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RIM creates 4 main principles of “lawful” access

Both the Saudi Arabian and Indian government have been giving RIM the gears over the past couple weeks over security concerns. They’ve threatened at one point or another to shut down the BlackBerry service if RIM doesn’t comply with their security requirements, specifically when it comes to BBM, internet browser and e-mail. RIM has issued a statement that outlines 4 basic points where they would allow “lawful” access:

1. The carriers’ capabilities be limited to the strict context of lawful access and national security requirements as governed by the country’s judicial oversight and rules of law.

2. The carriers’ capabilities must be technology and vendor neutral, allowing no greater access to BlackBerry consumer services than the carriers and regulators already impose on RIM’s competitors and other similar communications technology companies.

3. No changes to the security architecture for BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers since, contrary to any rumors, the security architecture is the same around the world and RIM truly has no ability to provide its customers’ encryption keys. Also driving RIM’s position is the fact that strong encryption is a fundamental commercial requirement for any country to attract and maintain international business anyway and similarly strong encryption is currently used pervasively in traditional VPNs on both wired and wireless networks in order to protect corporate and government communications.

4. RIM maintains a consistent global standard for lawful access requirements that does not include special deals for specific countries.

Source: RIM
via: IntoMobile & BBCool


SaskTel prepares for 3G+ network, attempts to ditch old CDMA devices with $0 Smartphone Sale

SaskTel is apparently launching their new 3G+ network on Monday and in an attempt to get rid of old stock they’ve thrown a promo together. It’s called “Once Upon a Smart Choice” and don’t get me wrong, it’s a smart choice if you’re looking for old outdated phones that use an old technology. The deals are OK but the best one by far is the BlackBerry Storm for $0.00 on a 3-year contract (this is the best deal).

Just remember that you can expect these devices to arrive when the new network launches: Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant, BlackBerry Bold 9700, BlackBerry Pearl 9100, Nokia 7230, Samsung Gravity 3, Samsung Gravity Touch and the Nokia 6350.

You can check out the deal here at SaskTel


TELUS releases the BlackBerry Curve 3G

TELUS has comes through and launched the BlackBerry Curve 3G (9300). The best thing about this QWERTY devices other than it’s new is that it will be upgradable to the new BlackBerry 6 OS. Other notable features are the 2.4 inch display with a resolution 320 x 240, Wi-Fi, GPS, 2 megapixel camera and can hold up to 32 GB with a microSD card.

Price wise here’s what you’re looking at:
No-contract: $329.99
1-year contract: $279.99
2-year contract: $229.99
3-year contract: $79.99 (Promo price with a Voice and Data rate plan of $50 or more)

(Goodnight old CDMA Curve 8530)
Check it here over at TELUS


Motorola i1 Android iDEN hitting Airtel Wireless soon

Calgary-based Airtel Wireless launched their iDEN network back in July of last year, their major competition is TELUS’ Mike Network as they both offer “Push-to-Connect” services. They haven’t officially released a new device for what seems to be months but that’s all about to change soon.

We received an e-mail from Airtel stating “Airtel Wireless in Calgary was approved this week by Google to offer the new Motorola Android i1 in Canada. We will receive our first order in approx 4 weeks. We are very excited to offer the newest Android products on our iDEN network in Calgary.”

No word on pricing but it’s always good to have another option of where you can pick the i1 up. This will be available “sometime this fall” on the Mike Network too.

Update: Regarding the pricing, you can expect this to be priced at $399.99 no contract.


