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BlackBerry Torch 9800 delay impacting all Canadian carriers?

Late last night we reported that Bell delayed the anticipated launch of the BlackBerry Torch 9800. This was supposed to be available next week on September 24th. We’ve learned more about the reason and are hearing that it’s not just Bell, but all carriers. The reasons are ranging from “production line problems from Rim” to “Network/firmware problems”. Rogers, Virgin, and TELUS have yet to update their site or confirmed the new release date.

Update #1: Virgin has come forth on Twitter that “the BlackBerry Torch is now coming on October 1.”

Update #2: It looks like Bell has changed the date from October 1st to simply sat “Coming Soon”

Update #3:Best Buy has now changed their pre-order page to say “Coming Soon on your choice of network” (more…)


Chatr quietly opens their doors in Montreal

There’s lots of heated competition between the carriers in Montreal. Almost everyone is there and Rogers new discount brand Chatr quietly launched their service too. Going head-to-head with other brands like Videotron, Solo and Public Mobile, Chatr offers similar Unlimited Talk and Text plans with no-contracts. As for devices, they’ve put their entire lineup on sale (Nokia 1661, Nokia 2220, LG GB125r and the Samsung Gravity) and will be releasing the Nokia 2220 soon.

Regarding coverage, city core is the focus and we’ve got a map after the break (more…)


BlackBerry Curve 3G in stunning Fuschia hits SaskTel

SaskTel released the BlackBerry Curve 3G (9300) yesterday in “Graphite”, specs have this with a 2 .4-inch display, full QWERTY keyboard, 2.0 MP camera, built-in Wi-Fi, GPS – a good first BlackBerry. However, if the standard graphite is not your deal and you’re up for making a statement… perhaps the stunning and more shocking “Fuschia” will be of interest. Same price points which range from $50 on a 3-year to $375 on the no-contract.

Check it here at Jump


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!)


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…)


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


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


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…)


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


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…)