Archive: July, 2010
A review of Chatr Wireless Plans
The wireless market in Canada is heating up with some competitive cell phone plans. Rogers responded on Wednesday, July 28 with its own discount brand aimed at the same customers as Mobilicity, Wind and Public Mobile. And they launched despite a threat from Mobilicity’s Chairman about taking Rogers to court if they proceeded with the launch – I guess we will have to see what happens.
BlackBerry Bold 9800 Preview
The BlackBerry line of products are number 1 in North America based on current market shares. Recently this market share has been threatened by Apple and it’s iPhone products, despite its current issues and the Google’s Android products led by manufacturer HTC. One of the main reasons for this is that these new smartphones better target consumers and provide a richer cell phone experience – better browsing and social media interaction for example.
Apple’s rivals quick to respond to Apple’s accusations
Apple’s antenna saga continues with some strong responses by its rivals who were uninvitedly brought into the iPhone 4 antenna issues via a presentation from Steve Jobs during their press conference yesterday. In Jobs’ presentation, Apple claimed that the iPhone antenna issues were not isolated to the iPhone but also to other cell phones (smartphones) in the industry like the BlackBerry Bold 9700, HTC Droid Eris, Samsung Omnia II and during the question and answer period highlighted Nokia phones as having similar issues.
The internet was ablaze today with buzz, prior to, during and after Apple’s iPhone 4 Press conference. We read with anticipation as we refreshed the webpage – specials thanks to Engadget - to see what Apple’s next move would be. Wondering what others were thinking, our team started to check out the comments and soon enough, emails were flying around the office. We had such a laugh this afternoon we decided to share our TOP 10 list - David Letterman style - of iPhone 4 press conference wisecracks. So here it is, the -
iPhone 4 to launch in Canada on July 30th
Today Apple held its iPhone 4 press conference to address the issues associated with iPhone 4 signal defect, jokingly coined by Steve Jobs as “Antennagate”. During the press conference Steve Jobs also indicated that the iPhone 4 will be available to 17 other countries including Canada on July 30th. So the iPhone will be finally here at the end of the month – Bell has confirmed that the iPhone 4 will be available on July 30th, so it is confirmed.
BlackBerry OS 6.0 Review
We haven’t seen a new device from Research in Motion (RIM) in some time and more importantly a device that will compete head-to-head with the likes of Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android products. The 9500 and 9700 series BlackBerrys have served RIM well and still command top 10 positions for phone requests on the myCELLmyTERMS cell phone deal network. That being said, the necessity for RIM to launch a new BlackBerry device NOW can’t be understated. Luckily for them, not only will we see a new device, but a new operating system – OS 6.0
A Review of the Samsung s8500 wave
The Samsung Wave launched in Canada this month on Bell’s and Rogers’ networks. It’s available for for $299.95 without a contract from Bell and for only $29.95 on a 3 year contract while it will cost you $395 at Rogers and $79.99 on a 3 year contract. This is the first device from Samsung on its new operating system called “Bada” which incidentally means “ocean” in Korean – quite appropriate if you ask me to have the first device named “Wave” on an Ocean platform.
Wind Mobile’s Cell Phone Plans
Updated November 8th, 2011
After much brouhaha regarding Wind’s license and ability to operate they have finally launched and are available in Toronto as of Dec 16, 2009. Wind after 2 years currently operates in Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, Edmonton, Vancouver and recently Kitchener Waterloo.
So now that they are in market I’ve had a chance to review their plans. So what do I think? Not many surprises but it’s a good start. We knew that Globalive would be entering the market with unlimited type plans around the $35-45 price point and they did. Read the rest of this entry »
5 important things to know about Canadian cell phone plans.
The Canadian cell phone industry is confusing and difficult to understand. When comparing plans you have to deal with calling circle plans, specified evenings and weekend minutes, “anytime” minutes – its all so confusing. Well here are 5 items that you may not be aware of that you should know while you compare cell phone plans:
This Top 10 list was put together by the team at myCELLmyTERMS and we had to limit it to the last decade just to stop the internal fist fights – just kidding. It was also put together for the Canadian market despite all of its shortcomings. (i.e. One GSM player up until Q3 of 2009, higher pricing, limited data plans, three main carriers Bell, Rogers, TELUS, and the list goes on and on.)
So how did we define Top 10, well these were devices of their time. They were trendy, they were cool, everyone had one or wanted one and it changed the market by being revolutionary in some way. So, let’s take a trip down cell phone memory lane.
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