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Bell HTC Desire Z Review

The Desire Z is one of HTC’s latest Android offerings, which sports a 3.7” super LCD capacitive touch screen and slide out QWERTY keyboard. The Desire Z is approximately 2.38” (wide) by 4.69” (tall) by 0.56” (thick). The touch screen has a resolution of 480 by 800 WVGA and has pinch-zoom capabilities.


One of the first things I noticed about this phone was its weight, since when you first pick it up, it seems a lot heavy than most smartphones on the market. The Desire Z weighs in at around 180g; however while sliding open and typing on the phone, the heaviness is quickly forgotten. One of the reasons for the added weight is the solid design of the device.

The phone is covered in a light grey brushed aluminum bezel, while the front of the device sports four touch key backlit shortcuts for Home, Menu, Back, and Search, as well as an optical trackpad for navigation. The shortcut buttons are very responsive; however the trackpad does not feel as smooth or comfortable as my trusty Blackberry. (more…)


WIND releases the Android Alcatel Tribe at $190

It’s been known that WIND will be launching the Alcatel Tribe as it’s listed all over their current promos… but it’s officially available today for $190 outright or $40 on the WINDTab. WIND now offer 2 of the cheapest priced Android devices in Canada (the other is the Huawei U8100 for $150).

As for specs of the Tribe, this slider comes with a touchscreen and a full QWERTY keyboard, Android OS 2.1 Eclair (no word on future upgrades), 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, WiFi, GPS 3.5mm headset jack and can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card.

Check it here over at WIND


TELUS says Mobilicity complaint is “self-serving mythology”

New entrant Mobilicity is now operational is 4 out of 5 of their launch cities. Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver and Ottawa are now live and Calgary will open shop sometime in Q1 2011 (they were supposed to be this year but it’s been delayed).

When Rogers launched their discount brand Chatr, Mobilcity Chairman John Bitove said they are “trying to destroy our success” and his company filed complaints against them “with various government agencies, including the Competition Bureau, on the grounds that Chatr is in direct breach of Section 78 of the Competition Act prohibiting market leaders from using “fighting brands to discipline or eliminate a competitor.”

Yesterday at their Ottawa launch Mobilicity CEO Dave Dobbin continued the charge against the incumbents and stated that Rogers, Bell and TELUS all use “anti-consumer tactics” that hurt competition and force consumers into signing long-term contracts. So Mobilicity sent a letter to Industry Minister Tony Clement to support legislation that protects consumers rights and reduce cancellation fees. This letter was also sent to the Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta governments.

Dobbin stated that “We just want to let the governments know that there’s a wireless company out there that agrees with them that the Canadian consumer needs to be protected… Mobilicity does not believe incumbents should be allowed to continue to use the anti-consumer tactics…These tactics have already attracted a lot of consumers’ complaints… The broadening of these tactics will only attract more consumers’ complaints”. This is what Quebec currently has in place and also what Ontario Liberal MPP David Orazietti has proposed.

Unfortunately the complaint already seems to go nowhere as Clement’s press secretary Lynn Meahan said in an email that they should not bother contacting the Industry Minister but reach out to the Competition Bureau. “We acknowledge the concerns Mobilicity has about their competitors…There are various methods to address concerns like these, such as the federal Competition Bureau.”

I’m sure we’ll eventually hear from all the carriers, but TELUS spokesman Shawn Hall said the complaint is “self-serving mythology. When a contract expires, you automatically go month-to-month… That’s a pretty serious accusation. What’s his example? What’s his proof? Our customers have always had the option of signing on to a contract in exchange for a deep discount on a device, or going month-to-month”.

UPDATE: We were just sent a note from Mobilicity President and CEO, Dave Dobbin that stated the following remarks on TELUS’ comment: “My proof?  My proof are the 19 million frustrated Big 3 wireless subscribers in this country.  I bet few if any of them were aware of the punitive nature of these contracts and their inherent cancellation fees when they were lured in by cheap handset prices.  The Big 3 should focus on solving their 20% customer satisfaction rates rather than arguing their customers ‘knew what they were getting into.’”


Source: Yahoo & Canoe


Fatten up your iPhone 4 with this case

Apple spends millions of dollars each year researching how to make their products extremely desirable. Everything from the look and feel of a specific product. Take the iPhone 4 – it’s was re-designed and even after the Antennagate debacle they still managed to sell millions. You can get a case that protects your beloved iPhone 4 but the problem is that it looks like every other iPhone on the block.

