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Apple reminds us the iPhone 4 is available Friday

Apple has sent out a press release stating that Canada and 16 other countries will be getting the new iPhone 4 on Friday: “Beginning this Friday, customers can purchase iPhone 4 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. iPhone 4 will be available for purchase through Apple’s retail and online stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.”

Currently the Canadian carriers that have promised to sell the iPhone 4 are Rogers, Fido, Bell, TELUS and Virgin. No word on official pricing but in other countries the 16GB model is available for $199 and the 32GB model is available for $299. The new iPhone will only be available in black with the white version coming later this year.

Will you be lining up?
Source: Apple

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Super LCD officially introduced into “a variety of HTC phones including the HTC Desire”

When TELUS officially announced the HTC Desire a couple weeks ago there was talk of how the screen suddenly changed from a Samsung AMOLED display to a Sony Super LCD screen. Well, today it’s now made official and HTC’s CEO Peter Chou said that due to “high-demand for many of our phones, specifically our phones with 3.7 inch displays” they “introduced Super LCD display (SLCD) technology into a variety of HTC phones including the HTC Desire and global Nexus One later this summer.”

HTC does do some comparisons of the screens and says the “SLCD is the latest generation of LCD technology that offers improved performance from earlier LCD panels including approximately five times better power management.”

Via: Engadget

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InPulse SmartWatch for BlackBerry hits final assembly… still no official ship date

It was back in early April that Waterloo-based Allerta said that the anticipated inPulse BlackBerry SmartWatch “is almost here”. Well months later they’ve put an update online for all to see, especially those who pre-ordered the product way back in October 2009. Allerta stated that “Lots of boxes have arrived! Now comes final assembly and testing. We haven’t announced any shipdate yet, as to not disappoint anyone (again and again)”. Also, hit the break for a video of the inPulse being manufactured. (more…)

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Koodo launching new plans & two new data add-ons

Checking out this new Koodo Mobile brochure that a tipster sent into us seems they’re getting ready to launch some new plans and add-ons. We understand they’ll go into place effective tomorrow (Monday, July 26th) and below is what you can expect. The plans will now be $25, $30, $40, $50 and $70. The Talk and Text and the Unlimited Incoming Combo stays the same but new is the “Stay Social Combo” for $40 per month, and a new “More Nationwide Talk and Text Combo” which has the highest price tag of $70 per month. More info after the break… (more…)

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Android Market to have “new payment options” with “authorized carriers”

Some advancements when it comes to possible payment structure of paid apps from Android Market. Google has stated on the Android Developers Blog that “Please note that we have updated the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement (DDA). This is in preparation for some work we’re doing on introducing new payment options, which we think developers will like. In the spirit of transparency, we wanted to highlight the changes: In Section 13.1, “authorized carriers” have been added as an indemnified party.”

Unfortunately there’s no details on who these “authorized carriers” actually are. Currently there’s only one carrier who has carrier billing options and it’s T-Mobile in the USA. Hopefully when the list gets officially announced it will include some Canadian carriers (most likely only Rogers, Bell and TELUS). Just remember that paid apps Android Market took it’s sweet time coming to Canada too, long after the first Android devices landed Canada.

Source: Android Developers Blog
Via: AndroidGuys

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Limited Edition Team Canada BlackBerry 9700 sells for $710 on eBay

Remember that Ltd. Ed. Team Canada Blackberry 9700 that showed up on eBay a few days ago… well it’s down to the last few hours and I personally I thought it would be going for way more that the current $710 bid. Perhaps it’ll start getting crazy near the end. There was apparently only 20 of them made so if it doesn’t go above the $710 mark it’s a sweet deal and a good way to show some Canadian pride.

UPDATE: The item has now sold for a decent $710.

Check it here at eBay

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TELUS BlackBerry Pearl 9100 in black hits “Limited Inventory” status

Not the biggest news that going to shake up Canada. The new TELUS Blackberry Pearl 9100 was released back on May 28th in Pink with the Black expected to drop a few weeks later. However, the black version has never officially made it to their website… if TELUS customers logged into their account it showed the device was “Out of Stock”. Slightly good news as the black 9100 has now graduated to the “Limited Inventory” spot. No word on how many are available so if you want this you might want to act fast.

(Thanks K!)

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Upcoming Blackberry Bold 9780 poses for the camera

Here’s the first image of what’s being labeled as the BlackBerry 9780. No word on when this is going to be available but known specs are that it’ll be running RIM’s new BlackBerry 6 OS, 3G and have a screen resolution of 480 x 360, 512MB of flash memory and will sport a darker  bezel than the 9700.

Update: Thanks to Jon who left a comment that you can now order the 9780 from SN Traders. It apparently has the full specs there with the price tag being $599.

Source: Salomondrin
Via: CrackBerry

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Mobilicity sends Rogers a letter with their intentions if Chatr launches

Back on July 9th, Chairman of Mobilicity John Bitove said that Rogers new discount wireless brand “Chatr” is “trying to destroy our success” and should not be allowed to launch because of the “Abuse of Dominant Position” in the Competition Act where it states the “use of fighting brands selectively on a temporary basis to discipline or eliminate a competitor” is prohibited.

It’s known from the training presentation slides we posted that Rogers Chatr is expected to launch in same 5 core cities (Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, Edmonton and Vancouver) and compete directly with new entrants Mobilicity, Wind and Public Mobile. In addition, Chatr is also rumoured to have a monthly couple plans which range from $35 and $45.

It like Mobilicity is kicking it up a notch! The Financial Post is reporting that Mobilicity’s Chairman John Bitove said their “legal counsel has served Rogers with a demand letter advising them of our intentions to pursue legal action should it launch the chatr brand in the manner that has been communicated so far”. Those are fighting words for sure. Bitove also stated that “we are very serious in that if this is solely about trying to undermine us, then we are going to fight back”.

It would be great to know what the letter actually said and to learn what their intentions are. What are your thoughts on all this… who will be victorious?

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Bell Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant has “Approx retail value $599″, launching August 6th

So Samsung Canada and Bell have team up for a contest that starts today where you could win the Android-powered Galaxy Vibrant. Good news as it clearly states that “We’re giving away one Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant, everyday until the phone launches”. In the legal portion of the fine details it states that “There are a total of 15 Prizes available to be won. Each Prize consists of 1 Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant™ smartphone. Approx retail value $599 Cdn. ea…On each day starting on July 23, 2010 and ending on August 6, 2010″.

So this basically confirms the launch date. In addition, with a retail value of $599 it lines up nice to compete and very possibly outsell the new iPhone 4 (the Bell could no-contract price would probably be $599.95). They are also giving away a chance to win Lady Gaga Gaga tickets and a 55-inch… who’s going to get this over the iPhone? (more…)

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