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Virgin Samsung Galaxy 550 appears in latest commercial… “I’m a 40 year old snow virgin”

The latest Virgin Mobile holiday commercial has hit the interweb… it’s nothing like a couple years back with the Ms. Claus holiday greeting but it’s still funny. It even gives a special nod to the upcoming Android Samsung Galaxy 550 (launching on the 20th). Best quote: “I’m a 40 year old snow virgin”. (more…)


Best Buy reveals TELUS Optimus One to be $199.99

The TELUS Optimus One will be launching soon – Best Buy has graciously outed the price of this Android 2.2 device for everyone to see at $199.99 no-contract. No word on the other contract prices but it’s a good bet that it’ll come in low. As for specs on the Optimus One it has a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 320×480, a 600MHz processor, 3 megapixel camera (auto-focus and video capabilities), GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and holds up to 32GB with a microSD card.

Check it here at Best Buy


Mobilicity BlackBerry Bold 9700 “Out of Stock” online, available at store locations

With Mobilicity finally launching in Edmonton, Vancouver and Ottawa this week (and already set up shop in Toronto) it seems they might be limited in actual devices. Currently on their site they have 11 devices listed (it’s actually only 8 but they have a few devices available in different colours). Coming down the pipe for devices will be the LG Wink and the Motorola Spice.

If you gander at their site you’ll notice that the devices have been dropped in price (good for customers), but you might also notice that the following devices are sold out: Google Nexus One, Huawei U7519 Sony Ericsson TM506 (Orange/Silver) and now the BlackBerry Bold 9700.

We’ve reached out to Mobilicity and they stated that the Bold 9700 is sold out online only… so if you want this device you must get to a store fast as there’s probably limited amounts left. If you are planning to get a Mobilicity device you might want to check out the “Grand Opening Specials” they have going on this weekend.

More here at Mobilicity
(Thanks cellphoneSTAR!)


Bell updates future Manitoba HSPA+ coverage map

As residents of Manitoba patiently wait for MTS to turn on their HSPA network, “detailed testing” is currently going on and it’s now scheduled to launch “the first quarter of 2011″. However, there seems to be a glimmer of light from Bell they have taken the time to update their Manitoba coverage map (nothing from TELUS yet). As you can tell it now shows the show the future HSPA+ expansion in Manitoba that extends through the Brandon-Winnipeg corridor to Hanover in the south east, and all the way up the east side of Lake Winnipeg past the Pine Falls area.

You can check out the coverage map here at Bell and see if you’ll be covered.
Source: HowardForums
(Thanks Cody!)


Nokia: Ovi Store sees a “whopping three million downloads a day”

Nokia is the largest mobile manufacturer in the world and today they have literally just dumped a bunch of impressive stats regarding their Ovi Store. On the company blog they stated that their application store sees a “whopping three million downloads a day”. Those are huge numbers. It gets better… there are now over 165 million Ovi users in 190 countries and 250,000 people join every day. Nokia also says that 90% of users who visit the Ovi Store download an app (average visitor downloads 2.6 apps).

Would be good to see a breakdown per country. No word of how Canada contributes to the overall numbers but most likely it trails behind Apple’s App Store and the Google Android Market.

Source: Nokia
Via: CrunchGear


Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant and Captivate getting upgrade to OS 2.2 Froyo “mid-December”

Samsung has posted a note on their Facebook page that will be good news for Galaxy S users. If you’re with Bell, Rogers or TELUS they have given an estimated date of when you can expect an upgrade to Android OS 2.2 Froyo.

“We’d like to acknowledge the tremendous interest in the Froyo (Android 2.2) upgrade for Galaxy S series smartphones in Canada. We are working diligently to provide a tested and secure upgrade experience in Canada. Android 2.2 will be released for Vibrant from Bell and Captivate from Rogers in mid-December, and for the Fascinate from TELUS in early 2011. We’ll post further details as they become available.”

So Bell and Rogers customers are getting Froyo within a few weeks but TELUS will be early 2011. No word on if the upgrades are also going to be for the Virgin Vibrant or SaskTel Vibrant, but one would expect it’ll be released when Bell gets the upgrade.

More here at Samsung Facebook
(Thanks Dogg!)


Video: This underwear can hold your iPhone for you

We’ve certainly seen some bizarre iPhone cases and chargers over the past few years but this one has to be up there. What you’re looking at is a new product called “Travel Shorts” and they claim you can “Pocket for your iPhone or anything else you desire” into it. Yup, you can now literally stuff your iPhone or any other device in your pants. This new “case” will cost you 20 bucks but on a good note it’s made from “quick-drying, moisture-wicking Nylon with Lycra”.

What do you think… going a bit to far? Check out the video of this set of underwear in action… (more…)


Contest: Win a TELUS Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate!

UPDATE: This contest has now become part of a larger contest here: The MobileSyrup 15 days of Giveaways!

If you’re into getting an Android-powered device then we’ve got a contest for you! The TELUS Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate runs off of Android OS 2.1 but will be upgraded to OS 2.2 soon. As for other notable specs of this stellar device: 4-inch super AMOLED display (resolution of 800 x 480), 5-megapixel camera that can record HD videos and WiFi… we could go on but you should honestly enter this contest and possibly win one!

Good news… we not only have one but two of these sweet smartphones to giveaway! The contest details are basic as usual and all you have to do enter is one of the following: follow us on Twitter or become a member of our Forum (and join/start a conversation). People who are already following or members are automatically entered. There will be 2 winners and we’ll pick one winner on December 1st, 2010 and the other winner on December 15th, 2010.

Good luck to all who enter! (more…)


Image: Here’s the Mobilicity Vancouver coverage map

It’s official – Mobilicity is launching tomorrow (November 18th) and they have a few deals happening… in the meantime they have posted the coverage map and it looks like they have covered a good amount of space. There will be over 100 points of distribution to get yourself a device.

In a release today it stated “Mobilicity Chairman John Bitove said consumers have the power to bring down Vancouver’s high price of wireless by not surrendering to Telus Mobility, Rogers Wireless and Bell Mobility, commonly known as the country’s wireless oligarchy. “It’s time to say ‘no’ to contracts, credit checks and bill surprise. Vancouverites deserve better and we’re ready to deliver with our quality 3.5G network, popular brand-name phones and new way of thinking.”

Source: Mobilicity


SaskTel Novatel Mi-Fi 2372 Mobile Hotspot now available

SaskTel has released the Novatel Mi-Fi 2372 Mobile Hotspot and it can be yours for the following prices: 3-year: $0.00; 2-year: $140.00; 1-year: $205.00 and No-contract is $270.00. This allows you to connect to the internet and hook up to five devices. In addition, this can hold up to 16GB of memory with a microSD card and download speeds are said to reach up to 7.2 Mbps.

Check it out here at SaskTel