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Video: The Sony Ericsson “Product Testing Institute”

Sony Ericsson took some time to see what the public really thinks about the Xperia X10. All this action takes place at the Product Testing Institute with 5 different focus groups: Guidos, Models, Todlers, Glam Rockers and Surfers. They compared the X10 features to other smartphone rivals such as the BlackBerry 9700, iPhone 4, Galaxy Vibrant. Check all the vids out after the break (more…)


“HTC Desire Z Leather Case” pops up in Best Buy Canada inventory

HTC announced a couple new devices this past week: the Desire HD and the Desire Z. Specifically when it comes to a release in Canada the closest hint was that “the HTC Desire Z shipping in North America later this year.”

Looks like we’re one step closer to a release as one of our tipsters sent us a Best Buy inventory screenshot that shows the “HTC Desire Z Leather Case-Black” to retail for $32.99. No word on when we’ll be seeing this officially launch in Canada or with what carrier or the price plans.

Specs have the Desire Z running Android 2.2 (Froyo), 800MHz Qualcomm 7230 processor with a 3.7 inch display (resolution of 480 x 800), a slideout QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera that records 720p HD videos.

More info soon!
(Thanks tipster!)


Another WIND Mobile Motorola XT720 training doc, launching September 23rd?

It’s been rumoured that Wind Mobile will be releasing the Android-powered Motorola XT720. We’ve seen a brief look at a training doc a few weeks ago. Thanks to one of our tipsters we’ve got another one for you. This one gives more insight into the specs and highlights the features: “Sell it in 30 seconds” with it’s 3.7-inch display, 2.1 OS, 8MP camera with Xenon flash, records HD video.

There’s still no confirmed price or launch date, but rumours are that we’ll see this hit the shelves around the 23rd of September. However, you’ve got to think that Wind will want to take advantage of their current promos and rebate offers. Plus, Videotron recently released the XT720 for the no-contract price of $479.95, so WIND will either match this or come in lower.


Pre-order the Torch 9800 at Future Shop, get a free $30 car charger

We’re looking forward to the BlackBerry Torch 9800 launching in Canada – still confused about the Bell/Virgin delay from September 24th to October 1st (other carriers are still saying September 24th on their websites). You can pre-order this from directly from TELUS or Best Buy for $50. In addition, Future Shop has stepped up and come up with a deal for those who want this new touchscreen QWERTY slider. All you have to do to get on the confirmed list is visit a store and drop down $30. Once you do Future Shop is sweetening the deal by throwing in a free $30 car charger.

Check it here at Future Shop


Rogers Samsung Galaxy S Captivate training slides leak out, still a few weeks until official launch

The Rogers Samsung Galaxy S Captivate has been on the coming soon list for well over a month… and we’ve been informed that it’s still a few weeks away from it’s anticipated launch. However, in the meantime you might fancy getting familiar with some leaked screenshots of the training that Rogers employees are currently doing.

Rogers puts the Captivate which is powered by Android 2.1 directly against the Apple iOS and RIM’s BlackBerry 5 & 6. It’s a good rundown of what to expect: 4-inch Super AMOLED display (480 x 800 resolution), 5 megapixel camera, records 720p HD videos, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5 mm audio jack, holds up to 32GB with a microSD… probably the best Android device that they’ve launched and will certainly put Rogers back on track with what they started in Canada: The Android Revolution.

There’s a couple more screensots of this after the break.
Who’s going to be hopping on board the Captivate when it finally arrives?

Source: TheCellularGuru (more…)


SaskTel to release “Mobile Tablet Plans” soon

SaskTel is getting a great deal of love from us, mainly because they are offering more services and recently launched their new 3G+ network with a bunch of new devices. Here’s another piece of goodness that SaskTel will be releasing soon: “Mobile Tablet Plans”.

They’ve stated on their site that this is coming soon so you’ll most likely be able to get your iPad or Samsung Tab connected. Here are the plans they will have available to you (basically the same as Rogers, Bell and TELUS):
- $20 month gets you 500MB of data (extra data is $0.05/MB, US roaming is $3/MB)
- $35 month gets you 5GB of data (extra data is $0.05/MB, US roaming is $3/MB)

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Future Shop drops Bell Galaxy S Vibrant to $99.99 on 3-year

The Samsung Galaxy Vibrant is one of the best Android devices that has come to Canada. There are many other stellar ones out there but they don’t pack OS 2.1 or have a 4-inch Super AMOLED display.

If you’re looking for a bit of a break and thinking about getting your hands on one, Future Shop has put this on sale for the next week at a $50 discount to $99.99 (and also thrown in a $50 Gift Card).

Give it another few weeks and we’ll see this drop even further.


Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Android upgrades end at OS 2.1

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and X10 mini are getting ready for a OS upgrade to Android 2.1 sometime in Q4. That’s certainly good news as it’ll bring some good enhancements such as live wallpapers, 5 homescreens, HTML5 support and “social phonebook” that links your Facebook/Twitter in with your contacts. After this upgrade Sony Ericsson will push out a minor “2.1x” release to improve Timescape and Mediascape. Unfortunately, according to this internal doc, that’s the end of the line for the Xperia X10 lineup upgrades.

Source: Android Central
Via: Engadget & Xperia X10 Blog


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…)