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“The Mobile Shop”… A Loblaws idea that brings 9 wireless brands into their supermarkets

A few weeks ago we wrote a short piece on how Loblaws was potentially bringing in a new carrier to sell products in their supermarkets… well they actually brought in 9 (including their PC Mobile brand) by creating “The Mobile Shop”. So now when you visit a grocery store where PC products are sold you’ll also find the following carriers: Bell, Solo, Virgin, Fido, Virgin, Public Mobile, Wind Mobile and TELUS.

Each carrier have 3 phones on display and you can “shop for your next mobile phone at your own pace and terms and enjoy a hassle-free experience”. All phones are priced on a no-contract model and once you’ve decided on the carrier and model “you take a product card and bring it to the cashier to pay. They will then get you the mobile phone to take home”. It’s basically a grab-and-go-convenience model, which means you’ll actually need to contact the carrier at some point to activate your device.

To kick things off “The Mobile Shop” has put together a promo that sees a $25 PC gift card in your hand when you purchase a device from them. The promo starts October 12th and goes until October 31st.

This is a good fit for Loblaws as they already have everything ranging from a dry cleaning, travel agency, financial services… So expanding their current mobile offering and bringing in more choice and convenience continues to make them a one-stop-shop. For the carriers, a greater distribution reach which means more exposure and potentially more customers. This is just another example of how this year will be the battle for wireless distribution in Canada.

Check out the “The Mobile Shop” here
(Thanks Vin!)


Wind files complaint against Chatr for advertising “fewer dropped calls”

Rogers discount brand Chatr has been shaking up the wireless market since they launched back on July 8th. They offer unlimited talk and text plan in 6 cities across Canada (Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, Vancouver, Edmonton and Montreal).

Other carriers were not to fond of Rogers adding a new brand as they already had Fido as a low cost offering. New entrant Mobilicity was very outspoken and has gone as far as filing a complaint “against Rogers with various government agencies, including the Competition Bureau” for Chatr “trying to destroy” their success – mainly for offering similar pricing in similar cities.

Wind Mobile was another new carrier to speak up about Chatr. Chairman Tony Lacavera previously stated that he’s “really excited about it and I’m ready to compete”. Today, at a presentation at the Toronto Board of Trade Lacavera revealed that they too have filed a complaint with the Competition Bureau against Chatr. However it’s not for Chatr launching their service, but due to the positioning of their advertising. Chatr states in their advertising they have “fewer dropped calls than new wireless carriers”.

Lacavera said “There is absolutely no solid or objective technical basis for Chatr’s claim to have more network reliability and fewer dropped calls than Wind. The truth is that Rogers doesn’t have access to our network stats and we don’t have access to theirs, which makes it impossible to accurately compare networks.”

Source: The Globe


Mobilicity announces they’ll launch the Google Nexus One!

New entrant Mobilicity will be launching their first Android-powered device soon… and it’s a beauty! How does everyone feel about the Google Nexus One? There’s no confirmed date but in a release Mobilicity stated they will be launching the “state-of-the art Android 2.2 device” soon at select stores. As for the price, you’ll be able to snag this for $549.99.

Nice work Mobilicity… now launch those other cities please!


TELUS HTC Desire available again, stock is limited

The HTC Desire didn’t take long to sell out across the country and has proven to be one of TELUS’ best devices. One of the reasons could have been price points: an attractive $79.99 on a 3-year and an even more attractive no-contract price of $449.99.

Very good news today for those who want this Android 2.1 powered smartphone as it’s now officially back in action! TELUS states that “HTC Desire now available. Due to limited stock, please allow up to 3-10 business days for delivery”. Another good note is that an upgrade to OS 2.2 is coming in October as well. The downside is that the no-contract price has vanished.

Get it while you can at here at TELUS
(Thanks Patrick!)


Google puts up “Phone Gallery” to compare Android devices

Google has put together a phone gallery of all the Android devices in the world. The adoption of Android has significantly increased over the past year the point that analysts are predicting the OS will become the top mobile OS in North America by the end of this year.

According to the Google Phone Gallery us Canadians only have 6 devices through 4 carriers (Rogers, Bell, TELUS and Virgin): HTC Desire, HTC Legend, HTC Hero, HTC Magic, Motorola Charm and Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. However, it’s known that there has been 30 Android devices through 8 carriers since launching back on June 2nd, 2009.

