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Global handset shipments grow 4.7% in Q2

isuppli-chart-q2-hansdetResearch firm iSuppli has put a report together that shows global shipments of handsets for Q2 2009 has increased by 4.7% from last quarter. They show that a total of 265 million units were shipped, up from 253 million.

Tina Teng, senior analyst, wireless communications for iSuppli said “The moderate increase indicates the worldwide handset market is bottoming out and now is returning to growth. The global economic downturn has had a particularly harsh impact on the worldwide handset as declining disposable incomes dissuaded consumers from making non-essential purchases like upgraded wireless handsets. The recession brought to an end eight consecutive years of annual shipment growth for cell phones, and will result in the first market contraction since 2001.”

Also, the report shows the top 5 handset manufacturers are as follows: Nokia, Samsung, LGE, Motorola and Sony Ericsson. (more…)

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TELUS launches the Motorola Rival A455

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We knew the Motorola Rival was on it’s way to TELUS and today is the day! If you are looking for a texting device, the Rival can be yours on the following price plans: 3-year contract: $99.99; 2-year contract: $199.99; 1-year contract: $249.99 and Outright: $299.99

The Rival is a side slider with a full QWERTY keyboard and comes in purple or silver. This has some touchscreen features, one-touch access to text messaging, emoticons buttons and IM, 2.2-inch screen and a 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities. Overall dimensions of the Rival are 50mm x 96.5mm x .100.3mm and weighs in at 124 grams. (more…)

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Fido releases Nokia 1661: $0 on 2/yr; $55 Outright

nokia-1661-fidoFido has released another affordable device, this time it’s the Nokia 1661. This can be your for $0.00 on a 2-year or $55 Prepaid/Outright.

The Nokia 1661 comes with an FM radio, Mp3 player, 1.8 inch screen with a resolution of 128 x 160 pixels, flashlight speakerphone, contacts, Calendar, stopwatch, Calculator, speaking alarm clock and games. Overall dimensions are 108 x 45 x 13.55 mm and it weights in at only 82 grams.

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Rogers drops price of HTC Magic & Dream to $79.99 on 3/yr plan

rogers-drop-price-androidThe Revolution seems to be winding down as Rogers has dropped the price of both Android devices (HTC Dream & Magic) to what is probably aimed at the back-to-school crowd.

You can now pick these up for the low price of $79.99 on a 3-year term. If you want to get these on a no contract basis the price still remains the same at $599.99

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SaskTel set to launch LG Rumour2

lg-rumour2-sasktelLG Rumour 2 will be making its way to SaskTel and is a texters dream. This is noted with the familiar “coming soon” and will be available on the following price plans: 3-year contract: $39.00; 2-year contract: $79.95; 1-year contract: $119.95 and Outright/Prepaid: $149.95.

The overall dimensions are 4.41 x 2.05 x 0.70 inches with it coming in only 4.23 oz. The Rumour2 has a slide-out 4-row QWERTY keyboard with designated emoticon key and dedicated directional left, right, up and down keys now added. This has a 2-inch display with a 240 x 320 and has increased the expandable memory to hold up to 16GB. Other features of the Rumour 2 are 1.3-megapixels with video capabilities, GPS Nav, Music player, 2.5mm stereo headset jack, Bluetooth Connectivity, Speakerphone.

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Koodo places entire lineup on sale, $25 off plus free shipping

koodo-saleIt hasn’t been that long since Koodo Mobile releases some devices, only a couple weeks now. It looks like they are looking to clear stock as they have placed their entire lineup on sale plus included free shipping when you buy online.

If you are looking to get any of the following phones, it’s worth it to look into Koodo. Just make sure you read all the fine print first when it comes to your monthly minutes.

Here is a list of the lineup and prices (without the Tab): (more…)

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Confirmed: Bell releasing Palm Pre August 27th at $199.95

palmpreimageShortly after putting the Future Shop image on, Bell released a press release that confirmed the official launch date of the Palm Pre for Thursday August 27th. Bell says the price point “will cost as little as $199.95 on a three-year contract or $599.95 without a contract with a minimum 500 MB data plan”.

Here is the full press release:

Bell today announced that the new Palm Pre phone will be exclusively available in Canada at Bell Mobility retail locations on August 27. Due to unprecedented demand, Bell also announced that Canadians can reserve one of the highly anticipated phones by pre-ordering now at bell.ca/pre, at Bell stores or at selected Bell retail partners.

Palm Pre is the first phone based on the new Palm webOS(TM) mobile platform, which brings mobile applications together in a unique and intuitive multi-tasking environment that is integrated with the most popular social networking tools and powerful search functions.

The Palm Pre will cost as little as $199.95 on a three-year contract or $599.95 without a contract with a minimum 500 MB data plan. Bell smartphone clients can choose from a wide variety of voice and data plans, including Smartphone Combos that offer unlimited Internet browsing, personal email, text messaging and Windows Live Messenger.

“We’re very excited to bring the revolutionary Palm Pre and the Palm webOS mobile platform to Canadians exclusively on Bell’s national wireless network – the largest high-speed 3G network in Canada,” said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility and Chief Brand Officer for Bell. “Considering the highly successful US introduction of the Palm Pre by Sprint in June and fast-growing Palm Pre buzz among Canadian mobile users, Bell and our retail partners are preparing for high demand for this breakthrough phone.”

