Loblaw, Canada’s largest supermarket chain, has announced plans to to open more than 200 full-service Mobile shops within its stores by the end of 2012. The Mobile Shop is a part of PC Telecom, a division of Loblaws Inc.
The company says it has already opened shops at select Loblaw stores in Ontario and is quickly expanding into British Columbia, Alberta and Atlantic Canada. Loblaw says it expects to have nearly 100 locations up and running by the end of 2011.
The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research (IARC) today classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields use as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” because it increases the risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer.
The WHO says human exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields can occur from occupational exposures to radar and to microwaves; environmental exposures associated with transmission of signals for radio, television and wireless telecommunication; and personal exposures associated with the use of wireless telephones.
Wireless phones continue to grow in popularity in Canada. According to Statistic Canada’s Residential telephone service survey, more than three-quarters (78%) of Canadian households had a wireless phone in 2010, up from 74% in 2008.
The December 2010 survey of about 19,000 Canadian households also found that an increasing number of Canadians were abandoning home landline service.
Worldwide mobile phone sales rose 17 percent to 314.7 million units in the first quarter of 2010, when compared to the same period in 2009, according to a report out today from Gartner.
The strong growth in overall mobile phone sales was largely attributable to the double-digit growth of smartphone sales in mature markets.
In the second quarter of 2009, over one in five U.S. households (21%) reported they are wireless cellular only—an increase of 16% from the past year according to a recent report from Nielsen.
The Nielsen Convergence Report, which surveyed more than 32,000 U.S. online and mail respondents, also found that 88% of all U.S. households now have a wireless phone with the majority maintaining a traditional landline at home.