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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

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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

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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

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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…)

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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

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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!)

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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!)

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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

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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!)

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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…)

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