RIM released the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and the new BlackBerry 6 OS, but they’ve yet to released an update to the BlackBerry Theme Studio which is causing some frustration to developers because themes in the App World it shows that themes are not compatible with the new OS. Perhaps RIM’s waiting for an official roll out to other countries. But a good sign that progress is being made is that a pic has surfaced showing the Torch in the Theme Studio. Rumours are that this will be released sometime around next month during the BlackBerry Developer Conference.
Saskatchewan is getting a great deal of attention from us lately. Lots happening over there with 3G+ capable devices. TELUS has come out with some good Saskatchewan promo plans along with their 30-day money back guarantee plus. The Voice Saskatchewan 30 ($30 per month) and Voice & Data Saskatchewan 50 ($50 per month) are much better than what they are offering other provinces.
For example, the Voice & Data Saskatchewan 50 is a much better deal: 150 Local Anytime Minutes Included (100 in other areas), 200 Bonus Local Anytime Minutes (100 in other areas), 1GB data (500 MB in other areas), 6:00pm Nights & Weekends (9:00pm in other areas), Unlimited Nationwide Family Calling, Unlimited Nationwide talk & text with your five favorite numbers, Voice Mail, Call Waiting & Conference Calling and the choice of doubling up the minutes, adding an additional 5 favorites or unlimited incoming outgoing text/multimedia messaging.
The Voice Saskatchewan 30 is good, well better than other provinces: 150 Local Anytime Minutes Included (100 in other areas), 200 Bonus Local Anytime Minutes (50 in other areas), 6:00pm Nights & Weekends (9:00pm in other areas), Unlimited Nationwide Family Calling, Voice Mail, Call Waiting & Conference Calling plus the same bonus features as above.
Must be nice to live in Saskatchewan these days… hopefully the devices are in stock to make these promos happen.
More here at TELUS
So close! In what was hopefully expected to be a August 25th release of the SaskTel’s first Android-powered handset, the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant has been delayed until next week. On Twitter SaskTel wrote “shipping was delayed. We are now expecting the Galaxy S early next wk. Sorry for the wait”. The price plans are: $150 on a 3-year; 2-year is $450; 1-year is $550 and the no-contract is at $645. On a good note, the Vibrant is worth the wait.
The 6700 Slide is off the rumour list and officially available. The price tag for this is as low as $79.99 on a 3-year and ranges to an affordable no-contract $229.99. There are Canadians who will be happy with this as their first device, or those who don’t want the features of a smartphone. Specs of this S60 device have a 2.2-inch display (resolution of 240 x 320), unfortunately a 2.5mm headset jack, holds up to 16GB with a microSD card, stereo FM radio and an impressive 5 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera, auto-focus, LED flash and includes a front camera for video calling.
More here about the 6700 Slide over at Rogers
(Thanks HC – NO “i”)
Nokia has placed the C3 on their site as “Coming Soon” and have also revealed this will be launching with Rogers. No word on price but this smartpohone comes with a 2.4 inches display (resolution of 320 x 240), customizable home screen, 3.5 mm audio jack, holds up to 8GB with a microSD card, 2 megapixel camera with video. Nokia states the “Nokia C3 brings you closer to your friends and online communities with easy messaging features and a fast, reliable internet connection”. This also has built-in WiFi.
Check it here at Nokia
More SaskTel news as they’ve just announced a milestone: 100,000 BlackBerry customers. They state that “1 in every 10 Saskatchewan residents have a BlackBerry from SaskTel”. I believe they started to sell BlackBerry devices back in 2003 and now that they’ve released their 3G+ network and the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and the Pearl 9100 this number will hopefully reach the 200,000 mark a bit faster.
More here at SaskTel
Virgin Mobile has changed a few of their monthly plans, most likely to match the recently introduced Koodo Mobile plans. Basically the BlackBerry Social 40 ($40 per month), Super Social Plan (for dumb-phones) ($40 per month) and the Student Smartphone Combo 50 ($50 per month) have in one way or another have increased minutes, Unlimited Incoming Calls and early evenings. These plans are only good for new activations on a 3-year contract, or on Virgin’s new Super Tab. (more…)
Earlier this week 27-year-old Melissa Thompson of the UK officially got her name into the Guinness World Record books by sending the fastest text message in 25.94 seconds, this beat the old record by about 10 seconds. Thompson used the Samsung Galaxy S along with SWYPE to write “the razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human”.
You think that’s fast. Check out this video after the break of the unofficial new record holder who smashed the time with an iPhone at 21.8 seconds.
Rogers discount brand called Chatr Wireless launched on July 28th with 4 devices a couple plans ($43 & $45 per month). Today they have come out with the first promo and slashed all the prices of their handsets. Until September 30th Chatr device are available for the following:
- The Nokia 1661 called “The essential” for $50 (was $60)
- The LG GB125R as “The flip” for $50 (was $75)
- The Samsung Gravity as “The QWERTY” for $110 (was $130)
- The Nokia 2680 as “The slider” for $80 (was $95)
Update: Apparently it’s an “End of Summer Handset Sale”.
More here at Chatr
Rogers released the entry-level BlackBerry Curve 8520 way back in October of last year and now they’ve made it available on Prepaid for $349.99. The is the first Pay As You Go BlackBerry and the 8520 comes in black, white and lavender and has a full QWERTY keyboard, WiFi, 2 megapixel camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, full HTML browser and can hold up to 16 GB with microSD. This can be used with the new Pay As You Go BlackBerry Plans that were announced last week.
More here at Rogers