Monthly Archive for July, 2007

Rogers takes $452M hit, but profits/revenue up


It seems like Canada’s largest carrier continues to roll, with a strong Q2 increase in revenue and profit. The Toronto-based telecom increased revenue by 16% to 2.5 billion CDN, and consolidated operating profit also improved by 20% to 898 million CDN. Interestingly, the company posted a net lost for the quarter, due to the introduction of a cash-settlement feature for stock options, which resulted in a one-time C$452 million non-cash charge to earnings (talk about taking one in the bread basket).

Of course, Rogers is still nowhere near the size of its American compatriots, but Ted Rogers has to be happy with what he’s seeing. Maybe he can use his company’s growth as leverage to get the iPhone above the 49th parallel sooner rather than later.

See more Rogers financial information after the jump

Magmic Games Interviewed by GamesOnDeck


It’s always good seeing friends of the ‘Cool receiving well-deserved exposure. In the BlackBerry space, probably nobody deserves it more than Magmic games, who have been providing BlackBerry gamers tons of ways to blow their uptime for years now (as well as kindly giving us free games for our Weekly Contest winners). Those mobile game hounds at GamesOnDeck have posted an interview with Magmic’s CEO, John Criswick, and Bplay VP Nicholas Reichenbach (whom you might remember from a certain podcast we did at WES), about the growing BlackBerry games market. While it’s nothing that BlackBerry gamers don’t already know, the numbers are quite interesting:

From our data, a BlackBerry user consumes maybe two, three times what even a premium feature phone J2ME user does… BlackBerry users have a 6-7% penetration on mobile games, while feature phones have only 2-3%. So 6-7% of all BlackBerry users play games. I think it’s because they’re network enabled devices, and people spend a lot of time on them, it’s an extension of people’s business and personal lives in their hands.

To read the full interview, go here.

Bacon on BlackBerry: Ringtones, trackballs and Outlook (oh my!)


It’s been a long time since we’ve seen an update from Magmic‘s BlackBerry guru, Jeff Bacon, but that’s because he’s been hard at work this summer with Bacon family barbeques in his backyard plunging the depths of RIM’s inner sanctum looking for answers to your most pressing questions. So sit back and take a load off, as our BlackBerry expert regales you with stories of glowing trackballs and the dreaded ‘red X’. Oooh, spooky.

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What some companies will do for BlackBerry reception


Living in the quiet metropolis of Ottawa, where BlackBerry Cool Tower is one of the tallest buildings in the downtown core, the BBCool staff takes our BlackBerry reception for granted — we rarely, if ever, have to worry about coverage.

So it was interesting to read this article from ComputerWeekly, about K&L Gates, a Washington DC law firm that went to some great lengths to ensure that their employees had BlackBerry coverage. Why did they have to work so hard? The firm was forced to build offices three stories underground to comply with Washington’s height requirements; the building’s construction also affected those working above-ground. Apparently, the lack of BlackBerry action was causing morale problems within the firm.

“When you move from an environment where you’re used to having coverage into one where you don’t have it, it’s a pretty big letdown,” said Rodney Carson, director of administration for K&L Gates. “It was pitiful, unless you [were] right next to the window.”

How did K&L solve the problem?

Qualcomm still number 1 chip maker


With all the legal troubles that Qualcomm has been embroiled in lately, it was a bit of a suprise to still see the big Q at the top of the list of mobile chipset suppliers for Q2 2007 (Qualcomm had overtaken Texas Instruments for the number 1 spot last quarter). Then we remembered that, until things change, Qualcomm is still in every CDMA BlackBerry (as well as pretty much everything else CDMA). Accordingly, analyst iSuppli agreed with us:

“Qualcomm took the top spot on the strength of healthy growth in EvDO and WCDMA baseband chips,” said Francis Sideco, senior analyst, wireless communications, for iSuppli. “This achievement caps a sustained period of gains for Qualcomm.

While this is good news for Qualcomm, it should be noted that Texas Instruments reported a big upswing during its mid-quarter update, possibly related to customer fears over Qualcomm’s future.

Take a look at the Q2 mobile chipset rankings

BlackBerry users: where do you check your email?


Here’s a fun little Friday study coming to us via AOL (thanks, BG) that breaks down just exactly where the BlackBerry nation is checking their emails. To the average user, the list won’t seem illicit, but it does prove that there’s really no place we feel uncomfortable using our BlackBerrys nowadays. I personally check my email while brushing my teeth, but hey, that’s just more uptime, right?

* 59% of Americans check their email in bed
* 53% of Americans have checked their email in the bathroom
* 37% of Americans check their email while they drive
* 43% check email first thing in the morning
* 83% check email while on vacation
* Average users check their email at least 5 times a day

Almost as interesting is the statistic that says that women are more likely to describe themselves as addicted to email than men (16% vs. 13%), and actually spend 15 minutes more per day on email than men. So that’s why they take longer in the bathroom!

Check out the 10 most email-addicted cities in the US.