Archive for September, 2009

Congrats to our HowardForums Giveaway Winners!

Okay our giveaways are over (for now anyways). First off I want to thank our sponsors for the prizes:

HTC, Jawbone, T-Mobile, LG, RIM, Sandisk, Samsung, Virgin Mobile, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Motorola, TELUS, Rogers and Microsoft.

You guys rock!

I also want to congratulate our winners… you lucky devils!

stansjt      HTC Touch Pro
beyondthesmile     Jawbone Prime Bluetooth Headset
jalexand69       Jawbone Prime Bluetooth Headset
ckochkah    T-Mobile G1
stormtech    Jawbone Prime Bluetooth Headset
al_capone_x3    T-Mobile Sidekick LX
zefrench    LG Rumor
pdg        HTC Dream on Rogers
HDClown        Blackberry Bold AT&T
the.gosine    Blackberry Storm TELUS
motoraway    Sandisk 16GB SDHC
CutNAction    Sandisk 8GB SDHC w/reader
oZo        Sandisk 8GB SDHC w/reader
blkballoon925    Sandisk 16GB SDHC
redrazr7791    Sandisk 16GB SDHC
wnyzfinest    Sandisk 16GB SDHC
mred13        Sandisk 16GB SDHC
supapuffy    Samsung Omnia TELUS
Kazushi Erukima    Virgin Mobile BlackBerry Pearl Flip
PJnc284        Sony Ericsson c905
DonaldMick    Nokia n96
devadoll    Samsung Magnet
dubohio        Samsung Epix
vudugan        Motorola SD9 HD
griesr        Motorola MOTONAV GPS
evilbaby    Samsung Omnia Bell
Sil369        Samsung Vice
Underoath87    Motorola MOTOROKR S9-HD bluetooth stereo headphones
thumper80    Motorola H560 Bluetooth headset
rjbu        Motorola H690 BT HS
chaoss        Motorola H620 BT HS
D K N Y        Nokia BH701 BT HS
Eyecon82    Nokia BH804 BT HS
fonemaker    Nokia BH804 BT HS
Ltvscout    Samsung t349 on T-Mobile
tderosa65@sbcgl    Samsung Trance on Verizon
wellduh11    Samsung WEP850 BT HS
astatos    Sandisk 8GB microSDHC with reader
Dliquid1    Sandisk 8GB microSDHC with reader
baudboy    Sandisk 8GB microSDHC with reader
themobilekid    Sandisk 8GB microSDHC
nx2k        Blackberry Pearl on TELUS
ivwshane    XBox 360 with GTA 4

1 comment September 24th, 2009

My DLNA demo

Here’s my DLNA demo. If you don’t know what DLNA stands for check it out.

If you don’t feel like watching I use a Nokia N85 and Samsung Omnia to take some pictures. Then I get a DLNA enabled TV to grab photos from them without using a computer, TV out cables or memory card reader. The only thing connected to the TV is a network cable and power cable. The TV is a LCD LED edge lit Samsung UN55B8000 TV.

4 comments September 24th, 2009

Nokia N86 along with 6350, 2730 and 6750 coming to Canada


I just noticed that Nokia Canada is bringing the N86. I use a S60 powered N85 sometimes and I really like it. The N86 8MP has the N85′s OLED display plus it ups the processor speed from 369Mhz to 434Mhz (same as the N97) and the camera resolution from 5 to 8 megapixels. Nokia isn’t saying which carrier will have the N86…

The N86 comes in HSPA 850/1900/2100 and 900/1900/2100 varients so it’s safe to say the N86 won’t be available on Globalive. That leaves either Rogers, Bell or Telus.

Also coming are the Nokia 6350, 2730 and 6750.


The 6350 is a S40 powered clamshell phone  with 3G.


The 2730 is a S40 5th edition fp 1 candybar phone with 3G, a 3.5mm AV jack (so it has TV out?), and 3G. It’s got Quad band GSM with dual band 3G (850/1900) so it will either be on Rogers, Bell or Telus.


Finally the 6750 is a S40 6th edition powered clamshell phone with 850/1900/2100 3G. Again that frequency support suggests either Rogers, Bell or Telus.

1 comment September 24th, 2009

Rogers’ GRRF: Official Information

Our source at Rogers’ has forwarded us the internal memo regarding Rogers’ new GRRF (Government Regulatory Recovery Fee), so here are the official details regarding the new fee.

  • The fee is charged to “cover costs associated with standard operations, maintenance, and network upgrades”.
  • New activations and account migrations onto new plans will be SAF and 9-1-1 fee free.
    • These new plans will be launching October 5, 2009.
  • Like the System Access Fee and 9-1-1 Fee the Government Regulatory Recovery Fee will be charged on a per line, not per account basis.
  • Rogers is not required by the Canadian Government or any regulatory body to charge this fee.
  • Money collected by the GRRF will be put towards recovering the costs associated with:
    • 9-1-1 fees
    • spectrum acquisition
    • licensing charges
    • help subsidize telephone service in rural/remote areas

The rate of the GRRF depends on two factors: the province where you account originates from and what service you have with Rogers.