Since announcing in May that it would carry the Palm Pre exclusively in Canada, Bell has seen unprecedented demand – tens of thousands of Canadians have already signed up at bell.ca/pre for more information about the device. Beginning today, clients can now pre-order the phone at bell.ca/pre, at Bell stores or at Bell retail partners Best Buy, Future Shop, The Telephone Booth/La Cabine Téléphonique, WIRELESS etc. and Wireless Wave.

“Palm is creating a new measure of simplicity and usefulness that is changing how people look at smartphones,” said Katie Mitic, senior vice president, Product Marketing, Palm, Inc. “It’s a new experience to access and connect the related but often decentralized information in your life, and we’re eager to share the Palm experience with Canada through Bell Mobility.”

The Palm webOS platform takes multi-tasking to a new level. Customers will love the ability to run multiple applications such as Internet, text messaging, email and music at the same time, and move easily between them using natural finger gestures. When they no longer need the item, they can close an activity by simply flicking it off the top of the screen.

The smooth, rounded ergonomic design makes Palm Pre a comfortable fit in your hand or pocket. The physical keyboard that slides out from beneath a large touch screen provides fast access to content on the device or web.

Palm webOS also features Palm Synergy(TM), which brings the users’ information from all the places it resides into one logical view so they don’t have to worry about tracking multiple calendars, contacts, email accounts and messaging applications. The Synergy feature pulls information from a client’s Outlook, Google and Facebook accounts, including Facebook profile pictures, into the contacts application – a compelling feature for the 85% of online Canadians that have a Facebook account.

Palm’s unique universal search allows customers to find what they need easily – just slide open the keyboard, start typing to get instant results. Results are pulled from the device apps, contacts and popular Internet sites including Google, Google Maps, Wikipedia and Twitter.

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BlackBerry Sports Challenge goes live!

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A few days ago we let you know of a new contest RIM was putting together on their WinWithBlackBerry site. Today is the day that the contest went live and you can win instant prizes such as 10 BlackBerry smartphones, accessories and discounts. For us Canadians the contest also gives us a chance to win hockey jerseys, game tickets and a chance to win the grand price of an all expense paid trip for 4 to a “North American Hockey League finals game” and $2,000 spending money. I guess they are meaning the NHL Finals. (The contest is also available in the States as AT&T as their partner)

Basically you get a point when you register, login, answer a question, click the “Learn More” button and forward to a friend. The Challenge has two rounds: Regular Season: August 4th – August 24th and Final Round: August 25th – September 5th. On the Final Round the point double.

Check it out here

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Palm Pre available Thursday, August 27th!

palm-pre-dateThere have been countless number of rumour launch dates for the anticipated release of the Bell Palm Pre. And over the past few days we’ve seen many forms of advertising such as in-store, online and magazines.

However, nothing can put the rumours to rest when a national distributor outs the possible release date. Future Shop has boldly stated on their site that the Palm Pre will be “Available August 27th”. This follows ability for us Canadians to pre-order the Pre in-store, wither at a Bell location or Future Shop and Best Buy.

August 27th is just over 3 weeks away… who’s going to get one? (more…)

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Rogers HSPA+ announcement: “Bell is not concerned”

rogers-network-phasesRogers recently announced they will start to build out their HSPA+ network starting this August. Speeds are going to reach up to 21Mbps and we’ve received an internal document from Bell that clearly lists a number of “Key reasons why Bell is not concerned”, and even going as far as stating that the Rogers HSPA+ network “does not have any substance”. The document is titled “Internal positioning of Rogers HSPA+ announcement” and reads the following:

Context: In anticipation of Bell’s HSPA launch, Rogers announced that it will begin deployment of HSPA+ (High Speed Packet Access Plus) starting August 2009 in select GTA areas. HSPA+ is an evolution of the HSPA network and will support speeds of 21Mbps.

Rogers release is in reaction to Bell’s HSPA announcement made last October and does not have any substance. This is apparent when one reads through the copy.

Key reasons why Bell is not concerned:
1. Rogers deployment of HSPA+ will start in August with a progressive roll out of the pocket coverage in the Greater Toronto Area ONLY
- Expansion timing and locations are unknown at this time since Rogers is very vague with roll out plans

2. Canada-wide rollout of Rogers HSPA+ netowrk will follow over time
- Bell plans to offer a national HSPA network at launch
- It has taken Rogers over 3 years to deploy 3G (HSPA) coverage to 78% of the Canadian population
- Bell offers 3G (EVDO) coverage to 89% of the Canadian population – the largest 3G coverage in Canada

3. Rogers plans to offer (1) Mobile Internet Stick at time of initial HSPA+ launch
- There are no HSPA+ phones and smartphones available commercially in the world today
- None of Rogers 3G devices today will be able to take advantage of 21Mbps speeds
- Most of Rogers devices are 2G (they only have one 3G BlackBerry whereas ALL of Bell’s BlackBerry devices are 3G)

Rogers typically pre-announces network deployments/evolutions before their network are commercially available to Canadians.
- Oct, 2005, Rogers announces plans to offer HSPA network
- Nov. 2006, one-year later launched HSPA in the Golden Horseshoe ONLY
- Oct. 2007, one-year later expanded HSPA network to 25 major cities across Canada
- Oct. 2007, announced that they were conducting field tests of high speed 7.2Mbps data services with PC Card in Brampton & Montreal. This was a trial only.
- Dec. 2008, one-year later launched 7.2 Mbps speeds to 75% of Canadian population”

So there you have it, Bell’s not concerned, will rollout their national HSPA network at once at launch in time for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.  Thoughts?

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