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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


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


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:


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!)


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!)


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.


Koodo Mobile will unlock your phone for $50

Not the hugest news in Canada but certainly good to know if you’re with Koodo. They launched their HSPA+ network on June 28th and have 3 devices: The Nokia 3710, Samsung Elevate and the INQ Chat 3G. Unlocking your device gives you the freedom to keep your phone and put in another carriers SIM card so it’ll work. There are 3rd party places that can unlock your phone for about $10 (or less).

Koodo stated on their site that “To be eligible, your Koodo phone with SIM card account must be in good standing. This means that you’ve paid your monthly bill in full for 3 consecutive months. Please call 1-866-99-KOODO if you would like to unlock your phone. A $50 charge will apply… Just a heads up that if your phone is unlocked by a third party, your phone warranty will no longer be valid.”

Anyone going to bit on this or would you rather just pay off your TAB balance?

More here at Koodo
(Thanks HC – NO “i”!)


Video: The Sony Ericsson “Product Testing Institute”

Sony Ericsson took some time to see what the public really thinks about the Xperia X10. All this action takes place at the Product Testing Institute with 5 different focus groups: Guidos, Models, Todlers, Glam Rockers and Surfers. They compared the X10 features to other smartphone rivals such as the BlackBerry 9700, iPhone 4, Galaxy Vibrant. Check all the vids out after the break (more…)


“HTC Desire Z Leather Case” pops up in Best Buy Canada inventory

HTC announced a couple new devices this past week: the Desire HD and the Desire Z. Specifically when it comes to a release in Canada the closest hint was that “the HTC Desire Z shipping in North America later this year.”

Looks like we’re one step closer to a release as one of our tipsters sent us a Best Buy inventory screenshot that shows the “HTC Desire Z Leather Case-Black” to retail for $32.99. No word on when we’ll be seeing this officially launch in Canada or with what carrier or the price plans.

Specs have the Desire Z running Android 2.2 (Froyo), 800MHz Qualcomm 7230 processor with a 3.7 inch display (resolution of 480 x 800), a slideout QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera that records 720p HD videos.

More info soon!
(Thanks tipster!)


Another WIND Mobile Motorola XT720 training doc, launching September 23rd?

It’s been rumoured that Wind Mobile will be releasing the Android-powered Motorola XT720. We’ve seen a brief look at a training doc a few weeks ago. Thanks to one of our tipsters we’ve got another one for you. This one gives more insight into the specs and highlights the features: “Sell it in 30 seconds” with it’s 3.7-inch display, 2.1 OS, 8MP camera with Xenon flash, records HD video.

There’s still no confirmed price or launch date, but rumours are that we’ll see this hit the shelves around the 23rd of September. However, you’ve got to think that Wind will want to take advantage of their current promos and rebate offers. Plus, Videotron recently released the XT720 for the no-contract price of $479.95, so WIND will either match this or come in lower.