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Virgin Mobile Q4 Holiday Season Handset Roadmap leaked


Yesterday we posted that Virgin Mobile was getting ready to launch the BlackBerry Bold 9780 on October 21st. Earlier today we let you know that the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy 5 was hitting Virgin on November 12th. And now we’ve got more light reading for you.

What you’re looking at is the upcoming Virgin Mobile Q4 Holiday season handset roadmap. You’ll see the recently released BlackBerry Torch 9800, the 2 devices we mentioned earlier plus a few more new one. The entry level LG Sway is a slider that has a 2-inch display and a 1.3 megapixel camera. The LG Flick is another exclusive touchscreen device that has a 2.4-inch display and a 2.0 megapixel camera. Both of these will be $0.00 on Virgin’s SuperTab/contract. In addition, the Samsung Gravity 3 will be released in a Yellow/Black model… plus you’ll also notice the White iPhone 4 sitting pretty up on the top row.

So this is a good scope of various devices: entry level, mid-range and high-end.  What do you think about the holiday lineup those Virgin Angels put together?

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TELUS Mike customers receiving Motorola i1 for free ahead of official launch?


TELUS will be releasing the iDen Android-powered Motorola i1 on their Mike Network sometime this Fall. Some stores have received the dummy phones but no official availability date yet. The price is rumoured to be $299.99. On a weird side note it seems some people are getting the i1 ahead of time, dropped off at their door and apparently for free.

Regional Calgary-based carrier Airtel Wireless was first to release the Motorola i1 a few weeks ago.

Source: HowardForums

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Android-powered Samsung Galaxy 5 coming free to Virgin Mobile November 12th


We’re not sure what’s happening with the Virgin Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant launch (possibly delayed or not launching at all) but we can tell you that the Galaxy 5 will be coming exclusively to Virgin on November 12th. As for the price – the only one we know is that this will be an affordable $0.00 on the SuperTab/contract.

Specs on the low-cost Android-powered device comes with OS 2.1 (will be upgradable to 2.2 Froyo), 2.8 inch QVGA touchscreen display, 600MHz processor, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.5mm headset jack, 2 megapixel camera and can hold up to 16Gb with a microSD card.

(Thanks Tipster!)

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1-week in… BlackBerry Torch 9800 put on sale by Rogers dealer in Québec


After a bit of a delay the BlackBerry Torch was officially released on September 30th (1-week ago). The price plans varied from the no-contract price of $599.95 to $609.99 and the lowest cost was the 3-year from Bell at $179.95. Rogers and TELUS came in at the $199.99 on a 3-year term… but it looks like the price dropping has already started. Québec-based Planète Mobile is a Rogers dealer and has decided to slash $50 off the 3-year contract price for this to hit the lowest available price at $149.

Currently Quebec is a hotbed for wireless competition and the carriers are being creative on how to bring customers in the door. Perhaps this discount is just one way, but it also could be a sign of things to come for the Torch. There’s no official word on how many 9800 devices were sold in the first week.

Via: Metro

(Have you entered our contest to win a BlackBerry Torch 9800 yet?)

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Sony shows off new 16.41 megapixel phone sensor


Sony has just unveiled a couple beauties when it comes to the megapixel in your camera. The 16.41 megapixel Sony Exmor R IMX081PQ will start shipping as early as January 2011… and the 8.13 megapixel Sony Exmor R IMX105PQ will start shipping in April 2011 (probably ages until we see this available in Canada). As for specs, Sony says these can shoot full HD video (1080p 30fps or 720p 60fps), reduce noise and is the “world’s first type 1/2.8 back-illuminated CMOS image sensor… and adopts the industry’s smallest unit pixel size of 1.12μm achieved by the fine pixel fabrication process technology.” One more pic after the break with a image comparison (more…)

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Public Mobile creates BOGO offer specifically for Montreal


The Montreal area is where all the deals are happening these days. Vidéotron recently launched their wireless service and came out with an Unlimited plan. Then Bell immediately created their “Unlimited Québec” plan. Rogers discount brand Chatr Wireless opened shop and started to offer Unlimited Talk and Text plans with no contracts, Solo Mobile quickly followed. Public Mobile wants to remind you that they’re new players in town and have created a special promo just for Montrealers.

Until October 10th they’re offering up a BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) Offer. If you buy any phone they will give you Kyocera TOMO for free (currently $80). In addition, Public will also take care of your monthly plan for 1-month (only on the purchased phone though).

Must be good to get this offer and hoping it comes to Toronto because there is just as much competition there.

Source: Public Mobile

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Rogers Wireless currently testing LTE in Ottawa


At the 2009 Canadian Telecom Summit Nadir Mohamed, Rogers President and CEO, stated that “I think LTE (Long Term Evolution) deployment in Canada again is something that we will look to lead as the evolution, but is not something we are looking for in the short term. I think there is lots of legs, lots of room to grow HSPA. Today I think it’s all about HSPA, not about LTE.”

It’s been just over a year since those words were spoken and today Rogers has announced that they have officially launched a LTE technical trial at Ericsson’s Ottawa Research and Development facility. LTE (4G) can reach speeds of up to 150 Mbps (Megabits per second). To give a comparison, Rogers today has HSPA+ network has the capability of reaching 21.1 Mbps.

Nadir Mohamed said in a release that “LTE is the next generation platform delivering superior mobile speed and functionality similar to what Canadians currently experience at home and at work. This technical trial is significant because it builds on our industry-leading networks and it sets the groundwork for our customers to do even more in the future.”

No word on when LTE will officially go live across the country, but progress is good.

Via: RedBoard

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Image: Who’s suing who over mobile patents

Mobile patents are a big deal and it seems that mobile manufacturers are suing each other on a daily basis. Microsoft is going after Motorola for their Android lineup. Apple is suing HTC for patent infringement. Nokia is going head to head against Apple, Qualcomm and LG. Kodak is taking on both Apple and Samsung… the list is long and thanks to the Guardian for putting this diagram together for a brief look at who’s suing who.

Update: Another chart has surfaced that gives a bit more info on who’s suing who. Check it out after the break (more…)

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WSJ: CDMA and 5th generation iPhone currently in development


There has been talk about Apple developing a CDMA based iPhone (specifically for Verizon in the United States) for the past several months. News today from the Wall Street Journal that “Apple Inc. plans to begin mass producing a new (CDMA) iPhone by the end of 2010″. In addition, the same article also states that Apple is already developing the 5th generation of the iPhone:

“Apple is also developing a new iPhone model, said people briefed on the matter. One person familiar with the new iPhone plan said the fifth-generation iPhone will be a different form factor from those that are currently available.”

Very interesting about the new form factor, perhaps a bigger screen, slimmer and lighter… and at the very least the location of the antenna needs to be moved. What do you think this new iPhone will look like?

Source: WSJ
Via: Engadget
Image Source: Google

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bada 1.2 update coming soon for the Samsung Wave


An firmware update to Samsung’s bada OS to 1.2 has leaked online. This is specifically for the Samsug Wave GT-S8500. Although this is for European devices it will eventually will be available to the Rogers and Bell version. Known improvements to the OS will make the Wave more responsive and also include Swype.

Source: SamsungFirmwareWorld
Via: PhoneArena
(Thanks Ozz_the_barkeep!)

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