Primed and HSPA ready, TELUS comes out with a decent promo this month that can put a $50 Future Shop gift card in your pocket (perfect to re-gift this holiday season).
If you’re considering buying a smartphone, especially one of the new HSPA devices, such as the iPhone, Bold 9700, Nokia E71 or the LG New Chocolate… It’s and online offer that’s good until December 31st for a new 3-year contract activation with a voice and data rate plan of $50 or greater. All you have to do at the checkout form is enter the promo code “SMART”. (more…)
Quebecor, Videotron’s parent company, released their Q3 results and I found an update of how very quietly Videotron is making progress to launch their HSPA network. Some say they are the real long term threat when it comes to wireless competition, especially in the Quebec market.
Pierre Karl Peladeau, President and CEO of Quebecor. “Videotron again posted a significant increase in operating income, reflecting customer growth for all its services for the 17th consecutive quarter. At the same time, Videotron is pressing ahead with its advanced wireless services network project. As of September 30, 2009, all service and switching platforms had been installed, as well as the interconnections with Videotron’s existing network. The build-out of antenna sites is proceeding on schedule. For nearly 60% of these sites, leases have been signed or tower-sharing requests accepted and the equipment is being installed.” (more…)
RIM’s Board of Directors has OK’d a share repurchase program of approximately 21 million common shares… this has a street value of approximately $1.2 billion (USD) and represents about 3.6% of the currently outstanding common RIM shares.
The repurchase lasts 12 months and the program may begin on November 9th, 2009. In a statement released by RIM’s Board of Directors, they said “a share repurchase program at this time is in the best interests of RIM and its shareholders, and will not impact RIM’s ability to execute its growth plans given the strength of RIM’s balance sheet and expected cash flow generation over the next several quarters. Any shares purchased under the program will increase the proportionate interest of, and may be advantageous to, all remaining shareholders of RIM.” (more…)
MTS has reported their Q3 2009 results and even though Pierre Blouin, MTS CEO, said “Our third quarter results reflect the continued impact of economic challenges facing Canada’s business market”… you would never know it from looking at their wireless business.
Here are some highlights from the positive quarter:
- Q3 Wireless revenues increased 7.3% ($80.6 million) compared to last quarter
- YTD Wireless revenues have increased 9.0% ($234.4 million) from this time last year
- As at September 30, 2009 wireless subscriber base grew by 7.4% over the previous year to 451,916 subscribers
- Average Revenue Per User (“ARPU”) of $57.04 decreased by 0.8% or $0.47 to $56.57
- Wireless penetration in Manitoba was approximately 64% (Canadian penetration is approximately 67%)
- Wireless data revenues increased 23.3% due to wireless Internet, wireless data bundles, text messaging (more…)
Similar to Bell yesterday, TELUS has pulled the go switch on their HSPA network and now offers Canadians an incredible set of first devices. More will be coming shortly, but as you can see by their website you can now choose from getting these new devices and products:
Apple iPhone 3G & 3GS, HTC Hero, Nokia E71, BlackBerry Bold 9700, LG New Chocolate BL40, Sierra 306 Mobile Internet Stick and SIM Cards.
With all the new mobile devices coming out from all the carriers, such as the Samsung Omnia II, HTC Hero, LG Eve, Apple iPhone 3GS (Bell & TELUS), BlackBerry Bold 9700… there is certainly a great amount of choice!
Thanks goes out to the upcoming Best Buy Mobile catalog that shows an LG ad of their featured devices. The Rogers LG Eve (Android-powered), TELUS New Chocolate (BL40) and an unknown device called the LG IQ. Sounds great and looks great as it has a 4-row QWERTY keyboard and a large screen. No word on who’s launching this (perhaps a new carrier) but it’ll be a nice addition to anyone’s lineup…
If you’re thinking or already have purchased an iPhone from Bell, you might want to consider getting AppleCare.
This gives you an extension of the standard 1-year manufacturer’s warranty by another year (and also Apple’s 90-day comp troubleshooting service). Of course, this comes at a price and below is part of the internal doc we’ve received (Thanks to “Informer”).
Have a look over… it’s always good to be informed especially when you buy an expensive piece of technology on a 3-year contract: (more…)
With all the new devices launching tomorrow, you are probably interested in what the new TELUS “Clear Choice Rate Plans” are. (More here at TELUS)
This is the new TELUS stand of axing the System Access Fees (SAF) and the carrier 911 fees and promoting “the price you see is the price you pay”. All the official plans are below:
TELUS Smartphone Plans (includes voicemail, call waiting, conference calling): $50 per month will get you the following:
- 100 local anytime minutes
- 50 Bonus anytime minutes
- Unlimited local talk/text with 5 numbers OR 1,000 outgoing and unlimited incoming text messages OR double anytime minutes
- unlimited nights (9 p.m.) and weekends and 500 MB data (more…)
If you’re not getting your fill of Canadian mobile news today then you should not read on. However, if you want some info on the official TELUS HSPA devices and their price plans then read on. Below are the devices that TELUS will be launching tomorrow, November 5th (more devices coming in a few days). In addition, if you want info on the upcoming TELUS “Clear Choice Rate Plans” we’ve got all the details here at this link.
