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RIM launches BlackBerry Storm contest: “Touch It. Love It. Share It. Win It.”


RIM has decided to launch another contest, this time it’s to win a BlackBerry Storm (Hopefully the second generation Storm). The contest goes until October 27th and all you have to do it tell people why you love your BlackBerry Storm. RIM gives you the option to show your love in several ways: write a description, create a blog or film a video.

The top prize is won by number of people who vote for you and you are crowned the official “BlackBerry Storm Evangelists”. Grand Prize is your choice of the Ultimate New York Experience or a trip to CES with a VIP trip to Las Vegas worth around $7,100. (more…)


Lacavera: “price isn’t the only indicator of customer satisfaction”

wind-logoOne of the greatest books I have ever read was called “The experience economy”. It basically gave insight into how to create the best customer experience as possible. With the Canadian wireless market changing daily, and more so in a couple months there has been a report earlier in the week that showed an estimated 8 million customers will be with one of the new wireless carriers (WIND, DAVE Public or Videotron) by 2014.

I had a conversation yesterday with Dave Dobbin, CEO of DAVE Wireless (I’ll be posting later today) and he said it’s not only about price and customers want more flexibility. Chairman of Globalive (parent company for WIND) also stated today that “price isn’t the only indicator of customer satisfaction. Phone choice, customer service, and contract length are all part of the ‘intangible’ aspects of wireless where Canadians are demanding change.”

So what are your thoughts on wireless in Canada? Are you looking for a change in price, contract length or service?


Nokia Beta Labs releases “Nokia Braille Reader”

At the end of July the CRTC mandated wireless organizations to have at least one type of cellphone in their lineup by October 21, 2009 that serves “the needs of people who are blind and/or have moderate-to-severe mobility or cognitive disabilities”.

Nokia Beta Labs has come up with a possible solution to help those who are blind. They have released a beta version of “Nokia Braille Reader – SMS for the blind and visually impaired”. The project is a joint venture between Nokia, Tampere University and the Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired. And it’s awesome, especially using this on a touchscreen!

Nokia states that the “Braille Reader gives SMS for the blind and visually impaired. It captures received SMS messages and brings them to the foreground for reading using Braille and tactile feedback”. I’m not to sure how the visually impaired person will reply to the text, but it’s a massive step forward! (more…)


OtterBox launches Commuter Series cases for BlackBerry devices

contentAccessOtterbox has added 3 more cases to their lineup. The “Commuter Series” now can protect your Blackberry Storm, Tour and Curve 8900. This retails for $34.95.

As with all OtterBox cases they have a few layers of protection and also give access to the buttons, screen, keys, ports and headphone jack without compromising style. First, a clear protective film that protects it from scratches; second, a silicone mid-layer that covers the device and protects it from impacts, drops etc… and a custom molded polycarbonate that protects the entire device. (more…)


Video: Upcoming Samsung Omnia 2, Galaxy & Impact

We got the opportunity for a quick demo of some of the upcoming devices that Samsung will be launching. As we let you know earlier, these are said to be available within the next 30-45 days.

All I can say is watch these video as Samsung will be releasing some stellar touchscreen devices. You’ll see the Omnia 2, this is the first device to run Windows 6.5 and has a 800Mhz processor and uses Samsung’s TouchWiz 2.0 UI. This comes with 16GB built in and can also load up to another 32 GB with a microSD card. The screen is amazing at 3.7 inches (480×800 resolution) and uses the AMOLED technology. The camera is a 5 megapixel camera with dual flash, can take DVD quality videos and has a front camera for video calling, plus WiFi, GPS.

For Samsung’s first Android device, aptly called the “Galaxy”. This was incredibly thin and sports everything Android. The screen size was large and also comes with the AMOLED technology that makes the screen resolution really crisp. It comes with a 3.5 headset jack, 3 megapixel camera with flash, can store up to 32GB of memory with a microSD card.

Last but not least is another thin and lightweight device. The Impact is a touchscreen messaging device that runs on Samsung platform. The overall design is curved in style and has a textured backing. In addition, this comes with a 3 megapixel camera with video capabilities, 16GB of storage with a microSD card.

