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Win a Jawbone “EarCandy” Bluetooth Headset!

earcandySafety is key… and if you live in Ontario you should be prepping for the upcoming ban of using your handheld device while driving. Other provinces like Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador have already implemented this law and Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and B.C. are in talks about banning cellphone use while driving also.

A recent study showed that 90% support the ban… but regardless if it’s a law or not we should always be prepared because the last thing we want to happen is to get hit with a massive $500 ticket. So, we’ve decided to hold another contest!

This time we have more prizes to giveaway that will make you look a bit more stylish while driving. TELUS got their hands on some nifty looking Jawbone Bluetooth exclusive headsets called “EarCandy”. These are compatible with any device that can be connected via Bluetooth. These have a retail value of $139.99 and we have 4 of these beauties to giveaway – one in each colour: yellow, purple, green and pink.

To enter, all you have to do is submit your name in the comment section below and you’ll be entered into the contest. No strings attached. You can only enter your name once and this is open to all Canadians. The contest ends Tuesday, September 29th at 4:00pm (EST) and we’ll announce our randomly selected winner at 5:00pm (EST).

Good luck – enter your name below!
(Follow us on Twitter also to find out faster if you won! – @mobilesyrup)


New carriers to see 8 million new subscribers by 2014?

scotia-reportNo kidding the current wireless carriers are putting pressure on the newcomers and requesting the CRTC to look into how they are structured. A recent study conducted by Toronto-based Convergence Consulting Group shows that our new wireless carriers (WIND, DAVE, Videotron and Public) will rake in about 8 million new subscribers by 2014.

In addition, the study found that Rogers, Bell and TELUS will start to reduce their pricing and also see their market share drop from nearly 100% today to 76% five years from now.

Those are big numbers to take away from the current carriers. Think about it for a second. We have about 70% wireless penetration in Canada, this represents 20 million subscribers today. By the time 2014 rolls around 8 million will be with a new carriers. Big dollars on the line. (more…)


MTS launches BlackBerry Tour 9630

mts-blackberry-tour-9630MTS has made the BlackBerry Tour 9630 available! This can be yours on the follow plans:
3-year contract: $199.99
2-year contract: $299.99
1-year contract: $524.99

The Tour has a full QWERTY keyboard with trackball navigation, 2 megapixel auto focus camera, with image stabilization, Geo-tagging functionality allows you to add GPS location information to photos, Video recording, Media Player, GPS capabilities, BlackBerry Messenger, Bluetooth v2.0, Speakerphone, Voice dialing, Conference calling, 256 MB on-board memory, MicroSD slot Expandable memory up to 32GB, High-resolution HVGA Colour Display (480×360) (more…)


WIND Mobile on Rogers possibly delaying new carrier launches: “extremely distasteful and disappointing”

ken-campbellWith the new wireless carriers coming into the Canadian market, it seems to be increasingly fashionable for the incumbent players (Rogers, Bell and TELUS) to express concern. Last week we heard that Rogers decided to urge the CRTC to look into how DAVE Wireless and Public Mobile foreign ownership is structured.

This is not new to Wind Mobile, formally known as Globalive Wireless, as they are about to go in front of the CRTC for their foreign ownership structure also. TELUS requested this inquest and it will happen on September 23rd and 24th in Gatineau, Quebec.

WIND Mobile decided to inform us all about their true feelings about the current carriers blocking and possibly stalling the launch of the new wireless Canadian carriers. They released statement and Ken Campbell, CEO of Globalive Wireless said “Rogers, Telus and Bell have worked hard to block our entry to market and at least Rogers now seems to be trying to do the same for the other new entrants. This type of regulatory gamesmanship is extremely disappointing and harmful. The uncertainty presented by our upcoming CRTC hearing and the human and financial resources spent preparing for it won’t stop us from bringing a compelling new offering to Canadians by the end of the year, but it has certainly made it harder. This is just as the incumbents intended. We believe that this latest move by Rogers represents another attempt to abuse the regulatory system with the objective of delaying new wireless competition. This, in my view, is extremely distasteful and disappointing.”


Video: Rogers HSPA+ launch party announcement

Rogers announced the pre-order availability of their HPSA+ network and we had a sneak peak of how fast this will actually be. You’ll be able to get yourself a ZTE MF 668 device that has frequency of 85-/1900/2100Mhz… this will officially start shipping September 28th and the plans will be the same as what we can get today. Also, the roll-out has been set live in the following cities: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

Check out the video of the Roger presentation – we’ll do a review shortly. The new Rocket Stick will be sold for $74.99 on a minimum two-year data plan, or sold for $199.99 outright.


Viigo adds shortcut keys to send articles by e-mail

Viigosendemail_thumbToronto-based Viigo has added the ability to forward an article by email. This can now be done by pressing the “F” key and to send all you need to do is press the “S” key.Pretty basic functions but these have just been added and will make your life a bit easier.

