Not to sure what’s behind SaskTel’s advertising and marketing. They use fictional characters like Little Red Riding Hood to get their message across. In addition, they have now started to use the Big Bad Wolf in their ads for their Prepaid line up and wireless plans.
Nothing terribly unique about it but the Wolf seems to be holding a Nokia/Sony Ericsson/LG type phone. Check out there phone and plans here
An interesting study has popped up from the UK that can most certainly have similar results here in Canada. Employment law firm Peninsula says they surveyed 600 employees and found out that their work week is being extended to 55 hours a week due to the ability to receive and send messages when their not physically at the office.
Managing director Peter Bone said: “It is important for staff to spend quality time away from the office, spending time with the family, or undertaking recreational activities rather than tapping away responding to client emails or deadlines so that they keep a healthy work/life balance. The recession has forced everyone to become more productive and for those with access to work at home, this is an opportunity for them to catch up or get ahead. With email on tap, employees with smartphones are able to respond a lot quicker and also get themselves prepared for the working day ahead by checking their email first thing. (more…)
RIM has acquired Toronto-based Torch Mobile and this will help them improve the BlackBerry mobile browser. On the Torch Mobile company site they say: “Torch Mobile is excited to announce that our company has been acquired by Research In Motion (RIM), one of the most renowned mobile technology companies in the world. Our team of developers will join RIM’s global organization and will now be focused on utilizing our WebKit-based mobile browser expertise to contribute to the ongoing enhancement of the BlackBerry platform.”
It was only last week that we heard again that RIM was going to add Flash and Silverlight to their mobile browser and get it up to speed with the iPhone’s Safari browser. This addition of Torch will certainly help speed things up! (more…)
Up in Canada we tend to lock ourselves into glorious 3-year contracts, hopefully this will change when the new carriers launch. With that said it’s important for us to take care of our devices. We’ve been rocking several devices over the past couple month, one being the BlackBerry Tour 9630.
OtterBox has come out with a couple cases that can protect your BlackBerry from scratches, bumps, dust and drops (not water). We reviewed the Impact Series before and now we took a crack at the Defender Series Case. This has 3-layers of protection and although it’s makes the device a bit heavier – it’ll protect it beyond belief and still give you access to all the buttons, ports and keys.
The 3-layers are: Layer 1: Thermal formed protective clear membrane that protects the keypad. Layer 2 is the hi-impact polycarbonate shell and layer 3 is the silicone skin that wraps around the Tour.
Overall dimensions are 4.74 inches x 2.87 inches x .88 inches, has a weight of 1.89 ounces and retails around $50,
Check out the review here: (more…)
This week we’ll see an onslaught of Palm Pre info being thrown at us Canadians. Time and time again we’ve said that the Palm Pre is the “most important launch in Bell’s history”. Canada is the second country in the world to launch the Pre and it’ll be officially available this Friday.
Looks like the promotional video that follows metro-sexual “Bradley” around has uploaded another video. This time he goes into a nail salon and talks up the ladies while getting a manicure, pedicure and facial. Check it out here
LG Canada has created a site that gives insight into all their QWERTY devices called the “LG QWERTY Mobile Phone Showcase”. As LG has reigned in this year as the global leader in this market, you can find out all about their line up of devices. They showcase the Reveal, Neon, Dare, Xenon, Rumour, Voyager, Rumour2, Bliss, Keybo2 and Keybo. Each dedicated page for each device give specs, features and an overview. (more…)
The Palm Pre is fun. Easily switching between applications has gotten a bit more exciting! You can tell Palm has thought about how the user would actually want to interact and experience a device. Switching back and forth between an iPhone and a Pre, I found myself doing the “gesture area” action of the Pre with the home button area of the iPhone.
Depending on how many applications you have running at the same time will be an indicator of how long your battery life will be. I’ve been using this for the past few days getting my e-mail, calendar, messaging, surfing the web, using the camera, sharing my photos, using Google Maps, getting/using apps, watching YouTube videos… and it drains a great deal faster than similar devices we’ve reviewed. I had to remember that the Pre uses the web to continually do real-time updates. With using all these applications it just gets me through a full day of use.
To help you get the most out of your battery you can change the settings of your e-mail to check every 5-10 minutes rather than every minute. Even your IM settings, change it to Busy or Offline when your not available. To charge the Pre you can use the microUSB that’s given to you when you buy it. Or you can get the Palm Touchstone. An accessory that uses “inductive technology” that somehow charges your Pre wirelessly. I don’t know how this works as I’m not a science guy, but all I now is that it works well.
The Touchstone has a sticky bottom to which Palm also designed from scratch. They mimicked the feet of a Gecco and how it can climb anywhere. The same is with the Touchstone as this can literally be placed anywhere and keep it’s position.
Once it’s plugged into the wall you put the microUSD into the Touchstone. You’ll also get a new backing for the Pre, one that has a matte feel and look to it. You’ll see there are magnets inside the new backing that make it possible for the Pre and the Touchstone to essentially speak to each other. By placing your Pre on the Touchstone (Palm logo to Palm logo) you activate the charging to start. This can be done in portrait or landscape mode and still give you the ability to use the Pre and all it features.
The Touchstone basically saves you a step in the “charging your device” process. You only will need to plug it in once and then charge and go. This will help you keep your battery at full power. But ease and convenience will have a price to it… this accessory will cost you a bit more money – from what we hear Bell is going to retail this for $79.95.
Good news for Canadian eco-lovers as their is a new green game in town. The Samsung Reclaim will be making its way over to Bell around the September 15th timeframe.
No exact date or price plan has been confirmed but the image shows this is “coming soon”.
We’ve already seen one green friendly device here, the Motorola W233 Renew, but the Reclaim blows this away as it comes with 2.4 inch display (resolution of 320×240), a slide-out 4-row full QWERTY keyboard, MP3 Player, 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, mold up to 32GB with a microSD card, 3.5mm headset jack, messaging options (IM, text and picture, plus e-mail), built-in GPS, web that displays full HTML pages.
Plus the Reclaim is made from corn based bio-plastic materials and 80% of the device is recyclable. The charger is also Energy Star approved. This will be available in both Green and Blue.
When Globalive Wireless re-branded themselves to WIND Mobile, they also mentioned that they are immediately hiring 300 customer service people this year and a whopping 2,000 within 12 months. Now that is dreaming big from the gate.
The first signs of progress was their new site and now an ad has shown up with the tag line: “Hey people. We’re hiring people who treat people like people.”
That alone is a bold statement from a new wireless entrant. Want more Canadian boldness? At the bottom WIND continues to stake their ground and send a message to the carriers by saying: “We’re hiring people to change the Canadian wireless industry and create a better customer service experience.” We want to do our part and help out… check out WIND Mobile’s positions here
We had the opportunity to speak with Mark Lang of TELUS. He’s the architect of the TELUS Flexible Work Styles Program and talks about how there’s 3 different kinds of “work styles”: Resident Worker, Mobile Worker and the Tele-Worker.
I must warn you about the video the as it’s no wicked device info or new news on their upcoming network, however gives insight into how “work” is moving toward a more mobile standard. I did ask him about how the new network will impact everything: “It’ll speed everything up… and enable better remote video conferencing”.
Watch when you got about 8-minutes to spare (more…)