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Chatr is launching “in Montreal within the Fall time frame”

Rogers new discount brand “Chatr” launched today, offering Canadians located in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver yet another choice in wireless. There’s been much talk around this brand and how they are available in the same cities as the new entrants Wind Mobile Public Mobile and Mobilicity are or will be. Chatr offers a couple of plans $35 (Unlimited Talk) and $45 per month (Unlimited Talk & Text) and 4 devices (you can check them out here.

I quickly had a conversation with Garrick Tiplady, Senior VP at Chatr. He’s very excited for this brand to launch as it’s been in the works for over a year. One new development is that Chatr is not stopping at the 5 launch cities that were announced today. Tiplady said that “one of the core things we’ve always said around Chatr as we’ve been design the brand, designing the offer. It’s really about delivering a worry free experience in Talk and Text. With that we’ve always said one of number one priorities is we want to operational ready at launch. We’re operational ready today. We’re launching in 5 major markets across Canada. Soon to be in Montreal. We’ll be in Montreal within the Fall time frame, so we’re excited about getting to market.”

Montreal… Chatr is coming. We’re curious how Videotron and Public Mobile will respond to this news.
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Koodo’s “Amigos and Family Deal” offers up a free $50 gift until August 2nd

Koodo’s “El Tabador” is back in business, fresh off the launch of their INQ Chat 3G device. This weekend they are offering what they call “The Amigos and Family Deal”. If you join Koodo Mobile they’re going to throw in a free gift worth $50, transfer all your numbers over for you for free and as a bonus will not charge you tax. This deal is on from July 30th until August 2nd.

No official word on what the $50 free gift is but hopefully it’ll be a bill credit, but more likely an accessory of some sorts.

Check it here at Koodo


To celebrate the Galaxy S launch… Samsung’s holding a Toronto street concert August 4th

Looks like the the Galaxy S is looking to make a big impact. Samsung Canada just sent out a press release stating that “Front Street will transform from a commuter-clogged thoroughfare into a rocking concert venue on August 4th when Samsung Mobile celebrates the launch of its premium Galaxy S smartphone with an ultimate impromptu street concert featuring one of Canada’s hottest bands. Toronto music and mobile technology lovers can expect an unforgettable experience that’s sure to rock the city core.”

What: Street concert event
When: August 4, 2010 Show starts at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Union Station – Union Square Plaza, 65 Front Street West
Who: It’s a secret! Here’s a clue: They’re in the prime of your youth

(The Bell Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant is launching on the 6th of August)


LG Rumour Plus coming to Bell August 11th

On August 11th Bell will be releasing another slide out QWERTY device, this time it’s the LG Rumour Plus. We’ve go no word on official pricing but according to the internal doc we received it shows that it’s “compact & clean… and is especially made for those individuals who want to stay updated and keep in touch with their social circle”. Otherwise knows as this device is perfect targeting the back-to-school crowd.

Specs of this HSPA device: 2.4-inch display (resolution of 240×320), 2 megapixel camera, touch dialing with a slide out QWERTY keyboard, weighs 119 grams and will be available in “Black Blue”.

(Thanks tipster!)


INQ officially announces Canadian arrival… says “We exist” for those with “no off button”

A press release went out this morning to officially announcing the INQ Chat 3G is in Canada, specifically available through TELUS and Koodo. We’ve known it was coming for some time and even yesterday Koodo Mobile put this up for sale and declared this new QWERTY device as “Canada’s Ultimate Social Phone”. No word on when TELUS will be releasing it but it’s “coming soon”… most likely sometime today or latest by the end of the week.

Frank Meehan, Founder and CEO of INQ “We focus on what our core consumers want to do most with their mobile phone and deliver it at a price point that’s affordable, especially for the youth that are driving the social media revolution. Our mission here in Canada is to bring a great mobile internet experience to the masses. We know there’s a whole generation of people out there with no ‘off button’ – they are messaging, texting and uploading and updating 24/7. We exist for them.”

There’s a “customized phone back unique” for the TELUS an Koodo Mobile 3G Chat. For pricing Koodo has this available for $200 no contract and $50 on the Tab. As for TELUS we’ve been informed that it’s $0.00 on a 2 or 3-year contract; $129.99 – on a 1-year contract and $179.99 no-contract.

