Oct 202011
 

BlackBerry Bold 9900As promised, WIND Mobile today launched the BlackBerry Bold 9900.

The thinnest-ever BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone is beautifully built to combine the iconic BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard with a brilliant, 24-bit high-res touch screen.

More BlackBerry devices are also coming to WIND Mobile in the near future. Both the BlackBerry Curve 9360 and the BlackBerry Torch 9810 have been announced (along with some non-BlackBerry devices).

WIND Mobile is offering the BlackBerry Bold 9900 for CA$169 on the WINDTab+ or CA$569 without.

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Sep 142011
 

WIND MobileWIND Mobile could unveil as early as tomorrow new data plans that offer unlimited data to customers for short, temporary periods of time. Unlike plans where you sign up for a month, the new Pay Your Way data plans target customers who have low daily usage but need it for a specific small period of time.

According to a leaked internal document obtained by The Cellular Guru, WIND Mobile will offer two Pay Your Way plans:

  • CA$0.20 for 6 minutes of unlimited Internet
  • CA$2.00 for 60 minutes of unlimited Internet
  • Each plan has a daily maximum of CA$5

The plans are clearly intended for occasional users and do not make sense for anyone who uses data daily. At CA$5 per day, your monthly rate would be CA$150, far more than WIND Mobile’s CA$29 Infinite Laptop plan.

These new plans will be limited to mobile internet stick or hotspot users.

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A look back on the past week

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Aug 212011
 

What a week to go away on vacation. I had barely sunk my toes in warm sand that Google announced it would buy Motorola. And the shakeups did not stop there. Only days later, HP dropped a surprise of its own, essentially giving up on webOS some 16 months after buying Palm. Just in case you were on holidays last week like I was, here is a short recap of some of the top stories:

Google acquires Motorola for US$12.5 billion
The Motorola acquisition will allow Google to “supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing.” Motorola Mobility will remain an Android licensee and will be run as a separate business. With the acquisition, expected to close in late 2011 or early 2012, Google gains over 15,000 patents (issued and pending) that it can use in its lawsuits with Apple and Oracle (among others).

WIND Mobile goes live in Kitchener-Waterloo and announces HSPA+ plans
As expected, WIND Mobile launched in Kitchener-Waterloo, its sixth latest WIND Zone. It also announced plans to expand this WIND Zone to Cambridge and Guelph in the coming weeks. It also announced that it was beginning to roll out network upgrades to support HSPA+ (up to 21.1Mbps).

HP halts webOS device development

HP announced announced that it was getting out of the webOS hardware business, a move that affects its TouchPad and webOS smartphones. According to HP, “The devices have not met internal milestones and financial targets. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.” Instead, it will “explore the options for webOS in today’s marketplace.” I have a feeling that we won’t be hearing much more about webOS.

HP will also refocus itself on “cloud, solutions and software with an emphasis on enterprise, commercial and government markets.” This could lead to the spin-off of its Personal Systems Group (PSG) business.

Fido launches Sony Ericsson Xperia pro

Fido became the first carrier this week to launch the Sony Ericsson Xperia pro. Powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and Google Android 2.3, it comes with GSM/HSPA connectivity, a 3.7-inch display, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, 512MB RAM, support for microSD cards up to 32GB, an 8MP camera, and an HDMI port. It measures 120 by 57 by 13.5 millimeters and weighs 142 grams.

Fido is offering the Sony Ericsson Xperia pro for CA$50 with a three-year contract or CA$350 without a contract.

If my Internet connection stops giving me trouble, I’ll add a few more stories later today.

Jun 032010
 

WIND Mobile

As it had announced days ago, WIND Mobile today launched its wireless network in Vancouver and opened its first doors in its fifth Home Zone.

Vancouverites have told us they’re ready for wireless service that’s free of contracts, limits, system access fees, high prices, poor service and legacy technology… They’re ready for WIND.

WIND Mobile coverage for Vancouver

During the media event for the launch, WIND Mobile confirmed that it is planning to offer Android phones in the future. There are no details on which devices or when we could see them though. They also confirmed that they will not offer data plans for the Apple iPad given that it does not support AWS.

If you want to get sign up with WIND in Vancouver, you can visit one of its ten Vancouver stores, including several Blockbusters that will have WIND kiosks.

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Aug 212009
 

WIND Mobile

WIND Mobile, the new carrier to be launched by Globalive, has taken another step forward with its first cross-Canada call. The call was made between employees in Toronto and Vancouver.

Abid Nawab in Toronto called Carol Jarnagin in Vancouver. The first words on our network were Abid saying, “Hi! Can you hear me?…"

WIND Mobile is scheduled to launch in key Canadian cities in late 2009.

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Aug 102009
 

WIND

Globalive announced the brand identity of our new wireless company: WIND. To go with the new branding, a new site has been launched at www.windmobile.ca.

Why WIND?
In major European markets like Italy and Greece, WIND is an established name, known as a market challenger; and that’s exactly what we’re here to do – challenge the tightly-knit Canadian wireless market. We are leveraging the experience of this established brand and combining it with a unique look and feel and customized offering for Canadians.

There are no details yet on plans and devices but we can expect those details in the not too distant future as WIND will launch in key Canadian cities in late 2009.

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