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Today we’re very excited to let you know that we’ve rolled out a major revision of Cell Phones Etc.. This is technically the 3rd major release in our history, but it represents the first since bringing together a small, extremely dedicated team to work on the site full-time.
Together, we’ve rebuilt things from the ground up, top-to-bottom, front-to-back….and we think you’ll agree it’s:
Sexier: thanks to a lovingly overhauled design and user interface
Faster: thanks to cleaner, more beautiful code and a shiny new set of servers
Richer: thanks to our largest, most detailed database of phones and plans ever
Better: thanks to things like the handy new filters you’ll find in the comparison tools (yes! you can finally search phones by operating system)
Everyone here is working extremely hard to create the Web’s most helpful mobile phone guide. We hope you’ll agree this is a step in the right direction. As always, we’d love your feedback.
That’s it for now, but we’ll be pushing out features on a regular basis and tweaking often so stay tuned for some more announcements soon!
Sometimes the truth is ugly. And..in terms of ugliness, our aging specs database was, behind the scenes, as ugly as O’Donnell vs. O’Reilly. No longer. Today we bring good news.
We’ve scrubbed our data to its bones, got strict with structure and toiled away to denormalize things. What does that all mean? Basically, it means faster, more accurate specifications.
The most exciting part, beyond all the technical rattle, is that we’ve added 41 brand new bits of information about each phone. You’ll now find details on GPS types, Bluetooth protocols, Wi-Fi support and much more.
Delivering you the most comprehensive and accurate phone specs out there is pretty darn exciting for us geeks. Today, we believe we got close but…we’re not done yet.
Today we’re announcing more. More expert reviews in our collection (about 1,000 new summaries) and more buying options for Canadians, including thousands of choices from eBay. And…umm…yes….more to come.
Lots of you have been asking us to include more cell phone carriers in our cell plan comparison tool. Today we began to respond.
You can now compare the rates of SpeakOut, PC Mobile and Petro Canada alongside the other major carriers. Regional carriers such as SaskTel Mobility and US carriers are also on our to-do list.
More choice is a good thing. We hear you.
Alex rolled another small function live this morning. It’s a pretty simple yet useful feature we should have had long ago - the ability to adjust the number of phones or plans returned on one page. By default we’re serving up 20 results per page. If your bandwidth or patience for scrolling is running thin, you can slim it down to 10. If you’re sporting a quick connection and you’re handy with the scroll wheel you can crank it up to 30. Hopefully there is something in there to suit everyone.
We’ve been working hard to get more and more reviews for each and every phone. Reviews from users just like you as well as reviews from the pros - all pulled together into one spot. Response to this has been good but many of you have let us know that all this selection has made it hard to find the reviews that you really needed.
Today we hope that we’ve moved one step closer to addressing some of those concerns. We’ve just rolled live the ability to sort reviews by freshness, rating and helpfulness (as voted on by visitors).
Check out the iPhone 3G ratings as an example.
In the future we hope to turn out some other neat ways to find the reviews that are relevant to your needs. Stay tuned.
Consumer commando Ellen Roseman of the Toronto Star looks at low-cost cell plans in today’s paper. In her column, Ellen discusses new competition coming to Canada thanks to last year’s wireless auction.
She mentions Public Mobile, set to launch this fall with $40 plans, Globalive’s similar offering and other potential entrants including DAVE, Novus, Videotron, Shaw and EastLink. Ellen’s advice? “Better deals await you, so don’t lock in a long-term rate now.”
Technology reporter Paul Brent of CTV News in Ottawa is doing a 3 part series on cell phones. As part of the series, Paul dropped some questions our way about the future of wireless in Canada and how you can save money.
In a recent article titled “Cellphone extras add up quickly”, Tim Lai of the Vancouver Sun investigated what consumers should be aware of when shopping for a new cell phone plan or looking to improve their existing service.
It’s a quick read with some good tips including a couple offered up by us. Thanks to Tim and the Sun for getting in touch and featuring CellPhones.ca in the article.
“Most of us have learned what to avoid by trial and error. You might have three or four cellphones in your family. So, it’s likely you have tried a number of different providers. And, each service provider offers a multitude of plans. If you check out the excellent website cellphones.ca you’ll find 207 plans available in the Hamilton/Burlington area.”
TechVibes recently hooked up with comScore to “get some real data” behind their Canadian startup index. Using comScore data, Cell Phones etc. moves into 10th place in Canada just behind TravelPod.com.
What today brings is some design changes. We’ve revamped our main cell phone news page, moving away from your typical blog layout in favor of 3-column format more reminiscent of a newspaper site.
You’ll also find recent discussions in the sidebar, related stories on individual post pages and a better archive that allows you to browse stories by category and date.
Why the change? Well..first off we hope this will make it easier to browse through stories and pick the ones of interest to you - less scrolling.
The other reason is that as of today we’re renewing our editorial focus. The aim is less regurgitation and more in-depth articles, commentary and reviews.
Hope you like it!
Last week we upgraded some hardware in an attempt to give our site a bit of a boost. Seems it worked. According to our monitoring service, the awfully handy Pingdom, we’ve scored a 30-40% improvement in response times.
Same host - newer, better hardware.
If you’ve been trucking along on the same server for a while now, it may be time to give your host a ring and ask to be moved onto a something a little shinier.
Hopefully none of you noticed, but we experienced a minute or two of scheduled downtime over the past 48 hours as we moved our site over onto some newer, more robust servers. As a small company with a limited budget, we try and improve site response times as much as we can with smart coding practices. Nevertheless, the time had come to throw some new hardware at the site and we’re happy to say that things are much spunkier as a result. Thanks to MediaTemple, purveyors of superb webhosting, for their assistance in this area.
In addition, Alex performed a number of software upgrades. He’s done a great job as our technical architect and we’re feeling confident about what we’ve got under the hood.
Here’s a few of the pieces in our kit:
- Low Latency DNS (DNSMadeEasy)
- PHP 5.2
- Symfony development framework
- AJAX jQuery library
- YUI library
- lighttpd web server
- eAccelerator bytecode cache
- various firewall and code security plugins
Canadian technology website TechVibes (recommended reading) has included us in their Start-Up Index for the province of Alberta. The index ranks Alberta tech start-ups based on an average of Alexa and Compete traffic ratings.
For June 2008 Cell Phones etc. is sitting at #4. We’re pretty darn happy about that. Thanks as always to our loyal visitors!
It’s official. We’ve hooked up with NetShelter. In doing so, they’ve become our exclusive ad sales partner, responsible for all of the advertsing slots on the site.
NetShelter is an experienced bunch who focus 100% on technology websites and we’re very excited to be joining exclusive company like HowardForums and PhoneScoop in their “Mobile Group”.
What it means
It means we can concentrate on the things that matter…improving the site and continuing to turn out new features.
What it doesn’t mean
It doesn’t mean annoying “punch the monkey” ads and pop-ups. We promise! Our committment remains to deliver unbiased information, keep things clutter-free and only serve ads that you might find interesting.
If you have any feedback about the ads you see please contact us. If you’d like to inquire about advertising/sponsorship opportunities please get in touch with our account manager:
Head of Agency Relations
Phone: (905) 764-7139 Ext. 222
Fax: (905) 764-9470
Welcome to the Cell Phones Etc. blog! Yep. Our very own blog. Here we’ll keep you up to date on the latest news about the site.
As always we welcome your feedback!
The newest iteration of Apple's mobile operating system will be 'black, white, and flat all over,' 9to5mac’s Mark Gurman reported, citing unnamed sources. This refers to the dropping of heavy textures and the addition of several new black and white user interface elements. Apple is expected to unveil a completely-revamped iOS 7 at its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 10th to 14th. Previous reports have said that Jonathan Ive, Apple's SVP of Industrial Design, is working on drastic changes to apps and functions that have been largely unchanged since 2007.
What Else You Need To Know:
- Jonathan Ive took on an interface design role with iOS following the departure of iOS architect Scott Forstall in late 2012.
- A report says that the new iOS will deeply integrate more social media features, including Flickr and VImeo.
Best Buy starting Sunday will sell Apple's iPhone at $50 less. As part of a four-week promotion, the U.S. retailer is cutting the price of the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. Users who buy the iPhone 5 on a two-year contract on any of the carriers will only have to pay $149 for the 16GB model. The iPhone 4S's price tag was cut to $99 following the launch of the iPhone 5, and now Best Buy's discount will bring its costs down to just $49. Best Buy is also doing promotions over Memorial Day on several popular, but older, Android models.
What Else You Need To Know:
- From May 26 to June 1, Best Buy is selling Samsung's Galaxy S III for $49 on AT&T or Sprint, a $50 price cut.
- Best Buy is offering the HTC Droid DNA for Verizon for $49 ($150 savings) and the HTC One X on AT&T for free (a $100 price cut.)
