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BlackBerry 6 upgrade coming to the TELUS Curve 3G in January


RIM’s new BlackBerry 6 OS has been out for some time (ever since the Torch 9800 launched) but for those users who have the Bold 9700, Pearl 3G and Curve 3G (9300) they were promised an upgrade. There was no confirmed date but according to a Bell document it stated that “BlackBerry 6 is expected to be available for upgrade in 2011″.

However today on Twitter gives hope to TELUS BlackBerry Curve 9300 owners who want the latest software release. TELUS Support stated that “We do not have an ETA for the 9700. I know in early January, 6.0 for the 9300 will be available but no news yet for the Bold.”

Progress. One device at a time.
Source: TELUS Support Twitter

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Report: 7 Trillion SMS Messages will be sent in 2011


A new report today from ABI Research showing a staggering prediction in the number for SMS messages for 2011. They state that worldwide SMS, MMS, mobile email and Instant Messaging will climb over the 7 trillion mark from a total of 4.2 billion mobile subscribers (on average 1,667 per user). The reason is due to messaging is becoming “more prevalent among younger subscribers, and as they replace older subscribers”.

Practice director Neil Strother said “Mobile messaging has distinct advantages for companies communicating with their customers. It is universal, cost-effective and reliable, and most people have their phones with them and switched on most of the time.”

In Canada there are no documented stats for IM, email but when it comes to text messages the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) says that on average Canadians send 4.6 billion text messages a month. So on a yearly basis this number is expected to top 55 billion for 2010.

Source: ABI Research

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Fido Post Holiday Sale hopes to clear inventory


We’re hoping Fido comes out with some great devices in 2011 – would be nice to see them increase the number of Smartphones to their lineup and compete with other carriers. More up-to-date BlackBerry and Android devices (Rogers certainly has many to choose from). In the meantime they have a “Post Holiday Sale” happening now until January 4th that might tempt some buyers of current devices. The downside is that you’ll have to sign a 2 or 3-year contract to get the good prices. Here are the deals: Sony Vivaz Pro: $25 on a 2-year contract, BlackBerry Curve 8520 is now free on a 3-year and the Android Acer Liquid E is also free on a 3-year.

Source: Fido

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CNN: “Antennagate” is the biggest tech fail of 2010


With all the glory that Apple received this year for being in basically every top ten list of 2010 (Top Canadian 2010 technology news, Twitter Top 10 Trends)…  CNN has stepped up and has written the “The 10 biggest tech ‘fails’ of 2010″. Top of the list is the iPhone 4 “Antennagate” saga.

Apple was off to a rocky start when the new iPhone 4 launched. Users were unable to make calls and complained of reception problems. Apple denied the issue, then stated it was software related. At the peak of the event it was Consumer Reports that boldly stated they “have confirmed that there is a problem with its reception… Due to this problem, we can’t recommend the iPhone 4”. By this time “Antennagate” was born and Apple came forward and said there was a problem and gave those who purchased a free case/bumper.

Despite all of this “bad press” Apple went on to sell millions of devices this year, passing RIM and now claiming 4th spot as the largest mobile manufacturer in the world.

Via: CNN

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Image: Next generation of the Xperia X10 mini pro leaked online


Seems like a daily occurrence that a new leak of an upcoming Sony Ericsson device hits the web. In the past we’ve seen the PlayStation phone, the “Hallon” and now the next generation of the Xperia X10 mini has popped up online. This Android device runs OS 2.3 Gingerbread, has a 3-inch display (resolution of 320 x 480), forward-facing camera and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor (you can see in the images that the benchmark results against other devices is impressive). This all sounds really good… What’s not captured in these pics is that this new device apparently has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Source: IT168
Via: Engadget

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 coming soon to Mobilicity


Majority of all the Canadian carriers have the BlackBerry Bold 9780. Wind Mobile is launching this soon and it now seems the other new entrant Mobilicity will be adding this to their growing lineup of devices. Proof of this has popped up on the BlackBerry site in the software download section for Mobilicity… no word yet on an exact availability or price points.

Specs have this Bold coming the new BlackBerry 6 OS, a 2.4-inch display (resolution of 480×360), 624 MHz Processor, 512 MB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, WiFi and can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card.

