Martin Cooper is the man who’s credited with inventing the world’s first mobile phone made the first call in April of 1973 on a Motorola DynaTAC. In an interview with CNN Cooper said that he knew “someday everybody would have a [cell] phone, but it was hard to imagine that that would happen in my lifetime. And now we’ve got almost five billion phones in the world… Phones have gotten so complicated, so hard to use, that you wonder if this is designed for real people or for engineers.” (more…)
Well look at this… Koodo recently launched their HSPA network and released their first device, the Nokia 3710. The second device they will release is coming soon and will be the Samsung T356 (also known as the Elevate). Interested in what their 3rd device will be?
Thanks to one of our Koodo tipsters for letting us know that the INQ Chat is making its way to a Koodo location at some point. Probably soon after TELUS launches it. No details on when this will launch or how much, but another QWERTY based smartphone is coming.
This is what RIM has been working on for a long time and what BlackBerry fans have asked for. Check out the video below of the new WebKit browser in action. Big improvements from it’s current state which will make the BlackBerry a greater experience with pinch and zoom, tabbed browsing and pages render complete websites. The video of the demo is done by Driphter.com on the upcoming 9800 slider, on OS 18.104.22.168 and still an early prototype. (more…)
Thanks to one of our Fido tipsters for this update. According to this internal doc it shows that they’e reduced the current mobile internet stick from $135 to $75 (no-contract), and also extended the 2 month Unlimited Data promo until September 3rd. More importantly Fido will be releasing a new pre-paid internet stick on October 1st. No other details on which stick it will be or how much. In addition, in Q4 Fido will release a HSPA+ internet stick that on paper says it will reach network speeds of 21 Mbps. (more…)
For all the TELUS HTC Hero owners out there who are looking for the official Android 2.1 OS updrade it could be coming soon. It was apparently supposed to be released in June but delayed. We’ve been tipped several times this week that TELUS is currently testing it and is expected to push it out sometime during the first half of August.
Still a rumour, but something hopeful.
The Fido “Navigator for iPhone” app is now available and it’s the same as Rogers and is basically a re-branded Telenav app. Same features such as 2D or 3D maps, real time traffic alerts, 1-touch reroute, search businesses, day and night modes, pre-plan trips. This cost $4.99 a month on top of your monthly data plan and it’s available via the App Store
At the Nokia E72 launch party it was announced that the device was going to be released by TELUS on July 11th… however it seems that the date was pushed up as it’s now available. As we stated earlier it’s got some good price points to it:
3-year contract: $99.99
2-year contract: $249.99
1-year contract: $299.99
No contract is $349.99
Specs of the E72 are that it has a 2.4 inch display with a resolution of 240 x 320, full QWERTY keyboard, has a 600 mhz processor, 3.5 mm headset jack, 5 megapixel camera with a front-camera for video calling, auto-focus and flash, built-in GPS, WiFi.
Check it here at TELUS
Also, here’s a quick overview of the E72:
The X10 Mini Pro is coming to Rogers which is exciting… but it’s not as exciting as this unboxing of the Mini Pro by Maria Sharapova! She heavily sponsored by Sony Ericsson so I’m sure it was in her contract to do this to generate buzz for the device. She gets a lot of direction but states that “It’s just like Christmas” and that she actually uses the device herself. Check it here: (more…)
New entrant Mobilicity is not keen that Rogers Wireless is planning to launch their new uber discount brand called “Chatr”. The Globe is reporting that Chairman John Bitove said he’s going to file a complaint with the Competition Bureau if Rogers proceeds. “They’re trying to destroy our success” Bitove said. In the “Abuse of Dominant Position” in the Competition Act it states that the “use of fighting brands selectively on a temporary basis to discipline or eliminate a competitor”.
Chatr will be launching in the same cites as Mobilicity has: Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, Edmonton and Vancouver. In addition, they will offer similar no-contracts and low cost price plans. You can check out the images we were sent that shows Rogers new Chatr brand is directly competing with Mobilicity (and also with Wind and Public Mobile).
I’m sure all the new entrants and incumbents have looked into some sort of legal action. A few days ago Wind Mobile Chairman Tony Lacavera stated that “Chatr” is “great for consumers. We’re achieving our business plan here of creating competition in wireless. The big guys are starting to react and the more they start to react the better we look. I’m really excited about it and I’m ready to compete.”
Competition is certainly here… what are your thoughts?
Rogers recently gained the naming rights to the Vancouver Canucks home and called it the “Rogers Arena”. Now they’ve also joined up with Cirque du Soleil again and have become the official sponsor of the 2010-2011 Canadian Tour. Sponsoring events is where it’s at these days… Rogers says they’re giving back to their customers by holding exclusive events and contests where customers can win free tickets to see a performance. (more…)