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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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SaskTel rolls out new “Wireless Device Protection Plan”


Majority of all the carriers have a device protection plan. Rogers has the “Handset Protection Guarantee”, TELUS has their “Device Protection Plan” and Bell has the “Smart/Phone Care” program. Today SaskTel has joined them by announcing their “Wireless Device Protection Plan”.

This is an optional insurance that can run you either $6 or $7 per month (depending on the value of your device and it’ll be added to your monthly bill). According to their website the insurance does not cover “Normal wear and tear and cosmetic damage” but does cover: “accidental damage, loss, theft, and malfunction (after the manufacturer’s warranty expires)”. In addition, you can only make 2 claims within a 12 month period. When you do file a claim you’ll need to dish out a “deductible ranging from $75 to $225″

More here at SaskTel

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Mobilicity intros U.S. roaming rates at $0.25/minute


Mobilicity has announced their US & global roaming rates (available in 60 countries). For traveling in the United States Mobilicity customers will pay $0.25 per minute for calls to Canada and the US. In a press release Mobilicity made a point to compare to the Big 3 (Rogers, Bell and TELUS) that their roaming rates are priced at “an approximate average of $1.30 per minute”.

Source: Mobilicity

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Dell Streak now available at Dell for $549.99


Just like that – the Dell Streak is now available. This can be purchased outright through Dell for $549.99 and they state on the site that it’s “For use on Rogers network only”. This should be also available at Rogers in the coming days (if not today) as we revealed several price plans last week.

We’ve mentioned the specs a number of times of this tablet/smartphone: comes with a 5-inch touchscreen WVGA display (800×480 resolution), 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8250 processor, holds up to 32 GB with microSD card, has GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus, dual LED flash and a front-facing VGA camera. The Streak ships with Android OS 1.6 (very outdated) but it will be upgraded later this year to OS 2.1.

Go get it here at Dell
(Thanks Chad!)

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