Archive for May, 2010
It seems like Bell’s iPad data plans were tacked on at the very last minute, as there was, unlike Rogers, very little fanfare when announced earlier this week. Here is a shot of the new Micro SIM released today in conjunction with the release of the iPad in Canada.
Nokia’s new hotness is the N8, and a lot is resting on the combination of sexy hardware and updated Symbian OS, dubbed Symbian^3.
Well, according to Slashgear, the device should be available on August 25th in England, followed shortly by other cities around the world. It is unlikely, however, that the device will be available through any carrier in North America, as Nokia does not have a loyal fan base in the West, nor the WOW factor to pull anyone away from their incumbent favourites, BlackBerry, Apple and Android.
The phone was also man-handled over at Engadget, and while the interface certainly looks more modern and usable than previous Symbian iterations, it’s nothing new, and certainly brings no incentive to existing Android/iPhone users to switch over. Or maybe it does? Who knows?
Cellular users in the US including myself have had it pretty easy as far as data pricing goes. Granted cell service is probably more expensive than it should be but compared to many other countries, those in the US don’t have much to complain about. The word “unlimited” is thrown around a lot when exploring the terms and conditions of data plans in America, and though they aren’t truly unlimited, they are usually capped at 5GB. Unfortunately Verizon today confirmed our suspicions that the current pricing model is going to change come LTE.
Don’t get discouraged just yet, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said that while tiered pricing will be introduced that actual price per megabyte will be one-half to one-third the current price. When tiered pricing hits I guess we can only hope that said tiers will be reasonably priced. Tiered pricing in theory, could be really great for those users who haven’t followed GuruClark’s tips and simply don’t use much of their allotted data. The only people this will potentially hurt are those users who suck down GBs of data a month.
RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis talked a lot at WES about the “BlackBerry efficiency model” and how RIM’s devices use only a third of the data that other in-market devices do. Perhaps nationwide tiered pricing is what RIM needs to make their devices more compelling to users (and let’s face it, they need all the help they can get). Only time will tell how the whole LTE pricing scheme plays out but for now we have our fingers crossed that we don’t get burned by carriers.
(Via Phone Scoop)
Telus customers, you can finally stop salivating over your nemesis Rogers Wireless having the 9100 and pick it up. However, that is, if you like pink. With $25 of the sale being donated to Breast Cancer Research, you get a great new phone and support a worthwhile cause. The black variation is scheduled to follow in a few weeks, at the same three-year price point as Rogers of $29.99.
An interesting standout is that Telus’ off-contract price is $349.99, exactly $100 cheaper than Rogers’ $449.99 price point.
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Take this with a grain of salt, but several sources are saying that the HTC Desire, which runs on the company’s custom Sense UI over Android 2.1, will be upgraded to 2.2 by June 23rd. If this is true, there is no reason to believe that HTC’s other recent offerings, such as the Sprint EVO 4G and Verizon Droid Incredible, won’t receive the same upgrade treatment. Now, phones offered by carriers will be subject to the carriers’ upgrade discretion, so one company might release it while others may not. But it does bode well for the future of the Android upgrade path, which seems to be diminishing as vendors and carriers get used to the furious pace at which Google releases their Android versions.
Nexus One owners are still waiting for their official Froyo update: those who have received Android 2.2 over the air were tech journalists who received their phones free from Google. The version they received is purported to be a Release Candidate test version of the OS, used to hammer out any remaining bugs. I am using it, however, on my N1 with no problems to speak of, though because Google hasn’t officially released the update, the Android Marketplace is not functioning as it should.
Knowing about video call debug logs and the obvious inclusion of a front facing camera, we can pretty much say, the iPhone will have video chat. My question is how will it work? Unfortunately I have more questions than answers…
1. Will it work with other video conferencing phones? If so, will this be a carrier supported thing or will they need an application? I’ve heard that with other video phones, they can exclusively video conference with the same type of phone and no one else.
2. If this is going to be an exclusive iPhone to iPhone deal, will older iPhones be able to see the camera from new iPhones?
