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MTS gives $100 off select smartphones until December 31st… BlackBerry Style now free on 3-year


MTS has come out swinging with their own holiday promo… it’s $100 off select smartphones until December 31st. You could also say this is a good attempt to get rid of some CDMA inventory before going live with their 3G+ network. Here are the devices that have been put on sale:

BlackBerry Style was just launched but drops to free on a 3-year
HTC 6250 is also free on a 3-year contract
BlackBerry Bold 9650 is now $29.99 on a 3-year contract
Motorola Milestone A854 is $79.99 on a 3-year contract
BlackBerry Storm 2 is now $99.99 on a 3-year contract

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Mobilicity “MobiFlip” to be released December 22nd


Over the weekend we let you know that Mobilicity was bringing back the Sidekick LX and calling it the “MobiFlip” (mainly due to its swivel display). We’ve been informed that the MobiFlip will be released tomorrow (December 22nd) with the price point on a promo until December 31st for $49.99 – then jump up to $99.99 no-contract.

According to the internal doc we received it shows the following additional details and features:

• QWERTY keyboard • 3.2MP camera and video recorder • Mood lights • Bluetooth 2.0 • 3.2” 65K TFT Color Display, High-Resolution 854 x480 pixel screen PLEASE NOTE: Several data/web features WON’T work like our other devices – this is due to the phone’s browser Opera.
1:IM Client: ONLY supports hotmail.com, msn.com, live.com, yahoo.com, gmail.com, AOL.com accounts and their .ca accounts.

2: Content and Portal:
a: Doesn’t support customized wallpaper or ringtones using the downloaded images and tones.
b: Doesn’t support downloading/installing Java games and applications.
c: Doesn’t preload Mobilicity portal site because of a) and b)

3: Mobilicity’s Portal that is normally accessed through our device’s mobile browser does not work.

(Thanks cellphoneSTAR for the tip!)

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“Xperia Play” is what Sony Ericsson is calling the PlayStation Phone?


Some updates on the Playstation Phone… a European Union trademark filing shows the “Xperia Play” name might suggest this is the official name that Sony Ericsson will choose for the anticipated device. In addition, more details have surfaced from a few registered domains “XperiaPlay” (com, net and org) by PR agency Jung Relations (based in Stockholm, Sweden). Even more rumours today as sources informed Pocket-Lint that the Xperia Play will be announced at Mobile World Congress in February but will be available in April: “Sony Ericsson is going big on this one… but although it will get a Feb launch, it won’t be in shops until April”.

What do you think of the possible name?

Source: PocketNow & Pocket-Lint
Via: Engadget

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Microsoft on WP7 sales: “over 1.5 million phones in the first six weeks”


Mircosoft has just released some impressive stats when it comes to their new mobile OS Windows Phone 7. They have been incredibly secretive about sales until today. Achim Berg, Microsoft’s vice president of business and marketing for Windows Phones states that since “rolling out Windows Phone 7, which launched in Europe and the Asia Pacific region on October 21 and in the United States and Canada on November 8… We are pleased that phone manufacturers sold over 1.5 million phones in the first six weeks”.

Certainly an impressive start. No word on how many devices have been sold by Rogers, Bell or TELUS (SaskTel is getting ready to launch the LG Optimus Quantum soon) but Berg states that “Windows Phone 7 is just the beginning… We are on a path to begin releasing the first of several updates in the next couple of months, and several more mobile operators around the world will introduce Windows Phone 7 on their network in 2011 and we will have a broader portfolio of devices from phone manufacturers at different price points delivering on our commitment of providing customers choice.”

So possibly new carriers such as Mobilicity, WIND and Videotron will bring on a Windows Phone 7 in 2011.

Source: Microsoft
Via: BGR

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Virgin’s RE*Gift program gives you a $50 Accessory credit for unwanted gifts


Gotta love the spin Virgin Mobile takes on everything. Even thought they are owned by Bell you would never see another carrier use their verbiage. They have come back this holiday season with their RE*Generation program that helps at-risk and homeless youth with a “RE*Gift” initiative.

