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Shorcovers on Kindle “too pricey for what you get”

shortcovers-logoUs Canadians are known for peacekeeping and taking too long to make important decisions. Feisty and combative we are not… unless it comes to our competition.

Indigo’s Shortovers CTO Michael Serbinis had a few choice words to say about another Amazon Kindle. In the company blog he said “A larger screen, more expensive Kindle for textbooks and newspapers. $489. WOW! Is it just me, or is there a huge disconnect between Amazon’s pricing and what consumers have to spend these days?

I don’t know a lot of students that have $489 to spend on yet another device. All a student needs is a cell phone and a laptop. Taking notes in class, writing essays, working on models, doing simulations, presentations, coding, etc… You need a laptop. With a laptop you can already access e-textbooks on a number of sites… There are so many better things I can do with $489. Here’s a few: buy a couple of iPhones, by a book every month for the next 3 years, sponsor a family in Africa for 2.5 years, take at trip to the Caribbean…In the meantime, the good news is that there is continued focus on the e-Reading market, and with that comes investment and innovation. Just like soap operas changed with the advent of TV, so too will books and other reading material with new mobile internet devices. It’s just early, and eReaders like the Kindle are just too pricey for what you get.” (more…)

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Bell Q1 Results: 366,000 activations, revenues increase 3.5%

bellimagenewlogoFollowing on the heals of taking over Virgin Mobile, Bell has released their Q1 2009 results.

Wireless operating revenues grew by 3.5% to $1,079 million, Postpaid and prepaid ARPU decreased by $1.93 and $1.12 to $62.34 and $15.38. Total gross activations were 366,000 this quarter, an increase of 4.3% from Q1 of last year. Postpaid net activations grew by 7,000 to 35,000. And finally, the Bell Wireless client base reached 6,527,000 at the end of the quarter. (more…)

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TELUS Q1 2009: “results do not meet the expectations”

teluslogoTELUS has released their official Q1 2009 results and looking back, the future was not so friendly. Foremost, they have increased their “Restructuring Expenses” from $50 – $75 million to a now whopping $125 million.

Darren Entwistle, TELUS president and CEO said “Clearly, TELUS’ wireless results do not meet the expectations we
set late last year and are reflective of the weakening Canadian economy and competitive activity. Given the current environment, TELUS has accelerated our efficiency initiatives. Accordingly, we have significantly increased our restructuring cost estimate for this year to approximately $125 million to drive efficiency and enhance our competitiveness.”

“Wireless data revenue increased $61 million or 41% due to the continued adoption of full function smartphones with increased use of data services such as messaging and social networking. Net subscriber additions were 48,000, a decrease of 46%, Postpaid net additions of 44,000 represented 92% of the total net additions. (more…)

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Rogers to launch Android HTC Dream and Magic June 2nd!

rogersandroidThe great news just keeps on coming today!

Rogers Wireless will exclusively release the highly anticipated HTC Dream and HTC Magic. These are not just another couple HTC devices, what is unique about these are that they are the first cellphones in Canada powered by Google’s open source Android platform.

Excited? This is actually huge news! Rogers has put together a section on their site that gives an official countdown to June 2nd. Check it out here: rogers.com/revolution.

In the subtle words of John Boynton, SVP and CMO, Rogers Wireles”Who else but Rogers would be the first carrier to offer Canadians the first chance to join the mobile revolution with a choice of not one, but two, handsets powered by the Android platform? The HTC Magic offers a responsive touch screen and the HTC Dream delivers both a touch screen and a slide out QWERTY keyboard. Both devices offer outstanding wireless internet search capabilities and a full suite of applications that run two times faster on Canada’s fastest mobile network.”

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Bell takes over Virgin for $142 million, the end of Solo Mobile?

bellimagenewlogoSeems like Virgin Mobile’s current promotion called “Screw You Recession” actually is actually working. Today Bell announced they will be taking over the remaining 50% stake in Virgin they didn’t own for they $142-million.

Bell and Virgin Group formed the Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) in 2004. Under the licensing agreement, Bell will retain long-term rights to the Virgin Mobile brand and the benefits associated with such a relationship with the Virgin Group.

This sale actually makes a bit of sense. Remember back in February when Virgin increased their rate plans by 17%, we informed you then that they have yet to break even since opening their doors. I guess as a brand, Virgin is string and can this be the end of Solo Mobile? Why would there be 2 low cost brands within one organization. (more…)

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LG Xenon coming to Rogers at $79.99

xenonRogers is set to release a follow-up to the Secret with the Xenon.

