There’s been much talk over the past few months that new entrant WIND Mobile might be releasing new data plans. It would make a great deal of sense as it would give customers more flexibility than the current $35 Infinite Mobile plan. Here’s a rumour for you: Over HowardForums a list of what could be the upcoming new data plans found it’s way online… they seem competitive to the other carriers. What do you think of them? (more…)
If you’re into Prepaid, 7-Eleven SpeakOut Wireless has a new promo going until the end of May that offers you a 100 free minutes when you buy $100 in airtime. This equates to a value of about $25. In addition to this promo, SpeakOut has also introduced a new text message bundle that gives you 2,500 outgoing text messages for $10 per month. Incoming texts are free. (more…)
Rogers announced way back in February that they’ll be exclusively carrying the Android-powered Acer Liquid e. This will come with OS 2.1 and thanks to our friends from the East Coast we’ve been able to get a retail inventory screenshot of the no-contract price. How does $374.99 sound to you?
The Liquid e also comes with a 768MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 3.5-inch WVGA high-definition capacitive touch screen, 5 megapixel camera with video capabilities, WiFi, Full HTML browser, GPS, Bluetooth, 3.5mm headset jack, can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card. Overall dimensions are 116×54×12.75mm and weighs 135 grams.
The CRTC sent out a e-mail titled “Upcoming CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies: 3 May to 7 May 2010″. Specifically for telecom they’ve noted the “Ownership and control review” for Dave Wireless (Data & Audio-Visual Enterprises Wireless Inc), otherwise now known as Mobilicity.
The CRTC started their review back in March and Secretary General, Robert A. Morin stated in a letter that DAVE “appears to comply with the legal control requirements of the Act”… so more than likely you can expect the Mobilicity brand to get the go-ahead to launch their new wireless network.
Toronto will be the first launch city (we hear during the first week of June), followed by Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa later in the year. Mobilicity invested $243.1-million for 10 licenses during the Canadian Wireless Spectrum Auction and will offer “No Contract. No Credit Check. Unlimited Wireless.” to their customers.
More here at the CRTC
IDC announced their Q1 “Mobile Phone Tracker” report and it’s great to see a Canadian company crack the top 5 mobile manufacturers! They state that the “worldwide mobile phone market grew 21.7% in the first quarter of 2010 … fuelled by increased demand for converged mobile devices, more commonly known as smartphones”. (more…)
Bell recently released the Novatel MiFi 2372 over about 6 months ago and apparently an issue has popped up. A document we received states that “Bell Mobility has become aware that in some cases a Novatel MiFi 2372 battery may swell causing the device to malfunction.” Ouch. No worries though, Bell has put a plan in place for your mobile hotspot to be replaced and in between the 6-8 week it’ll take to fix your MiFi you’ll get a Novatel U998 Turbo Stick. (more…)
With all the new devices coming out by Rogers (and others) it’s that time of season for clearance and do some hardcore price drops. Checking out the internal doc we received it looks like starting May 4th you can expect to get the following devices for $9.99 on a 3-year contract with a Voice and Data plan: BlackBerry Curve 8310, BlackBerry Pearl 8110, BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220, Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 and the Nokia E71.
(Thanks e823!) (more…)
In March we were tipped that new entrant Public Mobile would pre-launch their network and offer those who sign up free unlimited Canadian long distance for life. In addition, we stated that their network would officially go live around the May 15th time frame.
All signs are pointing to be correct as not only have the folks over at Public been given the green light by the CRTC, but they have posted on their Twitter account that we only have two weeks left to take advantage of this offer. At the official launch we also hear they’ll be releasing more devices.
Back on February 26th WIND decided they’ll give a $150 credit “to help offset the sting” of the Early Cancellation Fee to those who port over from another carrier. This was later extend to March 31st and again extended until April 30th. However, “Due to popular demand” WIND has once again decided to extend the $150 credit until Tuesday, May 4th. (more…)
Wind continues to expand their lineup – they have just released the Huawei U1250 for a very affordable $70. This entry level slim device has a 2-inch display (resolution of 240×320), 2 megapixel camera, 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio, can hold up to 8GB with a microSD card and weighs in at a light 90 grams.
We did a quick look around this device and the design reminds us a bit of the Motorola Renew. What’s nice about the device is that it has dedicated music keys for quick access to all your tunes. As mentioned above it can hold up to 8GB, so for such a small phone it can hold a great amount. The camera is only 2.0 mega pixels and can get the job done when sending pics to your friends. Another good feature is the 3.5 mm audio jack – nice addition and glad to see Huawei when for this versus a 2.5 mm. Good low cost starter phone.
Check it out here at WIND