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Contest: Sony Ericsson Bluetooth Headset HBH-PV715

The Ontario Government put an official date of October 26th to enforce the ban of using handheld devices while driving… we thought there is no other way to celebrate than by holding another Bluetooth giveaway!

This time we got a Sony Ericsson Bluetooth Headset HBH-PV715. Official specs on this tiny beast are that is only has a weight of 10 grams, 10 hours of talk time and 700 hours of standby time. Comes in Black and White with removable ear hooks and necklace; Auto pairing and automatic volume adjustment; Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR: clear sound and reliable connection.

The retail value of this is around $80.00… but for you if you win it’ll be free! There’s nothing better than free!

To enter into the giveaway all you have to do is submit your name in the comment section below. No strings attached. You can only enter your name once… The contest ends Wednesday, October 7th at 5:00pm EST and we’ll announced our winner shortly after.

Go ahead… enter you name below.
(Follow us on Twitter also to find out faster if you won! – @mobilesyrup)

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AdMob August 2009 stats: Canada slips to 7th spot

ad-mob-august2009AdMob has released their August 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 9,000 mobile publishers (plus mobile apps).

July stats showed that Canada barely held on to our 6th place but this time we massively decreased the number of ad impressions (possible page views) by 0.4% with to the total monthly requests of 152,215,011.

In August, Canada increased the number of impressions by 0.03% to a total of 195,600,724… but we slipped to 7th spot. Ahead of us are the United States, India, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Philippines and Mexico. (more…)

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Ontario’s ban of cellphone use while driving in effect October 26th

Ontario bans with cellphone use while drivingThose wondering when the Ontario government will put Bill 118, “Countering Distracted Driving and Promoting Green Transportation Act” into effect can wonder no more.

Effective Monday, October 26th, 2009 if you’re driving in Ontario the ban of using handheld devices such as cellphones, BlackBerry devices etc are prohibited. Studies have shown that 90% of drivers approve the ban, while 69% believe that the government should also ban eating.

That got you worried? There will be some grace time as ticketing officially begins February 1st… if you are caught talking, texting or e-mailing while driving you can be fined up to $500. The good news about getting a ticket is that there will be no demerit points deducted. (more…)

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CRTC releases October 1st agenda for Globalive foreign ownership hearings

globalive-hearings2For those following the Globalive foreign ownership hearings, the CRTC has just released the agenda for October 1st. We want Wind Mobile to launch as much as the other new wireless carriers… TELUS, Rogers and Bell will have 30 minutes each to communicate closing remarks.

The hearings start and end with Globalive given 70 minutes (10 to open “if they so request” and 60 in closing remarks). (more…)

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TELUS introduces new $1.45/min flat rate U.S. roaming fee November 5th

telusroamTELUS has sent out an e-mail to their clients about “Important changes to U.S. roaming” fee. Effective November 5th they are introducing a new $1.45 per minute flat rate roaming charge for any calls you make in the U.S.

They say “Through our strategic roaming partnerships, you have access to some of the fastest and most comprehensive coverage whenever you’re in the U.S. And now to make it easier for you to track your roaming charges, we’re introducing a new $1.45/min flat rate to any calls you make in the U.S. This new flat rate will replace the multiple charges that sometimes applied when you previously made calls south of the border and may have later caused you some confusion when your bill arrived… If you are on a Talk North America or Work North America plan, you will not be affected by this change.”

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BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac Users available October 2nd

bbmacAfter several teases you can consider this official now! RIM has sent out a press release that BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac will be available Friday, October 2nd at 1pm EST from this link: www.blackberry.com/mac. We’ve mentioned some features but it’s always good to hear it straight from a proud Canadian company:

“The new BlackBerry Desktop Manager software allows Mac users to smoothly and seamlessly sync data from Mac applications like iCal, Address Book, Microsoft Entourage and others, as well as add and remove applications, schedule automatic backups, encrypt backup files and install software updates for their BlackBerry smartphone. (more…)

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Samsung’s new site helps you “find the right mobile phone”

samsung-canada-mobileRather than just simply giving your the specs and features, Samsung Canada has launched a new site that’s dedicated to makes it easier to “find the right mobile phone”.

What’s pretty cool about the site is that there are several areas where you’re in control of what Samsung devices you want to check out. You can view the entire gallery and get a brief description of what makes each device unique, such as style, touch, WiFo,  colour and what carrier has it available. Once you find a mobile device you like, simply click on it to learn more. For example, if I click on the Omnia it’ll give me images with greater description with all the specs and features, plus video reviews. What’s even better is that when you scroll over the main image there are “hot spots” that give more insight into what the device can offer you.

Where the interactiveness comes into play is the “Find My Mobile” section. You can choose a category such as Design, Carrier, Hands-Free, Messaging, Productivity, Entertainment, Camera, Internet and High-Tech. If you select one of these it’ll ask you a specific question such as “How do you stay in touch?”… and based on your feedback help you choose a Samsung device. In addition, you can drag and drop up to 3 devices and compare the specs and features.

The English version has been launched but from what we’ve hear the French version will be available next week. Check it out here at www.samsung.com/mobile

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Leaked images of the BlackBerry “Atlas”

atlasSalomondrin loves showing us all the new products that RIM will be releasing. Check out the unreleased BlackBerry “Atlas”.

This looks pretty wicked. He states on his site that “At first when I heard about the new Blackberry Atlas I thought it was going to be a CDMA device, but the surprise is not only the fact that indeed is another GSM device, but that it is “Another Bold“?… This is what I know so far about the Atlas:
1) It says Bold on the back
2) Keyboard of a Javelin
3) Its NOT 3G, its just EDGE
4) Has flash in the camera
5) Has a trackpad

Wonder if and when this comes out, which one of our carriers here will be picking it up. (more…)

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TiVo app now available on BlackBerry devices

bb-tivoThis is turning out to be a great day so far! TiVo has landed on the BlackBerry and is available to us Canadians! The TiVo app gives you the ability to get search your channel and record your favorite programs. It’ll only work if you have a TiVo set-top box and BlackBerry OS of 4.2 or higher.

Here are a list of features of the app:
- Browse television shows available on TiVo service
- Configure TiVo for BlackBerry smartphones to select from a list of available TiVo Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) wirelessly using the BlackBerry smartphone
- Set 1-Click recording options
- Get a Seasons Pass to a television show
- Search the programming guide based on show title, actor, director, keywords, and category
- View recommended television shows based on current searches

The app is free and can be downloaded here from the App World. Also, you can get it on straight on your BlackBerry here (more…)

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SaskTel increases prices for their Prepaid service

sasktel-changesSaskTel has increased the rates of a couple of charges to their prepaid offerings. They will introduce “an $8 monthly charge for Prepaid Cellular service, an increase in pay-per-use text messaging from $0.15 to $0.20 per message sent, the introduction of an International Text Messaging charge and an increase in the wireless directory assistance from $1.25 to $2.00 including call completion.”

Robert Watson, SaskTel President and CEO said about the price increases that “SaskTel Prepaid Cellular customers have access to a state-of-the-art network around the clock and will still have the lowest monthly cost for service compared to the other prepaid cellular service providers in the Saskatchewan market”. (more…)

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