It seems like it’s taking forever for Public Mobile to launch and even with the delays, now targeting mid-2010 sounds even longer. I guess building a network from scratch takes a bit more effort than simply putting towers up. Everyday gets closer and today they’ve added some new features to their website, specifically when it comes to their plans, phones and coverage. No new info is added just fancy animation.
Under the “Our Plans” section they continue to give greater insight into their desired target market by saying “Seems like everyone has a mobile phone in their hands these days but actually, there are a lot of us that have yet to join the conversation yet. At Public Mobile we want to make it affordable for more people to talk more. That’s why we created unlimited talk and text for a flat rate of just $40 per month. No credit check. No contract. No surprises. No kidding.” (more…)
Remember when TELUS launched the iPhone back in November, all were incredibly excited that another carrier was getting the beloved device… all those except the people located in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The reason for the delay for those clients is because their HSPA network was still being built-out.
It seems as though the same will go for anticipated Android Milestone. On Moto’s website there is a small box at the very bottom of the page that states: “Motorola Milestone Coming soon to TELUS. The Motorola Milestone is not available in Manitoba or Saskatchewan.”
Rest assured for all other Canadians… the device is coming very soon!
Although the Sony Ericsson Canada website says the T715a is now available in Pink… it’s nowhere to be seen yet at Fido locations. We’re guessing this will be available around Valentine’s Day and will be available at the current price of $50 on a 2-year contract, or $200 no contract.
Anyone feeling the Pink colour? The T715a is a slider that has a screen size is 2.2 inches (resolution of 240 x 320) with a 3.2 megapixel camera with video camera capabilities, Facebook app, Geo tagging of photos, Google Maps, SMS, MMS, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, IM, MP3 player, Bluetooth and Handsfree speakerphone. Overall dimensions are 91.5 x 48 x 14.9 mm and weights in at 96.5 grams. (more…)
Here’s a funny video. Anyone who is Canadian, loves mobile phones or even the slightest interested in Smartphones has heard of Waterloo-based Research In Motion and their BlackBerry devices. In every organization around the world they are used on a daily basis… heck even President Obama got to keep his when he took office.
Last night on Jeopardy, which is by far the most popular game show on the face of this world, had a category called “Non-Edible Fruit”. The 1,200 answer was “The Bold 9000 is among this companies series of Smartphones”. The Question clearly is RIM as they are the manufacturer, but the contestant answered BlackBerry (the brand name for the Smartphone) and host Alex Trebek (a Canadian) gave the OK and she got away with it. I could use the $1,200!!! (more…)
Even though there has been rumours in the past about the incredibly anticipated launch of the Motorola Milestone. Earlier in the week we saw the upcoming Best Buy catalog that showed the Android-powered device as “coming soon”… then TELUS updated their site with the familiar slogan
Apparently an Best Buy internal memo has been sent to employees that the “Milestone will be launching February 18th” and that Best Buy will start taking deposits for the phone on February 5th.
The rumoured price that we’ve been informed of is $199 on a 3-year contract and $549 outright. We’ll have more updates soon!
LG has posted on their Twitter page that owners who have the Eve will be getting an OS update this Spring. The tweet “LG will release an upgrade to Android 1.6 OS for the LG Eve this Spring, for Rogers customers.(Available for download on Rogers/LG websites)” (more…)
Not the biggest update that has happened to the iPhone but we’re closer to 3.2! Apple has released an update for the iPhone (version 3.1.3) and some of the notable changes are performance improvements that will the fix reported battery level issues, bug fixes that cause some apps to crash while is use with the Japanese Kana keyboard. The update weighs in at 228.1 MB
After the introduction of the new brand name for Dave Wireless… they now officially call themselves “Mobilicity” I caught up with Chairman John Bitove, President Dave Dobbin and Vice President of Marketing Sara Moore for a few minutes to talk about the new direction.
Last last week we wrote about the possibility of Dave becoming Fresh Wireless and then a logo popped up in CIPO that is now the new distinction for Mobilicity. The name itself was chosen because it incorporates “simplicity for city-based customers”. They are still finalizing everything for launch day when it comes to price plans, but they will offer “No Contract. No Credit Check. Unlimited Wireless”.
As we’ve mentioned before, Mobilicity will launch their brand this Spring first in Toronto, then in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa. At launch they will offer BlackBerry, Nokia, Sony Ericsson devices “at or around 100 bucks”. The one thing you have to respect about Mobilicity is that they have always stated they will launch when they are ready and as John Bitove stated will have “flawless execution”.
Sara Moore stated “the one thing still missing in Canada for wireless consumers is simplicity. People are still talking about the difference of incoming and outgoing or free calls to the 5 people or family members. Buckets of minutes or buckets of text messaging and plans that have a little bit, and for $5 more you can get unlimited. It’s a bit of a matrix. You can pay before or after… or even the naming conventions are getting cute and not simple. We think there was a great opportunity and remains a great opportunity for a mobile operator to bring simplicity to the wireless marketplace… and that’s why we love this name and we love the logo because it just drives that message in such a bright cheerful, optimistic – which is who we are as a company.”
Check out the interview below here (apologies for the shaky camera work). The second video is the actual launch of their brand name.
Since the earthquake almost a month ago now, the popularity of texting donations in has increased dramatically. The Mobile Giving Foundation Canada announced that 100% of all donations made via mobile phones has surpassed the $500,000 mark!
Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry said “I would like to congratulate the Mobile Giving Foundation for its successful fundraising campaign for the Haiti Earthquake Relief fund. This innovative use of technology is a simple and convenient way for Canadians to open their hearts and show support for the people of Haiti.”
If you are still looking to show your support, here is a complete list of short codes to choose from: (more…)
Remember a few weeks ago when Globalive stated they were talking with a number of investment banks to raise “several hundred” million dollars for expanding their business. Well I guess it’s a done deal.
Globalive today has “announced its intention to enter into a private debt financing for the purposes of continuing to expand the WIND Mobile network, create new distribution partnerships and for general working capital purposes”. Although no names are mentioned about who is helping with the funding or specifically how much was raised, Globalive did say that it’s both Canadian and international investment banks and also stated that “the financing will not impact the ownership and control structure of WIND Mobile”.
Globalive Chairman Tony Lacavera previously said “We need to accelerate our business plan. We’ve got to get that network built aggressively and stick with our model across the country as fast as possible.”
WIND currently has signed up well over 10,000 subscribers and will be launching in Edmonton and Ottawa later this month. Within 3 years they hope to bring on 1.5 million subscribers.