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In an interesting move to better interact with their customers Rogers has created a series of video blogs. They are calling them “Red Board‘ and they delve into topics beyond just wireless and allow a more personal interaction between Rogers as a company and its consumers. For the first video they sat candidly for an interview with Rogers President and CEO Nadir Mohamed to discuss his thoughts on where Rogers currently stands in this aggressive industry. Though not a long interview and not much new is actually uncovered, Mr. Mohamed does have a few interesting things to say:
2010 “will be a very interesting time, we really have an industry that’s transforming”… it’s a whole new world. The traditional products are starting to mature; we have a whole new set of products that people are going to buy. You’ll have new players coming into the market;, competition is going to be more intense. The key for us at Rogers is to stay focused on where the customer is going and build on the brand and the reputation we have… Rogers is a brand that everybody understands, it’s the place to go where there’s new stuff… More and more customers will not be buying products per say, but buying into brands…what’s the underpinning of our brand? It’s Innovation for sure, but I think one of the things we’re looking to build up is this idea that Rogers being a company that’s easy to do business with. It’s frankly not a place that I feel we’re there yet”.
So, Mr. Mohamed thinks that the traditional products are starting to mature and people are willing to buy new products. He also thinks consumers are leaning towards brands NOT products and overall want a good experience when dealing with Rogers in general, whether for Cable, Internet, Wireless, or Home Phone. Rogers is a titan in Canada having already established themselves in the telecom, media and sports market. What it sounds like for them is that it’s all about joining up their “information, communication and entertainment” into a great customer experience.
This is all well and good, but considering that the competition is aggressive as it is how long will it take to implement these changes to overall customer experience? And are the even customers willing to wait?
Leave a comment and let us know what you think.
Click more to watch the interview
AT&T’s foray into Android has run into a few media-related problems. While the phone has an interesting look to it (it “flips” open to reveal its QWERTY keyboard, and can use the keyboard, face down, as a stand to watch media) the media giant has made an interesting decision to limit some basic functionality in the phone.
Normally, on an Android phone, you are able to go into the Settings/Applications menu and enable Unknown Sources, which allows non-Marketplace apps to be installed, either through a File Manager such as ASTRO, or via the mobile web. AT&T has removed that option, severely limiting the use of apps such as PDANet, a tethering application, which needs to be installed via the company’s website.
But will the average Backflip user really care? The phone is aimed at the teen market, and the OS has been heavily modified (and simplified) with MotoBlur, Motorola’s social networking skin. One can find most of the apps he/she needs in the Marketplace, and considering there are many great apps available in there, the seriousness of the crime is somewhat abated.
What’s more concerning if the ethical factor: Does AT&T have the right to close off a system that Google meant to be open? While simultaneously installing what many would consider proprietary bloatware that few are going to use, and cannot be removed? Well, sure they have that right, but it’s going to piss off a lot of people.
The Backflip is probably going to do quite well on AT&T. The sad part is that consumers speak loudest with their wallets, and as a result, behaviour like this (and other prohibitive moves, such as the locking of the Milestone’s OS) will be reinforced unless people realize that Android should stay open, and not just for the geeks.
It seems as though the big BIS 3.0 upgrade we non BES users have been so patiently waiting for is finally here. Berryreview is reporting that our friends overseas in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will be getting their upgrade this weekend on March 14th followed not too long afterward by North America (about 2 weeks later) One of the biggest improvements to BIS 3.0 (also one of the most anticipated) is the new 2 way Gmail sync add-on, which being a heavy Gmail user myself, I’m pretty excited about.
Are you as anxious to get this upgrade? Do you care for the Gmail 2 way sync? let us know.
For more specifics on the 3.0 launch click more
BlackBerry Internet Service v2.8 upgrade to BlackBerry Internet Service v3.0 – EMEA – 14 March
BBCHG45911 (Update) S1 Severity Maintenance for BlackBerry Internet Service (v2.x) Email service for subscribers of *EMEA BIS (MULT)
This message is to inform you of scheduled network maintenance.
