A couple months back there were rumours of 5 upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices that will make their over to Canada. You can see the list here, but one of those devices was called the HTC Schubert and scheduled to hit TELUS. No word on timing or prices but a video was leaked online. The Schubert comes with an aluminum unibody, just like the HTC Legend. It’s also rumoured that the screen will be 3.7 inches and have a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Check out the video after the break.
TELUS confirmed last week that the new BlackBerry Torch 9800 will be released sometime later “this year”. Soon after it was revealed that Virgin, Rogers and Bell will also be releasing the BlackBerry slider device. Bell stated sometime in the Fall but Rogers gave a hint with a potential release date of “the coming weeks”.
News today comes from the TheBerryFix as they received a tip that stated TELUS has a scheduled release date set for Thursday, September 16th. No word on a price points but if this date is true it’ll be launched only 4 weeks after AT&T releases it.
Will you be holding out for the new BlackBerry 9800?
Having more payment options is always a good thing. A few days ago we let you know about the Virgin will be following Koodo Mobile and creating something called a “SuperTab” where you can get a device without a contract and without paying full price. It’s now live on their site but apparently it’s officially being announced tomorrow.
It currently looks like the SuperTab is available only a their higher end devices like the iPhone, BlackBerry and the HTC Legend. It’s “subject to approval” but anyone with a valid credit card will get the green light. The SuperTab amount ranges from as low as $25 to as high as $500 and you choose the amount, and plan. Every month 10% of your bill goes towards paying down the remaining balance on your SuperTab. In addition, you can upgrade to another device anytime you want. Virgin will also be offering a promo that gives you an extra 5% if you get the iPhone or BlackBerry 9700 on a voice & data bill over $65 a month.
Update: The “SuperTab has now been added to all Virgin devices and eliminated are the 2-year contract.
Check it out here at Virgin
PC Mobile has just released the slide out QWERTY Samsung Entro. This is a decent deal if you’re looking for a prepaid device as it’ll only cost you $109 (you also get a $10 start up credit). Specs of the Entro has this with a 2.6-inch touchscreen display (resolution of 240×320), 1.3 megapixel camera, Music player and can hold up to 32 GB with a microSD card.
On a good note this is cheaper than getting the Entro from both Bell or Solo. Bell has this on a prepaid for $129.95
and over at Solo it goes for $149.99. So if this is the device for you it’s worth shopping around.
Check it out here over at PC Mobile
The Apple iPhone 4 launched. It has antenna issues and Apple gave free cases to all and said they are working on a solution. More news as Apple’s SVP of iPhone and iPod hardware engineering, Mark Papermaster, has left the company.
There’s no confirmation from Apple if he was decided to leave or if he was fired but according to John Gruber of Daring Fireball: “From what I’ve heard, it’s clear he was sacked. Papermaster was a conspicuous absence at the Antennagate press conference. Inside Apple, he’s “the guy responsible for the antenna” — that’s a quote from a source back on July 23. (Another quote from the same source: “Apparently the antenna guys used to have a big chip on their shoulder. No more.”)
Taking over for Papermaster will be Apple SVP Bob Mansfield who’s been in charge of Macintosh hardware engineering.
Remember a few weeks ago when Wind Mobile Chairman Anthony Lacavera stated that they’ll be launching be 1 if not 2 Android-powered devices? Well, this past week they released the first being the Huawei U8100 and it now seems the next one will be the Motorola Milestone XT720.
Checking out this screenshot shows this OS 2.1 device apparently in their inventory. No word on when this will be released or at what price, but here’s what the specs are that it has a 3.7 inch display with a resolution of 480×854, 8MP camera, auto-focus, flash and can record HD 720p videos, WiFi, can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card.
If this is true it will be a nice addition to their lineup. Any guesses on what the price could be? $450?
We’ve got to remember that there is a device out there for everyone… and not everybody needs a high quality smartphone like the Galaxy Vibrant. Hence why Virgin is set to release the Samsung Gravity 3 on their CDMA network. We saw this pop on the Samsung website a couple weeks ago and the specs show this having a slide out QWERTY keyboard, 2.4-inch display (resolution of 240 x 320) and a 2 megapixel camera.
What we didn’t know is the pricing… thanks to The Source weekly flyer for revealing the upcoming prices to be $29.99 on a 3-year contract and $149.99 no contract. Also, we’re hearing this will officially be launching next week.
Fresh off the release of the Android HTC 6250 it looks like MTS is set to add the BlackBerry Bold 9650 to their lineup. Taking a gander at this brochure shows the famous “Coming Soon” with no indication of dates or pricing. Quick specs on the 9650 has a 2.4 inch display (resolution of 480×360), full QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera, WiFi, trackpad.
Do the people located in Manitoba like this news?
I know the new Android-powered Galaxy S Vibrant was a very anticipated device… but I didn’t think that such a big lineup would form outside Bell’s Yonge and Eglinton location. Apparently the line started forming around 3:00am. Bell sent out a press release that interviewed the fist people in line, John and his wife Sarah: “Tomorrow is my wife’s birthday, and I wanted to give her a great gift. I like everything about the Galaxy S – the Android OS, video recording and Social Hub.”
Have you picked up a Vibrant? There are a couple more pics after the break (more…)
Wireless competition is a fierce game in Canada these days. We’ve got the new entrants looking to gain the trust and loyalty. Then we’ve got the incumbents Rogers, Bell and TELUS starting to offer customers lower handset prices and cheaper monthly rate plans. Then there are the sub-brands like Koodo Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Fido, Solo and Chatr all fighting for market share.
It was officially declared yesterday during the Bell Q2 conference call that Solo Mobile will re-launch sometime this month and offer unlimited talk and text plans. No official word on what cities but most likely it’ll be where Mobilicity, Chatr and Wind Mobile are located: Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton and Ottawa.
I checked out the recorded conference call and found the actual clip of CEO George Cope discussing the Solo strategy. He stated that “On Chatr, obviously it’s a significant competitive development. We will respond to that. Solo Unlimited will launch. It will launch in August. It’ll be competitive with Chatr and it’ll cost us no capital at all because it will go on our CDMA network where we’ve been moving clients off of CDMA to HSPA. So for us the unlimited won’t cost our shareholders any capital. It’s a development in the marketplace and we’ll, as we said defend our 3rd of the Postpaid market. And so we’ll be in the marketplace this quarter with Solo Unlimited. No surprise to anyone because we’ve said that since the beginning we’re always going to remain competitive and our pricing will competitive”. (more…)