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$8 million iPhone 4: “It would be a disaster if it was ever lost.”


The world’s most expensive mobile phone is worth a mere $8 million and it’s decked out with 500 individually cut diamonds that total a shabby 100 carats. Yes, the new iPhone 4 is the device of choice and the home button is interchangeable with a glorious 7.4 carat pink diamond and also a rare 8 carat single cut diamond. Want more? The back is covered in rose gold with the Apple logo encrusted by 53 diamonds. I’m sold.

There were two of these made by British designer Stuart Hughes who said ” ”It was a fantastic challenge and I am really pleased with the end result – the phones look superb. Phones are so popular at the moment and this is the ultimate design for one. The diamonds are rare and difficult to source, stones like that usually have a very long history. It is amazing that someone is prepared to spend £5 million on a phone, I doubt it will get used because it is worth so much money. It would be a disaster if it was ever lost.”

Source: Engadget (more…)

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Best Buy puts Rogers Samsung Captivate online, still waiting for official launch.


Rogers will be releasing the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate someday… hopefully soon. Thanks to our friends over at Best Buy for informing/confirming the no-contract price to be $549.99. The 3-year contract price of $149.99 was already known via the pre-order. Best Buy states that “This product is not available for shipping” but it will be soon. Specs of the Captivate have this coming with a 4-inch AMOLED display, Android OS 2.1, 1GHZ processor, 5 megapixel camera, 16GB of internal memory and can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card, Wi-Fi… will you be getting one?

Source: Best Buy
(Thanks Rob!)

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Opera Mobile for Android coming “within a month”


Opera posted a message on their bog that Opera Mobile for Android is coming soon, actually within a month and will be “available for all Android versions”. With this release it will also bring a couple new features that in typical Opera fashion will increase the speed and performance of your device: Hardware Acceleration (allows you to run your device “at lightning speed” and finally Pinch to zoom.

Source: Opera
Via: IntoMobile

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Bell officially announces the HTC Desire Z is “available nationally in coming weeks”


After several leaked internal docs it’s now made official. Bell will be exclusively releasing the HTC Desire Z in the coming weeks. No pricing was given but we posted earlier that this will retail for $499.99 no-contract. Bell has put up the standard sign up for more info page online and in the terms and conditions it states the value of the Desire Z retails for $499.

In a press release Bell stated that the OS 2.2 (Froyo) powered Desire Z “will be the first smartphone in Canada offering download speeds up to 14.4 megabits per second” and also be the first device to have the new version of HTC Sense.

Specs are as follows: QWERTY keyboard, 3.7-inch WVGA touch display (resolution of 480 x 800), 800MHz Qualcomm 7230 processor, Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot (connect up to 8 devices), 5 megapixel camera, flash and can record 720p HD videos, Adobe 10.1 Flash player enabled.

More here at Bell

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TELUS announces their “Unlimited Quebec” plan


Honestly now… it must be a great feeling for residents of Quebec to not only have a wide variety of wireless carriers, but also a full range of new “Unlimited Quebec” plans to choose from. All the carriers: Rogers, Bell, Solo, Chatr, Public Mobile and Videotron have created an Unlimited Quebec offer. Even Fido recently dropped their monthly “City Fido” plan…. and now TELUS joins the others with their own “Unlimited Quebec” monthly plan.

For $60 a month you’ll get Unlimited local and long distance calls within Quebec, Nationwide Family Calling, Voice Mail, Call Waiting and Conference Calling. It’s an additional $5 a month for unlimited text, picture and video messaging.

No bundling is available so let’s compare it to the others straight offers:
Rogers: $62.98 per month
Bell: $60 per month
Videotron: $59.95
Public Mobile: Either $40 or $24 per month
Solo Mobile: Either $35 or $45 per month
Chatr Wireless: Either $35 or $45 a month
Fido: Not unlimited but City Fido is either $30 or $50 per month

Check out the TELUS Unlimited Quebec plan here
(Thanks Anto!)

