CEO, RBC General Insurance Company said “Mobile technologies have dramatically increased our ability to multi-task at home and work and now unfortunately in our cars. And it’s happening despite clear evidence that most motor vehicle accidents are caused by driver error. Anything that takes away from one’s focus on safe driving should be avoided.”
What are your thoughts? Do you text or e-mail when you drive. I know I do, and also surf the web (they forgot to ask that question).
Shaw Communications won 18 licences and spent $189 million during the Canadian Wireless Spectrum Auction has decided to hold off on entering into the wireless market. Chief executive Jim Shaw said “We continue to review our wireless strategy and believe our entry in this new market should be measured and prudent in light of the developing competitive wireless market dynamics”. More here
Vancouver-based Sierra Wireless is working with Telstra, Qualcomm, and Ericsson, to develop the first wireless data devices for the HSPA+ standard that have download speeds of 21 Mbps (3x faster than currently available). More here
The “Rick Mercer Report” has followed suit by his former TV show “This Hour has 22 minutes” by creating a skit out of something Rogers has done.
First, This Hour created this iPhone parody, now Rick Mercer has done his own with “fewest dropped calls” commercial where the 2 guys are stuck in an elevator – one guy is talking and the other guy is just staring at the guy who is talking.
First is the original, then the Rick Mercer version:
*Update – the site is live again* You can file this under the Ted will not be happy! We went to check out Rogers website this morning (5:32am) and found that all the content was missing. I’m sure this is a glitch in the matrix but hopefully Ted doesn’t log into his account… maybe they are gettting ready for a few phone launches today?