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Rogers Annual Customer Appreciation Event now on!

r3rdcustappIf you’re a Rogers customer (of any of their services such as cable, wireless, internet, home phone) then you are eligible to participate in the 3rd Annual Rogers Customer Appreciation Event!

Just like the past two years there are tons of prizes to win. The site www.RogersThankYou.com has been set up and it says “So Many Ways to Thank You… Again. Being a Rogers Wireless customer gets more rewarding every year! There’s a gift inside for everyone! You could also win 1 of 5 Grand Prizes or 1 of over 1,000 other Major Prizes”. The contest is on until at 11:59:59 PM on December 20, 2009.

Here’s a list of all the Grand Prizes and Secondary Prizes that are available to be won (more…)

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Update: Quote of the Day: Sawiris on Globalive “We think the ruling will be overruled.”

windmobilelogoWe posted this quote earlier today and thought it was the quote of the day, and we have some updates.

Orascom Telecom, the organization that has invested into new wireless player Globalive (WIND Mobile) is confident that the ruling by the CRTC will be overruled and they will start operating before the year end. At a media conference in Cairo, Orascom Chairman Naguib Sawiris said “We are optimistic about getting up and running after resolving issues with the regulator… We think the ruling will be overruled.”

In an article by Reuters, they go into a further details than the above Bloomberg quote. Chairman Naguib Sawiris said they still aim to launch the WIND brand “We are set to launch before Christmas… There were some barriers to our control over the company there. We are not controlling the company and are sticking to all their terms”.

This sounds a little bit more on track as Industry Minister Tony Clement is still looking for insight to make his final decision on if the new wireless carrier will be given the green light to launch. There is no official confirmed date of when his decision will be announced. (more…)

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New Canadian iPhone apps: ecobee Smart Thermostat & SIRIUS Canada

SIRIUSiphoneThere a couple new Canadian specific iPhone apps that have become officially available today: ecobee Smart Thermostat & SIRIUS Canada.

First up is the ecobee Smart Thermostat. This is a free app allows you to adjust their homes’ climate control settings anytime from anywhere. The features give you the flexibility to remotely adjust your thermostat’s temperature, schedule or update a vacation event, change the system and/or fan operating settings and receive alerts.

Next is SIRIUS Canada app that gives out a free 14-day trial with the option to subscribe after. The app gives you access to  SIRIUS Satellite Radio’s news, sports, entertainment and commercial-free music content on their device. The SIRIUS App also allows users to purchase a song heard on SIRIUS while it is being played or “Tag” favourite songs for later purchase from the iTunes Store and see the current channel plus find out what’s playing on other channels

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Bell Mobility brings “unprecedented access” to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

van2010Bell is bringing the Olympics to their customers again in what they are calling “unprecedented access”.

What this involves from a wireless standpoint is “the most ambitious and all-encompassing media package ever assembled in Canada for a single Olympic Games” and “Bell Mobility will feature seven networks for fans to watch the Games live on enabled handsets wherever they go. Consortium stations include English networks CTV, Sportsnet, TSN, and OLN, French networks V, RDS, and RIS Info Sports, and multi-language networks OMNI, APTN and ATN.”

You’ll be able watch over 4,500 hours right on your mobile device from these mobile sites CTVOlympics.ca and RDSolympiques.ca. No word on how much this will cost or if it’s a free service. (more…)

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On the day Kindle arrives, Shortcovers adds more Canadian publishers

kindleAmazon’s eBook reader “Kindle” is available (link here) to ship in Canada today for $259 (USD) and has over 300,000 books and magazines around the U.S. $11.99 or less mark. They say that “Kindle wirelessly downloads books, magazines and newspapers to a crisp, high-resolution 6-inch electronic ink display that looks and reads like real paper. Kindle utilizes the same 3G wireless technology as advanced cell phones, so you never need to hunt for a Wi-Fi hotspot”.

Ian Freed, vice president of Kindle said “We know that Canadians are passionate about books and reading, and we’re excited to make Kindle available to our customers there. Kindle enables customers around the world including Canada to think of a book and start reading it in under 60 seconds.”

Also today rival Indigo’s “Shortcovers”, the ebook reader for your mobile device (more…)

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Bell to remove System Access Fees November 20th?

bell mobility billIn what seems to be the latest trend in Canada, Bell will follow the others and will be introducing a new set of monthly rate plans that removes the dreaded $6.95 System Access Fee.

The rumour has this taking place in a couple days on November 20th and details are still a bit unclear. According to a Bell internal document it states “Effective November 20th, 2009 Bell Mobility will be launching new pricing for all existing postpaid plans & will no longer be charging the $6.95 system access fee. Review the job aid for more details.”

