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Good Cause: Motorola’s Raise Your Voice shows the love… $0.10 for every picture you view

Here’ s a good cause that you can possibly help out with. Motorola’s Raise Your Voice initiative is back this season by supporting the Canadian non-profit organization called Leave Out Violence (LOVE). They have set up a dedicated site and all you have to do is watch a slide show of pictures that appear on your screen, the donation amount increases in $0.10 increments until a max of $5.00… or you could make a donation to the cause. The goal is to raise $10,000.

Check it out here


Public Mobile extends free month of service until December 24th

All these time sensitive promotions that states something like “this offer ends December XX” all get extended/re-branded in someway. Wind Mobile has done, Mobilicity has done it and now Public Mobile has done it. Their recent discounted phone and one month free service was set to expire on December 5th, but according to the internal doc we received it shows that the promo has been extended until December 24th. So you can get the following entry level devices for these low cost prices: $30 Kyocera Tomo (was $110); $50 ZTE C70; $50 Samsung R310 (was $125) and the $50 Kyocera G02GO (was $140).

Via: Public Mobile
(Thanks theSTAR!)


Fido intros new $35 Unlimited Incoming plan

More new plans have gone into effect today. This time it’s Fido with a $35 Unlimited Incoming plan and it’s available until December 31st. So you can compare it to the other discounted plans by Virgin and Koodo… here are the details: 150 Minutes, 6pm Evening and Weekend Calling (now a standard feature), Unlimited Incoming Minutes, Unlimited International Text and Call waiting, call conferencing and Caller Display.

Source: iPhoneInCanada
Via: HowardForums


Nexus One Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread update “coming in a few weeks”

Google finally introduced Android 2.3 Gingerbread – the next upgrade in their mobile OS this morning. After the flurry of Nexus S news the rumours started to fly as users said they had already received this to their Nexus One. However, Google Android developer Reto Meier squashed the idea and said that the official OTA “should be coming in a few weeks”. For now we patiently wait…

Source: @retomeier
Via: Android Police


Koodo sweetens the deal with a $75 Visa Gift Card

The holiday promos are coming out in full swing now… carriers are hitting every angle possible to sway customers to buy from them – new plans, discounted handsets. Koodo Mobile is upping the ante by offering a free $75 Visa gift card when you buy online. This is on top of the current discounts they have. Good deal if you’re into getting one of their devices. There is fine print of course: “New activations only, gift card to be mailed 4-6 weeks after activation if account is in good standing, while quantities last”.

Still waiting on Koodo to release an Android. We’re thinking 2011 sounds good for it.
More here at Koodo

(Thanks Stephen!)


Mobilicity creates Holiday Offers… discounts plans again

A few weeks ago Mobilicity cut the number of plans they had from 6 to 3… today they have introduced a “Holiday Offer” that gives you more options at a lower cost. They have basically taken the $35 and the $45 plan and added more features and reduced the cost. The $40 a month is all in with Unlimited Data, Texting and calling. Here’s the breakdown:

$30 per month plan: Unlimited Text & Picture Messaging, Local Calling, Caller I.D. and Mobilicity to Mobilicity Calling. Voicemail, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, 3 Way Calling, Province Wide Long Distance and Canadian Long Distance.

$40 per month plan: Unlimited Data, Blackberry Internet Service, Unlimited Text & Picture Messaging, Local Calling, Caller I.D. and Mobilicity to Mobilicity Calling. Voicemail, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, 3 Way Calling, Province Wide Long Distance, Canadian Long Distance, U.S. Long Distance, Global Text Messaging. (plus the add-ons)

Crazy. This promo is available until December 24th… we’ll probably see something like this carry out into 2011. More here at Mobilicity


Nexus S landing page now live on Google, full specs revealed (updated with Video)

Google has updated their “Phone Gallery” to show the much leaked but now confirmed Nexus S. This is heading towards TMobile in the states (You’ll be able to unlock it here in Canada as it supports Quad-band GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 Tri-band HSPA: 900, 2100, 1700 HSPA type: HSDPA (7.2Mbps) HSUPA (5.76Mbps).

Other specs of the newest Nexus comes with OS 2.3 (Gingerbread), a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 4-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 480, 512MB RAM, 16GB ROM, GPS, NFC (Near-field communications), 5 megapixel camera with Flash and HD video recording, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, 1500 mAH battery and has overall dimensions are 63.0 x 123.9 mm x 10.88 mm and weighs in at 129 grams.

As for availability: “After December 16, Nexus S can be purchased (unlocked or with a T-Mobile service plan) online and in-store from all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores in the U.S. and after December 20 at Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy retailers in the U.K.” No official word on Canada.

The official description by Google says the “Nexus S is the next generation of Nexus devices co-developed by Google and Samsung. The latest Android platform (Gingerbread) paired with 1 GHz Hummingbird processor and 16GB of memory makes Nexus S one of the fastest phones on the market.”

Update: This will be priced at $529 unlocked at Best Buy. Start reaching out to your U.S. friends.



Juniper Research unveils 2011 “Top Ten Wireless Predictions”

Juniper Research has unveiled their top 10 predictions for 2011. These are global insights so some of these will not be relevant yet to us Canadians – we take a bit longer to implement some new technologies – such as Mobile Lottery Tickets… this will be a long drawn out government process to get buy in. However, there are are a few certainties for Canada in 2011: Surging Mobile Data, Mobile Handset sensitivity and mobile banking will become more popular – you’ll see Zoompass (the Big 3 joint venture) come in your daily life more with the ability to pay by mobile.

Here’s the complete top 10:

1. Surging Mobile Data Traffic
2. Augmented Reality to Enhance Mobile Games and Retail
3. Cloud-Based Operating Systems are Launched
4. Mobile Banking will become a “must-have” when opening a new account
5. Mobile Devices Begin to Replace Credit Cards
6. Mobile Handsets Become Even More Sensitive
7. Mobile Lottery Tickets Sales to Soar Fuelled by Deployments in US, Europe, and China
8. Mobile-Specific Threats Lead to Demand for Mobile-Specific Security
9. Buyouts take Social Purchasing to a New Level
10. More Vendors Develop a “GreenHeart”

Source: Juniper Research
Via: IntoMobile