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Video: Windows Phone 7 LG E900 leaks out

Perhaps we’ll see this newly leaked LG E900 device hit Canada when it officially launches. Specs have this anticipated Windows Phone 7 device with a 3.7-inch, full-touchscreen that’s powered by a 1.3 GHz processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, integrated GPS, HD video recording/playback, miniUSB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The design looks nice and clean, especially with a 3.7 inch display. Check out the videos after the break (more…)


Quote: Wind Mobile to inevitably acquire Mobilicity and Public Mobile?

During the wireless spectrum auction a couple years ago Globalive (Wind Mobile parent company) invested $442 million, a portion of these funds were backed by Egyptian-based Orascom Telecom Holding SAE. Today, Orascom chairman Naguib Sawiris was in Toronto and had a few choice quotes.

In an interview with the Globe he stated that the big 3 (Rogers, Bell and TELUS) are “a joke”. Sawiris said “I have been offered by two of them to buy me out at a very significant profit. But that means I’m a broker, not an industrialist. It’s against my saga, against my history. I’m not the kind of guy who goes out for the money. It’s about success. And this, I would consider it as a bribe.”

In addition, probably the one that will get the most feedback is that Sawiris says the other new wireless entrants Mobilicity and Public Mobile will inevitably be acquired by WIND. “They will be dead on arrival. Wind should be the consolidator of all the smaller players here. We are going to be open to that. We are not interested in smaller players that are only coming with cash, or the licenses they paid cash for. We want them to succeed and have some subscribers. Because we can’t do the job alone.”

Orascom Telecom has a massive 120 million worldwide wireless subscribers. It’s now reported that Wind Mobile here in Canada has over 120,000 subscribers.


Source: Globe


BlackBerry 9300 in “Smokey Violet” now available at Rogers

There are a couple Rogers BlackBerry devices that have Lavender as their colour name… but it seems for the Curve 9300 they wanted to step up the creativity with something a little more exciting and catchy. How does “Smokey Violet” sound to you? Very intriguing and mysterious. The 9300 has a full QWERTY keyboard, 2.0 MP camera, built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, holds up to 32GB with a mircoSD card, 2.4-inch display with a resolution of 320 x 240.

Check it here at Rogers


Google snatches up Toronto-based mobile game developer SocialDeck

SocialDeck is a Toronto-based mobile game developer that was founded in 2008 and have titles such as Shake and Spell, Color Connect and Pet Hero. Today it was announced that they’ve been acquired by Google for an disclosed amount. The company raised its first round of financing in 2009 by the BlackBerry Partners Fund and developed simultaneous game play for the iPhone, Facebook, and BlackBerry platforms. They currently have over 1 million downloads for their games and their “technology also facilitates viral content discovery, distribution and monetization”. So perhaps Google was interested for in-game mobile advertising.

Google Canada spokeswoman Wendy Rozeluk said “SocialDeck’s team and technology is a perfect addition to our current team of engineers in Waterloo, to continue to innovate in the social and mobile web”.

Source: Winnipeg Free Press


Windows Phone 7 launching in Canada this coming “holiday period… on multiple operators”

Recently at the Microsoft X’10 event in Toronto, Greg Milligan, Microsoft Canada’s Mobility Solutions Manager, revealed some good info about the upcoming Windows Phone 7 launch. In an interview with LazyReviewzzz Milligan stated “we’re launching here in Canada at the same time as the U.S. This will be a simultaneous North America launch. We will have it on multiple operators here in Canada, and we expect the price to be very attractive to users to individuals at the holiday period and in line with other smartphones… so in that $99 to $199 on a 3-year plan. Which is pretty much par for the course when it comes to smartphones in Canada”.

As to what manufacturers will be releasing a Windows 7 device in Canada, Milligan says “right now the first manufacturers are LG, Samsung, HTC, we’ll have those available here in Canada. We also see Dell coming into the market as well and some other manufacturers in 2011.”

So what are your guesses for devices that we’ll be seeing here?

Check out the video interview after the break (more…)


Vidéotron: “We’re not here to create a price war. The war has already started”

Quebec has always been a hotbed of competition with Bell having the most market share, followed by Rogers then TELUS. One of the most anticipated 3G+ network launches this year is Quebecor’s Vidéotron who are poised to go live this September.

Vidéotron will come to the table and offer low cost plans and bundling options. They currently dominate with their cable and internet offering and are catching up to Bell with their home phone business. Vidéotron will offer their “Winning Formula” which is based on a 4-point approach: Ubiquity, Price, Quality and Synergy and bundle their services to offer customers better prices, more value and choice. At the 2010 Canadian Telecom Summit Robert Depatie President & CEO of Vidéotron said “We will offer price plans that are competitive. Indeed, Vidéotron already offers some of the best price plans in North America. Still looking for deals? We offer better deals to customers who already Vidéotron’s services. The more of our services you have the better the deal we can offer.”

Article by the Globe’s Iain Marlow quotes Dépatie saying “We’re not here to create a price war. The war has already started”. Recently Bell offered a specific $100 price reduction for those located in Quebec to sign a 3-year contract. Also, new wireless entrant Public Mobile has set up shop in Montreal and offers low cost devices and plans. No word on how many customers have signed up but the point is that they’re bringing on important customers who are not with the incumbents.

It’s a battle out there and this is exactly what the government wanted. More competition and lower wireless prices. For those located in Quebec, who are leaning towards supporting?

Source: The Globe


Fido expanding HSPA+ network in Manitoba

Just in time to take on the new MTS HSPA+ network, Fido is expanding their network coverage in the province of Manitoba. They state on their website that the new HSPA+ markets include Thompson, Flin Flon, The Pas, St. Theresa Point, Grand Rapids and along Hwy 10 and Hwy 6 with “tentative projected in-service dates are for late 2010.”

More here at Fido
(Thanks Steve-O)


Wind to release BlackBerry Pearl 9100 at $320?

The BlackBerry Pearl 9100 has been “coming soon” to Wind Mobile for almost 3 months now and apparently it’ll be available shortly (the above image was from the Wind Mobile magazine). Rumours have this pointing towards a no-contract price point of $320, again under-cutting the carriers who have this now. Bell has this for $329.95, SaskTel has this for a whopping $635, Rogers $424.99 and TELUS for $349.99.

Source: HoFo
Via: BBSync


Public Mobile intros $20 referral credit

Public Mobile is continuing to give out the discounts. They recently slashed the prices of their handsets and now announced their simple referral program. If you’re a current Public Mobile client and refer a friend to join and sign up with an unlimited plan you get a $20 credit on your bill. Public nicely states that there’s no limit to the number of people you can refer so you basically have unlimited savings and the “credit will appear on your account within six weeks, provided both accounts are in good standing”. $20 saving is actually a large amount considering the plans and phones are cheap to begin with.

More here at Public