Google announced the Nexus One last week but unfortunately for us Canadians we were officially shut out of the game. Mobile enthusiasts were finding any sort of angle they could find to score themselves one. Rumours are that Wind Mobile will eventually sell it… but for now, the easy way is through eBay or if you’re eager to get the newest Android you might want to give this way a go (we have not tried it so all the risk is on you): (more…)
We get numerous e-mails sent to us about Dave Wireless (Data & Audio Visual Enterprises Wireless Inc.)… specifically about their anticipated launch date or the possible name they’ll go with when they actually do enter the market.
DAVE Wireless invested $243.1-million for 10 licenses during the Canadian Wireless Spectrum Auction and what we know about is the following: signed a roaming agreement with T-Mobile and Rogers; brought on Ericsson to design and build their 3G UMTS network; signed a cell-site sharing agreement with Bell and will launch their new network in their five most populous markets – Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa.
When it comes to the team leading the charge, Dave has a stellar cast. The Board of Directors is laced with talent. They have John Bitove who is the Chairman of DAVE Wireless, Paul Godfrey (National Post publisher), Michael Neuman (ex-Bell CEO), John R. Barnett (President of Rothmans Benson & Hedges) and Michael Moskowitz (President and CEO of XM Canada).
For the day to day operations you’ll hear more about these individuals in the coming weeks:
President of Dave Wireless is Dave Dobbin (used to be President of Toronto Hydro Telecom, COO of Telecom Ottawa and former owner of Telus’ largest dealer); Brandon Alexandroff is VP of Finance and came from AIM Trimark Investments; Stewart Lyons is the EVP of Customer Operations, Finance and Corporate (previously was EVP of XM Radio in Canada); Sharyn Gravelle is Vice President of Network Operations (she came from Toronto Hydro Telecom and was VP, before that Gravelle was at Microcell as the Director of Network Operations); Sara Moore is VP of Marketing but came from Rogers Wireless where she was VP of Customer Relationship Marketing and before that she headed Marketing over at Yahoo!; Ryan Lausman has the position of VP of Systems Operations (he was previously Director of Special Projects & Reporting at XM Radio); and finally Victor Viola, VP of Sales and Distribution (was previously General Manager LEAP Wireless).
Dave Wireless will be entering the market shortly and have expanded the list of positions they need to fill. You might want to check them out if you’re looking for a new gig. On the role description it states “… We’re excited about the untapped opportunities in this market as we prepare for our launch and embark on building Canada’s most dynamic and innovative wireless company.”
We have interviewed Dave Dobbin a number of times, He stated before: “We want a better a better customer experience. We want customers to have a better experience with billing. We want customers to have a better experience with service, when they phone in we want them to have a better experience than they are having today… and we had to design that from the ground up from step one today.”
When it comes to price plans and how they’ll compete in the market, it’s currently known that Dave will offer phones with no-contract, unlimited voice & text messaging, free voice mail and long distance within Canada. Interested in what devices they are considering? Their bands are 1700/2100 so all one has do do is check out what T-Mobile in the U.S. has… some say even the Nexus One could eventually arrive on Dave.
When they do launch we’ll see a name change and there are several rumours flying around. They will in fact launching a new brand name and not a recognized wireless brand.
What are your thoughts on Dave Wireless and what name do you think they’ll go with?
Remember last week when former Senior Marketing Manager at Apple John Martellaro stated that it was common practice to have “controlled leaks” of some of the upcoming Apple products. He said “I know, because when I was a Senior Marketing Manager at Apple, I was instructed to do some controlled leaks. The way it works is that a senior exec will come in and say, “We need to release this specific information. John, do you have a trusted friend at a major outlet? If so, call him/her and have a conversation. Idly mention this information and suggest that if it were published, that would be nice. No e-mails!”
The rumours are now swirling of the next generation of the iPhone to have several updates, starting with a 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash (more…)
From reading a patent filed by RIM it seems they are looking to eventually have a feature that would change your security features based on your location. So let’s say you’re at work your security settings will be possibly higher then when your at home. The patent is titled “Computing Device with Environment Aware Features” and states:
“A method and mobile electronic device are provided which automatically adjust settings based on the environment of the mobile electronic device. The settings of the mobile electronic device which are adjusted may be security settings, filter settings, or status for instant messaging in dependence on the determined location of the mobile electronic device.” (more…)
Here is one of the coolest explanations of how touchscreens actually work. The MOTO Development Group has put a video together that compares several touchscreens to evaluate the resolution and accuracy. All they did was install a drawing program and dragged their finger across the touchscreen… the devices they used were the iPhone, Droid Eris and Droid. It’s interesting and worth a look. (more…)
We know it’s nothing like the upcoming XPERIA X10, but the Sony Ericsson TM506 certainly will find a place in somebody’s pocket. Vidéotron exclusively released this flip phone on the following price plans:
3-year contract: $19.95
2-year contract: $69.95
1-year contract: $371.95
No contract: $421.95
Specs on the TM506 are that it has a 2.2-inch QVGA display (resolution of 240 x 320), 2 megapixel camera with 2.5x digital zoom and video capabilities, Stereo Bluetooth, MP3 player, GPS with Google map. Dimensions are 95mm x 48mm x 17mm and weighs in at 96 grams. More at Vidéotron
News earlier this week that the Rogers Android-powered HTC Dream OS “will not be developed beyond the next Android 1.5 update”. This obviously didn’t go over to well with customers because there are some wicked upgrades to the new OS in 2.1.