This news comes out after Rogers recently removed their System Access Fees and introduced the “Government Regulatory Recovery Fee” (GRRF). Also TELUS followed up with ditching their SAF and 911 fees and welcomed in the “Clear Choice” rate plans.

Bell is the last carrier standing with the SAF and there are still questions around how this move will effect current customer monthly rate plans… and if the 911 monthly fee has also been removed. We’ve reached out to our friends for further insight.

Via: TMN

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All Virgin Mobile phones at $0.00… except the Motorola RAZR2 V9m?

virgin-0Yesterday we wrote a short post about how Virgin discounted all their BlackBerry devices, however it seems to be a step further than this as all their devices have been dropped down to the clearance price of $0.00 on a 2 or 3-year plan.

All except for one glorious knight in shining armour of days past. Off all devices to keep at an actual dollar price point they decided on a $49.99 2-year contract for the once popular Motorola RAZR2 V9m!?!

Perhaps this was the “big things are coming very soon” they wrote on their Twitter page a few days ago (we think the big news is the iPhone is coming to Virgin)… or it could be they are low on stock and they want this to be looked upon as a “rare” item. Maybe they will find it in their hearts to drop this to $0.00 as well

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WIND Mobile: “We’re not about selling out”

windmobilelogoEven though Globalive/Wind Mobile are getting the interest of Bell/Rogers/Dave Wireless to eventually buy their spectrum, Chris Robbins, CCO (Chief Customer Officer) of WIND stated on their company blog that they are “not about selling out”.

Robbins goes on to state “We’ve always been about being here for the long term, not – like some of the other potential new entrants – about a quick sale to one of the incumbents. We’ve been listening to Canadians for over a year as we’ve built out a network, and stores and services and platforms. Our goal is to be here to stay. Rogers and others should invest their money in adding value back to their own customers, before they look at “buying spectrum.”

On the same post titled “What’s Next for Us…” also gives an update about how they are taking the time now to focus, do more testing and training and “ensure that everything we bring to market will be as perfect as it can be”.
He also writes that the WIND team will be hitting the streets soon and doing “Random Acts of Kindness”… which sounds nice and hopefully will come back to them in a “pay it forward” kinda way so they can launch this year!

This news came on the same day that TELUS and Shaw submitted an open letter in the Hill Times to Industry Minister Tony Clement that he should obey the law and not overturn the CRTC’s decision that Globalive does not meet the ownership rules. (Last week Clement stepped in to review the situation and asked telecom executives for further insight and gave until November 18th to submit their thoughts)

In the joint letter TELUS and Shaw said “Under the law, the CRTC had no choice but to find Globalive non-compliant. The evidence as presented in an open hearing is irrefutable. Globalive’s majority owner, Egyptian carrier Orascom, controls 82% of Globalive’s capital structure. That is way offside of the law… For the CRTC to have interpreted the law in any other fashion would have rendered meaningless Canada’s foreign ownership laws, not just as they apply in this case, but as they apply to all Canadian wireless, telecommunications, cable and broadcast companies currently operating in our country”.

So the saga continues… what are your thoughts on the Globalive/WIND Mobile events. As Canadians would you like to see WIND launch their brand before the year is over?

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SpeakOut Wireless to release Nokia 2720 in December

speakout-nokia-2720SpeakOut Wireless will be releasing the Nokia 2720 in December. Fido will be launching this soon as the “Fold” but they are calling this on the “Eclipse” and it’ll be available at the ripe prepaid price of $99.00. Included in this deal is Voicemail, Caller ID, Incoming text messages no Activation Fee or System Access Fee.

According to the SpeakOut site the Nokia 2720 has a 3.0 megapixel camera (we thought a 1.3 megapixel was only in this but time will tell), MP3 player and FM radio, Bluetooth compatible, GPRS browser and all the standard features such your contacts, calendar, alarm clock, stop watch and timer. (more…)

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Bell Nokia 6350 Video Review

bell-nokia-6350-hspaThe Nokia 6350 is an entry-level flip phone that is good for those who want something just above a basic phone. This is available at Bell in Red or Black on the following price plans: 3-year contract: $49.95; 2-year contract: $99.95; 1-year contract: $199.95 and No contract: $249.95.

Now that you know the prices you can see if this device is right for you. The style of the 6350 resembles something that was popular a number of years ago and can do the basic tasks incredibly well. For example if it’s calling, texting and possibly listening to music this is one to consider. However, if it’s going a bit beyond this such as surfing the web it might get a bit frustrating.The keys are big and you won’t get confused when dialing or texting. The screen size is 2-inches and has a resolution of 240×320. (more…)

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