The idea is a good one to have as it gives you the opportunity to compare different Android device side-by-side. Google states they will expanding the list to eventually include all devices.

Check it out here at Google
Via: IntoMobile


Where to get a BlackBerry Torch 9800 today

Now that the BlackBerry Torch is officially available in Canada… stock is probably limited so here are the places you can go to get one today:

TELUS, Rogers, Bell and Virgin online and retail locations; SaskTel (now we’re hearing it’s delayed due to shipping), WirelessWave Wireless etc. and TBooth retail locations, Best Buy online and retail locations; Future Shop online and retail locations and The Source online and retail locations. Plus, there’s always eBay and Craigslist.

In addition, we’ve got a contest going on now that offers up the chance to win a BlackBerry Torch 9800. Check it out here


Attending Nuit Blanche? Download the “Night Navigator App”

The Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is back again and now in its 5th year. The overnight art festivities are taking place in Toronto on October 2nd, starting at 6:57pm until sunrise. To keep up date and to make the most of the experience you might want to download the “Night Navigator App”. This is available on the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android devices and can do the following:

- Scan complete project details and public transit routes
- Locate the most active and closest projects
- Recommend your favourites with a “thumbs up”
- Find out which projects are creating a buzz
- Share Your Night and send real-time photos and comments
- View the photo gallery submissions
- Access My Night, your personal itinerary planner
- Vote for Scotiabank People’s Choice

As for compatibility, Scotiabank lists the following devices that this app will work on:
- iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4 (plus on the iPod Touch)
- Blackberry Bold 9000
- Blackberry Bold 9700
- Blackberry Tour 9630
- Blackberry Curve 2 8900
- Android devices Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, Motorola Quench, Acer Liquid E, HTC Magic, HTC Dream, LG Eve, Samsung Galaxy Spica, Nexus One, Motorola Dext, Samsung Galaxy, Motorola Backflip, Motorola Milestone, HTC Hero, HTC Legend

Download the iPhone app here
Download the BlackBerry app here
Download the Android app here

Source: NuitBlache
Via: BBCool


Contest: Win a BlackBerry Torch 9800!

UPDATE: This contest is now closed. We are happy to announce that Perry Newsome in our forums has claimed the prize for the Torch 9800! Congrats to Perry and thanks to everyone who entered. Stay tuned… we have another contest happening soon.

Anyone interested in getting the newest BlackBerry to hit Canadian soil? For our latest contest we are offering up the BlackBerry Torch 9800! This new BlackBerry is a slider that has a 3.2 HVGA capacitive touchscreen with a QWERTY keyboard, runs off the new BlackBerry 6 OS, has a 5 megapixel camera with flash, Wi-Fi, GPS… These are just some of the specs of this device…

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 Tuesday, October 12th at 11:59pm. Good luck to all who enter… (more…)


Rogers Samsung Galaxy S Captivate dummy phones start arriving, still no launch date

The Rogers Samsung Galaxy S Captivate dummy phones have officially started to arrive at Rogers locations. The launch date for this Android 2.1 device is rumoured for mid-October with the pricing on a 3-year is $149.99… the other price plans are still unknown. Specs of the Captivate have it coming with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display (480 x 800 resolution), 5 megapixel camera, records 720p HD videos, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5 mm audio jack, holds up to 32GB with a microSD.

More soon!
Source: The Cellular Guru


Top 5 Bada apps being downloaded this week on the Samsung Wave

It’s not much of a surprise that “Need For Speed” continues to top the charts via SamsungApps as it’s one of the only mainstream developers to create an app. Samsung themselves have been putting more emphasis on Google’s Android platform with the release of the Galaxy S series of devices. However, it’s always good to recognize what’s popular for those who opted for Samsung Wave (which runs of the Bada OS). Here are the top 5 apps being downloaded:

1. Need For Speed™ Shift – Electronic Arts
2. Magic Torch – Magic App’s
3. BBC NEWS AND SPORT – Samsung Mobile UK
4. Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior – Bruce Lee Enterprises, LLC
5. Chess – Aviral Gupta

Check it out more details here at Samsung