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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…)


BlackBerry Curve 3G in stunning Fuschia hits SaskTel

SaskTel released the BlackBerry Curve 3G (9300) yesterday in “Graphite”, specs have this with a 2 .4-inch display, full QWERTY keyboard, 2.0 MP camera, built-in Wi-Fi, GPS – a good first BlackBerry. However, if the standard graphite is not your deal and you’re up for making a statement… perhaps the stunning and more shocking “Fuschia” will be of interest. Same price points which range from $50 on a 3-year to $375 on the no-contract.

Check it here at Jump


Bell delays BlackBerry Torch 9800 launch to October 1st

Hmmm… this is a bit perplexing. A few weeks ago Bell (and the other carriers) announced that the BlackBerry Torch 9800 would be launching on Friday September 24th… but now it seems Bell has pushed back the launch by 1-week until October 1st. No word on why the delay… however the prices are now confirmed to be $199.95 on a 3-year and $599.95 no contract.

Via: Bell
(Thanks Eric!)


Video: Quick demo of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, coming to Bell and Rogers “in the coming months”

Last week Samsung Canada gave us a quick look at the upcoming Android 2.2 tablet they’ll be releasing. The Galaxy Tab is a powerful little beast that has a 7-inch TFT LCD display (with 1024 x 600 resolution) and also has Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 UI.

The good thing about the Tab is that it’s a device that can actually easily fit in your pocket (not your pant pocket, but a suit pocket) and you can use it with one hand. Seriously, it was actually pretty comfortable and can do basically anything you want to do such as e-mail, videos and video calling, surf the web (supports Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and has WiFi). The Tab has a 1.3 megapixel front-facing and camera and a rear 3 megapixel camera with flash.

As for weight, a light 380 grams. Comparing it to the iPad it weighs 680 grams… and to the Galaxy Vibrant smartphone weighs in at 118 grams. The Tab has a 4,000mAh battery and the one that we played around with was still a pre-release model so the battery life was still in testing. So we can’t comment on if it drains or not. Rogers and Bell are the Canadian carriers that will be releasing this “in the coming months”, most likely in time for the holiday season. We’re not sure if this will be available outright or available on a price plan model.

I saw no lag time at all and it could be from the 1GHz Hummingbird processor that’s packed inside. Other key specs of the Tab are that it has16GB or 32GB internal storage and holds up to 32GB with a mircoSD card, Samsung’s Media Hub, Social Hub, plus the ability to read and purchase books, magazine, newspapers (“Readers Hub”), has a virtual QWERTY keyboard has Swype built-in, access to the Android Market, Google Maps, Google Talk etc…

Check out the quick video of the Tab in action (more…)


TELUS puts up BlackBerry Torch 9800 pre-order page

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is being released next Friday and TELUS has taken the liberty to put up a pre-order page. For those Canadians who are interested in this QWERTY/Touchscreen you’ll have to fill out a form and then a TELUS rep will call you back for more details. The only price point we know is the $199.99 on a 3-year but the no-contract price will probably be $599.99.

Check it here over at TELUS