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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…)


“Antenna Meter” app checks your BlackBerry’s antenna signal strength

It was a week ago that Apple held their “Antennagate” press conference where they announced free cases for all iPhone 4 owners. In addition, CEO Steve Jobs lambasted other manufacturers by stating the “Death Grip” reception issue doesn’t just happen to them… it happens on Samsung, Nokia, HTC and RIM devices too.

Our homegrown Canadian company RIM fired back by stating that “Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation. RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years… One thing is for certain, RIM’s customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity.”

Well, if you have any doubt if your Berry is losing signal… there’s an app for that. Toronto-based Xtreme Labs released “Antenna Meter” and it checks your BlackBerry’s antenna signal strength every second. What’s even better is that you can use various grips and truly measure your results. Another feature of the app is that you can interact/poll other Berry users to see if they have experienced any sort of “Death Grip”. The app is free and can download from your BlackBerry browser here



Samsung Galaxy S ad pokes fun at the “Antennagate” issue

Maybe just maybe it was a wrong move for Steve Jobs to compare the iPhone 4 “Antennagate” issues with other manufacturers. It seemed to have spiraled into another level…  Samsung UK put out an ad in the Metro paper today that directly hits home. It’s for the Android-powered Galaxy S (very similar to what Bell will be launching soon) and it makes reference to the “Death Grip” and loss of signal



HTC Desire dummy phones start arriving at TELUS

The HTC Desire is a device that people have been wanting to get their hands on for a while. All we can say is that it’s coming soon, very soon. We’re hearing various launch dates and rumoured pricing but nothing solid yet. However you’ll be happy to know that the dummy units have started to arrive at TELUS locations which means the launch is quickly approaching.

(Thanks tipster!)


webOS 2.0 coming “later this year”

Us Canadians who have the Palm Pre recently got a new upgrade to webOS 1.4.5… good news today as head of HP’s Palm division (formally Palm CEO) Jon Rubinstein said at Fortune Brainstorm Tech that webOS 2.0 is expected to come out “later this year”. No exact details were given on what it will look like or when it will actually be pushed out

Palm is expected to release new devices too. Remember a few weeks ago at a Palm developer conference where Palm reps said “I’m not allowed to talk about future roadmaps, especially because we’re in the process of being acquired by HP, so I can’t say. But yes we have a road map. We are working on future devices. And [a] new version of the OS. So I think, you’re going to find the next year very exciting.”

With webOS coming out, plus new devices it might shape up to be a good end of year show for HP/Palm. But on a bit of a downer note. HP CEO Mark Hurd was quoted today by German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine saying that the Palm brand might “move into the background” similar to the “HP Pavillion for personal computers” – a sub-brand”.

Via: PreCentral (1) & PreCentral (2)


IDC: 66% of current iPhone owners plan on delaying their iPhone 4 purchase

With the iPhone 4 launching in Canada on July 30th, a IDC survey conducted last week in the U.S. polled IT professionals and it showed that 66% of current iPhone owners plan on delaying their iPhone 4 purchase because of the antenna & reception issues. In addition, 74% who don’t own but plan to buy an iPhone 4 stated the antenna and reception problems wouldn’t delay their purchase.

Will Stofega, a mobile device analyst for IDC said “That’s a very mixed message. It looks like a perfect example of the difference between behavioral economics and market economics. The iPhone 4 clearly isn’t working as it should, Apple’s saying that ‘We’ll give you a Bumper,’ but people seem committed to the iPhone. Many of them see this as overblown, and that Apple will fix it.”

There are no numbers on Canadian stats yet. What do you plan on doing? Take our poll here: (more…)