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Saudi Arabian government turns off BlackBerry data services

Waterloo-based RIM cannot be happy this morning. There are reports that the Saudi Arabian government has moved forward and shut down BlackBerry data services. There were national security concerns from the Saudi Communications & Information Technology Commission because the service didn’t meet their regulatory requirements. The government ordered their 3 mobile carriers to block the service or be forced to pay a $1.3 million fine. There are over 700,000 BlackBerry users in Saudi Arabia and one user stated “It has stopped”.

Source: Yahoo!
Via: Engadget

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MTS releases the Android HTC 6250

MTS has jumped on the Android bus and released the HTC 6250. It comes with a 3.2-inch display (resolution of 320×480), 5 megapixel camera with video, WiFi, 3.5mm headset jack and all the goodness of an Android device would bring such as access to the Android Market, Google Maps, Google Talk… MTS has priced this at a reasonable $99.99 on a 3-year contract and $199.99 on a 2-year contract.

Check it out here at MTS
(Thanks Alex!)

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Report: Mobilicity & Public Mobile have less than 7,000 subscribers, combined.

There’s an interesting article on the GSMA’s Mobile Business Briefing that gives insights into the number of subscribers our new entrants might have. Currently there are rumours out there that have WIND Mobile bringing in 100,000 subscribers since launching last December. However, there are no stats of either Mobilicity or Public Mobile.

We’re not sure where these numbers came from but they state that Public Mobile who operates in Toronto and Montreal have a 0.02% market share with 3,584 subscribers. During the auction Public spent $53 million and have the possibility of reaching 19 million customers. They opened their doors on March 18th and with this stat is shows they sign up on average of 25 subscribers per day (it’s been 141 days since the doors opened).

In addition, Mobilicity invested $243.1-million for 10 licenses during the Canadian Wireless Spectrum Auction and currently operates in Toronto, but will expand to Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Ottawa later this year. When it comes to subscribers the article states they have brought in 3,000 (0.01% market share) since launching on May 14th… so effective today Mobilicity has been in operation for 84 days and on average have signed up 36 people every day.

Check out the full breakdown after the break

UPDATE: I got a call from Mobilicity this morning stating that these numbers in the article are WAY off. They would not release actual numbers to me as they are a private company but did confirm that they have signed up more than 3,000.

UPDATE #2: Here’s an e-mail we received from Mobilicity: “Further to that conversation, I wanted to drive home the point that the number reported by the GSMA is inaccurate. We had 3,000 subscribers just over a week after we launched and we have been growing at a rapid pace since then; a more aggressive growth trajectory than any other new entrant. As we are a private company, I am unable to provide you with any specifics surrounding our subscriber base, but I thought it important to clarify.”

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Update: TELUS HTC Desire launching tomorrow… pricing revealed

It’s been a long and exciting road for the Android-powered HTC Desire. It was only a couple months back that one of our tipsters let us know that this was coming to Canada via TELUS… and tomorrow it can officially be yours.

We’ve been informed that stores are preparing to receive their stock. We don’t have official pricing yet but the rumours are that this will be available for $79.99 on a 3-year and $449.99 no-contract.

I got my hands on one of these beauties, plus we shot a video a few weeks ago that gives a good run down of the features. Some of the specs the Desire comes with Android OS 2.1, a 3.7-inch touchscreen display (resolution of 480×800), a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, WiFi, 5 megapixel camera etc.

UPDATE: Thanks to one of our tipsters for letting us know the Desire pricing. According to the internal doc we received it shows the following stellar pricing (it also looks like they are throwing in an 8GB microSD card):

3-year contract: $79.99
2-year contract: $349.99
1-year contract: $399.99
No-contract: $449.99

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Basic Motorola i890 now available on TELUS’ Mike Network

So it’s not the upcoming Android-powered iDen Motorola i1 that will be released soon, but sometimes you just have to go back to the basics.

The Motorola i890 is now available and not only does it look like an entry level device… the specs show it’s an entry level device: clamshell form factor with a 2.2-inch internal display (1.8-inch external display), push-to-talk capabilities, 2 megapixel camera, MP3 player, external media keys, stereo Bluetooth and weighs in at 119 grams. Even though it’s basic it comes at a pricey $329.99 no-contract or $179.99 on a 3-year

Check it out here at TELUS

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TELUS CFL Mobile app for BlackBerry now available

TELUS announced a few weeks ago that they became the official wireless provider of the CFL. They also stated that CFL mobile apps will be coming down the pipe and they’ve just released their first… the TELUS CFL Mobile app.

This is currently only available for BlackBerry devices but will arrive on the iPhone and Android shortly. The free app was created by Toronto-based Polar Mobile and gives scores, schedules, stats and news. Regardless of the carrier you’re with you can download the app but if you’re a TELUS customers you get “advanced features” that includes:

• Live streaming of all CFL games (including the playoffs and 98th Grey Cup)
• On-demand video including extended game recaps, game previews and interviews
• Enhanced live stats updates during CFL games

You can download this via the BlackBerry App World or check it out here

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TELUS offers up new $55 Student plan

The Student Plans are coming in full force now… we recently saw TELUS come out with a $40 plan and here’s another one to add to the mix. A bit of a better deal but it looks like you’ll have to purchase a device on a 3-year or the INQ Chat on a 2-year to get it. Highlights are that it comes with: 200 local anytime minutes, Unlimited Nationwide Family calling, 6pm evening and weekends, 1GB of data, Unlimited texts, call waiting, voice mail.

With all plans make sure you read all the fine print before you sign up. Thanks to a tipster for sending in this screenshot, have a look at it here:

(Thanks Sickens!)

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BlackBerry Torch 9800 gets ripped apart…

The new BlackBerry Torch 9800 will be coming to Canada via Rogers, Bell, TELUS and Virgin Mobile. It’s a slider and it comes with RIM’s new BlackBerry 6 OS, 3.2-inch touchscreen display with a QWERTY keyboard, 624 MHz processor, 512 MB of internal flash memory, can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash, WiFi, GPS… but enough of the specs. How about seeing the guts of the device.

Thanks to CrackBerry for posting these pics and videos. It gives a good look at what’s inside. (more…)

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Solo Mobile will re-launch this month to offer Unlimited talk & text plans

We let you know a few weeks ago that Bell was going to restructure Solo Mobile to take on Rogers new wireless brand “Chatr”. Today during the Q2 conference call CEO George Cope stated that Solo will officially re-launch sometime in August and offer an Unlimited talk & text plans in urban areas (probably Toronto, Calgary , Edmonton, Vancouver and Ottawa). No other details were given about specific plans or a date but you’ll be able to get yourself a Solo device from over 500 of The Source locations.

We thought Solo was going to axed when Bell fully took over Virgin Mobile, but George Cope stated that “We kept the Solo brand in case we saw this development. We’ll stay competitive in that space. Solo Mobile will re-launch, it will launch in August and be competitive with chatr. We will defend our third of the postpaid market”.

Via: The Globe

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