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Apple starts shipping iPhone 4 orders to Canada

Good news for those people who opted to order online and not to wait in line to get the new iPhone 4. The launch date was on July 30th and if you bought online Apple stated the iPhone 4 had a ship date of 3 week. However, some lucky Canadians have started to receive e-mails with confirmations that their device has been shipped and en route by FedEx.

Hopefully the iPhone 4 in white will be available soon too.

Via: iPhoneInCanada


Rogers giving “special customers” $100 credit to sign a 3-year

Looks like Rogers is also tempting existing customers with other services to get a wireless device (Bell recently had a similar promo for those located in Quebec). Apparently a letter was sent out to “special customers” for them to receive a $100 credit when they activate a smartphone on a 3-year contract. We don’t have the promo code but if you want to see if you can score this deal the number to call is 1-866-269-1956.


Rogers BlackBerry Torch 9800 display arrives, minus the device

It’s known that Rogers will be releasing the upcoming BlackBerry Torch 9800 “in the coming weeks” and thanks to one of our tipsters for sending in this shot of the display case. This is a kiosk version and as you can tell the only thing missing is the actual Torch itself, but this is progress and a sign that the release is coming soon! Rumours are that Rogers will be available in a couple colours, black and white. No word yet on the official launch date or pricing. We’ll update you when we find out more.

Update: Were now getting tips that the launch date is scheduled for September 15th, not confirmed.


Samsung gives $15 coupon to those who sign up for their app store

Samsung has their own App Store, not yet as powerful or robust as the Apple App Store or Google’s Android Market but still a good place to get apps for your device. Good news for those who want to give a go as Samsung has come out with a promotion that gives you a coupon worth $15. It’s currently only looks like the deal is available on the Samsung Wave and the offer is available until September 30th. Reading over the T&C’s it says this is coupon is only available to new users.

On another Samsung note, Top Five Global Apps on bada over the past week are
1. Connect 4U
2. Need For Speed Shift
3. ARDefender
5. Magic Torch

Check it out the $15 coupon here at Samsung


WIND drops price of first data stick plan by $10… plus intros 2 new plans

WIND keeps the discounts coming. They just dropped the price of their first data stick plan – the “Infinite Laptop” – by $10 to only $45 a month (used to be $55/month). Here you get Unlimited data in any WIND Zone but must abide by their fair use policy. For those wanting a bit more choice, WIND has introduced a couple more plans to the growing list. Hopefully all these plans won’t start confusing people. The “Charged Laptop” is for $35 a month and gives you 3GB of data in any WIND Zone. The “Social Laptop” is for $25 a month and gives you 1GB of data in any WIND Zone.

In addition, the Huawei E181 has also dropped down to a low $80 (with the rebate promo).
Check it out here at WIND

(Thanks Nadim!)


KPMG: 15% of Canadians have done banking through a mobile device

A new report is out today from KPMG called Consumers & Convergence IV. It goes into detail of how we are integrating the internet and mobile technology into our every day activities. This was an international survey of 5,000 people in 22 countries, Canada’s had a total of 300 that were included in the survey.

Here’s what KPMG found when it came to Canadian doing mobile banking, security and privacy.
- 63% are “very concerned” about privacy (globally it’s 67%)
- 58% are “very concerned” about security (globally it’s 59%)
- 19% feel comfortable using their mobile phone for financial transactions (globally it’s 34%)
- 15% have done banking through a mobile device (globally it’s 45%)
- 8% have made purchases using a mobile phone through a website (up 50% from last year but globally it’s 28%)

Many banking institutions in Canada have recently come out with their own apps on all major platforms such as BlackBerry, iPhone and Android. Back in April CIBC launched their iPhone app and their app alone found 100,00 downloads in the first month and had over 1 million client logins. Then ING and TD Bank followed with their mobile banking apps. In February, a report showed that only 9% of Canadians are accessing their account to check their balance. Bob Hedges of consulting firm Mercatus said that we Canadians are “at the tipping point in terms of adoption“.

