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“Virgin Mobile’s Happy Hour”… members get discounts on food and booze

Virgin Mobile is one of the carriers that knows how to have a good time. It’s not just because they sponsor cool concerts or hold brilliant contests… but they continually offer their “members” unique deals outside of the cellphone business. This time they have created “Virgin Mobile’s Happy Hour”. The festivities start today and go until November 26th. Currently it’s only available in select Toronto restaurants and bars but more cities will be rolled out over the next few weeks. All you have to do is flash your phone and you’ll get special pricing on food and booze.

Here’s the current list of participating Toronto locations:
Mondays: The Beaconsfield at 1154 Queen Street West from 5 – 7 p.m., show your phone to get Asian dumplings and a pint of Labatt 50 for only $7.75.
Wednesdays: Member’s C ocktails for just $4 are on the menu at Kultura at 169 King Street East from 6 – 8 p.m.
Thursdays – Nyood at 1096 Queen Street West from 6 – 8 p.m. and your phone gets you a special drink for just $4.

Nathan Rosenberg, CMO said “Just flash your phone and get a deal on us. We’re helping our Members relax, and save some cash, with Virgin Mobile’s Happy Hour”… Now, this is just another way that we’re amping it up and showing our Members how it truly is better to be a Member. And if you’re really lucky, you may run into me there. That would be the icing on the cake.”

Source: Virgin Mobile Facebook


“insider” walks into Rogers… activates a White iPhone 4

Apple delayed shipping the white version of the iPhone 4 until “later this year” because it was “more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected”. Over the past month we’ve seen the white iPhone 4 get unboxed and also pop up in Rogers inventory. Here’s a good story: Apparently some sort of “insider” got a white iPhone 4″internally and shipped it to Canada”, proceeds to walk into a Rogers store and gets it activated.

Looks like the real deal… when this officially comes out will you be getting it or choosing something else?

Source: Yfrog 1 & Yfrog2
Via: Twitter @canadianiphone4 (more…)


Mobilicity knocks 50% of the price for HTC Snap, now only $99.99

Looks like those Q4 promotions have started to go into place. They have changed their Family plan terms so that the primary holder can be on the $25 plan or higher (used to be only $35 or higher). In addition, Mobilicity has discounted a couple of their handsets. The HTC Snap is now a whopping 50% off to a low no-contract $99.99 and their Totem device drops to $79.99.

It seems Mobilicity has been discounting plans and handset costs since launching. Possibly these discounts are not only to complete with other carriers but to make room for the incredibly anticipated Google Nexus One. What do you make of all these recent discounts?

Source: Mobilicity


Skype for Android now available for devices with OS 2.1 or higher

If you have Android device and with OS 2.1 or higher then you’ll be incredibly happy to know that Skype for Android is officially available. The app is free and and you can go get it in the Android Market. This gives you the ability to make and receive Skype-to-Skype calls over WiFi or mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G), IM, add contacts and check to see when contacts are online.

Skype says that “Skype for Android works on compatible handsets running Android OS v2.1 and above and has been tested successfully by Skype on HTC Desire, HTC Legend, Google Nexus One, Motorola Milestone XT720, and Motorola Milestone” but not yet available on the Samsung Galaxy S. You can download it from the Android Market or from (more…)


Wind: “it’s business as usual” as major investor Orascom merges with Russia’s VimpelCom

A $6.5 billion merger between Russia’s VimpelCom and Orascom Telecom sees them become the 5th largest wireless provider in the world with 120 million subscribers. Orascom is the organization that heavily financed new wireless entrant Wind Mobile here in Canada and has a 65% equity stake in the company. One of the major questions was about ownership and control and if anything would change.

Chairman Anthony Lacavera said in a statement that “For Wind Mobile in Canada, it’s business as usual. There will be no change to our ownership and control. A stronger and more diversified Orascom Telecom that has even more scale globally, in fact has potential benefits for Wind.”

Source: Yahoo!


Rogers on the Samsung Captivate: “expect an update to OS 2.2 to be available early 2011″

Good news or those wavering on getting the upcoming Rogers Samsung Galaxy S Captivate. This will be launching with OS 2.1 (Eclair) but most likely you’re curious if it’ll keep up with the other Android devices and eventually get upgraded to OS 2.2 (Froyo). The answer was posted by Rogers on their blog and gave a bit of direction as they “expect an update to OS 2.2 to be available early 2011″.

Via: RedBoard
(Thanks Michael!)


Mobilicity “Friends and Family” Program beats any offer they have, or possibly will ever have

New entrant Mobilicity has a mission to bring affordability to Canadians who want to get themselves a wireless device/plan. They have 6 monthly talk and text plans and hopefully will be launching in other cities soon. Over the weekend we saw their upcoming Q4 promotions but there is something better out there that will take some hard work and smooth skills at developing relationships.

If you’re looking to get hooked up with a Mobilcity plan you might want to reach out and find somebody who works there. The “Mobilicity Insider” is exactly what you would think it is. Incredibly discounted monthly rate plans for those who are “Friends and Family” of Mobilicity. If you are one of the chosen one who can work themselves on the inside you can score the $45 monthly plan for only $25 per month (44.4% off) and the $65 plan for only $35 per month (46.2% off).

Now that’s a good deal and it must be good to be an “insider”.

Go forth here at MobilicityInsider
(Thanks Uzair!)


$549.99: The no-contract price of the upcoming Rogers Samsung Captivate

The 3-year contract price for the upcoming Rogers Samsung Galaxy S Captivate is standard at $149.99. There’s no doubt that this Android 2.1 device will be a wanted one and will officially be available within a couple weeks. Specs of the Captivate have it coming with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display (480 x 800 resolution), 5 megapixel camera that records 720p HD videos, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth,3.5 mm audio jack and holds up to 32GB with a microSD card. If these specs don’t convince you and despise signing a contract… Rogers is coming to the table with a reasonable no-contract price of $549.99.

Check it out here at Rogers
Via: Isaiah’s Tech
(Thanks Isaiah!)


Those limited time Summer Student offers get extended into the Fall

It sure feels like those “limited time offers” are not so limited. Carriers advertise handsets with discounted sale pricing for a certain date and then miraculously continues the for another couple weeks or month after the date expires.

Koodo recently did this with their $50 discounted Student promotion. It was set to expire on September 30th and has now been extended until October 14th. Wind Mobile has come off their latest promo and have continued to offer discounted prices on several devices. Mobilicity has also reduced pricing on some of their devices by stating it’s a “new low price”. Chatr Wireless had a “End of Summer Handset Sale” that has been extended into the fall period until October 31st.

Wireless competition is fierce these days and carriers are doing what they can to bring customers over. It’s almost expected now that these sale prices will continue – and even drop further – until the end of the year… yet again, customers are benefiting. Hopefully the monthly price plans will follow suit.