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Rogers says you can now “register to receive updates” for upcoming Galaxy S Captivate

Rogers a couple weeks ago said that the anticipated Samsung Galaxy S Captivate is “coming soon”… the teasing has begun as they’ve put up a register to receive updates page. No other details are given except that “Rogers Communications and Samsung are excited to launch the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate – coming to Canada, exclusively from Rogers.”

The Captivate comes with OS 2.1, a 4-inch Super AMOLED display (480 x 800 resolution), 5 megapixel camera that records 720p HD videos, 1 Ghz Hummingbird processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth,3.5 mm audio jack, holds up to 32GB with a microSD card.

Check it out here at Rogers
(Thanks Charlotte!)

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Public Mobile decides to knock $40 off most expensive phone, still most expensive

If you fancy Public Mobile then you’ll be interested in their latest promo. The Kyocera G2GO has a slide out QWERTY keyboard, 2.4-inch display, 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, MP3 player… some decent specs. This is currently listed on their website for $180 outright and is the most expensive phone in their lineup. If you’re quick and want to get this Public is offering it up for $40 less until August 22nd. However, even with this big 22% discount it still makes it their most expensive phone.

On another note, we also hear there will be more device price changes starting this coming Monday.

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Video: Rogers Motorola Flipout Hardware Review

Rogers released the Android-powered Motorola Flipout a few days ago. I got my hands on and in this first review I took a look into the hardware. The main reason was to test out the hinge on the Flipout. You’ll see that it’s a very compact device, everything it put into 67 x 67 x 16.8 mm… basically the dimensions of a Post It note pad. The weight is a light 88 grams and overall it feels nice in the hand.

Specs wise it comes with a 2.8-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 320×240. Once you flip open the Flipout it reveals a 5-row QWERTY keyboard. The keys are flush and a bit tight, so it could be a challenge to type due to its size. Around the device you’ll see a volume rocker, power button, 3.5 mm headset jack, Micro USB. On the front of the device are the menu, home and back buttons. There’s also a 3 megapixel camera that can take video, can hold up to 32Gb with a microSD card. In addition, while other Android devices wait for an upgrade the Flipout comes with OS 2.1 and Motorola’s MOTOBLUR.

Check out the hardware review, I put the Flipout through a quick rigorous hinge test. (It’s a good thing Rogers has their Hardware Protection Program in place) (more…)

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Rogers throws the Nokia CS-18 Internet Stick on Prepaid

Here’s a step in the right direction. Rogers has put the Nokia CS-18 Rocket Mobile Internet Stick on Prepaid. The cost is $150 outright but the plans are steep. For example, the prepaid plans start at $10 for 100 MB. Next is the $25 plan which gives you 250MB and both are for “use within 30 days”. Finally there’s the option of getting the $100 plan that gives a total of 1,500MB and is for “use within 90 days”. More here at Rogers
(Thanks Julie!)

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Internal docs show RIM’s new BlackBerry Bold R020

If the upcoming BlackBerry Bold Torch 9800 is not your flavour you just might want to wait until this leaked device becomes officially available. The BlackBerry Bold R020 (9780) is on tap to replace the Bold 9700. The R020 basically has the same specs but a few notable ones are: 5 megapixel camera, new LED Flash, 512MB of RAM (increase from 256MB), loaded with the new WebKit browser, WiFi, GPS, 2.4-inch display (480×360), “powerful processor” at 624 MHz and will come in Charcoal and White. According to the leaked slideshow it says this has a target launch date of October 2010… so no word on when it’s coming to Canada. The North American target audience is “Successful Professionals, Gen Y Transitioners and Multi-tasking Women”.

Check out a couple more slides after the break
Source: BGR (more…)

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XM online+ app for Android now available

XM Canada has officially released their XM online+ for Android. The app has the same features as their iPhone, iPad, iPod and BlackBerry app where you get access to music, talk shows, sports and entertainment shows… basically over 100 different kinds of broadcasts that are on XM. The price is $7.99 a month or if go the bundled route with your current XM subscription it’ll only $2.99 a month. In addition, they have a 14 day trial available.

More here at XM

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Is RIM looking to purchase mobile ad network Millennial Media?


