*Update – the site is live again* You can file this under the Ted will not be happy! We went to check out Rogers website this morning (5:32am) and found that all the content was missing. I’m sure this is a glitch in the matrix but hopefully Ted doesn’t log into his account… maybe they are gettting ready for a few phone launches today?
One step closer to Quebec seperating from Canada: Quebecor Media and Videotron confirmed they are investing between $800 million and $1 billion over the next four years to roll out their own High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network in Québec.
This will create 1,000 jobs and Robert Dépatie, President and Chief Executive Officer of Videotron said: “True to its track record of bringing its customers the best in technology and entertainment, Videotron intends to launch an unprecedented offering of advanced wireless telecommunications services on the Québec market. It will be economical, simple and transparent, which is to say there will be no hidden fees. I can say without hesitation that at this time no other Canadian company is in a position to go as far as Videotron when it comes to integrating technology and content, for the benefit of local consumers and small businesses. There is a considerable advantage to being a new market entrant in this industry: our network will be designed using the latest technology and it will be readily upgradeable, meaning a fast transition to 4G. We will therefore be equipped to offer consumers an unparalleled customer experience, with wireless Internet services at speeds of up to 3 mbps across Videotron’s service area.”
Read the press release here
Rogers has come to the table with its latest online promotion. This time it’s a $50 Canadian Tire Gift Card when you purchase a phone about the $49.99 mark (with a 2 or 3-year contract). You will also be credited with $10 for activation and they will ship it free for you. There is no end date yet to the offer so most likely it will be good for the big Q4 launches. More here here
TELUS has officially released the LG Dare for $99.99 on a 3-year plan. We first saw this on a leaked advertisement a couple weeks ago and now it has become reality.
The tagline is brilliant! “If there’s a party, the LG Dare will be there…”. This comes loaded with up to 8GB of storage plus a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, video capture, 3G full HTML Web browser. Dimensions are 104x56x13and weighs 107 grams with a 3.0” WQVGA touchscreen display that is 240×400 pixels.
There are other plans available such as: no contract for $349.99, 2-year for $199.99 and 1-year for 299.99.
Check it our here. We will have a video review shortly.
If you’re one of the many that bought (and still can buy) the Telus Pink BlackBerry Pearl 8130 – you’ll be very happy to know that you helped dontate $1.15 million for Rethink Breast Cancer. MJ DeCoteau, executive director, Rethink Breast Cancer said “We are thrilled to receive this support from TELUS, especially as we near the end of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The entire TELUS team has demonstrated incredible dedication to the cause and this $1.15 million contribution is really going to help us to expand our programs and continue to raise awareness.” Purchase the PInk Pearl here
Hopefully with the recent news about Bell dealers taking Bell Canada to court will not delay the upcoming Q4 launches. With this said, Bell will be releasing many phones… one of them being the LG Voyager with release date of November 7th and availability on the 9th(?).
The Voyager comes with a QWERTY keyboard, 3G, 2.0 Megapixel camera, External Touch screen,MicroSD up to 8 GB. Weighs 133 grams and has dimensions of 118x54x18. Talk time is 240 minutes.
No word on price yet, but Verizon is currently selling this on a 2-year plan for $199.
More info to come soon.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs said “Apple just reported one of the best quarters in its history, with a spectacular performance by the iPhone—we sold more phones than RIM”. Straight from the Apple press release: “In July 2008, the Company began selling iPhone 3G, the second-generation iPhone, and significantly expanded distribution by establishing carrier relationships in over 70 countries. Unit sales of iPhone 3G have been significantly greater than sales of the first-generation iPhone. During the first quarter of iPhone 3G availability ended September 27, 2008, 6.9 million units were sold, exceeding the 6.1 million first-generation iPhone units sold in the prior five quarters combined.
Quebecor President & CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau and Vidéotron CEO Robert Dépatie are set to give a greater insight into their wireless plans Wednesday. During the wireless spectrum auction Quebecor Media acquired $555-million and is expected to invest between $800-million and $1-billion over the next four year in its network in Quebec.
RIM has announced their plans to launch a developer storefront like the Apple AppStore and Google Android, this is targeted to be available March 2009. If you’re a developer you can put in your this December in your calendar to submit app for inclusion. You’ll be able to set your own price and keep 80% of the revenue. More info here at RIM