The upcoming months will be very exciting for the wireless sector in Canada. We have several new entrants coming in and the current wireless carriers will be doing everything to keep or earn your business.
Today I was poking around the Public Mobile website. They are one of the new carriers launching soon who will offer cost effective $40 flat rate Talk and Text plans. On their career section one of the open spots is for a “Manager, Channel Programs” and some of the responsibilities state “ongoing marketing promotions, new product launches, introduction of accessories, new rate plans, banner or geographical initiatives… Refurb Programs”.
So this could mean that some of the devices right off the bat that Public will begin to offer are refurbished devices. This could explain their low cost business strategy.
Late last night we saw Koodo Mobile adding the image of a SIM card to their Activation page, however parent company TELUS also has some news this morning.
A screenshot of what looks to be a working model of switching between their CDMA to HSPA network. The device shown is the Motorola RAZR V3C and hopefully this is not a sign of the future for customers, but it shows a “Service and Support Fees Equipment Exchange” of $25.00. It does show in the screenshot that it’s not applicable, but there is a drop down menu that could have other options. Download speeds are said to be up to 14Mb per second and upload speeds to 5.8Mb per second.
We all know that TELUS has been making moves to switch over to the new GSM/HSPA network shortly. We’ve even seen the possibility of the LG BL40 being of their first devices. However, if we gander to the other side of the tracks to their sub-brand Koodo Mobile you’ll notice a nice addition has been made to their website.
On Koodo’s online activation page it asks you in Step 1 for your name and Serial Number and says “Your number can be found on your mobile phone box, on the back of the phone under the battery or on your SIM Card”. Currently there are no devices that accept SIM cards in their line-up… so this is a glimpse that they are taking steps forward. Curious what their first devices will be? Hopefully a BlackBerry of sorts! (more…)
Over the past several weeks the upcoming TELUS HTC Snap and Touch Pro2 have been leaked heavily. There is no surprise that this is going to be launched, it’s just a matter of when.
Our friends over at Best Buy have taken it a step further and put the HTC Snap on display, only to tease us with the kind words of “Waiting is the hardest part (it’s coming soon)”. This has yet to be officially released and TELUS has only put that the Snap is “Coming Soon” on their site… even TELUS stores have yet to put their dummy phones out.
Thanks to Best Buy who gave us an insight into the price plans by posting them on their site: 3-year contract will be $29.99 and the outright price will be $399.99.
Motorola has been somewhat absent with devices over the past number of months. We’ve really only heard about the massive amounts of layoffs or huge salary packages the execs are receiving.
To hopefully regain some of the glory they once had, rumours have circulated over the past year that they’ll be releasing devices with Google’s Android platform. Good news for developers as Motorola announced the launch of advanced Android development resources through MOTODEV (their development program). There are a couple key parts to the initiative: a new App Accelerator Program and MOTODEV Studio for Android Beta.
Motorola stated in their press release that these will “offer developers early access to a new suite of Google Android developer tools and programs, along with the opportunity to attend the next MOTODEV Summit in San Diego, CA, on October 6, for advanced training and information-gathering. The program is intended to accelerate the development of applications to be used on Motorola’s mobile devices using the Android operating system scheduled to ship later this year.”
In addition, they’ll give select developers who join the App Accelerator Program the newest handsets, technical specs, direct access to Motorola’s developer support engineers (via Forum only), the ability to submit their apps to Motorola, and have the opportunity to distribute their apps through carrier stores, the Android Market and third-party distributors.
The “MOTODEV Studio for Android Beta” initiative will give developers “design and development tools; handset emulators and virtual testing labs; intuitive interfaces for deploying applications; application creation wizards and frequently used code templates; and access to marketing and distribution channels.”
No word on when us Canadians are targeted to get an Android device. Motorola stated they will be launching at least one in Q4 of this year and images Motorola Calgary has popped up online. For some reason this does not have the same hype as other developer programs. Check out the very corporate low-budget videos that Motorola created to get you excited to join:
Swedish-based Ericsson has walked away with winning the Nortel wireless assets that consist of CDMA and LTE technology. If meeting all requirements and getting the official seal from the federal government and U.S. and Canadian courts (scheduled for July 25th), the purchase price will be $1.13 billion (USD).
Carl-Henric Svanberg, President and CEO of Ericsson said “Acquiring Nortel’s North American CDMA business allows us to serve this important region better as we build relationships for the future migration to LTE. Furthermore, by adding some 2,500 highly skilled employees, of which about 400 are focused on LTE research and development, Ericsson reinforces and expands a long-term commitment to North America”. (more…)
Today I checked out the “Win With BlackBerry” site and found a new promotion they will be launching soon. It’s called “The BlackBerry Sports Challenge” and no other details are listed except for the dates:
Regular Season: August 4th – August 24th
Final Round: August 25th – September 5th.
I could be way off here, but if you look really closely at the image it appears to have a couple thumbprints on the bottom center field. Perhaps BlackBerry Users will be able to go head to head in real life competition.
With this contest they will be expanding their social reach even further. RIM recently promoted the upcoming U2 Mobile Album, started a blog called InsideBlackBerry and launched the official BlackBerry community called MyBlackBerry. Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming BlackBerry Sports Challenge!
Toronto-based Polar Mobile has launched TIME Mobile for BlackBerry, an iPhone version is coming soon. The app is free and has the “latest news, read opinion and analysis from TIME influential bloggers, while also having the ability to browse through award-winning photography and TIME’s hugely popular Lists. You can also customize the content to easily view headlines from your favorite sections.”
The Apple iPhone is a great device and with great devices you want to protect them. Since the iPhone 3GS came out we’ve been playing around with it and found that even with the extended battery life the sucker just continues to drain on me. It could be that I play my music from it, watch vids, play games or take a great deal of pictures with it.
The Mophie Juice Pack Air is a great solution for those times when you find yourself needing another battery life and don’t want to have your precious iPhone plugged into a wall or your computer. Essentially it’s an external battery and also a iPhone case. It comes in 3 colours: Black, White and Purple and what I really like about it, apart from giving you more battery life, is that it doesn’t compromise the style of the iPhone.
The only downside I could find is that it adds a bit more weight to your iPhone. But overall it’s not that big a deal. You can pick this up at your local retailer. Check our review here:
Indigo Books and Music’s “Shortcovers” allows you to read books, magazines etc on your mobile device and they continue to grow. They recently announced a new developer program and now created the Shortcovers Publisher Conversion Program.
On the company blog they state “Basically, we wanted to make sure that no matter what size a publisher is, or how “digital” they felt they are, they can still get their books onto devices and into the hands of readers. Shortcovers wins because we love having more books to sell. Publishers win because they get an easy entry into the eBook space. Readers win because they get access to thousands of new titles they might not otherwise be able to read in eBook form. And it’s good for the eBook market as a whole because it encourages standardization and competition in this growing market. Good news all around!” (more…)