Source: BlackBerry
Via: HowardForums

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BlackBerry PlayBook launch delayed until May due to a poor battery?


The upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook is going to take on other tablets such as the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and even the new Motorola tablet that will be unveiled at CES this year. The PlayBook is “The world’s 1st professional tablet” and some notable specs have it coming with a 7-inch LCD display, 1GHz Dual Core Symmetrical Multiprocessor with 1GB RAM. In addition, early rumours have this to be priced at the $500 mark.

As for a availability in Canada, Rogers has confirmed they will be releasing this to their customers. Wind Mobile is “working really hard” on bringing this to their network and finally TELUS CEO Darren Entwistle recently stated he was “bullish on the PlayBook”, so you can expect it to be available with them as well.

News today from Shaw Wu of Kaufman Bros. who says that the most significant hurdle the PlayBook has to overcome is its battery life. Wu says his sources tell him that the relatively poor battery of the PlayBook only lasts a few hours – and the main reason for the drain is the QNX OS. Compared to the Apple iPad which has a duration of 10 hours, Samsung Tab averages about 6. Wu stated “From our understanding, this [is] likely why RIMM pushed out its launch to the May 2011 quarter. Keep in mind that QNX (the OS on which PlayBook runs) wasn’t originally designed for mobile environments but rather for devices like network equipment and automobiles where battery life isn’t as much a constraint.”

Time will tell… but the PlayBook still looks awesome.

Source: Cnet
Via: BGR

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Review: BlackBerry Style 9670


In the hopes of expanding their well-known success from the business sector, RIM has revisited the clamshell design and combined it with their latest software offering, OS6, in order to release their newest CDMA device, the Blackberry Style 9670. Unlike RIM’s initial attempt at a Blackberry flip phone (Pearl Flip), the Style has a full, QWERTY keyboard, which is designed for heavy messaging users. The Style sports a 2.7” internal screen with a resolution of 360 x 400 pixels QVGA, and a 2″ external screen with a resolution of 240 x 320 QVGA. The Style is approximately 96mm (tall) x 60mm (wide) x 18.5mm (thick) when closed, and expands to 175.5mm (tall) when opened, all while weighing around 131g.

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I started this review with low expectations since I am not a fan of “clamshell” smartphones, let alone a flip Blackberry. However, I quickly realized that this phone is not for me, or other loyal Blackberry users, but geared more towards potential new customers looking for a messaging-friendly phone. The Style has a somewhat square shape, due to the full QWERTY keyboard and is enclosed in a glossy exterior. At 131g, this device weighs slightly more than your typical Blackberry device, but surprisingly less that I first expected/anticipated. (more…)

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Windows Phone 7 Marketplace reaches the 5,000 app milestone


Microsoft revealed last week that their new mobile OS Windows Phone 7 has “sold over 1.5 million phones in the first six weeks”. A great achievement for this new platform and well on their way. According to WP7AppList the Marketplace has reached another milestone with 5,000 apps now available for download. Taking a deeper look at the stats show that 72% of the apps are paid with 28% free. Of those paid apps it looks to be around 2,500 are at the $0.99 price point followed approximately 500 at $1.99. In regards to what is taking the majority of the apps, games with 23%, tools at 15% and entertainment with 10%.

Al Hilwa from Research firm IDC recently stated that be believes the Windows Marketplace will become “the third largest app portfolio in the industry by the middle of next year”. To do this and catch up to both the Apple App Store and the Android Market they would have to pump out the apps everyday without slowing down. 295,000 to go… (more…)

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Mobilicity Mobiflip now “Out of Stock”


Easy come, easy go. The Mobilicity Mobiflip is a device that’s “Similar to the T-Mobile Sidekick LX” but without the support of Danger. Basically you had a messaging device with a 3.2-inch display, full QWERTY keyboard with trackball, 3.2 megapixel camera with flash and video capabilities… and now it’s been given the “Out Of Stock” on their website.

Update - We just received a message from Mobilicity that stated the following:
“The good news is, the device is as popular than ever – our first two shipments have already sold out and we’re having trouble keeping units in stock but we should be getting more over the next couple of days.”

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