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WIND drops price of first data stick plan by $10… plus intros 2 new plans

WIND keeps the discounts coming. They just dropped the price of their first data stick plan – the “Infinite Laptop” – by $10 to only $45 a month (used to be $55/month). Here you get Unlimited data in any WIND Zone but must abide by their fair use policy. For those wanting a bit more choice, WIND has introduced a couple more plans to the growing list. Hopefully all these plans won’t start confusing people. The “Charged Laptop” is for $35 a month and gives you 3GB of data in any WIND Zone. The “Social Laptop” is for $25 a month and gives you 1GB of data in any WIND Zone.

In addition, the Huawei E181 has also dropped down to a low $80 (with the rebate promo).
Check it out here at WIND

(Thanks Nadim!)


KPMG: 15% of Canadians have done banking through a mobile device

A new report is out today from KPMG called Consumers & Convergence IV. It goes into detail of how we are integrating the internet and mobile technology into our every day activities. This was an international survey of 5,000 people in 22 countries, Canada’s had a total of 300 that were included in the survey.

Here’s what KPMG found when it came to Canadian doing mobile banking, security and privacy.
- 63% are “very concerned” about privacy (globally it’s 67%)
- 58% are “very concerned” about security (globally it’s 59%)
- 19% feel comfortable using their mobile phone for financial transactions (globally it’s 34%)
- 15% have done banking through a mobile device (globally it’s 45%)
- 8% have made purchases using a mobile phone through a website (up 50% from last year but globally it’s 28%)

Many banking institutions in Canada have recently come out with their own apps on all major platforms such as BlackBerry, iPhone and Android. Back in April CIBC launched their iPhone app and their app alone found 100,00 downloads in the first month and had over 1 million client logins. Then ING and TD Bank followed with their mobile banking apps. In February, a report showed that only 9% of Canadians are accessing their account to check their balance. Bob Hedges of consulting firm Mercatus said that we Canadians are “at the tipping point in terms of adoption“.

So it looks like mobile banking is on an upswing over the past few months. Do make up this 15% of Canadians who are comfortable with mobile banking?

Source: CNW


LG Neon2 now available at Rogers

The second generation of the Neon has officially landed at Rogers. The Neon2 has some improvements from the original, mainly the increased screen size, memory and the overall design looks cleaner.

The Neon2 packs a slideout QWERTY keyboard, 3-inch WQVGA touchscreen display with a resolution of 240×400 (was a 2.4-inch display with the fist Neon), can hold up to 8GB with a microSD card (was only 4 before), 2 megapixel camera with video, FM radio, MP3 player, Bluetooth. Overall dimensions are 107.5×52.5×15.9mm with a weight of 122 grams (was 109 grams before).

The Neon2 is priced at a low $19.99 on a 3-year contract, but we’ve already seen this hit a low $0.00 at Future Shop. Other price points range all the way up to a decent $174.99 no-contract. This will probably find it’s way over to Fido soon.

More here at Rogers


Samsung Galaxy Apollo launching in Canada for Back to School

Earlier today we received an e-mail from our friends at Samsung that promotes their Back-to-School product lineup. In it was the Samsung R580 notebook, ML-1665 printer, PL 150 digital camera, a washer and a dryer and the recently launched Samsung Wave and Galaxy S Vibrant. In addition, at the very bottom was an unreleased and unannounced device that confirms it’s coming to Canada soon.

The Samsung Galaxy Apollo was rumoured to be launching with TELUS and with this news it seems to be true… the question now is when is the official release date and what’s the pricing. The description gives a bit more insight into this new Android but this device is known to have a 3.2-inch AMOLED display, WiFi, 5 megapixel camera that record 720p videos, Swype. No word on which Android OS but most likely it’s 2.1.

We’ll have more info soon.


Mobilicity introduces their Family Plan

Last week Mobilicity said a Family Plan were coming soon and now it’s officially available. The details are exactly the same from what they said before, nothing new. If you have the primary line you can get up to 4 additional family lines. Mobilicity says that “Each additional family member line you add to your account means another $5 off your total amount due each month”. In order to get the credit the primary line must have the $35 plan or above and the additional lines must sign up for the $25 plan or higher. The unfortunate part is that this offer cannot be combined with any other Mobilicity offers.

More here at Mobilicity


Video Review: TELUS HTC Desire

Once in a while there’s a phone that actually lives up to the specs, the HTC Desire is one of those devices. This newest Android device from TELUS comes with OS 2.1 and the much talked about 3.7-inch Sony Super LCD display (resolution of 480×800). Other devices claim to have a 1GHz Snapdragon processor inside, but unfortunately underclock it. I’ve been using this for over a week and can say that the 1GHz Snapdragon processor is not underclocked and has zero lag time. Even switching between the 7 screens or running several applications at the same time there’s not a hint of the performance being stalled.