3. Will developers have access to this camera? Subsequently, will Skype and the others implement?
4. Wifi only? Works on 3G?
5. Will it use your carrier minutes? It appears that the video debug logs leak called them “Video Calls,” suggesting it might be an network thing.
6. Is it only one on one or can multiple people be supported?
7. Will there be any kind of screensharing support, a la iChat theater?
With no answers to any of these questions, my mind is starting to wonder the possibilities. Shoot, it just makes me want the new iPhone to come out already so we’ll know! Video phones aren’t anything completely new or revolutionary, but the iPhone will most likely be the first (American) phone to make it popular/standard.
White 9700′s, Pearl 3G’s, Sprint 9650. RIM really hasn’t been playing around lately. They’re truly gearing up for a nice strong summer. It’s nice to see that both GSM and CDMA devices are being favored this time around. As for you Verizon subscribers, our friends at Berry Reporter just confirmed that Verizon will have the 9650 available via their website on June 3 and in store on June 10th! I know it seemed like the wait has been forever, after watching Sprint announce and release the device, but at least you now have an answer. It looks like we will also be seeing a GSM and possibly CDMA 98xx this summer. And don’t forget about BlackBerry 6. Hit the jump for what you may have missed this week in BlackBerry. Everyone be safe and have a nice weekend!
This phone has a lot of potential. It’s well-built and well-designed. Its hardware keyboard is usable, and even intuitive, and that’s saying something coming from the Milestone. Though it runs Android 1.5, what Moto has done with the MOTOBLUR skin is interesting: they have given people with limited time a way to view many snippets of information quickly. It’s a good messaging phone and a decent Android experience.
Let us know what you think!
I suppose the Blackberry Bold 9000 is included in this as well, it’s not an exclusive iPhone thing (although that’s what most news sites are focusing on). This sudden change is the result of a class action lawsuit. The official terms are as follows:
1) Customers with postpaid accounts who have completed a minimum of 90 days of active service and are in good standing and current in their payments.
(2) Customers with prepaid accounts who have provided a detailed receipt or other proof of purchase of the handset.
(3) Customers who own handsets for which AT&T has an exclusive sales arrangement with a manufacturer of less than 10 months will have to wait until the 10-month period expires before they can receive an unlocking codes
While it’s annoying that these two phones cannot be unlocked, the argument is mostly irrelevant. The only other carrier choice is T-Mobile, and the 3G bands are on different frequencies. I’d be willing to wager that most consumers would not be willing to move from AT&T to a smaller network and “no 3G,” even if it means getting less dropped calls (which is a problem based on locality). The dumbphones that this settlement is intended to cover are easier to move between the two networks.
If you live in the Toronto area and drive on any of our major highways, you may notice the “Amber Alert” campaigns that go up on the illuminated traffic signs from time to time when a child goes missing.
The “Amber Alert” campaign started in 1996, when 9-year-old Amber Hagerman of Arlington, Texas, was kidnapped outside her family’s home and brutally murdered shortly after. Arlington police proposed a quicker method of alerting the general public when occurrences like this happen. Since then the campaign has spread continent wide and is the popular method used to alert the public of a child’s disappearance, but up to today, has only been used on highways and via local cable news networks.
Effective today May 27, 2010, Rogers Wireless subscribers can take these notifications one step further with the launch of “Wireless Amber Alerts”, a new free way to do your part in helping abducted children get back safely in the arms of their families.
How it works:
You will receive a text message whenever an AMBER Alert is issued in your region. You will also receive a message when that same AMBER Alert is cancelled or if there is additional information related to the alert. Yes, the program is completely free and does not effect your text allotment for the month.
How to participate:
You need to opt-in via your computer or mobile phone to receive the AMBER Alerts. Here’s how:
- From your computer, go to www.WirelessAMBER.ca, enter your 10-digit mobile number (including area code) and click Submit. You will then receive a text message on your mobile phone with a four-letter validation PIN code. Enter the code on the website and click Submit. On the subscription page, you can modify your settings to select the provinces from which you would like to receive alerts.
- From your mobile device, text keyword “AMBER” to 26237. You will receive a link to a mobile site where you can confirm and modify your settings.
For more information on this program click here
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