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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…)


Public Mobile launches ZTE C70, discounts others

Public Mobile recently came off a promo that gave 50% off the price of their phones plus 1-month free service. As expected, today they released a new device – the ZTE C70. This slider is available for $50 outright and has a 2-inch display (resolution of 176 x 220), 0.3 megapixel camera, 2.5mm headset jack plus all the standard features such as contacts, calendar, Bluetooth.

On another Public Mobile note, we’ve been informed that they’ll start phasing out the ZTE C78 (now available for $45) from their lineup and be discounting the following devices to these prices until October 3rd: Kyocera Tomo will be $80 (was $110), Samsung R312 will be $90 (was $125) and the Kyocera G2GO will be available for $99 (was $140).

More here at Public


LG Breeze coming to Koodo Mobile

Koodo has released several 3G+ devices over the past couple months: Nokia 7230, INQ Chat 3G and recently the Samsung Elevate. Thanks to one of our tipsters for letting us know that Koodo is preparing to launch yet another device and it’s the LG Breeze (GW520). Specs on this messaging device has it coming with a 2.8-inch display (resolution of 240 x 400), full slide out QWERTY keyboard, 3MP with video capabilities, holds up to 8GB with a microSD card, Bluetooth, Speakerphone. No word on the official launch date or confirmed prices, but taking a look at the screenshot shows the Breeze in the inventory with a $20 price (probably on the Tab).

Rumour has it that competitor Fido is going to be releasing the Android-powered Acer Liquid e…. wouldn’t it be good if Koodo eventually released an Android device, say something like the HTC Hero.


Nokia’s EVP of Mobile Solutions suddenly resigns

Big things are happening over at Nokia. Last week it was announced that CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo is being replaced by Canadian-born Stephen Elop, tomorrow Nokia World 2010 kicks off… but today Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia’s EVP & GM Mobile Solutions, gave his 6-month notice and is resigning. Vanjoki originally joined Nokia back in 1991 and it’s rumoured that he was the one inside Nokia to be considered to take over as their new CEO.

Vanjoki said in a statement that “I felt the time has come to seek new opportunities in my life. At the same time, I am one hundred per cent committed to doing my best for Nokia until my very last working day. I am also really looking forward to this year’s Nokia World and sharing news about exciting new devices and solutions.”

Source: Nokia
Via: Engadget