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Bell to launch BlackBerry Pearl 9100 in May

With all the news that Rogers and TELUS we just got official word that Bell was going to release this in May. We already knew this from the internal inventory screenshot a week ago, but Bell sent us a not that said “Just wanted to let you know that Bell will carry the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 in May. The new Pearl operates on Bell’s state-of-the-art HSPA network – Canada’s fastest and largest – and now offers clients enhancements such as a 3.2 megapixel camera, WiFi access, the next generation track pad and is powered by BlackBerry’s 5.0 operating system.”

No word on pricing yet.

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TELUS to offer Pearl 3G for $29.99 on 3-year

With the announcement of the BlackBerry Pearl 3G (9100), both Rogers and TELUS have formally announced plans to launch this new smartphone in May – expect Bell to follow with an announcement soon. Last week we got confirmation that TELUS will be releasing this in both Black and Pink and early price points on a no-contract was $449.99. In addition, we also had an inventory screenshot that showed the 9100 priced at $79.99 on a 3-year.

However, great news this morning when reading the TELUS Pearl 3G press release. It states that TELUS exclusively sell the Pink version, maybe they might even tie something into a Breast Cancer charity. In addition, the release said that “TELUS offers a broad range of best-in-class wireless devices on Canada’s biggest and fastest 3G+ network, now including the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G. Starting in May, this smartphone will be available from TELUS in pink and in black for as little as $29.99 on a three-year plan.”

Great price for this device at launch. Nice work TELUS!

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RIM officially announces BlackBerry Pearl 3G Smartphone

Even though there has been several leaked documents that reveal the pricing, and even the Rogers dummy phones have arrived. RIM has now officially announced the BlackBerry Pearl 3G Smartphone.

According to the press release this morning Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO, Research In Motion said “The BlackBerry Pearl 3G is unlike any other smartphone in the world and we expect a broad range of new and existing customers will be drawn to its powerful features and compact design. Considering the fast growing consumer interest in smartphones and the fact that more than three-quarters of the people in the global mobile phone market are still buying handsets with a traditional alphanumeric keypad, we think the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G addresses a substantial market opportunity.” (more…)

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Mobilicity testing their network… launching soon?

If you take a look at the image from Howard Forums on the left you’ll see right below WIND “302-320″. This is the DAVE Wireless (Mobilicity) Mobile Network Code (MNC). So this means that they are currently testing their network and people from different areas of the Toronto areas are picking it up.

No word on when Mobilicity will be officially launching their new wireless network. They still need approval from the CRTC. We are hearing a Toronto launch is happening during the first week of June.

(Thanks Haris!)

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Video: TELUS Motorola BACKFLIP Hardware Review

The TELUS Motorola BACKFLIP will be launching soon and tight off the top I love how unique it is. Compared to the other flip phones that are on the market, and even compared to the other MOTOBLUR devices such as the Quench and Dext that will be released soon… the BACKFLIP is really one to consider.

Many features are unique such as the way that the keyboard flips open from reverse of what we’re used to. In addition, Motorola has created a “BACKTRACK navigation” located on the back that helps you navigate around the device. The BACKFLIP also comes with a 3.1 inch touchscreen display that lights up nice and bright. The keyboard itself is a four row QWERTY and has quick access to the important buttons you may need: web, mail, menu, directional keys. Other features of the BACKFLIP are that it has a 5 megapixel camera and weighs only a measly 133 grams. (more…)

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Contest: Win a Nokia N86 8MP!

Looking for a new device? How about trying your luck and entering our Mother’s Day Contest. This time we are giving away a brand spanking new Nokia N86 8MP.

Quick specs of the N86 are that it has a 2.6-inch display with a resolution of 240 x 320. Key features of the device are that is has an 8 megapixel camera, Carl Zeiss lens, auto-focus, dual LED flash. Has 8 GB storage and can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card. The N86 has a 3.5 mm audio jack with dedicated music/image keys, Wi-Fi, Accelerometer, built-in FM radio transmitter and stereo FM radio and overall dimensions are 103.4 x 51.4 x 16.5 mm with a weight of 149 grams.

So you want to win this for your Mother? To enter the contest all you have to do is submit your name in the comment section below – no strings attached. The contest goes until Wednesday, May 5th at 5:00pm and as usual we’ll announce our both winner shortly after. You can only enter your name once… Go ahead, enter your name below… your Mother will be so proud of you!

(Follow us on Twitter to find out faster if you won! – @mobilesyrup)

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TELUS to release HTC “Triumph”

So much is happening with upcoming devices these days… here are a couple more you expect shortly from TELUS. According to this inventory screen capture it looks like the future is friendly when it comes to HTC devices. TELUS will be releasing a White version of the HTC Touch Pro 2 and also a handset called the HTC Triumph. No word on the price plans or specifically when these will be released, but we’ll have more info shortly.

** Update: Apparently there is not a Touch Pro2 coming in White, but the Triumph is on the way – no other details were given.

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Bell expanding HSPA+ coverage in Eastern Ontario and All of Quebec

We were informed that Bell is going to be upgrading thier HSPA+ network and getting better coverage for those located in Eastern Ontario and “All of Quebec”. According to the internal do we received Bell states that “With this change, clients in these areas will benefit from download speeds of up to 21Mbps.The HSPA+ network will be available in these areas within the next few weeks. A communication will follow once the HSPA+ network in these areas are available.”

Perfect timing to compete with Videotron’s new network as it’s expected to be launching in May.

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Update: Rogers Xperia X10 Mini & X10 Mini Pro launching May or June, plus price plans

We received an update from one of our reliable Rogers tipsters about the upcoming Sony Ericsson Rogers Xperia X10 Mini & X10 Mini Pro. Originally we let you know that these will be launching sometime in the Summer… but we know have a launch period… how do you like the sounds of May or June time frame. In addition, the early price points of both of these on a 3-year contract is estimated to be: X10 Mini: $49.99 and the X10 Mini Pro: $69.99.

More soon!
(Thanks E823!)

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