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Mobilicity welcomes 3 new executives to the team… other cities launching soon?

New entrant Mobilicity currently operates in Toronto but have promised to go live in Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver by the end of the year. Today they announced 3 new additions to their executive team, which is a step forward in the right direction… and hopefully means that those cities will get the green light up soon.

- Matthew Gould, General Manager, Western Canada (came from TELUS)
- Tim Velichka – Market Manager, Calgary (came from Bell Canada)
- Janet Holt — Market Manager, Ottawa (came from Rogers)

There is still no confirmed launch dates for the remaining cities but reading over the press release certainly seems everyone is happy, excited or thrilled about the future of Mobiliticy.

Dave Dobbin, president and CEO of Mobilicity stated “We are thrilled to welcome such a talented group of industry veterans to our team as we further our plans to introduce Mobilicity’s affordable, unlimited wireless and bill certainty to Western Canada and Ottawa”.

Tim Velichka said “I’m happy to be playing a role in bringing Mobilicity’s simple, unlimited mobile model to consumers in Alberta. There’s a real need for affordable wireless here.”

Janet Holt “I am excited to bring true unlimited wireless plans to the nation’s capital. Ottawa consumers deserve an affordable mobile carrier that eliminates bill surprise and ensures the price of their plan is the price they pay.”

Source: CNW


Video: Nokia demonstrates the future is in “stretchable electronic skin”, “super capacitor” and “nanowire sensing”

Nokia is going through a massive transition in leadership which will hopefully spur on new devices. One of Nokia’s strengths is that they are always sharing their ideas and innovation for possible future technologies.

3 video have just been uploaded by Nokia Conversations that give an insight into what might be coming up in a few years. One of the videos shows a “stretchable electronic skin” that can literally take the shape of whatever it’s put on. Nokia states that this could be on a touchscreen for use on a tablet or a mobile phone. The other videos show a “super capacitor” (sounds like the flux capacitor in Back to the Future) that is a flexible printed circuit board that could enable better use for the flash in your camera. The last shows how “nanowire sensing” can detect changes in air quality. Check them out after the break (more…)


Sony Ericsson announces LiveView: 1.3-inch remote control accessory for Android devices

Sony Ericsson has introduced a Bluetooth remote control specifically for Android devices called LiveView. It’ll be available sometime in Q4 and the idea is that this 1.3-inch OLED touchscreen accessory communicates with your smartphone (via Bluetooth) for various functions such as playing music (pause/play and skip), check for incoming calls, messages, calendar reminders, Twitter/Facebook updates and RSS feeds.

A price point has not been announced and Live View works with any Android device, but has to have OS 2.0 or higher. As for specifications, Live View measures 3.5 x 3.5×1.1cm, 1.3-inch colour OLED display with a resolution of 128×128, apparently the battery lasts up to 4 days. An added feature is that Live View can attach to your wrist and look like a watch… basically it looks similar to what the guys over at Allerta want to do with their InPulse BlackBerry Watch.

We’ve got a video demo of Live View in action after the break (more…)


Torch 9800 starts to arrive at Bell stores

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 has started to arrive at Bell locations across Canada. Our tipster captured this shot of the order that hit their store but states other locations are getting limited quantities – such as 15 – 21 per location.

Bell announced last week that the Torch 9800 will be available on September 30th for $179.95 on a 3-year and $599.95 outright. Pre-order is now available online and will ship September 29th… but you’ll probably find it faster to wait a couple days and walk into a store.


RIM introduces the BlackBerry “PlayBook” tablet

At RIM’s BlackBerry Developer conference in San Fransisco co-CEO Mike Lazaridis took the stage and revealed some interesting statistics:

- Over 115million BlackBerry devices sold to date (over 12 million just this past quarter)
- #1 smartphone in North America
- 35 million users for their BlackBerry App World: 1.5 million apps getting downloaded per day
- Over 300,000 registered developers across the world
- Over 28 Million active BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) users worldwide
- increasing BBM stats show 1 million added per month (2,000 new BBM users per day)
- Developers will now be able to distribute their app via BBM