For those not familiar with Viigo, they deliver news, weather, sports, market data, personalized stock portfolios, shopping, social networks, movie listings, flight schedules, flight status etc to your smartphone. Get it here (more…)


Rogers officially goes live with 21 Mbps HSPA+ network

rogers-network-phasesRogers announced back at the end of July that they will start to build out their HSPA+ (High Speed Packet Access Plus) network. We are expected to see speeds of a maximum 21 Megabits per second (Mbps), compared to the 7.2 Mbps we are getting now.

Today, Rogers has stated that we can pre-order online ($74.99 on contract) the new 21 Mbps HSPA+ Rocket Mobile Internet Stick as the network has been pushed live in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

John Boynton, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Rogers Wireless said “With Rogers 21 Mbps HSPA+ network, customers in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal are the first in North America to experience the fastest world-class wireless speeds. Rogers continues to remain at the forefront of offering Canadians the most innovative mobile technologies and first-to-market products, including the new Rogers Rocket Mobile Internet Stick that lets consumers enjoy mobile Internet access across Canada’s fastest wireless network just as conveniently as you use your wireless phone.”

When this new HSPA+ network was originally announced we confirmed then with Rogers that no current devices will be able to handle this speed. Devices will be introduced over the next several month. In addition, this is only for Rogers and not Fido.

I’m curious to see how TELUS or Bell feel about this news. We previously posted a story about Bell’s reaction to the Rogers HSPA+ announcement. The internal document we had stated reasons why they are “not concerned”. One of the “Key reasons” was that “Rogers deployment of HSPA+ will start in August with a progressive roll out of the pocket coverage in the Greater Toronto Area ONLY.”

At the 2009 Canadian Telecom Summit on June 15th that Nadir Mohamed, Rogers President and CEO of Rogers, said “To me we are now entering the sweet spot of HSPA deployment 7.2”. Clearly with today’s announcement Rogers is very serious about this roll-out, especially since they have announced it for 5 cities at once. We just want to see this on some Smartphones, rather than an internet stick. However, congrats on being the first carrier in North America.


90% support Ontario’s ban of cellphone use while driving

Back in April the Ontario government decided to proceed with passing Bill 118, the “Countering Distracted Driving and Promoting Green Transportation Act”, basically banning those in from using a hand-held communication and entertainment devices while driving. This law is going into effect within a few weeks.

A new study has been released by Angus Reid Strategies (on behalf of Sony Ericsson) that took place from August 25th to August 26th, 2009 that shows 82% of Ontarians are aware of the band and 90% support it. Also, more surprising is that 8% plan on simply ignoring the new law. It should also be known that 802 we surveyed.

Other findings from the survey are:
- 85% of men are aware of the ban compared to 79% of women.
- 62% of men strongly agree with the legislation and 25% moderately agree
- 16% of women agree with the legislation
- 14% of those aged 18 to 34 say they’ll continue to use their hand-held device regardless of the law.
- 94% of those aged 55 plus say they’ll comply and 3% planning to ignore the ban.
- Northern Ontario has the highest level of compliance with 98%

When this is officially starts being implemented, Ontario will join Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador who already have the law in effect. Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and B.C. are considering banning cellphone use while driving also. If you’re caught talking, e-mailing or sending text messages you could be fined up to $500.

Michelle Digulla, General Manager for Sony Ericsson Canada “Our experience shows that legislation of this sort creates a rush on handsfree mobile phone accessories as drivers try to find a solution that fits their needs. We anticipate sales to increase dramatically given our wide range of handsfree options and leadership in Bluetooth technology.”


Unreleased Rogers BlackBerry Curve 8520 pics!

rogers-gemini-curve-8520Wanting to see the next BlackBerry to come to Rogers? Look no further as some pics of the Curve 8520 has surfaced and rumours are pointing this to be an October release.

This is the updated Curve with a 2.0 megapixel camera and the new trackpad rather than the old dust magnet trackball. You’ll also see on what is probably a device that’s still in testing by Rogers seems to have no carrier branding to it. Hopefully stay this way but most likely it won’t. In addition, this is running OS (more…)


Speak Out offers up 50% off devices

speakout-50Speak Out Wireless is offering up 50% off their devices. The deal sounds good if you’re into prepaid and like paying as much as $0.20 per minute. There is a catch though – you’ll have to buy $100 worth of minutes to get the offer.

The devices they currently offer, without the 50% off promo are: Nokia 1661 for $59.00; Nokia 1208 for $59.00; Nokia 2760 for $90.00; Nokia 1680 for $89.00 and the Nokia 5130 XpressMusic for $139.99 (comes with a 1GB microSD card).

More here at Speak Out