Research in Motion co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis will formally inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in Toronto next May. Congrats to you both… now bring on the BlackBerry Storm!
Bell launched a Smartphone offer a few days ago that gives you a cool 50 bucks off select devices when you order online. It’s available until December 31st is available for new activations on a 3-year term on any consumer price plan.
Google has launched its free iPhone voice-recognition search app “Google Mobile App”. All you have to do is is download this by going to the AppStore and typing in “Google” and launch the application, speak into your iPhone and say what you are searching for. Video of this is located here.
Telus has entered into the game and launched the HTC Touch Pro for $299.99 on a 3-year contract, $549.99 on a 2-year contract, $599.99 on a 1-year contract and the full buyout rate of $649.99.
This touchscreen and side slider has a 2.8″ LCD colour screen, 640×480 VGA resolution, 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, flash and camcorder, GPS, Music player, speakerphone, slide out QWERTY keyboard, TouchFLO 3D finger swipe navigation, Accelerometer, Handwriting recognition and weighs 165 grams.
Bell launched this last Friday for the following prices: 30-day:$599.95; 1-year: $549.95; 2-year: $449.95 and 3-year: $239.95 but we hear it comes with some of the applications taken off.
We will have a full review in a couple days of the Telus HTC Touch Pro. More info here at TELUS
RIM has posted a PDF on their site that has some how-to navigation tips and information for the upcoming BlackBerry Storm. How to access the Songs and Video, Camera, Highlighting and Selecting, Scrolling etc. It’s a PDF that can be found here
We know that this is not the Storm, iPhone or Bold. Nor is it even the Sony Ericsson W350… but majority of Canadians have a some type of cell phone and at one point in time a phone like the Nokia 2680 was all the rage.
If you just don’t want to commit to a contract for whatever reason (bad experience with rate plans, waiting for the Storm, cops looking for you) and are the type of person that likes the “Pay As You Go” plans, the Nokia 2680 is a slider phone that has a VGA camera, FM radio, Bluetooth, GPRS/EDGE connectivity and can be your for $89.99. Plus as a perk Rogers is throwing in a Bluetooth headset.
Canadian carriers added over 500,000 new net subscribers in Q3 2008 (bringing the total number of wireless customers to 21,049,030 as at September 30th). More info here (PDF)
7Eleven Speak Out Wireless has released their latest promo – just in time for the holiday season. You can get a free Nokia 1208, or $74 off any device they carry when you purchase $100 in airtime. Get it here
The Nokia E71 has had a wild ride in Canada. It started its journey off with great intentions that Fido was going to release the beauty. Until the master settled in and decided to completely pull the device, re-brand the dog and force the E71 out of the doghouse.
Now Rogers has officially released a statement saying the E71 will be available soon:
“Rogers Wireless and Nokia announce today that the highly anticipated Nokia E71 smartphone will be coming soon to Canada. Featuring a sleek stainless steel design with a full QWERTY keyboard, the Nokia E71 will be the thinnest smartphone in Rogers’ extensive lineup of innovative mobile devices.
Designed for consumers who lead busy and complex lives, the Nokia E71 has two separate customizable home screens for both professional and personal use. With the ability to easily switch between user profiles at the touch of a single button, Canadians can maintain a work/life balance within one device.
The Nokia E71 runs on the Symbian global leading operating software platform using Rogers’ high-speed HSPA network, Canada’s fastest mobile data network. With support for both corporate and personal e-mail, built in GPS, WiFi, a 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash, and up to 8GB of memory it is no wonder that WIRED Magazine named the Nokia E71 “Test Best Cell Phone” in their November 2008 test issue.
We will find out more info soon about availability and pricing
Us Canadians will have to wait a few days after the big US launch to get our hands on the highly anticipated BlackBerry Storm. Or, Bell and Telus can give us a nice early gift this year!
However, this doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy all the video reviews of the Vodafone version and this hillarious unboxing from a couple in the UK. My favourite parts is around the 0:32 second mark!
Check it out below, and visit our complete list of BlackBerry Storm video here