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Bold 9700 starts arriving at Rogers locations

rogers-bold-9700Special thanks to “Treatz” for letting us know that the sweet looking BlackBerry Bold 9700 has started shipping to Rogers locations. No official word on a launch date but one can assume that it’ll be within the next few days and those who want this will have it in their hands by end of next week.

The Rogers Bold 9700 can be yours for $299.99 on a 3-year contract with a minimum $45 Voice & Data plan.

Some key specs that RIM released last week on the 9700 are that it has a full QWERTY keyboard with the new addition of the trackpad (no more trackball), can do all your e-mail and IM, has an Internal memory of 256MB and can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card, 2.4 inch HVGA display (resolution of 480×360), 3.2 MP camera with auto focus, image stabilization, flash, 2X digital zoom and video capabilities, Wi-Fi connectivity, full HTML browser, GPS Nav and BlackBerry Maps, Bluetooth v2.1, 3.5 mm headset jack. The overall dimensions are 109 mm x 60 mm x 14.1 mm and weighs in at 122 grams.

We’re still waiting to see if the Rogers version will be UMA compatibility (Rogers Talkspot). We’ll update you shortly.

Thanks Treatz!


Winner announced in Koodo’s $50,000 “Build-A-Bash” Contest

koodo-build-a-bashA winner has been announced in Koodo Mobile’s $50,000 “Build-A-Bash” contest. They gave one lucky winner the opportunity dream up a party of their choice with a 50k budget.

Koodo has stated on their website that Penny Stewart of Guelph, ON has won her dream party. No pun intended but $50,000 is a lot of Pennies… Gotta admit that Koodo really stepped up their game on this one. $50k is a lot of dough for a party. Looking forward to the next contest! (more…)


WIND Mobile CEO says “We are not deterred”

kenWith the news that shocked the Canadian wireless world that the CRTC found Globalive (Wind Mobile) “does not meet Canadian ownership rules”… which will delay their launch, Ken Campbell has written a post on their website.

Titled “Competition Will Come” he states “We face a disappointing decision by the CRTC, one which has serious implications for competition in Canada. Since this journey began, the support from our community members has inspired me, and will continue to motivate all of us at WIND as we pursue all options to bring change to the wireless industry in Canada.

We are not deterred. We are exploring different paths. And with your support and voice, we will find a way (more…)


Bell declares the Samsung OMNIA II the “Official Mobile Device of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games”

bell-omnia-IIWe’ve known the Samsung OMNIA II will be coming to Bell soon, actually when they launch on November 4th. What we didn’t know is that the OMNIA II is the “Official Mobile Device of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games”.

In addition to that great news, those who purchase the OMNIA II will also be able to download a free Samsung app called “Wireless Olympic Works” (WOW). This gives you real-time info during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games straight to your device. (more…)


Article roundup of the CRTC’s Globalive decision

scotia-globaliveIf you are a film maker looking for a solid Canadian story…the Globalive saga would make for a great movie or documentary. Over the past few hours there has been some great articles about the situation and how the CRTC has stated that “Globalive does not meet Canadian ownership rules”.

Here are a few that are worth reading:
MobileSyrup: We have a short interview with Tony
Bloomberg: “Globalive Not a Canadian Company, Regulator Rules”
Globe and Mail: “Globalive cellphone battle headed to cabinet ”
CBC: CRTC says No to Globalive
Reuters: “Globalive to appeal against Canada ruling-paper”

In addition to the above, Jeff Fan, Warren Hastings, Anubhav Mehla of Scotia Capital sent out a summary titled “A Setback for Globalive”. The report (get the PDF here) gives a great summary of why the CRTC decided that Globalive is not currently eligible, what the implications are and more importantly what they believe the next steps are:

“We believe some of Globalive’s options include:
1. Make the changes to satisfy the CRTC. The most challenging aspect of this option (more…)


Win a BlackBerry Curve 8520 Contest!

** Contest is now over, did you win? Check to see here **

If you are looking for a BlackBerry but don’t want to dish out the money, enter you name into this contest! We’ve decided to giveaway a BlackBerry Curve 8520!

Quick specs on the Curve 8520 are that this has a full-QWERTY keyboard and the new trackpad (no trackball), 2.4 inch QVGA display (resolution is 320×240), 2-megapixel camera with video capabilities (no flash), full HTML browser, Edge and WiFi and is a Rogers Talkspot (UMA) compatible device. Since it’s a BlackBerry it can do all your e-mail, Instant Messaging (BlackBerry Messenger, Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger), Bluetooth 2.0 capable, dedicated music keys with a 3.5mm headset jack and can hold up to 16GB (32GB when available) with a microSD/SDHC card.

