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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

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More images of the BlackBerry 9670 surface… that actually are OK to look at

The upcoming BlackBerry 9670 has been kicking around in pictures for a few weeks now – often blurry and made the new clamshell kinda odd looking. Thanks to our friends over at Cellular Guru for posting some updated and clearer shots. As you can see this has a full qwerty keyboard and the new trackpad that RIM has been putting on all their new devices. In addition this CDMA device (possibly going to Bell or TELUS) has the new BlackBerry 6 OS…

What do you think… you liking this? (more…)

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IDC: WiFi is most desirable attribute among Smartphone users

Earlier today Samsung, Microsoft and IDC held a meeting and talked about Canadian wireless. The topic was titled “The Mobility Tsunami: Smartphones, Apps and the New Business Frontier”. Tony Olvet, VP Research at IDC Canada said that their research shows that Canadians want reliability when looking for a wireless carrier and that Smartphone adoption is increasing… there are currently 5.2 million Smartphones in use today and is expected to “dominate” the market by 2014. An interesting point when Olvet spoke about a survey they conducted of 500 Canadians and what the most desirable attributes/features they look for in a phone: (more…)

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to get 2.1 upgrade Q4 2010

Sony Ericsson has confirmed on their blog that the Xperia X10 family of devices will receive an upgrade to OS 2.1 in Q4 2010. This includes the recently launched X10 and also the rumoured Rogers launch of the  Xperia X10 mini and Xperia X10 mini pro. Sony Ericsson says that some “examples of user benefits that will be included in the UXP upgrade for Xperia X10 in Q4 2010 are:
- Upgrade to Android OS version 2.1
- HD video recording as per the same execution as Sony Ericsson Vivaz
- Wireless home connectivity via DLNA
- Improvements to signature applications Timescape and Mediascape “. (more…)

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Rogers joins the Novatel MiFi 2372 recall party… tells customers to “stop using this device”

Rogers released their “Rocket Mobile Hotspot” a couple months ago, this is the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2372 that Bell and Virgin recently recalled. Well, it seems like Rogers is joining the party and making sure their customers are safe.

A note sent to us stated that “in some cases the battery for the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2372 (Rogers Rocket mobile hotspot) may swell and cause the device to malfunction. In addition, some users have found the device’s battery cover to be difficult to remove… As a precaution, Rogers is contacting its customers to recommend that customers stop using this device, to turn the device off, and to not recharge the device. We also recommend that customers not attempt to remove the battery cover.” (more…)

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“Extreme Text Messaging” comes to Rogers

Back in March we wrote a quick post about how Rogers was going to introduce something called “Enhanced Text Messaging”. It seems like the time how now arrived and with it comes a name change to something with a bit more life to it: “Extreme Text Messaging”.

All the features of being extreme are now included and we’ve been informed that there is “no extra charge for all Rogers wireless customers”. Here’s a full list of what’s included in your texting plans: Text Blocker, Distribution Lists, Text Copy, Text Forward, Text Auto Reply and Personal Signature. (more…)

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Rogers rolls out My Account app to BlackBerry devices

Rogers has pushed through their My Account app to their customers who have a BlackBerry device. This app gives you the ability to view your balance, make payments, check airtime, messaging and your data usage. Rogers also states this will begin to show up on the following devices over the next few days: 8220, 8520, 8900, 9000 and 9700. (more…)

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WIND adds 3 new data options

A few days ago there was a rumour with possible new plans that WIND Mobile was going to introduce… well today they have officially announced these plans the “Charged Mobile”, “Charged BlackBerry” and “Social Mobile”.

Scott Campbell, Chief Marketing Officer of WIND Mobile said “Many of our customers told us they weren’t heavy users, or light users – and that what they really needed was a mid-range data add-on”. (more…)

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TELUS Q1 2010: Increase of 51,000 subscribers and 22% now use a Smartphone

TELUS has reported their Q1 2010 results and it looks like devices like the HTC Hero, Motorola Milestone and the Aple iPhone have helped them increase revenues by 4.2% from this time last year. The report also states that due to Smartphone use data revenue increased by $50 million or 24% and that “Smartphone subscribers now represent 22% of total postpaid subscribers compared to 15% a year ago”. Speaking of subscriber, TELUS reported they added 51,000 subscriber this quarter, up 6.3% from a year ago.

Darren Entwistle, TELUS president and CEO said “We are starting to benefit from Canada’s fastest 3G+ wireless network and enhanced wireline broadband network, leading to greater sales of smartphones and TELUS TV. Importantly, we are experiencing significant traction in our operational efficiency and cost control endeavours.”

Here are other important stats from the report (more…)

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Virgin contest offers up to pay rent for a year

Virgin is back with another Summertime contest – this year they are going all out and will give you free rent for a year. They state that the “Virgin Mobile On The House is the summer’s hottest online student competition. The winner will not only rule the school but also get their rent paid for a whole year and we’ll pimp out their house in style.”

Sounds like a good deal. No details yet of when the contest starts, ends or the value of the free rent. For now you have to give them all yourl info and they’ll let you know via e-mail when everything gets started. (more…)

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