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Videotron announces Q2 2009 results, signs tower-sharing agreements with Rogers & Bell


Videotron has announced their Q2 2009 results and have increased the number of wireless subscribers by 5,468 for a total customer base of 73,483. Recently Videotron has also signed roaming agreements with Rogers and T-Mobile USA, Inc., to help them build out their upcoming wireless network. They have also stated that they’ve reached tower-sharing agreements with Rogers and Bell Mobility for a number of locations in Quebec and the Ottawa.

Robert Depatie, President and Chief Executive Officer of Videotron said “The Company welcomes these new partnerships, which will equip us to offer our future customers wireless services across Canada and the U.S. The tower-sharing agreements will benefit both Videotron and the general public by limiting the proliferation of new sites.”


Speak Out Wireless now offers Fido Moto Renew W233

speak-out-moto-renewLooking to go prepaid and also do good for the environment. 7Eleven Speak Out Wireless has now made it possible for you to get the Fido Moto Renew W233 for $59 outright. This is the phone that is made from recycled water bottles and is the first CarbonFree mobile phone.

As a bonus Speak Out is giving you 125 minutes of start-up time, but they also say it’s “subject to change without notice”.


CRTC releases 2nd annual Communications Monitoring Report

crtc-marketshareThe CRTC has release some incredible wireless statistics in their second annual Communications Monitoring Report. The data is based on 2008 number but is a great insight. Here is a few key takeaways (we have also posted the charts in our forum here):

- Our wireless footprint covers approximately 20% of Canada’s geographic area. However, it encompasses approximately 99% of Canadians.

- Market share of the three largest wireless service providers (WSPs) did not change significantly in 2008 and continues to account for over 94% of the wireless market in Canada. Of the top three carriers, Rogers Wireless remained the dominant player with respect to the number of subscribers with a 38% market share, while the Bell Group and TCC each held 27%. The remaining 8% was shared among regional WSPs (MTS Allstream and SaskTel), small incumbent TSPs, and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). (more…)


Bell reports Q2 results, signs roaming agreement with AT&T

palmpreimageOver the past several quarters Bell has implemented some major changes in operations, management and services. For one, the Bell brand has taken a major move not only in looks but in action. Specifically over the past few months they have acquired all of Virgin Mobile Canada, all of The Source retail stores and have finally released a price and launch date for the anticipated Palm Pre (August 27th)… this is a device that Bell has stated is “the most important launch in Bell’s history”.

Bell has reported its Q2 results, but before we get to the numbers, they have announced a “reciprocal wireless roaming agreement with AT&T that will enable AT&T wireless customers to roam on Bell Mobility’s new HSPA network when it launches, while providing Bell customers access to AT&T’s GSM and 3G wireless networks in the United States”. That is pretty big news, major partnerships are happening with the new HSPA network. With major partnerships come better devices – the competition just got a little more fierce in Canada. With this agreement, and many more to come, hopefully we are one step closer to the rumoured Apple iPhone coming on the new Bell network.

Q2 results made Bell Wireless client base reach a total of 6,572,000 subscribers. Total gross activations in Q2 were 404,000 (increase of 3.3% from Q2 of last year). Postpaid net activations were only 64,000, compared to 111,000 net activations a year ago. The prepaid client base decreased by 19,000 from 28,000 last year. Total net activations were 45,000 this quarter, 45.8% fewer than last year. Bell Wireless service revenues declined slightly by 0.3% and Bell Wireless product revenues declined by 11.1%. Total Bell Wireless operating revenues decreased by 1.4%… all “impacted by the weaker economy”.

More here at Bell


Zoompass launches Apple iPhone App

zoompass-iphoneA couple weeks ago the joint venture between Rogers, Bell and TELUS launched a BlackBerry App making it easy for people to basically use your mobile phone as a bank. With Zoompass you can send, receive and request money, check account balance, review transactions all by using your mobile phone.

Good news for those with an iPhone (Rogers and Fido customers only) as a free app has now been launched in the AppStore. Just remember the app and registering is free, but there is a service charge for your transactions. The fees are as follows: receive money and add funds from a bank account is free. There will be a $0.50 charge send money and withdraw finds to a bank account and $10 will be charged for any insufficient funds. (more…)


Unreleased Keybo 2 available at Best Buy for $99.99

bb-lg-keybo-latest-imageWe’ve seen the upcoming LG Keybo 2 a number of times over the past few days: in advertising and even on the corporate LG website. TELUS has yet to release this full QWERTY texting gem but it seems that our friends over at Best Buy want a head start and decided to put this for sale early. Previous Best Buy advertising showed this being priced at the following prices: 3-year contract is $129.99; 2-year contract is $229.99; 1-year contract is $279.99 and Outright for $329.99. (more…)


Palm says “unlimited plan strongly recommended” for the Pre


With just over 3 weeks away until the official launch of the Palm Pre, the flurries of promotional material has started to go out from all channels: Bell Mobility, big box stores and now Palm directly. They sent out an e-blast for those who wanted to be notified titled Reserve your Palm Pre”, the teaser line “So Close you can almost feel it.”

Palm goes on to let us know that “The new Palm Pre phone will be here August 27, starting at $199.95 on the Bell network (after qualifying service agreement).1″. Curious what the number “1″ is all about? Well, the fine print says “Price after qualifying service agreement. See Bell for complete details. Email, mobile number and related information required for setup and activation. Required data plan not included; unlimited plan strongly recommended.(more…)


Samsung Link Video Review

If you’re looking for a texting device that has the style of a full smartphone without the cost, then you’ll love the Samsung Link. This little beast is meant for texting and has a full QWERTY keyboard. We’ve been playing around with the Link for a bit and love how easy it is to start using.

This device is truly meant for texters. The keyboard is somewhat tight, but the more you text the more you get used to using it. With overall dimensions of 6.1(w) x 1.3(h) x 11.23(d) cm it’s lightweight and weighs in at only 106 grams. One of the key features of the Link is that it can hold up to 16GB of memory with a microSD card. So you can put all your music in their (great speakers and 3.5 mm headset jack), all your pictures – this comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera (self portrait mirror).

Some other key notable attributes are the 2.2 inch LCD screen, Bluetooth 2.0, assisted GPS, Speakerphone and MP3 player. honestly though, if you want a texting device at an affordable cost, this should be one to consider. It looks good, feels light and is available at Bell, Virgin and Solo.

Check out the review here:


LG BLISS dummy phones and spec sheet arrive at Bell

lg-bliss-dummy-bellThe LG Bliss is all set to launch at Bell on August 7th. The dummy phones have arrived and also a full spec sheet. This touchscreen will be available on the following price plans: 3-year contract: $79.95; 2-year contract: $129.95; 1-year contract: $229.95 and Outright/Prepaid: $279.95.

Also, check out the full spec sheet we posted in our forum here