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WIND to go live with “WINDtab” November 5th


Another payment option has hit WIND Mobile.  We mentioned this a couple days ago and WINDtab will go live on November 5th (tomorrow). The skinny is that new Pay After customers who opts for the WINDtab gets $150 towards their new phone/stick. Each month 10% of your monthly bill goes towards paying your off balance. It seems like a good deal as there still is no yearly contract to sign. In addition, you can pay it off whenever you want and upgrade whenever you want.

In addition, on the company blog they state that they have also dropped the prices of a few phones:
- The Huawei U1250 is now $60 (was $70)
- The Nokia 5230 is now $140 (was $160)
- The Android Huawei U8100 is now $150 (was $160)

More here about the WINDtab at WIND

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Bell HTC Desire Z $79.95 on 3-year at The Source


The Bell HTC Desire Z launched yesterday at $129.95 on a 3-year… if your into signing a 3-year contract and looking to save a few bucks you might want to head down to Bell’s retail outlet The Source as they have a $50 in-store credit happening until November 17th that sees it drop to $79.95 on 3-year.

Check it here at The Source
(Thanks ozz_the_barkeep!)

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MTS to launch the Kyocera Rio E3100 “in time for the holidays”


We can’t say that this is as exciting as some of the upcoming HSPA devices, but it’s at least a touchscreen! MTS will be releasing the Kyocera Rio E3100 “in time for the holidays”. There will likely be plenty of stock available so no need to rush out and lineup for this one. This comes with a 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen display (resolution of 240 x 320), 1.3 megapixel camera with video capabilities, Bluetooth, A-GPS, holds up to 16GB with a microSD card.

Via: MTS

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“Toronto Windows Phone User Group” kicks off on November 16th


With Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 OS hitting Canadian soil next week there will be a few devices to choose from. The Samsung Focus, LG Optimus 7, LG Optimus Quantum and the HTC Surround. A new group has been formed called the “Toronto Windows Phone User Group” and it looks like they’re having their first meeting on November 16th. Taking a gander at the details it says the first 200 people will get a free shirt… but better news is that they will have several phones available for people to try out. In addition, somebody will walk away at the end of the night with a WP7 device. Here are details:

Tuesday, November 16 · 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Microsoft Canada HQ
1950 Meadowvale Blvd
Mississauga, ON
Register (for free) and learn more here

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WIND set to release the LG dLite, Alcatel OT981A and the Huawei U3200


Wind Mobile is getting primed up for this holiday season and it looks like they have a few devices and offers coming down the pipe. This flyer was distributed across the city and shows their upcoming promo will offer 50% off any of their plans for 6 months – plus you’ll notice at the bottom it shows the “WindTab” payment option that will be launched soon. In addition, 3 new devices appear. First is a flip phone called the LG dLite, the Android-powered Alcatel OT981A and the Huawei U3200. No word on when these will be available or the prices – but it should be soon.

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Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant is heading to Virgin Mobile


A few weeks ago we had a look into what Virgin Mobile was going to be releasing this holiday season. The main devices were the BlackBerry Bold 9780, Android-powered Samsung Galaxy 5, LG Flick and LG Sway. There was another document that showed the upcoming SuperTab/contract prices too. MIA was the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. You might remember this as it briefly appeared in their inventory system and on their site.

More great news today as the Galaxy S Vibrant will in fact be heading to Virgin Mobile. Unfortunately there’s no confirmed date or price points. The above internal doc also confirms that the BlackBerry Bold 9780 will be launching on November 9th, the LG Flick to be available on November 11th and finally another Android device, the Samsung Galaxy 550 hitting Virgin on November 15th.

Things are looking good for Virgin members!
Via: BGR

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Best Buy confirms 3-year price of Bold 9780 to be $149.99


Here’s what we are now hearing: The BlackBerry Bold 9780 will be launched on Tuesday, November 9th. This was delayed by both Bell and Virgin (Rogers and TELUS never stated a release date). On another note, Best Buy now confirms the 3-year contract price of Bold 9780 to be $149.99 on all carriers (except TELUS). The no-contract price is rumoured to be $499.99 – but not confirmed.

Via: Best Buy

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Chatr launches the Nokia C3 as “The Associate” for $100


Chatr has officially released a QWERTY quick messaging device. The Nokia C3 is dubbed as “The Associate” and it could be yours for $100. The good news is if you are going to pick this up you’ll also walk away with a Bluetooth headset and $60 worth of credits (when you choose “Auto Pay”). As for specs, the associate comes with a 2.4-inch display, 2 megapixel camera, MP3 Player, 3.5 mm audio jack, holds up to 8GB with a microSD card.

Source: Chatr

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MTS now “expects to fully launch HSPA services in the first quarter of 2011″


This could be a bit disappointing to some MTS customers. MTS announced way back on July 28th, 2009 that they were building out their HSPA network and had a targeted completion for the “end of 2010″. In their Q3 2010 report today it states that they are “now moving into a technical test phase and expects to fully launch HSPA services in the first quarter of 2011″. So it’s unfortunately delayed a bit. Kelvin Shepherd, President, MTS said “We are undergoing detailed testing of both the HSPA network and related systems and with that in mind, it makes sense to launch HSPA early in the new year when activity in our customer service channels is typically lower”.

No worries Manitobans – you still have the Motorola Milestone A854 and the BlackBerry Style 9670 coming.

Source: MTS

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