Canada’s Rogers Not Offering Blackberry Z30

Cutler,Guest blogger / October 4, 2013 Pipelines carrying steam to wellheads and heavy oil back to the processing plant line the roads and boreal forest at a project 74 miles south of Fort McMurray, Alberta, in Canada. Todd Korol/Reuters/File Enlarge Asian countries continue to line up for Canadian energy to which the United States is unable to commit. This week Japan ‘s prime minister Shinzo Abe met with his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper to discuss the potential for shipping liquefied natural gas (LNG) across the Pacific Ocean to Japan. Although no firm agreement was announced, Japanese newspapers speculated that the first Canadian exports might reach Japan as early as 2018 and no later than 2020. OilPrice.com offers extensive coverage of all energy sectors from crude oil and natural gas to solar energy and environmental issues. To see more opinion pieces and news analysis that cover energy technology, finance and trading, geopolitics, and sector news, please visit Oilprice.com . Recent posts The Christian Science Monitor Weekly Digital Edition This reflects, among other things, the greater difficulty that Canada has had in developing LNG export terminals. Low prices for gas from western Canada is another problem, and although there is reason to believe in a secular rise towards higher prices, U.S. producers are less affected by the current levels. On the other hand, as prices rise, there are fears in Canada of a typical bust-to-boom scenario; and for this, there is fear that Canada’s gas producers are and will continue to be ill-prepared, not even able to take advantage of the anticipated boom. (Related article: Despite Shale, OPEC Still Matters ) RECOMMENDED: US energy in five maps (infographics) Nevertheless, India is also getting in line for Canadian oil as well as gas. India’s High Commissioner Nirmal Verma was also in Ottawa this week to sign a nuclear cooperation agreement allowing uranium from Canada to be sold to India as reactor fuel. India seeks to triple in electricity production in the next decade, in part by building as many as a dozen new reactors. Agreement was actually reached three years ago, but the additional time is required in order to establish a process for independent verification that the fuel is used for peaceful purposes. In 1974, India used a reactor supplied by Canada to create the fuel for a nuclear bomb test. India is even willing to consider investment in the Energy East Pipeline, even as TransCanada has had to delay its filing of an application to the National Energy Board from this year until next year. Environmental concerns that need to be addressed during the regulatory process are partly responsible for the delay, but also it is now foreseen that the original estimate of 850,000 barrels per day (bpd) is low and should be increased to 1.1 million bpd. (Related article: Canada to Drill for Offshore North Atlantic Oil ) Energy talks between the two countries were elevated to the ministerial level last year when our visit India, and India’s energy minister will be visiting Ottawa later this month to continue the discussions. The oil-sands are doing slightly better, as the first crude-by-rail unit train terminal is set to start transporting 50,000 bpd to the U.S. market next month. This amount will rise at least tenfold by the end of next year. Meanwhile, an official from Enbridge says that his company expects a decision from the federal government ought is Northern Gateway pipeline by mid-2014 and an in-service date four years later.

Rogers Wireless said it will not offer the new BlackBerry Z30 smartphone as part of its lineup, dealing a blow to the struggling company as it tries to pull itself out of a deep hole. “We have a longstanding relationship with BlackBerry and continue to be big supporters of the company and their products,” a Rogers spokeswoman said in a statement. “The device manufacturers we work with bring a number of devices to market every year. We pick which devices to carry based on the needs of our customers and the decision not to carry this model was made several months ago.” Rogers currently carries the Blackberry Z10, Q10, and Q5, which the carrier said “can meet our customers’ demands for a BlackBerry device.” The company said “this is the way we’ve always done it,” pointing out that it declined to sell the BlackBerry Storm or the 9300. BlackBerry said the Z30 will instead be available in Canada on Bell, Telus , and MTS starting on Oct. 15. As noted by the Canadian Press, Rogers’s decision not to carry the Z30 has angered some who believe the carrier is abandoning BlackBerry in its time of need. “While some media reports have suggested that Rogers’ decision not to carry the device represents a change in our relationship with BlackBerry that’s simply not the case,” Rogers said. “We remain committed to BlackBerry and look forward to continuing to work together.” BlackBerry unveiled the Z30 in late September. As PCMag’s Sascha Segan described it , the Z30 is a “Galaxy S 4-sized maxi-Berry with a 5-inch screen, a bigger battery, and stereo speakers that runs the new BlackBerry OS 10.2.” Two days later, BlackBerry said it would drop two devices from its lineup for a total of four phones: two high-end devices and two entry-level devices in all-touch and QWERTY models. The Z30 will be the company’s high-tier smartphone, while BlackBerry will “re-tier” the Z10 so that it appeals to a more entry-level audience. More recently, however, BlackBerry announced plans to sell its business to a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, which will take the troubled phone maker private in a $4.7 billion deal. Cerberus Capital Management is also reportedly interested in the company, the Wall Street Journal said . Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 2:30 p.m.

LEAVE A COMMENT