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Video of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 Canadian Launch Party!

Tonight is the official Canadian launch party for the BlackBerry Torch 9800. It’s looking like it’ll be an interesting night with the Torch on display for demos and apparently we’ll be able to “Watch , listen and groove as the DJ plays tunes from Two BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphones”. We’ll update with pics throughout the night. (more…)

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Rogers to release Samsung Galaxy S Captivate on October 21st?


For about 5 minutes today Rogers had their pre-order live for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S Captivate. Also on the same page was a link to a Samsung Prize Pack Giveaway. Reading over the contest rules for what’s dubbed the “Rogers.com Samsung Living Room Contest” originally shows the contest date ending at “11:59 PM on October 16, 2010″. This was a bit odd as the contest end date was a Saturday.

However, its been revised with the new contest dates being “The Contest Period (“Contest Period”) starts at 12:01 AM on September 21, 2010 and continues until 11:59 PM on October 20, 2010″. So… this could mean that the Captivate is launching on Thursday, October 21st?

More soon!
(Thanks Tony!)

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Zoompass & Western Union partner up, customers will be able to send money internationally via mobile phone


The joint-venture between Rogers, Bell and TELUS called Zoompass allows you to send/receive money via your mobile phone (available on Apple iPhone, BlackBerry and Android). Today they announced they’ve partnered up with Western Union to expand out of Canada and offer their customers the option to send/receive money internationally.

There are no clear dates other than sometime this year or what the fees are involved… but in a press release Zoompass states “With the launch of the service later this year, Zoompass users in Canada will be able to send funds directly from their mobile wallets. Recipients will be able to pick up their funds in cash at more than 380,000 Western Union Agent locations in 200 countries and territories.”

Are you embracing mobile banking or have you sent/received a mobile money transfer in Canada? Is this the future of money?

More here at Zoompass

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Airtel Wireless first in Canada to offer the Android iDEN Motorola i1


It’s official. Calgary-based Airtel Wireless is the first in Canada to launch the iDEN Motorola i1. This push-to-talk device can be yours for $299.99 on a 3-year contract or $399.99 no contract. Specs have this running Android OS 1.5, has a 3.1-inch touchscreen display HVGA (resolution of 320×480), push-to-talk capabilities, 5.0 megapixel camera, WiFi, GPS, holds up to 32GB with a micro SD card and meets Military Specification 810F so you can basically rough it up and it can take a beating.

Check it out here at Airtel

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Report: New entrants to capture 6.05 million subscribers by year-end 2014


A new report has been released by the Convergence Consulting Group called “Canadian Wireless 2008-2014: Assessing The Impact of New Entrants” that gives a good viewpoint of what the future could hold. By the end of 2014 the number of subscribers the new carriers (Wind, Public, Mobilicity, Shaw, Videotron and EastLink) will rake in are estimated to be 6.05 million or 18.6% of Canadian. This means the total number of wireless subs in Canada is estimated to be around 32.5 million (the incumbents will increase by 1.9 million per year).

Other key findings in the report state that:
- Canadian ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) will decline 1% in 2010 (ARPU declined 3% in 2009),
- Voice ARPU will see a 7% drop in 2010 (Voice ARPU dropped 9% in 2009)
- Data ARPU will grow by 26% in 2010
- Smartphone/data device subscribers will represent 31% by year-end 2010, and 60% by year-end 2014 (this was 22% in 2009)
- Wireless substitution (households with just a wireless phone no wireline phone) will grow to 28% by year-end 2014 (increased from 9% at year-end 2009).

In the report it shows one of the reasons for the increased new entrant subscriber numbers is solely based on pricing: “New entrant combined voice/data prices can undercut Incumbents and their flanker brands by more than half (or up to 75% when just comparing data), while Incumbent flanker brands can undercut Incumbent voice pricing by more than half.”

