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LG Optimus Quantum arrives at Bell


And yes – Bell has released their Windows Phone 7 device today too. The LG Optimus Quantum is now available for $99.95 on a 3-year and ranges up to $449.95 no-contract. This has a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, has a full 4-row QWERTY keyboard, 3.5-inch touchscreen (480×800), 5 megapixel camera, LED and records 720p videos, 3.5 mm headset jack, WiFi and is the heaviest WP7 device at 180 grams. You can check out our quick overview here

Source: Bell

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Vidéotron Nexus One officially restocked


After being sold out of the Nexus One since the first days of their new network launch, Vidéotron has posted a note on their Facebook page that “Les boutiques et détaillants Vidéotron viennent d’être réapprovisionnés en téléphones intelligents Google Nexus One”… which in English translates “Retail shops and Videotron have just been restocked with smartphones Nexus One”. The Nexus One is available for $99.95 on a “reduced price” or $479.95 no-contract.

Go forth here at Vidéotron
Source: Vidéotron Facebook

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 launched by TELUS

Telus has officially release a refresh to the BlackBerry Bold 9700… the Bold 9780 is now available. This comes with the new BlackBerry 6 OS, a full QWERTY keyboard, 2.4-inch display (resolution of 480×360), 624 MHz Processor, 512 MB of RAM, much needed 5 megapixel camera and has auto-focus and LED flash, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 and can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card. Pricing is actually incredibly decent for this Bold: $99.99 on a 3-year contract; 2-year is $399.99; 1-year is $449.99 and the no-contract is $499.99

Source: TELUS
(Thanks JR!)

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LG Optimus 7 and HTC Surround released by TELUS


As expected – the TELUS LG Optimus 7 and the HTC Surround are now available. These are both Windows Phone 7 devices… if you’re located in Toronto you might want to go to the Eaton Centre as they are giving out free XBOX 360 consoles.

The HTC Surround comes with a 1 GHz processor, 3.8 inch touchscreen (480×800), 5 megapixel camera (records 720p videos), 3.5mm headset jack, Bluetooth, 165 grams, internal storage of 16 GB, has a slide-out speaker with a kickstand. This ranges in price from $99.99 on a 3-year to no-contract price of $449.99.

The LG Optimus 7 can be yours for $99.99 on a 3-year and goes upward to $499.99 no-contract. Th Optimus 7 comes with a 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen display (800×480), a 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera with LED Flash and records 720p videos, internal memory of 16GB, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, 3.5mm headset jack.

More here at TELUS

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Rogers Samsung Focus now available (Windows Phone 7 device)


Today is November 8th and it marks the official landing of Microsoft’s new mobile OS, Windows Phone 7. If you’ve been waiting for Rogers to release the Samsung Focus then you can get it now online (we’re hearing various reports that some stores are waiting for stock). As for price points this will cost $199.99 on a 3-year contract; $499.99 and no-contract for $599.99.

You can check out our review here and as for specs of the Focus: 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, 1GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus, LED flash and can record 720p HD videos, 3.5 mm audio jack, Wi-Fi, 8 GB internal storage and can hold up to 32 with a microSD card, 512 MB RAM, Bluetooth, GPS, full HTML browser, 1500 mAh battery.

Get it here at Rogers

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Dell dropping BlackBerry devices is because “they were looking for a little free publicity”


Last week Dell dropped on bomb on RIM by switching 25 000 enterprise customers from their BlackBerry device to a Windows Phone 7 powered device (the Dell Venture Pro). This should save Dell about 25% in mobile costs by not paying for BlackBerry’s Enterprise servers and handset costs. Brian Gladden, Dell’s CEO stated that “Clearly in this decision we are competing with RIM, because we’re kicking them out… We actually had a conversation last night around creating a site on eBay where we can actually sell these BlackBerry devices”.

Apparently Dell did this without giving any notice to RIM. In response RIM’s SVP of Corporate Marketing Mark Guibert said “We find it highly unlikely that they will actually save any money with this move and far more likely they were looking for a little free publicity”. In addition, Guilbert said Dell would also incur additional hard and soft costs of purchasing, deploying and supporting new devices and software, plus the monthly service charges for smartphone usage.

