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.
Virgin already went live with their new HSPA+ network on Friday, but today they made it official with a launch party that had Victoria Secret models. Not to shabby! Looks good to be a member of Virgin… just remember that Bell owns Virgin so you’re piggy backing on their network.
Robert Blumenthal, President, Virgin Mobile Canada said “As we boost our lineup with the smartest of smartphones like the BlackBerry Bold and other iconic brands, Virgin Mobile is now a true option for people searching for the best phones, the best experience, the best network and the best monthly plans. Today, Virgin Mobile is transforming itself from being predominantly a pre-paid player to a company that is truly taking on the contract and monthly plan market. (more…)
Dave Wireless (Data Audio & Visual Enterprises Inc) invested $243.1-million for 10 licenses during the Canadian Wireless Spectrum Auction and will be launching their new wireless service in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa.
They have been relatively quiet as they only given out updates with roaming partners, network build-out partners and bold stated that “Competition is Coming” and today we got closer as Dave has announced their new brand name: “Mobilicity” with the tag line of “My Phone, My City, My Way”. (more…)
Over the past few weeks we’ve been tipped several times of some upcoming Rogers devices within the next 3 months. In addition to the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 you can expect to see the LG Pop (GD510), Samsung CorbyPRO (GT-B5310) and the LG KM555. We have pricing on all these but will not publish them as they’re not confirmed, but are priced well under the $50 mark on a 3-year contract. (more…)