Here’s a quick solution – this hefty looking case is called the “Arkhippo I” and comes in 7 colours and is made of dense foam. Overall dimensions are a massive 165 X 80 X 47 and gives new meaning to the term brick phone. Retail price for this beast of a case is $24 (USD).

Source: ArkWhat
Via: Yanko Design


WIND offers up a 2-for1 BlackBerry deal

The new entrant deals keep on coming it seems… WIND Mobile has offered up a free BlackBerry Pearl 9100 when you purchase a Bold 9700. This is an in-store deal only and there are a few details to get this. Wind says “You must activate both the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and BlackBerry Pearl 9100 at time of purchase on both: a. The Nice Always Shout or Always Talk plan b. The Infinite or Charged BlackBerry add-ons”. These monthly plans are currently discounted by 50% and the Bold 9700 currently is available for $400 and the Pearl retails for $320.

Honestly now. Crazy deal. The only question remains is who’ll take the Pearl 9100 because the 9700 is a much better device.

Source: WIND
(Thanks John!)


Mobilicity to release the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10!

This week Mobilicity sent out notice that they will be releasing the LG Wink and the Android-powered Motorola Spice… but buried deep within the Mobility press release for their Ottawa launch is the upcoming release of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10!

This Android device was just recently upgraded to OS 2.1 and packs a 4-inch display, 8.1 megapixel camera, WiFi, GPS and a 1Ghz processor. No word on when this will be released or at what price point but a great addition to their lineup.

Check it out here at Mobilcity


Image: Here’s your Mobilicity Ottawa coverage map

So now that Mobilicity has launched in Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver… next up is Ottawa and it’s day to shine will officially be tomorrow! Mobilicity has updated their Ottawa coverage map and it’s above. The same “Grand Opening Specials” apply for this new city with various plan and device discounts. Future devices that Mobilicity will be releasing is the Motorola Spice (Android) for $199.99 and the LG Wink for $99.99.

So Ottawa… was it worth the wait?

Update: It’s official. Mobilicity is launching in Ottawa tomorrow and has 20 locations (30 by the end of the year). According to the press release Mobilicity Chairman John Bitove states that “If you like contracts, go to law school… But if you’d like to keep more of your hard-earned money, don’t lock in with incumbent carriers who keep short-changing consumers with surprise charges, extra fees and bad customer service.”

Check it out here at Mobilicity
(Thanks Mansal36!)


White BlackBerry Torch 9800 now available from Rogers

A new colour of Torch has arrived at Rogers – a pristine white version is now available. The price is still the same at a high $229.99 on a 3-year contract but it looks incredibly desirable. Something about it just makes it look better than the standard black version. Sames specs of this QWERTY slider – running the new BlackBerry 6 OS and has a 3.2 inch touchscreen.

More here over at Rogers


Koodo gives “Unlimited Local Family Calling” to all… plus intros new $35 Unlimited plan

Koodo has a great deal happening today. They have once again discounted devices and some to the tune of $75 off. In addition you’ll notice that all plans now come with “Unlimited Local Family Calling”. The only catch is that in order to benefit from this Koodo states that it only “Applies to local calls made between phones on the same account”.

Also, a new plan has just been unleashed. The “Unlimited Incoming Plus Combo” is for $35 a month and includes the following: Unlimited Incoming Calls, Unlimited 6pm Evenings & Weekends, Unlimited Messaging (Text and Picture), Unlimited Local Family Calling, Up to 150 Anytime Minutes, Call Display, Call Waiting, Conference Calling and Per-Second Billing.

Pretty good deals from Koodo. So there is certainly is no shortage of monthly rate plans to choose from. With all rate plans make sure you read the fine print. You don’t want to end up with a big bill.

More here at Koodo


Bell to release Novatel U547 Turbo Stick November 23rd… speeds reaching a max of 42 Mbps

Bell has just announced that they have “begun to double HSPA+ network speeds” and will be releasing North America’s first 42 Mbps Dual Cell product – the Novatel Wireless U547 Turbo Stick. This will be available November 23rd only in Toronto, then rolling out to other cities sometime in 2011. That’s blazing fast speeds and would be great to actually see this in action actually reaching those speeds.

In the release Bell says that “when paired with a laptop or netbook. Novatel’s latest Turbo Stick will allow Bell Mobility clients to experience mobile access speeds never before available for the fastest mobile Internet access, business applications, video streaming, gaming and much more”. There was no hint of what the Turbo stick will cost but a new “speed-based pricing” will be available for Dual Cell compatible devices at an add-on for $10 /month.

Update: We’ve were sent a pic of the Novatel U547 Turbo Stick.

Source: CNW