All you need to do is buy a prepaid phone and register for Auto-pay (charges go onto your credit automatically every month). There are different scales of monthly rate plans ranging from $10-$40, in addition, there is no charge for the System Access Fee.
They give a few examples of how it works. Let;s say you buy the prepaid LG Rumour for $129.99, minus the $150 PayCheck promo over 30 months… essentially you are ahead a total of $20.01 – which will be good to spend on the monthly plans!
This seems like a good deal if prepaid is your game. Just remember the charge will be on your account for 3o months. If you’re a customer with Virgin already and want this deal, all you need to do is switch over to a Prepaid Monthly Plan, then register for Auto-Pay and you should get your dough within 24–28 hours.
More here at Virgin
Earlier this week we unboxed the recently launched TELUS Samsung OMNIA. This is the newest touchscreen device that has a 3.2 inch screen, 5 megapixel camera (with video), comes with Windows Mobile 6.1 and has a whack load of added features such as “Sharepix”… which give you the ability to upload automatically to your favourite socail networking site.
The good thing is that this is priced at a decent $129.99 and you get great value for your money (Give it a couple months and I’m sure we will see a price drop below $100).
We liked how light the OMNIA is, onl 123 grams and felt good in the hand. The resolution of the screen is impressive, and the quality of pictures is clearly evident as it has a stellar 5 megapixel camera. The video capabilities are also good with the sound quality being decent. One thing we did notice is that when we zoomed in during taking a video a “clacking” noise occured that interrupted the sound.
There is so much jammed packed into the OMNIA that we feel one review is not suffice. In our first review you will see we went over the actaual hardware, some key features such as the camera, internet, Share Pix, FM radio, e-mail and how the Opera Mobile browser looks. Over the next few days we will check the battery life and go into more detail about the individual widgets, TV out and other features that make the OMNIA a device to consider. For now, please check out our Part 1 below.
This is currently available through TELUS on the following prices:
3-year contract: $129.99
2-year contract: $349.99
1-year contract: $449.99
No Contract: $499.99
The MS500 weighs only 155 grams and has overall dimensions of 45.0 x 83.0 x 113.0. This will come in either Black or Orange and is designed to be used outdoors, such as the beach, camping etc…
This is similar to the MBS-100/200 where you simply have to connect your mobile phone via Bluetooth (10 meter distance max) and let the music play. Just make sure when you crack this up that you have batteries as it takes AA’s. One of the key features is that it’s splash-proof wich ensures that this can take a beating.
Here is a video of this in action, it’s in Italian but the essence is there until we get our hands on one:
I guess the big Q1 push is over now and Bell has increased the price of the BlackBerry Storm and Pearl Flip 8230.
We first saw the Storm 9530 launch at the intro price of $249.95, then amazes with a quick price drop to $149.95 only to be increased today to $249.95. In addition, the party is also over for the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230. The promotional price has been replaced to match TELUS at $49.95. Also, the less than popular Bell Samsung Instinct is now $49.95.
Best bet to get deals on these devices is to go to your local Future Shop or Best Buy.
We first let you know that Rogers will release the Samsung S366 a few weeks ago and I’m sure you’ve been itching to get your hands on this beauty! Your time has come as this has just been released on “Pay as You Go” and you can walk away with this for only $114.99.
The features you ask? Well, it’s a basic flip phone that has a decent 1.3MP camera with video (4x zoom), music player, FM radio, expandable memory to 4GB, Bluetooth, only 15.3 mm thick and has your choice of 3 languages: English, French, or Chinese.
More here at Rogers
We have seen this in the past start off at $79.99, then dropped as low as $39.99 only to be jacked back up to it’s current $99.99 on a 3-year contract.
For those who are anxiously awaiting the Canadian arrival of the upcoming devices from Sony Ericsson (XPERIA, C905, W705). These will all be released through Rogers shortly.
To tease you a bit more a promo video has made it online that shows you a feature called “Smile Shutter”, basically this allows you to take a picture the moment the person cracks a smile. So no more saying “Cheese”. This will be available in the C905. Check out this video:
Shortcovers allows you to read books, magazines etc on your mobile device has released a new app for BlackBerry users. The biggest change since first launching back in April is that you can just install and start reading, you will no longer be required to sign up. In addition, they have released a beta for all Android G1 users that can be found here.
They have also announced a new developer program. You will be able to develop your own applications based on Shortcovers’ SDK. The program officially will launch June 1st, 2009 but you can apply and be part of the process and create applications.
The TELUS Samsung OMNIA launched today and we will be doing a full review of this new 5 megapixel touchscreen over the next few days. In the meantime, we took some time to unbox this and show you the contents of what you can expect when you get your hands on yours.
Some features of the OMNIA are its 3.2 inch touchscreen (240 x 400 pixels), 5 megapixel camera with Samsung’s “Sharepix” that allows you to instantly upload pics to your favourite social networking sites. Full HTML Browser etc… we will gain more info on this over the next few days.
Check out the unboxing:
When activated it would notify authorities and dispatch them via its GPS coordinates. It reads: “To provide greater security, an electronic device in a security mode can be configured to enter a ‘lock-down’ mode when the device is exposed to vibration or acceleration above a predetermined lock-down threshold, thereby preventing unauthorized use of the device,” the company adds. “The vibration/acceleration lock-down threshold for a lock-down mode may be set to be the same as a security threshold for sending a security transmission or may be set to a different level of vibration/acceleration.”