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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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WIND says Canadians should use “the principle of buyer beware” with new competition

With Mobilicity announcing they’ll be officially open for business in Toronto on Saturday in several locations, offering a variety of unlimited plans and 6 devices to choose from… WIND Mobile has written a post on their company blog that urges Canadians to have the “buyer beware” mentality of the new competition.

Chairman of WIND Tony Lacavera stated that “The next few weeks and months will see the launch of several new mobile carriers in the Canadian marketplace. This will continue to broaden the competitive landscape; however, I know that WIND will continue to be the right network for Canadian consumers… With new competition emerging, the principle of ‘buyer beware’ is going to become very important. When customers evaluate the competition, they need to understand what they’re getting and what they’re not. That means asking the right questions: Does this new player offer data, roaming?” (more…)

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Mobilicity plans, devices & Toronto coverage

New wireless entrant Mobilicity has been saying for months now that “Competition is Coming”… and today they are announcing their wireless plans, devices and business model. Mobilicity stands for “Mobile and Simplicity” and has the tag line of “No Contract. No Credit Check. Unlimited Wireless”.

During the Canadian Wireless Spectrum Auction back in 2008 they invested $243.1-million for 10 licenses and will first launch in Toronto, followed by Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa. The official launch date for Toronto is Saturday at 10:00am from any one of their 35 corporate locations and over the next week they will be also available in over 200 distribution locations. They currently have over 180 employees and we’re told their call centre is located Ontario. (more…)

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White Rogers Bold 9700 now available at Future Shop… offers up $50 Gift Card

Remember the White version of the Rogers BlackBerry Bold 9700 that popped up a few weeks ago? (See here and here) Well, this is not yet available on the Rogers website but if you want one you can make now your way down to your local Future Shop as they have it for sale on the 3-year contract price of $149.99. In addition, the fine retail folks are throwing in a $50 Gift Card for good measure. (more…)

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Mobilicity to launch Saturday with over 35 Toronto locations?

With new entrant Mobilicity announcing their wireless plans, phones and business model this morning, The Star is reporting that the “company launches on Saturday at 10 a.m. Network service will be available and more than 35 branded stores across the GTA will be open to the public”.

The article also goes into detail about their Toronto marketing plan and how there’ll be billboard and radio ads popping up. Sara Moore, Mobilicity’s vice-president for marketing stated “We are going slow and doing it right, so the billboards that go up have really simple messages as we try to introduce ourselves to customers… We are going to start hard hitting with our advertising and really speak about what these unlimited offers are that we are going to be bringing to the Canadian wireless base.” (more…)

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Bell Motorola DEXT now available

Today those who want to get the Motorola DEXT can no do so as it’s officially available in Canada through Bell. This Android-powered device runs off of OS 1.5 and comes with Motorola’s MOTOBLUR, has a 3.1 inch display (resolution of 320 x 480), full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and video capabilities, 3.5 mm audio jack, can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card (Bell ships you a 2GB card), A-GPS, WiFi. Overall dimensions are 114 x 58 x 15.6mm with a weight of 163 grams.

Bell is still updating their site but Best Buy is all good to go and has this available on the following price plans:
3-year contract: $79.99 and No-Contract: $399.99

For a quick look at the DEXT check out this video preview here

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WIND releases 10 reasons why they are better than Mobilicity

We posted earlier that WIND requested Canadians to have a “buyer beware” mentality when considering new wireless carrier Mobilicity. However it looks like they are really digging in the heals as they have released a top 10 comparison of what makes them the better choice over Mobilicity.

UPDATE: This is sent to us by WIND’s PR Agency (Narrative Advocacy Media) – not fabricated by us.

Here they are… what do you think:

1. Limited Coverage
WIND’s growing network is already about four times bigger than Mobilicity’s. In the GTA alone, WIND’s network is twice the size of Mobilicity’s. That’s what “greater” coverage really means. (more…)

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Say Hello to the TELUS HTC Triumph!

Got to hand it to TELUS as they keep bringing on very strong Android devices. First it was the HTC Hero, followed up with the Motorola Milestone then the very unique Motorola Backflip… now behold the HTC Triumph!

A few weeks ago we saw an internal screenshot of the TELUS inventory that showed a mysterious device called the HTC Triumph. Thanks to a tipster who sent in a pic of this wicked Android OS 2.1 device! This will be hitting TELUS in the July/August time frame (we’re hearing more in July than August), comes with a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen display (resolution of 480×800), a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, WiFi, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash. Sure looks like the HTC Desire but re-branded for us Canadians.

No price points yet but it’s looking great so far!
(Apologize for the image as there were reflections we had to remove)

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Mobilicity fixture spotted… ready for business

New wireless entrant Mobilicity is ready to announce their plans, devices and their “new wireless model” tomorrow. One of our readers Antonio was getting his laptop serviced at CCSI (Consumer Computer Services Inc.) and noticed a sweet looking Mobilicity fixture brightly displayed that looks ready to sell some devices. We’re guessing that reaching out to unique locations and giving them an opportunity to become a Mobilicity “dealer or retail partner” is part of the new wireless model we can expect to hear tomorrow. (more…)

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RIM files patent to develop a BlackBerry for the Visually Impaired

Research In Motion have filed a patent application with the USPTO called “MULTI-TAP KEYBOARD USER INTERFACE”.

Reading over the description it states that this provides “a multi-tap keyboard user interface with auditory feedback. In one embodiment, there is provided a method for controlling operation of a mobile device having a plurality of input devices…It is desired to have a way to perform simple user keyboard operations without requiring direct visual confirmation of what key is being pressed. Such a user interface may be useful to assist visually impaired users to use the devices lending accessibility to such devices.”

Specifically in Canada the carriers (more…)

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