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    by Published on 11-18-2010 10:00 AM
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    Beginning November 18th and lasting until January 7th, Verizon Wireless customers on a Nationwide Family SharePlan of $69.99 or more who add an additional line with a smartphone and data plan of $29.99 will have the $9.99 monthly access fee credited for 24 months.

    Press release here
    by Published on 11-18-2010 01:49 AM
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    Verizon is considering an alternative route for LTE pricing. Similar to how home broadband works, they might be charging based on the speed you want. For example, 5 megs a sec is cheaper than 12 megs a sec. I think this route will prove both efficient and flexible for people like me who probably won't ever need more than 5 megs a sec.

    "If you want to pay for less speed, you'll pay for less speed and consume more, or you can pay for high speed and consume less," Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said Wednesday.
    Read more: WSJ - Verizon Rethinks Pricing

    What are everyone's thoughts?
    by Published on 11-16-2010 03:16 PM
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    Mobilicity just updated their coverage map and now includes Edmonton.

    See the map at: http://mobilicity.ca/coverage/
    by Published on 11-15-2010 02:00 PM
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    Are you planning to treat yourself to a new smartphone this season? Or buy one to give as a gift?

    With several smartphone operating systems and form factors out there, you have a lot to choose from.

    With that in mind FierceWireless has put together a nice guide to what they believe are the top smartphone and tablet devices (webOS devices are not listed unfortunately) amongst the U.S.'s Tier 1 carriers (Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile). Visit the link above for the list.

    Did you find it helpful? Anything you would add to the list?
    by Published on 11-11-2010 10:08 AM
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    So I was at the Eaton Center today (in Toronto) and figured I'd go to the TELUS, Rogers and Bell stores and ask the people there if people where buying Windows Phone 7 devices and just check out how high a profile the devices have in the stores.

    First off I went to the TELUS store near the south side. There is an HTC Surround right in the middle of the entrance of the store. They were giving away 100 XBox 360's with WP7 purchase on Monday. Seems they sold around 50 or so WP7's on launch (and then MS came and took the rest of the XBox 360's away). The WP7's seem to be moving okay. They have plenty of stock of HTC Surrounds while they never had stock of the LG Optimus 7's.

    Next I went to Bell. There is live LG Optimus Quantum that you can play with but it's off to the side and it was turned off. Actually both Bell stores were like this. They didn't seem to be pushing WP7 as much. One of the people there said they were selling okay. Some people were coming in wanting to buy them while others were steered towards them.

    Next up was Rogers Plus. The first one (next to the south TELUS store) had a big lineup so I didn't want to wait. I looked around quickly and didn't see any mention of WP7. The Kiosk near the middle of the mall had someone I could talk to. The person told me that you can only get a WP7 device online at rogers.com and that retail wouldn't be getting anything until the end of the month.

    I was about to leave when I decided to swing by Future Shop. I didn't see any WP7 displays or dummy devices. I also took a look at their stock (it was behind glass) and didn't see any WP7 phones. I'll grill some people next time I'm there.

    Overall I was a little suprised Windows Phone 7 didn't have a higher profile. Part of this may be a lack of hardware - Rogers didn't have any Samsung Focus and there were no LG Optimus 7's available at TELUS. Another thing I noticed is that at least in Canada Microsoft is more interested in promoting the Kinect. There was a big bill board at Dundas Square plus they had a store across from the Eaton Center where you could try it.
    by Published on 11-10-2010 10:36 AM
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    IntoMobile reports on a survey conducted by the New Millennium Research Council (NMRC) to gauge consumer desire to switch to prepay mobile services.

    Of the 1,000 surveyed, 1 in 5 currently using contract service are planning or desiring to switch to prepaid in the next six months. Over half of those surveyed said they would switch to prepay if not for the early termination fee imposed by their carrier.

    What are your plans?

    Source: IntoMobile
    by Published on 11-08-2010 09:50 AM
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    Today Windows Phone 7 officially launches in the U.S. and is available on AT&T and T-Mobile. CDMA carriers should follow in the near feature.

    There a number of deals floating around the web from discounts to three free months of Zune Pass.

