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WIND having “lightly loved” weekend handset sale


If you’re around a Wind Mobile store this weekend you might want to quickly stop in and grab a phone as possibly the “limit of 5 per person”. Wind is labeling this epic sale as the “best deal ever sale” and it’s only for “lightly loved” devices.

The sale is for new customers only and starts on October 15th until the 17th. with the following list of devices: Huawei U7519 for $20, Huawei U1250 for $20, Samsung Gravity 2 in Orange for $60, Samsung Gravity 2 in Black for $80, Nokia 5230 for $90, HTC Maple for $95 and the Huawei E181 Internet Stick for $70. Plus another discounted “Always Shout” rate plans for the first year at $24 (usually $45). In addition, Wind has put together a “Door Crasher” that sees you walk out with a Huawei U7519 for free when you purchase an orange Samsung Gravity 2. Both devices have to be activate and you must visit a Wind store before 11:00am.

Definitely good prices for a “Lightly Loved” devices. All “Lightly Loved: phones have been slightly or been refurbished by the manufacturer, carry a 90-day exchange policy. With a “limit of 5 per person” we’re curious how many lightly loved devices actually available, 100, 200, 400, 1000? Wind says in the fine print that “Limited quantities. Offer only available while quantities last.”

Check it here over at WIND
(Thanks to everyone who sent this in!)

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Video: Allerta inPulse Smartwatch for BlackBerry gets reviewed


Remember that “BlackBerry Watch” called inPulse from Waterloo-based Allerta? It’s been over a year since being in beta and forever since the pre-order page went up. They’ve teased potential buyers with a few random images every couple months but now it seems that one of the beta testers has put a quick unboxing and review video online. The inPulse watch connects wirelessly to your BlackBerry by Bluetooth and the review is just over 6 minutes and states that “the software is beta and only does SMS, Email (for one acct for now), Phone” but upcoming features will be the ability to view your BBM and have multiple email accounts. Check it out after the break (more…)

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Image: Is this the upcoming Palm Pre 2?


What we’ve got here is a first look at the upcoming Palm Pre 2, looking incredibly similar to the original Pre. The specs are scarce but its known to have a 1GHz processor with 512mb of RAM, better screen that’s apparently “flatter” but with the same resolution at 320×480. In addition, this will run webOS 2.0. According to MobiFrance who captured the pics this is expected to be available in November.

Source: MobiFrance
Via: PreCentral

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Bell releases official Canadiens mobile app


Bell is a minority owner in the Montreal Canadiens and they have now officially released a free mobile app that’s available for Android, BlackBerry, iOS devices. The app is specifically for the Canadiens and has standard features such as latest news, team stats and the ability to watch videos. Where it gets a bit more interesting is that fans can vote for the game’s three stars, exchange comments and videos with other fans. In addition, the app features something cool with you camera: “Bell customers can even instantly share their photos live on the Bell Centre big screen”.

The official page on the Bell website is down, but you’ll be able to find out more info here at bell.ca/canadiens
Via: CNW

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Samsung Galaxy S Captivate and Galaxy Tab Toronto launch party set for October 27th


The Samsung Galaxy Tab and the long-awaited Rogers Samsung Galaxy S Captivate both will be in attendance at what looks to be an upcoming Toronto launch party. The date is set for Wednesday October 27th… no word on if this will be the official date of availability for the devices. Hopefully so for those who have been waiting months for the Captivate ($149.99 on a 3-year contract). The Galaxy Tab is expected to be launching sometime mid-November and no word yet on price plans.

More soon!
Source: The Cellular Guru

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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!)

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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…)

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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.

Thoughts?

Source: TELUS
(Thanks Tim!)

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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…)

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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.

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