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The iPhone 4 cometh to Rogers “in the coming weeks”

Following up to the Apple announcement of the iPhone 4. TELUS informed us that they will be releasing this “in the coming weeks”.

And now Rogers has posted an update on their RedBoard blog that says that “Rogers intends to launch iPhone 4… in the coming weeks. As this is a brand new device – just announced today – we’re not ready to talk about release date or pricing just yet.”

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TELUS confirms they’ll launch iPhone 4 “in the coming weeks”

It’s almost a given that Rogers, TELUS, Bell, SaskTel, Fido and Virgin will all be launching the new iPhone 4. Today we just received an e-mail from TELUS that stated the following: “Thought I’d share with you that TELUS today confirms it will launch iPhone 4, the thinnest smartphone in the world with the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, in Canada in the coming weeks.”

No other details were given. Earlier it was revealed that Canada will be included in the July release. Still no word on price points or contract length… but you can bet it’ll be the same price as before: $199 for 16GB model and $299 for 32GB model on a 3-year. (more…)

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Rogers says “Stay tuned… lots of Android” coming

Rogers started the Canadian Android revolution with Joshua Jackson a year-ago with the launch of the HTC Magic & Dream. Today in an interview Rogers’ President Rob Bruce says we should “Stay tuned” as they have “lots of Android” products planned from HTC and Motorola. No word on which devices or when they will be launching.

Rogers recently added the Acer Liquid E which runs off OS 2.1.

Via: BusinessWeek

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Apple iPhone 4 arriving in Canada sometime in July

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is on stage now at the annual WWDC 2010 Conference and he’s announcing some pretty good stats to kick things off. He states that there are over 225,000 apps currently available in App Store. A whopping 15,000 apps are submitted every week and 95% are approved within 7 days. In addition, Jobs says that the App Store has seen over 5 billion downloads and has paid out over $1 billion to App developers, says “It’s hard to remember what it was like before the iPhone”.

Declares next iPhone as “iPhone 4″: 3.5″ display (resolution 960×640) and another feature is that it’s powered by Apple A4 chip, apparently a better battery life: 40% more talk time (7 hours) with 300 hours of standby time. 10 hours of watching videos and 40 hours of listening to music, 6 hours of 3G browsing and 10 hours of WiFi browsing.

New camera: 5x digital zoom, tap to focus and LED flash, video calling (only via WiFi this year), Record HD videos, edit and one-click sharing from the iPhone. Also the introduction of the new name for iPhone OS is now called “iOS 4″… has multitasking. Also, built into iOS4 is Apple’s online advertising solution called “iAds”… you’ll see these starting on July 1st (they already have $60m committed from advertisers for the 2nd half of this year).

The iPhone 4 will come in 2 colours: Black and White. AT&T selling this for a 2 year contract at $199 for 16GB model and $299 for 32GB model. “Pre-orders start a week from tomorrow. And we’re shipping in 5 countries. In July we’re shipping in 18 more.” First few countries are United States, France, Germany, United Kingdom and Japan… Canada has been confirmed for a sometime in July date.

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Public Mobile unveils Unlimited Overseas Long Distance for $15

New-entrant Public Mobile is continuing to add to their plans. We recently saw them introduce a new $24 plan that includes Unlimited local calling, call waiting, call forwarding and 3-way calling. Today they sent out a press release that sees them having another add-on that’ll go into effect July 15th called Unlimited Overseas Long Distance. The cost is an additional $15 per month. In total there are 45 countries including Argentina, Italy, Sweeden, Israel, Hong Kong, Greece, Germany, United Kingdom, Columbia, China and more.

Public Mobile CEO Alek Krstajic said “The majority of our customers have family and friends living all over the world. Now they can call just to say hi, and not be surprised by the cost. With unlimited overseas calling, they can talk for as long as they like.”

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Rogers: “What does Unlimited really mean… not much!”

At the 2010 Canadian Telecom Summit today Rogers President Rob Bruce was comparing our rates to our southern counterparts in the United States – specifically unlimited plans and how we actually get more value up here in Canada. Bruce stated that “Here’s another fact. On Smartphones people talk about all Unlimited plans in the US. And yes… I know it makes for catchy marketing. But what does Unlimited really mean… not much. Our research shows that average daily use on an iPhone is about 210 MB and more than 90% of iPhone customers use less than 500MB of data.”

So if offering Unlimited plans to customers actually doesn’t mean much… where does this put all the new entrants Public Mobile, Wind Mobile and Mobilicity who came into the market heavily promoting that Unlimited plans are the way to go. Is this just a “catchy marketing” ploy or do we really need Unlimited in Canada?

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Live at the 2010 Canadian Telecom Summit

We’re live today from the 2010 Canadian Telecom Summit… over the next 3 days there will be several speakers such as Minister of Industry The Honourable Tony Clement, Rob Bruce President Communications Rogers, Pierre Blouin CEO MTS Allstream, Robert Depatie President & CEO of Videotron, Anthony Lacavera Chairman of Globalive Group, Bernard Lord President & CEO of the CWTA plus more… Check out the full list of speakers and breakout sessions here.

We’ll be updating the site soon!

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“This is Canada” hits US papers with QR codes

Here’s something interesting that was plastered throughout American newspapers. The Canadian Tourism Commission launched an ad campaign called “This is Canada” that wrapped around the front covers of the New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe and the San Francisco Chronicle… what’s special about this placement is that it integrated QR codes that gave readers quick access to learn more about the zip lines in Calgary, restaurants in Montreal and various other Canadian videos through their mobile device. (more…)

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Video: Android 2.2 ported to the iPhone

There’s been video in the past of Google’s Android OS being ported to the iPhone… but how about their newest Android OS release 2.2)? Well, on a day where Apple will take over majority of the news a demo put online of how to successfully port over 2.2 to run on the iPhone. Looks pretty cool but somethings didn’t get recognized like WiFi… Gets interesting at the 3:35 mark: (more…)

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