With Google announcing last week that the NEXUS One will officially start shipping into Canada, carriers were rushing around to inform potential customers that the much sought after device will work on their networks. Originally Rogers was the only listed carrier that the Nexus One would work with but Bell and TELUS have been added to the list. Still missing is WIND Mobile though. (more…)
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It’s been a long winding road for WIND Mobile and their Ottawa launch, but rest assured the big day is upon us. WIND has officially declared the launch is set for this Friday, March 26th. There are a couple locations where you’ll be able to score yourself a device: Blockbuster at 183 Rideau Street and the Blockbuster located 1309 Carling Avenue.
Back on February 28th Ken Campbell announced that they were doing “some final tweaks on the network” and allowed for a “Technical launch” in Ottawa, but Friday could not come sooner for current WIND customers as this will now expand their “Home Zone” calling area.
WIND will now operate in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa… next up is Vancouver.
Remember a few weeks back when RIM announced a new accessory that “easily plugs into a projector or monitor, then lets the user display a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation wirelessly from their BlackBerry smartphone”. Well, this is now available for $219.99 Canadian. RIM also states that “To use BlackBerry Presenter, you will need a video output device and a VGA cable or an S-Video cable. BlackBerry Presenter is not supported by the BlackBerry Curve 8300 Series and/or BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8200 Series smartphones.”
Check out the video demo of the BlackBerry Presenter in action. (more…)
Rogers/Fido has some good news regarding their tethering promotion that was set to expire May 3rd… effective today the promotion is extended with no end date in sight at no extra charge. You’ll have to sign up for a data plan of 1GB an above though. “Tethering” gives you the ability to use your device as a modem and connect to the internet.
Miranda from Rogers sent a note to us that states “Rogers is unveiling a tethering policy that reflects how our customers are already using data on their mobile device. Effective immediately (March 24), tethering will continue to be included at no additional charge for Rogers and Fido customers who subscribe to a data plans of 1GB and above, with a few exceptions. This new policy replaces the current tethering promotion, originally set to expire on May 3″. In the legal disclaimer on the tethering info page on Rogers it states that this “Excludes Family Share Data & Voice Plans, Smartphone and Rocket stick shared data plans, and One Rate Data Plans for Canada and the U.S.”.
More here at Rogers
Just over a week ago Palm sent an e-mail to their developer community that stated “we are very excited about the upcoming launch of international e-commerce for the Palm App Catalog… We’d also like to inform you that in addition to the planned European launch, we will be launching e-commerce support in Canada and Mexico.”
This was good news because it meant that the long awaited paid apps was finally coming to the App Catalog in Canada… but no firm date was given. According to PreCentral the go live date for paid apps to hit Canada has been set for Wednesday, March 31st. Palm again sent a message to the developers who are interested in distributing their apps in other countries should update and resubmit their apps with localized content.
For those Bell Pre owners the countdown to paid apps is only a few days away.
Public Mobile is back with another video that gives another perspective beyond their own of what “Unlimited” is. CEO Alek Krstajic defines their $40 monthly Unlimited Talk and Text plans as the only true unlimited plans that have no restrictions. He stated in a previous video that they “laugh and talk about what everybody has done in the past has been Unlimited ‘But’, there is always a big but. It’s unlimited but it’s evenings and weekends… what we are saying is Unlimited is like freedom, either you have it or you don’t.”
Public Mobile launched last Thursday with 25 stores in both Toronto and Montreal. They will be launching mid-May and we hear by that time they will ramp up to around 50 locations (corporate owned and dealer locations) and a couple more devices. Check out the video and hear random people from the street describe what unlimited means to them. (more…)
A couple pieces of new regarding the official Twitter for BlackBerry app. This is almost out of Beta and thanks to Kevin over at CrackBerry who found out that RIM will officially be releasing this on March 31st.
In addition, as the beta has been getting some mixed reviews there are some improvements that have apparently leaked out of some upcoming features:
- General performance and speed improvements
- Ability to edit a users profile
- Support for Twitter Lists
- Specific features added for OS 6.0 devices:
1. Manual Address Book linking
2. Setup Wizard integration
3. Universal Search integration (more…)
It was known that MTS was going to release the very affordable BlackBerry Curve 8530 soon because they published it on the BlackBerry software updates section. Today is the big day for them as the Curve 8530 can now be yours on the following price plans:
3-year contract – $59.99 ($39.99 voice and data plan required)
2-year contract – $159.99
1-year contract – $384.99
The Curve 8530 has the new trackpad, a 3.2-inch display (resolution of 320 × 240), 256 MB of Internal Memory and can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card, has dedicated media keys, Wi-Fi enabled, BlackBerry Maps, GPS, Speakerphone, IM, Bluetooth, 2.0 megapixel camera with 5X digital zoom and video capabilities. The overall dimensions are 109 x 60 x 13.9 mm with a total weight of 105 grams.
More here at MTS
Bell is on the prowl recently. They have begun an onslaught of promotions that started with a port back credit of $150 for all the WIND customers, then we saw free evenings starting at 6PM followed by a new Palm Pre users $10 off monthly Smartphone Combo Plan. In addition they are also waiving the $35 activation fee until the end of March. Certainly a step in the right direction.
How about this promotion for you then… starting today until March 31st Bell is offering 6 months of Unlimited Local Calling for all new 3-year activations. Pretty good deal. We’ve also been informed that Solo is offering a new $40 BlackBerry plan that gives you 150 minutes, unlimited text messaging, unlimited after 5:00pm, Unlimited IM and access to Facebook and MySpace. (more…)
Over 50 million people are using Opera Mini to surf the web on their mobile device and today they have officially announced that “Opera Mini for iPhone was officially submitted to the Apple iPhone App store today… Now, the “fast like a rocket” browser is taking its first big step towards giving users a new way to browse on the iPhone.”
Hopefully Apple will approve the app. Check out the demo here (more…)