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iPhone 4 “Chemically strengthened” glass shattered

The Apple iPhone 4 will be available in Canada in July and there has been much talk about it’s design. Specifically the aluminosilicate glass that Apple states is “chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic”. Even on their website (and promo video) they write that the “glass is ultradurable and more scratch resistant than ever. It’s also recyclable.” Sounds nice… but check out these pics that were done by Ifixyouri. They did a 3 drop tests and state that the new iPhone 4 did survive 2 from 3.5 feet up. However on the 3rd drop “there was a loud POP” that shattered the glass.

Via: Gizmodo

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Virgin & Bell price drop Bold 9700 to $99.99 on 3-year

We’re pretty sure majority of all the other carriers will now follow… but this has got to be the first time they are following a flanker brand.

Virgin launched the Bold 9700 a few months back – well after the other carriers did. However they are first to price drop the BlackBerry Bold 9700 on it’s 3-year plan by $50 to $99.99. Parent-company Bell, Rogers and TELUS all still have this at $149.99 on a 3-year.

The outright prices range from each carrier (Mobilicity, Rogers, WIND, Bell, TELUS, Virgin) $450 to $550 depending what carrier you choose.

Update: Bell has now dropped the price to $99.99 on a 3-year

Check it here at Virgin
(Thanks Matt!)

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TELUS “Data Notifications” sends free text to manage data usage

Today TELUS officially announced a free text service called “TELUS Data Notifications”. It’s pretty simple and should have been implemented years ago.

This “Data Notifications” sends you a text whenever you’re about to go over your data on your device (mobile phone, smartphone or Internet Stick). This works for both Prepaid and those on a contract. If you’re on a contract you’ll see a text hit you at the 75% data mark and again at the 95% data consumed mark. For Prepaid, you’ll be seeing a text when you have used $10 and $50.

This Data Notifications is effective immediately and works while roaming in the States and Internationally. In addition, if for some reason you want to turn off these alerts you can do so… all you have to do is visit “Your Account” and opt-out. (more…)

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ScoreMobile launches “ScoreMobile FC” app

Another soccer app has been released in time for the World Cup… but this app goes further and covers over 30 leagues in 15 countries all year round. Toronto-based ScoreMobile calls their free app “ScoreMobile FC” (cool name) and gives you live scores, stats, standings, video content, latest news, highlights, live blog updates and game odds.

This is available on the BlackBerry, iPhone and Android devices. (more…)

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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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