Mobile phone throwing championship comes to Canada

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Oct 042012
 

The sport of Mobile Phone Throwing is coming to Canada. Mobilicity will sponsor the 1st Annual Canadian Mobile Phone Throwing Championship that will take place in Toronto on Saturday, October 13th. Inspired by a similar event which took place recently in Finland, the event will give participants the chance to win the top prize of CA$5,000 and a Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone with a year of Mobilicity’s unlimited data, talk and text service. Second and third will walk away with a smartphone with Mobilicity’s unlimited service.

“It’s no secret that most Canadians have been frustrated for years about being locked into mobile phone contracts and paying the highest rates in the world, said Mobilicity’s Chief Customer Officer Anthony Booth. “At Mobilicity, we understand what Canadians have been going through and want to give them the unique opportunity to unleash their pent-up frustration and make history at the same time.”

Canadian Mobile Phone Throwing Championship

The current world record stands at 101.46 metres. It was set by Ere Karjalainen of Finland.

The event coincides with Waste Reduction Week in Canada (October 15th to 21st). Mobilicity will have recycling bins at the event for easy and safe recycling of mobile devices.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II coming to multiple Canadian carriers

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Sep 242012
 

Samsung Galaxy Note IIWhen Samsung Canada confirmed that the Galaxy Note II would be launched in Canada later this year, it did not provide any details as to who would off it. That changed today with a quick tweet revealing that a number of carriers are onboard to carry Samsung’s latest phablet.

“Samsung continues to innovate the GALAXY Note product family with the Samsung GALAXY Note II, which enables users to create content and share like never before,” said Paul Brannen, Vice President, Enterprise Business Solutions at Samsung Canada. “We are thrilled to work with our carrier partners to deliver a device that allows Canadians to maximize their productivity in the workplace and on-the-go.”

Carriers that will carry the Samsung Galaxy Note II are:

Still missing is specific availability and pricing details.

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Mobilicity launches HTC One S

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Sep 082012
 

HTC One SMobilicity today became the latest Canadian carrier to offer the HTC One S.

The HTC One S boasts a head-turning design with their thinnest phone yet. With beauty both inside and out, the new 4.3-inch Gorilla Glass display delivers a rich viewing experience like you’ve never seen before with world class durability. You’ll love the 8MP camera that captures every moment (even in low light) with crisp, vivid, beautiful photos. Plus, with Beats Audio you hear authentic, deep sound with true, finely-tuned details.

The only change this variant brings is the wireless bands it supports: 850/1700/1900/2100MHz for UMTS/HSPA and 850/900/1800/1900MHz for GPRS/EDGE.

Mobilicity is offering the HTC One S for CA$499.99 with no contract.

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Thousands switch to Mobilicity during National Break Your Wireless Contract Day weekend

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Jun 292012
 

MobilicityMobilicity yesterday declared its “National Break Your Wireless Contract Day” weekend sales event a success.

“Everyone at Mobilicity, from our dealer principals and part-time store staff to our team at head office wanted to personally thank Canada for making National Break Your Wireless Contract Day a big success,” said Mobilicity Chief Customer Officer Anthony Booth. “Thank you for your support and joining with us in proclaiming that Canadians deserve freedom and that wireless contracts put that freedom at risk.”

Mobilicity did not provide specific numbers to quantify its success, saying only that thousands had broken their contracts over the two day event.

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Mobilicity announces network expansion plans across Canada

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Jun 212012
 

MobilicityAfter announcing plans to upgrade its network to 4G HSPA+ later this year, Mobilicity today announced plans to extend its network into a number of new Canadian cities.

“We’ve spent the last year on network densification to provide a great network experience amidst tremendous growth in our existing service area,” said Mobilicity President and Chief Operating Officer Stewart Lyons. “Now it’s time to expand outward and bring Mobilicity’s smart, affordable wireless service to more Canadians than ever.”

West of Toronto, it plans to cover Milton, Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton. Coverage east of Toronto will extend to Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa. Ottawa will see expansion of its network into Barrhaven, Orléans and Cumberland.

Further west, it will extend its network within the Greater Vancouver Area to include White Rock, Pitt Meadows and the Richmond-Surrey commuter corridors. Edmonton’s coverage will expand to include the areas around St. Albert to the north and southward to the airport.

