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Koodo sweetens the deal with a $75 Visa Gift Card


The holiday promos are coming out in full swing now… carriers are hitting every angle possible to sway customers to buy from them – new plans, discounted handsets. Koodo Mobile is upping the ante by offering a free $75 Visa gift card when you buy online. This is on top of the current discounts they have. Good deal if you’re into getting one of their devices. There is fine print of course: “New activations only, gift card to be mailed 4-6 weeks after activation if account is in good standing, while quantities last”.

Still waiting on Koodo to release an Android. We’re thinking 2011 sounds good for it.
More here at Koodo

(Thanks Stephen!)

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Mobilicity creates Holiday Offers… discounts plans again


A few weeks ago Mobilicity cut the number of plans they had from 6 to 3… today they have introduced a “Holiday Offer” that gives you more options at a lower cost. They have basically taken the $35 and the $45 plan and added more features and reduced the cost. The $40 a month is all in with Unlimited Data, Texting and calling. Here’s the breakdown:

$30 per month plan: Unlimited Text & Picture Messaging, Local Calling, Caller I.D. and Mobilicity to Mobilicity Calling. Voicemail, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, 3 Way Calling, Province Wide Long Distance and Canadian Long Distance.

$40 per month plan: Unlimited Data, Blackberry Internet Service, Unlimited Text & Picture Messaging, Local Calling, Caller I.D. and Mobilicity to Mobilicity Calling. Voicemail, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, 3 Way Calling, Province Wide Long Distance, Canadian Long Distance, U.S. Long Distance, Global Text Messaging. (plus the add-ons)

Crazy. This promo is available until December 24th… we’ll probably see something like this carry out into 2011. More here at Mobilicity

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Nexus S landing page now live on Google, full specs revealed (updated with Video)


Google has updated their “Phone Gallery” to show the much leaked but now confirmed Nexus S. This is heading towards TMobile in the states (You’ll be able to unlock it here in Canada as it supports Quad-band GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 Tri-band HSPA: 900, 2100, 1700 HSPA type: HSDPA (7.2Mbps) HSUPA (5.76Mbps).

Other specs of the newest Nexus comes with OS 2.3 (Gingerbread), a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 4-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 480, 512MB RAM, 16GB ROM, GPS, NFC (Near-field communications), 5 megapixel camera with Flash and HD video recording, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, 1500 mAH battery and has overall dimensions are 63.0 x 123.9 mm x 10.88 mm and weighs in at 129 grams.

As for availability: “After December 16, Nexus S can be purchased (unlocked or with a T-Mobile service plan) online and in-store from all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores in the U.S. and after December 20 at Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy retailers in the U.K.” No official word on Canada.

The official description by Google says the “Nexus S is the next generation of Nexus devices co-developed by Google and Samsung. The latest Android platform (Gingerbread) paired with 1 GHz Hummingbird processor and 16GB of memory makes Nexus S one of the fastest phones on the market.”

Update: This will be priced at $529 unlocked at Best Buy. Start reaching out to your U.S. friends.

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Juniper Research unveils 2011 “Top Ten Wireless Predictions”


Juniper Research has unveiled their top 10 predictions for 2011. These are global insights so some of these will not be relevant yet to us Canadians – we take a bit longer to implement some new technologies – such as Mobile Lottery Tickets… this will be a long drawn out government process to get buy in. However, there are are a few certainties for Canada in 2011: Surging Mobile Data, Mobile Handset sensitivity and mobile banking will become more popular – you’ll see Zoompass (the Big 3 joint venture) come in your daily life more with the ability to pay by mobile.

Here’s the complete top 10:

1. Surging Mobile Data Traffic
2. Augmented Reality to Enhance Mobile Games and Retail
3. Cloud-Based Operating Systems are Launched
4. Mobile Banking will become a “must-have” when opening a new account
5. Mobile Devices Begin to Replace Credit Cards
6. Mobile Handsets Become Even More Sensitive
7. Mobile Lottery Tickets Sales to Soar Fuelled by Deployments in US, Europe, and China
8. Mobile-Specific Threats Lead to Demand for Mobile-Specific Security
9. Buyouts take Social Purchasing to a New Level
10. More Vendors Develop a “GreenHeart”

Source: Juniper Research
Via: IntoMobile

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Google Nexus S camera quality surfaces online with Video and Images


The upcoming Google Samsung Nexus S has had a share of leaks online but now the quality of its camera has made its appearance. The same thing happened when the Nexus One launched, soon after an official announcement was made. What your looking at is an HD video and images that were shot with its 5 megapixel camera. These were apparently taken by Google employees to capture real life everyday pictures. Check them out and let us know what you think about the quality (more…)

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Apple signage confirms the white iPhone “will be available Spring 2011″


At the end of October Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller stated that “We’re sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone yet again, but we’ve decided to delay its release until this Spring”. Looks like it’s now confirmed that stores will be getting this long-awaited colour…. signage has started to arrive that says “The white Apple iPhone will be available Spring 2011″.

Hopefully by then the next generation of the iPhone will have leaked online. Anyway, will you be getting the white iPhone 4 when it drops or going for something else… like an Android, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry or webOS device?

Source: 9to5Mac
Via: IntoMobile

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Video: Motorola Droid 2 apparently exploded in this guys ear


This has absolutely nothing to do with Canada… just a incredibly bizarre video of somebody who claims that a Motorola Droid 2 exploded in his ear. “As I got into the bathroom and once I got to the mirror and saw it, it was only then I kinda looked at my phone and noticed the screen had appeared to burst outward”.

Motorola is looking into the situation and the victim is looking for a lawyer. Check it out after the break (more…)

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TELUS HTC Desire hits $0.01 on 3-year at Best Buy


Here’s a good holiday offer. If you’ve been holding out to get the Android-powered HTC Desire, now could be a good time to buy. It’s sunk to $0.01 on a 3-year over at Best Buy until December 5th. You’ll also score yourself a $75 Gift Card. Pretty good deal if you’re willing to sign a 3-year.

Check it here at Best Buy

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PlayStation phone clearly shown on video, looking amazing.


Remember that blurry video of the Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone a few days ago… well a new incredibly clear new video has popped up of the unreleased and unannounced Android. This time you can see it in all its glory – running Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread, slide-out gamepad controls and a PlayStation icon on the 4-inch display. Definitely one of the nicest products that Sony Ericsson has ever produced – looking forward to the official announcement. Check out the video after the break (no audio in it) (more…)

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