Archive for May, 2009

Sony Ericsson c905 and w705 launching on Rogers

Both phones feature HSDPA 7.2 chipsets (good for tethering) plus WiFi (no UMA though) and a Memory stick M2 slot (no Micro SDHC support)


The c905 has a 8.1 megapixel autofocus camera with Xenon bulb flash plus face and smile detection. Pictures can be Geotagged.

Price is $249.99 on a 3 yr.


The w705 is a walkman phone that SE’s walkman music player along side the Rogers music app (I’d debrand it immediately unless you use the Rogers music store).

It has a really nifty Facebook app. I tried it a while back, basically you can see your Facebook contacts profile pictures form the standby screen. They’re arranged in order of who updated their status last. It also allows you to take a video and upload straight to youtube afterwards. No computer or special programs needed.

Finally the w705 is supposed to have better sounding audio. I’m not sure if this means a) a better headphone amp, b) better packaged headphones, c) better sound processing, d) all of the above, e) none of the above.

Price is $149.99 on a 3 yr.

Add comment May 28th, 2009

SkyFire browser out of Beta

If you have a S60 or WinMo 5 or 6 phone give the SkyFire browser a try.

I tried it a while back. Basically it’s a browser that has full flash support allowing you to visit sites like youtube, hulu, etc from your phone. It uses a proxy to speed up page  loading times plus it optimizes them for viewing on a smaller screen.

Get it here.

1 comment May 28th, 2009

Globalive plans leaked?


Here are some slides that are alleged Globalive’s launch plans posted by HowardForums member GlobalWireless7.

Some thoughts before the summary:

Slides are for Q2 2009
You can’t use your own hardware
Contracts are only 1 or 2 months
no additional charges for additional features like text, voice mail, etc
unlimited data is available with tethering as a $5 extra
no mention of any Blackberries (or iPhone)
4 Smartphones at launch:
Sidekick users rejoice as they will have the Sidekick LX. The rest of the Smartphones; Experia and HTC Magic/Dream will probably be available on Rogers already before they launch

Note the slides say Global Wireless. goes to a pager company in Cali, and are already taken as well.

Slide EXIF info says they were taken with a SE TM506, one of the launch phones. The EXIF has a comment: “Photos from GlobalWireless updated presentation.”

They seem to be going after power users as opposed to basic users. While not cheap the plans and extras are price very aggressively. The initial coverage maps are very aggressive.

Now for some speculation on my part. One of Globalive’s brands is Yak; a low cost, basic service. Perhaps Globalive will use Yak for prepaid, more basic service and Globalwireless as a higher end offering. Sort of like Telus/Koodo, Bell/Solo/Virgin and Rogers/Fido.

Here’s the Coles notes:

launching in Q4 2009/Q1 2010

14 handsets at launch including 4 Smartphones
some plans include unlimited talk and data
T-Mo USA roaming
some handsets will support HSDPA 10Mbps


Sony Ericsson TM506
7.2mbps, 3 colours (green, red, silver)
pricing 29.99, 99.99, 199.99 on 2yr contract, 1yr, no contract/prepaid

Nokia 5330 ExpressMusic
384kbs, in white or silver
59.99, 109.99, 207.79 on 2yr contract, 1yr, no contract/prepaid

Nokia 5730 XpressMusic
3.6mbps in red, blue, pink, white
49.99, 99.99, 179.99 on 2yr contract, 1yr, no contract/prepaid

Nokia 6700 Classic
10mbps with 5 megapixel camera

Sidekick LX 2009 (!!!!!!)

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 (note it’s spelled XPERA on the slide)
149.99, 249.99, 449.99  on 2yr contract, 1yr, no contract/prepaid

HTC Dream
129.99, 239.99, 429.99 on 2yr contract, 1yr, no contract/prepaid
pricing is hard to make out.

