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BlackBerry Torch 9800 BOGO deal at Wireless etc. until December 4th


So far this deal could be the best one yet this holiday season. Over at Costco locations Wireless etc. is offering a Bell BlackBerry Torch 9800 buy One Get One free deal. From what we can see the deal is valid from November 25th to December 4th and is good for activations on 3-year contracts (for both devices and upgrades excluded). Also – this has an incredible price of $169.99. Anyone going for this deal?

Update: It seems that there is fine print of course: “*Limited time offer. New activation of two Bell 3-year voice and data plans with a monthly minimum of $50 per line required. Excludes upgrades. Not stackable with other Costco cash card offers. †Proof of small business required for rate plan. Offer valid until December 4, 2010. While supplies last”. Link here

(Thanks Doug!)

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Apple takes $51 off the price of all iPads, today only.


If you’ve been waiting for Apple to put the iPad on sale, today is your day. A magical $51 has been shaved from the price of all models and if you order online it’ll leave Apple within 24 hours. Apple states there is a “limit 10 per customer” and have listed the following prices:

iPad with Wi-Fi:
16GB is $498.00 (Was $549.00)
32GB is $598.00 (Was $649.00)
64GB is $698.00 (Was $749.00)

iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G:
16GB is $628.00 (Was $679.00)
32GB is $728.00 (Was $779.00)
64GB is $828.00 (Was $879.00)

Check it out here at Apple Canada

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Video: Throw test of the OtterBox iPhone 4 Defender Series Case


We got this OtterBox iPhone 4 Defender Series Case for review and just like all the other OtterBox cases they are well thought out. Access to the buttons/ports are all there and comfortable – but the case will add an extra 60 grams of weight. The good thing about this case is that it can protect you from almost anything – drops, bumps, and shock (not water). In typical OtterBox style the case is made up of 3 materials that protect your beloved device: Clear protective membrane on touch screen, a polycarbonate shell and silicone skin.

To test this out I grabbed my iPhone 4 and chucked it several times down my street. Actually it was 3 times and it went about 15 feet in the air and about 15 feet in distance. So way beyond than the normal day-to-day bump or drop. Check out the video after the break (more…)

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Google Nexus One drops to $49.95 on Videotron’s “reduced price”


Videotron launched their new network on September 9th and one of their glorious devices they released was the Google Nexus One. This Android 2.2 smartphone had a “reduced price” of $99.95 and a no-contract price of $479.95. Shortly after launching it quickly sold out but now they have stock and also have also dropped the price – perfect timing as we head into the holiday season. This is now available for $49.95 on a “reduced price” but unfortunately the no-contract price stayed the same.

In addition, they have also dropped the reduced price of the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 to $0.00 and the Motorola XT720 to $99.95.

Check it out here at Videotron

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LG Breeze now available at Koodo Mobile, $150 outright


Koodo has released the LG Breeze and immediately threw it on sale for a decent $150 outright. If interested – their Tab pricing is $0.00. As for the specs of this slide-out QWERTY messaging device it comes with a 2.8-inch display (resolution of 240 x 400), 3MP with video capabilities, holds up to 8GB with a microSD card, Bluetooth, Speakerphone.

Get it here at Koodo

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Public Mobile offers free TTC Metropass with purchase of a phone


Public Mobile is offering another incentive for potential customers to sign up. Reps are hanging around various subway stations in Toronto (Union, Finch and Kennedy) handing out flyers that offer a free December TTC Metropass when they purchase a Kyocera G2GO phone ($99) and sign up for the $40 plan. Pretty good deal considering a Metropass costs $121.

Update: We’ve been informed from Public that “This is a two day offer. It is good for a regular priced G2GO phone (now $99) and with the $40 plan. Customers can’t combine this offer with other offers. And if they return the phone, they have to return the TTC pass as well.”

(Thanks disinvent!)

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Content Ratings coming to all Android apps


Google posted a note on the Android Developers blog that they will be introducing content ratings for the Android Market. This will start showing up within a few weeks and “will provide users with additional information to help them select the best applications for them”. There will be 4 levels in which developers will categorize their apps: All, Pre-teen, Teen, & Mature.

“To prepare for this launch, starting next week, developers submitting new or updated applications will be required to include a rating for all applications and games uploaded onto Android Market. In addition, developers will have the next several weeks to add a rating to their existing applications and games. Once content rating is visible to users, any applications or games that do not include a rating will be treated as “Mature”.”

Apple did this with their App Store and Android developers will most likely be gunning to be included in the “All” category, but here are some guidelines they’ll have to follow. Apps with “Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, Gambling, Profanity, Crude Humor, Sexual and Suggestive Content” should be rated Teen or above. Location-based app should be rated All but has some limitations. Those apps that enable users to publish or share their location should be rated “Teen” or above. Also, Hate speech is not allowed in Android Market.

Source: Android developer blog
Via: IntoMobile

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BlackBerry Curve 3G now available at Videotron


As expected the BlackBerry Curve 3G has officially landed at Videotron. This can be yours for $49.95 on their “reduced price” plan or $349.95 no-contract. As for specs, the Curve 3G comes with a QWERTY keyboard, a 2.4 inch display (resolution 320 x 240), BlackBerry OS 5.0, trackpad, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, HTML browser, 2 megapixel camera and holds up to 32 GB with a microSD card.

More here at Videotron
(Thanks Jeremie!)

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Videotron offers free month of service*


With all the competition in Quebec we’ve seen offers and promotions come out of every carrier – handset reductions, monthly price plan drops and even the adoption by every carrier with an Unlimited Quebec monthly plan. A new promo by Videotron has arrived and the deal is a first month of free service. It’s a good deal as saving money is always a good thing, especially if you go for the most expensive plan.

However, reading the fine print there are some details for those who can actually get this deal… “This limited-time offer is intended to new residential customers subscribing to Videotron mobile service. Regular rate apply as of the second month. This offer does not apply for Videotron wireless customers who migrate on the 3G+ network”.

So if you’re a residential customer who’s been holding on to your home phone and want to give Videotron a go… now might be the time to do so. However, the key word in the fine print is “intended”… so it’s possible it they have flexibility of who can get the first month free.

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LG Optimus Quantum hitting SaskTel soon (Windows Phone 7 device)


Another new device is on its way to SaskTel. This time it’s the newly released Windows Phone 7 powered LG Optimus Quantum. No word on a price points or an official launch date but they stated on Twitter that its “coming soon”. This LG Optimus Quantum has a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, has a full 4-row QWERTY keyboard, 3.5-inch touchscreen (480×800), 5 megapixel camera, LED and records 720p videos, 3.5 mm headset jack, WiFi and is the heaviest WP7 device at 180 grams.

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