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New 343 area code now available (will coexist with the 613)

About a month ago the CRTC said a new 343 area code will be coming to Easter Ontario and will join up with the 613 area code. The reason for the new area code is due to “demand for telephone numbers, particularly for wireless devices…in the 613 region”.

Today is the day that the 343 goes into effect. In a release today, Glenn Pilley, Director of the Canadian Numbering Administration said “It is important to remind everyone in eastern Ontario that the new 343 area code is operational as of today and that the first blocks of telephone numbers will be allocated to the telecommunications service providers over the coming months for assignment to their customers”.

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Virgin puts BlackBerry Pearl 3G on site as “Coming Soon”… but not to Saskatchewan and Manitoba

From all of the carriers we thought it would be Bell, TELUS or Rogers to put the new Pearl 3G on their site, however it looks like Virgin Mobile is first up! If you check out their site you’ll see that they’ll be selling it for $49.99 on a 3-year and $349.99 on a 30-day. It also says “Coming Soon” but when you click the “Buy Now” you get this message: “Sorry, this phone has been flying off the shelves and we’re out of stock”. They also give you an option to sign up via e-mail alerts when it becomes available. (more…)

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Analyst says 24 million next-gen iPhone to be shipped in 2010

The next-gen iPhone is not even officially announced yet – but there has been a massive amount of leaks from videos, pictures and teardowns. New report today are coming from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of Digitimes Research who says that the device will start shipping in June and that Foxconn (manufacturer of the next iPhone) “will ship 4.5 million units in the first half and 19.5 million units for the rest of 2010. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 4G on June 7, 2010 during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference.” (more…)

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Bell tweaks website… puts Palm Pre in the glory spot (replaces BlackBerry)

It looks like Bell has tweaked their website again – this time they’ve created the site easier to view with separating Smartphones, phone and creating a completely new category for the Apple iPhone. The rate plans section is easier to view and understand also. In addition, they’ve put the Palm Pre as the device to hit at the top toolbar when looking for a mobile phone… this used to be a BlackBerry device. (more…)

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Toronto woman has affair… blames Rogers for husband finding out

Remember a few months back when a Winnipeg man claimed that the pre-loaded Virgin Mobile text messages ended his relationship? Well I guess it’s Rogers turn as Toronto-resident Gabriella Nagy is claiming that due to Rogers billing procedures her husband found out about her affair… so she’s suing them for a cool $600,000 for alleged invasion of privacy and breach of contract.

According to The Star, Back in 2007 Nagy had a Rogers cellphone account in her maiden name that was sent to her home. Her husband was the account holder for their cable TV and decided to bundle everything together and get a “global” invoice sent to the home – including an itemized cellphone bill. Well, the story goes that the husband got a hold of the bill and started to see hour long conversations to the same number, found out that she was having an affair… eventually deciding to leave the marriage. (more…)

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Samsung Wave hitting Bell this Summer?

We let you know that Bell will be releasing the HTC Legend shortly… today we got a tip from the same reliable source stating that we can also expect Bell to release the Samsung Wave.

The only sign we received for a release date is that it’s planned for sometime this Summer.

The Wave (S8500) will operate on Samsung’s new open mobile platform called Bada. In addition, quick specs of the Wave are that it comes with Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 interface, 3.3-inch Super AMOLED display (480 x 800 pixels), 1GHz Samsung processor, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, flash and can take HD video, 3.5mm headset jack, can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi.

We’ll have more information for you soon… Bell has certainly stepped up their device offerings since launching their HSPA network!

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Mobilicity Option 452 Data Stick available soon

One of the products that Mobilicity didn’t show or announce yesterday was the Option 452 Data Stick. This is currently “Out of Stock” not because it sold out… because it has yet to arrive to their stores. This will be available for $99.99 and for $40 per month you can get Unlimited internet access within the Mobilicity coverage area. (more…)

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Rogers device list confirms X10 Mini & Nokia N97 Mini

Well… look what we have here. You’ll notice on the Rogers list of devices of internal sales sheet that gives the devices that they’ll be releasing. As we’ve stated before you can expect to see over the next few days/weeks the much talked Acer Liquid e, Motorola Quench and the BlackBerry Pearl 9100.

However, a little bonus that confirms of a couple rumours we posted a few weeks ago. In the pic you’ll also see perched on the list waiting for a release date – most likely in June – is the Android-powered Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini. In addition, originally we were informed it’ll be the N97 mini will be making it’s way to Rogers in mid-June, but you’ll see that the sheet says N87 Mini… typo?

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Video of the Mobilicity Launch Announcement

Mobilicity officially announced their wireless offering today and customers can go to any of their Toronto locations tomorrow morning and pick up a device or 2 or 6… They have the following handsets available and believe they will also be releasing a Data Stick soon too: BlackBerry Bold 9700 for $499.99; Nokia 5230 for $169.99 (Bluetooth headset included); Mobilicity “Totem” for $99.99; Sony Ericsson TM506 for $99.99; Huawei U7519 for $109.99 and the HTC Snap for $199.99.

In addition, Mobilicity has 6 plans that range from $15 – $65 and all plans are unlimited, include free caller ID, Mobilicity to Mobilicity calling, unlimited texting across North America. In addition, Mobilicity has an addon for $20 called “Unlimited Asia” that provides unlimited calling to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea or Japan. If you do go outside their coverage zone you’ll hop onto either Rogers and pay roaming rates of $0.20 per minute when you’re in Canada, and $0.50 per minute while roaming in the in the U.S. with T-Mobile. One more unique feature to note is they created something called “My Wallet” that deducts money from your account so you won’t be surprised a massive bill. This service informs you of where your account balance is and when you’ll need to put more money into it.

You can check out the complete list of devices, plans and coverage here from our earlier post. In addition, we took this video of the event this morning.

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