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Feb. 18th Milestone availability removed by Best Buy

Oh no… what do we have here?? Looking at Best Buy this morning it seems that the lovely release date of Thursday, February 18th for the anticipated Motorola Milestone has been removed! One of two things could have happened here:

1. TELUS dropped the hammer on Best Buy for releasing the launch date and kindly asked them to remove it from the pre-order page.
2. The launch date has been pushed back.

We’d like to think of it as a gentle request to remove the date until it’s officially announced. The good news is that you can still pre-order the Android device. We’ll have more info soon… but I’m sure you can still count on the 18th.


Wind continues to grow GTA and Calgary… prepping for Ottawa and Edmonton

WIND continues to build out their network by putting more cell tower sites up. As they noted a couple weeks ago they are focusing in on the GTA and Calgary areas by expanding the Home Zone reach. Chris Robbins, CCO posted a note on the company blog that stated “While we continue to build out Edmonton and Ottawa to get ready for launch, we’re also building more and more coverage in and around the GTA and Calgary. In the last two weeks, we’ve turned on over a dozen sites, but more important than the number of sites, is the feedback from real customers that the coverage has improved substantially in key areas.”

In addition, Robbins states they are working on U.S. roaming and should be completed “this week or next” and that
they “have missed a key target for U.S. roaming. The reason we’ve priced our U.S. roaming equal to Canadian roaming and at fraction of what other operators charge ($0.25 per minute including roaming and long distance) is because of the great partnership with T-Mobile”. (more…)


Rumour: Koodo launching HSPA network in April/May

For all those wondering when Koodo might be making the switch over to HSPA we have some Koodolicious news for you! Nothing is confirmed yet but we’ve been tipped that Koodo is looking around the April/May time frame to go live with some HSPA goodness. This is a natural progression as all their main competition has started to offer devices beyond entry level. For example, Virgin just launched their HSPA network and started to offer upscale devices like the iPhone and BlackBerry Bold 9700. Fido also has the iPhone and will be selling the 8520 shortly.

So where does leave Koodo? We’ve also been informed that they’re looking at bringing on the iPhone/Smartphones to boost their phone lineup. Still early on the game as how everything would look on their “Tab” system… but apparently there would be an increase in the Tab on data phones/packages above a certain price point (similar to the carriers and how they subsidize pricing on a 3-year contract with a minimum $50 Voice and Data plan).      We’ll have more info soon!


Rogers cuts off data service to HTC Dream users until they upgrade software

We’ve been tipped by several HTC Dream users today that for those who have yet to update the recent mandatory 911 upgrade that Rogers has essentially cut of their phone service. Apparently if you’re one of these people with the old OS and attempt to make an outgoing call you’ll be routed to Rogers customer service and asked to apply the update. Once you do Rogers Customer Service reps are saying your voice service will be re-activated but your data will take up to 24-hours to re-enable your service.

We’ve been informed by Rogers that “Once a customer speaks to a representative, they will not be redirected to Care again. The 24-hr re-enable of service refers to data… once the software update has been completed, data will be restored within 24hrs.”

Back on January 23rd (2-weeks ago) when Rogers sent out the 911 software fix they did state it was a mandatory fix: “A mandatory software update is now available for Rogers HTC Dream and Magic customers to ensure 911 calls can be completed on these devices. (more…)


Proof: Rogers Samsung Flight & Fido Motorola W388 coming

We wrote about a few devices that both Rogers and Fido will be getting this quarter, but it’s always nice to get some conformation! Thanks to our friends over at Future Shop and their Cellshop magazine we see a couple new devices: Samsung Flight and the Motorola W388.

The Samsung Flight will be available through Rogers and the design looks very much like a Palm Pre. It has the same overall shape with a slide out QWERTY keyboard and has a 2.8 inch touchscreen display (resolution of 240×320). The Flight also has a 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities and can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card. Overall dimensions are 4.17 x 2.2 x 0.5 inches and weighs in at 136 grams. Pricing should come in under the $99.99 mark on a 3-year contract.

Fido will be releasing the Motorola W388 and is a basic entry phone that kinda looks like the Renew but without any of the feel good recycling aspects. The W388 has a 1.8 inch display (resolution of 128 x 160), 2.5mm headset jack, dedicated music key and can hold up to 2GB with a microSD card. This also comes with a very basic 0.3 megapixels VGA camera, digital zoom with no video capabilities. Overall dimensions are 4.29 x 1.81 x 0.58 inches with a weight of 92 grams. Rumoured pricing is $15 on a 2-year contract and $65 Month-to-Month/Prepaid

More soon!


Valentine’s Day Contest: Win a Palm Pre!

Since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching we thought we’d give you Canadian lovebirds the opportunity to win a Bell Palm Pre!

Just like all our previous/current contest all you have to do is enter your name below. But this time we request a tad bit more by answering why you would LOVE a Palm Pre! It could be because it has the new webOS platform, it’s 3.1-inch touchscreen, multitasking capabilities for all your e-mail, contacts and calendar… or it’s full slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Want more? We’re also including a Touchstone charging dock and a leather case! So this has a total value of about $700. Now that’s a great Valentine’s day gift!

The contest goes until Friday, February 12th and you can only enter your name once… So if you forget to buy flowers and want to avoid the doghouse, enter your name below!

(Follow us on Twitter to find out faster if you won! – @mobilesyrup)


Apple patents “Device-to-Device Location Awareness”

Another day reveals another Apple patent. This time it’s called “Device-to-Device Location Awareness” and basically gives iPhone users the ability to share their location with other iPhone users via GPS with the touch of a button. The opposite can also happen too… a friend could request your location. I’m sure there are a number of security issues around this patent but the description goes into detail of how the location can be sent via text message and most likely pop open a map with your exact positioning. (more…)


Koodo goes live with new Self Serve website

For those customers that are on Koodo Mobile you’ll be happy to know that the new and improved Self Serve website has gone live. This should make your life a bit easier. You’ll see that it’s easier to navigate your way around, update your profile, change your plans, change your Add-ons… more importantly faster way to check your monthly usage. (more…)


Best Buy confirms Milestone launching February 18th!

Last week we posted that the rumoured launch of the TELUS Motorola Milestone will be Thursday, February 18th and thanks to Best Buy we have a bit more confirmation today!

Our tipster informed us that the “Milestone will be launching February 18th” and that Best Buy will start taking deposits for the phone on February 5th.” Looking at best Buy today we see that they are taking pre-orders! You can take a peek at the screenshot as it confirms “Pre-order the Motorola Milestone in-store today. Simply put a $50 deposit down in-store and on February 18th you will be the first to own the Smartphone without limits.” (more…)


Nokia Beta Labs releases “Nokia Diagnostics”

Nokia Beta Labs have pushed out another view of mobile technology they are working on. Nokia says the “Nokia Diagnostics makes it easy to diagnose and troubleshoot situations on the mobile phone by running various tests on the phone”. Sounds good and currently works on the following devices: Nokia N97, Nokia N97 Mini, Nokia 5230, Nokia 5530, Nokia 5800, and Nokia X6.

The tool scans your device in 5 areas: Network Coverage test, Internet connectivity test, Battery charger test, Loudspeaker & Earpiece test (more…)