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WIND Nokia N900: “we hope to have the phone in early 2010″

There has been much talk about the Nokia N900 these days, specifically those who want to jump ship over to new entrant WIND Mobile. Yesterday we had a conversation with Chairman Tony Lacavera and asked him about Android devices and the N900… he stated they are “working on it”. Today is a new day and Graham Kingma, Head of Call Centre Operations wrote a post on their site that says the N900 will be available “early 2010″.

It reads: “When will you offer more phones, such as the Nokia N900 or Apple iPhone?
The N900 and iPhone are hot topics within the community and other forums…and at WIND as well: I’m excited about these too! We obviously want to provide you with the phones that you want. The only challenge right now is having manufacturers build their phones so that they work on our GSM Advanced Wireless Service (AWS) network. As we expand, and as more and more operators evolve, too, more handsets will become available and we’ll carry them. Specifically for the N900 – which does work on our network – we hope to have the phone in early 2010“.

At CTIA we got a brief look at the N900. Check it out here

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Google announces Nexus One: the “next stage in evolution of Android”

Google has announced “Nexus One”, their personal Android device that is stated as the “next stage in evolution of Android”. This touchscreen smartphone has a 3.75 OLED display, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, stereo bluetooth and 3.5mm headphone jack, “Active noise suppression” and runs Android 2.1.

For us Canadians, Google has said they will not ship to us. But if you do want it you an still get it to work as it has a SIM card slot… but the draw back it that it’ll cost you $529 US for the new Android. (more…)

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Update: Apple buys mobile ad network Quattro Wireless

UPDATE: Quattro has posted on their site that Apple has purchased them. It reads “We are thrilled to let you know that Apple has acquired Quattro. We want to share with you our excitement about this news and what it means for our customers. We have built our business by enabling advertisers to reach the right consumers across the mobile web and in applications. We remain focused on delivering more engaging, relevant and useful ads to mobile devices, and improving the measurement and execution of digital campaigns. Together with Apple, we look forward to developing exciting new opportunities in the future that will benefit our customers.” (more…)

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The party is over… carriers increase handset prices

With the holiday season now officially ended it was only a matter of time before the carriers increased their prices of their handsets.

We saw some wicked devices at incredible prices: Rogers had several Smartphones priced at $0.99… now all priced under the original promo of $100 on a 3-year. TELUS had the HTC Hero and LG Chocolate at $49.99 and now they are available at $79.99 on a 3-year. Koodo has removed their Amex and $25 off promo and increased prices. Fido has even increased their pricing also – the LG Neon was priced to sell at $0.00 and unfortunately is now $65 on a 2-year. Shockingly the recently launched LG XENON was $50 now skyrocketed to $125. The Palm Pre saw a rock bottom price of $0.00 and is now back up to $99.95. (more…)

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Videotron ends 2009 with 82,800 activated handsets

Videotron has a target of the Summer of 2010 to launch their new wireless network, this has some current carriers a bit scared as they dominate and have some valuable spectrum in the Quebec region.

On another note, Videotron has released some numbers for 2009 and states that “as of December 31, 2009, there were 82,800 activated handsets on Videotron’s wireless service, compared with 63,400 at the same date in 2008″. These numbers represent a growth of 23.4% in the last year. A very good sign of things to come in 2010. (more…)

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Rogers to launch Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 in Q2 2010

Rogers will be the first in North America to release the highly anticipated Android-powered Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10. This will be available sometime in the 2nd quarter of 2010, so April, May or June. Quick specs on the beast are:

- Overall dimensions are 119 × 63 x 13 mm and weighs 135 grams
- 4-inch WVGA (480×854 pixels) capacitive touchscreen that’s scratch-resistant
- GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio jack
- 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 CPU
- 8GB microSD card included, 1GB of internal memory
- Android 1.6 (probably by release it’ll be upgradable to 2.0)
- signature applications pre-loaded such as Mediascape and Timescape
- 8.1-megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom, auto-focus, touch focus, face recognition, smile detection, geo-tagging image & video stabilizer

2010 is already shaping up to be a good year. This is the first major announcement and you can bet eager people who want to jump on the TELUS Motorola Milestone… might possibly hold out until the X10 is released. No word on pricing but it should coming in around the $199.99 – $249.99 mark on a 3-year.

John Boynton, Executive Vice President, Marketing said “At Rogers, we have built our legacy on innovation, bringing the most exciting and exclusive handsets first to customers in Canada…We are thrilled to be the exclusive Canadian carrier to offer this phenomenal mobile entertainment device.”

Get updates via Rogers here

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Best Buy to exclusively release SoundID 400 headset

There has been a surge of Bluetooth headsets and manufacturers are raking in the money. British Columbia and Saskatchewan are the latest provinces to jump on board and banning the use of hand held devices while driving. So no texting, e-mail surfing the web or talking without some sort of Bluetooth assistance.

Best Buy will be exclusively releasing the SoundID 400 (see the ad on the left). This looks almost identical to the Jawbone headsets and has similar qualities such as noise cancellation, comfort and volume control. The SoundID 400 weighs in at 8 grams and in the States it retails for $129, so it might ring in around the $140 mark here.No word on when this will be available but it’ll be before the end of January.

Found this video of the Sound ID 300 and it looks like it can handle just about anything, so just imagine what the 400 will offer. The vid shows a guy enjoying a coffee, suddenly gets a call and uses the headset and strolls outside where all hell is breaking loose around him. Not even remotely phased about what’s happening he continues to enjoy his conversation all because of his SoundID headset.

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55% of Canadians plan to buy a phone in the next 6 months

TNS is first out of the gate for a 2010 study on consumers and their intention to purchase a mobile device. The annual Global Telecoms and Insight Study surveyed over 24,000 people in 35 markets and when it comes to Canadian specifics here is what they found out:

- 55% of Canadian are planning to buy a mobile phone in the next six months (up from just 19% last year).
- 28% of Canadians are looking to purchase a touchscreen as their next phone.
- 19% of Canadians are planning to buy a QWERTY device as their next phone of choice.

Tom Buehrer, SVP of TNS, “Increased consumer confidence, pent-up demand and a raft of new smartphones have created conditions akin to a ‘perfect storm’ for 2010, and the industry stands to make out handsomely. Purchase intent is at unprecedented levels and has risen dramatically since last year, which presents the industry with an opportunity to drive handset sales and simultaneously build incremental revenue through content and data plans.”

Are you one of the 55% of Canadians that are looking to get a new phone? If so which one and with what carrier?

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Interview with Tony Lacavera: How is WIND Mobile doing?

WIND Mobile launched almost 3 weeks ago and we sat down with Chairman Tony Lacavera to talk about how everything is going.

Check out the video and you hear how they have well over 5,000 subscribers and will be expanding to Ottawa, Edmonton and Vancouver this quarter. Also, he speaks candid about the network challenges, such as porting numbers, network coverage and their prices for the home and away zones.

In addition, we asked him a few direct questions when it comes to rumours. Will they be launching a new brand? Will they be implementing a “tab” system like Koodo Mobile? What devices will they be bringing on? Check out the video and leave your thoughts… (YouTube is still processing so the quality may be a bit pixelated for a bit)

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