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MTS launches the Motorola Milestone A854


MTS has released the Motorola Milestone A854. This is their 2nd Android device and comes OS 2.1, a 3.7 inch touchscreen display with a full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with flash, access to the Android Market, Google Maps, Google Talk. As for price points of this CDMA device, you can get this on the following contracts:

- 3-year contract – $179.99
- 2-year contract – $279.99
- 1-year contract – $504.99

Interested or are you waiting for their new network to go live?
Source: MTS

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Report: “Apple emerged as the most reliable manufacturer”

In October cellphone warranty provider SquareTrade released a report with fancy graphs that stated the “iPhone 4 Glass Breaks 82 Percent More Than 3GS”. This month SquareTrade is back again with another report. This time they analyzed over 50,000 smartphones that are covered under their insurance policy and found that the iPhone 4 is projected to have the highest accident rate with 13.8% of owners. Motorola and HTC come in second with 12.2% and BlackBerry being the least amount of reported accidents with 6.7%. The cause of these accidents SquareTrade says “The data seems to suggest that the likelihood of drop damage is directly proportional to the amount of glass on the device”.

When it comes to the actual device malfunctioning. “Apple emerged as the most reliable manufacturer” with 2.1% reporting an issue… but unfortunately the tables turned on RIM as BlackBerry skyrocketed with 6.3% of owners complaining their device malfunctioned.

You can check out the full report here at SquareTrade
Via: AppleInsider
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Rogers officially releases Dell Streak for $149.99 on 3-year


Even though Dell went live yesterday and launched the Dell Streak… Rogers has announced in a press release that the Streak can now be purchased. Price plans are the same from the leaked internal doc at $149.99 on a 3-year voice and data plan.

If you’re planning on getting this tablet/smartphone Rogers states that this product is “Designed with the future in mind, the Dell Streak will support over-the-air updates including Android platform upgrades, Adobe Flash 10.1, video chat applications enhancements and other software innovations.” The Streak comes with Android OS 1.6 but will be upgraded to 2.1 (no talks of upgrades past this yet). In addition, the Streak has a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8250 processor, 5-inch touchscreen WVGA display (800×480 resolution), 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus/dual LED flash (and a a front-facing VGA camera), GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and holds up to 32 GB with microSD card.

Check it out here at Rogers
Source: CNW

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BlackBerry PlayBook to be priced “under” $500


The anticipation for Waterloo-based RIM to release their BlackBerry PLayBook is gaining momentum. New reports from Bloomberg stating that tablet will be released in North America sometime in Q1 2011 and will be available for “under” $500. Co-Chief Executive Officer Jim Balsillie said “The product will be very competitively priced”.

When it comes to tablets in Canada, the Apple iPad starts at $549, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab is going to be $649 and the Dell Streak (smartphone/tablet) is going for $549. So with this North American pricing at $500 it’s probably U.S. currency so us Canadians will most likely have it available for $549 as well.

Specs on the “The world’s 1st professional tablet” have it coming with a 7-inch LCD display, 1GHz Dual Core Symmetrical Multiprocessor with 1GB RAM, Out of the box support for BES, Front and rear cameras, full web experience and WiFi.

Source: Bloomberg
Via: BBSync

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Videotron Q3 results: Subscriber base grows to 95,400


When Videotron launched their new network they also came out with a slew of new devices and plans – some being “infinite” plans that are unlimited. Quebec is currently a hotbed for wireless competition and after Videotron launched their plans we also saw every carrier come out with their “Unlimited Quebec” offering.

Yesterday parent company Quebecor announced their Q3 results and so did Videotron. Reading over both reports it gives insights into how many subscribers are actually on their new network – the bottom line is that they are bringing in customers that would have normally chosen the incumbents or possibly new entrant Public Mobile.

According to the Quebecor Q3 report:
“Videotron Ltd. (“Videotron”) successfully launches advanced mobile services network (“3G+ network”) on September 9, 2010. As of September 30, 2010, three weeks after the launch, there are 21,900 subscriber connections on the new network, including 11,000 migrations from the mobile virtual network operator (“MVNO”) service.”

And the Videotron release:
“After terminating new activations on its Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) service and launching its mobile services, Videotron logged 8,400 net additions to its mobile telephone service in the third quarter, bringing the total to 95,400 subscriber connections. The numbers would be higher if Videotron had been able to fully meet the demand for smartphones.”

With these numbers it means that in the 3-weeks after Videotron launched their new network (September 9th) to the end of their Q3 (September 30th) 23% of their subscriber base is now on the new 3G+ network.

Source: Quebecor & Videotron

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Virgin to (eventually) release BlackBerry Bold 9780 in White for $124.99


Virgin will follow parent-company Bell and release the BlackBerry Bold 9780 in both black and white. This was supposed to be released on the 21st of October, then on November 2nd and it was apparently going to be released today too. But nothing yet has showed up on either Bell or Virgin (but Rogers and TELUS have both released it). However, over at Best Buy they have listed the White version of the Virgin Bold 9780 for $124.99 on contract/SuperTab or $499.99 outright.

More here at Best Buy
Via: CrackBerry

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SaskTel to launch the Novatel Mi-Fi 2372 Mobile Hotspot


Now that SaskTel is well underway with their 3G+ network it seems they are keeping up/catching up with the other carriers. They will be releasing the Novatel Mi-Fi 2372 Mobile Hotspot soon. This allows up to connect five devices to be used at the same time from anywhere and will apparently reach download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and can hold up to 16GB of memory with a microSD.

As for prices you can expect this to be available on the following prices:
3-year: $0.00
2-year: $140.00
1-year: $205.00
No-contract: $270.00

Check it out here at SaskTel

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TELUS releases the eco-friendly Samsung Evergreen


Remember environmentally friendly phones? These always come out around Earth Day but they have been a bit silent of late – no worries though. TELUS has just released the Samsung Evergreen (not on their site yet). This device is made from 70% recycled plastic and is packaged in 80% recycled material. As for what you can expect for specs: it’s an HSPA device that has a 2.4-inch QVGA screen (resolution of 240 x 320), slide-out QWERTY keyboard, MP3 player, holds up to 16GB with a microSD, 2.0 megapixel camera with video capabilities and only weighs 117 grams.

Price point are priced right. The no-contract falls in at $149.99; 1-year at $99.99; 2-year at $49.99 and the 2-year is available for $29.99.

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Koodo launching LG Breeze November 15th for $200


Now that the LG Cookie Plus has been released, next up for Koodo is the text friendly LG Breeze. They have already started to advertise the Breeze (check out this image with the Breeze in the middle). We’ve been informed that this will be released on November 15th for $200 or $50 on the Tab. This is a decent phone for Koodo they really need to get an Android device. Specs of the Breeze have it coming with a 2.8-inch display (resolution of 240 x 400), full slide out QWERTY keyboard, 3MP with video capabilities, holds up to 8GB with a microSD card, Bluetooth, Speakerphone.

In addition, the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 that will be launching has been pushed back to January.
(Thanks Tipster!)

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