So it looks like mobile banking is on an upswing over the past few months. Do make up this 15% of Canadians who are comfortable with mobile banking?

Source: CNW


LG Neon2 now available at Rogers

The second generation of the Neon has officially landed at Rogers. The Neon2 has some improvements from the original, mainly the increased screen size, memory and the overall design looks cleaner.

The Neon2 packs a slideout QWERTY keyboard, 3-inch WQVGA touchscreen display with a resolution of 240×400 (was a 2.4-inch display with the fist Neon), can hold up to 8GB with a microSD card (was only 4 before), 2 megapixel camera with video, FM radio, MP3 player, Bluetooth. Overall dimensions are 107.5×52.5×15.9mm with a weight of 122 grams (was 109 grams before).

The Neon2 is priced at a low $19.99 on a 3-year contract, but we’ve already seen this hit a low $0.00 at Future Shop. Other price points range all the way up to a decent $174.99 no-contract. This will probably find it’s way over to Fido soon.

More here at Rogers


Samsung Galaxy Apollo launching in Canada for Back to School

Earlier today we received an e-mail from our friends at Samsung that promotes their Back-to-School product lineup. In it was the Samsung R580 notebook, ML-1665 printer, PL 150 digital camera, a washer and a dryer and the recently launched Samsung Wave and Galaxy S Vibrant. In addition, at the very bottom was an unreleased and unannounced device that confirms it’s coming to Canada soon.

The Samsung Galaxy Apollo was rumoured to be launching with TELUS and with this news it seems to be true… the question now is when is the official release date and what’s the pricing. The description gives a bit more insight into this new Android but this device is known to have a 3.2-inch AMOLED display, WiFi, 5 megapixel camera that record 720p videos, Swype. No word on which Android OS but most likely it’s 2.1.

We’ll have more info soon.


Mobilicity introduces their Family Plan

Last week Mobilicity said a Family Plan were coming soon and now it’s officially available. The details are exactly the same from what they said before, nothing new. If you have the primary line you can get up to 4 additional family lines. Mobilicity says that “Each additional family member line you add to your account means another $5 off your total amount due each month”. In order to get the credit the primary line must have the $35 plan or above and the additional lines must sign up for the $25 plan or higher. The unfortunate part is that this offer cannot be combined with any other Mobilicity offers.

More here at Mobilicity


Video Review: TELUS HTC Desire

Once in a while there’s a phone that actually lives up to the specs, the HTC Desire is one of those devices. This newest Android device from TELUS comes with OS 2.1 and the much talked about 3.7-inch Sony Super LCD display (resolution of 480×800). Other devices claim to have a 1GHz Snapdragon processor inside, but unfortunately underclock it. I’ve been using this for over a week and can say that the 1GHz Snapdragon processor is not underclocked and has zero lag time. Even switching between the 7 screens or running several applications at the same time there’s not a hint of the performance being stalled.

You’ll see in the video that the design is very similar to the Nexus One and I believe that this is the best Android device that TELUS currently has… and also the best HTC device that’s officially launched in Canada. The price point is right on the money with the 3-year being at $79.99 and ranges to a decent $449.99 no-contract. For the camera, it comes with a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus, flash and video. The pictures came out looking good – both inside and outside. The video was good quality but the sound quality came out as if it I was a few feet away. Generally not a big deal just something to be aware of. Speaking of sound quality, no issues with calls made or received. Using this as my primary device with constant use of e-mail, web, pictures/video, apps I found the battery life gave me 6 hours and needed to be charged on a regular basis. If you’re just going to use this occasionally you should have no problems.

Other cool features of the Desire is that it comes with HTC Sense UI built-in, Friend Strea, Live Wallpapers, access to the Android Market, WiFi and can TELUS is throwing in an 8GB microSD card (can hold up to 16GB). Still, hands down the best Android device that TELUS has in their lineup.

Check out the video after the jump. (more…)