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Rumour: BlackBerry PlayBook go-to market pricing revealed?

Let the rumours continue around the anticipated BlackBerry PlayBook by RIM. This news was just posted on Mobility Insider – these are the same guys who had the first hands on unreleased review of the upcoming Tablet – and they reveal that RIM will launch with 3 models of the PlayBook with the following pricing structure (with all devices having the same specs, just different internal memory): 8GB will retail for $399; 16GB will retail for $499 and a 32GB will be available for $599.

Specs have the PlayBook coming with a 7-inch LCD display, 1GHz Dual Core Symmetrical Multiprocessor with 1GB RAM, Out of the box support for BES, Front and rear cameras, full web experience and WiFi. The article also stated that “There will be no models with built-in WWAN connectivity, so if you don’t have a BlackBerry to tether your data connection for free, you will have to rely on WiFi or a Mobile Hotspot”. This is something that RIM will be possibly including for the next build in 2012.

Source: Mobility Insider
Via: BBSync


Analyst says RIM will sell 3.3 million BlackBerry PlayBooks by February 2012

With tablet wars heating up – to name a few we’ve got the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook. It’s expected that the PlayBook will be released in the February 2011 for an estimated $500 (USD).

In the first month of sales Apple sold 1 million iPads and Samsung recently announced 600,000 of the Galaxy Tabs have been sold. But what are analysts saying about RIM’s PlayBook? Oppenheimer analyst Ittai Kidron says that RIM will sell 100,000 PlayBook units in the fiscal Q4 ending Feb. 28th. In addition, Kidron estimates that for the fiscal 2012 year RIM will have successfully sold 3.2 million units for a combined total of 3.3 million PlayBooks.

Kidron stated that “If executed properly, the PlayBook could help RIM defend its enterprise leadership against intensifying competition from Apple, Android and WP7. With that said, much uncertainty remains and we’re not convinced RIM has successfully addressed its competitive smartphone gaps.”

3.3 million units multiplied by $500 = $1,650,000,000. I’d be pleased with that number.

Source: ZDNet
Via: BlackBerry Rocks


Nokia C6 coming soon to SaskTel

SaskTel customer must honestly be loving the onslaught of new devices recently – and you can thank their new 3G+ network. The next device that has been slapped with “coming soon” is the Nokia C6. A 3.2-inch touch screen device that has a resolution of 640 x 360 and comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Other notable specs have it with a 5 megapixel camera with video capabilities, WiFi, GPS, holds up to 16GB with a microSD card.

No word on when this will be available but it usually drops within a week after it’s posted as coming soon. As for pricing, it’s not to far off what Bell currently has this available for at $249.95 no-contract. Still a bit more expensive as the SaskTel no-contract price is $295; 1-year at $200; 2-year at $100 and 3-year for free.

Check it out here at SaskTel


Montreal to have cell service in subways by the end of 2013

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is finalizing a deal with Extenet that will see wireless customers have the ability to use their devices throughout 68 subway stations and adjoining underground tunnels. The project will be rolled out in phases and is estimated to be completed by the end of 2013. In addition, this initiative will cost Extenet around $50 million but they’ll make their money from every phone call as the carriers will pay out royalties to them.

Michel Lafrance, Director General of Transgesco, said that “It is even possible to talk on the phone in the tunnel while the subway is running”. The same initiative is underway in Toronto with the TTC.

Source: Canoe


LG Optimus One available now at TELUS

Another Android touchscreen is now available at TELUS – the LG Optimus One runs Android OS 2.2, has a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen (resolution of 320×480), a 600MHz processor, 3 megapixel camera (auto-focus and video capabilities), GPS, Wi-Fi and can create a WiFi Hotspot for up to 8 devices, Bluetooth and can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card. Prices for the Optimus One comes in at $199.99 no-contract; $149.99 on a 1-year; $99.99 on a 2-year and free on a 3-year.

