Toronto Public Health is urging parents to reduce the amount of time children spend on their cell phones. The effects of being exposed to radiofrequency (RF) waves can result in smaller head and brain size, thinner skull bones, skin and ears. More info here (PDF)
Read this: CRTC drops the hammer on telemarketers
Rogers has officially released a new pricing plan that extends to other handsets for the $30 6GB “limited time promotional offer”. This is available for the iPhone 3G, Nokia N95, Samsung Jack, Palm Treo, Motorola Q9h and HTC TyTN on a 3 year contract. More details on the data rates and price plans here
CrackBerry.com has got some incredible pics of the upcoming touchscreen devise from RIM called the Thunder.
We had a conversation this weekend with a Telus Manager and a Rogers Manager that we thought are important.
1. Telus is leaving its CDMA roots and changing over to GSM. It’s just about timing now and what technology to go with.
2. Rogers will be coming out with “something big” regarding the iPhone on Monday (July 14th). We are suspecting they will continue the price plan promotion past August 31st and axe the rates they originally proposed. This is to keep its customers and compete with the upcoming Bold and Instinct releases.
We are looking to confirm these with other contacts we have at both organizations.
On iPhone launch day, Rogers’ registry networks crash simultaneously with Apple’s iTunes registering system. The outage lastsed into the afternoon at some Canadian locations. And, Rogers representatives say they expect record first-day sales, but declined to disclose how many phones were shipped to stores or how many they had expected to sell
Telus has come forward and made a statement regarding the recent news that they will start charging $0.15 for each incoming text messages.
“On May 5, TELUS began advertising a change to the way incoming text messages are to be billed beginning August 24. In addition, TELUS began directly informing affected clients via bill notification messages on June 24. The overall text messaging rate changes affect a small segment of TELUS’ wireless customer base and are limited to those who do not currently subscribe to a text messaging plan. Those customers currently pay $0.15 to send a text message as well as $0.15 to receive text messages that originate from a computer or the Internet. Beginning August 24, the $0.15 per charge will also apply to text messages that originate from other cell phones.”
And for the Current Telus Customers:
“TELUS customers who subscribe to any text messaging plans will continue to receive unlimited incoming text messages free of charge. Customers can choose to subscribe to a text messaging plan from prices starting as low as $3 per month which includes 30 outgoing text messages and unlimited incoming
In addition to the $0.15 charge, some of the uproar was about receiving spam text messages and paying for them. Telus confirmed that customers have never been “required” to pay for spam text messages and have set up a simple way to receive credits for any spam text messages. Starting August 24th, if you’re a Telus customer and receive spam all you have to do is send the spam message to 7726 with the word SPAM in the message and a credit will be processed with no questions.
George Cope, Bell CEO said: “Bell’s goal is clear: to be recognized by customers as Canada’s leading communications company. I look forward to leading a unified, re-energized organization focused on attaining that goal by delivering a better customer experience at every level.” His first objective of what is internally known as the “100-day plan” is to streamline senior and middle management and to re-focus the company on customer service
Go Canada! Ottawa-based Fuel Industries launched its first entry to the iPhone App Store with a free mobile game called “Spinner: Prologue”.
Warren Tomlin, Chief Creative Officer of Fuel Industries said “The iPhone has done more to change the way we think about mobile interactive than any other individual device in history. For us to wait and see with this device would be to put us in the same league with companies who waited around for the internet to catch on.”
Spinner: Prologue can be played on either your iPhone or iPod Touch and is a free download from the iTunes Store. Here is a demo of the game:
Howard Chui (owner of HowardForums.com) was interviewed by the Business News Network. They were comparing the Apple iPhone, Samsung Insinct and BlackBerry Bold and how they rate against each other. The surprise twist comes at the end of the interview. He was asked the type of phone he uses… the Nokia N95 8GB. Fantastic and hilarious end to an interview. Watch it here: