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Easy way to solve the iPhone 4 from slipping out of your hand

This could possibly be the easiest way to protect your new iPhone 4 from slipping out of your hand and crashing to floor. Instead of buying the Apple “Bumper” for protection, simply get out your old rubber bracelet (like the Lance Armstrong LIVESTRONG bracelet) and wrap it around the device.

Easy, cheap and effective. (more…)

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Confirmed: Rogers launching Chatr “later this summer”

Rogers has officially announced their latest wireless brand called “Chatr”. This is a brand spanking new division that caters to those who want to get on a plan with unlimited talk and text. Although there are no official launch cities announced, Chatr is expected to be available in Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, Edmonton and Vancouver later this Summer. These are the same locations that Wind Mobile and Mobilicity operate in.

Here are the details of Chatr Wireless:
- They will offer Unlimited talk and text plans
- No term contracts within defined Chatr zones
- Will be supported by independent customer care and extensive retail distribution
- Rumoured handsets are: Nokia 2680 Slide, LG Sapphire, Samsung Gravity

In a press release John Boynton, EVP & CMO of Rogers said “We’ve been watching this niche but growing category closely and it’s clear that some Canadians want to use their handsets for voice and text only but want a network they can trust. The launch of a third brand mirrors many other industries like the hospitality and retail sectors and is designed to offer Canadians more choice.”

What do you think of a 3rd Rogers brand?

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TAXIGUY and Molson team up and launch free taxi App

Here’s a useful app that’s perfect for heading into Canada Day. TAXIGUY & Molson Coors have teamed up to offer smartphone users a free app that connects you to your local cab company (17,500 cabs across Canada). The app is available on iPhone, Blackberry and Android devices and once you download it all you have to do is press the app button. (more…)

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Videotron says “New 3G+ Network is Coming Soon”

Videotron was supposed to launch their new wireless network in May, then it was unfortunately delayed until the end of the year, or at the earliest this Fall. Today it seems that they’re looking to create a bit of hype and get people excited. They state on their website that “Our new 3G+ Network is Coming Soon”. The tricky thing about “coming soon” is that there is no clear date. However, you can give them all your contact info to be kept up to date when their “new mobile network becomes available in your area”. (more…)

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Fido releases the Nokia 2220 at $65 no contract

There’s a phone for everyone out there. Hence why Fido has released the Nokia 2220. This is almost free on a no-contract basis at $65. If you don’t have the dough you can always opt for the 2-year contract and pay $0.00.

Specs are that it’s a slider that has a 1.8-inch display (resolution of 128×160), VGA camera with video capabilities, FM radio and overall dimensions are 97.2 x 47 x 15.85 mm with a weight of 94 grams.

Check it here at Fido

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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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