    Anyone planning on getting one? Those who already have one, what do you think? Let us know in our Windows Phone forum.
    by Published on 11-08-2010 09:41 AM
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    Microsoft is giving away 100 XBOX 360's with the purchase of a Windows Phone 7 on contract at the TELUS store at Eaton Center. It's the TELUS store on the south end of the mall (near Queen).

    It starts at 11AM and runs till 2PM.

    The HTC Surround and LG Optimus 7 are available from TELUS for $99 on a 3 year contract.

    Bell is launching the LG Optimus Quantum for $99 on a 3 year.

    Rogers is launching the Samsung Focus for $199 on a 3 year.

    Here are some differences between the 4 phones:
    LG Optimus Quantum: QWERTY keyboard, DLNA, Augmented reality app, photo panorama software.
    LG Optimus 7: bigger display than the Quantum, DLNA, Augmented reality app, panorama
    HTC Surround: Slide on speakers with Dolby Mobile and SRS sound processing, kick stand, unit converter, flash light app, stocks app, equalizer, photo enhancer, love app.
    Samsung Focus: 8GB of storage (others have 16GB), SDHC card slot, 4" Super AMOLED display, daily briefing app (weather, stocks, news).

    Check out my review of the HTC Surround and my comparison of the Surround with the Samsung Focus.

    Hands on with the LG Optimus 7:
    by Published on 11-04-2010 03:08 PM
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    To celebrate Diwali, Mobilicity is providing all new and existing customers FREE calling to India from November 4th until November 7th, 2010, 11:59 p.m. Call your friends and family and wish them happy Diwali! Additionally, Mobilicity is offering popular Bollywood and mainstream ringtones for 99 cents! Even if you don’t celebrate Diwali, it’s a great time to customize your phone with a great ringtone. But hurry, this special Diwali rate on select ringtones ends on November 17th. Review and download the discounted ringtones by launching your browser on your phone’s menu.
    by Published on 11-03-2010 09:29 AM
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    T-Mobile is touting their HSPA+ network as "America's Largest 4G Network" and says it will cover over 100 major metropolitan areas and up to 200 million people by the end of this calendar year.

    Their HSPA+ network delivers theoretical peak download speeds of up to 21Mbps and peak upload speeds of up to 5.7Mbps.

    Visit T-Mobile's 4G page for more info about the the network and compatible devices.
    by Published on 10-29-2010 09:41 AM
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    Verizon customers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and some markets in Texas, Tennessee, and Florida are being given the option to trial new plans that include unlimited calling and text to any mobile in the United States, no matter the carrier.

    The trial is only slated to run through the end of the calendar year.

    Source and image: Engadget
    by Published on 10-27-2010 04:15 PM
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    Though no specific timeline has been given, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has indicated that his company plans a gradual shutdown of the iDEN network it acquired after its merger with Nextel a few year ago.

    "Over time, we'll have fewer and fewer customers on the iDEN network," he said. "That allows us to use some of that capacity on the network that is freed up and use it for CDMA. It's a gradual process. There will be an end date for all 2G, just like there was an end date for 1G."
    Source: FierceWireless - Hesse: Sprint eventually will shut down iDEN
    by Published on 10-27-2010 09:58 AM
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    Sprint Nextel has reported their 3rd Quarter 2010 results. A conference call is scheduled for 8:00am EDT this morning to discuss.

    From the press release:

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), October 27, 2010 - Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) today reported that during the third quarter of 2010, the company achieved its best total company wireless subscriber net additions since 2006, adding 644,000 total wireless subscribers driven by positive net postpaid subscriber growth of 354,000 for the Sprint brand and the company’s best year-over-year improvement in postpaid churn in five years. Demand for smartphones like Samsung Epic 4GTM and HTC EVO™ 4G remained strong, and the company delivered postpaid churn of 1.93 percent – the best postpaid churn result Sprint has reported in the third quarter of any year.

    Sprint announced third quarter consolidated net operating revenues of almost $8.2 billion, a net loss of $911 million and a diluted loss per share of 30 cents. The company generated $384 million of Free Cash Flow* in the quarter, and maintained a strong liquidity position with approximately $4.7 billion in cash and cash equivalents at the end of the quarter.

