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Are you experiencing “Glassgate” with your iPhone 4?

It finally seems the reception issues with the iPhone 4 have settled down, this was commonly known as “Antennagate”. To help calm the situation Apple gave anyone who purchased the new iPhone 4 a free Bumper or 3rd party case. The free case program just ended on September 30th but there is now apparently another issue that’s causing the back of the iPhone to scratch, fracture and crack. The issue is only caused by 3rd party slide-on cases and has creatively been called “Glassgate”.

According to the article in gdgt it states that Apple is in “quiet lockdown” and that the engineering team is “very concerned” about the slide-on cases. “Apple has apparently found that non-bumper style cases — specifically those that slide onto the iPhone 4, which are occasionally prone to particulate matter getting caught between the rear of the phone and the case — can cause unexpected scratching that could quickly develop into full-on cracking or even much larger fracturing of the entire rear pane of glass. To put it another way: Apple is afraid you might buy a standard slide-on iPhone case, put it on your phone, and then discover the next time you take it off that the entire back of your device has been s hattered by no fault of your own.”

I can understand if the slide-on case scratches your iPhone 4… but for those with both the iPhone 4 and a slide-on case have you noticed it crack or fracture?

Source: gdgt (more…)


Firefox 4 Beta for Android and Maemo now available

After being in a alpha test period for some time Mozilla has finally released the first beta of Firefox 4.0 for for Android and Maemo devices. This is available for Android devices with OS 2.0 and higher and for the Nokia N900. As for the features of the mobile version, Mozilla states the new Firefox 4 Beta 1 for Mobile includes the same experience as the browser for your desktop such as the Awesome Bar, Personalized Start Page, Firefox Syncs and Add-ons (some will not work yet on your mobile).

Firefox 4 beta for mobiles is available here.


Public Mobile in distribution trial with 5 Ultramar locations

Public Mobile has been adding locations to their distribution channel at a rapid rate. A couple weeks ago their relationship with 60 Gateway Newstands started in Toronto (and soon Montreal). They partnered with Eyeshot Media for 4 convenience store locations, have a trial with Money Mart Canada and are also 1 of 9 carriers who are with the Loblaws new venture called “The Mobile Shop“.

Public is making additional inroads for their Montreal customers as they have signed an exclusive trial with 5 Ultramar Ltee/ Depanneur du Coin locations. These stores will have a Public Mobile store inside their location so people can buy a phone and a plan, not just a self serve grab and go display like the Gateway locations.

In a release today Alek Krstajic, CEO of Public Mobile stated that “Never have Canadians had so many choices in choosing a cell phone company. Distribution is key and we feel that working with these companies provides us with consistency and a chance to know that our services are being offered in the same places where our customers live, work and play”.


Bell has actually been testing LTE since the Summer

It was announced yesterday that Rogers is currently conducting a LTE (Long Term Evolution) trial with Ericsson in their Ottawa Research & Design facility, speeds are expected to reach 150 Mbps (Megabits per second). Rogers is apparently the first in Canada to do so… or maybe not.

We just got off the phone with Julie Smithers of Bell Media Relations who states that Bell has actually been testing LTE since the Summer… and has successfully placed data calls in both test locations in Hamilton and Montreal. Like Rogers they are currently testing with Ericsson and Bell will be “starting additional tests with Nokia Siemens Networks as well”. Although there is no firm launch date for LTE in Canada, Bell believes that “LTE won’t be happening by any carrier until at least 2012″.


Rogers comes to the table with their “Unlimited Québec” plan

Videotron, Bell, Solo, Chatr and Public Mobile all have created an unlimited plans specifically for Quebec. Rogers has now done the same.

The plan name is like the other and called “Unlimited Québec” and is available for $62.98 per month or for $52.98 a month on a Bundle model. In order to get the discounted bundle value the fine print states that “Pricing only applicable to residents of Québec with subscription to one of these three combinations: a Rocket hub voice and data plan on a 3-year term, a Rocket hub data-only plan with Rocket stick data plan, or a Totally Wireless Plan on a 3-year term”. Included services are unlimited local and long distance calling in Quebec, Call Waiting, Group Calling and Call Forwarding.

Vidéotron offers the “Infinite Québec plan” for $59.95/month or bundled for $49.95/month
Bell offers their Unlimited Quebec plan for $60/month or you it can be bundled for as low as $50/month.

Check it out here at Rogers
(Thanks Endi!)


Virgin Mobile Q4 Holiday Season Handset Roadmap leaked

Yesterday we posted that Virgin Mobile was getting ready to launch the BlackBerry Bold 9780 on October 21st. Earlier today we let you know that the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy 5 was hitting Virgin on November 12th. And now we’ve got more light reading for you.

What you’re looking at is the upcoming Virgin Mobile Q4 Holiday season handset roadmap. You’ll see the recently released BlackBerry Torch 9800, the 2 devices we mentioned earlier plus a few more new one. The entry level LG Sway is a slider that has a 2-inch display and a 1.3 megapixel camera. The LG Flick is another exclusive touchscreen device that has a 2.4-inch display and a 2.0 megapixel camera. Both of these will be $0.00 on Virgin’s SuperTab/contract. In addition, the Samsung Gravity 3 will be released in a Yellow/Black model… plus you’ll also notice the White iPhone 4 sitting pretty up on the top row.

So this is a good scope of various devices: entry level, mid-range and high-end.  What do you think about the holiday lineup those Virgin Angels put together?


TELUS Mike customers receiving Motorola i1 for free ahead of official launch?

TELUS will be releasing the iDen Android-powered Motorola i1 on their Mike Network sometime this Fall. Some stores have received the dummy phones but no official availability date yet. The price is rumoured to be $299.99. On a weird side note it seems some people are getting the i1 ahead of time, dropped off at their door and apparently for free.

Regional Calgary-based carrier Airtel Wireless was first to release the Motorola i1 a few weeks ago.

Source: HowardForums


Android-powered Samsung Galaxy 5 coming free to Virgin Mobile November 12th

We’re not sure what’s happening with the Virgin Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant launch (possibly delayed or not launching at all) but we can tell you that the Galaxy 5 will be coming exclusively to Virgin on November 12th. As for the price – the only one we know is that this will be an affordable $0.00 on the SuperTab/contract.

Specs on the low-cost Android-powered device comes with OS 2.1 (will be upgradable to 2.2 Froyo), 2.8 inch QVGA touchscreen display, 600MHz processor, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.5mm headset jack, 2 megapixel camera and can hold up to 16Gb with a microSD card.

(Thanks Tipster!)


1-week in… BlackBerry Torch 9800 put on sale by Rogers dealer in Québec

After a bit of a delay the BlackBerry Torch was officially released on September 30th (1-week ago). The price plans varied from the no-contract price of $599.95 to $609.99 and the lowest cost was the 3-year from Bell at $179.95. Rogers and TELUS came in at the $199.99 on a 3-year term… but it looks like the price dropping has already started. Québec-based Planète Mobile is a Rogers dealer and has decided to slash $50 off the 3-year contract price for this to hit the lowest available price at $149.

Currently Quebec is a hotbed for wireless competition and the carriers are being creative on how to bring customers in the door. Perhaps this discount is just one way, but it also could be a sign of things to come for the Torch. There’s no official word on how many 9800 devices were sold in the first week.

Via: Metro

(Have you entered our contest to win a BlackBerry Torch 9800 yet?)


Sony shows off new 16.41 megapixel phone sensor

Sony has just unveiled a couple beauties when it comes to the megapixel in your camera. The 16.41 megapixel Sony Exmor R IMX081PQ will start shipping as early as January 2011… and the 8.13 megapixel Sony Exmor R IMX105PQ will start shipping in April 2011 (probably ages until we see this available in Canada). As for specs, Sony says these can shoot full HD video (1080p 30fps or 720p 60fps), reduce noise and is the “world’s first type 1/2.8 back-illuminated CMOS image sensor… and adopts the industry’s smallest unit pixel size of 1.12μm achieved by the fine pixel fabrication process technology.” One more pic after the break with a image comparison (more…)