According to HoFo member “Treatz”, shipping has already started and you will be able to purchase this on the following price plans: $79.99 on a  on 3-year contract and $129.99 a 2-year contract. Although nothing is in the Rogers site yet, LG is showing the Xenon in all its glory on their site.

The touchscreen Xenon is described as a “Quick Messaging Device” and comes with a full QWERTY (side slider) keyboard, a 2.0 Megapixel Camera with video capabilities, 2.8 inch screen (240 x 400 pixels), World Phone (Quad Band EDGE and Dual Band HSPA), threaded SMS, holds up to 16GB MicroSD Expandable Memory, The overall dimensions are 105.5 x 53.5 x 15.8mm with a weight of 105 grams.

More info here at LG

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MTS launches the BlackBerry Storm at $249.99

product_blackberrystormPeople in Manitoba can make their way over to a local MTS outlet and get yourself a brand spankin’ new BlackBerry, not just any Berry… the Storm has finally been released.

This is available for all on the following prince plans
3-year contract: $249.99 (must be in a 39.99 Voice & Data Plan)
2-year contract: $349.99
1-year contract: $574.99 (more…)

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Virgin Festival brings Black Eyed Peas to Canada

n184493260093_1464The one wicked thing about Virgin Mobile is that they know how to have a great time. Richard Branson started Virgin way back with this core philosophy in mind and build a mega brand. Virgin Festival Canada is back with 5 dates spread across Canada: Montréal, Ontario, BC, Alberta, and Nova Scotia.

Top bands to take note of are the Black Eyed Peas, Akon, homegrown Canadian singer Lights, Simple Plan and unfortunately the New Kids on the Block. Montréal is first up on 19th and 20th.

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Palm Pre coming to Canada exclusively with Bell

palmpreimageWe are one step closer today to having the Palm Pre in Canada!

It was just announced that the Pre will be released in the second half of 2009. This is big news and we are happy that a formal announcement has been made, we first let you know that Bell will be releasing the Pre on February 11th with a late Q2 Early Q3 release date. No price plans have been announced. For now, here is the official release:

TORONTO, Ontario, May 6, 2009 – Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ: PALM) today announced that Palm Pre™, the first phone based on the new Palm® webOS™ mobile platform, will debut in Canada exclusively on Bell Mobility’s 3G high-speed mobile network in the second half of 2009.(1)

“We’re excited to bring Pre to Canada with Bell Mobility,” said Brodie Keast, senior vice president of marketing for Palm, Inc. “We’ve seen enormous interest from mobile operators worldwide and fully expect to continue to expand distribution for Pre, putting it within reach of more and more customers.”

Palm webOS is invented exclusively for mobile use. It’s the first mobile platform to automatically bring your information from the many places it resides – on your phone, at work or on the web – into one simple, integrated view. The new Palm Pre and webOS are designed to be so in sync with your needs that it feels like Pre is thinking ahead for you.

Pre has a breakthrough user interface and hardware design that makes it the most integrated and user-friendly mobile phone. Featuring a smooth, rounded ergonomic design and a physical keyboard that slides out only when needed, Pre is engineered to feel natural in your hand and comfortably small in your pocket. When closed, Pre is ideal for phone calls, web browsing, music, photos and videos; when open, Pre is optimized for email and text messaging. It provides an exceptional experience for phone calls, whether held to your ear, over speakerphone or via Bluetooth. With its curved slider and gesture-controlled touch interface, Pre fuses exquisite design with the revolutionary webOS software for fast access to content on the device or web. It’s an instinctive user experience that seems to anticipate your needs.

“Bell is excited to be only the second carrier in the world to announce the 3G Pre,” said Adel Bazerghi, senior vice president of Products for Bell Mobility. “With the unique user experience of the world’s first webOS phone, running on the country’s largest 3G network, we’re confident that Canadians will embrace Pre as the phone for their lives today.”

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QuickPlay Media releases “PrimeTime2Go” for BlackBerry

quickplayimageToronto-based QuickPlay Media has launched a new app (only available in the US) called “PrimeTime2Go”. For a monthly fee of $8 this allows BlackBerry Bold and 8900 users to download and watch TV shows on demand straight to the device. Some of the shows include CSI, Heroes, Lost, The Office, 20/20, Desperate Housewives, 90120, Monk and Top Chef.

The app is available now in BlackBerry Apps World.
More here

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