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Bell to release Motorola DEXT for $79.95 on 3-year

With TELUS releasing the Backflip at $99.99 on a 3-year promo and Rogers to release the Quench in May for under $100… Thanks to Alex in our Forums for snapping a pic of the upcoming price point for Bell’s Motorola Dext. Bell has targeted their newest Android to be priced at $79.95 on a 3-year contract. In addition, as expected the Dext can also be yours soon for the no-contract price of $399.95.

Does this price point tempt you to give MOTOBLUR a go?

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HP buys Palm for $1.2 billion

After a few weeks of rumours a press release went out that officially stated that “HP and Palm, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase Palm, a provider of smartphones powered by the Palm webOS mobile operating system, at a price of $5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash or an enterprise value of approximately $1.2 billion.”

Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein is “expected to remain with the company” said “We’re thrilled by HP’s vote of confidence in Palm’s technological leadership, which delivered Palm webOS and iconic products such as the Palm Pre. HP’s longstanding culture of innovation, scale and global operating resources make it the perfect partner to rapidly accelerate the growth of webOS”.

On Palm’s company blog they wrote that “In case you didn’t hear, we just announced a merger with a little shop down the street called HP. That little shop happens to be the world’s largest technology company, and certainly one of the most revered companies in all of tech-land. Can you say “webOS acceleration”?”

From the supporting documents it says that HP was interested in the webOS platform because it will “enable unique, integrated, connected experiences across connected mobile devices”. In addition, the reason for purchasing Palm is for the following reasons:
- Strategic and financially attractive opportunity
– Compelling combination
– World-class technology in connected mobile devices

What do you think of this partnership.. do you think it’s going to accelerate the webOS platform?

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Official: Koodo to release Curve 8530 this Spring for $300, or $150 on the Tab

TELUS’ sub-brand Koodo Mobile has officially declared they will be releasing the BlackBerry Curve 8530 to their lineup this Spring. A much needed device and the carriers first smartphone. Regarding pricing, Koodo states that the Curve 8530 “is expected to retail for $300, or $150 for new customers who put the smartphone on their Tab.”

We’ve mentioned this a number of times in the past, plus have internal screenshots of this that estimate this to drop between May 18th and 26th. Now that Koodo will be joining the Smartphone train… will you be hopping on board? (more…)

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Canadians sent over 35 billion text messages in 2009

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) have released some statistics when it comes to text messaging in Canada. In 2009 they state that Canadians sent 35.3 billion peer-to-peer text messages. This is a whopping 70% increase from 2009 where the number was 20.8 billion text messages. The largest number again was in December 2009 with over 3.7 billion messages (approximately 122 million per day).

How many do you send per day? (more…)

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Bell releases Samsung Messenger Free on 3-year

If you’re looking for the latest Windows Mobile 6.5 device then you best be getting over to your local Bell store. The Messenger has been released and according to Bell’s website it shows it’s available on the following price plans:

3-year contract: $0.00 (promo price until June 30th with a $45 monthly Voice and Data plan)
2-year contract: $149.95
1-year contract: $249.95
No contract: $299.95

Specs of the Messenger has this loaded with Windows Mobile 6.5 (you can view and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF docs), comes with a 2.6-inch display (resolution of 320 x 320). In addition, has a full QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, Bluetooth, WiFi, built in GPS, full HTML browser, FM Radio, speakerphone, can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card. Overall dimensions are 115.0 x 59.0 x 10.8 mm with a weight of 108 grams.

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Rogers NOT getting the Motorola Cliq… image changed on ad

It was a long shot as Bell has exclusive rights for the upcoming Motorola DEXT (named Cliq in the States), but Rogers put the device on their ad promoting their upcoming and very mysterious “Social View”. It seems that the Android device was placed there by accident and has now been replaced with the Quench.

The one thing that is for sure is that this “Social View” thing is coming soon…

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Motorola BACKFLIP now available at TELUS

Another Android-powered device has landed in Canada – this time it’s the Motorola BACKFLIP. This can be yours on the following plans through TELUS:
3-year contract: $99.99 (Promo with a min. $50 voice & data plan)
2-year contract: $299.99
1-year contract: $349.99
No-contract: $399.99

The BACKFLIP currently has Android OS 1.5 (possible an upgrade to 2.1 in the future) and has Motorola’s MOTOBLUR, a 3.1-inch HVGA display (resolution of 320 x 480), 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and video, music player, 3.5 mm headset jack, WiFi, full HTML Browser, aGPS with Google Maps, Google Latitude, Google Maps Street View and access to the Android Market. The overall dimensions are 53.0 x 108.0 x 15.3 mm with a weight of 133 grams.

We’ve played around with it for a bit… here is a review of the hardware and a look into MOTOBLUR:

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Rogers says decrease in Q1 subscribers due to 2010 Vancouver Olympics

Rogers has reported their Q1 2010 results and quickly looking over the numbers it seems a trend has come into effect. A trend in the wrong direct as they have decreased the number of activations in both Postpaid and Prepaid.

Postpaid net subscriber additions was 47,000 in Q1 compared to 104,000 last year (a drop of 57,000). Rogers does state that “The year-over-year decrease in net subscriber additions for the quarter primarily reflects cautious sales and marketing spending in the current year period due to significantly intensified advertising and promotional activity associated with a 2010 Vancouver Olympic sponsorship by a main competitor” (more…)

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Microsoft’s Kin eventually coming to Fido?

Even there are no formal plans for Microsoft’s Kin 1 and 2 devices to come to Canada – currently only going to be available in the US on Verizon and in Europe on Vodafone – but according to hacker Conflipper who went through the system provisioning files found other carriers might be getting these devices. Provisioning files make it quick and easy to configure a handset to use on several networks. The list shows that Fido might pick this up and representing Canada. (more…)

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Sony Ericsson Vivaz hitting Rogers in September?

We’ve been getting a great deal of tips when it comes to Sony Ericsson lately. Recently we let you know that Rogers is rumoured to bring on the Xperia X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro in the May or June period. We are told that early thoughts on price points for the X10 Mini is $49.99 and the X10 Mini Pro is $69.99 on 3-year contracts.

Here’s another possible addition to Rogers lineup… it’s the Sony Ericsson Vivaz. We’ve been informed from one of our reliable Rogers tipsters that the Vivaz is rumoured to land sometime around the September time frame – no word on price points yet as it’s way too early. (more…)

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