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Rogers extends Flex Rate Data plan for Tablets promo until February 7th

A few weeks ago Rogers came out with a Flex Rate Data plan promo for Tablets, this was expected to expire on January 7th… but similar to the 6pm Early Evenings promos this has just been extended until February 7th. Here’s the deal:

Prices for Non-Quebec:
$20.00 for 0 to 500MB
$35.00 for 501MB to 5GB (above this will a charge of 2 cents per MB)
(Plus the Government Regulatory Recovery Fee)

Prices for Quebec only:
$21.96 for 0 to 500MB
$36.96 for 501MB to 5GB (above this will a charge of 2 cents per MB)

(Thanks e896!)


Samsung targets to sell 50 million Smartphones in 2011

Samsung is aiming to become the number 1 mobile phone manufacturer in the world within 3 years, outing Nokia.  Samsung recently received the crown from Google as the first company to sell 10 million Android devices with their Galaxy S series.This year some numbers have come in that shows they are targeting sales of 50 million smartphones. The plan is to release new tablets and smartphones that range from high-end to low-cost devices with the majority being Android devices. There will also be phones released on their bada platform and Windows Phone 7 OS.

Source: Unwired News


TELUS recalling all HTC Surround 7 hard cover cases

The TELUS HTC Surround launched back in November and so did the cases to protect it. Looks like TELUS is taking some steps to prevent any future issues to the product as they have issues a recall on the cases. According to the internal doc we received it states that “Due to a manufacturing defect causing a misfit, TELUS is recalling all HTC Surround 7 hard cover case units via a RMA process.” This case retails for $15.99 and includes all the colours: Clear, Blue, Purple, Red, Turquoise, Black, Pink and Silver.


Video: Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone running games

The Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone (also rumoured to be named “XperiaPlay”) has been leaked in pics and video but it’s still not officially announced. This will most likely be formally introduced at the Mobile World Congress in February, rumours have been pointing towards an April availability. Finally a video has surfaced that shows somebody actually playing games longer than 10 seconds. 2 in total: Resident Evil 2 (Biohazard 2 was the original title) and Rage Racer. Check it out after the break… are you going to get this when it becomes available? (more…)


Mobilicity “Home Solutions” launches, encourages you to stop paying for “obsolete landline technology”

Mobilicity is going after the Big 3 with their wireless service and now they are hitting them with their home phone and internet business too.

They have quietly launched “Home Solutions” that shows 3 new products for sale that basically rides off your current Mobilicity account: AT&T Bluetooth Cordless Phone ($69.99), XLink BTTN Cellular Bluetooth Gateway ($99.99) and the GlobeSurfer X.1 ($129.99). All of these target different areas that Mobilicity states you can “Stop paying for home phone services you don’t need. Why use obsolete landline technology”.

Mobilicity highlights their $25 and $35 monthly unlimited plans vs. the “Old and Obsolete Solution” that could run you upwards of $100 a month.

Source: Mobilicity
(Thanks Ari!)


LG looking to sell 30 million Smartphones in 2011

LG is the number 3 handset manufacturer in the world (behind Nokia and Samsung) but that’s not stopping them from dramatically increasing the number of smartphone shipments this year. In 2010 LG shipped 7 million smartphones (mainly the Optimus One which has sold about 3 million units since launching in October)… but this year LG Mobile VP Ma Chang-min stated they have a target to ship 30 million smartophone units. They have a great opportunity with the new devices they recently announced such as the LG Optimus 2X and the Optimus Black. Chang-min said “Our strategy for 2011 will be improving such premium offerings as Optimus 2X and Black and grow our smartphone portion in our portfolio to be in line with the market growth”.

Via: Reuters


More images of the next Xperia X10 mini pro… this time showing the QWERTY keyboard

A couple weeks ago the next generation of the Xperia X10 mini unofficially surfaced online. Specs were improved as it’s rumoured to come with OS 2.3 Gingerbread, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 3-inch display (resolution of 320 x 480), front-facing. The only thing that was missing was exposure to the keyboard. Alas, time has passed and pictures are now available… the only change is that it looks like Sony Ericsson has spaced out the QWERTY keyboard a bit more. Still no word on a release date or prices.

Source: it168
Via: Engadget


Twitter CEO: “40 percent of all tweets created on mobile devices”

Twitter is quickly becoming a powerful medium to quickly communicate. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo was being interviewed by Kara Swisher at the AllThingsD event at CES and revealed a staggering mobile stat. Costello stated that “Mobile is a more and more and more common use of Twitter–40 percent of all tweets created on mobile devices. That might seem low, but it was 25 percent a year ago. 50 percent of active users are also active on mobile.”

Back on December 10 Twitter posted a note on their bog that over the past 12 months “Twitter users sent an astonishing 25 billion Tweets”. So this means that 10 billion tweets are from mobile devices. Another interesting stat that Twitter announced a couple days ago was an all-time record in the number of Tweets sent per second (TPS) of 6,939. This occurred in Japan on January 1st with “Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu” (“Happy New Year!”).

Source: All Things D


Bell LG Optimus Chic pricing revealed

Bell’s first entry level low cost Android-powered LG Optimus Chic will be released soon (we’re hearing it was set for the 14th but might be available on the 17th). Previously in an internal doc there was no price plans revealed other than the no-contract for $249.95. Thanks to one of our tipsters from a retail outlet we’ve got pricing for you for this OS 2.2 device: 3-year is $0.00 (or $48.83 voice only); 2-year for $198.83; 1-year for $224.83 and the no-contract is $248.83. This is odd pricing as the standard Bell prices usually come in ending with a $0.95…  So you can expect to increase these prices by $1.12.

(Thanks tipster!)