You’ll see in the video that the design is very similar to the Nexus One and I believe that this is the best Android device that TELUS currently has… and also the best HTC device that’s officially launched in Canada. The price point is right on the money with the 3-year being at $79.99 and ranges to a decent $449.99 no-contract. For the camera, it comes with a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus, flash and video. The pictures came out looking good – both inside and outside. The video was good quality but the sound quality came out as if it I was a few feet away. Generally not a big deal just something to be aware of. Speaking of sound quality, no issues with calls made or received. Using this as my primary device with constant use of e-mail, web, pictures/video, apps I found the battery life gave me 6 hours and needed to be charged on a regular basis. If you’re just going to use this occasionally you should have no problems.

Other cool features of the Desire is that it comes with HTC Sense UI built-in, Friend Strea, Live Wallpapers, access to the Android Market, WiFi and can TELUS is throwing in an 8GB microSD card (can hold up to 16GB). Still, hands down the best Android device that TELUS has in their lineup.

Check out the video after the jump. (more…)


Simcoe County School Committee says WiFi causing headaches, memory loss, attention deficit

The Simcoe County Safe School Committee is on a mission to bring awareness about the health issues of WiFi. They are most likely talking about connecting computers to WiFi and not mobile phones but anything is possible these days. Ever since the Board installed Wifi throughout the schools they’ve noticed and have “documented reports from children with such strange problems as they can’t hold a pencil, they feel faint, they have chronic headaches, and they have developed an erratic heart rate requiring medical attention.”

The Committee is looking to get WiFi removed and believe that “WiFi systems is largely redundant and unnecessary” and “recommend safely connecting to the internet with hard-wires”. In total there are about 12 schools that are reporting incidents… but does state that to date there is “no scientific study concluding that long term exposure to microwaves is safe for children.”

Maybe, just maybe these kids just wanted a day off from school.

Check it out here at SafeSchool
Via: PCMag


RBC says BlackBerry Torch 9800 sales topped 150,000

If you’re following RIM’s newest BlackBerry Torch 9800 then you’ll remember when RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said “this is one of the most significant launches in RIM’s history”. You’re also probably hearing about its mixed reviews. There no official word from RIM or AT&T about actual sales numbers but some analysts are saying it’s getting “underwhelming” sales. Today RBC Capital Markets analysts Stifel Nicolaus has pegged the number Torch sales to be around 150,000. One possible reason for slow sales is that customers are holding off getting the device and waiting until the new BlackBerry 6 OS is officially released and putting it on their current device.

The current cost for the Torch is $199.99 on a 2-year through AT&T, so this is what we could expect to pay on a 3-year contract when it launches in Canada with TELUS, Rogers, Bell and Virgin. Another possible sign of poor sales is that retailers Amazon and Wirefly have already discounted the Torch price to $99.99 on a 2-year contract. Research firm iSuppli estimated the total cost to build one BlackBerry Torch 9800 is $183 USD (parts are $171 plus $12 for manufacturing).

Source: WSJ
Via: BGR


Poynt will come preloaded on WIND BlackBerry devices

Calgary-based Multiplied Media and their location based app called “Poynt” will now come preloaded on WIND Mobile BlackBerry devices. For those unfamiliar with Poynt, it’s a free app that helps you find phone numbers, addresses, directions, movie reviews & trailers, purchase movie tickets and book restaurant reservations. We’re not sure if this will be preloaded in the upcoming Wind BlackBerry Pearl 9100 but you can always go the the BlackBerry App World and download it there.

Scott Campbell, CMO of WIND Mobile said “Our subscribers seek the best solutions on the market and Poynt is a leading location-based application for BlackBerry smartphones. Providing easy access to Poynt for our BlackBerry subscribers is another example of how we not only listen to customers’ suggestions, but act on them.”

Check out Poynt here from the AppWorld
Source: MarketWire


Polar Mobile named in Canada’s “50 Most Engaged Workplaces”

It’s always great to see a Canadian company do well globally and Toronto-based Polar Mobile is getting worldwide recognition for building and powering some of the top mobile apps. Polar has created apps mainly for the BlackBerry and iPhone and their collection includes The Hockey News, TIME, TheStreet, BusinessWeek and the CFL.

More good news as they’ve been recognized as one of the “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” in Canada. Polar is run by CEO Kunal Gupta and they’re the only company in the mobile space that made it on the list, no carriers are listed as being in the top 50.

All 50 companies were judged in 8 categories of employee engagement: communication, leadership, culture, rewards and recognition, professional and personal growth, accountability and performance, vision and values and corporate social responsibility.

Congrats to everyone over at Polar Mobile!

Via: HRReporter