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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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Canadians send over 135 million text messages a day

The CWTA (Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association) has release more stats when it comes to text messaging in Canada. They state that in the first quarter of 2010 there were over 12.1 billion person-to-person text messages exchanged. In addition, in March the total amount of text messages hit 4.2 billion… which is a staggering 135.4 million messages per day.

So with over 21 million wireless subscribers in Canada this says that on average each Canadian sends about 200 texts per month, or about 7 per day. (more…)

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Koodo launches first HSPA device: Nokia 3710

Even though we let you know about Koodo launching their first HSPA device about a month ago… it’s nice to see it online. How do you like their choice of a first HSPA device, the Nokia 3710?

A very basic flip phone but goes with their brand direction of being “Canada’s decidedly different, pay for what you need wireless company”. The 3710 can be yours for a high $175 outright or only $25 on the Tab.

More here at Koodo

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Rogers resumes selling the Rocket Mobile Hotspot (Novatel MiFi 2372)

Remember a few months ago when Rogers (and Bell) shelved the Novatel MiFi 2372 and asked customers to “stop using this device” because the battery and battery door “may swell and cause the device to malfunction”. Thanks to a tipster who let us know that Rogers has started to sell this again and that “All devices currently available for order have had their battery and battery doors replaced.”

Anyone rushing to get this? Check it out here at Rogers

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Bell launching Samsung Galaxy S “Vibrant” in July

The Samsung Galaxy S is headed to Canada and it will be available via Bell late July. The name will also be known as the “Vibrant”. The official date and pricing is yet to be announced but last week we got a quick overview of this Android 2.1 device (will be upgradable to 2.2). Other specs on this device are that it has a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera that can record 720p HD videos, Wi-Fi, A-GPS.

Update: Bell has put a sign up page for those wanting updates.  You can check it out here. Also, check out the quick review we got last week.

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Apple sells 1.7 million iPhone 4s… coming to Canada “by the end of July”

Steve Jobs must be happy with the first weekend results of the iPhone 4! Apple sent out a press release today that said they have “sold over 1.7 million of its iPhone 4 through Saturday, June 26, just three days after its launch on June 24″. Huge – 1.7 million! Jobs stated “This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history. Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply.”

Speaking of not enough supply. There has been rumours that there might be a delay of the new iPhone 4 coming to Canada but the release also said that we can expect it here “by the end of July”. Sounds good! That’s only 4 weeks away now. Carriers that have confirmed selling the iPhone 4 are TELUS, Rogers, Bell, Virgin and Fido. Still waiting to hear from SaskTel.

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Koodo Mobile officially announces HSPA network

The day has finally arrived for Koodo Mobile enthusiasts as they’ve officially announced that they’ll start selling HSPA devices. There is no word yet on when or what devices are going to be available… but we’ve stated in the past it’ll be the Nokia 3710 and the Samsung T356.The Koodo SIM will also be available for $10.

What I didn’t realize is how Koodo positions themselves against competition. In a release today they stated they are “Canada’s decidedly different, pay for what you need wireless company”. Interesting choice of words. However, thanks to parent company TELUS it’s great to see them hopping board the HSPA bus! (more…)

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