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Confirmed: “HTC Desire upgrade to Android 2.2 coming in October”

Earlier this week we let you know that the TELUS HTC Desire was going to be upgraded to Android 2.1 sometime “mid-October”. For those who have this beast of a device you’ll be happy to know that TELUS has now confirmed and put an update on their site that states the “HTC Desire upgrade to Android 2.2 coming in October”.

Only a few weeks away now…
Check it out here at TELUS


When Public Mobile launches data will Chatr follow?

At the end of 2009 there was a total of 23.8 million wireless subscribers in Canada. 5.2 million people (22%) had a smartphone with the remaining having some sort of talk/text plan. A recent study showed that Smartphone/data device subscribers will represent 31% by the end of 2010 and then 60% by year-end 2014. Also, the number of wireless subscribers is estimated to be 32.5 million by 2014 (19.5 million Canadians will have a smartphone). So you can see the trend is dramatically increasing and we’re adopting smartphones at a staggering pace.

Of course the big carriers like Rogers, Bell and TELUS offer customers a selection of smartphones. Majority of their flanker brands also packed their lineup with a smartphone and have strikingly similar monthly data plans. Take TELUS’ Koodo Mobile, they launched their service back in March of 2008 with a laser focus on being “Canada’s decidedly different, pay for what you need wireless company” with only talk and text plans. They’ve seen their customer base demand smartphones and have acted accordingly by adding them to their lineup.

Let’s shift to the Public Mobile and Chatr Wireless. During the wireless spectrum auction Public invested $53 million and captured a reach of 19 million potential customers in Ontario and Quebec. From the beginning Public stated they will offer Unlimited Talk and Text plans to Canadians that don’t have a cellphone and are “value conscious”. Rogers new über discount brand Chatr Wireless is similar to Public as they offer no contract, no credit checks and Unlimited talk and text plans. Chatr operates their service in 6 cities across Canada (Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Vancouver and Montreal).

What does Public and Chatr have in common? They are currently the only 2 carriers who don’t offer a data device. However, this is about to change for one of the carriers: Public Mobile. (more…)


BlackBerry Torch 9800 dummy phones arrive at Rogers and other retailers

Even though some carriers have delayed the BlackBerry Torch 9800 until either October 1st or back to the “coming soon” date, Rogers is the only carrier who has kept firm on the September 24th launch date and stores are taking pre-orders. You can see by this pic that locations have started to receive the dummy phones, but actual stock has yet to arrive.

A few more pic after the break
(Thanks tipster!) (more…)


Bell releases Nokia C6 at $249.95 no-contract

Bell has officially released the Nokia C6. This is available for decent pricing at $249.95 no-contract and ranges to $0.00 on a 3-year. Specs of the C6 have it with a 3.2-inch touch screen (resolution of 640 x 360) with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with video capabilities, video calling), WiFi, GPS, holds up to 16GB with a microSD card. Overall dimensions are 113.4 x 53 x 16.8 mm with a weight of 150 grams.

More here over at Bell


TELUS HTC Desire starts shipping again… thanks to some CSS trickery

The TELUS HTC Desire has been a massive success in Canada. The specs are impressive and it’s one of the best Android-powered devices TELUS has ever released. A few weeks ago this was put online as “Temporarily out of stock” on their website… but good news comes today for one of our readers as their long awaited Desire has left distribution, been put on a Purolator truck and en route to his hands.

Apparently he had to work some magic to get this delivered so quickly. Our reader stated that “I ordered on Sept 3 through the TeamWebstore, but did have to do a little but of URL trickery to actually add the Desire to my cart…it was still listed as out of stock at the time. A similar technique can be used on the main telus website using chrome’s “Inspect Element” tool to modify the Desire page’s CSS so that the “Add to Cart” button is visible.”

Nice work… Impressive steps people will take to get this Android device! Check out the steps after the break (more…)


Image of the upcoming BlackBerry 9570 gets leaked online

Earlier this week we saw what’s apparently the upcoming BlackBerry Storm 3. Today another image popped up with a RIM device that shows the about screen with the model number of 9570. This could be a refresh of the Storm2 or possibly the rumoured Storm 3. Specs show it to be a CDMA device (so in Canada TELUS and Bell will launch this), WiFi, BlackBerry 6O 6, 512mb RAM, a 5 megapixel camera.

Comparing the two images it looks like this might be a refresh as the keys are more spaced out and the trackpad looks to be missing. However, everything will be revealed soon enough.

Source: BBLeaks 1 & BBLeaks 2

UPDATE: It’s only been a few hours and more pics of the actual Storm 9570 has surfaced. Everything looks the same but the increased memory upgraded processor. This clearly is heading to Verizon and no word yet on if Bell or TELUS will get this, or if they will simply pass and wait for the Storm 3. (more…)


Netflix launches in Canada… iPhone, iPad app now available

Netflix has officially arrived in Canada, this means we can constantly stream an unlimited amount of movies and TV shows for $7.99 a month. Netfilix can be streamed over the internet to your TVs and Computers and is only offered in English, with French coming at a later date. In addition, the Netflix iPhone and iPad app are now available for download. To kick things off a 1-month free trial is available.

Check it out here at Netflix


Fido penciled in September 29th to launch Android-powered Acer Liquid E

Last week it was confirmed that Fido will be releasing their first Android-powered device, the Acer Liquid e. The price points of this resurrected touchscreen are rumoured to be $50 on a 3-year and $350 outright. In-store training started this week and the targeted launch date is pegged in at Wednesday, September 29th.

Source: HoFo


RIM to announce tablet device next week?

Lots of rumours flying around that Waterloo-based Research In Motion will be unveiling a tablet device next week at their Developer Conference. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that this new tablet (also rumoured to be “BlackPad” or “SurfBook”) will be a “revamped BlackBerry 6 operating system in favor of a completely new platform built by QNX Software Systems”. RIM purchased QNX last year and apparently will transition all their future BlackBerry device from their existing OS to this new OS. Specs are rumoured BlackBerry tablet have it coming with a 7-inch display, one or 2 built-in camera, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

What do you think of all these tablets coming out now?

Source: WSJ
Via: Engadget


Rogers Samsung Galaxy S Captivate delayed due to a manufacturing issue

Android OS 2.1, 4-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 480 x 800, 5 megapixel camera that records 720p HD videos, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, holds up to 32GB with a microSD… these specs sounds great don’t they. This is the upcoming and now unfortunately delayed Samsung Galaxy S Captivate.

Apparently due to a manufacturing problem, Rogers has issued a statement on their blog that the Captivate will be delayed:

“UPDATE: We have news for those who have been asking about the release date for the Samsung Galaxy Captivate. We anticipated launching earlier, but there has been a manufacturing delay. As a result, we expect the device will be on sale by mid-October. Pre-orders have also been pushed back, and we hope to make them available later this week.”

Over the past few weeks this device has teased potential customers with a possible launch date, then a pre-order page went live only to be taken down a few minutes later. The good news is that it’s only been delayed not canceled… when it actually becomes available it will retail for $149.99 on a 3-year.

Via: RedBoard