Check it out here at TELUS


Virgin offers new “6PM Early Calling Promo”

Virgin Mobile has been laying down new plans across the board over the past couple weeks. Their free unlimited evenings & weekends begins at 7:00pm… but starting today they have yet another limited time offer called “6PM Early Calling Promo”. When a new “member” signs up on a 3-year contract or on the SuperTab you’ll get this offer of early calling.

If you’re already an existing member and visit a kiosk and ask really really nicely they’ll most likely give you this deal as “it’s better to be a member” (and no member should be treated different that another member). There’s currently no end date for this promo.


Mobilicity releases the LG Wink at $99.99

This new LG Wink that’s available at Mobilicity pales in comparison to the Google Nexus One or the recently launched Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. However, if you’re cutting out your home phone it’ll be a great first device. Specs are basic as it comes with a 2-inch display (resolution of 240 x 320), 3.5 mm headphone jack, 1.3 megapixel camera, FM radio and can hold up to 4GB with a microSD card. Price is $99.99 outright.

More here at Mobilicity


Acer Liquid Metal is heading to Rogers Wireless

Yesterday Acer held a press conference and announced that an unnamed 4.8-inch Android device will be shipping globally starting April 2011, but something more important to us Canadians was revealed during the Q&A period. Somebody in the audience asked if the Acer Liquid Metal was going to be released in the States and the answer was that currently AT&T and T-Mobile are in talks but it’s confirmed that Rogers Wireless will be releasing this device. There was no launch date or pricing revealed.

Specs of the Liquid Metal has it finished in chrome and the back cover is stainless steel. The weight is 135 grams (for comparison the iPhone 4 weighs 137 grams) and runs Android OS 2.2 (Froyo), has a 3.6-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus, LED flash and can record 720p HD video, 800 MHz Qualcomm 7230 processor, 3.5mm headset jack, WiFi, Bluetooth, hold up to 32GB.

Sounds good… is it worth waiting for though?

Source: Engadget
Via: IJSTech


Apple poaching RIM employees

Over the past couple months there has been a battle between Apple and Research In Motion. You might remember when Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs went on a tirade about how they have “now passed RIM. And I don’t see them catching up with us in the foreseeable future”. Then RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie fired back and said that “customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple”.

Whichever side you take the mobile industry is certainly heating up and manufacturers are doing what they can to stay ahead of their competition. Take the latest hiring moves by Apple. They have decided to start getting talent directly from their competition. Not a new tactic but in this case Apple has hired 5 of RIM’s enterprise sales team members over the last 18-months. Which has got to hurt.

RIM didn’t comment but Apple confirmed they have brought on the following individuals from RIM:
- Geoff Perfect joined Apple April 2009 and is Head of Enterprise iPhone Sales (was Head of Strategic Sales)
- Joe Bartlett left early 2010 to sell iOS devices to businesses (was RIM’s Senior Global Sales Manager)
- Steve Marshall left early 2010 to sell iOS devices to businesses (was RIM’s Global Strategic Account Manager)
- Peter Decker left early 2010 to sell iOS devices to businesses (was RIM’s Global Account Manager)
- Paul Alvarez left in June and is selling iPhones & iPads to enterprise markets here in Canada (was another RIM Global Strategic Account Manager)

Source: WSJ
Via: Apple Insider


Acer to release a 4.8-inch Android device “April 2011″

Acer has announced a new Android device that’s going to be shipping globally starting April 2011 – no word on who will carry this currently unnamed device or when it’s landing in Canada… but the specs are impressive. They have dubbed this “100% Smartphone, 100% Tablet” and it’ll come with a “a huge 4.8″ widescreen with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a super cool chassis”, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, front-facing 2 megapixel camera for video calling, HDMI port to connect your media to an HD TV, WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0. Also, no word on what Android OS it’ll ship with.

Looks way better than the Acer Liquid E – which is the only Acer smartphone we currently have in Canada.

Source: Engadget