Specific timelines for these network extensions were not provided but all should soon be reflected on its coverage map.

Mobilicity today operates in Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver.

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Mobilicity wants “National Break Your Wireless Contract Day” as next National Holiday

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Jun 202012
 

MobilicityMobilicity today announced that it is looking to give Canadians another national day to be known as “National Break Your Wireless Contract Day.” On this day, Canadians would be able to “get out of their contracts without incurring unfair, punitive early contract termination fees.”

“We can’t get Canadians the day off yet, but we can give them $200 to help ease the sting of breaking their contracts,” said Mobilicity Chief Customer Officer Anthony Booth. “We are hopeful that National Break Your Wireless Contract Day is declared an official holiday to give Canadians the freedom and peace of mind they deserve.”

Mobilicity has made a formal submission to the Federal Government to declare this day a National Holiday. While we wait to see if we will soon have another holiday, Mobilicity will this weekend (June 23rd and June 24th) offer a CA$200 credit to anyone switching to Mobilicity and porting their number over.

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HTC Amaze 4G Android 4.0 upgrade now available for Mobilicity and WIND Mobile users

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Jun 152012
 

HTC Amaze 4GBoth Mobilicity and WIND Mobile have announced that Android 4.0 upgrades are available for the HTC Amaze 4G. The update also includes HTC Sense 3.6 rather than the newer HTC Sense 4 because “some aspects of Sense 4 require dedicated hardware, which is not available on all devices.”

As always, if you have not yet received it, you can check using Settings, select About phone > System updates > Check Now.

A similar upgrade for the TELUS version has been available since the beginning of June as well.

Read more: WIND Mobile (via Twitter) and Mobilicity (via Twitter)

Mobilicity to upgrade network to 4G HSPA+

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Jun 142012
 

MobilicityMobilicity today announced that it will upgrade its 3.5G network to 4G later this year. Once completed, customers will see enhanced data performance with peak download speeds of up to 21Mbps.

“We continue to invest in our network infrastructure as demand for our affordable, unlimited data service grows at an incredible rate,” said Mobilicity President and Chief Operating Officer Stewart Lyons. “Mobile broadband is the future; it already accounts for almost 90 percent of traffic on our network and we’re committed to providing a quality user experience.”

Specific timelines as to when 4G will be enabled were not provided today.

Mobilicity operates in Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver. It recently celebrated its two-year anniversary. Without disclosing any subscriber numbers, it said that it has “a growing number of customers on its unlimited network.”

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Mobilicity launches BlackBerry Curve 9320

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Jun 062012
 

RIM BlackBerry Curve 9320Mobilicity today announced the BlackBerry Curve 9320 smartphone, billed as “its most affordable BlackBerry smartphone yet.”

The BlackBerry Curve 9320 has everything you need to stay in touch with the people and things that matter most to them. With a dedicated BBM key, bringing the power of RIM’s popular mobile social network up in an instant, as well as the best keyboard in its class for quick and easy typing.

Mobilicity is launching the BlackBerry Curve 9320 for the introductory price of CA$149.99 “while supplies last.” The price will increase to CA$199.99 after that initial stock runs out.

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Nokia Lumia 710 now available from Mobilicity

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May 162012
 

Nokia Lumia 710The ‘coming soon’ label today came off the Nokia Lumia 710 at Mobilicity. It is the carrier’s first Windows Phone 7.5 device and promises Windows Phone users the chance to “lower their wireless costs through Mobilicity’s unlimited talk, text and data service.”

Mobilicity is offering the Nokia Lumia 710 for CA$249.99 with no contract.

Mobilicity today also launched a 4-day promotion (May 17th to 20th) offering 50% off all their regular rate plans for new activations. The offer is good for 12 months “while on preauthorized credit.”