Regardless, not good news for Waterloo-based RIM. A couple weeks ago they got heat from Apple’s CEO saying their Q3 handset sales have “now passed RIM. And I don’t see them catching up with us in the foreseeable future”. And it’s true. Apple did pass RIM to become the 4th largest mobile manufacturer. RIM is 5th and every customer counts these days.

Source: WSJ

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Rogers BlackBerry Bold 9780 priced at $179.99 on 3-year


We’re just wanting the BlackBerry Bold 9780 to launch to see what the price plan will be. The hype over the phone ended a long time ago and it was delayed for some reason by both Virgin and Bell. Rogers and TELUS only said that the device will be released “in the coming weeks”. If you’re into 3-year contracts there has been several price points flying around for this new Bold: Bell and Virgin have it at $149.99 on a 3-year and the TELUS internal doc puts this at the low $99.99 on a 3-year. However, taking a look over at the Future Shop website shows Rogers Bold 9780 going a bit on the high side and priced it at $179.99 on 3-year. On a good note… all the carriers agree on the no-contract price of $499.99.

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Review: Hands on with the Telus HTC Surround & Windows Phone 7


I’ve been pretty excited about the HTC Surround since it was officially announced back in October. I mean, what’s not to like on this device? Powered by Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 and loaded with some pretty awesome specs like: Quad-Band GSM/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900Mhz), Dual-Band UMTS/HSPA (850/1900Mhz), a 3.8 inch WVGA capacitive screen at 480×800 resolution, a Qualcomm 1Ghz processor, 16GB of internal storage, 5 megapixel camera supporting HD video (720p) with autofocus and flash. It weights in at 165 grams and measures up at 119.7mm x 13mm x 61.5mm. And of course, the feature that gives the device it’s name – Surround, slide-out dual speakers powered by Dolby Surround technology!

I’ve been very critical of popular music focused phones that have horrible external speakers on them. So I was really excited to see HTC step up and make a smartphone with an external speaker that is powered by Dolby Surround technology. At the same time I was concerned that the speaker might not live up to it’s billing, and that would be a huge disappointment. So the first thing I did once I had the HTC Surround in my hands was load up some music and let it rip!

The speaker is actually pretty loud – much more than I was expecting. It’s hard to describe how loud something is, and I don’t have a anything to read the decibel levels produced. You’re not going to walk into a night club and overpower the DJ or anything like that. You will find it to be more than enough for sitting in the office or in your room doing homework while listening to the music. And of course, the built-in kickstand makes it really easy to prop up the phone while you sit back and enjoy the music. (more…)

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TELUS Toronto Flagship store giving away free XBOX 360 consoles with a Windows Phone 7 purchase


With the launch of the Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 OS tomorrow is seems they are kicking it up a notch by giving away free XBOX 360 consoles. The giveaway is happening exclusively at the TELUS flagship location at the Toronto Eaton Centre and apparently there’s limited quantities. I heard on the radio that there will be 100 in total and the to purchase the HTC Surround or the LG Optimus 7 will walk away with the goods.

Everyone ready for “A different kind of phone”?

Source: WirelessObsessed
(Thanks Anthony!)

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Video: Bell HTC Desire Z Hardware and Speed Test Review

The HTC Desire Z landed at Bell earlier this week – certainly a good addition to their Android lineup. It runs OS 2.2 and comes with the new HTC Sense 2.0 UI. Checking out the device it looks very similar to the Desire that TELUS has but with a few major changes. The first is the addition of the optical trackpad and most obvious is the “pop-out” full 4-row QWERTY keyboard.

There is no doubt that the Desire Z is a beautiful smartphone. It looks nice and feels solid in your hand. The weight might be a downer at 180 grams but all the other aspects make up for it. It comes with a 3.7-inch display (resolution of 480 x 800) and is responsive. Although the processor has been knocked down from the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that the TELUS Desire has… the Desire Z has a 800MHz Qualcomm 7230 processor and still is incredibly fast. Around the device you have your usual buttons and ports: volume rocker, microUSB port, power, one-touch to the 5 megapixel camera (has flash and can record HD videos). In addition, this comes with a 3.5mm headset jack. (more…)

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