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Video: Behind the scene of the WIND Mobile network

The other day I took had the opportunity to go deep behind the scene of Wind Mobile’s network – basically the guts of their operations. As you’ll see in the video I catch up with Ante Rupcic, he’s the VP of Core Network and he’s one of those guys who has years of experience and loves what he does. We talk about about what and how long it takes to build an all IP network, why the room is so cold and loud, what happens when/if a disaster occurs and how the back-end of Wind actually works. The video is over 20 minutes in length and offers general overview of this highly secure Toronto facility (they have locations similar to this in all their launch cities). Check it out here:

(Thanks Ante!)


Motorola Quench to be priced at $374.99 no-contract

One of the upcoming Android-powered devices that Rogers will be releasing is the Motorola Quench. This will come with OS 1.5 and there’s talk – but no confirmed date of getting 2.1. However, it looks like according to this screenshot that the touchscreen will ring in at the no-contract price of $374.99. In addition, we’re informed that the 3-year price is targeted to be $49.99. Regarding a launch date… it’s “coming soon”.

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Solo Mobile still alive… just released the LG 230

I thought Bell would have kicked Solo Mobile to the curb by now… they took over complete ownership of the far more superior sub-brand Virgin Mobile and somehow have kept Solo alive. Guessing there are buyers out there still… if so, good news for you as Solo has released the very basic entry device LG 230.

The LG 230 is available also at Bell and was actually released earlier this week on Virgin for free on a 2-year or $59.99 no contract. But for those who want to pay more for the same phone, Solo has this for an astonishing $25 on a 2-year or Prepaid for $100. (more…)


Rogers rolls out 2 new Student Plans

With all this new competition in Canada it seems the carriers are finding new ways to attract and keep their customers. WIND released new plans and a new promo today, TELUS offered a new $20 plan and family share plans earlier this week… now Rogers has created 2 new Student Plans that are worth considering. They are a a $30 Voice plan or a $50 Voice and Data plan that has evenings and weekends starting at 6pm,  MY10 and gives you a bonus of 50 daytime minutes. Check it out here: (more…)


Samsung Corby Plus now available online for $129.99

It’s been a while since we reported about the Samsung Corby Plus. We thought this was launched back on March 6th but it’s just showing up online over at This can be yours for the outright cost of $129.99 and is a decent Prepaid device. This has a 2.6-inch touchscreen (resolution of 320 x 240), full slide out QWERTY keyboard, full HTML browser, 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, email, SMS and MMS, music player, Speakerphone, FM Radio, can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card. (more…)


WIND promo offers 50% off plans for first 6 months

We thought the Wind Mobile $150 port over credit offer that just expired was good… however they seem to be plowing ahead and are back with another promo. This one is called “Everybody WINDS” and gives new customers 50% their Voice and Data plans for the first 6 months. This does not include the new add on that were announced yesterday.

50% plans now sees the Chat go to a measly $7.50 per month, Always Talk plan go to $17.50 a month and Always Shout to $22.50 per month. Also the Infinite Laptop plan goes to $27.50 a month.

The offer is on until May 31, 2010.
More here at WIND


Bell Q1 2010 Results: Net activations increase 83.6% from last year, subscriber base now at 6,888,927

It looks from reading over Bell’s Q1 2010 results that being a major sponsor of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics paid off. They are reporting, along with their new distribution outlet of The Source and taking over complete control of Virgin Mobile (no mention of Solo Mobile at all) that they had another record quarter with total net activations of 55,625 – a massive 83.6% higher when compared to last year (Postpaid net activations were 81,212 and Prepaid was 25,587). These numbers now bring their subscriber base to 6,888,927 (increase of 5.5% from last year). (more…)


Koodo to release BlackBerry Curve 8530 May 25th?

Koodo announced last week that the Curve 8530 will be launched sometime this Spring and “is expected to retail for $300, or $150 for new customers who put the smartphone on their Tab”.

We also let you know that from the internal screenshots we received that new EPP plans go into effect May 25th. In addition, Koodo is also rumoured to be adding a couple data add ons: $10 for Unlimited Social Networking and the second will be $25 for 500mb data. A new inventory screenshot has surfaced that shows the Koodo Curve hitting the streets with a date of May 25th. Not sure if they will see lineups but he Curve 8530 is a solid entry level Smartphone… will you be getting it?

Via: Smartphone Nation