More importantly RIM has introduced their new tablet called “PlayBook”. Here are the specs:
- “The world’s 1st professional tablet”
- Ultra thin, 9.7mm
- 7-inch LCD display (1024 x 600)
- HTML 5, Full Flash 10.1, full web experience,
- Front and rear cameras (3 megapixel front facing, 5 megapixel rear facing)
- Supports 1080p video
- WiFi
- Bluetooth
- HDMI connector
- Out of the box support for BES
- 1GHz Dual Core Symmetrical Multiprocessor with 1GB RAM

More pics and a video after the break and you can watch the live webcast is here at BlackBerry (more…)


SaskTel joins the others, launching BlackBerry Torch 9800 on September 30th

If you’re out in Saskatchewan and waiting to get your hands on the upcoming and delayed BlackBerry Torch 9800 from SaskTel… they have just confirmed that it’ll be launching on September 30th. No surprise there as all the other carriers will have it available on that date. You can also be sure the 3-year contract price will be $199.99 (possibly $179.99) but the no-contract price might be above the $600 mark.

They stated on Twitter that “The BlackBerry Torch is set to arrive at SaskTel Sept 30th! Quantities are limited so call your store/dealer for availability info”. So if you want this limited device it’s best to call them now and pre-order.


Desjardins launches mobile banking

The Canadian financial institutions are all jumping on board offering their customers the choice of banking by mobile. Over the past few months we’ve seen TD Canada Trust, ING, CIBC all offer apps… and now Québec-based Desjardins has expanded their apps by offering a full suite of mobile services. Customers can now access from any smartphones or PDA and check account balance, locate branches, making transfers, paying bills, convert currency and request auto insurance quotes. We’ve got a video of the service after the break (more…)


White Apple iPhone 4 finally coming to Rogers?

The White version of the iPhone 4 has been delayed due to it being “more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected”. There’s still no official word on when this will be available as the only time frame is “late this year”. However taking a look at this Rogers internal screenshot shows both the 16GB ($359) and 32GB ($469) white version ready for action.

Have you been holding out for the White version to arrive or have you decided to get something else?
For an unboxing of the White iPhone 4 check out this unboxing here

Via: The Cellular Guru


Video: Wind Mobile Motorola XT720 Hardware Review

WIND Mobile has added another Android-powered device to their lineup. Their first was the Huawei U8100 and now they have added one they can currently call their flagship Android device. The Motorola XT720 comes with OS 2.1, 720 mHz processor and a well equipped 8 megapixel camera that can record 720p videos, a Xenon flash, auto-focus.

As for the design, it’s sleek and feels good in the hand. The colour is metallic gray on the front with a navy blue backing. The XT720 weighs in at 160 grams and has overall dimensions of 116 x 60.0 x 10.9 mm. In the video I put it next to the iPhone (a device that people generally know the feel of) and it’s slightly bigger in all areas. The display is 3.7-inch display has a resolution of 854×480 and viewing your pics/videos come out nicely. Even typing e-mails is good on this as the virtual QWERTY keyboard comes out well space. The only downside of the display is the sheer amount of fingerprints it captures. Not the biggest concern, but something to be aware of.

As for other features of the hardware, the XT720 has the standard capacitive buttons you’d on any Android touchscreen: menu, home, back and search. Along the left hand side is a microUSB port and the top is the HDMI output, 3.5 mm headset jack with the power/lock button. The right hand side has the volume rocker with a dedicated camera button and shutter. When you lift up the back plate you’ll reveal the 1390mAh battery, SIM card slot and microSD slot (can hold up to 32GB).

Check out the full review in the video after the break (more…)


PC Mobile starts cleaning house, “Limited quantities available”

PC Mobile might not be your first choice when it comes to purchasing a mobile device. They started reselling Bell Mobility devices and plans back in 1995 and if you take a look at their website you’ll notice that most of the devices have been slashed in price and been stamped with a “Limited quantities available”. There are some good deals if you’re looking for a Prepaid device.

This could be the first step of them cleaning house and getting rid of inventory… and on a path to bring in one of the carriers to open a retail location within Loblaws stores.

More here at PC Mobile