Virgin says “Give the re-gift that keeps on giving. While there are lots of awesome gifts people are hoping for this season, we all know the feeling of getting another scarf from Aunt Rita. Now that scarf doesn’t have to go to waste with Virgin Mobile’s RE*Gift for RE*Generation program. Spread some holiday love by giving those unwanted gifts to someone in need and get a little something back”. From December 26th to the 31st when you bring your unwanted gifts to a Virgin Mobile location they will give you a $50 accessory credit. Virgin has asked that you bring these items only (no fruitcake): Jackets, DVD’s and CD’s, Board Games, Shoes and Boots, Headphones and earbuds, Hats, gloves and scarves.

Virgin Mobile locations to RE*Gift:
Vancouver, BC – Robson Street
Calgary, AB – Market Mall
Edmonton, AB – Kingsway Mall
Winnipeg, MB – Polo Park
Toronto, ON – Eaton Centre
Ottawa, ON – Rideau Centre
Montréal, QC – Complexe les Ailes
Québec City, QC – Fleur de Lys

Source: CNW

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IDC: Windows Phone 7 Marketplace to become the 3rd largest app store “by the middle of next year”


The new Microsoft mobile OS Windows Phone 7 launched in November with the following devices: Rogers Samsung Focus, Bell LG Optimus Quantum, TELUS LG Optimus 7 and the HTC Surround. As for what to expect in 2011… Microsoft’s Mike O’Sullivan recently said “…there’s more devices coming. You’re going to see additional form factors. If you’re the type of person that loves a hardware keyboard, you’re going to see more phones like that coming out in the future”.

The devices are all good and there are a few Canadian app developers that are taking advantage of the new Windows Phone Marketplace such as Poynt, Yellow Pages and soon Score Mobile. These days manufacturers are measured by the volume of their app store. Apple has over 300,000, Android have over 100,000 and Windows Phone 7 has recently crossed over the 4,000 app mark.

Al Hilwa from Research firm IDC said “The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace reaching 4,000 apps two months after launch has to be one of the most rapid ramp-ups in recent times, reaching this milestone faster than Android, which took from Oct 2008 to March 2009 to reach about the same level… We can say that for a company that just a few months ago was an also-ran in mobile, having ten smartphones released in 30 countries is not a trivial achievement… I would not be surprised if Microsoft had the third largest app portfolio in the industry by the middle of next year.”

Things are looking up for Windows Phone 7 in 2011! (One more graph after the break) (more…)

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Samsung Galaxy S on track to sell 10 million units globally


Remember back at the end of October when Samsung declared their goal of selling 10 million Galaxy S devices globally. Well, as of last Friday they had crossed the 9.3 million mark and still on track to hit the number by end of month. In addition, when they do cross this magical number they will become the first Android device to reach 10 million units sold. There are no confirmed numbers of how Canadian carriers have contributed to this success… The Galaxy S is sold by Bell, Rogers, TELUS, Virgin and SaskTel.

Source: Chosun
Via: UnwiredView

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Contest: Win a Rogers Palm Pre 2 Prize Pack


The Palm Pre 2 launched today on Rogers and let’s give one away! This little beast comes packed with a 1 GHz processor, runs of the incredibly smooth webOS 2.0 (now with “Just Search”, “Stacks”, “HP Synergy” and the new “Exhibition” feature), 3.1-inch touchscreen display with a full physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 16GB of storage, WiFi, 3.5mm headphone jack, 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash and built-in GPS.

The full prize pack comes with a Palm Pre 2, Touchstone, Leather case and a $25 card to spend in the App Catalog. All you have to do enter is one of the following: follow us on Twitter or become a member of our Forum (and join/start a conversation). People who are already following or members are automatically entered. The contest ends on December 27th at 11:59pm.

Good luck to all who enter!

Update: This contest is now closed. We are happy to announce that Twitter follower @roswello has taken home the Palm Pre 2 prize pack. Congrats!

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