WIND slashes between $20-$40 off entire device lineup

So what do you do when you’re already offering a $150 credit to port your number over, plus giving 50% off plans… you follow it up by giving between $20 to $40 off the price of a handset. That’s what WIND Mobile has done, perhaps a back to school sale or clearing stock for some new devices. The offer is good until September 15th and sees the devices drop to the following:

BlackBerry Bold 9700: $430 (was $450)
Samsung Gravity 2: $110 (was $130)
Huawei E181 Data Stick: $130 (was $150)
Huawei U1250: $50 (was $70)
Huawei U7519: $50 (was $90)
Huawei U8100: $140 (was $160 and probably the cheapest Android around)
Nokia 5230: $160 (was $180)
HTC Maple: $180 (was $200)

Update: Reading over the terms and conditions, just so you know it says the following: “Rebates will be issued within 10-12 weeks of the end of the offer. Rebates will be paid by in Canadian dollars by cheque and mailed via Canada Post Letter Mail to the address on your WIND account. Timely cashing of the rebate check is a necessary condition to obtain a rebate under this offer. In the event your rebate check is not cashed within 90 days, the rebate offer expires and is void. Cheques are void if not cashed within 90 days from the issuance date and cannot be reissued.”

Check it out over at WIND


Gartner report shows the Android revolution is in full effect

Gartner has released some impressive global mobile stats… it gives a good indication of where the industry is heading. Their reports shows that Q2 had an increase of 13.8% compared to last year. This relates to a massive 325.6 million mobile units shipped. Want more impressive stats? Smartphone users now account for 19% of worldwide mobile device sales (up 50.5% from last year) to 61.6 million units.

The top 5 mobile manufactures stack up in this order: Nokia (34.2% marketshare), Samsung (20.1% marketshare), LG (9% marketshare), RIM (3.4% marketshare), Sony Ericsson (3.4% marketshare). But the most impressive statistic is how dominant Google’s Android OS is becoming. Taking a look at the chart shows the “End User Operating System” that the only 2 platforms to increase their market share were Android (increase of 15.4% over last year) and iOS (increase of 1.2% over last year).

Source: Gartner
Via: AndroidCentral


Virgin dishes out a $50 accessory credit to those who use the “SuperTab”

Virgin came out with their “SuperTab” payment option. Basically axing the 2-year contracts and giving customers another way to pay for a device without having to sign a contract. Before you go this route make sure you read all the fine print, check out the details here. When you do decide to opt for the SuperTab you’ll be happy to know that Virgin is going to treat you right and give you a $50 accessory credit. The deal goes until August 31st.

(Thanks Tipster!)


LG Cookie Plus exclusively released by TELUS, flavoured in Pink and Charcoal

Another touchscreen has made its way over to TELUS… this time it’s the LG Cookie Plus. It’s comes with decent specs for the price point. This has a 3-inch display (resolution of 240×400), 3 megapixel camera with video, MP3 player, can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card and weighs a lite 92 grams.

According to the internal doc we received it shows the following pricing: $179.99 no-contract; $129.99 1-year contract; $79.99 2-year contract and a long 3-year is 29.99. This hasn’t made it to the TELUS site yet but it also comes in either Pink or Charcoal.

(Thanks Tipster!)


Rogers LG Neon2 immediately hits $0.00 before launch

The Rogers LG Neon2 will be available soon but that has not stopped our friends over at Future Shop for putting this in their latest flyer. We were sent an image of the flyer that will go into effect tomorrow until August 19th. As you can see the text friendly LG Neon2 has already been slashed down in price to the ripe cost of $0.00 on a 3-year. To make things better they’re throwing in a $50 Gift Card. If you’re planning on getting this device it’s always good to know where you can save a few bucks.

You’ll also see the Bell LG Rumour Plus priced at $39.99 on a 3-year beside it… don’t get excited, this launch has been delayed until August 27th. (more…)


Video: BlackBerry 9700 vs. BlackBerry 9800 browser comparison

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 was officially released today in the States, but will be coming to Canada “in the coming weeks”. One of the main features of the new BlackBerry 6 OS is the WebKit browser. Adam over at did a good review of the old browsing experience that we’re used to on the Bold 9700 to the new WebKit browser experience on the Torch 9800. Rendering sites is a big shift but the most impressive change is the speed.  Check it out after the break (more…)