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Confirmed: Upcoming Virgin Mobile Q4 devices, prices and launch dates

Last week we posted the upcoming Virgin Mobile Q4 Holiday lineup… they have decent devices for basically every level of customer: Android, BlackBerry and entry-level. Now we can share with you the confirmed contract price points and official launch dates:

BlackBerry Torch 9800:
Already available
LG Sway: Available October 21st for $0.00 on the SuperTab/contract
BlackBerry Bold 9780: Available October 21st for $149 on October 21st November 2nd
LG Flick: Available November 9th for $0.00 on the SuperTab/contract
Samsung Galaxy 5: Available November 12th for $0.00 on the SuperTab/contract

If you’re into contracts (or their SuperTab) the prices are correct. Most of them are priced at $0.00. Even the Bold 9780 is priced what the original Bold 9700 came out as… so you can expect this to see a price drop before this year is completed.

UPDATE: Virgin will be releasing the BlackBerry Bold 9780 on November 2nd

(Thanks Tipster!)


Report: 82% increase in reported broken screens compared to 3GS

The iPhone 4 has and still is going through a wild ride – a PR nightmare on some levels but amidst all the bashing the smartphone is still a massive success. There’s been “Antennagate” and even up to last week a new issue called “Glassgate” was coined for 3rd party cases causing the back of the iPhone to scratch, fracture and crack.

A new report has been released by cellphone warranty provider SquareTrade that states that “iPhone 4 Glass Breaks 82 Percent More Than 3GS”. The findings were based on 20,000 iPhone 4′s over the first 4 months the device went on sale. Their report boldly states “it’s clear that the iPhone 4 is significantly more prone to physical damage than its predecessor. The aluminosilicate glass seem to crack at least as often as the old glass, and there is now twice as much surface area to break.”

Other findings by SquareTrade shows the “accident rate for iPhone 4s was 68% higher than for the iPhone 3gs” and “An estimated 15.5% of iPhone 4 owners will have an accident within a year of buying their phone”. Physical damage aside, SquareTrade says that “non-accident related malfunctions” such as “hardware problems beyond the glass screen” resulted in “fewer than 0.5% of iPhone 4 owners reported a non-accident claim, roughly the same as the iPhone 3gs.”

Have you had any issues with your iPhone 4? Cracked screen, liquid damage?
(A few more graphs after the break) (more…)


TELUS LG Optimus 7 & HTC Surround prices revealed in “Compare” feature?

TELUS posted their upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices online this morning. They will be releasing the LG Optimus 7 and the HTC Surround. Since the new releases of Windows Phone 7 devices are a simultaneous North American launch, AT&T in the states has pegged the Surround to be available sometime at the end of November 8th for $199.99 on a 2-year contract. As for the Optimus 7 this has a ship date of October 21st for $199.99 on a 2-year contract.

Nothing has been confirmed by TELUS about dates or pricing but if you take a gander at the “Compare” feature of these devices on TELUS’ site you’ll notice some upcoming pricing is revealed. These are probably just placeholders for now as TELUS doesn’t end their device pricing in a $0.95, but it’s a good indication of possibly what’s coming. Both devices have the following price plans in place: 3-year contract: $299.95; 2-year contract: $399.95 and the 1-year contract is $499.95. No-contract price is MIA.


Source: TELUS
(Thanks Tim!)


Video: Bell LG Optimus Quantum hitting Bell November 8th (Windows Phone 7 device)

Bell is not being left out of launching a Windows Phone 7 device… they will be releasing the LG Optimus Quantum. This is a slider that has a full 4-row QWERTY keyboard, 3.5-inch touchscreen (480×800), a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera, LED and records 720p videos, 3.5 mm headset jack, holds up to 16GB, 1500 mAh battery, WiFi and weighs a hefty 176 grams. As for a launch date we can expect this to be available on November 8th and should follow the United States in pricing at $199.95 (3-year contract). We got a quick look at this last week and hit the break for a short video demo (Bell will have their icons in Blue, TELUS in green and possibly Rogers in red). (more…)


LG Optimus 7 exclusively being released by TELUS (Windows Phone 7 Device)

Probably the best LG Windows Phone 7 device will be available exclusive through TELUS. The LG Optimus 7 has a 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen display (800×480), a 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera with LED Flash and records 720p videos, internal memory of 16GB, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, 3.5mm headset jack, Sensors: Accelerometer / Proximity / Ambient Light Sensor / Digital Compass… overall dimensions are 125 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm and weighs 158 grams. We got an early look at this last week and will be uploading video soon. TELUS will have their Windows Phone 7 devices with green icons. TELUS has put this as “coming soon” on their website and the release date in the United States is for October 21st for $199.99 on a 2-year contract… so we could possibly expect the same date but on a 3-year.


“There’s an app for that.” is now officially an Apple trademark

Since Apple launched their App Store the phrase “There’s an app for that.” has been repeated and probably copied as many times as apps have been downloaded. You’ve heard it everywhere… TV commercials, radio advertising, print advertising, online. Apple originally submitted a trademark application back on December 4th, 2009 and was just given the official word by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that “There’s an app for that.” is now officially a trademarked saying.

The trademark applies to “retail store services featuring computer software provided via the Internet and other computer and electronic communication networks; retail store services featuring computer software for use on handheld mobile digital electronic devices and other consumer electronics.”

Source: TUAW
Via: IntoMobile


Video: Official Windows Phone 7 commercials hit the web

So what do you think of Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 devices? Will you be picking one up when they are officially available in Canada? Official videos have now hit YouTube… the first is called “Season of the Witch” and the second is labeled “Really”. The chosen tag line is “A phone to save us from our phones”. Check them out after the break and let us know if you think this platform will save you. (more…)


eBay to release app for Windows Phone 7 devices

Microsoft finally announced their new mobile platform – Windows Phone 7. We’ll be seeing a slew of devices launch in the next few months and also a bunch of app. One of the companies that presented at the event was eBay and they will launch their mobile app for WP7 in eight countries: Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom and United States. I don’t blame eBay for releasing an app so quickly, they have raked in over $500 million in sales since going mobile.

The app delivers the same functionalities as it does with other platforms such as the iPhone and BlackBerry. You;ll be able to find Daily Deals, search for items, bid on items, check your activity (bids, items won, selling, watching, messages and reminders) and pay using PayPal. (more…)


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…)