Slacker Radio has announced the availability of their free mobile app for Palm Pre – I could not find it in the App Catalog yet but Slacker does state it may take longer for the app to show up there. Slacker allows you to listen to music and customize your own radio station (they have over 10,000 stations in different genres to choose from). (more…)
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SaskTel has released an official update to for all the BlackBerry Storm users out there. You can now update to OS version 184.108.40.2069. The total file size is 111.61MB so make sure you back up and save all your info before going ahead. (more…)
Since I got hold of the upcoming TELUS Milestone I can confidently say that this is the best Motorola device I’ve experience in a VERY long time.
This first review is about the hardware. We’ll follow up with a separate review of the Android OS 2.0 and how it performs. When it comes to the design of the Milestone it certainly gets noticed. It’s basically made of metal and weighs in at a hefty 165 grams, so you’ll feel it in your pocket but but it’s not bulky by any means. The Milestone is sleek looking and if you think down the road 3-years will the design last? The answer is yes. It’s shape is not anything trend setting which makes it standout. Overall dimensions are 2.4 x 4.6 0.5 inches.
The 3.7 inch WVGA screen is impressive and has a resolution of 480×854. Quickly glancing over the web to see how much space it really occupies and it takes up the entire screen. Since the Milestone is a touchscreen the only downside I found so far is the amount of fingerprints it gets. Like all touchscreen devices all you have to do is rub a cloth to remove them. On the screen itself you’ll find capacitive touch sensitive buttons: back, menu, home and search. Around the device there is a power/lock button, 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port, volume rocker and a one-touch button for the 5 megapixel auto-focus camera that has a dual LED flash, 4x zoom with video capabilities.
Probably one of the best features of the Milestone is it’s full slide out QWERTY keyboard. This will attract those users who want both a physical keyboard and a touchscreen. The actual keys are nothing special and are flush with with the lower part of the device. There are a couple keys that are missing that I believe Moto could have occupied with a button for the web or e-mail, but they are simply left blank. In addition, there is a 4-way directional pad on the right hand side of the keypad that I have yet to use. Looks good but it takes up a great deal of real estate on the actual keypad. When it comes to the durability of the slide mechanism, you’ll see in the video that I’ve put it to the test and it’s incredibly solid and wickedly smooth.
So far I am incredibly impressed with the Milestone. Check out the video and we’ll post the 2nd review shortly.
Rogers has released a new set of roaming plans that might be interesting for those who travel to the United States. It’s called “One Rate” and these basically allows you to use data in the U.S. like you do here in Canada (it all gets deducted from the same data bucket).
Apart from the list of plans below, there is also a One Rate $50 Value Pack. This is for BlackBerry, iPhone or anyone else who has a Smartphone (Android, WinMo) that you can get 500 MB of data, unlimited text (in Canada only) and enhanced voicemail. (more…)
In 2009 Bell was certainly busy… they purchased all The Source retail locations, swallowed up Virgin Mobile Canada and launched their HSPA network. Today, Bell has reported their Q4 2009 results and an outlook for 2010… and as President and CEO George Cope said “The Bell team’s strong execution of our service-focused strategy and ongoing cost discipline across our business delivered strong Q4 results and enabled us to meet or beat all of our increased financial targets for 2009″. I guess today finally did get better!
That is fantastic news for shareholders – especially in this so-called downturn economy. In their report Bell stated they had a “record Q4 wireless gross subscriber activations” with 523,000 new subscribers, which represents an 11.3% increase over last year. Bell states the reason for the dramatic results is their new HSPA handset lineup that includes the Apple iPhone, RIM Blackberry Bold and wireless Internet sticks. Other activation stats are: Total net activations increased 39.3% to 163,000, Postpaid net activations increased 37.5% to 110,000 and prepaid net activations increased by 43.2% to 53,000.
If these results are not good enough for you. How about this: Bell now has increased their customer base to 6,833,000 – a staggering increase of 5.2% over last year. Here’s a summary that I pulled from the Q4 report:
- Total Bell Wireless operating revenues increased by 5.7% to $1,198 million this quarter. Service revenues increased by 2.1% to $1,055 million due to the acquisition of the remaining 50% of Virgin and higher wireless data revenues, partly offset by the impact of lower ARPU. Product revenues increased by 43.3% to $129 million due to the acquisition of The Source and the remaining 50% of Virgin, as well the impact of the launch of the new HSPA network. For the full year, total Bell Wireless operating revenues increased by 1.8% to $4,558 million with service revenues increasing by 1.1% to $4,102 million and product revenues increasing by 8.0% to $405 million.
- The acquisition of the remaining 50% of Virgin was completed on July 1, 2009. Accordingly, beginning in Q3 2009, wireless ARPU, churn and cost of acquisition reflect 100% of Virgin’s results. For prior periods, these metrics have been reported on a pro forma basis to reflect 100% of Virgin’s results.
- On a pro forma basis, postpaid ARPU decreased by $3.00 to $62.47 due to customer migration to lower rate plans, lower usage and lower roaming revenues as customers reacted to a weaker economy, while prepaid ARPU increased by $1.12 to $18.45 due to the growth of Virgin’s higher ARPU subscriber base. Blended ARPU decreased by $1.48 to $51.08. For the full year, blended ARPU decreased by $1.82 to $50.88, postpaid ARPU decreased by $3.21 to $62.81 and prepaid ARPU decreased by $0.30 to $17.53.
- Bell Wireless operating income decreased by 0.7% to $292 million this quarter as a result of lower EBITDA partly offset by lower restructuring and other costs. For the full year, Bell Wireless operating income increased by 3.5% to $1,284 million. Bell Wireless EBITDA decreased by 2.0% to $435 million this quarter due to higher subscriber acquisition costs associated with Q4 record gross activations. For the full year, Bell Wireless EBITDA increased by 2.4% to $1,812 million.
- At year end, the Bell Wireless client base reached 6,833,000, an increase of 5.2% over last year.
- On a pro forma basis, postpaid and blended churn were unchanged from last year at 1.3% and 1.8% respectively while prepaid churn improved to 3.2% from 3.4% last year.
- On a pro forma basis, cost of acquisition decreased to $327 per gross activation this quarter, or 5.8% lower than last year.
More here at Bell
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!