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Rogers reaches out to mobile developers, creates “Rogers Catalyst”

Rogers has officially blown their doors open to the mobile developer community and announced their Rogers Catalyst beta program. Developers can sign up for free and start developing apps using Rogers’ APIs including SMS, location-based services (LBS) and carrier billing. Rogers states in a release today that the beta program is “designed to enable the cost-effective, fast creation of mobile apps and services customized for the Rogers network.”

It makes a great deal of sense for Rogers to do this and a bit expected too. At the 2009 Canadian Telecom Summit Nadir Mohamed, Rogers President and CEO, was speaking about the future of mobile technology and how apps will come into play. He stated that “The third model is carriers that actually embrace and lead the storefront side and have essentially an application center that they own and compete with along with the RIM’s, the Apple’s, Android Google platform”. So eventually you can bet the apps produced by those who join in on the Catalyst program will turn into a Rogers App Store. Which is a good move to offer their customers more apps (as long as they are all free).

Check out the Rogers Catalyst beta program here


Skyfire for iPhone now available for download again

On November 5th Skyfire went live with their “Skyfire for iPhone” app. This gave way not just use another browser on your iPhone but more importantly enabled the ability to watch Flash videos. The app was downloaded by thousands of people and was unfortunately pulled after 5 hours on iTunes. The reason according to Skyfire was because their “servers and bandwidth caused the video experience to degrade”.

Good news for Canadians tonight as the app has been made available again. Skyfire stated on Twitter that “O, Canada – Skyfire 2.0 for iPhone is now available in Canada via the iTunes Store!”

Go get it from iTunes


SaskTel to launch the BlackBerry Bold 9780

There’s one thing that I’m loving about SaskTel these days. Ever since launching their new 3G+ network they are pushing out the latest devices at rapid rate. This probably has a great deal to do with their relationship with Bell but regardless… congrats to them!

Next up on the SaskTel lineup is the refresh of the BlackBerry Bold 9700, the 9780. This comes with the new BlackBerry 6 OS, a full QWERTY keyboard, 2.4-inch display (resolution of 480×360), 624 MHz Processor, 512 MB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 and can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card. Another good note is that they’ve already priced this lower than Rogers at $100 on a 3-year contract but come in higher than all carriers by $170 for the no-contract at $570.

No word on the official launch date, but it’s “coming soon”.
Check it out here at SaskTel


LG Flick now available at Solo

If you’re wanting to get the latest device from Solo Mobile then the LG Flick is for you. Their first HSPA device is a basic entry level 2.8-inch touchscreen device that can be yours in either pink and grey. The cost is an affordable $49.99 on contract or $149.99 no-contract and has a 2.8-inch display, 2 megapixel camera, integration with Facebook, Twitter and MySpace (plus others) and get all your e-mail.

Check it here at Solo


Update: Samsung “Nexus S” gets pictured

The rumours of a “Nexus Two” launching soon by Google and Samsung are all coming together. Remember a couple weeks ago when this rumoured Android was going to look like a Galaxy S device with a 4-inch display and come with a front facing camera. Gizmodo stated that “It’s black and shiny, built with glossy plastic. Up close, though, it’s “got this curve to it”. On the same day PC Mag stepped up and said that a new Nexus device was going to be released but it was not going to be called the “Nexus Two”.

Well over at Best Buy (United States) there is a device that has popped up called the “Nexus S”. As you can see it looks like a Galaxy S, has a front-facing camera and running Android (rumoured 2.3 “Gingerbread”).

Looking good so far… would you go for this?

Update: Engadget scored some sweet pics of the device now officially named the Nexus S. There’s a couple more after the break. (more…)


TELUS INQ Chat 3G now available on Prepaid

TELUS has put the INQ Chat 3G on Prepaid – this is actually their first prepaid device on the 3G+ network. This is available for $149.99 and TELUS is throwing in a $25 credit for those who activate a new Prepaid account. With this deal it’s only a matter of time before we see Koodo Mobile drop the price of their INQ Chat 3G (currently available for $175).

Specs of the INQ Chat 3G are that it has a 2.2-inch QVGA display with a resolution of 320 x 240, full QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 MP camera with autofocus and video capabilities, built-in GPS, Facebook and Twitter integration and can hold up to 8GB with a microSD card.

More info here at TELUS


“All in the Family” promo (for WIND Family and Friends) takes some plans to $20/month

Dang this is a good deal. You’ll just have to find a family member who works at WIND. They’ve come out with a promo called “All in the Family” that’s on until November 23rd and takes their most expensive plans, the Always Shout plan ($45/month) and the Infinite Laptop ($45/month) to a low $20 a month.

There are some stipulations and they seem to be cracking from the previous promo they had. This time WIND has implemented that you have to be “successfully pre-registered by the WIND employee who invited you”, and that the “normal return policy doesn’t apply. Sales of all hardware are final”, “offer is not retroactive for existing customers” and that “offer cannot be transferred or sold”.

Apparently every Wind employee has been given 10 Always Shout and 5 Infinite Laptop invites to hand out. In addition, you have to be pre-registered by November 22nd and be activated by November 23rd to get in on this deal.

Check out the complete flyer after the break
Source: Howard Forums (more…)


Wind Mobile releases the LG dLite

Wind has released the LG dLite – this is a flip phone that has some customizations to it. With the external LED you can make your own animations for your favourite contacts. The device comes with a 2.8 inch display (resolution of 240 x 400) which looks massive for a flip phone. The electric blue colour that it comes in is certainly vibrant and will get some attention. A cool feature is at the bottom of the device, this area lights when you have messages.

As for specs, the device has overall dimensions of 108 x 52 x 14 mm and weighs in at a light 104 grams. The camera is only 2 megapixels and can take videos (320×240). The dLite has motion muting so when you get a call that you don’t want to answer you can simply turn the phone over. This doesn’t come with WiFi and the battery is 900mAh so it’ll give you about 6-7 hours of talk time. In addition, this has an MP3 player and can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card.

We’ll have a full review up shortly. This is available for $140 outright or $0 on the new WindTab. (more…)


Mobilicity and 7-Eleven sign distribution deal

This is the year of carriers finding distribution partners, specifically the new entrants. We’ve recently seen Public Mobile hop on board with Gateway Newstands and trials with Money Mart. Wind Mobile has Blockbuster and London Drugs and now Mobilicity has signed their first major distribution partner with 7-Eleven locations.

Mobilicity products will be available at 150 7-Eleven stores across Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton before the end of the year.

Doug Perry, Mobilicity’s VP of Sales stated that “Mobilicity caters to customers looking for value and convenience. We take the complexities out of wireless so that everything from buying a phone to using that phone is convenient for our customers. Being able to buy Mobilicity’s unlimited wireless, day or night at 7-Eleven, will only add to that convenient customer experience.”

Via: CNW