For the elite there is was no recession and no worries about money. Those who have a few bucks to spare will probably be bidding on what’s labeled “The World’s Most Expensive BlackBerry “.
U.K.-based luxury designer Alexander Amosu spent over 350 hours building a Curve 8900 that’s laced with 4,459 brilliant cut diamonds (weighing 28.43 carats) and also is made with solid 18-carat yellow gold. The thing is valued at $240,000 (USD).
Amosu states that he’s only making three of them in which one has been already purchased. Will you be getting the others? (more…)
Public Mobile has updated their website and has given a fresh new look… and also given us their rate plans, coverage map and the first mobile device they will launch!
From the beginning they’ve stated they’ll offer a flat rate $40 unlimited talk and text plan with no credit checks, no contracts and no surprises… and guess what? That’s exactly what they are bringing to the table when they launch.
In addition, they’ll be launching the ZTE C78. According to the specs this is a candy bar style device that has dimensions of 110x50x14mm and weighs in at 80 grams. This also has the basic needs such as Phonebook, MMS, Bluetooth, Camera (0.3 megapixels VGA Resolution), Speakerphone, Contacts, Calendar, Tip Calculator, games and alarm clock.
Public Mobile purchased G Band license and spent $53 million in the auction, however they will reach 19 million people in Ontario and Quebec. They state on their site that “We have big plans for our network that will run from Windsor all the way to Quebec. In late 2009, we’ll be up and running in Toronto and Montreal. And throughout 2010 we’ll be adding new cities to our network.
Earlier this week we let you know that you can now make charity donations by text message. Today at the Jays game you can make a $5.00 donation to the Jays Care Foundation by sending the text message “CARE” to short code 20222. If you do, Rogers will match your donation with a $5 contribution as well.
Even if you are not at the game you can still text from wherever you are and make a donation. This is also good for Fido customers also. The donation will appear on your next wireless bill.
The Jays Care Foundation focus is to improve the lives of kids in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. Danielle Silverstein, Executive Director of Jays Care Foundation said “This is an exciting opportunity for Jays Care to connect with donors. We’re very thankful to Rogers Wireless and Mobile Giving Foundation for providing this innovative and easy way for donors to get involved with Jays Care.”
Although there are several free apps that help you find a great name for your newborn, BabayNames.com has decided to charge users an introductory price of $4.99 (USD) for the use of their baby name finder app.
The description is as follows “A new iPhone application from BabyNames.com allows you to search and save baby names on the go. Whether you want to save that great name you heard at the playground or need to take your list of front-runners to the hospital, the application gives you access to BabyNames.com’s database of over 15,000 names anytime, anywhere.” The app also lets you try out first and middle names with your last name and includes a random name generator.
Perhaps it’s best to get those free apps and spend your $5 at Chapters getting a Starbucks and reading a few books. (more…)
You could call it a tennis game: back and forth… back and forth. You could call it a classic case of big brother letting little brother have the limelight for a bit. However, last week our friends over at Best Buy put the new and stunning Palm Pre up for sale at 50 bucks off. This week, it’s Future Shop that has decided to lower their price and offer the Pre at a discounted price for $149.99.
This is the best price we’ve seen to date on a 3-year contract. To make it even sweeter they are throwing in a $75 “accessory credit”, which is just about enough to score a Palm Touchstone. The sale is on until October 1st.
RIM has released their Q2 results:
- Shipped approximately 8.3 million devices
- 3.8 million net new BlackBerry subscribers
- Revenue was $3.53 billion, up 3% from $3.42 billion last quarter and up 37% from $2.58 billion last year.
- The revenue breakdown: 81% for devices, 14% for service, 2% for software and 3% for other revenue.
- Total BlackBerry subscriber account base was approximately 32 million
Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion said “We are pleased to report a strong second quarter with excellent financial performance, successful product launches and accelerating growth in international markets and new market segments. RIM is entering the second half of the fiscal year and approaching the holiday buying season with an impressive product portfolio, continuing business momentum and strong marketing support from our partners around the world.” (more…)
We want Globalive to launch their Wind Mobile brand. We are also excited to see the other new entrants Dave Wireless and Public Mobile enter the market. All these new options ultimately brings us Canadians more choice and will hopefully lower our rates.
All day today Globalive, TELUS, Rogers and Bell are behind closed doors doing in-camera questions and closing arguments. I’ve been listening to the audio hearing from yesterday’s CRTC hearings into Globalive’s foreign ownership and although there are many notable quotes, there are a few that stick out in my mind… all based around the implications if Globalive did not launch.
