WIND Mobile is really excited to be officially launching in Edmonton today, they will now have more coverage for their customers who can use the “Home Zone” to call across Canada.
When it comes to their anticipated Ottawa launch date, we were hearing rumblings of a March 25th date so we reached out to Chris Robbins, CCO of Wind Mobile. He stated that “We’re planning on about two weeks or so for Ottawa. Making sure we’ve got everything lined up! We’re REALLY looking forward to our launches in Ottawa and Edmonton… makes us truly “national” even more!” (more…)
Remember a few weeks back when Rogers took the HTC Magic and Dream off the shelves and issued a mandatory 911 software upgrade for all device owners. Eventually the issue was fixed and specifically for the Magic the was rejigged Magic to OS 1.5 with Sense UI.
So where does this put future sales of the Dream and Magic. Well, back for sale for customers to purchase, but you’ll notice something different when you go for the Magic… it’s been re-branded as the HTC “Magic+”. All the same features such as the 3.2-inch touchscreen display (resolution of 320 x 480), 3.2 megapixel camera with video, Android Market and can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card… and the addition of Sense UI that has multi-touch capabilities. We have also been informed that this the HTC Magic+ will be upgraded to a 2.1 OS by mid-year. This is currently available for $79.99 on a 3-year contract.
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Rogers is holding a contest called “Who Has The Touch?” and basically it’s a competition between you and the rest of Canada to see who has the best “touch”. According to the contest rules all you have to do is tell Rogers “the coolest idea you’ve ever had”. To enter all you have to do is upload a video to YouTube and eventually compete against 1 other person to win $5,000.
If you are chosen as one of the two finalist you’ll then endure a 5-week of hands-on competition called “Who has the Touch Weekly Challenges”. This will go from March 15th to April 30th and Rogers states that “we’ll give you a Rogers Touchphone, $50 and 48 hours to create a 2-minute video based on a fun task chosen by our online voters. Shoot it, edit it, then upload it to Facebook and see how many voters think you have the touch”. (more…)
The Samsung Flight was just released by Rogers and is one of their new “touchphones”. This is available for $49.99 on a 3-year contract and is just a notch up from an entry level device.
The Flight has a number of great things going for it. First and foremost it has a 2.8 inch touchscreen display (resolution is 240×320) that is incredibly responsive. The overall design of the Flight reminds me of the Palm Pre a bit, but the slide out full QWERTY keyboard is another great feature the Flight has going for it. The keyboard is well put together and the buttons feel soft to the touch when pressed. There are dedicated keys for your messaging (text, MobileMail, Gmail, IM), directional keys and voice mail. The keyboard lights up nice in the dark and has a similar layout to the Samsung Reclaim. In addition, the actual slide mechanism is smooth and won’t cause you any grief over time.
For other features of the Flight, the 2 megapixel camera also has video capabilities but it gives you exactly what you expect. Pictures and video come up a bit pixelated but are perfect for sharing via picture messaging. For the video quality, sound is great (speaker is located at the back of the device) but the quality of picture again comes up very pixelated. The good news about the Flight is that it can pack up to 16GB of storage with a microSD card.
Surfing the web was decent, nothing incredible by any means. Speed was good and we checked out YouTube for streaming videos and it uses the entire 2.8 inch screen. Missing from the Flight is a standard 3.5mm headset jack… you’ll have to use the microUSB that comes in the box to listen to your music/videos etc. Overall dimensions are 58 x 106 x 13.95 mm and weighs in at 115 grams.
Apple’s COO Tim Cook a keynote speakers at Goldman Sachs’ annual tech conference in San Francisco and he has given a bit more clarification on what the Apple brand means and how it’s a big shift from a simple computer company.
Cook was asked how we should think about Apple from now on… Cook’s answer: “Yes, you should definitely look at Apple as a mobile-device company. We believe we are uniquely positioned for success in the mobile world because we can seamlessly integrate hardware and software.” Cook continues to say that “the vast majority of Apple’s revenues” come from either mobile devices or the content for those.
You have to admire a company who was once on the brink of folding to come back and re-invent themselves and basically an entire market. Touchscreen devices were not cool or useful until Apple released the iPhone. Application stores were basically nowhere to be found and they are well over a billion dollar business. (more…)
Right on schedule from what we stated a couple weeks back, Solo Mobile has released the entry level Samsung R100 for $0.00 on a 2-year contract or $70 Prepaid. The R100 has a 1.77-inch LCD display with a resolution of 128×160, Bluetooth 2.1, can hold up to 500 contacts and has overall dimensions of 107 x 43 x 14 mm with a weight of 74 grams. This is available in Silver and Black.
For all those located in Edmonton and are looking to switch to Wind Mobile… good news has blown your way as they will officially launch tomorrow at 10:30am. In the official release today it stated “WIND Mobile, Canada’s newest national wireless provider, will host a press conference to launch their mobile service to the Edmonton market on Thursday, February 25th at 10:30 a.m.”
Edmonton will now join Toronto and Calgary. Ottawa and Vancouver are next up… Who’ll be the first person in Edmonton to purchase a Wind Mobile device? (more…)
After the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, Nauby Jacob of Bell Mobility stated “It’s a new behaviour. You have to educate the market”. He was speaking about the adoption of Mobile TV and how only 1,000 subscribers signed up for the monthly $8 charge. During the Vancouver Winter Olympics Bell is a major sponsor and has taken the Mobile TV up a notch. They still have the monthly $8 subscription rate, plus have added a $10 watch all you want Olympic Mobile TV coverage. When it comes to statistics, Bell is stating that mobile viewership of live TV has increased 198% during the Games.
Bell also states that its just not about numbers, but to showcase what your smartphone can actually do. Bell Mobility president Wade Oosterman said “It’s a nice confluence of events and technologies”. Scotia Capital analyst Jeff Fan says “It will be a litmus test of whether people will be paying for this type of content on their mobile”.
Here are some additional stats when it comes to Bell Mobile TV (more…)
Mobile video calling has been trickling around for some time, carriers have adopted the service and customers have used it… but one of the major drawbacks is the fact that in order to use video calling on your mobile device you have to connect with somebody who’s on the same network.
Bell, Rogers and TELUS have joined up again to create “North America’s largest two-way mobile video calling community”. (more…)
Rogers has followed TELUS and announced the availability of downloading DRM-free song downloads through urMusic service. As we stated before this gives users the ability to buy music tracks/albums then transfer it to whatever electronic device you want, such as cellphones/smartphones, computers etc…
Rogers has also introduced a new tiered pricing, this is right inline with TELUS’ offerings at tracks from $0.69, $0.99 and up to $1.29 per track and full album downloads are less than $10. (more…)