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Rogers to offer iPad price plans at the “end of May”

Even though we rarely cover anything other than mobile phones and smartphones, today Rogers has announced that they will be offering the iPad price plans at the end of May.

Keith McArthur, Senior Director of Social Media, stated on the company blog that “Rogers today announced that it will offer iPad price plans for all models from the end of May in Canada. The iPad lets users browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface.” (more…)


New 343 area code coming to Eastern Ontario May 17th

New area codes are flying off the shelves! To keep up with the “continuously growing demand for new telephone numbers” the CRTC announced that effective May 17th, 2010 a new 343 area code will be added to the 613 eastern Ontario region. The 613 & 343 area code covers eastern Ontario locations that include Ottawa, Kingston, Belleville, Brockville, Cornwall and Bancroft. (more…)


TD launches iPhone app

Yesterday we wrote about how the CIBC iPhone app is seeing some good opening results with 100,00 downloads int he first month – today, TD has announced that they have released their mobile app for the iPhone.

The app is free and TD states the app will give their customers the ability to login to TD Canada Trust EasyWeb and view account balances, recent activity, view and pay bills and transfer fund. In addition you’ll be able to find TD Canada Trust branches, ATMs and TD Waterhouse Investor Centres in Canada… plus have quick access to EasyLine telephone banking, TD Waterhouse and TD Insurance agents. (more…)


Bell offers customers Stanley Cup Playoffs on mobile devices

Bell is coming off a successful mobile experience from the 2010 Vancouver Games and they are now following it up by bringing the Stanley Cup Playoffs mobile devices. Bell has teamed up for a mobile TV partnership with RDS for Montréal Canadiens playoff games and TSN for their playoff games and coverage of the Stanley Cup Final.

This is part of Bell’s Unlimited NHL and will cost you $8 per month plus applicable data charges. If you do subscribe you’ll have access to the following:

- Watch Stanley Cup Playoff games available live on TSN, RDS and CBC.
- Listen to live audio broadcasts of all games for all teams.
- Watch in-game video highlights, streamed video of classic games, “best of” clips, podcasts, special event coverage, interviews and expert Fantasy insight and analysis.
- Get real-time alerts with information on goals and game scores.
- Download official NHL ringtone and wallpaper downloads.


Rogers price dropping devices April 15th: Bold, Spica, Eve…

Rogers is getting ready to drop some prices of some decent devices on April 15th. You’ll see in the internal doc we received that there are both Smartphone and quick messaging devices. Rogers also has a promo going on now that sees you get unlimited local calling for 6-months when you sign up for a 3-year contract.

Here are the device price drops:
BlackBerry Bold 9000: Was $124.99 and now is $99.99 on a 3-year contract
BlackBerry Curve 8900: Was $99.99 and now is $49.99 on a 3-year contract
Samsung Galaxy Spica: Was $79.99 and now is $49.99 on a 3-year contract
LG Eve: Was $49.99 and now is $19.99 on a 3-year contract
Nokia N86: Was $149.99 and now is $99.99 on a 3-year contract
Nokia Surge: Was $49.99 and now is $19.99 on a 3-year contract
Samsung Propel: Was $29.99 and now is $9.99 on a 3-year contract
Sony Ericsson C510a: Was $19.99 and now is $9.99 on a 3-year contract

In addition, our friends over at Cell Guru have noted that the ZTE 636 Rocket Stick will be priced at a low $0.00 on a 1-year contract until May 1st, 2010.

What do you think of these prices… even though we are still seeing the 3-year contracts are the prices getting better? Is this a sign of competition?

(Thanks e823!)


Update: Wind not launching the Nokia N900… “this phone won’t be offered by Nokia in Canada”

Back in January Graham Kingma, Head of Wind Call Centre Operations wrote a post on their site that says the N900 is a device that “we hope to have the phone in early 2010″.

Today, on the same post that WIND informed us that the Nokia 5230 will be released soon… they also stated that “In other Nokia news, while we really like the N900, this phone won’t be offered by Nokia in Canada. Before you get disappointed, we do have good news if you’re thinking of getting one: you can still take advantage of our best rates on 3G data for the N900″. Basically – if you want the N900 you’ll have to buy it yourself and bring it over to Wind. There are many places to get it such as Amazon, NewEgg…


Report: New entrants to capture 22% of the market by year end 2014

The well respected Convergence Consulting Group have released their latest Report: “The Battle for the Canadian Couch Potato: Bundling, Television Internet, Telephone, Wireless”. It gives a revised forecast of the Canadian Wireless market.

Some quick takeaways from the Report show that by the end of 2014 new entrants EastLink, Mobilicity, Public Mobile, Shaw, Videotron, and Wind Mobile will have 22% of the market (in terms of subscribers). (more…)


Wind Mobile to launch the Nokia 5230

Looking for the next device to hit new entrant Wind Mobile? Good news for you then as they’ve posted on their site that the Nokia 5230 is just around the corner. No pricing or an exact launch date has been revealed but this will add another touchscreen to their lineup.

The 5230 has a 3.2-inch display with a resolution of 640 x 360, accelerometer, can hold up to 16Gb with a microSD card, 3.5 mm headset jack, 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, music player, full HTML browser, bluetooth, speakerphone and has overall dimensions of 11 x 51.7 x 15.5 mm with a weight of 115 grams.

Who’s going to get this beast?
More here at Wind


CIBC iPhone app sees over 100,000 downloads in first month… expanded to other smartphones

Only about 9% of us Canadians actually mobile banking but it’s expected to significantly increase over the next few months. One stat that shows this becoming more popular is the CIBC iPhone app. It was released about a month ago and has already surpassed 100,000 downloads and has over 1 million client logins. Very decent numbers.

CIBC has now expanded their mobile offerings by making all internet-enabled smartphones capable of using their site to perform their banking needs. CIBC says you’ll be able to do transfer funds between accounts, check account balances, pay bills and email Money Transfer.


CRTC: “No foreign entity should own more than 49%”

Back on December 11th, 2009 Industry Minister Tony Clement decided to overturn the CRTC’s decision and gave Globalive the green light to launch their WIND Mobile brand. They are heavily backed by Egyptian-based Orascom Telecom by having equity stake to the tune of 65%. He stated “It is a Canadian company that meets Canadian ownership and control requirements”.

The foreign ownership rules were somewhat rewritten and this foreign ownership issue will be in the news for many more months to come. In January Clement backed his decision by saying “This government made a decision a couple of years ago that we wanted more competition in the wireless space, that this was important for consumers, it was important for our economy… So the momentous decision wasn’t the Globalive decision, the momentous decision was the decision we made a couple of years ago to set aside spectrum for auction to new entrants, rather than the current incumbents.”

Today during parliamentary hearings Konrad von Finckenstein, chairman of the CRTC, said “The control of the communications sector should stay in Canadian hands. No foreign entity should own more than 49 per cent”.

What are your thoughts on this?
(Via: Globe)