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Rogers and Fido start new policy: Will unlock your device for $50


Looks like unlocking cellphones is starting to become a trend. Recently TELUS announced they will unlock various devices for a fee starting in 2011… but today both Rogers and Fido have stepped up with a new “Handset Unlocking Policy”.

According to the internal doc it states that “Effective December 14, we’ll be changing our policy on device unlocking to allow customers the opportunity to unlock their devices for a $50 fee. This new policy applies to phones, smartphones, and rocket sticks depending on the manufacturer’s restrictions. Customers purchasing a new device or qualifying for a HUP are also eligible to have their previous phone unlocked.”

Of course there are some stipulations to having your device unlocked. If you’re on a contract you’re not going be the happiest person: Your account must be in good standing and you “Have paid the un-subsidized / no term cost for the device at least 30 days prior OR have finished their Commitment Period”.

Of course there are several other 3rd party options to unlock your device… Progress right?

(Thanks Tipster!)
Source: The Cellular Guru & Howard Forums

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Calgary Flames releases iPhone app


Calgary Flames fan? Good news for you as they have just released an official iPhone app! Features of the free app allows you to follow the team, get live updates, latest schedule, stats and news, photos, player info and bios… plus a massive amount of video content: Video from the dressing room, behind the scenes video and news conferences. The app is required iOS 4.0 or later.

Download the app via iTunes here
Via: iPhoneinCanada

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MTS launching BlackBerry Style 9670 on Thursday


MTS is following through on releasing the new BlackBerry Style 9670 this year. They have noted on Twitter that this will be released on Thursday, no word on pricing but the new CDMA flip phone comes with their new BlackBerry 6 OS, a full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, WiFi, trackpad, built-in GPS, holds up to 32GB with a microSD card, Bluetooth.

Check it out here at MTS
Source: Twitter
(Thanks Steve!)

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Video: How should we test the durability of the Samsung Rugby II?


The Samsung Rugby II is available through TELUS, Bell and Rogers all on various pricing models. This is the latest rugged device to land in Canada and it meets military specs that can apparently resist shock, hot temperatures, water and dust. We did a quick overview of the hardware as it comes with a 1.3-inch external display and a 2.2-inch internal display (resolution of 240×320), GPS, Dual external speakers, holds up to 32GB with a microSD card, 2 megapixel camera and has overall dimensions are 10.2 x 5.2 x 2.2 cm and weighs surprisingly light at 100 grams.

In the past we’ve tested rugged devices by throwing them, dipping them in water and hitting it with a hammer. This time around we thought we’d leave it up to you to tell us how to test the durability of the Rugby II out. if you’re in the field working in intense locations you want a device that will last and take a few hits. Leave your comments below and tell us what situations you want us to demonstrate and we’ll report back with a video. (more…)

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TELUS to “deploy HSPA+ Dual Cell technology” in 2011 (and increase revenues 3.5% to 6.5%)


TELUS has announced their 2011 financial targets and it’s seems a banner year is in the works. While the wireless industry in Canada is expected to grow between 4.5-5% in 2011, TELUS plans to increase their wireless revenue between 3.5% to 6.5% ($5.2 to $5.35 billion). The reason for the growth is due to an increase of subscribers, continued adoption of smartphones and increased data and roaming revenues.

In the release TELUS said they’ll “deploy HSPA+ Dual Cell technology which will increase the manufacturer rated data downloads speeds of up to 42 Mbps. The deployment of Dual Cell is consistent with TELUS’ evolution towards Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology”. No word on which product but Bell recently released their Novatel Wireless U547 Turbo Stick which could reach speeds of 42 Mbps. However, TELUS states these numbers are targets and other factors can hinder 2011 results such as intense wireless competition and continued downward re-pricing.

Should be a great 2011. Read the full release here at TELUS

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Nokia delays shipping E7 until “early 2011″


The Nokia E7 is expected to come to Canada – early rumours are that possibly Rogers or Bell will be released this device sometime in the Spring. However, news today couldn’t be going over well for their new Canadian-born CEO Stephen Elop.

The flagship slider was supposed to be available this month… but now a Nokia spokesperson has confirmed that “to ensure the best possible user experience on the E7 we have decided to begin shipping it in early 2011″. So this will probably start shipping in the January/February/March time frame and hopefully the Canadian date is still on track. Apparently it has something to do with a “minor durability issue” of the E7 hardware.

Source: Reuters
Via: Engadget

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Concept Phone: “Voim” Braille Smartphone


Here’s another concept design, this time is a Braille Smartphone. This design was created by Youngseong Kim & Eunsol Yeom and is called “Voim” which is “seeing” in Korean. All the important features are embedded into the device such as route navigation, word recognition and object identification. Once in use the information is collected its relayed back to the user and displayed on the silicon screen and communicated via Bluetooth. Isn’t it about time that a manufacturer truly helps out the those with vision loss other than pre-loading devices with Nuance’s TALKS software. (more…)

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Premier McGuinty gets a BlackBerry Torch loaded with Polar Mobile apps


We like Toronto-based Polar Mobile. They are one of the few Canadian companies that are truly succeeding in the global app market. Today date they have created successful apps such as The Hockey News, Time, NHLPA, Food Network, Toronto Maple Leafs and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

Last week Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty stopped by their headquarters for a few minutes to speak his mind about jobs, taxes and how other Ontario companies can succeed like Polar. Probably the best moment of his appearance was the nice gesture that CEO Kunal Gupta gave him a new BlackBerry Torch 9800 full loaded with all their apps.

We’re guessing the Premier really doesn’t need it – the Government just signed a deal with the Big 3 for wireless services. However – very nice gesture from a stellar company. Check out the video after the break (more…)

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