Brahm Eiley, a principal with Convergence stated that “It is currently a question mark in terms of whether the Incumbents/Flanker brands will cut data prices – the decision involves certain trade-offs. That being said, given the new entrants data prices they will certainly take subscribers.”

Check out the report here at Convergence Consulting Group

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Image surfaces of what could be the BlackBerry Storm 3


With the BlackBerry Torch 9800, Bold 9780 and the 9670 Style all launching soon… what’s could be next? How about the Storm 3! He’s a first look at what could be the upcoming touchscreen device. Specs are rumoured that this will come with a will 3.7 inch display, 8GB of internal memory and WiFi. Taking a look at the picture it looks RIM has included the trackpad and it also seems like the screen is one piece with the shell of the device. No SurePress in the next generation?

Source: BerryReview

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Winner in the BlackBerry “Love What You Do on BBM” contest

A winner has been announced in the recent BlackBerry “Love What You Do on BBM”. On the company blog they stated that “J. Reyez is a triple threat! He raps, he beatboxes, and he shoots and edits video. No wonder the community ranked him number one!”. He takes home a cool $5k. Check out the video here:

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Update: Rogers puts Samsung Galaxy S Captivate Pre-order live, then shuts it down.


After much teasing Rogers has officially opened up the ability pre-order the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S Captivate. They state on their website this is open until Saturday, October 16th so you can bank on this being the official launch date being around this date. The 3-year contract price is $149.99 with a $45 monthly voice and data plan. If you do pre-order they are throwing in a Bluetooth headset. In addition, you’ll also be entered into a draw to win a “Samsung prize pack” that includes a 55″ LED TV, Home theatre package and Digital DSL Camera.

UPDATE: We just got an e-mail from Rogers stating that they “We’re making tweaks to the site and it hasn’t officially launched it yet. Should have an update for you in the next day or so.”

Check it out here at Rogers
(Thanks Michael!)

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TELUS HTC Desire upgrade to Android 2.2 coming “mid-October”?


Back at the end of June HTC said that “We are working hard with our partners to update the HTC Sense experience on Froyo and distribute it to our customers as fast as possible. We expect to release updates for several of our 2010 models including Desire, Legend and Wildfire beginning in Q3.”

For those TELUS HTC Desire owners who are looking for the next possible upgrade, which is to OS 2.2 Froyo, we’ve been tipped that this will be pushed out sometime “mid-October”. No exact date but it certainly seems like everything is coming together, hopefully by then TELUS will get have Desire stock available.

(Thanks tipsters!)

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Chatr Wireless selling “hundreds, not thousands per day”


Rogers discount brand Chatr officially launched on July 8th and now operates in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Vancouver and Montreal. One of the reasons Chatr launched was to compete against the new carriers in the low-cost, no-contract/no credit check, Unlimited Talk & Text plans within a specific “zone” market.

Wind Mobile recently crossed the 100,000 subscriber mark, Public Mobile and Mobilicity are both private companies and do not reveal subscriber numbers. However there was an estimation by the GSMA that revealed Mobilicity and Public had a combined total of 7,000 subscribers… this was quickly shot down by Mobilicity by stating “We had 3,000 subscribers just over a week after we launched and we have been growing at a rapid pace since then; a more aggressive growth trajectory than any other new entrant.”

So how is Chatr doing? We received a report from the Merrill Lynch (Canada) TMT Investor Conference last week. Rogers CFO Bill Linton was speaking about the outlook of the industry and when it came down to wireless he stated that Chatr Wireless is selling reasonably well with the amount of subscribers in “hundreds, not thousands per day”. In addition, Linton said the three pure play new entrants (Wind, Public and Mobilicity) have had minimal impact on Rogers overall business to date but expects a bigger competitive impact from Quebecor (Videotron).

Today marks the 54th day in business for Chatr and selling hundreds not thousands per day is still a vague subscriber number. This could be 800, 300, 100 or 700 per day. The speculation of the true numbers could be debated… but the point is that they’re signing up customers who would have spent their money with another carrier.

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