Update: This is now available at TELUS for the pricing above.


Chatr Wireless officially launches

It’s official. Rogers new discount wireless brand has officially launched in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Vancouver. Pretty much exact to what we’ve been saying and showing over the past few weeks.

They have specific “chatr zones” and offer 2 different monthly price plans: $35 (Unlimited Talk) and $45 per month (Unlimited Talk & Text). There are a couple ways to get a Chatr plan: “AutoPay” is having your credit card charged every month and “Self Pay” is basically top up whenever you want to. Chatr has their first promo on for those who “Auto Pay”, they’ll give you a $30 credit. The legal fine print reads “Customers who enroll in auto-pay will automatically be eligible for this promotion. Eligibility is allowed once during the customer’s account lifetime. A $10 bonus will be applied to customer’s balance once per month upon each successful credit card transaction, for the first three months of program enrollment.”

As to where to get a device. Searching the locations it seems it’s available at Future Shop, Wireless Wave, TBooth, Zellers, Best Buy plus others. Also, they have stand alone kiosks in several malls across the 5 cities. In addition, customers currently have a choice of 4 phones :

- The Nokia 1661 called “The essential” for $60
- The LG GB125R as “The flip” for $75
- The Samsung Gravity as “The QWERTY” for $130
- The Nokia 2680 as “The slider” for $95

Check it out here over at Chatr Wireless



“Need For Speed – Shift” reaches #1 on the Bada apps list

Samsung has again released a list of the top 5 apps being downloaded on Bada. Gone is SouthAfrica2010 from and a well known app publisher soars to the top spot, EA’s “Need For Speed Shift”. Most likely the reason is because they have offered the first 500,000 Wave owners to download the game for free. There is still no official word on how many apps have been download.

This week’s Top Five Downloadable bada Apps -
1. Need For Speed Shift – Electronic Arts Nederland B.V.
2. Magic Torch – Magic App’s
3. Caligo Chaser – Com2us
4. Stars Map – Rightbrain Communications
5. 3Bloki – Leszek Bartkowski

Source: Samsung
Via: IntoMobile


Michael Bublé iPhone app now available, Canadian exclusive

Canadian crooner Michael Bublé has an app and it costs $0.99. It’s been put out by Warner Music and it’s a Canadian exclusive. It has all the standard stuff you would see in an music artist iPhone app such as streaming Bublé music, Bublé trivia, purchase music, a forum where fans can connect with each other and the ability to purchase merchandise (people who download get a 15% off coupon).

Here’s what’s kinda cool and unique, even if you’re not a Bublé fan. Warner has included “Bublé TV” where you can watch a 30 minute documentary of the “Making of Crazy Love”. Also, they’ve created something called “Michael & Me” where you can take a pic and import Michael Bublé into it. The kicker an innovative portion of this app is that you’re able to receive push notifications specifically regarding a concert you’re attending. In the description Warner gave the example of “There will be flash mob contesting before the show where people who purchased the app can win Michael Bublé prize packs, swag, and even front row ticket upgrades in many stops on the tour.”

Video demo of the app after the break.



Bell 6GB $30/month data plan on the table for the iPhone 4?

Perusing through an internal doc that was sent to Bell employees titled “Apple iPhone 4 – Technical description” and “Introducing the iPhone 4″ it highlights features such as FaceTime video calling, Retina display, HD video recording, 5-megapixel camera. There are no prices listed yet for the device but it does show a new offer that people will be interested in.

It reads “In addition, the launch of the iPhone will be supported by new offers that will be available July 30 – September 30, 2010″ and looks like Bell is offering up a 6GB for $30 month plan and an upsell for iPad owners:

“Clients can receive 6GB of data and unlimited WiFi at Starbucks for only $30 a month on any voice plan. For an additional  $10 a month, clients can share this data with their iPad.”

There’s a couple more pages to the internal doc after the break (more…)


microSIM cards start shipping to Bell locations

Not that it’s the biggest news but it’s progress. For those wanting to get their hands on the iPhone 4 you’ll need to get yourself a microSIM. They are currently not available in-stores but good news is that the little beauties have started shipping across the country, just in time for the iPhone 4 launch. These will be available for $5.00 each.