    “Driven by record customer satisfaction, and the performance of iconic devices like the EVO and Epic, Sprint’s momentum continued this quarter,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. “The Sprint brand gained postpaid customers for the fourth consecutive quarter as, for the second consecutive quarter based on porting data, more customers switched to Sprint from our competitors than switched from Sprint to our competitors. In addition, our last two quarters have been all-time bests for postpaid churn. We also saw improvement sequentially in prepaid net adds and our lowest prepaid churn in almost five years.”
    Read more here.
    by Published on 10-27-2010 12:24 AM
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    TELUS added Saskatchewan to their growing national HSPA network starting today, According to their website they are also launching a 30 Day Risk Free Trial on All 3G+ Handsets. ...
    by Published on 10-22-2010 10:04 AM
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    This morning Verizon Communications released their third quarter results.

    Wireless highlights:

    • 997,000 total net customer additions, excluding acquisitions and adjustments, in 3Q 2010; 584,000 retail postpaid net customer additions in the quarter; continued low retail postpaid churn of 1.07 percent.
    • 93.2 million customers; 101.1 million total connections.
    • 6.0 percent increase in total revenues from 3Q 2009; 7.7 percent increase in service revenues; data revenues up 26.3 percent; 29.9 percent operating income margin and 47.2 percent Segment EBITDA margin on service revenues (non-GAAP).
    • At the end of the third quarter, the company had 86.7 million retail customers, which represented 93 percent of the company's wireless customers, the largest number of retail customers of any U.S. wireless provider.
    • In addition, the company had 7.9 million other connections at the end of the quarter -- such as machine-to-machine and telematics -- adding 251,000 net other connections in the quarter. This brings the number of total wireless connections to 101.1 million at the end of the third quarter.
    • Retail service ARPU (average monthly service revenue per user) grew 1.8 percent over third-quarter 2009, to $51.99. Retail data ARPU increased to $18.61, up 19.0 percent year over year.
    • Verizon Wireless announced the first tablets to be available to its customers: the Apple iPad Wi-Fi will go on sale on Oct. 28 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab will launch on Nov. 11. In addition, the company continued to expand its smartphone lineup during the third quarter with the launch of the DROID X, DROID 2 and limited edition DROID R2-D2 by Motorola; the Samsung Fascinate, a Galaxy S smartphone; and a new model of the BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone.
    • The company hosted its second annual Verizon Developers Conference in September, reaffirming its commitment to an open network and helping developers deliver applications to market quickly. Since the VDC was established in 2009, more than 5,000 developers have joined to create applications to be distributed to Verizon Wireless customers.


    The full press release can be viewed here.
    by Published on 10-21-2010 03:17 PM
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    Droid-Life has posted a couple screenshots of a Verizon 4G "Reference Guide" that compares and contrasts LTE, WiMAX, and HSPA+.

    Some quick notes:

    LTE: Downlink: 5 - 12 Mbps | Uplink: 2 - 5 Mbps

    WiMAX: Downlink: 3 - 6 Mbps | Uplink: 500 Kbps

    HSPA+: Downlink: 1.5 - 7 Mbps | Uplink: 1 - 4 Mbps

    In the Reference Guide, Verizon also touts other advantages of LTE over the competing technologies such as: global adoption, lower latency, and speed to market for device and app development.

    Verizon plans to first intro USB modems over 4G followed by smartphones and mobile hotspots.

    Visit Droid-Life at the link above for the screenshots and more details. And go here to learn more about Verizon's upcoming 4G LTE network.

    That all being said, we know that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. What do you think about Verizon's 4G claims?
    by Published on 10-21-2010 11:26 AM
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    AT&T released its third quarter results today.

