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Rogers has always prided themselves on being at the forefront of innovation and new technology in the Canadian mobile industry, and are looking to solidify that reputation this year. Rogers has announced through their newly created site iwantmylte.ca that LTE services will launch in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Ottawa sometime this year. 25 other cities will also get the new network, though it will come in 2012.

The upcoming LTE network offers maximum download speeds of 150 Mbps, and max upload speeds of 70 Mbps. Rogers states "Everyone will be able to watch streaming movies and live HDTV on their mobile devices, with crisp picture and virtually no buffering or delays". Now the real question is, what sort of compatible devices can we expect?

No word yet on which cities will get LTE in 2012, but we'll keep you updated, so stay tuned!


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We know that Mobilicity is planning to launch in additional cities besides Toronto by the end of the year, though no specific dates have been reported as of yet. Thanks to a rumour circulating on the internet recently, it looks like they may be planning to launch in Edmonton in the coming weeks. While the rumour is a bit unconventional compared to most in the wireless industry, this tip-off comes from a Kijiji job posting, with a 3rd party promotional company seeking to hire employees for a "Mobilicity Launch Promotion", where the selected candidates would canvass the streets of Edmonton asking random people to share their "cell phone horror stories", all while dressed up in halloween costumes!

What do you think, is this just an early promotional technique being put in place by Mobilicity, or will the new-entrant expand into Edmonton sometime around Halloween? Let us know in the forums!


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IBwave has announced the launch of it's mobile application designed to capture building and network information on mobile handsets for use in improvement of in-building radio communications. The application will provide engineers and non-technical users with the ability to capture information such as photos, video, floor plans, etc for use in the planning and improvement process within the telecom industry.

The iBwave mobile application will allow wireless providers to monitor and improve interior network reception and quality in a cost-conscious way, in addition to offering compatibility with existing iBwave applications such as iBwave design and iBwave Field software.


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March is the month of security at Fido and Rogers, but an employee must?ve forgotten about it. A user by the name of FidoMarketing leaked this lineup for Q2. This includes leaks for both handsets and plans.

? BlackBerry Pearl 9100 ? May 4th
? LG GW300 ? April 13th
? Nokia 3710 ? May 18th
? Nokia X3 ? May 18th
? Novatel Wireless MC988DF 28.8mbps ? May
? Sony Ericsson Aspen ? June

In terms of plans, Fido UNO, Fido?s UMA service, will be discontinued as of June 1st. Subscribers will have their service grandfathered. Also, a new CarryOver Minutes plan (not available to City Fido or corporate customers) will be introduced which allows one to accumulate rollover minutes over 6 months.

Data plans will also get a bit of a change with news plans to compete with the industry?s new players

? $15 ? Unlimited Email and IM for Blackberry
? $15 ? 100MB/100MB BIS (retention only)
? $25 ? 500MB/500MB BIS
? $30 ? 1GB/1GB BIS
? $40 ? 2GB/2GB BIS
? $40 ? 3GB (rentention only)
? $50 ? 5GB
? Internet stick $50 ? 15GB (retention only)
? $80 ? 8GB
? $150 ? 15GB
All we need is to wait and see if this leak is official or not. Q2 is only a couple of weeks away?


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Finally a great quality QWERTY handset has come to Rogers? budget brand Fido. The Samsung Gravity T456 is a quad-band device, sporting a 1.3 megapixels camera with stereo Bluetooth capability and an expandable memory slot up to 4 GB. The stereo headset included in the box will come in handy when you?ll want to use the mp3 player. The Samsung T456 is available at Fido since March 16th. On a 2 year agreement, the Gravity retails for 25$, but if you want to go without being chained to Fido, you can go the monthly/prepaid way for 150$ If we compare this to the other low end QWERTY device from Fido, the LG Neon, it?s night and day. No random reboots, non responsive touch screen and buggy software. We can understand now why Samsung has the lowest defect rate in the industry.


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<< Supports Bell's strategy to accelerate wireless and leverage momentum in digital television, high-speed Internet and home phone services Adds more than 750 stores across Canada to Bell's national distribution network >>

MONTREAL, Quebec, March 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell today announced it has agreed to acquire national consumer electronics retailer The Source to further enhance the growth of Bell's wireless, digital TV, Internet and home phone services.

"The Source is a respected leader in consumer electronics retailing right across Canada. Its acquisition supports Bell's strategic imperatives to accelerate wireless and leverage momentum in wireline services like Bell TV, Bell Internet and Bell Home Phone," said George Cope, President and CEO of Bell and BCE.

"With its strong national presence, brand, and management team, acquiring The Source represents a competitive and cost-effective approach to ensuring Bell's leadership in delivering the best communications products to Canadians," Mr. Cope said. "Expanding the number of places people can buy Bell products is a core element in the execution of Bell's strategy to achieve our goal: To be recognized by customers as Canada's leading communications company."

In addition to its extensive lineup of consumer electronics products, The Source plans to carry the full array of Bell consumer services at its more than 750 stores across Canada, including Bell Mobility, Solo Mobile and potentially Virgin Mobile wireless products and services, Bell TV's industry-leading High Definition television services, high-speed Bell Internet, and Bell Home Phone products, by January 2010.

