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Bell delays BlackBerry Torch 9800 launch to October 1st


Hmmm… this is a bit perplexing. A few weeks ago Bell (and the other carriers) announced that the BlackBerry Torch 9800 would be launching on Friday September 24th… but now it seems Bell has pushed back the launch by 1-week until October 1st. No word on why the delay… however the prices are now confirmed to be $199.95 on a 3-year and $599.95 no contract.

Via: Bell
(Thanks Eric!)

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Video: Quick demo of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, coming to Bell and Rogers “in the coming months”


Last week Samsung Canada gave us a quick look at the upcoming Android 2.2 tablet they’ll be releasing. The Galaxy Tab is a powerful little beast that has a 7-inch TFT LCD display (with 1024 x 600 resolution) and also has Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 UI.

The good thing about the Tab is that it’s a device that can actually easily fit in your pocket (not your pant pocket, but a suit pocket) and you can use it with one hand. Seriously, it was actually pretty comfortable and can do basically anything you want to do such as e-mail, videos and video calling, surf the web (supports Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and has WiFi). The Tab has a 1.3 megapixel front-facing and camera and a rear 3 megapixel camera with flash.

As for weight, a light 380 grams. Comparing it to the iPad it weighs 680 grams… and to the Galaxy Vibrant smartphone weighs in at 118 grams. The Tab has a 4,000mAh battery and the one that we played around with was still a pre-release model so the battery life was still in testing. So we can’t comment on if it drains or not. Rogers and Bell are the Canadian carriers that will be releasing this “in the coming months”, most likely in time for the holiday season. We’re not sure if this will be available outright or available on a price plan model.

I saw no lag time at all and it could be from the 1GHz Hummingbird processor that’s packed inside. Other key specs of the Tab are that it has16GB or 32GB internal storage and holds up to 32GB with a mircoSD card, Samsung’s Media Hub, Social Hub, plus the ability to read and purchase books, magazine, newspapers (“Readers Hub”), has a virtual QWERTY keyboard has Swype built-in, access to the Android Market, Google Maps, Google Talk etc…

Check out the quick video of the Tab in action (more…)

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TELUS puts up BlackBerry Torch 9800 pre-order page


The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is being released next Friday and TELUS has taken the liberty to put up a pre-order page. For those Canadians who are interested in this QWERTY/Touchscreen you’ll have to fill out a form and then a TELUS rep will call you back for more details. The only price point we know is the $199.99 on a 3-year but the no-contract price will probably be $599.99.

Check it here over at TELUS

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RIM Q2 Results: revenue was up 31% and subscribers increased 56%

RIM has announced their Q2 results and in a nutshell, everything increased. From this time last year revenue was up 31% from to $4.62 billion, shipments increased 45% to 12.1 million (there are now about 115 million BlackBerry devices), BlackBerry subscribers increased 56% to over a respectable 50 million (4.5 million new subscribers this quarter).

RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie stated that “RIM set another new record in the quarter by shipping over 12 million BlackBerry smartphones. This accomplishment and RIM’s solid financial results during the second quarter were driven by effective business execution and strong demand for RIM’s portfolio of BlackBerry smartphones and services in markets around the world. We expect a continuation of this momentum in the third quarter as we extend the rollout of new products including the BlackBerry Torch into additional markets and benefit from heavy promotional activities and increasing customer demand as we head into the holiday buying season.”

As for the upcoming Q3 outlook, RIM states they expect to revenues to hit between $5.30-$5.55 billion, net subscriber additions 5.0-5.4 million… that’s a whole lot of Torch 9800, Bold 9780 and Style 9670 devices.

Source: Marketwire
Via: CrackBerry

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Video: HTC’s customized UI for Windows Phone 7 leaks out

There’s plenty of hype, mystery and anticipation for Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 OS. To date we’ve seen a few leaks but this has to be one of the best. There are a couple video here…  one is a “for internal use” only and demos WP7 flavoured by a bit of HTC’s Sense UI with a very interactive weather app (with sounds and animation), stocks, notes. The other video is an HTC device that’s apparently to be called the “Hub”. Looks miles away from any previous WinMo device definitely cool looking. Check it out after the break (more…)

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Vidéotron focus group talks about the limitations of infinite talking (Video)

Vidéotron launched their new 3G+ network last week to much fanfare… one of the most popular devices they brought on was the Nexus One which we were informed was sold out within hours. Videotron held a “focus group” that was based around their price plans and how customers can talk until “infinity”. It’s pretty funny and worth checking out.

Source: Twitter

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Bell President on the future of mobile advertising: “Ads work best on the best network” (Video)


One of the good lines that has come out from the Mobile Media Day in Toronto was from Wade Oosterman, President & Chief Brand Officer at Bell Mobility. He was talking about the future of mobile advertising and how more focus will be put on this media as more people are adopting cellphones. The stat shows that by 2019 mobile/digital advertising in Canada will reach $17.5 billion dollars. The mobile ads will be permission based and you’ll need to opt-in, but soon we’ll be able to get ads when we pass by a specific store we like, ads based on our interests, or as something simple that we need to pick up out dry cleaning (with an ad in the text message), location based coupons etc.

With their current ad campaign they promote how “Apps work best on the best network”. Oosterman believes that the slogan will eventually change and head towards “Ads work best on the best network… so we think the whole mobile media environment tremendously exciting, has tremendous promise but the vast majority of the enabling elements are actually in place today. So it just a question of getting to it.”

Check out the video after the break (more…)

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Bell to announce BNN is coming to your mobile phone


We’re at the Mobile Media Day in Toronto today and one of the speakers is Wade Oosterman, President & Chief Brand Officer at Bell Mobility. He’s said a number of great things that we’ll be putting on the site. First is that they’ll be announcing that BNN (Business News Network), which is part of their CTV acquisition will be coming to your mobile device today.

This is the first of many channels that we can see coming over the next few months. Over the past few months Bell has secured partnerships with the Olympics, NFL, CFL. So watching TV or getting content on your mobile device is a massive focus Oosterman says this area “exploding”.

Update: Looks like this is now live, full press release here

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Upcoming webOS 2.0 gets caught on video


We’ve seen leaked screenshots of Palm’s upcoming revisions to their webOS platform. Life would not be complete if a video didn’t arrive online and thanks to “webos1337″ for making this happen. The video confirms most of the rumours out there of DropBox and MobileMe integration, plus shows QuickOffice and the new dialer. In addition, Stacks (the “next-generation of multi-tasking”) looks pretty cool.

Check it out after the break: (more…)

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