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Update: “Chatr” full lineup of devices… plus launch date is apparently set for July 21st

Well look what we’ve got here! A lovely first look at the upcoming packaging of the new Rogers discount brand called “Chatr”. You can see by this image that one of the devices they’ll be carrying is the Nokia 2680. We let you know last week from the leaked slide presentation that also has been given the name of “The Slider” and will be available for $89.99. We have no other details when it comes to their official launch date but hear it’ll be within the week.

You can expect to the the following phones also pop up soon: The Nokia 1661 called “The essential” for $49.99; the LG GB125R as “The flip” for $69.99 and the Samsung Gravity as “The QWERTY” for $149.99.

(See the full presentation details here)

UPDATE: Thanks to our tipster for sending along the remainder of the devices that they will be launching with: Nokia 1661 “The essential”; LG GB125R as “The flip” and the Samsung Gravity as “The QWERTY”. Plus there’s a pic of the SIM packaging. In addition, we’ve been informed that they these will not be out on display until Wednesday, July 21st… so you can count this as the launch date.

Also, the prices will be the Unlimited Talk for $35 per month and the Unlimited Talk & Text for $45 per month.

(Thanks Bacala  & iSellPhone!)


Molson Canadian releases the “Seize the Summer” App

Didn’t know about this app that Molson Canadian created. It’s called the “Seize the Summer App” and you earn “virtual badges” every time you do something. You’ll have to first join their Facebook group here and then download the app but basically when you do something this summer such as catch a fish, go on a road trip, see a moose, jump, drink beer etc… you log on to Facebook, report it and you’ll collect a badge. The end result is that you get entered into a draw to win one of 16 cross-Canada tips. The app is available on Blackberry, Android device and will be coming soon to the iPhone. (more…)


Update: Virgin increasing pay-per-use web browsing now on August 20th

It seems like Virgin is increasing prices, not dropping them (see here, here and here). It’s not the biggest deal but it’s an increase when the only thing customers/members want are price drops.

Virgin states in their customer updates that “Beginning on August 16, 2010, the charges for pay-per-use web browsing are changing from 5¢/page viewed to 10¢/page viewed. If you don’t use your phone’s web browsing features or have already hooked up to one of our Data Plans or Unlimited Mobile Web Browsing Add-ons, then this pricing change won’t affect you.” (more…)


TELUS HTC Desire pricing revealed in their Source Code?

The HTC Desire is one of the most anticipated Android devices that will hit Canada. It’s got a whack load of impressive specs such as running Android OS 2.1, a 3.7-inch touchscreen display (resolution of 480×800), a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, WiFi, 5 megapixel camera etc… TELUS only states that the device is “coming soon” and gives no firm date or pricing.

However, if you take a look at their source code it reveals the pricing. All you have to do is right click on the HTC Desire page and click “View Page Source”, it’ll give you lots of code and you’ll find the price points. It shows this: 1-Year term: $499.95; 2-year term $399.95 and the 3-year term: $299.95

Not sure if these will be the real prices for when the Desire launches… mainly because TELUS never has anything priced that ends with $0.95. I’m sure we’ll see these prices coming in lower.

(Thanks Tim!)


WIND $150 port over credit is back

During the first few months of their service WIND created a “Port over offer” that gave customers $150 credit “to help offset the sting” of the Early Cancellation Fee to those who port over from another carrier.

Well.. it’s back. This time Wind has announced that it’s only for new customers who sign up for a Always Talk ($35/month) or the Always Shout ($45/month) plan and only targeted to Rogers, Fido and Chatr customers. The promo starts today and goes until August 15th. Wind also says in the fine print that “The $150 credit will be applied in $25 installments over 6 months, starting September 23, 2010.”

So Wind is gunning for Rogers. Targeting their brands and one of them has not even officially launched yet! Tony Lacavera, Chairman of Wind Mobile spoke about Rogers new Chatr brand in an interview last week and said that “I’m really excited about it and I’m ready to compete”. I guess this is how they are competing…

UPDATE: This is apparently available to all customers, not just Rogers, Chatr and Fido. It’s just the wording they chose to use that was a bit misleading.

Check it here at WIND


Rogers lowers the 3-year prices of various Android devices… and the Samsung Wave

The prices are coming down… but only on the 3-year contract prices. Some people like a contract and other don’t. If you do then you might want to consider hopping over the the Rogers Android revolution as they have dropped the prices of a few of their Android-powered devices and the recently released Bada-powered Samsung Wave. (more…)


Do the incumbents have “embedded spies with the new entrants”?

There’s many rumours of how many subscribers the new entrants Wind Mobile, Mobilicity and Public Mobile have actually taken away from the incumbents: 30,000, 100,000, 140,000 – there are no official numbers released and probably won’t be for a while. The Big 3 and their flanker brands have all stepped up their game offering Unlimited Calling, early evenings, axed System Access fees and some carriers have also reduced their handset prices.

Rogers is coming into the market with a new discount brand named “Chatr”. This will be available in core urban locations (Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Ottawa) and will directly compete with the new entrants. The government wanted more competition and things are fiercely heating up.

Here’s something to ponder. We were exchanging e-mails from one of our tipsters who works for one of the Big 3 in a corporate office position. The tipster had this to say about the current wireless state in Canada:

“I’ve been reading up on the articles regarding the Big 3 abusing their dominant positions in the marketplace, and let me tell you that this is completely true. For the last few months there have been high level meetings between executives and business analysts from Rogers, Bell, & Telus. (more…)


TELUS becomes the official wireless provider of the CFL

Even though they didn’t secure the naming rights for the Vancouver Canucks home arena, TELUS has finalized a 2-year partnership to become the official wireless provider of the CFL. As part of the deal fans will be able to download a free app that will give them the ability to watch live games, check real time stats, schedules and watch highlights. The app will be available later this year and anyone can download regardless of what carrier they’re with. (more…)