With so many Rogers devices launching over the next few weeks, to name a couple standout devices such as the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and the Apple iPhone 3Gs… it’s unfortunate that such a massive amount of time has passed for the highly anticipated and long overdue release of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1. (more…)
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It was only last week that we saw the TELUS BlackBerry Tour 9630 appear on their website… and now we have a number of slides appear with pricing and a launch date of July 15th.
Thanks to the fine work of RileyFreeman and “pirate” for revealing the upcoming pricing for the much leaked Tour 9630 will be as follows: 3-year promotional price will be $249.99; 2-year $549.99; 1-year $599.99 and no contract $649.99. With a month away from a Canadian release… what are your thoughts on the pricing?
Some keys specs on the internal document shows similar to the Bell version specs we saw a couple weeks back. With that said, Bell will most likely follow suit and launch around the same date.
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During the 2009 Canadian Telecom Summit MTS Allstream CEO Pierre Blouin said they have a goal to be the “best performing communications service provider in Canada”. He stated they have a strong balance sheet and poised to overcome the current stress on the economy: “…we have technology, we have the power of innovation. We have the fortunate regulatory framework that spurs competition for the benefit of Canadian consumers and businesses. And telecom, as I think you all know, has an important role to play in all cycles of the economy. But perhaps more so than ever our industry has the opportunity to lead the way.” (more…)
During Day 2 of the 2009 Canadian Telecom Summit Marc Tremblay, Managing Director of Palm Canada took the stage and discussed how their new flagship device and operating platform is setting the stage for future global success.
The Palm Pre and Palm webOS was recently launched in the United States and will come to us Canadians “later this year” (we hear by the end of June though). During his presentation we got a glimpse of the Pre in action and how webOS really can sync our entire lfe together. For Palm, webOS was a complete overhaul of how they operated in the past. With this new platform and direction, they are heavily relying on the success of “cloud computing” which essentially makes the usability of their devices easier to navigate through.
Check out this video here (apologies in advance for the it being so shaky):
Rogers has released a decent prepaid device to their line-up, the Nokia 5130 XpressMusic. Although it shows “This item is currently out-of-stock” it will be updated soon. If you decide to get this it’ll cost you only $99 outright through Rogers “Pay as you Go”. (more…)
Looking for a prepaid device that is really cost effective. Next time you fill up on gas get the new Nokia 1661 from Petro-Canada Mobile. This can be yours for only $59 or you can also redeem 100,000 Petro-Points.
The 1661 comes with a FM radio, Mp3 player, screen resolution of 128 x 160 pixels, speakerphone, plus all the other standard features such as Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting, three-way calling, contacts, Calendar, stopwatch, Calculator, speaking alarm clock and games. But wait, if that doesn’t sell you the 1661 also comes with a flashlight! (more…)
With Bell and TELUS on the cusp of releasing the newest BlackBerry into Canada, the Tour 9630. RIM has now officially released specs and a promo video for all of us to get familiar with. Check it out here
Looking to get the latest Apple iPhone 3Gs? Yesterday we found out that the outirght cost might go for a whopping $799. You can hold out a few days and go to your local Rogers or Fido location, or get your bid in for an unlocked one on eBay.
Italian-based seller “chokosx” is putting the new devices up for grabs for a cool $1425.00 (USD) stating that “the iPhone 3G S will be bought on June 19th in Italy (here iPhones are sold factory unlocked) and shipped as soon as the payment has been received.”
Check it out here (more…)
Last week, Globalive CEO Tony Lacavera stated they will be offering more choice to Canadians by “launching 2 wireless brands”. We have an update to this as there were a number of questions around if they will just look like another carrier in the Canadian market.
Lacavera said “There have been a lot of recent comments about our decision to launch two wireless cell phone brands. Let me clarify that our dual brand strategy is in fact a direct response to the consumer feedback that we’ve received over the last 8 months. After reading the thousands of comments that users wrote on Wireless Soapbox we realized that there was no “one size fits all” approach to the wireless market. Canadian consumers have varied wants and our goal is to offer the Canadian wireless customer much needed choice and change. I think this will best be accomplished by launching two separate brands. But, I also understand some of your concerns and skepticism. We’re a new entity in the business, so continue to question us, but also allow the Globalive team to prove ourselves to you. I know we can do it, and I know we need your help and feedback to do so.”
Research in Motion (RIM) has a rich Canadian heritage and is a household name with their BlackBerry smartphones and services. They truly make any Canadian proud to call them a homegrown success story. At the 2009 Canadian Telecom Summit, President & Co-CEO of Research in Motion Mike Lazaridis stopped by for an inspiring walk through their first days of existence and what he believes the next 10 years is all about.
RIM recently celebrated their 25th anniversary and also celebrated the 10th year anniversary of the BlackBerry. Lazaridis stated “…sometimes you forget your humble beginnings. What I really want to get across to you is that wireless data in many ways really happened first in Canada. You know we’ve seen wireless data around the world. We’ve heard of wireless data networks technologies and heard of the European technology adoption of GSM and all these other technologies… but what you have to understand is I was 27 years old, in Canada, when the very first wireless data systems were installed by this pioneering renegade organization called Rogers Cantel… while Rogers and other companies were basically trying to sell and be very successfully selling voice minutes, just voice minutes. We were at the basement of Rogers facilities unpacking the very first boxes of wireless data… it was brand new technology. I remember being given the chance to work with this technology…them asking us if we understood this technology and of course, 27 years old, got a business you say of course I do. They (Rogers execs) say ‘the documentation hasn’t been translated yet, it’s still in Swedish. You think you can put the equipment together?’… if you can put all this equipment together and make it all work, you get a contract! And this is how it really happened.. We got everything working and realized this is the future… the future was happening here in Canada, this was a very exciting time!”
This was the birth of RIM! Very exciting to hear how the company was started and how they began from scratch with a glimpse of what the future looks like. During the question period one of the audience member asked “What is your vision for the next 10 years?”. Lazaridis joked “We are in a quiet period” but then got serious and stated he doesn’t think its changed from their original intentions for the BlackBerry solution and its early devices on how they’ll be able to do everything you want. “This really is going to become a wireless wallet. You saw the announcements today in terms of cash exchange on these devices. But it really is going to be a wireless wallet. You can see this being the center on how you’ll get things done… One of the reasons why we acquired Certicom, who we’ve been working with for over 15 years, is to embed that kind of security in our devices to make sure that things like wireless banking becomes a reality, and to make sure that we have the rights to these security models that you feel comfortable keeping medical information on them, or your license, your passport, or your credit card on these devices, or your bank access on these devices. You can see that’s where people are starting to see where this is going. But it’s going to require a lot of innovation, a lot of discipline to make sure these platforms, networks and server technologies can provide the reliability and more importantly the security to be able to offer these services to the general public.”
Check out these video of the presentation here: