Microsoft is about to officially announce their new mobile platform: Windows Phone 7. We can expect some of the devices mentioned today to hit Canadian soil at the same time as the United States. We’ll be covering the event live as it happens and you can also check it out here over at Microsoft (link here). The fun starts at 9:30am. (more…)
Confirmation is always a good thing and taking a look at this screenshot shows that Bell is getting ready to release the HTC Desire Z soon. No word yet on an official release date (we are hearing late November or now as early as November 3rd), but this also shows the no-contract price will be $499.99.This is good news and a great price for this Android 2.2 powered-device.
Specs of the Desire Z have it coming with a 3.7-inch display (resolution of 480 x 800), a “pop hinge” that reveals the full QWERTY keyboard, 800MHz Qualcomm 7230 processor, WiFi, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus, flash and can record 720p HD videos.
First up an update to a previous Koodo Mobile upcoming device. A couple weeks back we let you know that Koodo is going to be launching the BlackBerry Pearl. On the screenshot we posted it didn’t state the model number but it will be the new Pearl 9100. No word on official pricing but this will be a great addition to the Koodo lineup and expand their Smartphone offerings.
The other device that Koodo will be launching soon is the LG Breeze (see link here) and now according to this screenshot it says the LG Cookie will be arriving soon. Knowing that TELUS recently released the LG Cookie Plus we believe that Koodo will do the same. No word on pricing but this shows it’ll be for $175 no-contract.
Specs of the Cookie Plus touchscreen have it coming with a 3-inch display (resolution of 240×400), 3-megapixel camera with video capabilities, social networking features such as quick access to Facebook, Flickr and Twitter, FM radio, Bluetooth 2.1 and weighs in at 92 grams.
It must be incredible to be living in Quebec these days as all the carriers are dropping their monthly price plans – competition is more than alive and well there. Videotron, Bell, Rogers, Chatr, Public, Solo all have some sort of “Unlimited Quebec” plan. Now Fido has bucked to their competition and dropped the price of their “City Fido” plan in Montreal by $10 on each plan. Their $30 plan is $40 in any other city and their $50 plan is $60 everywhere else. We’re curious if all cities will eventually get this rate.
Here are the details:
Montreal $30 City Fido includes: 2,000 anytime local minutes, Unlimited Text (within Canada)
Montreal $50 City Fido includes: 4,000 anytime local minutes, Unlimited Text (within Canada)
More here at Fido
Nike released their Nike+ GPS App for iPhone about a month ago and now version 2.0 is available and brings a Facebook component called “Cheer Me On”. The app already allows you to record your running information such as distance, pace, route and the ability to choose motivational songs. With “Cheer Me On” it reaches out to your Facebook contacts for a bit more motivation. When you activate the “Get Cheers” option you’ll update your Facebook profile to state “Cheer me on with a comment and I’ll get it on the run”. Once people comment you’ll be able to view their words of wisdom to keep you moving forward… when your run is completed a message will populate the Facebook contacts who encouraged you with the distance, pace and a thank you message.
Check it out here at iTunes
We’re not sure why this didn’t happen sooner… but better late than never. Rogers BIS customers who have a Bold 9700 or a Curve will be getting a text message that states they can do a software upgrade that will enable UMA (unlicensed mobile connectivity) or also known as Talkspot. This will give you the ability to make unlimited calls over WiFi so you won’t waste your cellphone minutes. The update will take about 1-hour.
Source: The Cellular Guru
The wait is almost over for those wanting to grab hold of the iDen Motorola i1. TELUS will be officially releasing this Android device on their Mike Network on October 12th from what we hear $299.99. Specs have this running Android OS 1.5 with a 3.1-inch touchscreen display (resolution of 320×480), push-to-talk capabilities, 5.0 megapixel camera, WiFi, GPS and holds up to 32GB with a micro SD card.
Microsoft is prepping for their big Windows Phone 7 announcement on Monday and us Canadians will also benefit as the official launch will happen at the same time as the United States. There’s a great read over at PCMag of an interview with Google’s Andy Rubin. He talked openly about the Android OS and it’s future, but one of the good quotes was about Windows Phone 7. Rubin stated that “I think the screen shots I’ve seen are interesting, but look, the world doesn’t need another platform. Android is free and open; I think the only reason you create another platform is for political reasons. Why doesn’t the whole world run with [Android]?
No doubt Android is becoming a more popular choice when it comes to a mobile OS. It’s easy to adopt and easy to use… however one of the main consumer frustrations is the actual OS a device launches with. Many devices in Canada are released at various times with various versions of the Android OS. Some being 1.6, 2.0, 2.1 and 2.2. In the same article Rubin said “There’s no advantage to the OEM of using an older version, and I’d say there’s a consumer disadvantage”.
If you plan on buying a Motorola device this month then Moto has a treat for you. Not only will they give you a couple movie passes (including popcorn and drinks) but more importantly they have put together a contest that could see your cellphone bill paid in 2011. The “Motorola Cell Phone Bill Paid Sweepstakes” is open to all Canadian residents (excluding those in Québec) and there is 10 grand prizes up for grabs with a total value of $2,400 each. Here’s the list of devices that will get you eligible for the free movie tickets and also entered into the draw for the free cash:
• MOTOROLA DEXT
• MOTOROLA QUENCH
• MOTOROLA Backflip
• MOTOROLA Charm
• MOTOROLA Flipout
• MOTOROLA i1
• MOTOROLA Milestone
• MOTOROLA XT720 Wind
Apparently there’s no purchase necessary but you can bet your chances are better if you buy a Motorola device.
Check out the contest here at MotoPaysTheBill
It’s been a couple years since Rogers Communications founder Ted Rogers passed away. It was announced that he has now been officially inducted into the international Wireless History Foundation Hall of Fame.
The official ceremony took place on October 5th in San Fransisco and accepting the honour for him was Melinda M. Rogers. She stated that “Until his death two years ago, dad was often dubbed a ‘media mogul’ and a ‘cable czar’. But arguably his greatest success came in wireless telecommunications. He was a driving force, a visionary, a pioneer and a titan across the wide spectrum of communications. Honouring his legacy by the Wireless History Foundation is truly appreciated by the Rogers family and I know dad would be delighted, too.”
Nice gesture and well deserved. Congrats to the Rogers family and everyone at Rogers.