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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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Allerta’s inPulse BlackBerry watch shipping June 8th?

Over at WES in Orlando today the crew from Waterloo-based Allerta is hanging out showing “inPulse” again. This is the world’s first BlackBerry “smartwatch” accessory. CEO of Allerta Eric Migicovsky recently said “We have prevailed! Allerta is proud to report that inPulse has entered final production, and a ship date announcement will be arriving shortly”.

No official word yet but taking a quick look at the pics that Engadget snapped shows the AMOLED display with the words “Allerta Inc. Shipping confirmation Est. Delivery: June 8. Enjoy inPulse”. (more…)

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Carrier billing comes to the Canadian Nokia Ovi Store

Nokia’s Ovi Store launched late 2009 and has free and paid apps available for download. One of our readers pointed out that carrier billing is now available… you’ll see on the screenshot from his Nokia E71 it gave an option to charge the paid app to your phone bill. Apparently this only started as an option this week.

We reached out to Nokia and they stated that “Credit card billing is available for people who want to purchase apps. Currently we aren’t discussing future plans with regard to billing.”

Anyone else having the opportunity to bill to your carrier?

(Thanks Chris!)

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Mobilicity “is serious about keeping things simple”… announces 5-year contract with Ericsson to run network

Back in August of 2009 Dave Wireless (now called Mobilicity) announced they had brought on Ericsson with to design and build their 3G UMTS network.

More news today – unfortunately not about a firm launch date – but another agreement with Ericsson. In a press release today it states that Mobilicity “is serious about keeping things simple – today it’s announcing a five-year managed network operations contract with Ericsson. By getting Ericsson to manage its 3G network, the company is freeing itself up to focus even more on creating value for its users. This means offering simple, flexible and affordable 3G voice and data services to the 16 million Canadians that its network will cover when fully launched… Ericsson will be responsible for front-and-back-office operations as well as field maintenance in Mobilicity’s network.” (more…)

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Samsung Messenger coming to both Rogers and Bell

A new Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 is coming to Canada soon – the Samsung Messenger (GT-B7330) will be released by both Rogers and Bell. No official word on pricing yet but we have confirmation of dates: Bell will be released on April 28th and Rogers has pegged May 4th… then also released by TELUS later in the year.

Specs of the Messenger comes with a 2.6-inch display with a resolution of 320 x 320. In addition, this has a full QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, Bluetooth, 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. (more…)

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Rogers to release the Motorola Cliq soon?

Yesterday we posted a quick story that Rogers was going to be launching something called “Social View”. No word on what it was or when it will be available, but there was something else hidden there. Thanks to one of our readers David for pointing out that squeezed in between the Android-powered LG Eve and the White Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is the Motorola Cliq. So this will be launching soon as well. Another comment below reminds us that the Cliq is the Canadian version of the DEXT that Bell is exclusively launching… More details soon.

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