To enter the contest all you have to do is submit your name in the comment section below. No strings attached. The contest goes until Friday, November 6th at 4:00pm and we’ll announce our winner shortly after.  You can only enter your name once…Go ahead, enter your name below!

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


AdMob September 2009 stats: Canada holds 7th spot

admob-septemberAdMob has released their September 2009 statistics. As we report back to you each month how Canada is shaping up in the mobile landscape. AdMob puts out a monthly report based on the number of requested ad impressions from their now 15,000 mobile publishers.

In August, Canada increased the number of impressions by 0.03% to a total of 195,600,724 but we slipped to 7th spot. September marked the 2nd year that AdMob is reporting back on its mobile metrics… for us Canadians though we find ourselves stuck in the top 10, but slow growth is keeping up around the 7th spot mark. In September the number of ad requests went up by 2.2% for a total of 224,065,226, this represents an increase of 0.3%. (more…)


TELUS releases the LG Versa at $79.99


Telus has released the LG Versa… this is a device that almost looks identical to the LG Dare.

The Versa has a 3-inch screen touchscreen with 3customizable home screens and has LG’s 3D S-Class user interface. In addition, it comes with a 2.0 megapixel camera with autofocus, flash and video capabilities, can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card, stereo Bluetooth, MP3 player, renders full HTML browser and you can browse up to 3 web pages at one time. Overall dimensions of the Versa are 105.9 x 52.5 x 13.7 mm and has a weight of 108 grams.

I believe you can also get a detachable QWERTY keyboard (could not find it listed). The Versa can be yours on the following price plans:
3-year contract: $79.99 (more…)


TELUS: “We don’t think the CRTC had any choice”

teluslogoIt was back in April that TELUS asked the CRTC to look into the foreign ownership of Globalive. It was Michael Hennessy, TELUS senior vice-president of Regulatory and Government Affairs for Telus who said “In Telus’s view, a more fulsome and transparent review is required in order to ensure that all similarly situated carriers are being treated equally and fairly”.

The CRTC held hearings last month and today found that Globalive did not meet the requirements of becoming one of Canada’s newest wireless operator.

In a press release, TELUS stated they are “pleased the CRTC made the correct decision that Globalive is not compliant with the Telecommunications Act in respect of foreign ownership restrictions. We commend the CRTC for holding an open and transparent public process to deal with this critical decision.” (more…)


“Globalive does not meet Canadian ownership rules”

The CRTC just sent out a press release about Globalive foreign ownership and stated “Globalive does not meet Canadian ownership rules”. We caught up with Tony Lacavera, Chairman of Globalive tonight… check out the phone interview (make sure your volume is turned up though).

“The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission today determined that Globalive Wireless Management (Globalive) does not meet the Canadian ownership requirements set out in the Telecommunications Act. Under the legislation, a telecommunications company is only eligible to operate in Canada if it is not at any time owned and controlled, in law and in fact, by non-Canadians.

During its proceeding, the Commission examined the influence of Orascom Telecom Holding (Orascom) over Globalive’s business decisions and day-to-day operations. Despite the fact that Globalive made significant structural changes to reduce its dependence on Orascom, there were other factors that, taken together, led the Commission to conclude that Globalive does not meet the statutory test.

The Commission found it particularly important that Orascom owns 65.1 per cent of the equity, has entered into a strategic technical arrangement with Globalive, controls and holds the “Wind” brand under which Globalive will operate, and holds the overwhelming majority of the outstanding debt.

Globalive is a new company seeking to enter the Canadian wireless market. The Commission focused on the set up and operations of Globalive in the context of a company rolling out a national wireless network. In its decision, the Commission identified the areas that need to be addressed in order for Globalive to meet the Telecommunications Act’s Canadian ownership requirements.”

On the Wind Mobile website they have responded by writing a post titled “A Bad Day for Canadians and Wireless Competition in Canada” and it states “WIND Mobile will be delayed in becoming Canada’s newest competitive wireless operator…In its decision, the CRTC came to a different conclusion than Industry Canada and has indicated that Globalive Wireless is not in compliance with the Canadian ownership and control requirements set out in the Telecommunications Act.

Anthony Lacavera, Chairman, Globalive Wireless Management Corp. said “Having already received approval from Industry Canada, we are extremely disappointed that the CRTC has come to a different conclusion. This is a bad day for Canadian consumers. Canadians deserve competition in wireless and this decision represents a major step backwards.”

Ken Campbell, CEO of WIND Mobile stated “WIND Mobile had planned to launch in the coming weeks. We have pulled together an excellent team of more than 500 people and had built a strong network and operation across the country. We are ready to bring competition to the market. We will be evaluating our options on how to proceed.”

How do you feel about this news?