However, late last night we got an e-mail from the Rogers communication team that shows a great deal of understanding, especially for those who jumped on the “revolution” bus early. The details are a bit scarce but in general Rogers will be offering an upgrade to the Magic for those who purchased the Dream (the Magic OS will be upgraded to the 2.1 OS). As you’ll read below they are still finalizing the details and hopefully this “limited time opportunity to upgrade” will not cost customers a penny or be required to sign up for a new 3-year contract.
The e-mail stated “This is Mary and I’m with Rogers online communications team. Since you’ve been following the Rogers/HTC Android story, I wanted to provide you with an update. As you know, HTC announced this week that as a result of our pushing for an upgrade, they would offer 2.1 for HTC Magic but not HTC Dream.
We now have a statement prepared in response that I’m happy to be able to share with you:
“It’s great to hear that everyone is pleased by HTC’s agreement to upgrade Magic to 2.1. We pushed hard on your behalf and are pleased with that part. When it comes to Dream, we share in your frustration that the device does not have the required on-board memory for an upgrade. We’ve reviewed this internally and believe that Dream users should be able to have the same HTC Android experience as those who purchased the Magic. So, we are offering our HTC Dream customers a limited time opportunity to upgrade from their current HTC Dream device to the HTC Magic.
We’re working on finalizing the details of that promotion now but wanted to let you know the great news as soon as possible. Please be patient as this is not yet available in-store, online or through customer care. I will be back next week to provide you with more information.”
Dream owners out there… what are your thoughts?
Globalive’s foreign ownership is still making news and will continue to make news for years to come. They were given the go ahead to launch their wireless brand after Industry Minister Tony Clement declared they are “a Canadian company that meets Canadian ownership and control requirements”. This news was bound to make the other new entrants and other industries question the move.
Today, Public Mobile has stepped up and asked the Federal Court to overturn the decision that allowed Globalive to launch stating “we could all have the benefit of having foreign capital”. Public Mobile CEO Alek Krstajic said “I’m not looking to get Globalive to stop operating. This is not about stifling competition, this is simply us saying: me too.”
Even back on November 13th Krstajic wrote a letter to Clement and Industry Canada communicating the need to block Globalive and requested more clarity. The letter was titled “Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right!” and stated his frustration with the ownership rules as they are “sometimes applied and sometimes not.”
Public spent $53 million during the AWS Spectrum Auction and captured a reach of 19 million people in Ontario and Quebec. When it comes to investors, it’s well known that they are backed heavily by Canadian OMERS, Columbia Capital and M/C Venture Partners (which are U.S. Investors). Public Mobile is currently being examined by the CRTC for their ownership structure. On December 18th the CRCT issued a statement saying “At this time, and based on the information available, the Commission considers that the ownership structure of Public Mobile is of a complex nature and could hold precedential value for the industry and the general public.”
In a news release today titled “Public Mobile Challenges Government Decision on Globalive… Government Urged to Treat All Wireless Providers Equally”, Krstajic said “We believe Cabinet’s decision is unfair to other wireless carriers, especially new entrants like Public Mobile that have played by the rules and secured substantial Canadian investment. Furthermore, while we respect the Government’s authority we believe what it has done amounts to a change in law, and only Parliament can change Canadian law.”
“We agree entirely that there should be more wireless competition in Canada. And we want to be very clear that we are not opposed to Globalive’s presence in the marketplace so long as the same rules are applied to everyone. But the government’s decision does not create a level playing field. It has made two sets of rules – one for Globalive and its Egyptian owners and one for everyone else. We are simply asking that all wireless providers be treated equally and given the same access to capital.”
LG is continuing to expand their lineup with more Smartphone devices. They recently launched the LG IQ that is a Windows Mobile 6.5 device and also us Canadians we first to have the first LG Android-powered smartphone called the Eve. At CES Frank Lee is on hand and shows us what we can expect this year when it comes to even more powerful phones: GW990 and another Android device GT540. Check them out below:
In the ever fluctuating game of handset prices you never know what you’re gonna pay from one week to another. A few notable changes going on…and as always before you purchase make sure you read the fine print of the monthly plans and warranty.
Bell Samsung Galaxy is reduced by 50 bucks to a low $49.95 on a 3-year contract.
Rogers LG Eve is now $0.00 on a 3-year contract at Future Shop, plus you get a $50 Gift Card (more…)