This is an awesome video interview dating back to the 2009 Canadian Telecom Summit. On stage is former Mobilicity (DAVE Wireless) CEO Dave Dobbin, WIND Mobile CEO Tony Lacavera, and Public Mobile CEO Alek Krstajic. At the time none of these exec had a single wireless subscriber and were simply planning their strategy to attract new customers. There are a few choice statements and could be good entertainment for 12 minutes. (more…)
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The final step in TELUS acquiring 100% of Public Mobile has been given the official green light from the Competition Bureau today.
The Competition Bureau took over 4 weeks to decide that “the proposed transaction is unlikely to substantially lessen or prevent competition in the sale of mobile wireless telecommunications services in Southern Ontario and Greater Montreal.”
John Pecman, Commissioner of Competition, stated “Our review concluded that remaining non-incumbents are likely to continue to provide effective competition in areas previously served by Public Mobile. But as the vast majority of Canadian wireless subscribers are served by three national incumbent providers, the Bureau will continue to closely monitor the evolution of competition in Canada’s wireless telecommunications industry and take action where appropriate.” (more…)
Like many Galaxies before it, Samsung is set to introduce new colours to its top-of-the-line Note 3 product in early 2014.
According to uploaded assets from Samsung Argentina’s webpage, the company will announce the Note 3 in red, a colour we’re familiar with, and, a few weeks later, Rose Gold, a brand new combination of hues.
There is no indication these are going to swim upstream to North America, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see carriers announce one or both of the newer variants as a way to differentiate themselves in the months ahead. Introducing new colours has been a very effective way for Samsung to keep their brands in the spotlight after hitting store shelves.
Though Samsung already sells a white version of the Note 3, the Rose Gold variant should appeal to customers who want something a bit more flashy. The red one, on the other hand, looks really nice, and would definitely be worth waiting for if you haven’t invested yet in a new device.
Update: Looks like the news is official this morning: Samsung has announced three new variants of the Note 3, Rose Gold White, Rose Gold Black and Merlot Red, in addition to the existing Jet Black, Classic White and Blush Pink versions.
No word on whether they’re coming to Canada, but you can bet one or two carriers will be offering some Merlot Red in time for Valentine’s Day.
Over the past week, the Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4 and S4 mini and Note 2 all received an upgrade to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean which, among standard performance improvements and bug fixes, brought compatibility with the Samsung Galaxy Gear.
If you have the massive 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega, you need not worry about a pending device update, either. According to an internal doc we received, Rogers will be pushing out the Android 4.3 upgrade in January, also bringing Gear compatibility. The doc states, “Note: In order to be compatible, the Samsung Mega requires a software upgrade that is expected to be available as of January 2014.” (more…)
BlackBerry has over 130,000 apps in BlackBerry World and to celebrate the festive season they’ll be giving away 25 free premium BlackBerry downloads with a promo called “BlackBerry World 25 Days of Gifts 2013.” The good deed starts on December 1st and lasts until December 25th.
It also looks like the free goods are not limited to apps, but will possibly include games or movies. To get in on the action you must have a BlackBerry 10 powered device, either the BlackBerry Z10, Q10, Z30, Q5 or Porsche Design P’9982.
No word on what the apps will be, but those interested can head on over to BlackBerry World from your device on the 1st.
One of the best smartphone deals in Canada just got a little better.
The Moto G is now on sale for $150 outright at Koodo Mobile with a plan, making it one of the finest deals around. Though Koodo is a sub-brand of TELUS, and caters to a more money-conscious consumer, the various plans still offer some decent value. The Moto G in question is the black 8GB model, but we still fell for its great screen and strong performance.
The Koodo deal also offers a $50 bonus gift to be mailed 6-8 weeks after the phone is purchased, provided the account is still in good standing, though it’s unclear whether this is in the form of a prepaid credit card or some other form.
Anyone hopping on board this deal should do it soon; no word on when it expires, but I’m guessing stock won’t last too long.
If you have been debating whether or not to give wearable technology a try, now may be the time to take the plunge. Black Friday has arrived and wearable tech is one of its hottest categories. Here are five of the hottest deals we found on wearable tech. (more…)
TELUS has updated their device upgrade schedule once again shows a few updates coming to Windows Phone 8 users.
The Nokia Lumia 520, 620 and 1020 are all on tap to receive the GDR3 (General Distribution Release 3) upgrade sometime in January 2014 – Nokia has also named this update as ‘Lumia Black’ and will include some Nokia specific enhancements. No other details are listed and TELUS notes these are “estimates and are subject to change.” (more…)
Apple, like many other retailers in Canada, has gone live with their Black Friday promotion. Unfortunately, missing from the rush is discounted hardware pricing for the new iPads or iPhones, just giving customers various dollar amounts of gift cards.
Here’s the complete list:
iPad Air – $75 Gift Cards
iPad mini – $50 Gift Cards
iPad 2 – $50 Gift Cards
Apple TV – $25 Gift Cards
AirPort Extreme – $50 Gift Cards
Several accessories, including speakers, Nest, Dropcam give between $25 – $50 Gift Cards
The BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9982, the sequel to 2012′s Bold 9900-based P’9981, is either fashionable and beautiful or overpriced and gaudy, depending on which camp you fall into. If you appreciate strong, bold design, unsympathetic to the soft voice of mass-market reason, this is your phone. At approximately $2,500 CDN, the P’9982 is a repackaged and slightly altered BlackBerry Z10, with a 4.2-inch 720p display, a dual-core Snapdragon processor, 64GB internal storage, an 8MP camera, and all the fixin’s.
But it’s also made of stainless steel and handmade Italian leather. (more…)