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Rogers changes HUP back to 24 months

Great news for Rogers customers! They recently changed their Hardware Upgrade Eligibility Program (HUP) for eligibility at month 30. After customers didn’t take that news lightly it now seems Rogers has listened and switched back to have eligibility on month 24.

The internal doc states that “Last week we communicated some changes to our Hardware Upgrade Eligibility Program (HUP) eligibility. To ensure our current promotions are clear and consistent Data to Data eligibility will be revised to 24 months tomorrow (October 28th). This will align Voice to Voice, Voice to Data and Data to Data eligibility all to 24 months”

So this goes back starting tomorrow… You like?
Via: The Cellular Guru


Public Mobile offers 2-months free service when you bring on a buddy

Yet another new entrant has come out with yet another new promo. It seems there are new promos every week that offer free service or phones. Public Mobile operates in both Toronto and Montreal and they have thrown together a refer-a-friend promo. The deal ends October 31st and for everyone you bring on you’ll get 2 months free service. We’re looking forward to Public launching their data offering.

Check it here at Public


Google VP says buying Android was the “best deal ever”

There’s absolutely no doubt that Google’s Android OS has now proven itself to be a major powerhouse in the mobile arena. Research firm Gartner says they will become the become #2 worldwide mobile OS in 2010 and is on track to be worldwide leader by 2014. As for where they shape up in the app wars, they recently announced they have crossed the 100,000 app milestone.

Google purchased Android Inc. back in 2005 for an estimated at $50 million. In an interview in VentureBeat David Lawee, Google VP of Corporate Development said that buying Android Inc. was the “best deal ever… I saw this guy [Andy Rubin] in my building for two years, walking his dog, and I was like, I hope this guy does something”.

$50 million is peanuts for them buying what will become a greater part of their future. Recently Google’s SVP of product management Jonathan Rosenberg said “The people who are accessing our products and services through their mobile phones are adding $1 billion to our revenue streams. Clearly, this is the future of search on the Internet.”

Source: VentureBeat
Via: IntoMobile


Rogers Palm Pre 2 images surface

Last week HP officially announced that the Palm Pre 2 was coming to Canada “in the coming months”, but gave no insight into which carrier was going to carry the device. Then hidden in the source code on the Palm Canada site was “The Palm Pre2 phone is available on the Rodger’s network”. We can now confirm that this new webOS 2.0 device will in fact be coming to Rogers as one of our tipsters sent us the upcoming packaging with Rogers all over it. In addition, taking a look at the pics you’ll see the Pre 2 all hooked up to Rogers network. We’re still waiting on an official launch date and pricing. Check out the pics after the break…

Update: Rumoured pricing/launch date – not confirmed – could be the following: November 9th launch date with the 3-year voice/data contract being $99.99. Again, not confirmed.

Update #2: We’ve been asked to take the images down. Just know it’s coming soon… who’s excited to be getting the new Palm device?


BlackBerry Bold 9780 coming to Rogers

Looks like all the carriers are on board to release the upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9780. Bell, Virgin, TELUS and now Rogers has confirmed the device will be coming soon. We received an e-mail stating that the Bold 9780 will be added to their lineup. No other details such as availability or pricing. For now… we can stare at this lovely image we were sent.

(Thanks Miranda!)


Opera Mobile “State of the Mobile Web”: 71.2 million users

Browsing the web via mobile is getting more popular. One of the more popular mobile browsers is Opera Mini and Opera Software has released their “State of the Mobile Web” for September. The numbers reveal the following: 71.2 million Opera Mini users (100.1% increase from a year ago), 36.9 billion pages were served, 4.9 petabytes of operator data were compressed for Opera Mini users.

Jon von Tetzchner, Co-founder, Opera Software stated that “It is about making the Web more accessible to a wider-range of people. That is why we focus so heavily on making Opera Mini work on all phones—and, in fact, why we originally founded Opera. We believe access to the Web is a universal right, and we hope that, by keeping costs low, we play a part in helping people connect—on any device, wherever they are.”

In regards to Canadian numbers… unfortunately there is no data as we didn’t show up in the top 20 countries.

Check out the full report here at Opera
Via: IntoMobile


TELUS confirms the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is coming soon…

RIM officially announced the upcoming release of the BlackBerry Bold 9780. This is a refresh of the popular Bold 9700. This will come with their new BlackBerry 6 OS. In addition the 9780 has a full QWERTY keyboard, 2.4-inch display (resolution of 480×360), 624 MHz Processor, 512 MB of RAM, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash video capabilities, Bluetooth 2.1.

We already know that Bell and Virgin will be releasing this on November 2nd ($149.99 on a 3-year) and TELUS has now confirmed it will be available to their clients. We received an e-mail that says the very basic: “I wanted to reach out to confirm that TELUS will be offering the new and improved BlackBerry Bold 9780, RIM announced this morning. Lean and fit, the smartphone brings you the processing power, speed and functionality of the BlackBerry 6 OS in classic BlackBerry form. Additional details on availability and pricing to come.”

Source: MarketWire (RIM Press Release)


Virgin Mobile creates “Common Cents” initiative to help the homeless

It’s good to see the mobile carriers helping out for a good cause. TELUS supports Breast Cancer, Koodo helps Food Banks Canada, Rogers is a big supporter in the United Way, Bell with the mental health initiatives and Virgin does their part by helping the homeless with their Virgin Unite and RE*Generation initiative.

November 17th has been declared as “National Youth Homelessness Awareness Day”. Tonight Virgin will be holding a concert with Canadian band Mother Mother at Lee’s Palace. If you can’t attend you can still help out. Virgin has set up the ability to give via text message. All you have to do is text REGEN to 30333 to donate $5… Virgin will match the first 10,000 donations. In addition, Virgin Mobile members can donate $1 via their monthly bill as a new program has been launched today called “RE*Generation Common Cents”.

More here at Virgin


Images leak out of the “PlayStation Phone”

This is a great turn of events… especially for hardcore gamers! Looks like Sony Ericsson will take on the others in the mobile gaming space. What this image is the much rumoured “PlayStation phone”. This apparently is coming out soon but has no specific launch date. As for specs it could come with Android OS 3.0 (Gingerbread), is a touchscreen that has an estimated display size is 3.7 to 4.1 inches, slider that has dedicated gaming controls, a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, a custom Sony Marketplace to purchase and download games. All sounds good… hopefully they expand on this prototype and give the actual production device a sexier look.

Source: Engadget