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SaskTel starts selling microSIM cards

SaskTel has started selling microSIM cards. You can pick one up for 10 bucks and put it in your unlocked iPhone 4 or your iPad. If you’re going the route of the iPad then you might want to check out their recently announced “Mobile Tablet Plans“.

On their website they also list the microSIM is available for free “With Device Purchase on Post Paid Contract”, which one would believe is the iPhone 4 (but it’s not currently available in their lineup). Time and time again SaskTel has stated that “negotiations regarding the iPhone continue”… but we’ve been informed that the fine folks in Saskatchewan who just flipped their 3G+ network live are gunning for a “Christmas time” launch of the iPhone.

In the meantime you could always buy an iPhone and unlock it and get a microSIM.

More here at SaskTel
(Thanks Joe!)


Images surface of the WIND Mobile Motorola XT720

WIND Mobile’s newest device – the Android-powered Motorola XT720 – is about to hit store shelves and the rumours can be put to rest. This will be available tomorrow from what we hear for $450. Checking out these pics that our tipster sent us shows the XT720 in all its glory. Specs of the XT720 will come with OS 2.1, a 3.7-inch display (resolution of 480×854), WiFi, 8 megapixel camera, auto-focus, flash, records HD 720p videos and can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card.

(Thanks Tipster!) (more…)


WIND goes live with online shopping

Not the hugest news… but sure convenient. WIND has gone live with online shopping. Customers can now order devices, data stick and accessories or top up your account (only Pay Before customers). WIND states in the FAQ that shipping takes about 2-5 business days and “Online customers can place an order from anywhere in the world, but we do limit our shipping to provinces where we have WIND Zones (Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta)”. Just in time for the release of the XT720.

More here at WIND
(Thanks Nadim!)


Rogers Samsung Galaxy S Captivate officially available to pre-order

After a few days delay and a bit of teasing… Canadians can now pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate from Rogers. This will retail for $149.99 on a 3-year contract, plus those who do pre-order will be given a Bluetooth headset and entered into a contest to win some Samsung technology. In addition, the pre-order offer expires October 20th, 2010.

Go forth Canada… check out the Captivate here at Rogers
(Thanks Adam!)


Rogers BlackBerry Torch 9800 available September 30th… plus a BOGO offer for Quebec only?

Following up to our post last night about the upcoming Rogers BlackBerry Torch 9800. An update has just been posted on their company blog that states “We’ve been informed that the Canadian launch of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 has been changed to September 30″. There are no reasons of what caused the delays for this arriving in Canada. Bell and Virgin are making this available on October 1st and one would believe TELUS is included in this. We revealed the price points will be the following with a monthly voice and data plan :

Outright $609.99
1-year contract: $559.99
2-year contract: $529.99
3-year contract: $199.99 (promo)

However, a more interesting story is developing and the carriers continue to show the love for Quebec. It seems that a BOGO (Buy One Get One) promo offer is happening for those customers/potential customers who live in Quebec. The 3-year contract price is the same at $199.99, perhaps it just means that “BOGO” eligible customers will be able to pay the $199.99 promotional price for the device.

Check it out after the break.
(Thanks Tipster!) (more…)


Fido Acer Liquid E training docs leaked… will be “upgraded to Android 2.2″

Fido will be releasing the Android-powered Acer Liquid E soon… a very exciting device that will kick their lineup up a notch. At launch it will run off OS 2.1 but thanks to one of our tipsters the training docs shows this will be “eligible to be upgraded to Android 2.2 when the software comes available”. Certainly good news for potential buyers.

As for the target market, Fido states that “This device is for users who put functionality first; this is likely not their first smartphone but they are drawn to the hardware specs. Existing Fido customers who want to increase their usage from voice and text to data usage and are keen to try Android 2.1 OS with its rich features and user friendly interface”. Specs have the Liquid E coming with a 3.5-inch display (800×480), 5 megapixel camera, WiFi, full HTML browser, GPS, Bluetooth, and holds up to 32GB with a microSD card (comes with a 2GB card). Price points are expected to be $50 on a 3-year and $350 no-contract.

In addition, you can see that they are comparing this to the iPhone iOS and BlackBerry 5 OS. Check out all the slides after the break.

