Sometime between the last price drop and when all the other carriers reduced the 3-year contract price of the BlackBerry Bold 9700, Rogers followed suit. If you’re looking to get yourself the very stylish Bold 9700 you can now get it from Rogers for $149.99 on a 3-year contract.
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Rogers has released their Q4 2009 results and according to the report it states they increased their subscriber base by 109,000 and activated an astonishing 400,000 smartphone devices (“predominantly iPhone, BlackBerry and Android devices”). Rogers states that “subscribers with smartphones now represent 31% of the overall postpaid subscriber base”. Other important stats is that their wireless data revenue increased by almost 45% to $384 million. Data revenue now represents 24% of total network revenue (increase of 6% when compared to lat year).
Rogers does acknowledge the number of new subscribers is low and “primarily reflects slower overall market growth, increased competitive intensity in certain segments of the market, and the unusually high number of additions during the second half of 2008 following the launch of the iPhone in Canada.” (more…)
When it comes mobile banking in Canada, a report came out last week that informed us that we’re “at the tipping point in terms of adoption”. Some financial institutions have release apps that can gives you the ability to show your account balance, but I wanted to really see what “Zoompass” was all about. If you remember about 6-months ago the big 3 (Rogers, Bell and TELUS) announced a joint venture that formed Canada’s first mobile payment service.
Zoompass gives registered users the ability to send, receive, request money, check your account balance, review transactions directly from your mobile phone. To register is free but the service costs $0.50 to send and withdraw money.
I met up with Robin Dua, President of EnStream, for a few minutes and he put the service to the test on his BlackBerry. This app is also available on iPhone and Android devices, pus other platforms via their zoompass.mobi site. You’ll see in the video that it’s pretty simple to use and Dua says “what we are working towards is allowing customers to transact with the phone at the point of sale, that’s the ultimate goal. Right now what you are seeing here is over-the-air (OTA)… directionally where we want to go is we’re building technology and applications to allow for transactions to occur with an NFC enabled handset or a contact-less enabled handset at the point of sale”. Zoompass is working with Rogers, Bell and TELUS to bring NFC-enabled phones to the Canadian market in the near future.
It looks like Wind Mobile and Mobilicity are not the only ones looking to compete in the Canadian wireless scene. Calgary-based Airtel Wireless recently re-branded their offerings with new plans and devices and today they have released the iDen friendly Motorola Brute i680.
You might remember last week when TELUS’ MiKe Network released this for $229.99 on a 3-year contract or $429.99 with no contract. However, over at Airtel you can pick this same device up for $209 on a 3-year contract or a low $309 with no contract. (more…)
Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt spoke at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today and stated that the mobile movement is upon us and that he’s “enormously proud to be part of this. I’m proud to be here”. Google has come to the forefront of the industry with their Android OS and more importantly their first foray into devices with the Nexus One.
Schmidt also said “It’s the principle of mobile first… It’s like magic. All of a sudden there are things that you can do that didn’t really occur to you… because of this convergence point… That time is upon us – right now, right here, for this year and at least the next many years.”
In Canada, rumoured carriers to bring on the Nexus One are Wind Mobile or Mobilicity (Dave Wireless).
Majority of the carriers will now offer the uber-affordable BlackBerry Curve 8520 or 8530. We recently saw TELUS and Virgin offer this and Fido will release the 8520 on February 17th ($400 outright or $50 with a 3-year contract). For all those over in Manitoba who don’t want to be left out of the Curve celebration – no worries, MTS is going to be launching this shortly!
If you check out their software updates on the BlackBerry site you can see they are prepping for an upcoming release of the device with OS 220.127.116.119 (more…)
If you remember a few weeks ago Virgin Mobile held a launch party that featured models strutting their stuff all in the name of a faster HSPA network. Good news for fashion enthusiasts today as Virgin has decided to put the 3 lingerie outfits up for grabs to support their ongoing efforts in Haiti. The bidding starts at $250 and ends February 26th at 12:02:58 EST. (more…)
At MWC in Barcelona Mike Kirkup, RIM’s Director of Developer Relations showed how the browser experience on BlackBerry devices will be dramatically different very soon. Many BB users have wanted a better experience when it comes to surfing the internet and Kirkup demoed the upcoming BlackBerry WebKit browser that showed the new pan and zoom ability and loading HTML sites with speed. Still no work on when this will be released… Check out the video here.
Fido has released the Sony Ericsson Naite for $25 on a 2-year contract or $150 with no contract.
Specs of the Naite are it’s 2.2 inch QVGA display (resolution of 240×320), overall dimensions are 108.0 x 47.0 x 12.6 mm and weighs in at 84 grams. This also comes with a 2 megapixel camera, digital zoom, video capabilities and can hold up to 8GB with a microSD card and has a FM radio and media player. (more…)
We’ve seen a few “How-to” Motorola Milestone videos that showcased all its Android glory, even our several reviews showed off some of it features. Today you can feast your eyes on 4 more videos that give a good rundown. They are titled:
The Web Experience You’ve Always Wanted, Premium Messaging, Multi-media and The Smartphone Without Limits (more…)