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Rogers to exclusively release the Samsung Focus (Windows Phone 7 device)

Rogers will be getting their hands on a Windows Phone 7 device… the Samsung Focus has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 480 x 800 (smudge and scratch resistant, 1GHz processor, 8GB of internal memory and can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card, 5 megapixel camera. No official pricing is available from Rogers but in the United States AT&T will be releasing this for $199 (2-year contract) on November 8th. Since this is a simultaneous launch we can hopefully expect the same date (but we’ll probably see it for $199.99 on a 3-year).

Paul Brannen, vice president, Samsung Mobile Canada stated “The Samsung Focus smartphone offers Canadian consumers an extraordinary multimedia mobile experience through one of the most clever user interfaces. And what better way to maximize the Focus’ distinct entertainment, gaming, video and business functions than Samsung’s famed 4-inch Super AMOLED display, the highest picture quality in the category.”

Source: CNW


TELUS exclusively launching HTC 7 Surround (Windows Phone 7 device)

HTC just sent out a press release that shows 5 stellar devices: HTC 7 Surround, HTC 7 Mozart, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC 7 Pro and the HTC HD7. These are all powered with Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 platform. Specifically when it comes to a Canadian release HTC states that the HTC 7 Surround “will be available exclusively with Telus in Canada”. As for availability… you can expect this sometime “late October”.

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.

Here’s the official description:
“Whether it be gaming, movies or music, HTC 7 Surround is the ultimate multimedia device. With a unique slide-out speaker and integrated kickstand with integrated Dolby Mobile(TM) and SRS WOW HD(TM), the HTC 7 Surround delivers high-fidelity audio and virtual surround sound that enable people to share their favorite music and videos with their friends in style. No longer are they forced to use headphones for a great surround sound experience because the HTC 7 Surround speaker makes the listening experience natural and comfortable.”

Update: TELUS has now placed the “coming soon” for the HTC 7 Surround on their site.

Pic of all their devices after the break (more…)


Microsoft Windows Phone 7 launch event: “always delightful, and wonderfully mine”

Microsoft is about to officially announce their new mobile platform: Windows Phone 7. We can expect some of the devices mentioned today to hit Canadian soil at the same time as the United States. We’ll be covering the event live as it happens and you can also check it out here over at Microsoft (link here). The fun starts at 9:30am. (more…)


Confirmed: Bell to release the HTC Desire Z, $499.99 no-contract

Confirmation is always a good thing and taking a look at this screenshot shows that Bell is getting ready to release the HTC Desire Z soon. No word yet on an official release date (we are hearing late November or now as early as November 3rd), but this also shows the no-contract price will be $499.99.This is good news and a great price for this Android 2.2 powered-device.

Specs of the Desire Z have it coming with a 3.7-inch display (resolution of 480 x 800), a “pop hinge” that reveals the full QWERTY keyboard, 800MHz Qualcomm 7230 processor, WiFi, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus, flash and can record 720p HD videos.

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Koodo Mobile to release the LG Cookie Plus, Pearl 9100

First up an update to a previous Koodo Mobile upcoming device. A couple weeks back we let you know that Koodo is going to be launching the BlackBerry Pearl. On the screenshot we posted it didn’t state the model number but it will be the new Pearl 9100. No word on official pricing but this will be a great addition to the Koodo lineup and expand their Smartphone offerings.

The other device that Koodo will be launching soon is the LG Breeze (see link here) and now according to this screenshot it says the LG Cookie will be arriving soon. Knowing that TELUS recently released the LG Cookie Plus we believe that Koodo will do the same. No word on pricing but this shows it’ll be for $175 no-contract.

Specs of the Cookie Plus touchscreen have it coming with a 3-inch display (resolution of 240×400), 3-megapixel camera with video capabilities, social networking features such as quick access to Facebook, Flickr and Twitter, FM radio, Bluetooth 2.1 and weighs in at 92 grams.

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“City Fido” plans receive a $10/month price drop in Montreal

It must be incredible to be living in Quebec these days as all the carriers are dropping their monthly price plans – competition is more than alive and well there. Videotron, Bell, Rogers, Chatr, Public, Solo all have some sort of “Unlimited Quebec” plan. Now Fido has bucked to their competition and dropped the price of their “City Fido” plan in Montreal by $10 on each plan. Their $30 plan is $40 in any other city and their $50 plan is $60 everywhere else. We’re curious if all cities will eventually get this rate.

Here are the details:
Montreal $30 City Fido includes: 2,000 anytime local minutes, Unlimited Text (within Canada)
Montreal $50 City Fido includes: 4,000 anytime local minutes, Unlimited Text (within Canada)

More here at Fido
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Nike + GPS iPhone app adds “Cheer Me On” Facebook integration

Nike released their Nike+ GPS App for iPhone about a month ago and now version 2.0 is available and brings a Facebook component called “Cheer Me On”. The app already allows you to record your running information such as distance, pace, route and the ability to choose motivational songs. With “Cheer Me On” it reaches out to your Facebook contacts for a bit more motivation. When you activate the “Get Cheers” option you’ll update your Facebook profile to state “Cheer me on with a comment and I’ll get it on the run”. Once people comment you’ll be able to view their words of wisdom to keep you moving forward… when your run is completed a message will populate the Facebook contacts who encouraged you with the distance, pace and a thank you message.

Check it out here at iTunes


Rogers BlackBerry 9300 and 9700 getting software update to enable UMA

We’re not sure why this didn’t happen sooner… but better late than never. Rogers BIS customers who have a Bold 9700 or a Curve will be getting a text message that states they can do a software upgrade that will enable UMA (unlicensed mobile connectivity) or also known as Talkspot. This will give you the ability to make unlimited calls over WiFi so you won’t waste your cellphone minutes. The update will take about 1-hour.

Source: The Cellular Guru


Android-powered Motorola i1 launching October 12th via TELUS’ Mike Network

The wait is almost over for those wanting to grab hold of the iDen Motorola i1. TELUS will be officially releasing this Android device on their Mike Network on October 12th from what we hear $299.99. Specs have this running Android OS 1.5 with a 3.1-inch touchscreen display (resolution of 320×480), push-to-talk capabilities, 5.0 megapixel camera, WiFi, GPS and holds up to 32GB with a micro SD card.

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Google on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7: “the world doesn’t need another platform”

Microsoft is prepping for their big Windows Phone 7 announcement on Monday and us Canadians will also benefit as the official launch will happen at the same time as the United States. There’s a great read over at PCMag of an interview with Google’s Andy Rubin. He talked openly about the Android OS and it’s future, but one of the good quotes was about Windows Phone 7. Rubin stated that “I think the screen shots I’ve seen are interesting, but look, the world doesn’t need another platform. Android is free and open; I think the only reason you create another platform is for political reasons. Why doesn’t the whole world run with [Android]?

No doubt Android is becoming a more popular choice when it comes to a mobile OS. It’s easy to adopt and easy to use… however one of the main consumer frustrations is the actual OS a device launches with. Many devices in Canada are released at various times with various versions of the Android OS. Some being 1.6, 2.0, 2.1 and 2.2. In the same article Rubin said “There’s no advantage to the OEM of using an older version, and I’d say there’s a consumer disadvantage”.

Read the entire article here at PCMag
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