Province Voice Plans or voice & Data Combo Plans Mobile Hi-Speed Data Plans
(For Access Cards or Rocket Sticks)
Alberta $2.58 $2.46
British Columbia $2.58 $2.46
Manitoba $2.58 $2.46
New Brunswick $3.11 $2.46
Newfoundland / Labrador $3.46 $3.33
Nova Scotia $3.01 $2.46
Ontario $2.58 $2.46
Prince Edward Island $3.08 $2.46
Quebec $2.58 $2.46
Saskatchewan $2.96 $2.46


4 comments September 22nd, 2009

My Interview with the CEO of Globalive Anthony Lacavera

I recently had a chance to meet with Anthony Lacavera. Anthony is the CEO of Globalive, the company behind Wind Mobile, Canada’s newest mobile phone service provider. Check my interview out.

While Anthony wouldn’t really discuss their upcoming phone lineup I have some observations. First off Anthony is completely dependent on his Blackberry. He’s one of those guys who’s ‘berry spends more time in his hand than in his pocket (he’s a spiffy dresser so I don’t think he has a holster). I would be somewhat surprised if Wind didn’t launch with a Blackberry – probably the 9700 in their lineup. Secondly call it a hunch but I have a feeling the Galaxy – AKA the i7500, Samsung’s first Android with with an incredible AMOLED screen will also be there at launch.

5 comments September 22nd, 2009

Rogers changes SAF – but first you have to switch your plan

Starting Oct 5th new Rogers customers along with existing ones who migrate to new billing plans will get call forwarding, call manager and WhoCalled included with thier plans.

Instead of a $6.95 SAF customers will now see something called ‘Government Regulatory Recovery Fee’ . It varies based on the government fees where customers live. Apparently this isn’t really a new fee – Rogers is saying they’re just being more transparent about it now.

Rogers is saying that your total bill will remain about the same after these changes.

1 comment September 22nd, 2009

Samsung Omnia 2 Hands-on

Here’s the Omnia 2. It’s a HSPA, WinMo 6.5 powered phone with a 800Mhz processor, 16GB of built in RAM. There’s a 5 megapixel camera on the back, Samsung’s TouchWiz 2.0 UI and the most amazing 3.7 WVGA AMOLED display.

To be honest during the video I wasn’t paying very close attention because I was drooling all over the AMOLED display. It’s going to be hard to look at my non OLED display phones after this and not feel a little disappointed.

Besides the AMOLED display I was pretty impressed with TouchWiz 2.0. Samsung’s done a pretty impressive job customizing WinMo. I’m not quite as pleased that the navpad is replaced with this cube button. I’m sure it’s cool after first but I’m also sure everyone will find it kind of pointless. The lack of a stylus slow is also a disappointment.

The 800Mhz processor’s speed is very noticeable, particularly when compared with the Omnia i910′s (the previous one with a 400×240 display) 612Mhz processor.

Anyways it’s been a while since I’ve been this impressed with a WinMo device. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these again.

3 comments September 18th, 2009

Samsung’s Android powered Galaxy

Here’s the Samsung Galaxy. It’s their first Android powered phone. If you’re familiar with Android here’s very quick low down:

It’s a very generic Android implimentation (it’s cupcake) – It’s their first Android device so there’s no Samsung customization. I’m sure the next version will be more customized.

The 2 distinguishing features are it’s AMOLED display – it’s incredible. It also has a 5 megapixel camera on the back.

3 comments September 18th, 2009

Samsung Reclaim Hands-on

Here’s the Samsung Reclaim. With a name like reclaim you’d expect it to be made from recycled bottles or something like that. In fact the reclaim is made from bio plastic – it’s made from corn as opposed to plastic made from petroleum.

Anyways a more appropriate name for the Reclaim would be the ‘Samsung Easy to Reclaim’. Apparently 80% of the Reclaim can be recycled and some places can recycle up to 96% of it.

Bio plastic is nice thing but it doesn’t feel as solid as the plastic on Samsung’s other phones. Still, I wouldn’t say it feels really chintzy, it kind of reminds me of the Palm Pre’s plastic.

Feature-wise the Reclaim is similar to the Samsung Vice but in a different form factor. You get a feature phone QWERTY device with a 2 megapixel camera, memory card slot, etc. While Bell’s carrier interface looks okay it’s still a carrier interface – that’s generally a bad thing. For example the music player has no background play, if you want to listen to music while you check your messages you’re out of luck.

3 comments September 18th, 2009

Samsung Reclaim


Bell Mobility has launched the Samsung Reclaim and should be on sale in retail locations across the country.  The Reclaim is available in both Earth Green and Ocean Blue.

Made of 80% recyclable materials, the Samsung Reclaim is the perfect eco-friendly choice. And, with its 2.0 megapixel camera, and TV, music and GPS capabilities, you won’t have to sacrifice on functionality to help the environment.

3-year contract: $49.95
2-year contract: $99.95
1-year contract: $199.95
30-day/Prepaid: $219.95


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