HTC has sold five million units of their new flagship smartphone, the HTC One, since launch in March. Although those figures won't match the sales numbers posted by rivals Apple and Samsung, the feat is still impressive given the Taiwanese device-maker's recent woes. The HTC One has been facing production issues, causing limited availability in some parts of the world. HTC also recently lost several senior executives, including Chief Product Officer Kouji Kodera and Asia CEO Lennard Hoornik, following dismal first quarter results. An unnamed HTC executive told the Wall Street Journal, "Orders are pretty good so far and are still more than what we can supply. This is partly due to the shortage of components. When the issue is resolved next month, we will have a better idea if it's doing really well or not."
What Else You Need To Know:
- The HTC One features a 4-MP "ultrapixel" camera that gathers 300 percent more light, a Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.7GHz, and a Sense 5.0 interface over the Android 4.1 operating system.
- The HTC One is slated to be released in 80 countries but the roll-out has been delayed due to supply issues with the ultrapixel camera components.
- Apple's iPhone 5 reached the 5-million-units milestone after the first three days of release while Samsung's Galaxy S4 reached those figures in less than two weeks.
Apple has confirmed that the keynote address to the 2013 edition of its Worldwide Developers Conference is slated for Monday, June 10th, the first day of the conference. The conference will take place June 10th to 14th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. Apple's expected to showcase new versions of its operating systems for mobile devices (iOS 7) and Macs (OS X 10.9). If Apple upholds tradition, the CEO, now Tim Cook, will kick off the show and will bring out Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi, and Eddy Cue for updates on hardware, software, and services, respectively.
What Else You Need To Know:
- Aside from the upcoming iterations of the iPad and the iPhone, there are rumors and reports circulating that Apple's working on a completely-revamped interface for iOS, a smartwatch, Apple TV and a new music streaming service similar to Spotify.
- WWDC tickets went on sale for $1,599 each on April 25th and were quickly sold out.
- Apple typically releases a beta of the new version of iOS soon after the Keynote ends.
Samsung Electronics reported global channel sales of more than 10 million units of the Galaxy S4 in less than a month after its global launch. The latest entry in the Galaxy S series, which is packaged to rival Apple's iPhone, is the fastest selling smartphone in Samsung's history. The S4 was officially launched on April 27 in 60 countries. Due to unexpected high demand, the Galaxy S4 had to overcome inventory issues that disrupted its rollout with U.S. carriers Sprint and T-Mobile.
What Else You Need To Know:
- Shipments of the Galaxy S3 only reached the 10-million mark 50 days after launch, while the Galaxy S2 took five months to reach the same milestone.
- Now available in more than 110 countries, the S4 will eventually be sold in over a total of 155 countries in partnership with 327 operators.
- The S4 features a 5-inch Super OLED screen with a whopping 441 ppi resolution, 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU (U.S. version) or eight-core Samsung Exynos 1.6GHz CPU (international version), 2GB of RAM, a removable 2600 mAh battery, 13MP and 2MP cameras, NFC, 4G, and Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1 with Samsung's TouchWiz user interface and "Smart" software.
- The S4 currently in shelves are available only in two color variants, Black Mist and White Frost, but Samsung is releasing this summer S4 variants in new colors including Blue Arctic and Red Aurora, followed by Purple Mirage and Brown Autumn.
If you don’t like the default Android keyboard, there are plenty of different options that you can choose from.
There’s no use in having all of these different options, however, if you can’t install the keyboard onto your Android device. Not sure how? Not to fear, all you have to do is follow these 5 easy steps. You'll be trying out an alternative keyboard in no time!
Find Your Preferred Keyboard in Google Play.
Go to to Google Play store and look for the different types of keyboards. Find the one you want to try and then download and install the app.
Go to the Language and Keyboard Setting
Do NOT open up your keyboard app. Instead go to Menu>Settings and then scroll down to the language and keyboard section and open that. Scroll down and you’ll see a section for the Keyboard Settings containing all of the keyboards that you have installed.
Choose Your Keyboard
In the Keyboard Settings, you’ll notice that the keyboard you downloaded is not checked off. Check off the keyboard you wish to use. You will then receive a notice that choosing the keyboard could log your keystrokes.
Choose Keyboard Settings
Each keyboard will have slightly different settings, however most give you the option of choosing the input language, sound, settings and voice input keys, auto correction and advanced settings. Choose the settings that you want.
Go to any text field and long press the field. This will pop different actions, one of which is input method. Press that and you will get a list of all the active keyboards you can use. Click on the one that you want to use and you have activated your new keyboard.
