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Rumour: BlackBerry 9800 to be a Rogers exclusive in Canada?

There’s been a tremendous amount of leaks when it comes to the upcoming BlackBerry 9800 Slider. Quick specs are that it comes with their new OS called BlackBerry 6, a 3.2-inch touchscreen display (resolution of 360 x 480), full QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad, 5 megapixel camera, 3G connectivity, WLAN, A-GPS Bluetooth, 3.5 mm headset jack, 4GB of internal memory and can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card.

AT&T is pegged to get this in the States and although we don’t have a price point or a release date of when this will be available in Canada, we’ve been informed that “the 9800 could be exclusive to Rogers only due to Bell and Telus already has touch screen BlackBerrys (Storm 1 and 2).”

Rogers and RIM have launched several exclusive devices in the past and their relationship goes back to when RIM was just starting out. They were the first to launch the Bold 9000 and if this rumour pans out they would not only be the first to release the 9800 but a device that operates on their new BlackBerry 6 OS. You can check out the videos of the 9800 slider here.

UPDATE: After posting this we got several tips that this is in Bell and TELUS inventory.

Blackberry Accessories Code: All of your Blackberry Accessories are available at PureMobile.ca

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Lazaridis on RIM’s new BlackBerry 6: “you’re going to see something different”

Research in Motion held their Annual Meeting of Shareholders yesterday in Waterloo and co-CEO Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis were asked a number of questions about where the company stands in the Smartphone market and what they are doing to compete.

Specifically one of the questions surrounded the hype and lineups that Apple gets when they release a new iPhone and perhaps RIM could borrow what they do. In response Balsillie pointed out to their chief marketing officer Keith Pardy and said “Did you hear that Keith?”. So maybe when the 9800 is released we’ll be seeing a lineup somewhere. Hopefully not just filled with actors.

Also, Lazaridis said that their new OS called BlackBerry 6 has over 15 million lines of software code that’s all put together “in a seamless way… When you pick it up and start using it you’re going to see something different… There has been a lot of thought put into it about how people are going to use it to communicate.”

Earlier this week RIM
gave another sneak peek at the new OS, certainly a difference experience from previous BlackBerry OS updates in the past… but will it be enough? (more…)

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Opera Mini 5.1 for Android officially released

Opera has officially released Opera Mini 5.1 for Android smartphones. They stated in a press release that it’s lightning fast and highly suggest you make it your default mobile browser. Some of the new features with this update are that it brings better kinetic scrolling, auto-saves your browsing sessions but unfortunately does not support Flash. (more…)

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Solo Mobile to offer 6 plans plus prepaid turbo sticks?

Yesterday we let you know that Solo Mobile is apparently going to get a complete re-brand/re-invention of their offerings, mainly to compete against the new entrants and Rogers new discount brand “Chatr”. If Bell is investing millions back into Solo Mobile then we are on the verge of some heavy and heated wireless battles. Honestly, when was the last time you heard of somebody buying a Solo Mobile device? The governments goal of having more wireless competition is certainly having an effect in Canada. Things are changing and thanks to our tipster here’s and update on Solo:

- The Brand and Logo will remain the same.

- All retail locations will undergo a complete aesthetic overhaul.

- Plans that are being put together will be $10, $20, $30, $40, $50, $60 and will have feature add-ons very similar to the Mobilicity pricing grid.

- Solo will be launching prepaid turbo sticks. Pricing has yet to be negotiated, but will likely be the same as Virgin’s prepaid broadband stick.

- Solo will be canning most of its current handset line up and the new lineup will offer decent handsets.

This all actually makes Solo sound really good! Six various price plans, new devices, prepaid turbo sticks. I’m loving how pressure is somewhat forcing the carriers to be more competitive. The end result – hopefully – is more options, better devices and lower prices. We’ll have more info on this soon…

UPDATE regarding HSPA: Our tipster let us know that “For now it will be half and half because Solo doesn’t offer prepaid sims and that’s a market we still cater too. However CDMA will be phased out sooner rather than later. Fyi, contrary to the common belief, many Solo locations still do relatively well, averaging about 50 activations a month.”

