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TELUS to release a Black’s Photo app

TELUS purchased 113 Black’s Photo locations almost a year ago for $28 million. We’ve seen little movement on the brand except for more locations to get a TELUS device and the off promotion that includes free frames or prints. Speaking of, they currently have a promo that gives you 1,000 prints a year for each year of your 3-year contract. It’s a pretty good deal and speaks about where TELUS is taking the brand.

We don’t have any screenshots yet but one area of focus for TELUS is to develop a seamless app that integrates your TELUS phone, it’s camera and the Black’s brand. TELUS will be releasing many new apps this year – we’ve already seen the CFL app – and one of the next to be released is the Black’s Photo app that will allow you to order prints directly from your device (iPhone, BlackBerry and Android). We are also hearing that the app will have some sort of editing/image enhancement feature.

More soon!
(Thanks tipster!)


Petro-Canada releases Nokia 2220 at $79, still too much

The Nokia 2220 was just released by Petro-Canada and it’s a device that actually suits their Prepaid lineup… to bad the price is a bit high though. You can get this entry level device for $79 and it comes with a 1.8-inch display (resolution of 128×160), VGA camera with video capabilities, FM radio. It’s always good to be informed and just so you know, Fido launched this a couple months back for $65 no-contract, plus they have better voice plans.


Samsung Corby Plus released by Rogers

The Corby Touch is now available at Rogers and has a 3-inch touchscreen (resolution of 240 x 320), 2 megapixel camera, music player, holds up to 32GB with a microSD card. Specs sound good and this can be yours for $39.99 on a 3-year or $89.99 on a 2year. If you’re thinking about getting this remember to head on over to Future Shop as they have this priced lower at $29.99 plus a $75 Gift Card. Remember the Android-powered Samsung Captivate is launching soon too.


“2.1 OS for Magic+ was approved by Rogers”… waiting on Google

The Rogers HTC Magic + has it’s share of ups and downs and users are waiting patiently for the upgrade to OS 2.1. We received an update from Rogers about the upgrade and it basically says that their internal testing is now approved and are now waiting on Google to push it through. This is hopefully going to happen by the end of this month but “can’t comment on how long that will take as the precise date for rollout”. Hit the Read more link to check out the entire e-mail and details. (more…)


TELUS officially launches 3G+ network in Saskatchewan

Attention residents and tourists of Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Lloydminster, Yorkton. Weyburn and Estevan… TELUS has switched on the 3G+ network and you can upgrade your device. As you can tell by this coverage map the complete HSPA+ rollout is not finished and other areas are planned to be available by the Winter of 2011.

Thinking prepaid? From the internal document we received it states that “A separate communication will be provided when prepaid activations are available in Sasktachewan. Prepaid 3G+ clients from other areas in Canada traveling to Saskachewan will continue to enjoy voice and text services.” Last week ago SaskTel launched their 3G+ network and with this news we can also expect Bell and Virgin to follow shortly.

Telus has a 30 Days Risk Free promo going on now until November 9th. For any new or renewing Saskatchewan clients who activate a 3G+ device you can try it out and can cancel within 30 days and not be charged a cancellation fee.


Android-powered LG Loop arrives at Rogers

The low-cost LG Loop (GT540) arrived at Rogers today and immediately gets put on the upgrade list as it comes loaded with Android OS 1.6. The Loop has a 3.0 megapixel camera with video, GPS, WiFi, 3.5mm headset jack and can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card (Rogers ships with a 2GB card). The good thing about the Loop is that is has a 3-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 480 and only weighs 115 grams. We said affordable and this has the intro price of $29.99 on a 3-year and $199.99 on a 2-year and $299.99 for the no-contract price.

More here at Rogers


Wind offers “Safe Port” service to transfer/back up contacts

Wind has come out with a new service called “Safe Port” that makes it easier to copy and back up your contacts. This service seems to be free and you basically import all your Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Windows Live Hotmail, Outlook and Facebook contacts to the Wind website. Reading over the details it says you can edit, change, delete, add and then copy everything over to your Wind device. This “Safe Port” can come in handy when you are thinking of porting over from another carrier or if you’ve lost your phone it acts as a backup. They also state that they can bring over your pics and text messages “at no charge”.

Check it out here at Wind


SaskTel prices the Galaxy Vibrant at a high $645 no-contract

The upcoming Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant is one of the top devices SaskTel will have in their new 3G+ network (the other is the BlackBerry Bold 9700). We’ve posted in the past that SaskTel will match Bell on the 3-year contract price of $150 but have always been a bit doubtful they’d match the no-contract price of $499. The launch date is expected to be on the 25th and just as expected SaskTel has priced the Vibrant at a staggering $645 no-contract. Other price points available are the 2-year at $450 and 1-year at $550.

To save a few bucks you could always unlock the Bell version and bring it on over to SaskTel. Also, why spend money on one when you could possibly win a Vibrant in our contest here

More here at SaskTel
(Thanks Dave!)


Bell LG Rumour Plus still having manufacturing problems, delayed again

We’re not sure what’s going on with the upcoming Bell LG Rumour Plus. It was first scheduled to have a release date of August 11th, then due to “manufacturing problems” it was delayed until August 27th. However, it seems this messaging device that heavily targeted to students is not getting a passing grade. Once again the release date has been pushed back… this time to a distant September 15th.

(Thanks Tipster!)


Google Mobile App for iPhone gets Gmail and Calendar push notifications

Google announced an update today for the Google Mobile App for iPhone app and with it comes Gmail and Calendar push notifications. Once you turn on the notifications you’ll get an icon badge every time an e-mail come in or and event happens. To get this search in the App Store for “Google Mobile App” or here at this iTunes link

Via: Google (more…)