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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.

Check it out below… more info soon:












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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.”

Thoughts? (more…)

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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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3 free decals when you purchase a Koodo Samsung Intensity

Here’s a quick promo that Samsung has going on with Koodo Mobile. If you purchase the Samsung Intensity you’ll also get 3 free decals. Samsung says that with these decals “you can change the look of your Intensity as often as you change your mood”.

Not sure if this promo is going to get people to rush and purchase the Intensity but it’s miles better than the recent SpeakOut free Slushee promo. (more…)

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TELUS wants to meet you and talk business… they’ll also give you a $25 gas card

Gas prices are getting higher these days and any sort of savings is good. That’s exactly why you need to arrange a meeting with TELUS as they’re giving away a $25 gas card for having a meeting with them to talk business.

It’s a customer appreciation offer and we’re pretty sure anyone can schedule a sit down with a TELUS Solutions Specialist. There’s no details on how long the meeting will last but will certainly include conversations about TELUS’ Mike Network and the $60 Tough Rate Plan (it was just extended to August 31st). (more…)

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Vancouver Canucks will now play in the newly named “Rogers Arena”

Rogers has signed a deal that will see their branding plastered all over the arena that the Vancouver Canucks call home. The Canucks Sports & Entertainment and Rogers signed a long ten-year agreement that will see the official name be known as the “Rogers Arena”.

Here’s what’s included in the deal (expect to see Rogers products everywhere): “extensive branding and advertising placements, including in-ice, in-building and rink board signage, Canucks.com, 300-level concourse branding, in-game features, interactive hockey themed concourse displays and mobile applications. As Canada’s largest provider of wireless voice and data communications services, Rogers will work with the Canucks to explore new and innovative ways to use wireless technology to engage fans anytime, anyplace. They will also join forces on local charitable initiatives.”

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Winner in our HTC Hero “Prize Pack” contest!

We’ve got another winner!! This time our contest was a sexy HTC Hero Prize Pack that included a Hero, 3 skins and a bunch of other glorious goodness. Thanks to everyone who entered but it’s Peter Hamilton that takes home this prize! Congrats Peter!

If you didn’t win this one… no worries! Enter your name in our Sony Ericsson Naite contest! Check it out here!

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