For those who want to help out with the relief efforts over in Haiti you can text in your donations. Rogers and Bell clients can text the word “HAITI” to 45678. TELUS will be going live on Friday. This is a safe way to help out as it’s done through the Salvation Army.
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Public Mobile is continuing their quest and looking for answers about the recent Globalive (Wind Mobile) decision. Last week they asked the Federal Court to overturn the decision that allowed Globalive to launch. CEO Alek Krstajic stated “We believe Cabinet’s decision is unfair to other wireless carriers, especially new entrants like Public Mobile that have played by the rules and secured substantial Canadian investment. Furthermore, while we respect the Government’s authority we believe what it has done amounts to a change in law, and only Parliament can change Canadian law.”
Today Krstajic appeared on U.S. based FOX Business Network to discuss the issue and why “if we are going to allow Egyptian money, surely we should allow U.S. money to qualify as well… we think competition is great. We just want to make sure that we can have that same access to foreign capital that others players have… we just think that we should have fair rules and allow the Americans to come north and invest… we’d love to see U.S. capital classified the same way… surely our Governments intent is not to put Egyptian capitol ahead of U.S capital… that would be a travesty”.
Sounds like Public Mobile is looking for some sweet Benjamins…Thoughts?
Rogers is planning maintenance activity for Blackberry Enterprise Server on Sunday, January 17th, 2010. It’s planned for 2:00am but is blocked off for 4 hours. However, it also states that the maintenance will only last 10 minutes.
It’s always good to be informed of any outage ahead of time. Here are the full details:
Date: Sunday, January 17th, 2010
Start Time: 02:00 AM (EDT)
End Time: 06:00 AM (EDT)
Estimated Outage Length: 10 minutes (more…)
Wind Mobile already has launched their new wireless brand in Toronto and Calgary and “next month” they’ll go live in Edmonton and Ottawa. They sent out a release for a massive hiring blitz for both cities for several positions, both full and part time: Store Managers, Assistant Store Managers and Sales Associates.
This is great news as their reach is getting bigger and bigger on a daily basis. (more…)
The entire world knows that Google launched their Nexus One last week to much fanfare and frustration. One outfit called Trefis has boldly stated that this superphone will generate $20 billion for Google.
They state “Although $20 billion may seem high for a business that just launched in January, the precedent set by Apple’s iPhone business suggests that it could be even higher. Apple’s stock has more than doubled since it announced the iPhone in early 2007 and we estimate that iPhones constitute about 50% of the Apple’s value or more than $100 billion.” (more…)
Kathy “Babysweetz” Spence took the top prize of $25,000 in the Canadian Texting Championships… and now she is hopefully going to represent us Canadians well in the LG The International LG Mobile Worldcup.
The Grand Prize is a coll $100,000 and is taking place on January 15 in New York City. Spence will be competing against other winners from other countries to be crowned the “World’s Fastest Texter”.
Good luck Babysweetz!
Bell is feeling the joy… could be post holiday season or pre Olympic spirit. The good news for current post paid customers is that starting February 1st until February 14th Bell is giving you 100 free local minutes. To get them will take a bit of work as you’ll actually have to walk into a Bell location.
So if you want the 100 minutes just remember to keep focused and open the door, walk in and say you want the free airtime. Don’t listen or be influenced by any upgrade or new plan offerings. Keep focused and when it’s over remember to say thank you and walk out. (more…)
Fresh of of taking in $800,000 from the Canadian government to hire 50 people in Fredericton, Chalk has announced Pushcast Software 5.4. You might remember this as the “Mobile Chalkboard”, it’s just been updated and re-branded.
The service is pretty cool actually. The service is officially described as “a trackable and secure communication channel for delivering audio- and video-rich content to BlackBerry smartphones”. Basically if you are looking to train or educate your employees you can do so by putting together a PowerPoint presentation and pushing it through to their Berry. Users can access it whenever and wherever they want… the video is an old promo of it but it gives you the basics. (more…)
SaskTel recently announced they have signed a wireless network sharing agreement with Bell and TELUS for the “rapid deployment of next generation wireless and data services through UMTS and HSPA technologies”. This is to start mid-2010 and has a targeted completion date of 2011 and ensures 98% of Saskatchewan residents will have access to the UMTS/HSPA network.
Sounds good so far. Today they have brought on the reliable Nokia Siemens Networks to help them build out their network. Robert Watson, president and chief executive officer at SaskTel said “After a comprehensive review, SaskTel has selected Nokia Siemens Networks because of the company’s advanced solutions and their global carrier presence and reputation”. (more…)
It’s been just over a month of having Wind Mobile active in the Canadian market. The new entrant had a number of challenges starting up and with all their enthusiasm bolted into the hearts of Canadians. When we sat down with Chairman Tony Lacavera last week he stated they have signed up over 5,000 subscribers… so by now they are probably over the 12,000 – 15,000 mark.
One of the best traits that new entrant Wind is doing well is standing by their tag line of “The Power of Conversation”. Executives have openly written about the early successes and challenges. Some of the known challenges are porting numbers, port blocking for internet, network coverage, mixed messaging for the home and away zone, towers, roaming…
In a new post CCO Chris Robbins states that they are hearing feedback on their network and looking for ways to improve its strength. He said “Based on the input from customers, plus our own constant coverage analysis, we’ve got several areas that are top priorities for our network management (more…)