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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to get 2.1 upgrade Q4 2010

Sony Ericsson has confirmed on their blog that the Xperia X10 family of devices will receive an upgrade to OS 2.1 in Q4 2010. This includes the recently launched X10 and also the rumoured Rogers launch of the  Xperia X10 mini and Xperia X10 mini pro. Sony Ericsson says that some “examples of user benefits that will be included in the UXP upgrade for Xperia X10 in Q4 2010 are:
- Upgrade to Android OS version 2.1
- HD video recording as per the same execution as Sony Ericsson Vivaz
- Wireless home connectivity via DLNA
- Improvements to signature applications Timescape and Mediascape “. (more…)

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Rogers joins the Novatel MiFi 2372 recall party… tells customers to “stop using this device”

Rogers released their “Rocket Mobile Hotspot” a couple months ago, this is the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2372 that Bell and Virgin recently recalled. Well, it seems like Rogers is joining the party and making sure their customers are safe.

A note sent to us stated that “in some cases the battery for the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2372 (Rogers Rocket mobile hotspot) may swell and cause the device to malfunction. In addition, some users have found the device’s battery cover to be difficult to remove… As a precaution, Rogers is contacting its customers to recommend that customers stop using this device, to turn the device off, and to not recharge the device. We also recommend that customers not attempt to remove the battery cover.” (more…)

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“Extreme Text Messaging” comes to Rogers

Back in March we wrote a quick post about how Rogers was going to introduce something called “Enhanced Text Messaging”. It seems like the time how now arrived and with it comes a name change to something with a bit more life to it: “Extreme Text Messaging”.

All the features of being extreme are now included and we’ve been informed that there is “no extra charge for all Rogers wireless customers”. Here’s a full list of what’s included in your texting plans: Text Blocker, Distribution Lists, Text Copy, Text Forward, Text Auto Reply and Personal Signature. (more…)

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Rogers rolls out My Account app to BlackBerry devices

Rogers has pushed through their My Account app to their customers who have a BlackBerry device. This app gives you the ability to view your balance, make payments, check airtime, messaging and your data usage. Rogers also states this will begin to show up on the following devices over the next few days: 8220, 8520, 8900, 9000 and 9700. (more…)

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WIND adds 3 new data options

A few days ago there was a rumour with possible new plans that WIND Mobile was going to introduce… well today they have officially announced these plans the “Charged Mobile”, “Charged BlackBerry” and “Social Mobile”.

Scott Campbell, Chief Marketing Officer of WIND Mobile said “Many of our customers told us they weren’t heavy users, or light users – and that what they really needed was a mid-range data add-on”. (more…)

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TELUS Q1 2010: Increase of 51,000 subscribers and 22% now use a Smartphone

TELUS has reported their Q1 2010 results and it looks like devices like the HTC Hero, Motorola Milestone and the Aple iPhone have helped them increase revenues by 4.2% from this time last year. The report also states that due to Smartphone use data revenue increased by $50 million or 24% and that “Smartphone subscribers now represent 22% of total postpaid subscribers compared to 15% a year ago”. Speaking of subscriber, TELUS reported they added 51,000 subscriber this quarter, up 6.3% from a year ago.

Darren Entwistle, TELUS president and CEO said “We are starting to benefit from Canada’s fastest 3G+ wireless network and enhanced wireline broadband network, leading to greater sales of smartphones and TELUS TV. Importantly, we are experiencing significant traction in our operational efficiency and cost control endeavours.”

Here are other important stats from the report (more…)

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Virgin contest offers up to pay rent for a year

Virgin is back with another Summertime contest – this year they are going all out and will give you free rent for a year. They state that the “Virgin Mobile On The House is the summer’s hottest online student competition. The winner will not only rule the school but also get their rent paid for a whole year and we’ll pimp out their house in style.”

Sounds like a good deal. No details yet of when the contest starts, ends or the value of the free rent. For now you have to give them all yourl info and they’ll let you know via e-mail when everything gets started. (more…)

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Report: New entrants to capture 10% of market by end of 2015

A new report has surfaced regarding the future of Canadian wireless. DBRS says that new competition such as WIND Mobile, Public Mobile, Mobilicity and Shaw will put pressure on the incumbent players and take between 7% and 10% of their market share by the end of 2015. Rogers, Bell and TELUS currently have 96% of the market and the report says it could fall to 88%.

In addition, wireless penetration will also increase by 2015 to an estimated 80% or 30 million Canadians, compared to the current level of 67% (22.9 million).

Chris Diceman, Senior Vice President at DBRS said “While there will be more players at the table. The table itself is expected to grow at a rate of 5% per year to 2015. Those carriers that are best at adapting to competitive and technological changes will not merely survive, but thrive. There is plenty of room for growth left in the Canadian wireless market over the medium term. With their national networks and track records of innovation, it will likely be the incumbents that push these initiatives, while the new entrants try to scale their businesses from a significantly different cost base.”

More here at DBRS

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Ellen apologizes to Apple for making the iPhone look hard to use

Apple – the fun loving and creative company over the past couple weeks have been on a rampage. Breaking into Gizmodo’s blogger Chen’s house over the next-gen iPhone leak and now taking on Ellen. The other day comedian Ellen created her own iPhone commercial (probably with a MacBook Pro) but the higher ups at Apple were not too pleased… Check out the video below: (more…)

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Confirmed: Virgin to launch the BlackBerry Pearl 3G

This can put all the rumours aside regarding if Virgin was also going to release the BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9100. They have stated on their Twitter account that “we’ve got lady gaga, nxne, and blackberry pearl 3G giveaways coming soon…”

This will probably ring in around the same prices as what Bell will be launching at: $29.99 on 3-year or $329.95

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