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iPhone 4 Press conference now on: “Okay – we’ll give you a free case.”

Apple is holding a press conference right now about the iPhone 4 and its antenna issues. Jobs is on stage now and stated that “The iPhone 4 is perhaps the best product we’ve ever made at Apple. We’ve sold well over 3 million since we launched it 3 weeks ago. It’s been judged the number 1 smartphone…”

Regarding the antenna issues. Jobs stated that “This was 22 days ago… we haven’t had out head in the sand. We’ve been working on this for just 22 days. We are an engineering company, and we want to find out what the real problem is. We’ve been working our butts off so we can come up with real solutions. And we want to share what we’ve learned.” (more…)

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WIND to launch 1 or 2 Android devices. Plus HTC, BlackBerry, Nokia, & Samsung before the end of the year

There are a number of rumours out there about how many customers have signed up with WIND: 75,000, 90,000 and 100,000. Yesterday I caught up with Chairman of Wind Mobile Tony Lacavera and he avoided giving me exact numbers but did state an official announcement will be made within 30-60 days.

In addition, Wind will soon be launching 1 if not 2 Android-powered devices. Plus new BlackBerry smartphones, Nokia, Samsung and HTC devices all before the end of the year. It’s rumoured that the Android devices could be the Huawei U8100 and a Motorola device. The BlackBerry Pearl 9100 has already been spotted in their Wind Mobile magazine. (more…)

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Sony Ericsson reports Q2 2010 results: Sales up 25% and “we are now well positioned for long term growth”

Sony Ericsson has been through the ringers over the past year or so, mild sales, cutbacks and restructuring. However, things seem they are changing as they have just reported their Q2 results.

Sales for the quarter increased by 25% over Q2 2009 to €1,757 million, they shipped 11 million devices (5% increase) and their market share “remained flat and is estimated to be around 4%”. In addition, Sony Ericsson said in their report that they have “reduced its global workforce by approximately 4,000 people to reach a total workforce of approximately 7,800 by June 30, 2010″. (more…)

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Wind expands GTA distribution and partners with Value Mobile

Wind Mobile will be announcing today a retail distribution agreement with Value Mobile locations in the GTA. There will be 4 locations in total that are specifically targeting “newcomer communities”:
- York Gate Mall, Etobicoke – 1 Yorkgate Blvd
- Malvern – 31 Tapscott Rd, Unit T41B
- East York – 45 Overlea Blvd, Unit 161
- Cedarbrae – 3495 Lawrence Ave East

You can already check out the Value Mobile website as it lists WIND Mobile devices. They also carry Mobilicity, Virgin and Koodo Mobile devices.

Update: here are pics from the official announcement today:

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Limited Edition Team Canada BlackBerry Bold 9700 hits eBay

If you’ve ever wanted a unique looking BlackBerry then here’s your opportunity! A few months back a Limited Edition Team Canada BlackBerry Bold 9700 was created to celebrate Canada winning some shiny Olympic Gold medals. It looked really cool and there was only 20 of them around. Well one of them has popped up on eBay with a starting bid of $0.01… but I’m sure it’ll for for a lot more!

The seller states that “The phone is brand new and Unlocked so you can pop in any SIM card from any provider. It was won in a contest for a company I no longer work for. This auction includes the custom made Team Canada wallpaper for the phone as well as an Ironman wallpaper. As shown in the pictures the phone includes the Gold bezel kit for showing off Team Canada Gold Medal pride, or converting the phone into an Ironman edition. Phone comes with the Otterbox screen protector pre-installed and a 2GB MicroSD Card. It is not officially licensed product however it was developed by ColorWare and was billed as the “Limited Edition Canadian Men’s Hockey Team BlackBerry Bold 9700 Smartphone”.

Check it out here at here at eBay

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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!)

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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…)

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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…)

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