The upcoming Rogers Samsung Galaxy S Captivate will be finally launching within the next couple weeks. You can currently pre-order this Android 2.1 device through Rogers… or, if you’re into signing contracts you can test your luck and get it through Best Buy on the official release date for the known $149.99 3-year price. They’re also upping the ante and giving out a $50 Gift Card (good for a nice case).
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and TELUS is on their last leg of doing what they can to support the cause. They have launched a couple initiatives and the first is their BlackBerry program that sees $25 from every purchase of the Pink BlackBerry Pearl 9100, Pink Curve 8530 and the recently released Pink Curve 9300 go towards breast cancer research. The other is a Facebook campaign where Canadian users who “pink their profile” image TELUS will donate money to research. They are currently over the $100,000 and have a goal of reaching $200,000.
Check it out here at Facebook
A couple weeks back we showed you an inventory screenshot of the “HTC Desire Z Leather Case” that’s apparently going to retail for $32.99. This was a good sign as when HTC announced the device they only stated that it’ll be “shipping in North America later this year.”
We’ve been tipped several times since then and it looks like the Desire Z (also known as the HTC Vision) will be heading exclusively to Bell, with a launch date penciled in for the late November time frame. There is still no exact date yet or price points for this upcoming Android-powered device, but it would be a great addition for the upcoming holiday season.
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, OS 2.2 (Froyo) with HTC Sense, 800MHz Qualcomm 7230 processor, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus, flash and can record 720p HD videos and WiFi.
Mobilicity has just come off a banner week: Hired 3 key execs to help build the business across the country, announced that the powerhouse of all Android devices – the Google Nexus One – will be launching soon, and yesterday released the BlackBerry Curve 3G. Great week indeed… Looking for more Mobilicity goodness? How about a look into their upcoming Q4 promotions! Thanks to these internal documents that popped up here’s a quick rundown of what they’ll be coming out with:
- Their Family Plan was officially released on August 17th and this sees you saving up to $20 each month (depending on how many family members you bring on). Originally this was only available when the primary line was on the $35 plan, however starting October 5th Mobilicity is changing the Family Plan to have the primary line be eligible at their $25 plan.
- Mobilicity is extending their monthly credit promotion until October 31st. Depending on what monthly plan you sign up for Mobilicity will credit you up to $15 off your monthly plan each month. (you’ve got to be on a $35 or higher plan)
- If you purchase a Data Stick and combine it with another plan, Mobilicity will be discounting your monthly data stick plan by 50% for life.
- Introducing a new $20 Unlimited Add-On
- To entice potential customers Mobilicity is offering a $100 Activation credit
- Free Social Networking for all customers
- Price dropping the Totem and the HTC Snap
Mobilicity is finally stepping up to the plate. Remember when they were just called “Dave Wireless” and they stated that “Competition is coming”. They even had an advertising campaign that stated that potential customers “Don’t lock into a wireless contract you’ll regret” and “No Action = the best course of action”. Hopefully with these Q4 promotions will bring them more into the spotlight of a wireless player. Now they just need to fulfill their promise and launch in the other 4 cites (Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Vancouver).
Google’s Android platform has quickly been adopted by many manufactures. Their Android Market doesn’t compare to the size of Apple’s App Store but is slowly becoming a force to be reckoned with. As more devices are launched, more people will have access to getting free or paid apps.
The guys over at Android Lib are continually keeping track of the growth of the Android Market and they state that an average of 96 apps are being downloaded per second. In addition, on a monthly basis there’s about 17,000 new apps being submitted… which will take the total number of apps to eclipse 140,000 sometime this month. (more…)
Wind just came off a promo that gave customers an addition $20 rebate off their already discounted devices. It’s now October and Wind has continued their trend by reducing the prices of select handsets, most notably the BlackBerry Bold 9700 falls $50 to a remarkable $400. Other reductions are the Nokia 5230 is now $160 (was $180), Samsung Gravity 2 is now $110 (was $130) and the Huawei U7519 is now $70 (was $90).
Mobilicity is on a tear with their devices – yesterday they announced that their first Android device will be the Nexus One and will be available soon. Today they added the BlackBerry Curve 3G to their lineup. Although their website says it’s currently “Out of Stock” the no-contract price is $299.99 (cheapest in Canada).
Specs of the Curve 3G have this QWERTY keyboard device coming with BlackBerry OS 5.0 (upgradeable to BlackBerry 6 when it’s officially released), a 2.4 inch display (resolution 320 x 240), trackpad, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, HTML browser, 2 megapixel camera and holds up to 32 GB with a microSD card.
More here over at Mobilicity
Rogers on Wind filing a complaint to the Competition Bureau: “our advertising reflects our competitive advantage”
WIND Mobile Chairman Tony Lacavera announced yesterday they filed a complaint with the Competition Bureau about how Rogers new discount carrier Chatr Wireless advertises they have “fewer dropped calls than new wireless carriers”. Lacavera stated that “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 battle is heating up as we’ve just received an official statement from Rogers Director of PR Kathy Murphy:
“There’s no question our advertising reflects our competitive advantage and we stand behind it. We feel strongly that customers want and deserve a reliable network experience. Since 2005, we have conducted regular and rigorous testing comparing our network against our competitors’. The testing, which follows industry standard methodology, is independently validated and proves that we have fewer dropped calls. We have fully shared our research with the Competition Bureau and are cooperating with the process. We question Wind’s motives in complaining to the Bureau and the announcement today.”
Will this “fewer dropped calls” debate turn into the familiar fight over who is the largest, who is the fastest and who is the most reliable?
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