Maintenance Summary: BlackBerry Internet Service v2.8 upgrade to BlackBerry Internet Service v3.0
Impact: BlackBerry Internet Service subscribers may be unable to send or receive messages, use the BlackBerry Internet Service web site, or perform activities such as creating new accounts, accessing their Internet mailbox, integrating third-party email accounts, or viewing email attachments during the maintenance.
Wireless service providers and device resellers may be unable to use BlackBerry administration web sites or perform activities such as creating subscriber accounts or provisioning services for subscribers during the maintenance. 
Ticket Number: BBCHG45911
Change Window Start Date and Time: 14 March 2010 02:00:00 (GMT)
Change Window End Date and Time: 14 March 2010 06:00:00 (GMT)
Estimated Duration of Service Impact: 4 hour(s) and 0 minute(s)
% of Subscribers Affected: 100.00 (estimated)
EST = GMT – 5 hours
EDT = GMT – 4 hours
AEST = GMT + 10 hours
One by one carriers are picking/launching the new MOTOBLUR line of Motorola Smartphones. We first had Telus announcing the Backflip last week, than Bell confirming the Dext shortly thereafter, now, the first American carrier has jumped on board for the excitement. AT&T has officially launched their first Android based device and its none other than the Backlfip. You can go to AT&T and pick it up for a very reasonable $99 on a 2 year term with a $100 promotional rebate, or $349.99 outright.
Have you bought it yet? Leave us a comment and let us know how you like MOTOBLUR in all its social networking goodness.
Want more info on the Backflip? Read on
- Android OS 1.5 packed into it along with MOTOBLUR
- 3.1-inch HVGA display (resolution of 320 x 480)
- Comes with a 5 MegaPixel camera with LED flash and video
- Music player
- 3.5 mm headset jack
- 1400 mAh Li Ion battery
- Full HTML Browser
- aGPS with Google Maps, Google Latitude, Google Maps Street View
- access to the Android Market.
- The overall dimensions are 53.0 x 108.0 x 15.3 mm with a weight of 133 grams.
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In a world of 10MP Camera phones, waterproof/shock proof housings and social networking infused OS’s i’m almost shocked that no other phone maker has come up with this idea. Well, leave it to the eternally innovative minds at Nokia to not only think of the idea, but to apply for a patent on it. Essentially, what we are speaking of is a “piezoelectric kinetic energy harvester” or in English, a cellphone that runs a long the same idea of a kinetic watch, it uses the energy generated from natural movement and converts it into usable power. Is it a bit ambitious to think this will one day totally eradicate the travel charger? Maybe, but in an industry of regurgitated ideas I look forward to seeing this come to market
What do you think? Think its a good idea? Or a potential flop? Leave a comment!
To see the blueprint’s of this new idea click more
Having some trouble doing what you do on your favorite Verizon smartphone? Reports this morning are that Big Red is having some data issues across the US. They claim it to be a nationwide data outage but I am having no trouble here in ‘ol Lincoln NE and Engadget is reporting that NYC is doing just fine as well. There is no ETA on when Verizon will have this fixed, however some users are claiming that things are coming back online for them. Perhaps the “data apocalypse” is already over.
Any Verizon users having data trouble this morning? Let us know!
So, thinking about hopping on the Google Android bandwagon but not happy with Rogers current hardware offerings? Never fear! Mobile Syrup is reporting that Rogers is gearing up to launch the “Samsung Galaxy Spica” (pictured above and below) No price point or exact release date has been given, but we are being told to expect it to arrive within 2-3 weeks.
What do you think? Willing to try it out? Happy with your current phone? Let us know by leaving a comment!
If you want to know the full specs of the phone click more
The Galaxy Spica comes with Android OS 1.5 (might ship with OS 2.0), 3.2-inch touchscreen (resolution of 320 x 480 pixels), 3.2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, a 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB, speakerphone, WiFi, GPS, holds up to 32GB with a microSD, 800MHz processor, measures 115 x 57 x 13.2 mm with a weight of 124 grams.Follow me on twitter