HTC Magic

$29.99, 350 minutes, unlimited evening, weekends, network calling and unlimited incoming.
$39.99, 650 minutes, unlimited evening, weekends, network calling and unlimited incoming.
$54.99 unlimited calling

Add ons:
$5 unlimited nights starting at 5pm
$8 unlimited mornings until 9am
$15 unlimited calling to the US

$10 unlimited email, unlimited IM, unlimited communities with 20MB of data
$23 2.5GB data, unlimited email
$40 unlimited data
$8 unlimited on device browsing
$5 for tethering
$10 100MB ‘global remote mobile storage’

$10 250 video calling minutes, 7 ringtones, 5 games
$10 unlimited walkie talkie, unlimited MMS
$15 unlimited video calling, walkie talkie, 12 ringtones, 8 games
$8 unlimited access to global TV
$7 unlimited access to global Radio and Video
$10 unlimited access to global media

Included services:
text messaging
voice mail
call display
name display
missed calls
text messaging (unlimited in every monthly plan)
call waiting
conference calling
call forwarding

$4 500 international SMS
$7 unlimited international SMS
$5 video mail

International calling:
$5 100 minutes to Asia
$10 280 minutes to Asia
$5 100 minutes to the Philippines
$10 300 minutes to the Philippines
$5 200 minutes to Eastern Europe
$10 350 minutes to Eastern Europe

US Roaming with T-Mmobile
$0.19 a minute
$0.05 per SMS
$0.40 per MB

$15/25/40 75/200/650 US roaming on T-Mo
$10 250 SMS on T-Mo
$19.99/29.99/59.99 for 50/250/1500MB data on T-Mo

SIM card costs
$0/19.99/29.99 contract/1 month contract/replacement

Note the coverage map:


Dark Blue – coverage in Q4 2009/Q1 2010
Light Blue Q4 2010/Q1 2011

please excuse any typos. I just got a new keyboard.

4 comments May 19th, 2009

BlackBerry Flip-Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile has officially launched the BlackBerry 8230 Pearl Flip.  The BlackBerry Pearl Flip is a 3G smart phone that features a 2 MP camera, BlackBerry GPS Navigation, media player, 128 MB internal memory, and BlackBerry messenger.  Virgin will only be selling the Black Pearl Flip at the following price points.

3-year: $0.00
2-year: $299.99
1-year: $349.99
30-day: $399.99

More at Virgin.


4 comments May 11th, 2009

BestBuy Exclusive-Blue LG Rumour

Virgin Mobile Canada has released a new color of its popular qwerty device-the LG Rumour.  The LG Rumour features a full qwerty keyboard, 1.3MP camera, bluetooth and is only 12.9mm thick.


The blue Rumour is only listed on the BestBuy website but is currently out of stock.  The blue Rumour is the same price as the the other three colors (white, black, and green) $129.99.


1 comment May 7th, 2009

Rogers to launch the Android powered HTC Dream and Magic next month


Here’s the press release:

Rogers Wireless today announced the exclusive Canadian launch in June 2009 of the HTC Dream(TM) and HTC Magic(TM) smartphones, the first cellphones in Canada powered by the Android platform, allowing for fast and easy access to a wide range of Google(TM) mobile services, including Google Search(TM), Google Maps(TM), Gmail(TM) and more.

“Who else but Rogers would be the first carrier to offer Canadians the first chance to join the mobile revolution with a choice of not one, but two, handsets powered by the Android platform?”, said John Boynton, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers Wireless. “The HTC Magic offers a responsive touch screen and the HTC Dream delivers both a touch screen and a slide out QWERTY keyboard. Both devices offer outstanding wireless internet search capabilities and a full suite of applications that run two times faster on Canada’s fastest mobile network.”

Rogers will release details of the launch soon. In the meantime, customers can sign up for more information at


HTC Magic page

HTC Dream page

Add comment May 7th, 2009

LG Xenon-Rogers


Featuring a 2.0MP camera, Bluetooth, built in MP3 player, and threaded text messages-the LG Xenon is the latest full QWERTY phone on the Rogers network.  The Xenon is currently shipping to retail location and should be up for sale in the coming days.

$79.99-3 year term
$129.99-2 year term

Thanks Treatz!


8 comments May 6th, 2009

Palm Pre Coming to Bell Mobility


Both Palm and Bell are confirming that the Palm Pre is on its way to Canada’s largest 3G network.  The Palm Pre the new Palm webOS, full touch screen interface, WI-FI, and a full QWERTY keyboard.


2 comments May 6th, 2009

Rogers to begin charging for incoming SMS

Starting July 7th, Rogers will begin charging for incoming SMS, for those who don’t have a  text messaging plan. The cost will be $0.15 a message.

So much for Rogers saying they’ll never charge for incoming SMS.

Fido users will still get free incoming.

32 comments May 5th, 2009




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