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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


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!)


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


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!)


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.


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.


PlayStation phone to be announced December 9th… for $500 no-contract?

An invitation from Sony Ericsson to “the most anticipated presentation of the past 10 years” is scheduled for December 9th – pointing towards the announcement of the PlayStation phone. There has been images surface in the past few weeks about this Android device and no pun intended it’ll be a game changer for gamers.  Rumoured specs have it with Android OS 2.2 but could launch with 2.3 Gingerbread, has a screen size between 3.7 to 4.1 inches, slider that reveals the dedicated gaming controls, a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, a custom Sony Marketplace and comes with an 8GB microSD card.

The invitation was posted by French tech site NowhereElse, but MobileCrunch got tipped by the following info as well: That the invitation is real and the PlayStation phone has a “mind-blowing” display that is on-par with the iPhone 4′s retina display. In addition, they are aiming for a February release around the $500 mark that includes 5 free games. A bit of a downer is that you won’t be able to downloaded PlayStation Portable games as they will be creating a selection of games specifically designed for the phone – somewhere priced below the $10 mark per game.

Source: NowhereElse & MobileCrunch


Image: Samsung Nexus S running Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Yet again some more pics of the yet to be announced Google Nexus S has surfaced… you’d think by now they would at least officially announce the device. This time the Nexus S is shown running the new Android 2.3 Gingerbread! The fine folks over on on XDA Developers forum snapped the pics and have also said some of the specs to be the following: ArmV7 CPU (could be Dual Core), Open GL ES Supported, 512 or 328MB Ram (not confirmed), 1GB or 2GB Internal Memory (not confirmed), 4-inch display with a 800×480, SuperAmoled2 (not confirmed) and can capture 720P HD Videos.

Source: XDA Developers
Via: Gizmodo


Rogers to release a new premium “Data Priority Service”?

Here’s an interesting topic that will certainly garner some comments. We got tipped yesterday from a reader who received a Rogers urVoice survey that shows they are thinking about implementing a “premium” service. It’s called “Data Priority Service” and if Rogers is ever experiencing “network congestion” then those customers who sign up for this premium service would be sent their data before the millions of other customers.

Here’s a summary of the “Data Priority Service”:
“The Data Priority Service is a new premium service that guarantees that in the event of any wireless network congestion, your data will be sent and received first. In other words, the Data Priority Service ensures that during busy network times, a subscriber’s data is always sent first, so if the subscriber to this service is web browsing and/or watching an online video on their mobile device they will be less likely than a non-subscriber to this service to be affected by any network congestion”.

Would you want this service and would you pay for it? Or do you everyone should be on the same playing field and no tiered data services when it comes to delivering your data?
(Thanks Matt!)

Update: It seems that Rogers might be asking $10 for this service

Update #2: We’ve heard back from Rogers and although they cannot comment on rumours but “say is that Rogers always designs products and services with the customer in mind. As a result, we test many concepts and ideas with our customers. Sometimes we’re actually considering launching these ideas, but often we’re just testing concepts. Many of the ideas we test never get launched based on customer feedback.”


NorthernTel flips HSPA+ network on in Timmins

A few weeks back Norma Hughes said that “By 2011, Northern Tel is going to be 100% HSPA active”. Timmins residents got some great news today as the HSPA+ service in the area has been turned on! Coverage is limited but the device selection and pricing is big – and the same as Bell (NortherTel is a division of Bell Aliant). So some of the devices you now have are the iPhone 4, BlackBerry Bold 9780 and Torch 9800, Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant, Windows Phone 7 LG Optimus Quantum, and even the newly released Android 2.2 HTC Desire (for a low $49 on a 3-year). Even better is that the Samsung Galaxy Tab is for sale along with tablet plans for this and the iPad. NorthernTel also have a few promos happening for when you sign up on contract.

Check it out here at NortherTel
(Thanks Jay!)