TNS released a study called the “Global Telecoms Insight” that has found only “two-thirds of the Canadian population between the ages of 16 and 60 use a mobile phone on a regular basis”. And this level is lower than the global average of 80%. (In Canada, the study was based from 550 online interviews between November 29 and December 14, 2007)
Michael Ennamorato, a senior vice-president at TNS Canadian Facts said “Canadians do not have the same attachment to and reliance on mobile phones as the rest of the world does. Making calls from landline phones in Canada is relatively inexpensive and many Canadians think that the quality of landline connections is superior to wireless.”
Here are some trends that the study revealed:
- Canadians who own mobile phones are in no rush to replace them
- Canadians expect to keep their handset for 3.5 years on average
- Canadian mobile users that they are unwilling to pay a higher price for their next phone
- Canadians to focus on plans rather than hardware
- Among the one-third of Canadians who do not own mobile phones, the majority has no intention of purchasing a cellphone within the next 12 months
Over 16,000 participants were asked to comment on their usage of and attitudes towards telecommunications devices, with mobile phones forming the core of the study. The study was conducted in Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE, UK, USA and Vietnam.
More info from this report here (PDF)
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Research shows that there is approximately 3 million potential cellular subscribers in First Nations communities. This info led to the creation of Lynx Mobility Inc. – Canada’s first national cellular service provider that is equally owned by an Aboriginal group Naskapi Imuun and OmniGlobe Networks.
Lynx makes it possible for remote and rural communities across Canada to have access to low-cost cellular-satellite service. Benoit Fleury from Lynx Mobility said “The communities that we have been talking to have been asking for cellular services for a long time but the incumbent providers’ infrastructure and business models are not well suited for sparsely populated areas. Up until now, they simply had no viable alternatives. The arrival of Lynx Mobility will revolutionize that.”
The business model in itself is quite unique: based on a revenue-sharing model with local ownership of assets and the community manages their cellular service (basically creating their own cell brand) – in turn creating more jobs in the area. “This community-driven approach provides a long-term sustainable solution for our citizens. The revenues generated can be shared within the community, which will help in capacity building and job creation,” added Philip Einish, President of Naskapi Imuun.
Check out the corporate site here
Fascinating article from November 16, 1877 about the invention of the Telephone. How Canadian Mr. Alexander Graham Bell created “one of the most interesting of the scientific inventions made in this century, or that has ever been made in the history of science.” Read here
Zumobi give you access to “Enjoy entertainment and information content delivered to your phone in a fun and new way”. Already available for your Windows Mobile smartphones, they have come out with a platform to use on your BlackBerry.
You can either choose from the available “tiles” (basically widgets) in different categories such as news, entertainment, sports etc… or you have the option to use the “Tile Wizard” and create your own tiles of your favorite RSS feeds and send them to your phone. This certainly ads some much needed flare to your BlackBerry.
Check out this video of the Tile wizard in Action:
Latitude Wireless (owned by Northwestel Wireless Inc.) plans to introduce cellular phone service to one community in the territory’s Kitikmeot region and two in the Kivalliq region. About 400 cellphones have been sold in the community of 2,350. Marketing Manager Chris McNutt said: “So we are currently out of cellphones, and we are expecting another allotment of them, probably in about the next week. We have plans to expand Latitude Wireless service to the Nunavut communities of Cambridge Bay, Arviat and Baker Lake before the end of September.”
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