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Mobilicity release the BlackBerry Bold 9780 for $499.99 no-contract

The BlackBerry 9780 was recently found on the Mobilicity BlackBerry download section and now it’s officially been confirmed to be “available soon”. In a press release today Mobilicity stated this will go on sale for the no-contract price of $499.99.

Specs have this Bold 9780 come with 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, GPS, WiFi and can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card (comes with a 2GB micro SD card in the box).

Update: This is now available at Mobilicity


LG Optimus 2X and Optimus Black are “currently being reviewed by Canadian carriers”

There is an abundance of news coming out of CES 2011. Specifically when it comes to mobile devices majority of the announcements are for the United States, Europe and overseas. Rarely is there a major Canadian announcement. So far Bell is the only carrier that has officially announced plans to release the Motorola Atrix “in the coming months”. While down here one has to press hard for any sort of answer or hint of a release date/carrier info. There is still limited info on this sort of stuff.

Visiting the LG Booth I spoke with Frank Lee, he’s the Senior Manager of Public Relations for LG Canada. The 2 phones that they officially announced and are extremely beautiful are the Android powered LG Optimus 2X and Optimus Black. These are global devices and are on display at CES and the word from the press releases are that the “Optimus Black will be rolled out globally in the first half of 2011″, and the LG Optimus 2X will be soon first in Korea then in Europe and Asia to follow.

Frank Lee had this to say about a Canadian availability: “The LG Optimus Black and LG Optimus 2X are currently being reviewed by Canadian carriers but regarding if and when they will be released in Canada there are no specific dates”. We’re wishing there was a bit more solid info other than “reviewed” with at least being “tested internally”. However, sounds like it’s just a matter of time before somebody makes an announcement.


WP7 Rogers Samsung Focus now $69.99 at Best Buy (on 3-year)

$69.99 – So far this is the lowest price this Windows Phone 7 device has seen. Best Buy has shaven $80 off the 3-year contract price and the deal is on until February 3rd so you have a bit of time to decide if you want to commit for the duration. Hopefully by the time this sale is over Microsoft will have pushed out their first update with Copy and Paste.

Check out this deal over at Best Buy


Shaw’s VP of Wireless suddenly departs

On June 30th, 2010 Shaw announced they brought on Laurence Cooke as VP of their wireless division. In the press release about his appointment it stated that “We are confident that Laurence will make a significant contribution in this exciting new opportunity, and we wish him every success”. Well, after a short 6-month stint the Globe is reporting that Cooke has suddenly departed the company for “professional and personal reasons”. No official word on what the real reasons are or who will be replacing him… but this is not good timing. How can Shaw have the wireless impact they desire when there is so much uncertainly from the top. It’s been known for a while that Shaw is aiming for an “initial launch in late 2011″ and a couple days ago the GSMA showed a planned September launch.


Google: 87.4% of all Android devices run OS 2.1 or higher

Last month Google noted on their Android Developers blog that 83% of all Android devices run OS 2.1 or higher. A month has passed and several devices have either launched or been upgraded to a newer OS. The number of Android devices that are currently running OS 2.1 (Eclair) or higher has reached 87.4%. Breaking it down by individual OS numbers: 2.1 rings in at 35.2%; Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) is now at 51.8% and the newly released OS 2.3 Gingerbread on the Nexus S is at 0.4%.

Where do you fit in?
Check it here at the developer blog


Video demo of the BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry Bridge

RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook is beautiful. Finally had some hands on time with it at their booth at CES. The PlayBook is incredibly fluid, crisp, light and the experience is brilliant in person. The hype is well worth it and now this tablet just needs to be launched (still sometime in Q1). For us Canadian, Rogers is the only carrier that has confirmed they will be releasing the PlayBook.

The specs have been mentioned before and you can check out the 5-minute video demo of the PlayBook in action: 7-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1024 x 600, powered by QNX technology, 1GHz Dual Core Symmetrical Multiprocessor with 1GB RAM, 3 megapixel front facing and 5 megapixel rear facing camera (both cameras are capable of HD video recording), runs with Flash and AIR and offer a full web experience, out of the box support for BES, WiFi.

In addition to this, shot a quick demo video of the BlackBerry “Bridge”. This allows you to create a connection between your Blackberry device (in this case the Torch 9800) and the PlayBook – this is all done over Bluetooth. RIM says this is 100% and NSA certified (National Security Agency) and you can access messages, calendar and BBM. (more…)


Wi-Fi only Samsung Galaxy Tab coming to Canada “late Q1 early Q2″

Now that Bell and Rogers have rocking the Samsung Galaxy Tab for about a couple months… it’s time for a little more news about this tablet. Yesterday it was announced at CES that a WiFi-only Tab will be available in the U.S. sometime during Q1 2011. Good news for us Canadians as this Wi-Fi only Android 2.2 tablet will become available in Canada soon too. A quick chat with Paul Brennan of Samsung Canada stated that this will arrive and be available for sale “late Q1 early Q2″. No info was given about pricing.


Samsung says the Google Nexus S is coming to Canada

Amidst all the news happening at CES 2011 in Las Vegas I had a quick conversation with Samsung Electronic Canada’s Vice President Paul Brennan. He stated that the Android OS 2.3 powered Google Nexus S is going to land on Canadian soil with all its NFC capabilities. No specifics were given as to which carrier will bring it on – but most likely it will be either Rogers, Bell and TELUS (if not all of them) as they have the joint venture called Zoompass (again speculation). Also, this is expected to be released sometime in Q1 and no price plans were communicated.

Update: Looking over my notes Paul Brennan stated that it’s his intention to bring both AWS Spectrum and standard spectrum.


Update: Free roaming for Vancouver Mobilicity customers is over

A few weeks back Mobilicity extended their generosity to their Vancouver customers by giving them free roaming. The reason for this was because their network was still being optimized and customers were getting “CDN Roaming” while in the Mobilicity coverage area. An update for you as an internal doc states that the “Optimization of the network in Vancouver is finished, therefore there is no more 0 rated roaming”.

• All phones will default to the strongest signal so at times you will see roaming while in the Mobilicity coverage area.
• Roaming towers will be shut off to prevent in-coverage roaming.

In addition, the free social networking promo ends tonight. This included the sites Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Bebo and FourSquare. Unless you have the unlimited data Add-on you will be charged data usage for the social networking.

(Thanks tipster!)


Public Mobile brings back the $20 referral program

New entrant Public Mobile recently started their referral program that gave you a $20 credit for anyone you brought on board. During the holiday season this referral program peaked by giving you 2 months of free service. Good deal considering their unlimited price plans are only $24 & $35 a month. Today they have announced that the program is back at the usual $20 credit amount for anyone you sign up (there is no limit to the amount of people you can sign up, so if you bring on 10 you get a $200 credit).

On the company blog they stated that “we’ve been collecting applications and busily handing out credits non-stop since we started the program. The friendship pays offer is so popular, that we’ve decided to keep it going.”

More here at Public