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Google Instant for mobile now available in Canada


Google Instant for mobile has been rolled out globally now. Similar to the desktop version users can simply start typing their searches and Google will come up with some possible predictions. Google Instant is only currently available for Android that have OS 2.2 or higher and iOS4 devices. To use this feature visit Google.com on your mobile browser and enable Google Instant.

Source: Google (more…)

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inPulse Smartwatch for BlackBerry “is still very much alive”, still in beta testing


It’s been such a long journey so far for Waterloo-based Allerta. They are the makers of the first BlackBerry watch called “inPulse Smartwatch”. News started to pop up about them way back in early October of 2009. Soon after those who wanted to jump on board were offered the opportunity to a pre-order (that was late October 2009). Then in April of 2010 Allerta said that inPulse “is almost here”… but half a year later a recent tweet by the company reads that “inPulse is still very much alive. Just hunkered down in beta testing at the moment. Check out a recent *BETA*”.

We want Allerta to succeed – mainly because they have a great idea and operate in Canada. The inPulse Smartwatch connects wirelessly to your phone by Bluetooth and alerts you of incoming emails, SMS and calls… perhaps 2011 will be the year of the inPulse watch. For now you can check out some of the videos that have surfaced (more…)

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$50 Unlimited plan arrives at Fido


All the new carriers have unlimited plans and so does Chatr, Solo, Virgin and Koodo. Now Rogers original sub-brand has created their own and basically killing off their own $60 City Fido plan. The reason: for $50 a month you get basically everything (except Call Display): Unlimited minutes (with per second billing), unlimited Incoming local calls, unlimited evening & weekends and unlimited texting (incoming/outgoing/outgoing international. You could essentially take this plan and add 1GB of data for $30 and it beats the current iPhone plan. Next up is for Fido to create better data packages.

Update: The $50 Unlimited plan is a promo that’s on until December 31st.

Source: Fido
(Thanks Chris!)

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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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