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webOS 2.0 coming to the Bell Palm Pre

For those Bell customers who have themselves the original Palm Pre you will eventually be getting an upgrade to the new webOS 2.0 within the coming months. This news was announced late last week by Josh Marinacci, Engineer, Developer Relations, HP at the webOS Developer Day in NYC. WebOS 2.0 has new features such as “True Multitasking”, Just Type, HP Synergy, Exhibition and support for Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1 Beta

It’s also known that the next generation of the Pre – the HP Palm Pre 2 will be released soon by Rogers.

Source: Palm Canada
Via: PreCentral


TELUS BlackBerry Style dummy devices arrive, launch imminent

The upcoming TELUS BlackBerry “Style” 9670 dummy devices have started to arrive at retail locations across Canada… so the launch is coming up soon. No confirmed date from TELUS but Bell is releasing this on November 23rd. As for pricing we’ve been informed it’ll come in at the outright price of $399.99. Specs of this debatable stylish new CDMA flip phone from RIM have it with the new BlackBerry 6 OS, a full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, trackpad, microUSB port, Bluetooth and WiFi.

More soon!
(Thanks tipster!)


Virgin intros new $35 “Unlimited Incoming Plan” (Plus states they’re better than Koodo & Fido)

It seems that Virgin Mobile is releasing new plans on a daily basis – another one has just been announced that’s similar to what Koodo’s new “Unlimited Incoming Plus Combo” (check out the details here). Virgin has created what they are calling their “richest voice plan in-market” with the “Unlimited Incoming Plan”. For $35 a month this plan includes: Unlimited local incoming calls, Unlimited evenings & weekends starting at 6pm, Unlimited text messaging, 150 Anytime Minutes and Call Display (no voice mail)

Also, check out a doc of after the break of how Virgin sees themselves compared to Koodo and Fido. Stating they’re better because they have no fixed term contracts (both Koodo and Fido offer this too), have the hottest phones (agree with that statement) and thanks to Bell they have the largest and fastest network (debatable).

(Thanks tipster!) (more…)


Future Shop and Best Buy now selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab

For everyone who is having a challenge finding a Samsung Galaxy Tab at a Bell or Rogers store you might want to check out your local Future Shop or Best Buy. They have been stocked with limited quantities across our great land.

As for prices: Best Buy has the Bell version in stock for $699.99. Over a Future Shop they we’ve been informed that they have both Bell and Rogers in stock for the following prices: Bell: $699.99 (no contract) and Rogers for 674.99 (no contract) and $539.99 on a 3-year contract.

Source: Future Shop & Best Buy


Mobilicity to release Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 at $499.99

So much Mobilicity news is absolutely insane. This week we saw them launch in 3 cities (Edmonton, Vancouver and Ottawa), announced 3 new devices (LG Wink, Motorola Spice, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10) and even had time to rant against the Big 3 (Rogers, Bell and TELUS) and do a little dance at the Rogers Head Office.

Regarding the upcoming launch of the Xperia X10, we’ve been tipped that you can expect this to be “available as early as next week” for the no-contract price of $499.99. Pretty good price for the Android 2.1 device. If you’re looking to get this it comes with a 4-inch touchscreen display (resolution of 480×854), WiFi, holds up to 32GB with a microSD card, 8.1 megapixel camera with flash, auto-focus and video capabilities, 3.5mm headset jack and you’ll be happy to know that multi touch is coming in 2011.

More soon!
(Thanks tipster!)


Rogers offering up free tickets for upcoming TabLife conference

Rogers is offering up free tickets for their upcoming “TabLife TO” conference – an event around Tablets and how they’re gaining popularity and becoming more common in our everyday lives. This year alone Canada saw the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Dell Streak released.

This event is an invite only event that’s happening on Friday December 3rd but Rogers stated on their RedBoard blog that “At 3 p.m. ET this Monday, Nov 22, we’ll open up a limited number of free tickets for TabLife TO on a first-come, first-served basis at Your ticket includes admission to the event only, and you will be responsible for your own transportation to Toronto.”

So if you want to check this out it’s best you get your browser ready at 3pm Monday.

More info here at RedBoard
(Thanks Miranda!)


Virgin releases Android-powered Samsung Galaxy 550

Another Android device has officially landed at Virgin Mobile. The Samsung Galaxy 550 is now their 3rd (HTC Legend and Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant are the others). As for specs of this OS 2.1 device:2.8 inch QVGA touchscreen display, 600MHz processor, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.5mm headset jack, 2 megapixel camera and can hold up to 16Gb with a microSD card. Also, this has it’s only exclusive plan (see it here) and is available for $0.00 on contract/SuperTab or $199.99 no-contract.

More here at Virgin


Competition Bureau asks Court to have Rogers to pay $10 million for “misleading advertising” of Chatr

Wowzers… a wind has blown through Canada and it could cost Rogers $10 million (plus restitution) . Remember a few months back when new entrant Mobilicity complained to the Competition Bureau that Rogers new discount wireless brand was – as Chairman John Bitove stated – “trying to destroy our success”. Or how about when Wind Mobile Chairman Tony Lacavera stated that “There is absolutely no solid or objective technical basis” that Chatr advertising they have “fewer dropped calls than new wireless carriers”.

Well today the Competition Bureau completed their 2 month investigation and has begun legal proceedings against Rogers Communications Inc. to stop what the Bureau has concluded is misleading advertising of Rogers’ Chatr”.

According to the release on the Competition Bureau’s website it states that “The Bureau’s investigation, which involved an extensive review of technical data, obtained from a number of sources, led the Bureau to conclude that there is no discernible difference in dropped call rates between Rogers/Chatr and new entrants”.

The Competition Bureau is going to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and asking Rogers to:
- immediately stop the advertising campaign and refrain from engaging in similar campaigns
- pay an administrative monetary penalty of $10 million dollars;
- pay restitution to affected customers; and
- issue a corrective notice to inform the general public about the nature and provisions of the order issued against them.

Melanie Aitken, Commissioner of Competition said that “We take misleading advertising very seriously. Consumers deserve accurate information when making purchasing decisions and need to have confidence they are not being misled by false advertising campaigns. The spectrum auction was intended to enhance competition in the wireless sector… New entrants attempting to gain a foothold in the market should not be discredited by misleading claims made by their competitors.”

HUGE news for the new entrants. Over $10 million… that’s a serious amount of discounted handsets they have to sell to make that money back.

Update: It seems that this is not a done deal yet. The Competition Bureau is only at a stage of “asking” the Court for Rogers to do the above. Regardless – they will end up paying some sort of amount for the false claims.

Update #2: Wind Mobile has just responded to the news by the Competition Bureau: (more…)


SaskTel expands 3G+ coverage with 30 new tower locations

SaskTel launched their 3G+ network on August 16th and they are incredibly good at keeping people up to date with their complete 3G+ roll-out schedule. In fact they have a dedicated page where you can follow the rollout and they always maintain the updates. Today they announced that 30 more areas in Saskatchewan have been turned on with 3G+ speeds and the full project is expected to be completed in 2011.

Check out the new additions to the SaskTel 3G+ network after the break (more…)