Check out all the videos below:


Unreleased Fido LG GB250 shows up on Best Buy site

fido-lg-gb-250Best Buy has listed a device that has yet to be announced or even for sale at Fido. To the best of my knowledge the LG GB250 is yet to be available in Canada but can be yours for only $34.99 on a 2-year contract, or $174.99 outright.

The LG GB250 is a flip phone that has a 1.3 megapixel camera with video capabilities, FM radio, an MP3 player and has overall dimensions of 4.9(w) x 9.8(h) x 1.7(d) cm and weighs only 84 grams.

However on the site it does state that “Please Note:This unit is not available for sale online”, so it’s best to call your local store to see if they have it in stock. (more…)


Best Buy drops price of Palm Pre by $50!

palm-pre-price-dropThe Bell Palm Pre was only released 3 weeks ago at the 3-year contract price of $199.95. Best Buy thinks this is just the right amount of time to give us Canadians a break and drop the price by $50!

You can now get the beloved touchscreen that can run multiple applications at once for a shocking $149.99 on a 3-year contract (plus getting a Voice and Data plan of $45 per month). Make sure you read the fine print before signing a contract.


Nokia Siemens makes world’s first LTE call

global-nav-logoNokia Siemens Networks has announced they have successfully “made the world’s first LTE call using commercial base station and fully standard compliant software.” The LTE data call was placed from the R&D Centre in Ulm, Germany with the Flexi Multiradio Base Station.

Marc Rouanne, head of Nokia Siemens Networks’ Radio Access business unit said “This call is a significant landmark in building and strengthening our entire LTE ecosystem and shows our commitment to the technology. We see customers adopting LTE along differing timelines and we stand ready to meet the needs of early adopters of LTE as well as operators with extended migration paths from 3G/HSPA+ to LTE”. (more…)


Samsung to release Galaxy, Omnia 2, Impact within 45 days

samsunggalaxyDuring the Samsung Reclaim launch this afternoon we got word that within the next 30-45 days we will have 3 stellar devices: Impact, Omnia 2 that will be the first Windows 6.5 device, and the first Samsung Android device called Galaxy.

Check out the video below… and the image of all of them grouped up together.

Paul Brannen, General Manager of the Wireless Terminals Division, stated “We are going to continue to develop products down this vein from a messaging standpoint. So we have 3 more products that are going to be launched this year… we will have a follow on product (to the Instinct) that will launch probably within the next 30 days called Impact… The other 2 pieces of technology that we have coming out, and we are very happy to say that we have a follow on to the Omnia product which was launched in February/March of this year. This is our version Omnia 2…this will be the first Windows 6.5 in the Canadian marketplace… In addition to that we are very happy to say that we will be bringing our first Android device to Canada later this year, Galaxy is the name…and it’s’ the thinnest Android device… you’ll see both of these products 30-45 days in the Canadian marketplace.”


“The average iPhone user is using less than 300 megabytes”

iphoen-3GSWhen the Apple iPhone was originally introduced back on July 11th, 2009 there was a bit of backlash when it came to the Voice and Data price plans. So much so that Rogers decided to create a limited time offer of a $30 6GB plan. This went over well and soon after the demand outweighed the stock.

The same thing happened with the iPhone 3GS launch. Rogers re-introduced the $30 6GB plan and soon after it was released the iPhone was out of stock. Rogers did state that “We’ve sold tens of thousands of iPhone 3GS units through Rogers Wireless and Fido. Demand for the iPhone 3GS in Canada has been very strong and we’re working with Apple to get a 3GS to every Canadian who wants one.”

However, still to this date getting the 3GS is tough to find at a Rogers or Fido location. You can get it through the Apple Store though. No word on exactly how many iPhone 3GS has been sold since the Canadian launch, but at the BMO Media & Telecom Investor Conference Rob Bruce, President of Rogers Communications has said “The average iPhone user is using less than 300 megabytes”.

So, for the iPhone users… how much are you using?