I cannot say that I haven’t had those moments when I really want to watch a movie hands-free. It has happened before, and most recently happened in the plane last week. I was really craving a movie, but I, being me, had forgot to bring one of my many stands
Bad news today for our international readers looking to get their hands on an iPad. Apple has posted that pre-orders for the iPad have been delayed until May. According to the iPad site for Canada, the UK, and other countries outside the US, pre-ordering will begin on May 10 with shipping set for "Late May." There's still no word on actual pricing other than the vague, "Unbelievable price."
Thanks to James for the tip.
According to iPad in Canada, Apple has told its Canada Apple Store employees that April 24 is a black out date, meaning no employees are allowed to request this day off, fueling the rumor that April 24 will be the launch day for the iPad in Canada. Apple typically only enforces a black out date when something big is happening. If history repeats itself, Apple could allow Canadians to pre-order the iPad as early as Friday, three weeks before the rumored 24th launch day — the same as the U.S. pre-order and launch schedule.
Canadian iPhone carrier Rogers Wireless announced some changes to the way existing users can upgrade their devices that they hope will give them an edge over their competitors. Starting now, they will be giving new-customer prices to all users after two years, and will give them a "faster route" for some devices. “Rogers customers will now be eligible for the same pricing as new customers on all devices at 24 months since initial activation or last upgrade,” the company stated.
Rogers Wireless announced today that they are extending their promotional offering of free tethering included with plans that include at least 1GB of monthly data for devices that are capable of tethering to a computer to share it's data connection, including the iPhone. The deal was set to expire at the end of this year, but has now been extended to end May 3rd, 2010.
Virgin Mobile's Canadian division will soon carry the iPhone, according to an announcement delivered today. The company has currently revealed few details, except that it will sell both the 3G and 3GS models and that a launch should happen sometime "in the coming months." The device will also be the carrier's first HSPA-based phone, possible through an upgraded Bell cellular network.
Canadian wireless carrier revealed on Monday that both its HSPA+ network and its iPhone launch will kick off on November 5th and has provided device pricing for its version of the Apple handset. Per Electronista, pricing will match the Rogers version and see 16GB and 32GB iPhone 3GS units cost $200 and $300 respectively on three-year contracts. Contract-free versions will sell for $700 and $800. The 8GB iPhone 3G will sell for $100 on contract or $600 contract-free.
Last week, Canadian wireless carriers Bell and Telus announced that they would be offering the iPhone to customers. At the time details were scarce, but this week more information is available. Per Electronista, sources report that Bell will get the iPhone 3G and 3GS on November 4th, just as their HSPA-based 3G network goes live.
Canadian wireless carrier Bell should start carrying Apple's iPhone handset near the very start of November and feature similar device and price planning as seen on current Canadian iPhone sources. Per Electronista, sources familiar with the plans say the iPhone 3GS and 3G are both due to arrive on November 4th, which should also mark the formal start of the Canadian provider's HSPA-based 3G network. The news is corroborated by earlier word of Telus training ending at the same time and suggests Bell and Telus will have their networks and iPhone sales ready at the same time.
iPhone users up north looking for additional choices will soon be able to move beyond Rogers Wireless, as carriers Bell Canada and Telus have struck deals with Apple, ending the exclusive arrangement Rogers enjoyed since the combination iPod and smartphone first launched in the country. Per The Mac Observer, both carriers are set to begin offering iPhone service in November, and that they will sell both the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS. Neither has offered information about pricing plans.