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Chicken and Mobilicity share the love in latest coupon

Here’s something new… and a bit expected. Mobilicity has started to advertise their wireless service within KFC flyers. There is no actual deal for a chicken combo and a cellphone plan but we’re sure that will eventually happen. KFC is one of the fast food brands that fall under Mobilicity investor John Bitove’s Priszm Income Fund (also Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Long John Silver’s).

The pic states that customers should take the coupon into the closest Mobiliticy location and check out their deals. Here’s another example of how the carriers grabbing every possible angle to get their name in front of potential customers. Gotta admit that that 20-piece combo deal is looking pretty tasty.


Vidéotron quickly sells out of the Nexus One

Vidéotron’s new 3G+ network launched on Thursday and thanks to a tipster for letting us know that they’re officially sold out of the Android-powered Nexus One. Apparently it was within “hours” of going live with their new service and no doubt because they put it on for only $479.95 no-contract. It’s not listed as sold out on the site, but you can call customer service and they’ll inform you the next shipment is expected to arrive late September or at the very latest October 9th.


Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant spotted on Virgin’s site

Back at the beginning of August Virgin Mobile employees started to get trained on the upcoming Android OS 2.1 Samsung Galaxy Vibrant. Today, Virgin once again redesigned their website and confirmed that the Vibrant is on its way. There’s no official “coming soon” but if you check out any of their devices on the right hand side you’ll see nice shot of the Vibrant that’s promoting the $35 activation fee is waived. One more pic after the break. (more…)


Public Mobile launches ZTE C70, discounts others

Public Mobile recently came off a promo that gave 50% off the price of their phones plus 1-month free service. As expected, today they released a new device – the ZTE C70. This slider is available for $50 outright and has a 2-inch display (resolution of 176 x 220), 0.3 megapixel camera, 2.5mm headset jack plus all the standard features such as contacts, calendar, Bluetooth.

On another Public Mobile note, we’ve been informed that they’ll start phasing out the ZTE C78 (now available for $45) from their lineup and be discounting the following devices to these prices until October 3rd: Kyocera Tomo will be $80 (was $110), Samsung R312 will be $90 (was $125) and the Kyocera G2GO will be available for $99 (was $140).

More here at Public


LG Breeze coming to Koodo Mobile

Koodo has released several 3G+ devices over the past couple months: Nokia 7230, INQ Chat 3G and recently the Samsung Elevate. Thanks to one of our tipsters for letting us know that Koodo is preparing to launch yet another device and it’s the LG Breeze (GW520). Specs on this messaging device has it coming with a 2.8-inch display (resolution of 240 x 400), full slide out QWERTY keyboard, 3MP with video capabilities, holds up to 8GB with a microSD card, Bluetooth, Speakerphone. No word on the official launch date or confirmed prices, but taking a look at the screenshot shows the Breeze in the inventory with a $20 price (probably on the Tab).

Rumour has it that competitor Fido is going to be releasing the Android-powered Acer Liquid e…. wouldn’t it be good if Koodo eventually released an Android device, say something like the HTC Hero.


Nokia’s EVP of Mobile Solutions suddenly resigns

Big things are happening over at Nokia. Last week it was announced that CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo is being replaced by Canadian-born Stephen Elop, tomorrow Nokia World 2010 kicks off… but today Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia’s EVP & GM Mobile Solutions, gave his 6-month notice and is resigning. Vanjoki originally joined Nokia back in 1991 and it’s rumoured that he was the one inside Nokia to be considered to take over as their new CEO.

Vanjoki said in a statement that “I felt the time has come to seek new opportunities in my life. At the same time, I am one hundred per cent committed to doing my best for Nokia until my very last working day. I am also really looking forward to this year’s Nokia World and sharing news about exciting new devices and solutions.”

Source: Nokia
Via: Engadget


iPhone App of the Day: TowerLocator

Here’s a cool Canadian-focused iPhone app that’s all about cellphone towers. It’s called TowerLocator and it’s pretty simple and free. The description says it all: “A map to locate cellular providers towers within Canada. Includes all the big and small providers”.

So now you have a to see what the reception is like in other areas on the go, or to keep up to date to see how your carrier is processing putting towers up. Every carrier is on there and broken down by colour. The main listed carriers are Bell (orange), Rogers (red), Telus (green), Mike (Yellow) and all the others in blue. You can dig deeper and choose to search for a specific carrier such as Wind, Public Mobile or Mobilicity or simply view all. In addition, there are different map styles such as Satellite, Hybrid. You can get it via iTunes by searching “TowerLocator”.

I’ve grabbed a few screenshots and here’s the one that’s from the official description. (more…)


Fido set to release the Android-powered Acer Liquid e

Fido has been relatively quiet over the past couple months, not much has happened with them except releasing a Prepaid internet stick. That’s about to change as rumours are pointing for this puppy to release their first Android-powered device. On deck is the Acer Liquid e which runs OS 2.1. Apparently training is starting early next week with the launch expected to be within the next few weeks. The price points are actually decent at $50 on a 3-year and $350 no-contract (Rogers currently has the Liquid e for sale at $29.99 on a 3-year and $424.99 no-contract).

When officially released it’ll become Fido’s best device. Quick specs of the Liquid e are that it has a 3.5-inch display, 768MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera with video capabilities, WiFi, full HTML browser, GPS, Bluetooth, 3.5mm headset jack, holds up to 32GB. Overall dimensions are 116×54×12.75mm with a weight of 135 grams.

Source: HowardForums


TELUS HSPA customers experiencing SMS delays due to 3rd party iPhone app (Updated)

If you’re with TELUS you might be one of the customers who are experiencing texting issues. They’re working on the issue and will be resolved shortly. According to the internal email we received it’s “impacting all HSPA customers” mostly in the Eastern region and the reason is due to a 3rd party iPhone app that’s hammering on their network. As of last night at 7:30pm over 300,000 messages we waiting to be delivered and we understand people are still having delay issues.

Thanks to a tipster, here’s the e-mail we received:

Situation: due to a third-party iPhone application flooding our network, about 3:30 p.m. Eastern all HSPA customers were no longer able to send or receive SMS messages. The issue is impacting all HSPA customers as of 7:30 p.m. more than 300,000 messages were stuck in our queue.

Messaging: Late this afternoon some TELUS customers started experiencing delays with SMS services. We are aware of the issue, and are working to restore service to all customers as quickly as possible. * If all goes well, we anticipate all service will be restored later today or overnight.

The issue was caused by a third party wireless application flooding TELUS’ network with data. We are in touch with that company, and working with them to address that issue.  * We are not at liberty to disclose the third party.

Are you still experiencing delays?

UPDATE: We’ve been informed that the issue has now been resolved.


Motorola Dext, Quench and Backflip OS not being upgraded and “Will remain on Android 1.5″

Here’s some unfortunate news for Motorola Dext, Quench and Backflip owners. A few weeks ago Motorola posted on their Owners’ Forum that these devices were currently “under evaluation” to receive an upgrade to OS 2.1 (Eclair). However it now seems that these Android-powered devices are all staying with the OS they came with – which is the first release of OS 1.5.

Motorola says they all “Will remain on Android 1.5 for the best combined hardware and software experience”.


Source: Motorola
(Thanks Samuel!)