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By 2013 mobile phones will overtake PC for web browsing

Gartner Research has come out with a new study that shows the strength of mobile devices. What’s amazing about their findings is that it’s only a couple years away. They state that by 2013 the number of PC’s in use will be 1.78 billion and the number of smartphones will be 1.82 billion. With this info they believe that mobile phones will overtake the PC as “the most common web access”. Interesting facts… check out the complete findings here:

By 2013, mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access device worldwide. According to Gartner’s PC installed base forecast, the total number of PCs in use will reach 1.78 billion units in 2013. By 2013, the combined installed base of smartphones and browser-equipped enhanced phones will exceed 1.82 billion units and will be greater than the installed base for PCs thereafter. (more…)

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Rogers pulls Dream off shelf due to urgent 911 software fix

The Roges HTC Dream is not having a good start to 2010, actually the Dream is turning into a bit of a nightmare. First the beloved Android was informed that it would not receive an upgrade to a new OS and stay exactly how it is… Dream owners didn’t like this news and decided to revolt. Rogers heard the feedback and said Dream customers can upgrade to a Magic if they wish.

However, news came early this morning from Rogers that the HTC Dream has been pulled off the shelf from all locations and online. The reason is because an urgent software fix that is needed for 911 calls to be completed. Kinda important. All Dream owners were contacted by text message about the issue. Here’s the info we received:

“I’m writing to share some urgent news with our Rogers HTC Dream customers.
We have contacted all of our Dream customers by text message asking them to disable GPS location on their HTC Dream device to ensure all 911 calls complete.

HTC is expediting a software fix to the 1.5 Android Operating System that will address this issue – and provide several other improvements to the OS.

We expect this upgrade to be available very soon. In the meantime, Dream customers need to follow these steps:
1) Select Menu
2) Select Settings
3) Select Location
4) Uncheck Enable GPS Satellite

Please note that the Rogers HTC Dream is the only device affected.
Protecting our customers’ safety is our top priority and we communicated with our customers as soon as we were made aware of the issue. We have texted all affected customers and we have immediately requested that the device be taken off the shelf until HTC implements its upgrade.”

(Thanks Mary!)

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Winner in our “new carrier” Contest!

Big congrats to our latest winner for our first contest of 2010! This time we labeled it the “I want to cancel my current provider and get a new device” contest! We are proud to say that “Dhudson” is the winner, but unfortunately don’t know what carrier he/she is now leaving… we’ve already sent an e-mail and will let you all know. It’s a big step to try somebody new and we are happy to help out!

Stay tuned for our upcoming contest… it’s another device and it’ll be within the next 2 weeks.
Congrats again!

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Globalive to raise “several hundred” million for expansion

WIND Mobile came into the Canadian marketplace with initial launch cities being first Toronto and Calgary,  plans to launch in Edmonton and Ottawa are scheduled for next month. We spoke with Globalive CEO Anthony Lacavera last week when they surpassed the 5,000 subscribers… they are now upwards of surpassing 10,000 with targets of signing up 1.5 million within 3 years.

According to an article by Bloomberg, parent company Globalive Communications is in talks with banks to raise “several hundred” million dollars in debt to finance expansion in Western Canada and Ontario. Lacavera stated today “We need to accelerate our business plan. We’ve got to get that network built aggressively and stick with our model across the country as fast as possible.”

In addition to this news, Lacavera said they are considering an initial public offering in the future. “We do think there is a great opportunity but we’re long- term players. We’re not looking for a quick flip.” (more…)

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Rogers changes HUP… now 24 months and in 5 categories

Rogers has made some changes to their hardware upgrade program (HUP) that is effective today. The note we received is that “Rogers customers will now be eligible for the same pricing as new customers on all devices at 24 months since initial activation or last upgrade.”

Any upgrades are still subject to a lovely $35 administration fee, but the nuts and bolts of it is that it’s faster to upgrade to a new device, it just depends on which new category you choose. Rogers has created 5 “device categories” that consist of: voice (classic phones); quick messaging devices; BlackBerry; other smartphones; and iPhone

Rogers states that “all customers will be eligible for an upgrade to select basic voice phones at a discount after 12 months, and our full range of devices including higher-end smart phones after 24 months. What’s new is that customers with a higher average monthly spend may be eligible for smartphones even sooner.”

Anyone biting?

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Koodo jumps in to help Haiti, matches “dollar for dollar”… up to $50,000

It’s honestly amazing to see how the mobile community is donating so much money towards the relief efforts over in Haiti… the total number is estimated to be well above $8 million. In Canada all carriers have made contributions and Koodo Mobile is joining also.

They’ve started an initiative that will see them match dollar for dollar what customers text in. Of course there are some stipulations… “A maximum of $5 can be donated per text, up to six times a month” and the fine print says “Koodo Mobile will match all text donations made from a Koodo mobile phone, up to $50,000 CAN. Donation matching only applies to donations made from Koodo Mobile customers.” (more…)

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B.C. urges “drivers to adopt smart driving behaviours”

British Columbia banned cellphone use while driving on January 1st and the 1-month “grace period” is about to expire. If you’re caught using your device you’ll be welcomed with a nice $167 fine (plus possible points of your record). The Province, ICBC and police are encouraging “drivers to adopt smart driving behaviours” and have put a list together that should be obeyed. Here are their tips:

- Let it go to voicemail. Better yet, turn it off to avoid the temptation. Be a role model and help create a culture where friends, family and colleagues don’t expect you to pick up right away. Let callers know on your voicemail that you may be driving and there may be delay before you return their call.

- Ask your passenger(s) for help. If you’re travelling with someone else and your cellphone rings, ask them to take the call for you. (more…)

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ScoreMobile for BlackBerry tops 1 million downloads

Great to see another Canadian company doing very well, although 60% of users come from the U.S… ScoreMobile for BlackBerry has now topped the 1 millionth download since launching back in June. This is a free app that gives you up-to-the minute scores and stats, previews, recaps, fantasy player stats covering top leagues such as MLB, NHL, NBA, and PGA.

Jeff McDowell, Senior VP, Business Marketing and Alliances, Research In Motion said “ScoreMobile makes it simple and easy for users to follow sports in real-time, and is a great example of how the BlackBerry platform can be leveraged to provide an even richer user experience”. (more…)

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TELUS releases the LG “Madison” GB255G

TELUS has released their first device of 2010 and after a slew of wicked devices… we see the early 1990′s style of flip phone released in Canada.

The LG GB255G, also known as the “Madison”, is the newest addition to the lineup and it comes loaded with a 1.3 megapixel camera, 2-inch internal display, MP3 player, can hold up to 4GB with a microSD card, Bluetooth, speakerphone and all the other standard features. In addition, the overall dimensions are 97.6 x 48.8 x 16.9 mm and has an overall weight of 84 grams.

This is available on the following plans:
3-year contract: $49.99
2-year contract : $149.99
1-year contract: $199.99
No contract: $249.99

More here at TELUS

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Bell offers up $50 BlackBerry accessories credit

Starting January 15th Bell will be offering a $50 in-store BlackBerry accessories credit for those sign up for a new 3-year contract. The promo will go until January 31st and is only valid on the following devices:
- BlackBerry Curve 8330
- BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230
- BlackBerry Pearl 8130
- BlackBerry Storm 9530

This is perfect to set yourself up to for a new Bluetooth device… nothing worse than getting a ticked for talking, texing, e-mail or surfing the web while driving. (more…)

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