Looks like Best Buy is first up to start the trend of dropping the price of the wicked Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. If you’re into signing a 3-year contract then you could save yourself 50 bucks by checking out Best Buy. They have placed the Vibrant on sale for $99.99 and have also given a $50 gift card for good measure. Pretty good deal for this Android 2.1 powered device. The other price points have stayed the same (still a decent $499.99 no-contract)
When the iPhone 4 was released in Canada on July 30th many of the carriers decided to release the incredibly popular 6GB/$30 promo. This was not the only reason the iPhone 4 sold out within a few hours, but certainly helped out. Rogers/Fido put the expiry date for their promo to end on September 30th but they’ve just extended it by another few days.
On the Rogers company blog they stated “we have activated a significant number of devices with 80 per cent having gone to our existing customers… we are extending the 6GB/$30 promotion until Oct. 5″. In addition, they have also given a break to those who have bought an earlier iPhone model and extended the dates to be eligible to do a hardware upgrade: “Any customer who activated or upgraded an earlier version of the iPhone with Rogers/Fido on a term contract on or before December 31, 2008 will be continue to be eligible for at least $480 off the no-term device price when they upgrade to an iPhone 4. They can pick up an iPhone 4 16GB/32GB for $159/$269 on a new 3-year voice and data plan”. Unfortunately for other customers who do not have an iPhone the HUP offer has expired.
Rogers and Fido also received a large shipment of the iPhone 4… hopefully the white version will be released soon.
Check it out here at RedBoard
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
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
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!
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
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.
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
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
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…)