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Samsung Entro launched by Bell and Solo

Yet another messaging device is available. The Samsung Entro has been released by both Bell and it’s sub-brand Solo Mobile. The Entro has a slide out QWERTY keyboard, 2.6-inch touchscreen display (resolution of 240 x 320), 1.3 megapixel camera, flash and can take videos, holds up to 32 GB with a microSD card. If you’re thinking about getting this you might want to check out the prices below and make sure get on the right plan.

Bell price points are: (more…)

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Virgin gives $6k credit and still loses customer

Remember a couple days ago that Calgary-resident named Jason Boutang who went on vacation in France, turned on his iPhone’s roaming and racked up a $8k bill by using a translator app and streaming live radio. Boutang said “Eight grand is pretty much extortion, it’s unjustifiable.”

I guess it actually does pay to become a “Member” of Virgin Mobile because Virgin has credited a whopping $6,000 off his bill to have it reduced to $2,000. Virgin’s Erica Faltous stated that “We reviewed the bill and since then, we’ve made the decision to re-rate his bill as though he had the roaming bundle. These are things that are evaluated on a case-by-case basis; hopefully it will never happen again.”

The kicker is not just the price reduction but that Boutang actually is now leaving Virgin Mobile to go with Rogers on Prepaid. So Virgin misses out on $6k in revenue and a subscriber.

Via: Calgary Sun

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Samsung Wave now available at Bell for $299.95

We’ve got to hand it to Bell as they actually have come in with some good pricing. The Samsung Wave is now available and Rogers and released this today for $99.99 on a 3-year and $474.99 on no-contract. However, Bell has come in at the promo price of $29.95 on a 3-year; $149.95 on a 2-year; $249.95 for 1-year and an actual affordable $299.95 no-contract.

Think about it… Bell no contract price for the same device that Rogers has is $175 cheaper.

Check this 3.3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen Bada powered device at Bell

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Rogers releases the Bada-powered Samsung Wave

The first device to have Samsung’s new Bada platform in Canada is the Wave. This has officially been released by Rogers for $99.99 on a 3-year plan and ranges all the way up to $474.99 with no-contract.

Quick specs of the Wave are that it has a 3.3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800, 1 GHZ processor, 5.0 megapixel camera with video capabilities (records in HD) and video calling, built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card… and access to Samsung Apps. (more…)

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Bell to launch Samsung Wave at $29.95 on 3-year, $299.95 no contract

Bell will launching the Samsung Wave tomorrow and it’s the first device that’s powered by the Bada platform. You can expect to see this available for a acceptable intro price of $29.95 on a 3-year contract and $299.95 no-contract.

If you want to take a look at this before you purchase head on over to the video we captured a couple weeks back. It’s a good overview of the new touchscreen.

This will also be released by Rogers soon. Anyone going to get the Wave? (more…)

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TELUS prepping to release the INQ Chat 3G

Thanks to one of our tipster for letting us know of a new device that’s on the way to TELUS. The INQ Chat 3G will most likely be available within the next couple months and we have no price points for you yet. As you can see on the image below it proudly displays the TELUS logo while booting up.

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 capabiities, built-in GPS, Facebook and Twitter integration and can hold up to 8GB with a microSD card. (more…)

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Rogers new “Chatr Wireless” details… apparently launching within a couple weeks

“Chatr” is Rogers new wireless brand that is going to launch soon… we’ve been informed it’s actually within a couple weeks. Last week we quickly spoke with Rogers EVP John Boynton who stated the Chatr brand has is targeting “the very basic need customer with above average usage, average to below average income, sophisticated in the sense that they’ve been a wireless customer for a little while so they don’t need a lot of help with support.”

Thanks to one of reliable tipsters for sending us slides of a Toronto training session. Below is basically almost everything you need to know about the new entry level brand. They are directly competing against Wind Mobile, Mobilicity and Public Mobile and will have coverage “Zones” that are in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton and Ottawa… looking at the pics below it seems the zones actually stretch all the way to through to Quebec and Nova Scotia. Apparently there will also be some sort of “in-zone” benefits that follows you to other zones that aren’t your own.

Chatr is going hard on being part of the Rogers network and their reliability. One slide states that “You’ll have no worries – thanks to fewer dropped calls, better reception, and one low monthly fee for all the talk and text you can handle – so you’ll talk happy.” The Chatr Wireless tag line looks like it’s “No worries. Talk Happy”.

There will be No Activation Fee, billing by the minute and will support unlocked phones on their network. So you will simply purchase their SIM. Chatr will also operate a “Prepaid” credit card payment system called “Auto-Pay”. For those who do not own a credit card they will have “top up cards” available.

They will have 2 plans: Unlimited Talk and Unlimited Talk & Text. There is no price listed for either but it’s pretty basic. All plans will have Unlimited incoming and include Caller ID, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, Group Calling and Unlimited Incoming Texts. UPDATE: We were sent an e-mail the Unlimited Talk is $35 per month and the Unlimited Talk & Text is $45 per month.

For the Unlimited Talk plan it looks like Outgoing calls are Unlimited in your province but will cost you $0.15 per minute when you leave your Zone. Roaming will cost you $0.25 per minute. In addition, every text message sent past the 50 mark (in Canada and the US) is $0.10 per text. Oh yes… it’ll cost you $0.25 to retrieve your voicemail. For the Unlimited Talk & Text it’s close to the same as above but it’s all Unlimited and free to check your voicemail.

We’ve been informed that the rate plans and phone prices are tentative but will be highly competitive. When it comes to devices they’ll offer “Quality phones at a super low price”. The slide below shows the Nokia 1661 called “The essential” for $49.99; the Nokia 2680 as “The Slider” for $89.99; the LG GB125R as “The flip” for $69.99 and the Samsung Gravity as “The QWERTY” for $149.99. They will not have a Smartphone.

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WIND on Rogers new Chatr brand: “I’m really excited about it and I’m ready to compete”

WIND Mobile Chairman Tony Lacavera went on BNN last night and was asked a number of questions such as unlimited data plans, data hoggers, throttling, coverage holes and also about Rogers new low end wireless brand called “Chatr”.

Lacavera stated that “It’s great for consumers. We’re achieving our business plan here of creating competition in wireless. The big guys are starting to react and the more they start to react the better we look. I’m really excited about it and I’m ready to compete.”

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CRTC’s “Do Not Call List” fines $73,000, only collected $250

Then CRTC “National Do-Not-Call List” launched almost 2-years ago with a mandate to stop telemarketers from bothering you once you registered. Now well over 7 million Canadians have signed up.

In the past there has been talk that the CRTC sold the list to customers to profit from, but was quickly denied by CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein who stated it’s an “urban myth”. Then there were loopholes found in the process and some went as far as calling the DNCL a travesty. Eventually there were several telemarketers fined. Good news right? Wrong. It’s good to fine business for violating the law… but one must collect the money to make the
point sink in.

Thanks to Liberal Senator for PEI Percy Downe who inquired on behalf of some citizens who started to receive more calls after registering. According to the Globe, as of March 1st, 2010 the total value of fines the CRTC charged telemarketer for violating the law was $73,000. Amount collected is a measly $250.

Another sign of tax payers dollars well spent.

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