It may take some time to find the right keyboard to suit your needs, but installing and activating it doesn’t have to be a hassle.
Once you already have the keyboards installed properly you can easily switch back and forth between each one by simply going to the input method and choosing the keyboard you want.
Not sure which to choose? Check out our round-up of the 5 best alternative keyboards for Android.
Want to update the look and feel of your Android homescreen? Well it’s a whole lot easier than you might think. All you need to do is change your Android launcher.
What is an Android launcher you might ask?
The launcher is the name given to the part of the Android’s user interface that allows you to customize your homescreen, launch apps, make calls and perform other tasks.
While all Android devices come with their default launcher, there are plenty of different themes that you can choose from in the Google Play store.
Let's take a look at how you can change your own homescreen.
Find Your Preferred Launcher in Google Play.
Go to to Google Play store and look for the Launcher that you would like. Most of these downloads should give you an idea of what they can offer.
Install Your Launcher.
Once you have chosen the launcher tap Install. Note: you will need to accept the permissions of the app you are installing.
Tap the Home button.
This will bring up a list of all of the launchers available on your device. Choose the launcher that you have just downloaded and then tap Always. The new launcher will take over your homescreen.
Customize Your Launcher Settings.
In many launchers you can access the Settings section by long pressing on the desktop. For other launchers you can access the settings by pressing the Menu button. In the Launcher settings you can choose from the different submenus to change the appearance of your desktop, configure the icons to rotate along with your device and so forth.
Choose Your Theme.
Go back to the Google Play store and download themes that work with your Launcher. Some themes work with multiple launchers. Just make sure that the one that you download is compatible. To activate your theme go to your launcher settings and choose the theme that you downloaded then press apply.
If you get tired of your launcher you can also download and activate a new one. Before you install a new launcher however, you will have to either uninstall the current one or clear the defaults on your previous one. To do this go to the app menu in Settings and choose the current launcher. Press Clear defaults. When you tap Home you will be prompted to choose a new launcher.
There’s no end to the customization available for Android devices and then best part is that you don’t have to pay anything to get a new UI. There are plenty of free themes and launchers available, though if you want to fork over money there are plenty of paid options as well.
You can change your launcher as often as you like so try out as many different ones as you want until you find the right one.
LG has introduced its first high-end waterproof handset, called Optimus GJ. Its IPX7 certification means it can stay underwater at depths of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. The Android-running Optimus GJ is slightly larger and thicker than original Optimus G and features a 4.7 inch IPS HD display13MP rear camera, quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, MicroSD card slot, and a 2,280 mAh battery. The device will be available in Taiwan starting June for US$600 but there's no word on a release date outside Asia.
What Else You Need To Know:
- Rival Sony started the bandwagon with the Xperia Z.
- Samsung is also set to introduce a waterproof version of its Galaxy S4 flagship in the coming weeks.
Apple submitted court filings seeking to add the recently released Samsung Galaxy S4 to a US patent lawsuit. Apple claims that after analyzing the three Galaxy S4 units it bought from Sprint, Verizon and AT&T, it found the same infringing features that it found on the other phones named in the lawsuit. Two of the five patents identified cover technologies for Siri, the virtual personal assistant in iPhones. Apple claims that the Galaxy S4 and the Google Now search app incorporated to the device violate U.S. Patent 8,086,604, and U.S. Patent 6,846,959 relating to a "universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system."
What Else You Need To Know:
- The three other patents identified by Apple are a patent for "performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data," one for "asynchronous data synchronization amongst devices," and one for autofill in text fields based on past inputs.
- Trial is expected to begin in early 2014 before Judge Lucy Koh in California.
Samsung has made a $48 million investment in fellow South Korean firm Pantech in return for a 10 percent stake. Samsung is the world's top seller of smartphones and mobile phones. Smaller company Pantech is Korea's No. 3 phone maker and is producing branded mobile phones for Verizon and AT&T in the U.S. The deal is expected to result in a tightened collaboration between the two companies in smartphone design and other areas.
What Else You Need To Know:
- Last year, Pantech spent more than $200 million buying electronics and components from Samsung affiliated businesses to order to build its devices.
- Pantech has been struggling with debt and previously signed a deal to convert $75 million of royalty debt owed to chipmaker Qualcomm into equity.
- Samsung will become the third-largest stakeholder, following Qualcomm (11.96 percent) and Korea's Development Bank (11.81 percent).
- The $48 million is just a small piece of Samsung's cash hoard, which was around $28.5 billion as of the end of March.