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Mobilicity to introduce a Family Plan soon

Mobilicity is on a tear recently… for those who are on the $35 monthly plan they’ve included unlimited nationwide calling in Ontario. In addition, they announced that Family Plans will be “coming soon”. We’ve been informed that this will happen after September 6th.

According to a press release that went out today it states that “Mobilicity’s Family Plan will provide subscribers of its talk-and-text plans with $5 off every month on additional Mobilicity plans ($25 and above) – representing extra savings of up to 20 percent for up to four family members”. From what I understand this will not be a monthly discount, it’s actually for the life of your service (as long as it’s in good standing).

Remember a few weeks ago when Mobilicity Chairman John Bitove spoke about Rogers new discount brand Chatr and how “they’re trying to destroy our success”. With these new offering it seems like Mobilicity means business and will take the competition head on. They just need to expand into other cities faster.

Source: CNW
(Thanks cellphoneSTAR!)


Update: Virgin Mobile BlackBerry Curve 3G available in a shiny Red

Virgin Mobile will be launching the new BlackBerry Curve 3G tomorrow and thanks to one of our tipsters for sending us the pricing. You can expect to dish out a cool $49.99 on a 3-year contract or $349.99 on a 30-day. You could also use the new Virgin “SuperTab” and get and get this as low as $49.99. This is basically the same pricing that parent-company Bell will be releasing the Curve 3G at. On a better note, the pricing is $30 less than Rogers 3-year contract and $50 cheaper on the no-contract.

Update: Virgin Mobile has just put this on their site. Liking the colour they released. Shiny red. Check it out here at Virgin (more…)


Poll: What do you use your mobile phone for most?

Mobile devices have gone from just being used for simply calling people and leaving voice mails. These days people send e-mails, watch videos, surf the web, listen to music, text their friends, download apps, review documents etc.. We’ve put this quick poll together to see what Canadians are doing the most on their device. It’ll be interesting to see what’s most popular these days. We’ll keep the poll open for a couple days.

Update: The poll is now closed and 807 people responded. Surprisingly people still talk to each other. 32% of Canadians use their phone to call, followed by Text messaging at 28%


Koodo to launch Samsung Elevate at $150 no-contract

It’s been a few weeks since we wrote about the upcoming Koodo Samsung Elevate. This will be their 3rd HSPA device, the first was the Nokia 7230 then the INQ Chat 3G. This is a decent device for Koodo as it fits in well with their lineup of messaging phones. Specs have this QWERTY slider with a 2.6-inch QVGA display (resolution of 240 x 320), 1.3 megapixel camera, media player, Bluetooth and can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card.

We’ve been informed this will be available within the “coming weeks” and as you see by the internal screenshot it shows it priced at $150. This will the no-contract price and you’ll most likely be able to get this on the Tab for $0.00.

(Thanks Tipster!)


Full specs of the upcoming Rogers LG Neon2

Rogers is prepping to release the LG Neon2 – dummy phones have arrived at stores and so has stock. The only thing missing is a full rundown of the specs. Talking a look at the LG Canada site shows all the goodness of this slider.

If you’re thinking about getting this here’s what you can expect the specs to be: Slide with a full QWERTY keyboard, 3-inch WQVGA touchscreen display with a resolution of 240×400, 5 hotkeys, can hold up to 8GB with a microSD card, 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities (2x zoom), FM radio, MP3 player, Bluetooth, overall dimensions are 107.5×52.5×15.9mm with a weight of 122 grams. In addition, this apparently comes in 4 colours. The only price point we know of currently is the 3-year at $29.99.

There are a few more images after the break, but you can check it out here at LG (more…)


Mobilicity finally joins the CWTA’s “Code of Conduct”

Back on September 1st of last year the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) created the “Code of Conduct for Wireless Service Providers“. It’s basically a minimum set of standards that carriers must abide by so customers know their rights and also have the info they need to make informed purchasing decisions.

