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Image: Who’s suing who over mobile patents

Mobile patents are a big deal and it seems that mobile manufacturers are suing each other on a daily basis. Microsoft is going after Motorola for their Android lineup. Apple is suing HTC for patent infringement. Nokia is going head to head against Apple, Qualcomm and LG. Kodak is taking on both Apple and Samsung… the list is long and thanks to the Guardian for putting this diagram together for a brief look at who’s suing who.

Update: Another chart has surfaced that gives a bit more info on who’s suing who. Check it out after the break (more…)


WSJ: CDMA and 5th generation iPhone currently in development

There has been talk about Apple developing a CDMA based iPhone (specifically for Verizon in the United States) for the past several months. News today from the Wall Street Journal that “Apple Inc. plans to begin mass producing a new (CDMA) iPhone by the end of 2010″. In addition, the same article also states that Apple is already developing the 5th generation of the iPhone:

“Apple is also developing a new iPhone model, said people briefed on the matter. One person familiar with the new iPhone plan said the fifth-generation iPhone will be a different form factor from those that are currently available.”

Very interesting about the new form factor, perhaps a bigger screen, slimmer and lighter… and at the very least the location of the antenna needs to be moved. What do you think this new iPhone will look like?

Source: WSJ
Via: Engadget
Image Source: Google


bada 1.2 update coming soon for the Samsung Wave

An firmware update to Samsung’s bada OS to 1.2 has leaked online. This is specifically for the Samsug Wave GT-S8500. Although this is for European devices it will eventually will be available to the Rogers and Bell version. Known improvements to the OS will make the Wave more responsive and also include Swype.

Source: SamsungFirmwareWorld
Via: PhoneArena
(Thanks Ozz_the_barkeep!)


WIND Pay Before customers can now roam

Wind has announced today that Pay Before customers (those who top up their account before the month ends) can use their device while traveling outside of Canada. Initially, Wind introduces their roaming packages back on March 30th but only included their Pay After customers (those who get billed on a monthly basis).

It’s the same set up – the world is categorized into 5 “zones” and the rates are based on which zones you’re traveling in. The only difference in the U.S. rate plans for the outgoing text messages. It’s dropped from $0.25 per text to $0.15.

More here at WIND


Virgin Mobile to release the BlackBerry Bold 9780 October 21st, $149 on the SuperTab/contract

Now that Virgin has placed the End of Life (EOL) stamp on the BlackBerry Bold 9700 they will replacing it within a couple weeks with the Bold 9780 refresh. This will be available on October 21st for $149 on their SuperTab or on contract. No word yet on the no-contract price but it could come in at $549. As for Specs, this comes with the new BlackBerry 6 OS, a full QWERTY keyboard, 2.4-inch display, 5 megapixel camera and will be available in a couple colours: Black and White.

(Thanks tipster!)


Fido is apparently Canada’s most loved telecom brand

According to BrandMojo the most loved telecom brand in Canada is Fido. That’s correct…the puppy got the number one spot in telecom. The ongoing survey is based on “68,000 ratings by more than 1,000 Canadians over a 9 month period”. In total there are 600 companies and Rogers sub-brand Fido has come in at the 302nd spot.

What do you think? Who is your favourite Canadian telecom brand?

Source: MarketWire
Via: BrandMojo


Mobilicity to launch in Edmonton on October 21st?

New entrant Mobilicity launched their wireless service in Toronto back on May 14th. Other cities such as Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver are expected to go live by the end of the year… but one of those cities might be launching in a couple weeks.

Thanks to a job posting by a promotional company looking to hire reps for the “Mobilicity Launch Promotion”. The successful candidates will start their training on October 18th and then hit the streets with for a 3 day blitz starting on October 21st until the 23rd.

Also, just to prepare yourself for the Mobilicity experience…The job description states that “You will be part of the mobile guerrilla street team promoting Mobilicity as a new mobile carrier in the area. You must wear Halloween scary costumes while on shift which will most likely include Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein and the Grim Reaper. You will be delivering key brand messages while promoting an online contest to win prizes by getting people to tell their “Cell Phone Horror Stories”.

So those eager Edmontononians might see Mobilicity soon… plus Frankenstein, the Grim Reaper and the Nexus One!

Source: Kijiji
(Thanks Chris!)


HTC profits grows to $360 million in Q3 (thanks to Android)

HTC has come on strong over the past couple years. They have developed beautiful devices that people are proud to put in their hands and also have created a unique UI with Sense. When it comes to the bottom line they are also raking in the dough. Their Q3 2010 results (July to September) were announced today and profits almost doubled from this time last year to an astounding $360 million. This is mainly due to their big push by releasing devices that operate on Google’s Android OS (like the Desire and the Legend). Analyst Steven Tseng said “Investors are comfortable with HTC’s status in the Android market. HTC will keep a stable position, even if it is not a leader in the sector.”

Source: Reuters
Via: IntoMobile


HP says new webOS phones “coming early next year”

When HP rescued Palm and purchased them for $1.2 billion they got the rights for their new webOS platform. HP announced today that they will be releasing new smartphones in early 2011 that will be powered by webOS. Senior Vice President Eric Cador was at a conference in Barcelona and stated “You will see us coming early next year with new phones”. No other details were given on if these new phones will be branded HP or Palm – hopefully not the iPAQ series and Palm lives on. Maybe Cador is talking about those mysterious HP devices that CTO Phil McKinney was playing with a few weeks ago.

Source: Reuters
Via: Engadget