Perhaps evolution is not progress. According to Martin Cooper, he the person who’s coined with creating the world’s first mobile phone, has stated at a privacy conference in Madrid “Whenever you create a universal device that does all things for all people, it does not do any things well, Our future I think is a number of specialist devices that focus on one thing that will improve our lives”
That’s right… you’ll need to individually carry around a GPS, contact list, e-mail, calendar, calculator, camera etc… (more…)
New wireless entrant Public Mobile is moving ahead in launching their network with a targeted December availability. They will offer a flat rate $40 unlimited talk and text plan to those in Ontario and Quebec.
They have chosen TeraGo Networks to assist in launching their network by providing wireless backhaul services for a portion of its network deployment. Alek Krstajic, Public Mobile’s Chief Executive Officer said “We have chosen TeraGo Networks as a strategic partner as we prepare to launch Public Mobile in Canada. TeraGo’s high capacity, Ethernet-based wireless backhaul provides an optimal solution for our network and we are proud to be engaging a successful Canadian company.”
We’ve known the Nokia 2720 Fold will be coming to Fido, probably within the next couple weeks. However a little more confirmation is always a good thing. You’ll see in the image that a sexy “Coming Soon” has been slapped on the simple and stylish device.
We’re told the Nokia 2720 Fold will be available for $0 on a 2-year contract and $125 no contract or Prepaid. This flip phone has a 1.3 megapixel camera (with video capabilities), FM Radio with RDS, Bluetooth, MP3 Player and a 2.5mm Audio Jack.
Toronto-based Polar Mobile has released TheStreet.com app for Android devices. This specific app is already a been noted as a Webby Award Honoree on BlackBerry devices and is the first of many Android based apps coming from them. I’m sure we’ll see the TIME, SI and Food Network apps coming to Android soon.
TheStreet.com Android app can be downloaded at m.thestreet.com or do a search “TheStreet” in the Android Market. The app features push-delivered market data, a customized stock portfolio, articles and commentary from Jim Cramer. Quote search box for ticker price look-ups.
Bill McCandless, Executive Editor of Multimedia for TheStreet.com said “Strong forecasts for Android suggest that this launch was the natural next-step for us. The cross-platform reach provided by Polar is essential for accessing our readers in what will become an increasingly fragmented smartphone market.” (more…)
We first heard about the Omnia II at the Samsung Reclaim launch and we have finally got our hands on the recently released Bell Samsung Omnia II (this is also the device that’s been hailed as the “Official Mobile Device of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games”).
We’ve done a quick unboxing and am impressed so far, especially as this is the first device in Canada to run Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional. The Omnia II uses Samsung’s customizable TouchWiz UI and at first glance this looks to be an incredible piece of technology. The of specs and features are longer than a kid’s Christmas list. You’ll see the Omnia II has a 800Mhz processor, has internal memory of 16 GB and can hold up to 32 GB with a microSDHC card. The 3.7-inch AMOLED display is massive and has a resolution is 480×800. Overall dimensions are 118 x 59.6 x 12.3mm and if that’s not good enough the device only weighs in at 123 grams. The battery life will probably last about 10 hours as it comes with a 1500 mAh battery. (more…)
At the HTC launch party today we got an understanding of what truly motivated them to create their new “YOU” brand direction, and also the philosophy of the tag line “Quietly Brilliant”. We have video of Francois Gravel, Managing Director for HTC in Canada and Steve Seto, Executive Director, Marketing at HTC America speaking passionately about this and it’s at the bottom of this post.
For now, I got to have another look at the TELUS HTC Hero. This little beast of a device will possibly the surprise device that comes out the of long awaited HSPA launches. There are many notable devices, not just on TELUS, such as the OMNIA II on Bell, but the Android-powered Hero has so many great features tucked into such a small/thin package (135 grams and dimensions are 112 x 56.2 x 14.35mm).
For example, it’s got a 3.2-inch LCD touchscreen with a HVGA resolution of 320×480 (has an accelerometer), 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and video, can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card (TELUS ships with a 2GB card), 3,5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.0 ,Google Maps, access to the Android Market (No Paid apps available yet)… and this is the first device to have HTC Sense, which you can fully customize the device to how you want to.
We sat down with Jonathan Cocklin of HTC and he gave a good run through all the features. Check out the video here: (It’s still uploading to YouTube so it might be a bit fuzzy for a while)
Apart from the 113 locations, land and brand awareness we’re still questioning the reason behind the $28 million TELUS buyout of Black’s Photo. However, the more places to buy mobile devices is all good and today, what’s being called the “future of wireless”, your local Black’s Photo is getting prepared to offer TELUS products and services “in time for the holiday shopping season”.
Joe Natale, president, TELUS Consumer Solutions said “The future of wireless begins today with the launch of the largest and fastest network in Canada. Our customer’s needs are evolving. More and more wireless devices come complete with high quality photo and video capabilities, and through our distribution at Black’s, TELUS customers who are passionate about photography will be able to easily select the device that best suits their needs. We’re excited to launch TELUS’ best-in-class wireless devices at Black’s, Canada’s premier national imaging and digital retailer.”
The best news comes when you look through the device lineup! They have listed the unreleased TELUS BlackBerry Storm2 9550 (more…)
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…)