At 14:25 in the TELUS video: Len Katz, Vice-Chairman of Telecommunications for the CRTC asks the TELUS representatives “If Globalive were to launch, has TELUS figured out its impact on what it would be on TELUS? And how big would that be?”
TELUS responds: “No, I mean, they will be a competitor, they obviously have some of these things they are talking about, um,, and we’ll compete with them”.
Katz: “Let me put it this way, Will TELUS make more money or less money if Globalive launched?”. TELUS: “I don’t know. It’s another competitor, it depends on how they launch”.
Katz also asked the same question to Rogers reps… “What would be the impact on Rogers if Globalive entering the market, figure between 5 and 7 million subscribers I think was mentioned in conversations this morning. What would be the impact on Rogers?”.
Rogers Reps: “Well, um, I mean I’m sure Globalive will do a credible job. We face competition everyday. We’re going to face it with or without Globalive and I think the market will be very competitive with them and very competitive without them.”
Katz: “So you’re saying it doesn’t have any impact on you?”
Rogers Reps: No, I mean, I wouldn’t say no impact. Obviously every competitor are ones we take seriously. But, it doesn’t look to us that they are going to be anywhere near the force that say Videotron is going to be in the marketplace.”
Katz: “So what do you want us to do? There’s the jobs, we are talking about Canadian control, Canadian interests. There’s about 300 Canadians, 230, 240 somewhere between that where Globalive has employees. And they have quite a bit of stake in this. What are you looking for? This company to restructure to meet the rules? Looking to send the proposal to be shelved, killed? Other than the people in this room there are a lot of people who have something at stake here.”
Rogers Reps: I think you have to reduce their role as a combined debt and equity holder because it’s, there economic interest is too overwhelmingly huge. You have to make the veto’s a little more reasonable.. and then those 5 other items that I identified that are just not consistent with Canadian ownership and control.”
A 10:52 of the Bell statements “Mr. Chairman, you asked TELUS and Rogers when they appeared, What would they do in your shoes. The answer lies in Industry Canada’s own AWS policy framework. Industry Canada contemplated this possibility and provided the way forward. The spectrum is to be forfeited and returned to industry Canada… Industry Canada will then re-auction the returned spectrum…. Bell Canada is prepared buy up to 50% of it for up to 50% of the price payed by Globalive”.
Industry Canada already gave the green light for Globalive to launch and made it clear with their intentions at the start of the Wireless Spectrum auction: “Our government’s intentions are clear: to achieve lower prices, better service and more choice for consumers and business. We believe in relying on market forces to the maximum extent feasible because competition benefits consumers, and consumers benefit most when markets are as competitive as they can be.”
So what are your thoughts?
There has certainly been an incredible amount of excitement for their WIND Mobile brand. Lots of jobs have been created, contracts have been signed and people are ready to sign up. As wireless consumers do you believe Globalive should/will launch their network?
Enough teasing with the “Coming Soon” or “are you ready” BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac posts. Special thanks goes out to an internal Bell document that shows it will be available for download starting tomorrow!
This news will make Mac enthusiasts very happy!
* Update, this has been delayed again … possibly a new launch date of next week * (more…)
The City of Toronto has launched a new service that gives residents access to non-emergency information. 311 Toronto can be called and a customer service rep will answer calls and resolve and questions you may have that relate to Toronto. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and available in 180 languages. Also, TTY service for the hearing impaired is also available.
If you’re outside the city you can dial 416-392-CITY (2489) to get connected to the service.
Mayor David Miller stated “This is a pivotal day for customer service for the City of Toronto. Residents and businesses are entitled to easy access to City services and programs. 311 Toronto ensures that every resident and business has direct access to a person at the City who can help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” (more…)
It was a couple weeks ago now that RIM teased us by saying the BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac: now available!”… only to say sorry a couple hours later and that it was not available.
However, on their Twitter page today RIM states “Are you ready for it? A closer look at BlackBerry Desktop Software…the Mac OS Version!”. Still not official (targeted for sometime in September) but they do give us an in-depth overview of it’s features.
As stated before, when this goes live you’ll be able to “Sync your iTunes playlists, calendars, contacts, notes and tasks; Add/Remove applications; Update your device when new software becomes available; Backup and restore your device data with such features like automatically scheduled backups and optional encryption and Manage multiple devices.” (more…)