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Name change: TELUS now releasing HTC Desire?

Dazed and confused… A few weeks ago we got an internal screenshot that showed TELUS will be bringing on something called the HTC Triumph. This was apparently a re-branded name for the Android-powered HTC Desire. Thanks to our tipster who originally sent us the images has now sent us a new pic that shows that TELUS has updated their inventory with the original name of HTC Desire.

This is still targeted to be released sometime in July and runs Android OS 2.1, but with talk of being updated to 2.2 soon.

(Thanks tipster!)

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Koodo officially launches BlackBerry Curve 8530

It took a long time for Koodo Mobile to get their first smartphone, but today is the glorious day and they have released the very affordable Blackberry Curve 8530! This can be yours for $300 or $150 on the Tab and is only available in Silver.

There are 2 BlackBerry Add-on to choose from: Blackberry Social for $10/month that includes Unlimited BlackBerry Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Facebook, Twitter etc. And the second is called Blackberry Connect for $25/month that gives you Up to 500MB of Email, Unlimited BlackBerry Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Facebook, Twitter etc. Koodo states that Data overage rate is 5¢/MB and a that you’ll need to add one of the BlackBerry Add-ons to the get your BlackBerry activated.

Congrats Koodo… next up HSPA!

More here at Koodo

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Rogers Radio launches iPhone app

In Rogers Media empire they have 52 radio stations and today have announced the availability of the “Rogers Radio iPhone app”. This app is free and only available to Rogers and Fido customers. The app allows you to listed to their radio stations, ability to search by Genre, by Station, by City or by “Near Me”, request a song, get the last 10 songs played.

Some stations you might know are: 98.1 CHFI, SONiC 102.9, JACK FM, News1130, 680News, The FAN 590 & The FAN 960.

Search in iTunes for “Rogers Radio”

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LG 231 coming to Bell June 3rd

There’s a device for everyone out there. Some people might not be looking for a high end smartphone with the latest Android OS. Some people might only want a low-end basic device that’s good for calling and texting and looks like it came from the 1990′s.

If you’re looking for this entry level phone you might want to check out the LG 231 that will be hitting Bell on June 3rd. Specs of the LG 231 are that it comes with a 0.3 MP camera with 2x digital zoom, only weighs 83 grams, has a 1.77 inch display (resolution of 128×160), Bluetooth, Speakerphone, 2.5 mm headset jack.

No word yet on the price points Bell will be releasing this at but you can be sure it’ll be around the same price as the recently launched Virgin LG 230: $59.99 Prepaid or $0.00 on a 2-year.

(Thanks Matt!)

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Free AMBER Alerts now available to your cellphone

Here’s a good cause to get involved in. A new initiative that involves the RCMP, OPP and AMBER Alert Agencies have come together for a free opt-in service to get awareness out there of a missing child. For those who subscribe you’ll receive free AMBER Alerts as text messages on their cell phones. All you have to do is text text the keyword AMBER to 26237 and you’ll receive a text message every time an AMBER Alert is up in their province. Hopefully not often.

Looking at the partners page it looks like the carriers involved are TELUS, Bell, Rogers, Koodo, Solo, Virgin, Fido, MTS, SaskTel, Solo, NothernTel, Videotron, Telebec. Missing are the new entrants such as Mobilicity, Wind Mobile and Public Mobile. (more…)

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Android-powered Acer Liquid e released by Rogers

The “Coming Soon” label that has been placed on the Rogers Acer Liquid e is coming off soon. The internal doc that we received states that it launched today… but this will be arriving in stores and retail channels over the next few days. Pricing for this has been consistent to what we’ve said in the past:

3-year contract: $49.99
2-year contract: $274.99
1-year contract: $324.99
No contract: $424.99

Specs of the newest Android to come to Canada are that it runs OS 2.1, has a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 3.5-inch WVGA high-definition capacitive touch screen, 5 megapixel camera with video capabilities, WiFi, Full HTML browser, GPS, Bluetooth, 3.5mm headset jack, can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card. Overall dimensions are 116×54×12.75mm and weighs 135 grams.

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Rogers launches the BlackBerry Pearl 9100

Finally the Pearl 9100 has been released and should be arriving in stores over the next few days. Thanks to a tipster for sending us the internal doc that states the pricing will be as following:

3-year contract: $49.99
2-year contract: $324.99
1-year contract: $374.99
No contract: $449.99

Rogers is shipping new new Pearl 9100 with a 2GB microSD card. Anyone looking to pick one of these up? TELUS and Bell have both come out with pricing that has this at $29.99 on a 3-year. (more…)

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Rogers Micro SIM cards start arriving

Similar to the post we wrote yesterday about TELUS getting microSIM cards (12 x 15mm), Rogers is slowly getting stock in across off stores and retail channels. This could be used for tablet devices such as the iPad and more importantly for the upcoming next generation iPhone. The price of this Micro SIM is $10.

Anyone going for the iPad? (more…)

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