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Mobilicity launches Samsung Galaxy Q

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May 102012
 

Samsung Galaxy QMobilicity today launched the Samsung Galaxy Q. An entry-level smartphone, it comes with an increasingly rare feature: a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Samsung Galaxy Q specifications:

  • Operating system: Google Android 2.3
  • Cellular connectivity: GSM/HSPA
  • Other connectivity: GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Display: 3.2-inch HVGA (320×480)
  • Input: Slide out QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen
  • Storage: 173MB onboard and microSD cards up to 32GB (2GB card included)
  • Rear-facing camera: 3.2MP with LED flash
  • Front-facing camera: None
  • Battery: 1,500mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 113.9 x 58.7 x 13.9 millimeters / 135 grams

One caution: The Samsung Galaxy Q does not figure currently in Samsung’s Android 4.0 upgrade plans. Don’t hold your breath for an upgrade.

Mobilicity is offering the Samsung Galaxy Q for CA$199.99 with no contract.

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Canadian carriers announce Samsung Galaxy S III availability details

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May 072012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIISamsung Canada had already promised that the Samsung Galaxy S III was coming to Canada sometime this summer. What was missing was a list of carriers that would offer it. That changed today with availability announcement by several carriers. Confirmed so far are the following:

Only TELUS has so far confirmed that it will carry the LTE dual-core processor version rather than the international quad-core version.

Specific pricing and availability details were not announced today but are expected “in the coming weeks.”

Mobilicity launches Samsung Galaxy S 4G and updated plans

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Apr 022012
 

MobilicityMobilicity today launched the Samsung Galaxy S 4G along with updated data plans. The Galaxy S 4G was quite the device when it came out nearly two years ago and remains a decent entry-level smartphone today.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz single-core
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.3
  • Cellular connectivity: Quad-band GSM and tri-band (AWS) UMTS/HSPA
  • Other connectivity: GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Display: 4-inch WVGA (800×480) SUPER AMOLED
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 512MB RAM
  • Storage: 8GB onboard and microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with 720p HD video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 1.3MP
  • Battery: 1650mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 122.5 x 64.57 x 9.99 millimeters / 118 grams

Mobilicity is offering the Samsung Galaxy S 4G for the introductory price of CA$299.99 “while supplies last” after which it will raise the price to CA$349.99.

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Canadian carriers respond to Industry Canada telecom announcement

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Mar 152012
 

After yesterday’s announcement by Industry Canada that foreign ownership rules for the telecom sector would be loosened up ahead of the 2013 700MHz spectrum auction, Canada’s carriers expressed their opinions. As expected, responses vary quite a bit.

MTS Allstream:
“This is a positive development for MTS Allstream and for Canadians and Canadian businesses,” said Pierre Blouin, Chief Executive Officer, MTS Allstream. “This announcement means more investment, better prices and more choice for Canadians. The Federal Government should be congratulated for its focus on strengthening the Canadian economy and its support for more investment in Canada’s telecommunications sector.”

WIND Mobile:
“The announcement creates the illusion that the government has gone all-in to create a competitive wireless landscape, when they’ve only done half the job,” said Anthony Lacavera, CEO of WIND Mobile. “Delivering on foreign ownership is only half of the equation. We’ve spent countless months telling the government that caps will destroy our ability to compete with the incumbents in the next auction, thereby crippling wireless competition in Canada.”

TELUS Mobility
“Radio spectrum is the building block of wireless broadband – essential to expanding access to education programmes, economic development opportunities, healthcare information and bridging the digital divide for rural communities,” said Darren Entwistle, TELUS president and CEO. “The rules established by Minister Paradis will allow all competitors to have fair and reasonable access to the critical 700 MHz spectrum in the upcoming auction. Ultimately, the wireless services built upon this spectrum will provide businesses, educators, students, health professionals and families with the tools they need to build strong, healthy and sustainable communities.”

On the topic of foreign ownership, Entwistle added: “TELUS is hopeful the changes to foreign ownership limits provided yesterday by the Government are a first step towards full liberalization of restrictions across the industry. We would encourage the Government to go beyond this initial step and work towards putting Canada’s telecom industry on an equal footing with our global trading partners.”

Mobilicity:
“The government has declared the Canadian consumer as the clear winner of this ongoing battle between new entrant and incumbent carriers,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Stewart Lyons. “Our position has always called for full set-asides of the 700 MHz spectrum for the new entrants; and while we recognize a compromise has been made, we are confident that competition will continue for the betterment of Canadian consumers.”

We’ll add responses from other carriers if they also issue press releases on this matter.

Source: Canada Newswire