Virgin Mobile is back this year with another Valentine’s Day survey. Last year they let us know that 56% of Canadians would rather hold their mobile phone than their partners hand. This year an online survey of 1,014 Canadians was conducted between February 3rd and 4th found that 30% of young Canadians spend more time with their phone and Facebook than their partner. (more…)
Another day gives us with another report… honestly the only report that I would like is from the carriers “reliability” tests to honestly see who is really the “most reliable”.
In the meantime Robert Half Technology (recruiters) has surveyed 270 Canadian CIOs who have over 100 employees and asked them: “In your opinion, what effect has the increased use of mobile electronic gadgets – such as cell phones, smartphones, handheld devices and laptops – had on workplace etiquette in the past three years? Have the number of breaches in workplace etiquette increased, decreased or remained the same?
The study found:
Increased significantly: 18%
Increased somewhat: 24%
Remained the same: 49%
Decreased somewhat: 4%
Decreased significantly: 2%
Don’t know/no answer: 3% (more…)
Google has announced a new social networking service called “Buzz” that looks like Facebook but feels like Twitter. Buzz basically integrates your Gmail account and based on your location lets you share links, photos and videos, status updates with your contacts from your mobile device (supports iPhone, Android and Google has released a new version of Google Maps for Mobile for Windows Mobile and Symbian S60 devices). Check out the video here (more…)
Bell is a major sponsor of the upcoming 2010 Vancouver Olympics (starts in 3 days) and they have released a free Cowbell app that will help you cheer on Team Canada. All you have to do is go to www.bell.ca/cowbell on your mobile browser and download it. I’ve downloaded the app and it’s nice looking – just a cartoon like cowbell branded with the Bell logo. The actual cowbell sound is identical, but the speed of the cowbell is a bit lacking as it’s really slow. (more…)
Research and Markets have released their study “1Q10 Canada Mobile Operator Forecast, 2009 – 2014″ and boldly state that the total number of wireless subscriber will reach 30.7 million in 2014 (our current number at 23.1 million people this represents about 70% of Canadians).
More specific numbers in regards to market share have Rogers continuing to dominate into 2014 with an estimated
11.6 million subscribers in 2014 (37.8% market share). This is followed by Bell with 8.93 million subscribers (29.1% market share) and Telus Mobility with 8.92 million subscribers (29.1% market share) by the end of 2014. The big 3 still make up for 29.45 million subscribers and the remaining 1.25 million subscribers will be made up all the other carriers (in the report they don’t mention carriers WIND, Mobilicity, Videotron, Shaw, or Public Mobile). (more…)
MTS is continuing to build out their CDMA network. A couple weeks ago they announced 8 new Manitoba communities will get better coverage and now improved CDMA wireless data coverage is available to residents in Alberta and British Columbia (Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton).
Kelvin Shepherd, President, MTS stated “We are pleased to be able to provide improved wireless speeds and wider coverage to our Manitoba customers when traveling in Alberta and B.C.”
MTS have also entered into an agreement with Rogers that will see their HSPA network launched by the end of 2010. (more…)
The LG Pop (GD510) has just been released as one of Rogers new “Touchphones”. This is one tiny touchscreen! Overall dimensions are 95.3 x 49.6 x 11.2 mm and weighs a measly 89 grams. The Pop has a 3-inch touchscreen WQVGA display (resolution of 240×400), Bluetooth, music player, 3 megapixel camera with 2x zoom and video capabilities, holds 16GB with a microSD card.
The Pop can be yours on the following price plans:
3-year contract: $19.99
2-year contract: $69.99
1-year contract: $124.99
No Contract: $174.99
More here at Rogers
Mobile banking has been slow to adopt in Canada, stats show only 9% are accessing their account to check their balance. To put in perspective, other countries such as our U.S. friends are already taking a picture of a cheque then e-mailing their banks to make deposits.
A couple reasons for the slow adoption is that we only have 70% wireless penetration in Canada, and our data plans are more expensive than other countries, which makes us use our device less for these premium services. According to Bob Hedges, a managing partner at Boston-based consulting firm Mercatus, us Canadians are “at the tipping point in terms of adoption” and “over the next five years this will become more important than online banking”. Mercatus completed a study that showed almost 20% plan to start using mobile banking within the next year and that it’s more popular with people who are aged 18 to 25.
IDC Canada Senior Analyst Krista Napier says there are 3 categories when it comes to mobile banking (more…)
The Samsung Flight was just released by Rogers and is a slider device that reveals a full QWERTY keyboard. This comes with a 2.8 inch touchscreen display and has a resolution of 240×320. The Flight has a 2 megapixel camera with 2x zoom and video capabilities, Bluetooth, can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card and has a media player. Overall dimensions are 58 x 106 x 13.95 mm and weighs in at 115 grams.
The price on a 3-year contract is $69.99 and the no contract price is $274.99
More here at Rogers
We knew that Bell was going to release the Samung R330 but didn’t think SaskTel was going to beat them to it! If you’re looking for an entry level phone it can’t get more basic than this one.
The r330 is a flip phone that has all your basic needs: phone book, alarm clock, calculator, speakerphone, large one-touch dial keys, VGA camera, 2.5mm headset jack and has overall dimensions of 3.5 x 1.9 x 0.7-inches (weight of 90 grams) In addition, SaskTel says you this is “text messaging capable, voice mail to text capable, and call display capable”.
This can be yours on the following plans:
3-year contract: $15.00
2-year contract : $65.00
1-year contract : $100.00
Prepaid/Monthly: $175.00 (more…)