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Review: Rogers Palm Pre 2

Since HP purchased Palm earlier this year, there has been minimal news/hype in regards to the release of any new devices or software, until the recent release of the Palm Pre 2. The Pre 2 sports a 3.1” capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 320 x 480 HVGA, and a full slide-down, physical QWERTY keyboard. The screen also supports multi-touch gestures, and includes proximity, light, and accelerometer sensors. The Palm Pre 2 is approximately 100.7mm (tall) by 59.6mm (wide) by 16.9mm (thick) and weighs around 145g.

The very first thing you will notice about this device is that it feels extremely similar to its predecessors (Palm Pre and Palm Pre Plus), except for some very minor changes. The housing of the device is made out of a soft touch material, which is easier to grip and handle than the original hard plastic casing. The second noticeable change is the screen, which is now flat and flush to the device. The original Pre had a curved plastic finish that was similarly shaped to the back of the device. The new gorilla glass screen will increase the resistance to scratches, and reduce factors such as reflections, fingerprints, etc. (more…)


Rogers Palm Pre 2 now available for $449.99 no contract

The Rogers Palm Pre 2 is now available and you can score this device on the following price plans: $99.99 on a 3-year; $349.99 on a 2-year; $399.99 on a 1-year and $449.99 no contract

Specs of the Pre 2 comes with the smooth webOS, 1 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM (up from 600 MHz processor and 256 MB of RAM), 3.1-inch touchscreen display that’s made out of gorilla glass (resolution of 320×480), physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 16GB of storage, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, 3.5mm headphone jack, 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash and video capabilities, built-in GPS.

Also, we’ve been informed that you can buy this online but there will be limited numbers shipped to Rogers stores.
We’ll have our review up shortly… check it out here at Rogers.


Bell promo gives $125 off the BlackBerry Torch 9800 until December 31st

Bell has a new promo that’s on until December 31st – this time is knocking the $125 off price of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 (on a 3-year contract). What’s even better is that this deal can be combined with the $35 Activation credit… according to the doc we received it states that it’s for “Eligible Bell clients activating a BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone can now benefit from a $125 in store credit which can be used towards the purchase of accessories or to discount hardware”. Bell is currently selling the Torch for $149.95 so this takes it down to a respectable $24.95.

Good deal if you looking to get the Torch this holiday season…
(Thanks tipster!)


Video: Motorola to announce Android tablet at CES 2011… calls the iPad a “giant iPhone”

The tablet wars are heating up. Motorola has released a video that gives their perspective of the “Tablet Evolution” – everything from an Egyptian tablet that had good graphics but proved to be heavy and not be portable. The 1:30 video even finds time poke fun at both the Apple iPad calling it a “giant iPhone” and that the Samsung Galaxy Tab runs off Android OS 2.2 that’s built for a phone. Their tablet looks to be running Android OS 3.0 Honeycomb and will be announced at CES 2011 in January (We’ll be there to see it happen)… check out the video after the break (more…)


Public Mobile ends contest by handing out $20,000 in cash

Over the weekend the Public Mobile ended their “Find the Public Mobile $10,000 phone Contest” and handed out a cool $20,000 in cash. Two grand prize winners each took home $10,000 and a Kyocera G2GO phone plus 3 months of unlimited talk and text service. In Montreal the winner was Sébastien David Poisson and Toronto Denisa Kroscenova took home the dough and said she might buy herself herself a car.

Via: Public Mobile


Rumour: Nokia “creating an entire line of Windows Phone devices”?

This rumoured news would certainly help Nokia out and it would be a good transition away from Symbian. Apparently Nokia is in talks with Microsoft to launch Windows Phone 7 devices. These talks are a bit expected as new CEO Stephen Elop just moved from Microsoft to lead Nokia… but even if there are talks it would be months before something if anything happened.

According to Russian Blog Mobile-Review “In the last month behind closed doors is a discussion of expanded cooperation Nokia and Microsoft (two-way discussion, initiated by the new leadership of Nokia). Not simply the exchange of technology, but creating an entire line of Windows Phone devices that may go under the name Nokia, through the sales channels for the company, and will also have the characteristic features of its products. This is a desperate measure of the two companies.”

What d you think about Nokia potentially releasing Windows Phone 7 devices. Will this help them stay the #1 mobile manufacturer in the world?

Via: MobileCrunch


RBC Mobile Banking app for BlackBerry now available

Last week RBC released their iPhone app and today they have followed-up by launching their BlackBerry app. The features that are included are the same with the ability to pay bills, transfer funds, check account balances, use Interac Email Money Transfers and locate branches and ATMs.

The app is available in both English and French, 3MB in size and compatible with Blackberry Bold 9700, 9000, BlackBerry Curve 8900, 8530, 8520, Tour.

Check it here at RBC or download it here via your BlackBerry


Mobilicity gives Vancouver customers free roaming due to “accidental CDN Roaming”

Mobilicity launched their Vancouver service back on November 18th and also released some new devices (plus recently released holiday promotions). Some customers in the Vancouver area were having issues as their device went into “CDN Roaming” while they were in the Mobilicity coverage area. Therefor customers were potentially being charges 20¢/minute for voice, 10¢ per text and $5/Mb data.

However, the internal doc that we received shows Mobilicity is once again acting in the holiday spirit by making roaming free for Vancouver customers. The doc states that “Customers may experience some accidental “CDN Roaming while the network is being optimizes. Where this is the case, unlikely as it may be, you won’t be charged for roaming usage. Once the network is finished optimization, customers will be charged for roaming usage in the normal course”.

How are Vancouverites liking Mobilciity?

(Thanks cellSTAR!)


CRTC fines telemarketer $500,000 for violating Do Not Call list

The CRTC created their “National Do-Not-Call List” over 2-years ago with the goal of having Canadians register so pesky telemarketers will stop calling you. Over 7 million people have signed up but the calls keep coming in. It was also revealed back in July that the CRTC charged a total of $73,000 worth of violations but only collected $250.

However on Friday that number received a massive boost by Xentel DM Inc. as they have agreed to dish out half a million dollars for violating the National Do Not Call List. In a press release it stated that “The CRTC has issued a notice of violation, and Xentel has paid an administrative monetary penalty of $500,000 to the Receiver General for Canada. A CRTC investigation found that Xentel made calls to consumers who had registered their numbers on the National Do Not Call List (DNCL) and promoted events on its own behalf or on the behalf of organizations that were not registered as charities with the Canada Revenue Agency.

Finally some real money coming in. In addition to paying the fines, Xentel stated they would publish corrective notices on their website and in some newspapers… plus start to “properly” train their employees.

Source: CRTC
Via: Vancouver Sun