The list of provinces that are banning cellphone use while driving continues to grow. British Columbia has made it official and introducing legislation that will see the law go into effect January 1, 2010.
Once this date comes around, drivers cannot send or read text and/or email messages; make or take phone calls unless using a hands-free device with one-touch dialing; and the new and novice (Graduated Licensing Program) drivers cannot send or receive any phone calls or text messages, regardless of being hands-held or hands-free.
If you are caught using your device you’ll be fined $167 (starting Feb. 1, 2010), and also receive three penalty points if drivers are caught texting or emailing. (more…)
“You may think you’re playing a Chuck Norris game, but Chuck Norris can’t be played”. Nothing is better than a good Chuck Norris line.
For those who have an iPhone (or iPod Touch) you’ll be thrilled to know that a new game called “Chuck Norris: Bring on the Pain”will be released in the App Store within 2 weeks. Even better news is this will be available for only $0.99. No word on what the game will actually be about but you can bet it’ll have some roundhouse kicks and punches.
Remember the joint venture between Rogers, Bell and TELUS called “Zoompass”? This Canada’s first mobile payment service that allows you to send, receive, request money, check your account balance, review transactions directly from your mobile phone… I am guessing business is going well as they have put a promotion together that could see you win a cool $5,000.
The contest is open to all Canadians (excluding Quebec) and goes until December 31, 2009 at 11:59 pm. There are a couple ways to enter (more…)
Earlier today Rogers and Bell announced they both will be releasing the BlackBerry Bold 9700. Rogers stated they will have theirs available “in the coming weeks” for $299.99 on a 3-year contract. Bell was quiet on the price but revealed a November launch date.
Not one to be left out of all the fun, we got confirmation today that TELUS will have the Bold 9700 in their lineup also with a November launch date (one of many new devices on their new network). When it comes to pricing or an exact launch date, we were told “additional information about pricing and availability will be shared in the coming weeks”. (more…)
For those who are looking to show more love for your BMW or MINI you’ll be thrilled to know that you can now get a branded Bluetooth headset with their logo on it. Perfect timing for the upcoming Ontario ban of using hand-held devices while driving.
Both will officially be available at your BMW and MINI dealership. The BMW headset comes in white and the MINI headset will be available in black. It weighs in at 8 grams and like any other Bluetooth headset on the market it comes with a ear hook, earplug (various sizes) and buttons to accept an incoming call, end-of-call, re-dial and a volume.
Palm has created a section on their website that gives out full details of all the apps in their App Catalog. It’s extensive and nice to see the list growing.
Even though it’s on their USA site, Canadian apps are still included in the list. Each of the apps are broken down into categories, similar to how it looks while using your Pre. However, it only gives you a full description of the app and the option to see a bigger picture. What’s missing is the ability to read what others are saying and their ratings. (more…)
Rogers, Bell and TELUS have all announced today the BlackBerry Bold 9700 will soon. Rogers specifically said it will be available “in the coming weeks”, while over at Bell they stated it will be available “when Bell Mobility launches its all-new HSPA high-speed wireless network in November”. Rogers did release their 3-year contract price plan to be $299.99 with a $45 monthly Voice and Data package. TELUS said they will have it available in November also.
The Bold 9700 has RIM’s new trackpad (no more trackball) with a full QWERTY keyboard and a 2.44 inch (resolution of 480 x 360). Loaded with a 624 MHz processor, 256 MB Flash memory, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi, 3.2MP camera with video capabilities, variable zoom, autofocus and flash. Overall dimensions of the 9700 are 09 mm x 60 mm x 14.1 mm and weighs only 122 grams. This can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card. And finally the Bold 9700 comes with a 1500 mAhr battery and a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack.
Both Rogers and Bell are giving a 2GB microSD when purchased. As noted last week, Bell is preloading their with NHL content.
John Boynton, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Rogers Communications said “The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is certainly a sight to behold. Rogers is pleased to add this stylish, high performing device to our lineup of leading-edge smartphones, just in time for the holiday season.”
Adel Bazerghi, Senior Vice President of Products at Bell Mobility said “Bell is thrilled to bring the powerful new BlackBerry Bold 9700 to business and consumer clients nationwide when we launch our new HSPA network next month”.
David Neale, senior vice-president of Product and Services said “The new BlackBerry Bold 9700 will offer both our business and consumer clients an amazing mobile experience. TELUS is focused on smartphone leadership for the benefit of our customers, and to that end we offer a comprehensive line-up of state of the art smarphones to meet our customers’ need to stay connected, informed and entertained on the go. The BlackBerry Bold is definitely a great addition to our smartphone selection.”
There has been a number of studies done about the upcoming Ontario ban of using hand-held devices while driving.
You know it’s getting serious and close to the date when the Police get involved. To ensure everyone is aware, Toronto Police have issued a statement reminding motorists of the new law goes into effect on Monday, October 26, 2009. To celebrate this great news they’ll be “conducting an enforcement blitz aimed at warnings, however, motorists should be aware that officers will maintain discretion in laying charges.” (more…)
A new study of the global mobile market has been released, it’s called the “Portio Research Mobile Factbook 2009“. Just as the title says it was conducted by Portio Research and the 36-page report covers a worldwide perspective of everything from Subscriber Base, Mobile Penetration, Overall Revenue, ARPU, Mobile Messaging.. the list continues… The data collected was based on 2008 numbers.
Before we go into details of their report, it’s important to remember Canada’s numbers. According to the CRTC’s “Communications Monitoring Report“, Rogers Wireless had the largest market share 38%, Bell and TELUS followed with 27%. The remaining 8% was shared among regional carriers and MVNOs. In addition, 2008 Canadian wireless revenues reached $15.9 billion (increase of 14.3%). Subscribers hit 22.1 million in 2008 (average annual growth rate of 10.1%). In 2008, the Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) was $60 per month. (more…)