    Record Wireless Sales, Strong Revenue and Earnings Growth Highlight AT&T’s Third-Quarter Results

    Dallas, Texas, October 21, 2010


    $2.08 diluted EPS compared to $0.54 diluted EPS in the third quarter of 2009; EPS of $0.55, excluding $1.53 in one-time gains from a previously disclosed tax settlement and the sale of Sterling Commerce

    Consolidated revenues from continuing operations of $31.6 billion in the third quarter, up $847 million, or 2.8 percent, versus the year-earlier period

    11.4 percent growth in wireless revenues, with a 10.5 percent increase in wireless service revenues

    Record wireless volumes, with more than 8 million postpaid integrated device sales

    2.6 million increase in total wireless subscribers — the highest third-quarter net gain in the company's history — to reach 92.8 million subscribers in service

    Postpaid subscriber ARPU (average monthly revenues per subscriber) up 2.0 percent to $62.84, the seventh consecutive quarter with a year-over-year increase

    1.32 percent total wireless churn, best-ever third-quarter

    30.5 percent growth in wireless data revenues, up $1.1 billion versus the year-earlier quarter

    First year-over-year growth in wireline consumer revenues in more than two years

    30.0 percent growth in consumer IP data revenues, driven by AT&T U-verse® expansion

    236,000 net gain in AT&T U-verse TV subscribers to reach 2.7 million in service, with continued high broadband and voice attach rates

    148,000 net gain in wireline broadband connections

    15.4 percent growth in revenues from strategic business services such as Ethernet, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), hosting and application services
    Read more at: http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pi...code=financial
    by Published on 10-20-2010 06:55 PM
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    Some details below on Verizon's new data tiers for the various types of devices. Also included are some details on their 4G roll-out. ...
    by Published on 10-20-2010 04:24 PM
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    At the 4G World trade show Clearwire says it has recorded peak LTE download speeds of 90 Mbps during testing in Phoenix.

    CHICAGO--Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) Chief Commercial Officer Mike Sievert said the operator has recorded peak download speeds of 90 Mbps in its initial testing of LTE technology in Phoenix. The results are notable in that the carrier currently advertises that its WiMAX network provides download speeds of 3-6 Mbps, with bursts of 10 Mbps. For its part, Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) has said it will provide real-world LTE download speeds on its forthcoming network of 5-12 Mbps.

    Sievert, speaking here at the 4G World trade show, noted that the speeds were recorded in a real-world driving scenario, though clearly in a test network unburdened by actual customers. Test results are often much different than speeds obtained in real-world wireless networks.

    Clearwire announced earlier this year it would test LTE technology, and Sievert said the carrier hasn't yet made any decisions about its technological future.

    "This is not something we have decided about, but that we're actively testing," he said.
    Read more at: FierceBroadbandWireless - Clearwire details results of initial LTE testing
    by Published on 10-19-2010 12:37 AM
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    During Apple's financial earnings call today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs didn't mince words, offering a scathing opinion of Android vs. iOS.

    Watch the video below to hear what he has to say:



    Thoughts? Opinions? Is he right or wrong? Both? Sort of?

    Source: Neowin.net - Steve Jobs tears into Android on Apple's earnings call

    UPDATE - RIM, Google, and TweetDeck responses are below:

    "For those of us who live outside of Apple's distortion field, we know that 7" tablets will actually be a big portion of the market and we know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience. We also know that while Apple's attempt to control the ecosystem and maintain a closed platform may be good for Apple, developers want more options and customers want to fully access the overwhelming majority of web sites that use Flash. We think many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple. And by the way, RIM has achieved record shipments for five consecutive quarters and recently shared guidance of 13.8 - 14.4 million BlackBerry smartphones for the current quarter. Apple's preference to compare its September-ending quarter with RIM's August-ending quarter doesn't tell the whole story because it doesn't take into account that industry demand in September is typically stronger than summer months, nor does it explain why Apple only shipped 8.4 million devices in its prior quarter and whether Apple's Q4 results were padded by unfulfilled Q3 customer demand and channel orders. As usual, whether the subject is antennas, Flash or shipments, there is more to the story and sooner or later, even people inside the distortion field will begin to resent being told half a story."

    - Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion (RIM)
    From CrackBerry.com.

    the definition of open: "mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git://android.git.kernel.org/platform/manifest.git ; repo sync ; make"

    - Andy Rubin via Twitter
    Did we at any point say it was a nightmare developing on Android? Errr nope, no we didn't. It wasn't.
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    We only have 2 guys developing on Android TweetDeck so that shows how small an issue fragmentation is

    - TweetDeck CEO
    Sources: AndroidCentral.com | MacRumors.com
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