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Report: 41% of Canadians have considered switching carriers

Another wireless report has surfaced that goes into detail of Canadian consumers wireless brand loyalty. The survey was compiled late July/early August time frame of 1,000 Canadians by Toronto-based Solutions Research Group and found that 41% have considered switching carriers. The report said that we value loyalty by much money we are paying out each month (rate plans, devices etc).

Other stats revealed that:
- Ages 20-29 are the ones who continually think about changing wireless carriers at 51%.
- 28% of Canadians are either on month-to-month on an expired contract, or expires within 12 months.
- 21% use prepaid and are not on a contract.
- Many Canadians want a lower monthly bill with “a substantial number” wanting bundling discounts, free texting, and free handset upgrades.
- 72% said the reason they would switch carriers is because of price.
- Most people said they would switch to an established brand such as Rogers/Fido, Bell/Virgin, Telus/Koodo), 7% said Wind and the “other new brands were hardly mentioned at all”.
- With Videotron launching last week, 31% considered switching

What are your thoughts on staying with your current carrier. Are you happy with them or are you considering making a jump to another carrier? What would keep you the carrier you’re with?

Source: Cartt


Confirmed: Fido launching Android Liquid e

The rumour is over… it’s now just about when Fido will launch their first Android-powered device. Thanks to one of our reliable tipsters for confirming that the Acer Liquid e is in fact coming to Fido within a few weeks. The price points are expected to be $50 on a 3-year and $350 no-contract.

So what does this actually mean for Fido? Well, the Acer is not your everyday low-end device. It’s a mid-range Android running OS 2.1 and packed with a 768MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera, WiFi, full HTML browser, GPS, Bluetooth, and holds up to 32GB with a microSD card. The specs are impressive to be placed on the Rogers flanker brand and this certainly increases their value in the market. This is a good fit for Fido and it’ll be the start of them bringing on more devices that are nearing the end of life on the Rogers lineup. Eventually more smartphones like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini, Curve 9300 could end up on Fido and the basic entry level devices will eventually go to Chatr.

We’ll have more info soon!


SaskTel puts BlackBerry Torch 9800 as coming soon

SaskTel recently promised to bring on the upcoming BlackBerry Torch 9800 by the end of this month. To get people excited they created a mild sign-up page where people can text to get updated. Still no word on price points or the official launch date. Other carriers (TELUS, Rogers, Bell and Virgin) are all launching on September 24th.

Source: SaskTel


Consumer Reports on iPhone 4 reception issue: “call on Apple to provide a permanent fix”

Apple stated last Friday that the iPhone 4 Case program is ending September 30th. This was originally put in place for what Apple now calls a “small percentage of iPhone 4 users” who experienced reception issues (otherwise known as “Antennagate”). After this date if iPhone 4 customers want to solve the reception issue they can still have access to get a free Bumper, but not the selection of 7 cases that are available now.

One of the major turning points of this saga was when Consumer Reports bold declared on July 16th that they “have confirmed that there is a problem with its reception… Due to this problem, we can’t recommend the iPhone 4”. Well, Consumer Reports is back and this time taking aim at the case program. On their blog they write that their internal testing of the Bumper successfully solves the weak reception issue “but putting the onus on any owners of a product to obtain a remedy to a design flaw is not acceptable to us. We therefore continue not to recommend the iPhone 4, and to call on Apple to provide a permanent fix for the phone’s reception issues.”


Source: Consumer Reports
Via: Apple Insider


Public Mobile and Money Mart in trial distribution deal

Public Mobile recently firmed up a distribution deal with 152 Gateway Newstands and now they’ve started a quiet pilot project with Money Mart to sell their wireless services in their locations. It’s apparently been going on for a couple weeks in a few select locations and the demographics actually makes sense for Public’s target customer, which is the “value conscious” Canadian. On the Money Mart website they state that their customer “represents the average, working Canadian. Statistically, the average customer is 32 years of age and employed with an annual income at the national average – 82% of all customers are under the age of 45″. Perfect for those who need quick cash and want a low-cost carrier that doesn’t check your credit status.

I checked out the Money Mart location at Yonge and Eglinton in Toronto and as you can tell by the pic it shows all their devices and plans. (more…)


Rogers employees start training for the Samsung Captivate

The Samsung Galaxy S Captivate is coming soon and Rogers, continually being teased with a almost pre-order page. The launch is still a few weeks away but employees have started training on this Android 2.1 device. Other specs have the Captivate have it with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display (480 x 800 resolution), 5 megapixel camera, records 720p HD videos, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth,3.5 mm audio jack, holds up to 32GB with a microSD card. no word yet on the upcoming price plans.

Source: Cellular Guru


Wind to launch the Android Alcatel OT-890?

Wind Mobile is getting on the Android bus. They recently released the Huawei U8100 and rumoured to be getting the Motorola XT720… and now we’ve been tipped that the Alcatel OT-890 is currently in testing and will be eventually released by Wind. No details on the official date or pricing has been confirmed.

Quick specs of the OT-890 have this slider with a full QWERTY keyboard, Android 1.6 (possibly will come with 2.1 at launch), 2-megapixel camera with video capabilities, touchscreen, Accelerometer, WiFi, GPS, a resistive display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm headset jack.

More soon!
(Thanks tipster!)


Chicken and Mobilicity share the love in latest coupon

Here’s something new… and a bit expected. Mobilicity has started to advertise their wireless service within KFC flyers. There is no actual deal for a chicken combo and a cellphone plan but we’re sure that will eventually happen. KFC is one of the fast food brands that fall under Mobilicity investor John Bitove’s Priszm Income Fund (also Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Long John Silver’s).

The pic states that customers should take the coupon into the closest Mobiliticy location and check out their deals. Here’s another example of how the carriers grabbing every possible angle to get their name in front of potential customers. Gotta admit that that 20-piece combo deal is looking pretty tasty.


Vidéotron quickly sells out of the Nexus One

Vidéotron’s new 3G+ network launched on Thursday and thanks to a tipster for letting us know that they’re officially sold out of the Android-powered Nexus One. Apparently it was within “hours” of going live with their new service and no doubt because they put it on for only $479.95 no-contract. It’s not listed as sold out on the site, but you can call customer service and they’ll inform you the next shipment is expected to arrive late September or at the very latest October 9th.


Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant spotted on Virgin’s site

Back at the beginning of August Virgin Mobile employees started to get trained on the upcoming Android OS 2.1 Samsung Galaxy Vibrant. Today, Virgin once again redesigned their website and confirmed that the Vibrant is on its way. There’s no official “coming soon” but if you check out any of their devices on the right hand side you’ll see nice shot of the Vibrant that’s promoting the $35 activation fee is waived. One more pic after the break. (more…)