Archive: July, 2011
Perhaps BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is the only thing keeping you loyal to BlackBerry and with BBM v6, RIM vows to make BlackBerry Messenger more social. With 45 million users currently using BBM, of which, 70% use BBM on a daily basis – as per RIM -, becoming more social is definitely a positive step for RIM at this stage.
If you’re like me, chances are, you use BBM in a very rudimentary way. Essentially, just to communicate with family and friends, with the occasional picture or voice note message.
So how exactly is BBM6 becoming more social?
Airplay leads the way in iOS 4.2 update
The iPhone 5 is not out as yet and won’t be in Canada until fall. So if you are about to purchase an iPhone and you want to know whether to wait until the iPhone 5 comes out, well Apple gave you another reason NOT to wait….with AirPlay.
As business owners, we are well aware of how much money we spend on most aspects of our business. How about our business cell phone plans? The cell phone is the lifeline of communication for you and you staff. But what can we do to decrease our business monthly bill without sacrificing productivity?
Why the Phone You Choose Can Affect Your Bottom Line
In the light of the recent RIM layoffs I got to thinking about how businesses go about selecting their handsets. A lot of business owners are invested in Blackberry devices. What would happen if RIM were to go away? In the early days of smartphones, it was easy, you bought a Blackberry because that was all there was. This isn’t the case any more. Between Android and Blackberry, iOS, Symbian and Window, there is a raft of platforms out there for business owners to choose from.
Choosing the right smartphones for your business is important and not just because of the fact that your workforce will be using them every day. The handset choices you make could have an impact on your bottom line, and considering the fact that, in Canada, business plans are structured around 3 year contracts, making a wrong choice early on could have substantial impacts on your finances for years to come.
Check out what Cell Phones are coming?
Smartphones, SuperPhones, Smartphone LTE Devices, 3D Phones …… and the list goes on. It’s all coming to Canada just in time for back to school. Android devices continue to dominate the Market with staggering 10 of the 15 cell phones listed below running on “Gingerbread” or at least “Froyo”. BlackBerry also officially announced its new suite of touch screen devices, with Nokia not being left out with the upcoming arrival of Nokia X7 running Symbian Anna OS on Rogers Network. The one category missing from this line-up is Window Phone 7 devices. No mention yet of any new WP 7 devices slated for Canada in the coming weeks. Also ,not forgetting the rumour that iPhone 5 will be here in the Fall, which could be a real game changer. Nonetheless, exciting times ahead for the cell phone industry with June/July typically being the slowest months of the year for retailers, it looks like Q3 will be hot for sales.
See complete list of phones with carrier, expected release dates and pricing for you to compare. Read the rest of this entry »
A few weeks ago, RIM announced on its earnings call that they will be doing some restructuring in order to get the company focused on “areas that offer the highest growth opportunities and alignment with RIM’s strategic objectives.” We all expected a few hundred layoffs, but that’s not the case…so how about a few thousand instead.
Can’t figure out which Android phone to choose?
With phone manufacturers pumping out Android devices it’s no wonder we get this question so frequently. With multiple manufacturers such as HTC, Motorola, Samsung to name a few all making devices with the Android OS and each one adding their own touch to differentiate their phones, the decision becomes a little more complicated. So, there is no easy way to answer this question, however, I do have a secret weapon…
Apple’s record breaking Q3 Results
Apple’s revenues are up 82% and profits 125% based on recently released Q3, 2011 results. That’s amazing even for Apple! Revenues were an astounding $28.6 billion and profits $7.3 billion making this the company’s best quarter to date. But between all the great news, I found 5 things that were particularly interesting in these results…
Many of us have experienced it first hand. We travel away on business or someone within our organization does, only to hammered with an enormous wireless bill at the end of the month. It is no secret that Canadians pay ridiculously high roaming rates when travelling within the US, but what can we do? How can we reduce what we pay?
Why Expensive Data Services are Stifling Canadian Mobile Services
Canada has some of the most expensive data services in the world. Right now Canadians looking for 3G service are looking at having to pay around $0.05 per MB, approximately 4 times more than what a customer would pay in the USA at the same price point. Even so, it might not seem like paying $0.05 per MB is that bad.
But a single HTML5 format Youtube video is going to be 7.5 MB / min. What that means is that the Arcade Fire video you watched on the bus cost you about $2.50 to watch just once. Read the rest of this entry »