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Birds, trucks and squirrels sometime cause Rogers network outages

Rogers has released a video that runs just over 2 minutes that interviews Bill Anderson, a manager at their Network Operations Centre (NOC). It goes into a bit of detail of what it takes to run their network and make sure everything is on the up and up.

Anderson states the NOC runs 7x24x365 days and when a network outage occurs, it’s “primarily accidental and environmental. We have birds that can build nests in our towers, we have trucks that can take down polls, even squirrels that can chew on our lines and cause service interruptions. One of the best things on working in a NOC like this is that the machines do a lot of the work for us… for those times when there is an impact to the customer our job is to make sure we get the right person, with the right tools as fast as possible to the situation to get it resolved.” (more…)

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TELUS drops No-contract price of Bold 9700 to $499.99

Back in November TELUS released the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and it was priced at $249.99 on a 3-year and the no contract price was $649.99.

Over time we’ve seen a steady decline in prices and you can now get this for $149.99 on a 3-year, but more importantly the no contract price dropped to $499.99. This is now only $50 higher than WIND Mobile’s offering of an outright price of $450. Rogers and Virgin are selling the 9700 at the no-contract price $549.99 and Bell is currently the highest at $599.99 no contract. We hope this is no April Fool’s Day joke…

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Virgin installs “Safe Text Zones” across Canada

This is a good way to start April 1st. Gotta love Virgin Mobile Canada as they’ve taken it upon themselves to “install Safe Text Zones across Canada” because “more than 20,000 pedestrian accidents have occurred while texting since 2009″. These prototype safe text zones are located in Toronto on sections of Queen Street and Yonge Street and on Vancouver’s Robson Street. Check out Virgin’s public service announcement: (more…)

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Update: Rogers Xperia X10 to be priced at $149.99 on 3-year

Rogers sent out an e-mail last week with an update that the “Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is almost here” and said we’ll be able to pre-order their newest Android device soon.

We have a quick update and have been informed that the X10 will be priced at $549.99 without a contract and $149.99 on a 3-year contract. Also, the rumour floating around about the launch date is set between the April 7th and 14th.

We’ll have more info soon!
(Thanks Tipster!)

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RIM shipped 37 million BlackBerry devices last year… revenue hit $15 billion

Waterloo-based Research In Motion (RIM) has announced their year end and Q4 results and quickly looking at the release it shows that revenue increased 35% over last year to a whopping $15 billion. In addition, RIM shipped 37 million BlackBerry devices and increased the subscriber base by 65% over from last year to over 41 million “with a record 4.9 million net new subscriber accounts added in Q4″.

Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion said “RIM has completed another outstanding fiscal year with record revenue, earnings and subscriber results. Our company and partnerships continued to thrive within one of the most dynamic industries in the world. (more…)

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OtterBox intros Milestone Commuter Series Case

For all those who want to protect their precious Milestone from the usual drops, scratches etc… OtterBox has come out with their Commuter Series case.

This is available for $34.95 (USD) and comes in Black. Overall dimensions are 121.28 x 66.91 x 18.95mm and weighs 30.5 grams. Like all OtterBox cases this gives a 3 layers of protection with access to all buttons, ports, camera and flash:
- Layer 1: Self-adhering clear protective film
- Layer 2: Durable silicone mid-layer
- Layer 3: One piece custom molded polycarbonate shell (more…)

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Shaw looking to hire a “Sr. Wireless Architect”

Shaw Communications won 18 licences and spent $189 million during the Canadian Wireless Spectrum Auction. Back on January 14th CEO Jim Shaw said “during fiscal 2010 we also plan to take initial steps to commence wireless activities, with build out planned over the next several years.”

Looks like Shaw is moving ahead with their wireless plans as they’ve posted a position on their job board looking to hire a “Sr. Wireless Architect” who’ll eventually be a “member of and accountable for activities of the Architecture Working Group focusing on Wireless initiatives. “. (more…)

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Samsung Impact now available at Virgin Mobile

Virgin has added another device to the HSPA lineup. The Samsung Impact has a 3-inch full QWERTY touchscreen display (resolution of 240×400) and comes with a 3.0 megapixel camera, video capabilities, holds up to 16GB with a microSD card, MP3 player, Bluetooth 2.0. The weight of the Impact is a decent 105 grams with overall dimensions being 109.5 x 53.6 x 13.9mm.

This can be yours on the following price plans:
2-year contract: $49.99
30-day: $199.99 (more…)

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“Refreshed” iPhones make their way to TELUS

The Apple iPhone (3G & 3GS) arrived on TELUS’ new network back in November of last year at the same prices that you would find on Rogers/Fido/Bell. Customers (except those in Manitoba or Saskatchewan) started to purchase the cool smartphone and now – 5 months after launch – it looks like TELUS has put the “refreshed” label and started to sell them at a discounted price.

TELUS says the refreshed iPhones “are available for a special price in limited quantities only on a 3 year term. These units are exclusive to our webstore. These unused or lightly used iPhones, in like new condition, were returned within 14 to 30 days from the date of purchase. They’ve been loaded with the latest software to meet current factory standards, with each having gone through an extensive quality check. Some refreshed iPhones may have final scratches.” In addition, The TELUS refreshed iPhones have a return policy of 30 days and a 90-day warranty from the date of purchase.

So for all those who want to gamble on a refreshed (refurbished) iPhone, you can now get the 3GS 32GB for $249.00; 3GS 16GB for $149.00 and the 3G for $29 all on a 3-year contract.

To compare to the refreshed iPhone over at Rogers, they state they have a “warranty of 6 months from the date of shipment”, but carry the iPhone 3G 8GB for $49.00 and 3G 16GB for $99.00. Fido has the same 6 month warranty but has the 3G 8GB for $29.

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