Majority of the carriers signed up and even the new entrants Wind Mobile and Public Mobile. However at the time of the Code of Conduct was in place there was one new entrant that was missing. It was then called Dave Wireless, now renamed Mobilicity.

On Monday I reached out to Mobilicity to see where they stand on getting involved and they stated “We have been abiding by Mobilicity’s own stringent service policies since launching in May and have advised CWTA that we are also subscribing to its Code of Conduct for Wireless Service Providers”. Yesterday morning I had a conversation with Marc Choma, CWTA Communications Director and he said they’ll be releasing a 1-year update on the program in September and Mobilicity was not yet part of the code, but had intentions to join.

It’s interesting what a couple days can make as the CWTA sent us an e-mail late last night stating that Mobilicity has now been added to list of carriers on their Code of Conduct. I’m sure it’s been busy since their launch in May – but it’s nice to see things getting crossed of the list… especially when it has to do with customers interests.

So congrats to everyone over at Mobilicity… let’s see those other launch cities go live now.

Check out the CWTA Code here


Pat Prefontaine gives you tips to maximize your mobile potential

TELUS has created a guy named Pat Prefontaine who’s kind of a got charisma of a George Clooney but the knowledge of Tony Robbins for Canadian wireless. He dishes out tips of how we can all maximize our mobile potential. Clearly it’s another way for TELUS to talk about their network coverage, reliability and the HTC Desire… but it’s got some good one-liners his 5 step process: Embrace Change, Never Compromise, Nurture Relationships, Broaden Your Horizons and Be Confident.

More here at Pat Prefontaine


Google will be “unveiling a couple of cool new mobile features” tomorrow

Invitations has gone out for a special Google Mobile event tomorrow. No other details on what to expect other than they will be “unveiling a couple of cool new mobile features”. Speculation has already gone into high gear about possible outcomes being video calling support, Google music service and even a locate my Android feature. No official word on what it is but everything will come in a few hours.

Source: Gizmodo
Via: IntoMobile


Liquid E Ferrari special edition pops up on Acer Canada’s site

This would add some excitement to the recently released Android Acer Liquid E. If you take a quick gander over at the Acer Canada website you’ll see a special Ferrari edition of the Liquid E has suddenly appeared.

This is not yet available in Canada but for some reason it’s on their homepage. Specs are generally the same: OS 2.1, 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, Qualcomm snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS…. here’s where it gets interesting as the description states that the “Ferrari details are everywhere on the Acer Liquid E Ferrari Special Edition. On the front, the glossy Ferrari F1 red finish contrasts with the dark chrome keys and mirror black effect of the large 3.5″ high-resolution capacitive screen while round the back, the “Scuderia Ferrari” shield with surrounding carbon fiber, speaker designed like an air intake leave no doubt that this is one of the world’s most sophisticated, high-performance mobile devices.”

Sounds like a beast of a design. No word on a release date or pricing.
Check it out here over at Acer

(Thanks Xavier!)


Videotron on new network: “We are pressing ahead… in order to start it up this summer”

Quebecor Inc. reported their Q2 2010 results and they state that Videotron activated a whopping 1,700 handsets. Seems low because they’ve been putting all their efforts into building out their new 3G+ network. In a press release today Pierre Karl Péladeau, President & CEO of Quebecor said “We are pressing ahead with the build-out of the Advanced Wireless Services (“AWS”) network in order to start it up this summer. As of June 30, 2010, all switching services and platforms were installed and operational. Siting and tower-sharing agreements had been signed for more than 95% of the antenna sites and the equipment was installed or being installed at all those sites. We remain focused on our promise to deliver a superior customer experience by rolling out a reliable, effective wireless network”.

All sounds good, but it’ll be better when they actually launch. A few days ago we were tipped that the launch will happen “early September”. Taking what’s stated above “to start it up this summer” would mean the last possible date their new 3G+ network would go live is on September 21st (last day of Summer), only 6 weeks away. So everything seems to be falling into place!

Source: Quebecor