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Public Mobile goes live in Toronto and offers new $24 plan

Not much more to say about new entrant Public Mobile and them officially switching on their Toronto network. Public has introduced a new $24 plan that includes Unlimited local calling, call waiting, call forwarding and 3-way calling. Add-ons like Voicemail and call display is for an additional $8 per month.They have also confirmed that a new feature will be coming out in July 2010 called “Unlimited Overseas Long Distance”.

No official word on exact subscribers but CEO Alek Krstajic said yesterday “thousands of customers signed up early”. Their Montreal network is set to go live on June 25th.

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TELUS was set to release the 9100 May 6th, still waiting.

TELUS sent out a press release back on April 26th they were going to release the BlackBerry Curve 9100 “starting in May” for $29.99 on a 3-year contract. Even though May is almost up we received an internal doc that showed a launch date set for May 6th… I’m sure they are in the same boat as Rogers, Virgin and Bell as it was “delayed until further notice” by RIM. Still no official release date but most retail locations have dummy phones on display for you to get a feel for the weight/look.

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Bell to release Nokia 7230 on May 28th

Thanks to one of our Bell tipsters you can expect to see another entry level device to their HSPA lineup on May 28th. The Nokia 7230 is a slider that has a 3.2 megapixel camera, 2.4-inch display and comes with a 2 GB microSD card. This will be available in both Black and Pink on the following price plans:

$29.95 on a 3-year contract
$79.95 on a 2-year contract
$129.95 on a 1-year contract
$149.95 no contract
Prepaid Limited Time offer for $129.95

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Public Mobile to introduce new $24 plan

As Public Mobile gears up for their Toronto launch tomorrow, they will also be introducing a new $24 plan to the mix. Over the past few months Public has been saying they will only offer one plan – a $40 Unlimited Talk & Text. However, this new plan that is set to be available tomorrow is again targeting the “low income value conscious” and will only be Unlimited local calling. In addition, this $24 plan includes call waiting, call forwarding and 3-way calling (Voicemail and call display can be added for $8).

In a release sent to us today CEO Alek Krstajic stated that “We want to offer all the value we can in the marketplace. 38-percent of Canadians don’t have a cell phone because of unpredictable prices. We want to make owning a cell phone affordable, and give everybody the chance to talk. Owning a cell phone shouldn’t be a luxury. Thousands of customers signed up early, and on the first day of our network operation, they are able to use their Public Mobile phones”.

When Public launched their stores back in March they also came out with a promo that gave free unlimited Canadian free long for life to anyone who signed up for the $40 plan before the network went live. Even though this new $24 plan has different features we’re curious to see how many of those early adopter customers would have gone for this new lower cost plan. Perhaps they might have the opportunity to switch plans tomorrow.

In addition, Public says they have plans to introduce an unlimited international long-distance plan as early as the Summer.

Via: Globe

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Koodo BlackBerry Curve 8530 now to be released on the 27th

What was supposed to be a release of today has been delayed a couple days. According to our tipster it’s because Koodo “didn’t want to launch after a long weekend in fear of some stores not receiving their shipments due to the holiday Monday”. Anyways… a Berry is finally coming to Koodo and you must get a Blackberry add-on when you sign up.

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Coming Soon: TELUS Micro SIM

Although TELUS has yet to announce any sort of iPad plans but the pic below shows that TELUS will be carrying a Micro SIM card (12 x 15mm). This micro SIM is not just for use with the iPad but enables support for other tablet devices (and the next-gen iPhone)… very timely as the iPad is launching this week. No word on the actually availability or cost, but our tipster stated than an announcement will be coming out later today.

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Perfect but probably unplanned spot for competitive advertising

Here’s a brilliant but most likely unplanned location that WIND Mobile has placed an ad… right smack dab on the side of a Public Mobile store. Even though they are both new entrants they are still are going after the same pool of potential customers. Public will be going live with their network tomorrow and will offer a flat rate $40 unlimited talk & text plan. WIND has a current promo that gives 50% of rate plans. (more…)

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Apple to open at 8:00am on Friday for iPad launch

The iPad is finally coming to Canada and if you didn’t pre-order you might be able to score one on Friday. Across the country Apple will be opening their doors early by 1-hour at 8:00am. It’s been confirmed that Rogers and Bell will have iPad data plans. Bell has yet to release their plans, but Rogers had a bit of a backlash when it comes to their announced plans as there’s no unlimited option:

250MB per month: $15.00
5GB per month: $35.00

Will you be lining up and getting an iPad?

Source: Apple
Via: EngadgetMobile

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Steve Jobs to deliver WWDC keynote June 7th

As expected Steve Jobs has been confirmed to give the Keynote address at the upcoming Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, June 7th. In a release Apple stated that the conference “sold out in a record eight days to over 5,000 developers” and you can bet the next-gen iPhone will be top of mind. Here’s the full release:

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