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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


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


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!)


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


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?


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…)


Proof that Rogers will be releasing the BlackBerry Curve 3G in Q3

Those rumours of Rogers launching the BlackBerry Curve 3G in an exclusive colour are true. Checking out this screenshot it shows that we can certainly expect this sometime in Q3. The  description says that “the Curve 9300 is a basic BlackBerry, its looks are sleek and stylish, which appeals to students who want to have looks and function in a device.”

So this will be clearly hitting the back-to-school crowd in that Violet colour. No word on pricing but it’ll most likely come low on a 3-year and hopefully reasonable on a no-contract. The Curve 3G has the new trackpad, QWERTY keyboard, WiFi, 2.0 megapixel camera and GPS.

Via: BlackBerry Cool


Best Buy starts selling iPhone 4 accessories

Looks like Best Buy is getting an early go at the iPhone 4. They’ve already started to advertise that Canadians should visit them because they have the “best selection of iPhone 4 accessories available in-store today”. From the image it only shows cases but you’ll have to check your local store for exact products. Just remember before you go out and spend your hard earned money that Apple has been kind enough to throw a Bumber or Case in for free with your new iPhone 4 purchase. (more…)


Chatr and the “Chatalysts” ready to launch their service July 28th?

Late last week we let you know that Rogers new discount brand “Chatr” was set to launch on July 21st but then for some reason got delayed. The easy answer was due to Mobilicity causing an stir but we’re hearing it was actually due to a billing related issue. Perhaps we’ll never know.

Thanks to our tipsters for letting us know that Rogers new discount “Chatr” brand is apparently ready to turn the green light on effective Wednesday, July 28th. We received an internal doc and it sounds like everything should be in place at retail locations by the 26th. In addition, they’ve come up with a catchy name for the in-store reps… they are formally now called “Chatalysts”. Read on… (more…)


Apple says white iPhone 4 is “more challenging to manufacture”, available “later this year”

There’s a good quote by Henry Ford that goes something like “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black”. Well I guess it’s going to be the same way for the new iPhone 4. Apple said in a statement today that “White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected, and as a result they will not be available until later this year. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.” (The image above is from the AT&T site and no pricing has been officially announced yet for Canada.)

It’s true that the black version of the iPhone is more popular but it’s a bit unfortunate that Apple has somewhat hit another hurdle with this product. The good news is that we’re only a few days away from it’s Canadian debut on July 30th.

We’re conducting a quick poll to see if Canadians are going to purchase the new iPhone 4. So far 39% say Yes! Cast your vote here (more…)