Videos of each are below and let us know your thoughts! (Cut and pasted the info that’s on the press release tomorrow)
The TELUS iPhone 3G & 3GS are described as “Meet iPhone 3GS, the fastest iPhone ever. Featuring a remarkable video camera, Voice Control, and more. It’s a revolutionary phone, a great widescreen iPod, and a breakthrough Internet device in one. And with tens of thousands of apps from the App Store, it can do just about anything.”
TheiPhone 3G 8GB is available in White and Black on the following price plans:
No contract: $599.99
The iPhone 3GS 16GB is available in White and Black on the following price plans:
No contract: $699.99
The iPhone 3GS 32GB is available in White and Black on the following price plans:
No contract: $799.99
TELUS describes the BlackBerry Bold 9700 as the “smartphone offers top-of-the-line performance, functionality and features with support for HSDPA networks around the world, a next-generation (624 MHz) processor, 256 MB Flash memory, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi, 3.2MP camera and, a sharp, dazzling display and a premium finish. Its cutting edge engineering and premium finishes extends to the exterior of the handset as well, with the new model featuring the premiere of BlackBerry’s new touch-sensitive trackpad added to the highly tactile, distinctive, fretted keyboard found in RIM’s premium full-QWERTY handsets.”
BlackBerry Bold 9700is available on the following price plans:
Month-to-Month/No Contract: $649.99
1-year contract: $599.99
2-year contract: $549.99
3-year contract: $249.99
“The HTC Hero is a touch screen device that operates on the Android platform. Personalization is taken to a new level on this device with the seven customizable home screens and multiple profiles making it easy to stay connected with integrated Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, IM and email updates. This new device allows TELUS users to experience applications integrated throughout the phone with the latest and greatest applications from the continuously growing Android Market.
Ideal for young men and woman starting out their careers, the HTC Hero is the ultimate device for the stylish, independent young professional wants to stay connected with multiple social networks. This device caters to those who have an appetite for daily browsing and regular downloads of applications. ”
HTC Herois available in Black or White on the following price plans:
Month-to-Month/No Contract: $499.99
1-year contract: $449.99
2-year contract: $399.99
3-year contract: $99.99
“LG’s flagship handset for 2009 is only available at TELUS—not just in Canada, but in North America. The amazingly thin LG New Chocolate offers the sort of premium design usually only seen in mobile devices in Europe and Asia. It’s finished with a unique tempered glass touchscreen and premium piano black finish, and its 4.12” widescreen cinema style display and Dolby® Mobile sound provide a phenomenal video viewing experience. The LG New Chocolate also allows users to dress it up for day or evening with four customizable home screens.
Ideal for the fashion forward male or female looking for a trendy device, the LG Chocolate appeals to those who see their phone as an accessory. This is a device for the sophisticated phone user looking for a stylish touchscreen that is stylish and differentiated.”
LG New Chocolateis available on the following price plans:
Month-to-Month/No Contract: $499.99
1-year contract: $449.99
2-year contract: $399.99
3-year contract: $99.99
“The Nokia E71 smartphone—the thinnest full QWERTY smartphone on the market. With its metallic accents, it looks terrific in any colour, but the stylish black and red versions are exclusive to TELUS! This fashionable device allows users to personalize their desktop and preferences with 2 profile modes to keep days separate from evenings, even with different ringtones, themes, email accounts, and shortcuts. The Nokia E71 comes equipped with a 3.2 megapixel camera and is Wi-Fi capable and video and picture messaging enabled. It offers push email and seamless synchronization with desktop calendars and contacts through Mail for Exchange. The sleek Nokia E71 is the perfect device for fashion forward young professionals who maintain a busy lifestyle and like to keep it organized..”
Nokia E71is available in Black or Red on the following price plans:
Month-to-Month/No Contract: $329.99
1-year contract: $279.99
2-year contract: $229.99
3-year contract: $29.99
“The new Sierra 306 Mobile Internet key is the fastest available, providing the best browsing, downloading and uploading experiences for consumer and mobile professionals who need and enjoy broadband speeds on a laptop. It’s manufacturer-rated for peak data download speeds of up to 21 megabits per second.”
Sierra Wireless 306 USBis available on the following price plans:
1-year contract: $129.99
2-year contract: $79.99
3-year contract: N/A
We first reported about Rogers new promo that switches some Smartphones to “Webphones” last week. However with the HSPA network launches of both Bell and TELUS it seems Rogers wants Canadians to know where to shop for good deals.
Here are a few good deals going on over at Rogers: (more…)