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Report: 30.1 million subscribers by 2014, Rogers leads with 11.3

A new report has been released by Research & Markets called “2Q10 Canada Mobile Operator Forecast, 2009 – 2014″. This gives detailed statistics on how Canadian wireless market will see a dramatic increase in the number of subscribers to 30.1 million by 2014.

A few weeks ago we saw another report by the Convergence Consulting Group that talked about how by the end of 2014 new entrants subscriber base (EastLink, Mobilicity, Public Mobile, Shaw, Videotron, and Wind Mobile) will have 22% of the market. However, in this current report there is no mention of the new carriers and states that “Rogers Wireless will see its subscriber base increase from 8.50 million in 2009 to 11.3 million in 2014.” In addition, “Bell Mobility will have 8.87 million mobile subscribers and Telus Mobility will have 8.58 million mobile subscribers by the end of 2014″. The Big 3 have a combined total of 28.74 million subscribers which leaves a total of 2.25 million subscribers for all the remaining carriers.

Another note in the report to consider is the ARPU (Average revenue per user). Research & Markets states that “We expect that Rogers Wireless’s monthly ARPU will reach C$67 in 2014… Bell Mobility and Telus Mobility will be approximately C$51 and C$40 respectively in 2014, according to our model.”

So by 2014 do you think these stats are what the Canadian landscape will actually look like this? Where do you think WIND, Mobilicity, Public Mobile, MTS, Videotron, SaskTel, Shaw will fit in?

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The Hockey News for Android now available

Just in time for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, The Hockey News Android App is now available. The app is free and gives you live scores, scoring summaries, player stats, Division and Conference standings, read featured articles and columns, interviews with players, and team-by-team coverage.

To download this search “The Hockey News” in the Android Market. (more…)

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Purchase a Pink Curve 8530 or Pearl 3G, TELUS will donate $25 to help breast cancer

Got to hand it to TELUS as they continue to give back to the community. As part of their “go Pink” campaign they are helping out Breast Cancer research. For every Pink BlackBerry Curve 8530 or the upcoming BlackBerry Pearl 3G TELUS will donate $25 towards the purchase of a digital mammography machine. (more…)

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Bell eliminates 2-year/1-year contracts for Palm Pre

The Palm Pre has had a wild ride on Bell. It was only a couple weeks ago that we saw Bell dip the price to $0.00 on both the 2 and 3-year contracts… however, the only prices currently listed on the Bell site for the Pre are the $0.00 3-year contract and the-no contract price of $295.95.

Gone are the 1-year and 2-year contracts… we’re wishing the 3-year contract was eliminated. But if you’re into getting a CDMA devices then 300 bucks for this is a good deal as webOS is worth it. (more…)

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Public launching Toronto “end of May”, Montreal “end of June”

New entrant Public Mobile opened 25 stores (15 in Toronto and 10 in Montreal) back on March 18th. On this date they also announced a pre-launch promo that gave anyone who became a customer free unlimited Canadian free long for life. Also, this promo had a rumoured expiry of mid-May which meant their network was set to officially go live sometime around this coming week.

Well it seems like the dream of “mid-May” official launch has been pushed back for both Toronto and Montreal. They state on their website that the Toronto “network launch at the end of May” and the Montreal “network launch at the end of June”.

The good news for potential customers is that the free long distance promotion has been extended a couple weeks. We’ve been informed that the cause for the delay is that their antennas are installed on street lights and for some reason have to move them. In addition, rumblings of a new promotion are circling as a tipster let us know that Public will be giving one-month of free service ($40 savings) and give $75 worth of free accessories to those who sign up with them. No date has been confirmed for this promo but it might happen when the network goes live in Toronto.

In the meantime you can check out the current promo here at Public Mobile.

(Thanks “cellphoneSTAR” & “FreeLD”)

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iPad now available on Pre-order… Rogers reveals Data price plans

The Apple iPad will be available on May 28th here in Canada, but for those interested in pre-ordering one you can now do this through the Apple site. Rogers and Bell and have stated they will offer data plans for this but it seems Rogers is first out of the gate to reveal their plans. Looks like there’s no ridiculous yearly contract to sign and you can go monthly:

250MB per month: $15.00
5GB per month: $35.00

UPDATE: We just got an e-mail from Rogers that stated “we have two iPad data plans available for our customers. Both the 250 MB for $15 and 5 GB for $35 include free unlimited access to all Rogers WiFi Hot Spots. At this time, we do not have a sharing plan to announce. The reference to a sharing plan on the Apple website was an error and is being removed.”

To compare other price plans, down in the States the AT&T plans are somewhat similar: $15 for 250MB or $30 for unlimited. (more…)

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Bell to exclusively launch HTC Legend?

Bell is in need of a new flagship device – they had a good run with the Palm Pre but something bigger and better needs to be added. We’ve been tipped that Bell will be exclusively releasing the Android OS 2.1 HTC Legend sometime “this May/June”. No exact dates were given or pricing… but if Bell brought this on board it would do incredible things for their lineup. It would be their first Android smartphone that runs 2.1… currently the Galaxy and the upcoming Dext both have 1.5.

Apart from having 2.1, some notable specs of the Legend are that it has HTC Sense, a 3.2-inch multi-touch capacitive AMOLED screen (resolution of 320 x 480), comes with a 5 megapixel camera with video capabilities, 3.5mm headset jack, 600 MHz Qualcomm processor, can hold up to 32 GB with a microSD card, WiFi.

We’ll have more updates soon…

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Rogers WinMo 6.5 Samsung Messenger priced at $49.99 on 3-year

Following the release of the Bell Samsung Messenger for $0.00 on a 3-year contract – Rogers looks to have launched this QWERTY WinMo device for $49.99 on a 3-year. Other Rogers price points are on a 2-year for $299.99; 1-year is $349.99 and no-contract for $399.99.

Even though the document below shows it’s the launch date of the 4th, we’re informed that the Messenger will be available at Rogers locations early this coming week. Also, this will eventually be available through TELUS. (more…)

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Video: BlackBerry 9670 running BlackBerry 6

Here’s a good video to watch today! Thanks to CellGuru for posting 7-minute video an unreleased BlackBerry 9670 running an unreleased version of the RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry 6 (it’s actually OS 6.0.0.20). Although the video has no sound it does do a good run through of BlackBerry Messenger, Twitter for BlackBerry and Facebook. Check it out here:

Via: The Cellular Guru

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Video: BlackBerry Bold 9800 Slider gets quick look

There’s been many pics floating around of the unreleased BlackBerry Bold 9800 Slider but they can only do so much, correct? Well, BGR has managed to post the very first video of the upcoming device, it’s only 0:14 seconds but it shows the Bold 9800 running the new BlackBerry 6 OS. I’m sure this will be the first of many to come and here’s hoping the next video we the slider sliding. Check it out here… (more…)

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