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Is there a wireless “traffic jam” coming? CWTA urges government for another auction


There’s a good read today in the Ottawa Citizen that says due to the increased adoption of Smartphones (and tablet devices) our wireless carriers are already experiencing network strains… and eventually a “traffic jam” will happen that will cause the networks to eventually slow down. Apparently a “smartphone generates as much traffic as 10 basic-feature cellphones, while a wireless-enabled laptop generates as much as 1,300 basic cellphones”.

Bernard Lord of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) spoke out and stated “It’s like having millions of peoples with cars, and there’s only one lane. You have a car, and you can look at it and wash it and polish it, but you just can’t drive it”. Lord said the Government needs to launch another spectrum auction like in 2008 that raised just shy of $4.3 billion. This time the CWTA suggests the 700 megahertz and 2500 MHZ spectrum bands. This would enable us consumers and businesses to gain the full benefits of our mobile devices.

Source: Ottawa Citizen
(Thanks Carl!)

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Mobilicity testing Vancouver network… launching first week of November?


Very exciting news for those wanting new entrant Mobilicity to expand out of the Toronto area. It looks like stores are being built in the Vancouver area, sales reps are being hired (also key execs) and now testing the Vancouver network is in action. You can see this quick screenshot of a scan near Downtown Vancouver with the Mobile Network Code (MNC) of Mobilicity (Dave Wireless). The network testing previously happened before the Toronto launch…  so if the trend is correct we’ll see a Vancouver launch within a couple weeks. Over on Howard Forums there’s a conversation that the rumoured date for Vancouver going live is within the first few days of November… the same time the Google Nexus One will be available.

(Thanks to “zivan56″ for the network scan)

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Rogers launching BlackBerry Bold 9780 October 27th?


The upcoming launch of the BlackBerry Bold 9780 “refresh” is hitting Virgin Mobile on October 21st, also rumoured to be arriving on the same day for both Bell and TELUS. Over at TheBerryFix another rumour has Rogers launching this October 27th, 6 days after the other carriers. In regards to pricing, it’s known that Virgin (and probably the others) will have this available for $149 on their SuperTab/contract… but Rogers apparently will be going against all previous pricing models at $148.99 on a 3-year contract (devices usually launch at the $149.99 mark).

Regardless of dates… the device is coming soon. Specs of the 9780 have it with a 2.4-inch display (resolution of 480×360), 624 MHz Processor, 512 MB of RAM, runs the new BlackBrry 6 OS and the Webkit browser, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, Bluetooth 2.1

Source: TheBerryFix
Via: IntoMobile

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Bell exclusively releases the EDA Motorola ES400


Bell has exclusively released their heavy duty CDMA “Mobile Worker” device, the Motorola ES400. This Enterprise Digital Assistant (EDA) has a 600 MHz processor that operates on Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Professional, push e-mail and a biometric fingerprint reader, a 3-inch touchscreen display (resolution of 640 x 480), full QWERTY keyboard, holds up to 32GB with a microSD, GPS, WiFi and a 3.2 megapixel camera with auto-focus. In the internal doc we received Bell describes says the “ES400 combines all the tools businesses need to get their jobs done anywhere. From data capture of bar codes to email access to the extended battery life”. Clearly this device is not targeted to a specialized market, not for mass consumers.

Overall dimensions are 129 x 60.4 x 16.4 mm and weighs 156 grams. As for the price, only a no-contact is available and it’s for $649.95. Depending on how many you need you could negotiate this price down a bit.

More here at Bell

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iPhone 4 shipping dates reduced to 2 weeks (from 3 weeks)


Both models of the iPhone 4 sold out across the country the day it went on sale (16GB and 32GB). Those who placed orders online via Apple were given a ship date of 3 weeks out. There’s been some good news for those who want to get their hands on the new iPhone as carriers recently received a big shipment in. Also, Apple themselves have changed the shipping estimates from the 3-weeks to 2 weeks out. Still no word on when the white version is going to officially land… by now they could just hold off until 2011 when the next generation of the iPhone is unveiled.

Source: Apple Canada
Via: iPhoneInCanada (more…)

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