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Motorola says Dext, Quench and Backflip OS “Upgrade under evaluation”

Earlier today we had a post that stated 50% of all Android devices are running 2.1… many devices in Canada are still waiting for an upgrade. A bit more news today from the Motorola camp as they have put a schedule together for OS 2.1 upgrades. When the Dext, Quench and Backflip launched there was talk of an upgrade but nothing confirmed. Motorola, Bell, Rogers and TELUS are all planning to upgrade sometime, but looking at this chart below it states the “Upgrade under evaluation”… basically that it’s coming soon with no definite availability date.

For those who have the Android OS 1.5 Dext, Quench and Backflip are you at least enjoying it?

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Via: PhoneScoop

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NDP tables “Cellphone Freedom Act” aimed to unlock cellphones

Bruce Hyer, NDP MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North, introduced private members’ Bill C-560 today, otherwise known as the “Cellphone Freedom Act”. According to the dedicated site “Don’t Lock My Freedom” there are 3 rules:

  • Consumers buying new cell phones in Canada must be informed of the existence of any network lock on their phone before sale.
  • Phone companies must unlock handsets upon request, free of charge, when a consumer purchases a new phone outright without a contract, or any time after purchase.
  • Phone companies must unlock handsets upon request, free of charge, when a consumer comes to the end of their contract or at any time thereafter. (more…)
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BBB gives Canada’s cellphone companies an “F”

It’s well known that wireless companies feel the heat when it comes to customer complaints. Back in December Consumer Reports released a cellphone survey of 14,000 Canadians that showed the top two complaints are price and contract terms and conditions. In addition, Canada’s independent (industry-funded) Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications (CCTS) said that billing errors were at the top of the list of complains for Canadian wireless customers.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) gave an “F” grade to our wireless companies. With over 500 complaints to-date and over 2,000 since 2009 the BBB says that cell phone complaints are again what Canadians complain about. The same issues popped up: contracts, customer dissatisfaction with service and coverage, not understanding the final bill compared as advertised. Leading the pack is Bell with 1,020, followed by Telus with 751 complaints and Rogers had 685. Even new carrier Wind Mobile showed up on the list. (more…)

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Poynt updated with ability to connect to a TELUS Live Agent

Calgary-based Multiplied Media has announced a partnership with TELUS that sees the ability to connect with a “Live Agent” via their Poynt app.

So if you search for a business listing or movie and you come up with no results you could connect to a live agent that will help you find what you’re looking for. Apparently it costs a whopping $0.99 each time you use the service.  As much as we promote the growth of Canadian organizations… it’ll be easier to use Google and find what you want faster and cheaper. (more…)

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Bell releases $15/month Unlimited Mobile Browser Palm Pre promo

Thanks to a tipster who let us know that Bell has a new $15 monthly Unlimited Mobile Browser promo specifically for the Palm Pre. According to the internal doc we received it states that “Bell Mobility is introducing the Palm Pre Unlimited Mobile Browser feature, providing new and existing Palm Pre clients with an opportunity to have on device unlimited mobile browsing to surf the Web without the worry of incurring additional data charges. Note: This does not include tethering.”

No-contract price is $299.95… plus the previous promo that Bell gives you is $15 off your plan for the entire duration of your contract (when you get it on a 3-year for $0.00). All sounds pretty tempting… anyone going for a Pre now?

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Video: Quick look at the upcoming Samsung Wave

The Samsung Wave is coming to Canada soon (via Bell) and we got a very quick walk through of it today.

The video is below but the one of the major highlights is the 3.3-inch Super AMOLED display. Samsung is hammering home the screen quality and the Wave has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and is incredibly bright… even in bright situations. Other quick specs of the Wave is that it operates on Samsung’s new open mobile platform called Bada where developers can create and share apps, 1GHz Samsung processor, 5 megapixel camera that can record HD video, 3.5mm headset jack, holds up to 32GB with a microSD card. In addition it has a dominant set of speakers… you’ll hear them in the video we checked out on YouTube below.

This is going to be available very soon… check it out here (video still processing through YouTube)

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Fido wants you to Pimp out your puppy for a Virtual Billboard

If you’ve ever seen those Fido billboards that have the dogs on them and admired them… now is your chance to pimp out your puppy as Fido has created an Facebook app that gets you to put your dog in a Fido ad.

It’s a viral initiative where you can share with other dog lovers, friends etc…  this also promotes their $15 plan. But is this app really needed? Why go through the steps when you could easily send a pic of your dog to your friends?

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CDMA iPhone 4 in the works?

With majority of the carriers already having the iPhone in their lineup there’s talk today that a CDMA version of the iPhone 4 will start shipping during Q4. No word on a Canadian release but it seems the carriers are all transitioning away from this technology in favour of HSPA. Would you want a CDMA iPhone 4??

According to DigiTimes “Pegatron will also start shipping a CDMA version of the iPhone 4 to Apple in the fourth quarter and is currently using its plants in Shanghai, China to produce the products, the sources noted.” (more…)

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Google says 50% of all Android devices run OS 2.1

In Canada we have several Android-powered devices to choose from. To name a few the growing list: Hero, Liquid E, Milestone, Dext, Galaxy, Galaxy Spica, Legend, Dream, Magic+, Backflip, X10, Eve, Quench. Many of them alone have launched over the past couple months… and more to come (Desire, Galaxy S, Xperia X10 Mini & X10 Mini Pro etc.). Even Rogers President Rob Bruce said we should “Stay tuned” as they have “lots of Android” products planned from HTC and Motorola.

Carriers and customers are embracing Android… So the “revolution” is in fact in full swing. But what about the version your Android is running? Many of the above devices are still running the same OS from it was purchased months ago. (more…)

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