Recently Google snatched up mobile ad network AdMob for $750 million, then Apple purchased Quatrro Wireless for $250 million, heck even Opera Software (makers of mobile browser Opera Mini) got an ad network of their own when they took over AdMarvel. So it seems that part of the future of mobile devices is getting in on mobile advertising.

According to the WSJ our homegrown Waterloo-based Research In Motion is also looking to get in on this mobile advertising action. They state that RIM has had conversations over the past few months to purchase Baltimore-based mobile ad network Millennial Media… however these talks have since broken down over the amount of coin Millennial is asking, apparently between $400 million to $500 million. You might recognize Millennial Media as they are in the list of approved vendors in RIM’s “BlackBerry Advertising Service” (this allows developers to include advertising in their apps).

Both RIM and Millennia are not commenting on this rumour. In a recent interview Millennial CEO Paul Palmieri said “We are on the path of being an independent company” and would rather make a public offering of shares than be acquired.

What do you think of RIM buying a mobile ad network? Will this help their future or do think RIM should work on what they do best, which is developing great Smartphones.

Source: WSJ

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SaskTel to release Galaxy S Vibrant at $150 on 3-year

Hopefully the anticipation of the SaskTel’s 3G+ network is making residents of Saskatchewan happy. They released a few good devices on Monday such as the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and the Pearl 9100. But what about their first Android-powered device? The stellar Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant which runs OS 2.1 is confirmed to be launching before the end of August. The only known pricing is hidden away in “Featured Phones” area that shows it’s going to be available for $150 on a 3-year contract. Tempting for sure, but we’re more curious what the no-contract price will come in at.

Check it out here at SaskTel
(Thanks Dave!)

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Solo Mobile Unlimited plans and coverage revealed in new brochure

Solo Mobile will be re-launching their brand soon… actually according to this new brochure we received from a tipster it shows in the fine print to be pointing towards Friday, August 20th. We’ve got no word what will happen to current Solo subscribers but this new Unlimited offering will be available in the same core cities as Mobilicity, Wind Mobile and the recently launched Rogers discount brand Chatr: Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Ottawa. When they officially relaunch you can probably find more info at solomobile.ca/unlimited.

In the brochure they state that joining Solo that “you get a whole lot more for your money” because of “Canada-wide network without the dropped calls of less reliable network”, “Cool brand-name phones” with “No long-term contract, no deposit and no credit required”. Other good details of this new Solo Mobile is that they’ll be offering two new Unlimited plans that are priced $35 and $45.

The “Unlimited Talk 35″ give you Unlimited Incoming calls (in your zone), Unlimited Outgoing province-wide calling (in your zone), Unlimited Incoming Texts, 50 Outgoing texts to Canada & U.S. (additional texts are $0.10), Call Display, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding and 3-way Calling. Voicemail is $5 more per month.

The “Unlimited Talk & Text 45″ give you Unlimited Incoming calls (in your zone), Unlimited Outgoing Canada-wide calling (in your zone), Unlimited Incoming Texts, Unlimited outgoing texts to Canada & U.S., Call Display, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding and 3-way Calling. Voicemail is included.

Regarding the Voicemail. It’s “Voicemail 10″ that includes a max of 10 messages on your voicemail and to retrieve your voicemail in your zone is free, when you step “out-of-zone” it’s $0.25 per minute. Canadian long distance charges are included in the $45 plan but otherwise it will cost you $0.15 per minute. U.S. long distance in-zone will cost $0.15 per minute and out-of-zone incoming and outgoing call to/from Canada or the U.S. has a price tag from 1995 at $0.25 per minute. Also, calls made outside your zone is at the $0.25 per minute rate as well.

As to the devices it looks like they will offer the same CDMA phones that they currently do, such as the Samsung Entro, Samsung M33 and the LG 230. No word yet on the rest of the lineup or the no-contract pricing.

Check out all the entire brochure after the jump (more…)

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Apple starts shipping iPhone 4 orders to Canada

Good news for those people who opted to order online and not to wait in line to get the new iPhone 4. The launch date was on July 30th and if you bought online Apple stated the iPhone 4 had a ship date of 3 week. However, some lucky Canadians have started to receive e-mails with confirmations that their device has been shipped and en route by FedEx.

Hopefully the iPhone 4 in white will be available soon too.

Via: iPhoneInCanada

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