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Update: WIND releases $40 all in talk, text and data plan


The competition between the new carriers is actually more intense than the competition against the incumbents. Mobilicity recently came out with their Holiday promos that gave an all-in $40 monthly talk, text and data plan… now it seems if this spreadsheet is correct that WIND will come out blazing by matching them with their own $40 Always Shout + Infinite promo.

The details are trickling in but it’ll become available December 10th until the 26th. These promo are valid not just for the usual 6 months but until you stay on the same plan. Apparently it’s not only for new customers but existing customers will be able to get in on this deal also. Which is insanely good. Here are the breakdown of the plans:

Always Talk & Text: $25/month
Canada & US Texting
Canada & US MMA
Unlimited Province Wide Calling
Caller ID
WIND to WIND Calling (Nationwide)
Call Waiting, Forwarding, 3 way calling

Always Shout + Infinite: $40/month
Canada & US Texting
Canada & US MMA
Unlimited Province Wide Calling
Caller ID
WIND to WIND Calling (Nationwide)
Call Waiting, Forwarding, 3 way calling
Voicemail
Canada Wide Calling
U.S. Long Distance
Global Text Messaging
Data (Infinite BlackBerry/Infinite Mobile)

UPDATE: All this is now confirmed. 100% true and good forever (as long as you stay on the same plan and keep your account in good standing). $40 Unlimited Talk, Text & Data. Remember that when you step outside the WIND Zone you’ll be charged roaming at $0.25/minute for calls (in Canada) and $0.10 per 25KB for Data (In Canada).

It’s not on the site yet but you best be calling WIND customer service to get this: 1-877-946-3184

Source: RFD
Via: HoFo

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Consumer Reports rates Canadian cellphone carriers


In the January 2011 issue of the Consumer Reports they give a good breakdown of different cellphones – mostly based for models in the United States. However, they have compiled a list of the Canadian cellphone carriers. Ratings are based on 12,317 Canadian responses (combined of prepaid and postpaid) with the categories of overall value, services (voice, texting, data) and consumer support (phone, website, staff knowledge and issue resolved). Here are the results:

Based out of 100, SaskTel came up on top with an overall reader satisfaction with 71. Virgin came in next with 69 and Rogers and Bell tied for last place with 57. In regards to overall value – SaskTel and Virgin again came out on top and deja vu happened with Rogers and Bell at the bottom. For some reason none of the new entrants are even listed on the poll. Overall it looks like Virgin Fido and TELUS generally have a clean slate. Ironically, Bell scored fair or poor in most categories and their goal is “to be recognized by customers as Canada’s leading communications company”.

So what do you think… is this an accurate representation of the carriers listed? (more…)

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TELUS BlackBerry Bold 9780 now available in White


It seems like BlackBerry exclusives are rare these days as it used to be Rogers that had the monopoly on the white model in Canada… but now every carrier has this colour available. Today TELUS has released the Bold 9780 in White – same price points at $99.99 on a 3-year and ranges to $499.99 no-contract.

As for specs, this newest Bold comes with a BlackBerry 6 OS, 2.4-inch display (resolution of 480×360), 5 megapixel camera with flash and video, full QWERTY keyboard with trackpad, GPS, full HTML browser, holds up to 32GB with a microSD card, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi (b/g/n) and a 3.5mm headset jack.

This has yet to make it on the TELUS site but it’s available now.
(Thanks tipster!)

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Bell Palm Pre dropping to a low $149.95 no-contract


Remember the Bell Palm Pre? It’s still chugging along and starting tomorrow you’ll see this what certainly feels like a last attempt to deplete stock. Yes – the no-contract price for this once highly awarded smartphone will be on sale for $149.95. Honestly this is probably the best price around for a solid device (unfortunately it’s on the CDMA network though) but webOS is a great platform.

We say bring on the Palm Pre2 Rogers!

Source: PreCentral & All Things Mobile

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Mobilicity donates $40,000 to the S’Cool Life Fund


More Mobilicity news today – this time they have donated a cool $40,000. All of the monies raised were employee and partner driven and will go towards the S’Cool Life Fund – a non-profit that funds Canadian elementary public school extracurricular activities.Since launching in 2005 the initiative has awarded over $1.75 million worth of grants to help supplement D.R.E.A.M.S: “Drama, Recreation, Extra Curricular, Music, and Sports”.

Chairman of Mobilicity and also of the S’Cool Life Fund said “We are delighted to have Mobilicity on board as we help an increasing number of Canadian public elementary schools enrich student life. Going to school isn’t just about learning the three ‘Rs’ – it’s also about developing new interests and stretching your imagination.”

Nice to see them giving back.
Source: CNW

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Top free, paid and grossing apps of 2010 revealed by Apple


The app business is exploding and Apple has revealed the top free, paid and grossing apps of 2010. Angry Birds by Rovio appears on all 3 of the lists but for the free category, Facebook comes out as the leader then Angry Birds Lite, Words With Friends Free followed by Skype. Top paid is Angry Birds then Doodle Jump, and Skee-Ball. Now no word on how much revenue each app has brought on in the top grossing category. MLB.com At Bat 2010 was number one, then Angry Birds and Call of Duty: Zombies. Check out the complete top 10 in each section after the break (more…)

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Concept idea: “Jump-Start CARD” lets you share your battery life


Having a strong battery life is probably one of the most important features on a mobile device – there is nothing worse than having your battery drained in the middle of the day. Here’s a great concept idea that’s called the “Jump-Start CARD”. Basically you would get a battery life kick from another battery when they are placed on the card… just like jumper cables do on your car. The only issue is finding somebody who would be willing to drain their battery. (more…)

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TELUS HTC Desire now free on 3-year; no-contract $449.99


The TELUS HTC Desire now runs of Android OS 2.2 and has again been shifted in price. This time its hit the bottom price of $0.00 on a 3-year and good news for those who don’t want to commit – the no-contract price has been brought back and it can be yours for $449.99. Notable specs of the Desire have it with a 3.7-inch touchscreen display (resolution of 480×800), a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, WiFi and a 5 megapixel camera. This deal looks to be on until December 12th.

More here over at TELUS

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Bell promotes Stephen Howe to become EVP and CTO of wireline and wireless network


Effective January 1st Bell’s wireline and wireless network will have a new leader. Not much of a change as J. Trevor Anderson is retiring after 39 years and taking on the reins is current SVP and CTO Stephen Howe – he will become Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

Howe was one of the executives that were responsible in building out their HSPA+ network. George Cope, President and CEO of Bell and BCE said “Stephen Howe is uniquely qualified to accelerate Bell’s communications network leadership position at a global level. With his extensive experience in building large-scale and high-quality digital networks, Stephen knows how to leverage the power of broadband to deliver the communications services that matter to customers”.

Source: BCE

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Bell BlackBerry Style 9670 officially available


It’s finally official and right on schedule. You can now get yourself the latest BlackBerry device from Bell…  the CDMA flip BlackBerry Style 9670 can be yours on these price points: No-contract: $399.95; 1-year: $374.95; 2-year: $349.95 and the 3-year at $49.95.

The Style has a 2.0-inch external display (resolution of 240 x 320) and a 2.7-inch internal display (resolution of 360 x 400), the new BlackBerry 6 OS, full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, WiFi, trackpad, built-in GPS, holds up to 32GB with a microSD card, Bluetooth. Overall dimensions are 96 x 60 x 18.5mm when closed and 175.5 x 60 x 18.5mm when open. As for weight, not the lightest flip on the market with it coming in at 131 grams.

Check it out here at Bell

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