We’ve been tipped that Rogers is prepping to release the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy in about 2-3 weeks. No word on price points yet but this touchscreen is currently available at Bell for $49.95 on a 3-year. So if this rumour is true you can’t expect Rogers to release it for much more.
The Galaxy is currently the thinnest Android that’s available in Canada and measures 116 x 56 x 11.9mm with a weight of 116.7 grams. Other specs of the Galaxy are that it runs OS 1.5, has a3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, comes with 8GB of memory and can hold up to 40GB with a microSD card. In addition, a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus, LED flash and video capabilities, 3.5 mm headphone jack and WiFi.
UPDATE: According to RogersGuy in our comments states: “This is confirmed. We received a white dummy unit today in our store. Officially named the Samsung Galaxy Spica. 3.2″ 320×480 TFT display, only 183mb of internal memory, WIFI and GPS” (more…)
This has got to be the best deal around for any BlackBerry Bold 9700! Future Shop has dramatically dropped the price of Virgin Mobile’s newest HSPA devices to a beautiful price of $0.00 on a 3-year contract. To get the deal you’ll have to venture into your local Future Shop… but it’s certainly worth the trip. Virgin themselves have this available online and at their retail locations for $149.99. (more…)
We knew that this was bound to happen. Globalive owns a bunch of companies and one of them is Yak Communications, a company that offers low cost internet, home phone and long distance rate. Globalive also owns Wind Mobile and the two companies have joined together to offer Yak customers the opportunity to bundle up and save without ever signing a contract.
In a press released today, those in Toronto and Calgary will be able “to add WIND Mobile services to new and existing Yak bundles, including Yak Home Phone service, Yak High Speed Internet, and Yak’s long distance service. In addition, customers who port their mobile number over to WIND Mobile by March 31st will get a $150 credit towards WIND services. Customers can also enjoy their first month of WIND Mobile service free.” (more…)
If you’re looking around the streets of Toronto and Montreal today you’ll notice on bus shelters new advertising that only says “Unlimited”. There’s no company attached to the ad, just a person with the simple “unlimited” tag line.
Curious to know who is behind these… well it’s none other than new wireless entrant Public Mobile. They’ve started to infiltrate both markets, prepping for their upcoming launch. It’s well known that Public will offer a flat rate $40 unlimited talk and text plan and we hear they’ll have over 20 retail locations when they actually go live.
RIM has officially released the “BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express”, this is a free version of BlackBerry Enterprise Server and will help out small businesses looking to do more with their devices.
The BES Express is described to help your business in a couple ways: “First, the software offers economical advantages to small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) that desire the enterprise-grade security and manageability of BlackBerry Enterprise Server but don’t require all of its advanced features. Second, more and more consumers are purchasing BlackBerry smartphones and the free BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express software provides a cost-effective solution that enables IT departments to meet the growing demand from employees to be able to connect their personal BlackBerry smartphones to their work email.” (more…)
If you’re looking for an entry level phone – Bell has officially released the Samsung R330. Bell says the R330 “packages all the basic features you need in a compact, stylish design”. It’s a flip phone and comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera, 2.5mm headset, large one-touch dial keys and your basic phone needs such as a phone book, alarm clock, calculator, speakerphone. The overall dimensions are 95.2×46×18.4 mm and weighs in at 90 grams.
Pricing will be as follows:
3-year contract: $29.95
2-year contract: $79.95
1-year contract: $89.95
No contract/Prepaid $99.95
Shortly after going live with the Edmonton launch, Wind Mobile has partly kicked open the doors in our nations capital Ottawa. They announced on their site that they are doing “some final tweaks on the network” and this allowed for a “Technical launch”.
Good news for current subscribers as this extends your Home Zone reach and can make calls between Wind to Wind customers. In regards to the where in Ottawa the service reaches, Wind states the “Ottawa network extends from Orleans in the east to Kanata in the west. It also crosses the river to the Gatineau Hills and all the way to Buckingham”. However those looking to get your hands on an actual device will have to wait a bit longer as they’re not actually selling devices yet. CEO Ken Campbell states on the company blog that “the next few sites will really bolster the offering and allow us to be in stores with a more extensive and reliable network very soon.”
So Wind is now in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and next up is Vancouver. We hear new devices will be launched within a couple months – entry level and smartphones. In addition to this news, Wind announced their first offer with a $150 credit to all customers who port over to their service.
Taking a look at the LG Pop you wouldn’t think it would be able to handle as much as it can. There is so much that is packed into this little device that it certainly is worth the $19.99 on a 3-year, even the $174.99 prepaid price tag.
So what does the Pop look like? The design is pleasing because it’s simple. All plastic makes up the device with overall dimensions of 95.3 x 49.6 x 11.2 mm and weighs a light 89 grams. There are minimal buttons: call/end, power/lock, volume rocker, camera/multi-tasking key. The Pop has a 3-inch touchscreen that has a resolution of 240×300 and when looking at pics/videos they comes up a bit pixelated. This could also be the fact that it comes loaded with a 3 megapixel camera (can take video). The combination is decent and again good for quick capture to send to friends.
The actual touchscreen is responsive. Using the 3 home screens makes the Pop fun. You have your widgets, LiveSquare and quick contacts screen. Flipping between these can be done by swiping across the touchscreen with your fingers. The new LG S-class has been put in and is a nice experience with all your apps and programs organized into either: Communication, Entertainment, Utilities and Settings.
Using the QWERTY keypad will take some getting used to. Since the device is incredibly small, so is the keyboard. You’ll see in the video it takes some time to effectively get used to the keys… after a while you’ll be flying by each letter but the initial learning curve will be bit. Using the keyboard was a bit frustrating during our test to send a text message, surfing the web with the toolbar. When it comes to the sound quality of the Pop, at full blast the sound is a bit muffled but if you take it down a few notches it comes in perfectly clear. The good news about the Pop is that it can pack in up to 16GB with a microSD card – more than enough space for all your pics/vids.
Other quick goodness about the Pop is that it has an FM Radio, Bluetooth, speakerphone.
There are many reasons for Palm owners who have the Pre in Canada to get excited. The main reason is the anticipated update to webOS 1.4 that includes the very much missing ability to record video. On a great device like the Pre it’s very odd that a standard feature these days on a phone like recording video was left out. Back in January at at CES Palm said we could expect an upgrade to webOS 1.4 by the end of February.
Yesterday Palm pushed out the upgrade to 1.4 to “customers on the Sprint network in the US and on the O2 UK, O2 DE, O2 Ireland, and Movistar networks in Europe”. That’s right, us Canadians were left out of the bunch. All Palm stated for the other countries is that “the update is expected to be available for Palm webOS phones on other networks soon.” (more…)
Virgin was on a roll over the past few weeks with launching some stellar HSPA devices: BlackBerry Bold 9700 and the Apple iPhone 3GS. How about a trip sort of backwards to good old (still very reliable) CDMA technology? Today Virgin introduces to their members the Samsung r100 Stunt and state that “this baby packs a whole bunch of goodies into one nifty little package”.
This little beast of an entry device can be yours for $0.00 on a 2-year plan or $49.99 on Prepaid… certainly priced right! The Stunt has a 1.77-inch LCD display (resolution of 128×160), Bluetooth 2.1, can hold up to 500 contacts and has overall dimensions of 107 x 43 x 14 mm with a weight of 2.6 ounces.