(Thanks Tipster!) (more…)


Bell comes out with “Unlimited Québec” plan

The battle in Quebec recently heated up with Vidéotron launching their new 3G+ network. They came out with a selection of 9 devices (12 in total when you consider different colours) and a few different monthly rate plans.

One of the plans Vidéotron offers is called “Infinite Québec plan” for $59.95 per month by itself, or you can bundle it together with other services and get it as low as $49.95 per month (when you bundle up to 3 services) Included in this Infinite Québec plan is:
- local and long-distance calling anywhere and anytime in Québec
- Unlimited incoming text, photo and video messages
- Call waiting, Conference call, Call forwarding

Now Bell wants to keep a tight hold on their market share and have created a new monthly rate plan conveniently called “Unlimited Québec”. This has to be bundled and is for $50 per month and includes:
- Unlimited local and long distance calling in Québec
- Call Waiting, Conference Calling
- Unlimited text messaging can be put on the the plan for $5 a month

Bell states that this plan is “available to residential customers in Québec with all four services (Home phone, Internet, digital TV and wireless (post-paid), with select plans”

For those located in Québec how are you liking the new wave of options available to you?

UPDATE: Bell sent us a note stating that the customers who want to sign up for the Unlimited Quebec plan can do so without bundling. They will be changing their website soon to reflect this. Straight from Bell here are the details:

NEW* Regular price point for rate plan: $60/month
Bell Bundle discount (for Mobility): -$5/month
*NEW* Additional Bell Bundle discount when bundled with all four services: -$5/month
Net Pricing: $50/month

We also have an add-on feature specific to this rate plan only, which is Unlimited SMS for $5/month (we use our regular legal disclaimers in regards to what kind of SMS are included/excluded).

More here at Bell & Videotron


Analyst: RIM is building 2.5 million BlackPads for Q4

RIM is expected to announce their tablet device at their 2010 BlackBerry Developer Conference next week. Analysts are speaking out on this possible new venture and if it’s a good move. Analyst Jeffrey Fidacaro of Susquehanna Research said that RIM is building 2.5 million “BlackPads” for Q4 and but it won’t be rivaling the Apple iPad or Samsung Tab for the consumer market, but shifting towards the enterprise market. Fidacaro stated that “I question the use case for the Blackpad as RIM lacks access to content. And the device appears to be designed to tether to a Blackberry not standalone 3G baseband.”

Jack Gold, another analyst said that “I have no doubt they can design a pretty compelling environment for a tablet… Many companies are looking at deploying tablets for their workforces. If a RIM tablet comes in as a secure, manageable device, like the BB phones, and companies want to use a tablet, then the RIM device could have an edge in the market for business users (not necessarily for consumers).

Rumoured specifications of this RIM tablet (possibly named “BlackPad” or “SurfBook”) have it coming with a 7-inch display, up to 2 built-in cameras, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Would you be into a BlackBerry tablet that’s only focused on business? How much would you pay for one?

Source: eWeek


WIND thanks the heavens that Blockbuster Canada operates independently from the U.S.

Blockbuster Canada sent out a press release today that stated their “Business Is Profitable” and that Blockbuster Inc. out of the States is filing for bankruptcy. “Blockbuster Canada is not part of this legal process in the U.S. and is not impacted by it. All of Blockbuster Canada’s operations are conducting business as usual.

This is good news for WIND Mobile as Blockbuster is a major part of their distribution channel. So if you’re planning on getting the upcoming Android-powered Motorola XT720 from WIND you’ll be able to walk into your local Blockbuster and grab one.

We reached out to Tony Lacavera, Chairman of WIND Mobile, he stated that “We are happy with our relationship with Blockbuster Canada and we plan to keep building the partnership. The challenges in the US business are not affecting the Canadian operation, but clearly their business model is evolving and in our view this makes Wind a great partner for Blockbuster Canada as well.”

Source: CNW


ING DIRECT Android app now available for download

ING recently released their iPhone and BlackBerry mobile banking app and now they’ve announced that it’s available on Android devices. The app is free and the features are basically the same as the iPhone and BlackBerry where customers will be able to check account balances, review transactions, transfer funds, locate ABMs, get directions and hours of operation, plus communicate directly with ING via their Twitter account. You can download this via the Android Market, just search “ING Direct”