TELUS has added a couple more phones to their “Buy One Get One” offer. Some decent devices too: The LG KEYBO can bo yours for $49.99 plus you can add a second phone for $0.00. Also, the LG Venus is available for $29.99 and add a second for $0.00.
All this is part of their Share Plans where you can choose the plans and share the minutes between each other. Under this plan you also get unlimited nationwide calling.
Pictures have surfaced of some of the upcoming devices that we can expect at Fido. A couple of them we already knew about, such as the Samsung f266 and the Sony Ericsson T303. The only part of this leaked image that is questionable is that launches is incorrectly spelled as “Upcoming launchs”… however, everything else looks to be solid.
As we noted earlier the Samsung f266 is slider with a 2 megapixel camera stores up to 8 GB, built-in MP3 player and will be available on a 2-year plan for $25 or outright for $150. The Sony Ericsson T303 will be available early March for a whopping $10 on a 2-year plan or $110 outright. This is a slider phone with a stellar 1.3 megapixel camera (no flash). Weighs in at 96 grams a display of 1.8 inches, MP3 player, FM radio and speakerphone.
Some new devices are the LG TE365 (a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard) that will be launching at the end of March for $50 on a 2-year plan or $175 outright. The Motorola W322, otherwise known as the “Renew”, made big news at CES by becoming the first mobile phone that’s carbon free and 100% made of recycled water bottles. This basic entry device will be released April 22nd for $70 outright or $10 on a 2-year plan. Good price for this phone.
- Launched the anticipated BlackBerry 8100 for $25 on a 3-year contract, monthly price plans range from
$15 – $60. If this is successful we will see more BlackBerry devices coming, like the 8900 and the Pearl Flip (Thanks dirtyj!)
- They will be launching the Samsung f266 on February 10th for $25 on a 2-year plan or $125 outight.
- Sony Ericsson T303 will be launching late Feb, Early March
- The biggest conversation this week was the new Smartphone rate plans from Rogers and how it’s capped at 500mb. Plans start at $45 and go to $70.
- Sony Ericsson posted the XPERIA and the C905 as “coming soon” on their website. This gives us hope that we will see these around the Q2 & Q3 timeframe.
- Palm Centro launched for a promo price of $49 on a 3-year with $45 voice and data plan. Even though this is now available the conversation is the anticipation of these rumoured devices hitting Bell:
Palm Pro – Q2
Samsung Omnia 910 – Q2
HTC Opal – Q2
Blackberry Pearl Flip Apex – Late Q1-Q2
Blackberry Niagra – Late Q2-Q3
HTC Touch HD -Q3
Palm Pre – Q4
-Bell BlackBerry 8830 OS 22.214.171.124 released
- Big conversation this week as they hiked their plans up by 17%, $5 per month.
- On Friday, Virgin dropped the price of the BlackBerry Curve 8330 to $39 – now offering the lowest price available.
- The first new carrier from the AWS Spectrum Auction made its first phone call. Formally BMV Holdings, now named Public Mobile
Toronto’s Yorkville will be all over this! The product description says “Welcome to the information age – a delectable bit of fluff to house your most important accessory – your cell phone. Sized to fit most cell phones, it can be attached to exterior or interior of handbag, belt loop, etc. Available in black mink.”
After they increased their price plans this week by a staggering 17%, roughly $5 per month, we thought Virgin was taking us Canadians all the way to the bank.
Today it seems they have somewhat renewed our trust by offering the lowest price available on the BlackBerry Curve 8330 with $39.99 on a 3-year plan. The big 3 had the BlackBerry price around $49 until we heard low stock was causing the increase.
TELUS increased their Curve to $99.99, Bell also increased their Curve 8330 to $99.95 and even Rogers could not be left out and decided to increased their 8320 to $99.99.
It was January 18th that we saw Virgin increase the price of the Curve 8330 to $79.99 on a 3-year plan. They probably got major backlash for the price plan increase this week or have way too many of these in stock. So if you’re looking to get a BlackBerry Curve 8330 you can get the best deal right now at Virgin. The monthly plans start at $15 and go up to $60… as always make sure you read the fine print.
Rogers has set the HP iPAQ 910 loose and is available for a promo price of $249.99 on a 3-year contract with a voice and data plan over $45 a month.
In addition, other price plans are:
Device only: $499.99
1-Year Price with Voice and Data: $449.99
2-Year Price with Voice and Data: $399.99
Curious what this is all about? Well it this “Business Messenger” comes in “Piano Black” with a QWERTY keyboard and a 2.4″ QVGA high resolution (320×240) touchscreen (stylus included), Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. Comes with a decent 3 megapixel camera with auto-focus, 4x digital zoom and video recording, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and a 2.5mm headset jack.
The overall dimensions are 113 x 64 x 16 mm and weighs in at a hefty 146 grams.
More here at Rogers
Seems like every week now we see another iPhone get dressed up with gold, diamonds emeralds… we saw the 24 carat gold iPhone 3G get snapped up before the end date for $1,500. The seller has had so much success that he has put 2 more up for sale now.
Also, if this was too low a cost for you and wanted something with a bit more presence, “King’s Button” iPhone 3G was priced at a measly $3 million.
Seller “helen220775″ out of the United Kingdom has created yet another iPhone all glitzed up. This time it’s “24 Carat Gold White Apple iphone 3G Unlocked Boxed New” that is priced at 1,028.45 (CAD). What’s so special about this one? Well, it actually seems that helen220775 actually has her own store called “MIDAS TOUCH GOLDEN GIFTS” so it certainly gives this product more clout.
If you purchase this it can come in either the Black or White, 8 or 16 gb iPhone and as it’s officially described “Beautiful 24 carat gold genuine 8GB iphone, brand new in original box, comes with all standard accessories and warranty. Professionally embellished, this white iphone would make the ideal gift.”
Check it out here at eBay… and put your bid in fast as the end date is Feb-07-09 12:50:08 PST.
TELUS came out swinging this week with some new promotions and sale items, a couple being the HTC Touch and HTC Touch Pro.
You can score both these for about $50 less. The HTC Touch you can get for $99.99 and the Pro you can get for $149.99, both on a 3-year contract with a minimum $40 voice and data plan. The Telus sale ends March 2, 2009.
However, in our ongoing search to find mobile deals in Canada, Best buy has kinda undercut Telus and made it possible for customers to purchase the Telus HTC Touch for $49.99 and the Pro for $99.99. To make it even sweeter, Best Buy is throwing in a free Jawbone Bluetooth headset (valued at $150 but you can get them on eBay for about $70).
With the Best Buy offer you have until February 12, 2009 to purchase and is on a 3-year contract with a minimum $45/month voice and data plan.
So, whatever you decide… make sure you read the fine print. Would you rather pay $50 more with Telus and have a $5 cheaper voice/data plan. Or go with Best Buy and have it $50 less, but pay $5 a month more for your voice/data plan?
Google launched their “Google Book Search” – this gives you access to 1.5 million out-of-copyright books (probably only about 500,000 for us Canadians) right to your iPhone. This is a free service that can be found at books.google.com/m. There are many great titles such as Emma and The Jungle Book…
The real question is would you rather read a book or press the iFart app?