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Virgin Mobile launching HTC Legend June 11th

This is actually very interesting. For the second device in a row Virgin is releasing a device before parent company Bell. The first device was the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 that came out a couple days before Bell and now it looks like Virgin HTC Legend is going to be available on June 11th… while Bell has this hitting stores on June 16th.

Our tipsters started sending us e-mails late last night and several followed throughout today. We first let you know about this a couple weeks ago but can now confirm that Virgin will offer their first Android-powered device for $79.99 on a 3-year contract and $349.99 no-contract (Bell has this for the same pricing). This is decent pricing as it comes with a 3.2-inch touchscreen with Android OS 2.1. (more…)

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“Fans” iPhone app by Sympatico connects you with other Soccer fans

Here’s a cool free app that was created by Sympatico.ca. It’s called “Fans” that’s available in both English and French that gives you real-time updates, live scores, and standings during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Those are the normal features. What pretty unique about this app is that you can connect with other fans that are around you by sharing pictures, videos and even live chatting. (more…)

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“Refreshed” Bell iPhone 3G hits a low of 9.99 on 3-year

If you want to take a risk and get yourself a refurbished iPhone 3G… Bell is offering up a Family and Friends deal that sees this hit a low cost of $9.99. There are some stipulations as this has to purchased on a 3-year with a $50 monthly Smartphone Combo plan. In addition, Bell states in the legal area that the offer goes until June 30, 2010.

Also, before you leap into this deal know that Bell has confirmed to be launching the new iPhone 4 in July. Here’s a rundown of what “refreshed” means to Bell: “Refreshed phones are phones returned to Bell in an unused or slightly used condition and that have passed rigorous Quality Assurance testing. Phones have been updated to current software and are verified to operate in accordance with their specifications. Some phones have minor cosmetic scratches that do not impact proper operation. Each phone carries a 90-day warranty from the date of purchase.”

Check it out here at Bell

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Lacavera: “Incumbents were allowed to make a mockery of the regulatory process”

Today at the 2010 Canadian Telecom Summit Globalive Chairman and CEO Tony Lacavera took the podium and talked about his latest venture WIND Mobile.

There’s been lots of talk about foreign ownership in Canada ever since Industry Minister Tony Clement gave the green light for WIND to operate by overturning the CRTC’s decision that they are not Canadian enough. Over the past year WIND started offering their wireless service in Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and most recently Vancouver.

It seems that Lacavera stepped away from his planned talked and stated that he’s not upset at the CRTC and that CRTC Chairman Konrad von Finckenstein was “just applying the rules and regulations that were in place… the thing that actually really upset me was that the incumbents were allowed to make a mockery of the regulatory process.” (more…)

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Video: Unreleased BlackBerry 9670 clamshell gets reviewed

We’ve seen pictures and a short video in the past about the unreleased BlackBerry 9670 clamshell device. However, today there’s been a 12-minute overview graciously dropped into YouTube for all to admire.

Although it’s not something I would go out and purchase but there must be a reason why RIM created this device… other than a throwback to the 90′s. First up is a hardware review where the design is apparently “very sleek and smooth”. The 9670 is a dual-screen CDMA device where the reviewer Driphter.com says that front screen is “very large” and the internal screen (resolution of 480 x 360) is also “very large and should make for a pleasant browsing experience”. Other specs are that it comes with a 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microUSB port, microSD card slot, F-M1 battery and 512MB of Device Memory… and possibly may have a touchscreen feature to it. (more…)

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Rogers launches the Nokia N97 Mini at $499.99 no-contract

The time has arrived for another Nokia device to be added to the Rogers lineup. We’ve mentioned this a few times that this one is coming soon and the Nokia N97 Mini has finally been launched and will be arriving in stores shortly. Thanks to our tipster for sending us all the info for the Rogers N97 Mini. This is available on the following price plans:

3-year contract: $99.99 (Promo price with a monthly $45 Voice and data plan)
2-year contract: $399.99
1-year contract: $449.99
No-Contract: $499.99

Quick specs on the N97 Mini are that it has a 3.2-inch touchscreen (resolution of 640 x 360) , slide out QWERTY keyboard, 5.0 MP Camera with video capabilities, 8GB of memory and can hold up to 16GB with a MicroSD card, GPS, “Pre-loaded content including 4 full length Rihannasongs and 5 free premium games”,

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More confirmation of the Sony Xperia X10 Mini & X10 Mini Pro coming to Rogers

Even though we posted an internal document that shows Rogers will be launching the Android-powered Sony Xperia X10 Mini and the X10 Mini Pro… it’s always good to get a bit more confirmation. We’ve been informed that this is going to be available sometime this month on the following 3-year price plans: X10 Mini for $49.99 and the X10 Mini Pro for $69.99.

Further confirmation actually now appears on the Rogers site. If you go to the Rogers on Demand Mobile section and click on compatible devices you’ll see 12 devices listed and two of them are “E10a Robyn, E10a Pro Mimmi”. (more…)

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Ryerson University designs app called “Mobile Transit Companion” to help those with special needs

Here’s something cool that’s gone global and designed by Toronto’s Ryerson University. Currently testing on 10 Android phones, an app called “Mobile Transit Companion”is designed to help those who have special needs and travel on the Paris Metro. The free app can be download and a user creates their profile. This info is then be sent to your mobile device where it’ll help you navigate your way through the subway system. Users can receive notifications such as the location of station elevators, schedules, connecting trains, Metro transfer points, facilities and nearby businesses. This is not yet tested in Canada but there’s a pilot project scheduled in the Fall with Go Transit. (more…)

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