The Source will continue to operate independently from Bell following its acquisition and will maintain its well-known national brand, broad range of communications, computing and audio products, and its seasoned management team to be led by Ron Cuthbertson, a respected 30-year retail veteran and most recently President of The Source.

"The Source's new relationship with Bell will make the most of the combined strengths of both organizations in terms of products, service and national brand strength," said Mr. Cuthbertson. "Combining Bell's industry-leading roster of communications services with the brand, distribution presence, and consumer retailing expertise of The Source will contribute positively to the long-term growth of both businesses going forward."

The Source has a track record of profitability over the past seven years. LTM (latest twelve month) revenue as of December 31, 2008 was approximately $643 million while LTM EBITDA(1) (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) was approximately $27 million for the same period.

The acquisition of The Source and its more than 750 retail stores, most of them in high-traffic mall locations, is a faster and more cost-effective approach to increasing Bell's national distribution footprint than building out new retail locations. More than 70% of Canadians live within five kilometres of stores operated or licensed by The Source, and more than 80 million technology-savvy consumers shop at The Source each year.

Bell is acquiring substantially all of the assets of The Source, which was acquired by Circuit City Stores, Inc. in March 2004. On November 10, 2008, Circuit City and certain of its U.S. subsidiaries voluntarily commenced bankruptcy proceedings under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code and The Source commenced a voluntary proceeding under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). Bell is acquiring The Source pursuant to the court monitored sale process being managed by NM Rothschild & Sons Canada Ltd. in connection with the proceedings under the CCAA.

Subject to court approval and other customary conditions to closing, the transaction is expected to close in Q3 2009. Due to the nature of the sale process and at the request of The Source, Bell does not expect to disclose the purchase price until after the completion of the transaction.


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The president of Rogers is death today; we will copy the Press Release of Rogers.

Transmitted by CNW Group on : December 2, 2008 06:14
Rogers Communications mourns passing of Founder and CEO Ted Rogers

Visionary business icon, philanthropist, family man and proud Canadian
TORONTO, Dec. 2 /CNW/ - It is with great sadness that the Board of Directors of Rogers Communications Inc. announces the death of our colleague, leader and friend, Edward Samuel "Ted" Rogers, the founder of the company, a visionary communications industry pioneer and an icon in Canadian business. He was 75. Mr. Rogers, known for his indefatigable drive, built Rogers Communications into a Canadian and North American leader in wireless telecommunications, cable television, broadcasting, publishing and more. Mr. Rogers' name is synonymous with innovative, high-quality communications products across Canada, products that improved and simplified the everyday lives of Canadians. "We wish to express our deepest sympathy to Loretta and all of the Rogers family for this loss," said Alan Horn, Chairman of Rogers Communications and acting CEO. "Ted Rogers was one of a kind who built this company from one FM radio station into Canada's largest wireless, cable and media company. A leader also in giving to the community through his and Loretta's many philanthropic initiatives. He will be sadly missed." Phil Lind, Rogers Vice-Chairman, worked alongside Mr. Rogers for almost 40 years. "Our sincerest condolences to Loretta, the children and the grandchildren. He will be missed by so many. Though Ted was relentless in business and building this company over the years, he was also very much a family man. His impact on family, community and country was as impressive as his business success," Mr. Lind said. Mr. Rogers, who suffered from congestive heart failure, saw his health weaken over the past few years. He was surrounded by loved ones when he died at his home in Toronto. Mr. Rogers' successor as Chief Executive Officer will be addressed by the Rogers Communications Inc. Board of Directors which intends to form a special committee to lead a search considering internal and external candidates. In the meantime, Alan Horn, Chairman of Rogers Communications Inc., will continue to serve as acting Chief Executive Officer and lead the company's office of the president. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the family.


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Industry Canada, Jim Printice, approved the BCE take by Teachers, Providence, Madison Dearborn and Merril Lynch, under certain condition. This is the last step for BCE sales. BCE think the transaction will finished before the end of the second trimester.


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XM Canada have announced few minutes ago, thay have achieves 400 000 subscriber in Canada after 2 years of starting this radio.

"An increasing proportion of our subscriber base is coming from our rapidly growing automotive channel, which is a key segment for long-term success in our industry," said Michael Moskowitz, President and Chief Executive Officer of XM Canada. "In addition to strong growth in automotive, we continued to gain momentum this quarter in retail sales due to our NHL exclusivity, strategic partnerships and strong Canadian consumer appetite for satellite radio during the holiday season. This is a pivotal year for XM Canada and we are confident our subscriber growth will continue to accelerate, enabling the company to achieve positive cash flow as early as the fourth quarter of 2008."


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The Conservative government recently announced by the voice of the Federal Minister of Industry Jim Prentice that bid for new cellular frequencies will be in may. Surroundings 105 megahertz will be available to provide more bandwidth to run multimedia applications more and more present, as video telephony. As it is 105 megahertz, about 40 megahertz is reserved for the new player so that the three operators are present as Bell, Rogers and Telus buy all new frequencies. This decision, which is likely to be challenged by several companies, should be beneficial for consumers Canadian who pays too much for device and their cellular plan.


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