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Apple searching to hire iPhone antenna engineers

Kind of an ironic story here. After many people purchased the iPhone 4 they started to have reception issues, specifically when holding the device in the left hand where the antenna is located. Even Steve Jobs said it’s not them and it’s us that we’re holding the device wrong. However, Apple has started to look to employ iPhone antenna engineers.

The job description states that the qualified person can “define and implement antenna system architecture to optimize the radiation performance for wireless portable devices. The candidate should be able to design antennas suitable for wireless handheld devices with excellent radiation performance”. (more…)

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HTC: Desire, Legend upgrading to 2.2 “beginning in Q3″

Good news for owners of the recently launched Bell/Virgin HTC Legend or the upcoming TELUS HTC Desire. Seems like an upgrade to the latest Android OS is in the works. A statement released by HTC said “We are working hard with our partners to update the HTC Sense experience on Froyo and distribute it to our customers as fast as possible. We expect to release updates for several of our 2010 models including Desire, Legend and Wildfire beginning in Q3.” (more…)

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Update: TELUS releasing Samsung Elevate… Koodo to follow

Remember that mysterious Samsung “Elevate” that we found on the Samsung Canada website a couple weeks back? Well – thanks to our friends over at IntoMobile who got tipped that the Elevate is actually heading to TELUS for $199 no-contract and $49 on a 3-year contract.

In addition, you can see by the image that it’s a slider that has a full QWERTY keyboard. Very Samsung Flight like or Palm Pre. Other known specs are that it has a 2.6-inch QVGA display, 1.3 megapixel camera, media player, Bluetooth, 3G. This is apparently available today but nothing has shown up online yet.

UPDATE: The Samsung Elevate is also known as the (more…)

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Rogers starts Shoppers Drug Mart pilot project

With wireless competition increasing on a daily basis, carriers are looking for more places to distribute their lineup. TELUS has Black’s Photo, Wind has Blockbuster, Public has Gateway Newstands, Mobilicity has independent dealers and Rogers has an agreement with Shoppers Drug Mart.

Initially the pilot project was scheduled to start on July 1st but it seems that some of the 30 test locations have already been promoting Rogers smartphones and Rocket Sticks in store. Apparently you’ll see a booth just like the one in the pic – it temps you to sign up and “recieve 50,000 Shoppers Optimum Bonus Points”. Sounds like a good deal so far as it equals $85 “value”. Also, we intentionally spelled “recieve” wrong as that’s what the in-store display says. I’m sure Rogers is grateful that there were only 30 of these signs made. (more…)

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Koodo puts together a “Savings Calculator” to help manage your usage

Got to hand it to Koodo Mobile these days. They recently launched their first BlackBerry (Curve 8530) and just yesterday went live with their HSPA network. Huge steps indeed. Today they released what they call a “Savings Calculator”. Koodo customers can upload a PDF of a monthly bill and based on what it says it gives a recommendation of what plan you should go on and how much you could save a month.

We don’t know for sure how Koodo comes to the recommendation but they do state in the fine print that “the results are provided for information purposes only and are not binding to Koodo Mobile. Koodo Mobile does not guarantee, represent or warrant that the following recommendations will results in any savings for you”. (more…)

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Shaw selects NSN to build out wireless network

Shaw won 18 licences and spent $189 million during the Canadian Wireless Spectrum Auction and are planning to launch their service late 2011. Back in April CEO & Vice Chair Jim Shaw said “we are accelerating our Wireless capital spend and expect to invest approximately $100 million in fiscal 2010.”

We guessing most of this spending will be invested with Nokia Siemens Networks as that’s who Shaw has chosen to help build out their network. In a release Shaw said that NSN will “provide the radio access network and core equipment” and that “the equipment from NSN will be fully 3G and LTE capable, giving Shaw a variety of options to deliver broadband wireless services to customers using the Advanced Wireless Services (“AWS”) band, as well as future frequency bands.”

Everyone looking forward to a bit more competition in Canada?
Via: Globe

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Upcoming Rogers Xperia X10 mini & mini Pro: “upgrade to 2.1 coming this fall”

It’s no news that Rogers will be releasing a couple more Sony Ericsson Android devices to their lineup soon: Xperia X10 mini & mini Pro. We’ve spoken about these a number of time over the past few months. Rumoured price points for the X10 Mini is $49.99 and the X10 Mini Pro is $69.99 on a 3-year.

Both of these devices will be coming with Android OS 1.6 but there’s good news for those who want to purchase this and are worried that it’ll be months before an OS upgrade. According to an article in Rogers UR Magazine titled “Domino Dancing X10 Mini” it states that we can expect an “upgrade to 2.1 coming this fall”. (more…)

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Google releases Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) for the Nexus One

Do you have a Nexus One? If so you’ll be happy to know that Google has released Android OS 2.2 OTA. Some people have started to receive and download the update but Google states on their blog that “most users will receive the notification by the end of the week”. Here’s the official statement:

“Starting today, Nexus One users will begin to receive the Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) over-the-air software update on their phones. This update provides some great new features including support for making your handset a portable hotspot and support for Adobe Flash within the browser. For a complete list of everything we’ve included in Android 2.2, please see the Android 2.2 Platform Highlights. (more…)

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Samsung Galaxy S Pro coming to Canada soon?

Yesterday we let you know that Bell was going to be launching the Samsung Galaxy S “Virbrant” in late July. This Android-powered device runs OS 2.1, has a wicked 4-inch Super AMOLED display and a 5 megapixel camera. A press release went out this morning with all the details (see here).

For all the people who wanted this device to be available at TELUS or Rogers (or another carrier) there’s a glimmer of hope in the coming months. A one-liner at the bottom of the release caps everything off: “Canadian consumers can anticipate the release of additional Galaxy S smartphones throughout the rest of 2010.”

So this could mean the “Vibrant” is going to other carriers… or it could also mean that the Samsung Galaxy S Pro (Samsung Epic 4G in the States) is coming to a Canadian carrier.

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Rogers says “do not call our Customer Care representatives” regarding iPhone 4 launch dates

We know the new iPhone 4 is hitting Canada “by the end of July” but we received an from a tipster who signed up for Rogers updates that basically asks customers not to call them regarding launch dates.

The e-mail states “Dear Customer… We’re anxiously awaiting for the launch of the iPhone 4 in Canada on the Rogers network, however, at this time we don’t have anything to announce on availability and pricing…. We’ll continue to share details as soon as we can by e-mail. In the meantime, we recommend that customers do not call our Customer Care representatives as they have no additional details.” (more…)

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