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Poll results of “Which Canadian wireless carrier is the best”

We put together a quick poll yesterday that we titled “Which Canadian wireless carrier is the best”. It was a really open perspective and a very broad poll that was really based on your overall experience with carrier, such as customer service, prices, devices, coverage etc. We gave it a 24-hour period and based on 2,087 responses the top 5 are as follows:

1. WIND Mobile (35% or 739 votes)
2. TELUS Mobility (16% or 330 votes)
3. Rogers Wireless (14% or 287 votes)
4. None of the above (8% or 173 votes) (hilarious)
5. Bell Mobility (7% or 150 votes)

We’re going to throw up another poll soon with more focus that will involve the carriers again. What are some of the questions you are curious about?

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Virgin rolls out Toronto pilot project called “Red Glove Service” to hand deliver replacement phones

Virgin is a unique brand. They have a good strategy and their PR stunts truly get people noticing them. The latest perk that Virgin has announced is the “Red Glove Service” and is all about Virgin surprising unsuspecting Members to “hand deliver replacement phones right to their door”… So for all those who order a new device you can count yourself out. It sounds like this is part of a process to retain and keep frustrated customers happy. (more…)

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“Refreshed” iPhones arrive at Bell

It’s been a long time since carriers started to offer refurbished/refreshed iPhones. Bell has now jumped on the bus and started to get rid off all inventory possible by throwing up their “refreshed” iPhone 3G and 3GS models. The prices range from $9.95 to $99.95 and Bell states that “Each phone carries a 90-day warranty from your date of purchase… If you are not satisfied with the phone, you can return it within 30 days of your purchase.”

Or you can just hold out for the new iPhone 4. (Just make sure you hold it in your right hand).
More here at Bell

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Android Market to hit 100,000 app milestone this month

There’s no doubt that Google’s Android platform is gaining popularity. In Canada we have several devices that run their OS. To name a few we’ve got the HTC Hero, Legend, LG Eve, Samsung Galaxy, Acer Liquid E, Motorola Milestone, Quench and Dext… and more coming such as the HTC Desire and Galaxy Vibrant.

When it comes to the Android Market, it was only a few weeks ago that Google’s Andy Rubin said they have over 65,000 available for download. It looks like this month the combined number of paid and free apps will cross over the 100,000 mark. According to AndroidLib (they gathers stats on the Android Market) they show that we are currently sitting around the 92,000 apps. Over the past few months there has been an average of over 14,000 new apps submitted. So this should take it just beyond the 100k milestone.


Source: AndroidLib
Via: AndroidGuys

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Polar Mobile’s “WC2010″ app sees over 265,000 downloads in 30 days

Here’s some good news from Toronto-based Polar Mobile. They created a free app that’s available in the BlackBerry App World called “WC2010″. Now that the 2010 FIFA World Cup is over they have released some stunning stats and gives an insight into how people are getting real time targeted info:

- 265,408 App downloads in 30 days
- 43% of subs used the App everyday (on average) (more…)

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Consumer Reports “can’t recommend the iPhone 4″, but says it’s the “highest rated”

Consumer Reports boldly announced yesterday that they “can’t recommend the iPhone 4”. This is somewhat of a blow to Apple as many other countries are prepping to release this device soon. The reason for the slam was due to the antenna issues. When users hold the iPhone 4 on the left side they slowly start to see reception dwindle down to zero bars. Consumer Reports did say an easy solution was to put a piece of tape on the left side and it will somehow miraculously solve the issue.

However, in an odd and ironic twist Consumer Reports also has an online mobile phone rankings section where users can pay to see full details and breakdowns of smartphone ratings. Can you guess what device is at the top of the list: the new iPhone 4. This has been granted the “highest rated” smartphone and Consumer Reports gave it a ranking of 76 out of 100. The next highest ranking is the iPhone 3GS and the HTC Sprint Evo 4G with 74 points.

John Paczkowski of the WSJ “Digital Daily” said that “The product evaluation agency rated the iPhone 4 “Excellent” in its display, navigation, Web browsing, multimedia and battery life categories, “Very Good” in phoning and messaging and “Good” in voice quality.”

So if you take away the reception issues and only hold the iPhone 4 on the right side you’ve got a stellar top class device.

Check it here at Consumer Reports
Source: Apple Insider & WSJ

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