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BlackBerry Curve 9300 arrives at SaskTel

Another day, another new device released by SaskTel. This must make the people in Saskatchewan very happy – so much choice. The BlackBerry Curve 9300 is now available in “Graphite”. Price points range from $50 on a 3-year to $375 on the no-contract. As for specs, the Curve 9300 has a 2 .4-inch display (resolution of 320×240), full QWERTY keyboard, 2.0 MP camera, built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, holds up to 32GB with a mircoSD card.

More here over at Jump


Samsung Gravity 3 arrives at SaskTel

SaskTel is pushing out the devices and there are a couple good things about it. First is that they offer a wide variety of  devices on their new network. Second it seems the no-contract prices are getting more affordable, but still more expensive than any other carrier. Today, as expected, they released the Samsung Gravity 3.

The Gravity 3 has a slide out QWERTY with a 2.4-inch display (resolution of 240 x 320), 2 megapixel camera, MP3 player and can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card. No contract price is $215; 1-year is 165; 2-year contract is $90 and the 3-year is $40

More here at SaskTel


Bell & TELUS launching BlackBerry 9670 “Style” first week of November

Want more upcoming Canadian BlackBerry news? How about the heavily leaked BlackBerry 9670. This is the clamshell device that’s apparently going to be called the “Style” and it’s heading for Bell and TELUS’ CDMA network during the first week of November. We’ve got no price plans or an exact date but can confirm that this will be on Canadian soil soon.

Known specs have this also coming with the new BlackBerry 6 OS, a full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, Wi-Fi, trackpad, microUSB port, microSD slot, Bluetooth.

More soon!
Thanks Tipster!
(Image courtesy of CrackBerry)


Rogers releases Nokia Surge 6790 in Red

Blast from the past here… The Nokia Surge (6790) has been around for almost a year in Canada and Rogers has now released a new colour to the mix: Red. Very complimentary to the their brand colour. Prices have slightly dropped since originally launched to the no-contract price at $249.99 and range to a 3-year at $19.99. The Surge has a 2.4-inch screen (resolution of 320 x 240), full slide-out QWERTY keypad, 2 megapixel camera with video, IM, GPS, OviMaps, MP3 player, and holds up to 8GB with a microSD card and weighs in at 78.5 grams.

If you fancy Red then check it here at Rogers


Fido launches “Technical Community” to answer customers technical questions

Making a connection with your customers is always a good thing – and becoming a trend in wireless these days. Rogers launched their Community Forums back in August and now it’s their sub-brand Fido’s turn. The “Fido Technical Community” has the same structure and is a place to have “Fido customers to have their technical questions answered”. It’s pretty simple, you ask a question and either a Fido moderator or another forum member will answer it. The forum is available in both English and in French. If you don’t like this route you can always call customer service.

We’re just looking forward to Fido releasing the Android-powered Acer Liquid e.

More here at Fido
(Thanks Stacey!)


Premier McGuinty: There’s a “right way” to use a cellphone in school

Premier Dalton McGuinty stated today that cellphones can be a distraction (hence why he banned them while driving) but believes there’s a “right way” to use them. Specifically when it comes to the classroom McGuinty thinks school boards should be open to the idea of allowing teachers to use cellphones in class to show students how information can be found online.

It’s certainly interesting. WiFi comes with most cellphones these days and we’re sure the fine folks over at the Simcoe County Safe School Committee in the Barrie area not to thrilled about McGuinty’s remarks. They believe students are experiencing “strange problems as they can’t hold a pencil, they feel faint, they have chronic headaches, and they have developed an erratic heart rate requiring medical attention”. Just imagine if and when cellphones come in.

Regardless, we’re all for schools adopting the use cellphones. Bring it Premier McGuinty!

Via: The Star


TELUS to release the BlackBerry Bold 9780 October 21st

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 has been put on TELUS’ end of life status (EOL) which only means one thing. A new device is coming soon and that chosen smartphone is the BlackBerry Bold 9780.

We’ve seen pics and videos of this in the past and RIM has made some important changes to this model, namely adding a 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash, 512MB of RAM (increased from 256MB), a 2.4-inch display (resolution of 480×360), WiFi, GPS, 624 MHz processor and the new BlackBerry 6 OS with the WebKit browser.

It’s been rumoured that the 9780 would be launching sometime in October… and thanks to one of our tipsters for letting us know the date is set to hit TELUS on Thursday, October 21st. No word on pricing yet.

UPDATE: Looks like a video has now surfaced by The Cellular Guru that’s about 30 seconds in length that shows a TELUS branded Bold 9780 in action, check it out after the break. (more…)


Quote: Public Mobile says “Our sales rates have tripled since Chatr came out”

No official word on how many subscribers Public Mobile has. They recently launched their Unlimited Talk and Text service in both Toronto and Montreal. One of their competitors is the newly created Rogers’ discount brand “Chatr” who started a few weeks ago with a mission to protect their market share and slowly impact/erode the new entrants.

However it seems for Public Mobile the opposite is happening. Their sale are apparently increasing at a staggering rate. Public Mobile’s CFO Jim Hardy was speaking at the BMO Nesbitt Burns’ media and telecom conference and said: “Our sales rates have tripled since Chatr came out… They’re creating awareness for the category [of unlimited talk-and-text plans]”.

Source: Globe


LG Rumour Plus now available at Bell

After a couple manufacturing delays – the LG Rumour Plus is officially available at Bell. Specs of this side slider have it with a full QWERTY keyboard, 2.4-inch display (resolution of 240×320), 2 megapixel camera, touch dialing, GPS, holds up to 16 GB with microSD card and weighs 119 grams.

Price plans have this for $39.95 on a 3-year contract; $79.95 on a 2-year contract; $109.95 on a 1-year contract a respectable no-contract for a low $159.95.

More here at Bell


Bluetooth headset promos are all the rage these days

With the government cracking down on banning the use of cellphone while driving, the carriers have continually released promotions that include a free Bluetooth headset with the purchase of a device. We’ve seen Mobilicity do this with the Nokia 5230, Fido currently has a deal going until the end of the year that give a free Jabra BT2033 headset. In addition, Wind is coming out with a promo today that offers one up when you buy a Samsung Gravity 2.

Does a free Bluetooth headset get you to purchase a device? Is this incentive or would you rather see a price drop (device or plan) or other free add-ons?