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Wind Mobile creates an “Exclusive Student Offer”


Wind Mobile has a number of promos happening right now – everything from a porting credit, device rebates and plan discounts. If you’re a student it’s going to get even better as they’ve created an “Exclusive Student Offer”. Thanks to a tipster for letting us know that Wind is coming out with a couple Student plans (that are also compatible with the current hardware rebate offer). They are as follows and you must sign up before September 30th:

- Up to a year of “Always Shout” for only $25/month (Usually for $45 per month), or
- Up to a year of “Infinite Laptop” for only $25/month (Usually for $45 per month)

As this is an “Exclusive Student Offer” the deal won’t be available online or through customer care…  you’ll see Wind employees at select campuses across Canada this month. They will either selling directly on campus or asking students to visit the local store. As always there are a few guidelines: purchases must be made in person and students must present their valid student ID.

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UPDATE: It’s official… Wind has now put this offer on their site, you can check it out here

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TELUS first to offer carrier billing for App World purchases

TELUS announced yesterday that the BlackBerry Torch 9800 will be released on September 24th. Most carriers announced the same news, but one thing that sets them apart from the others is that they’ll be the first Canadian carrier to offer a choice of where you want the purchased apps to appear… either on your monthly cellphone bill or your credit card.

The press release stated that “TELUS is excited to be the first carrier in Canada to offer clients the ability to pay for their BlackBerry App World purchases on their mobile phone bill as well as through credit card payment. This ability will be available prior to the BlackBerry Torch launch.”

More here at TELUS
Via: CrackBerry

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Video: Rogers Nokia C3 quick overview


The Nokia C3 was recently released on Rogers “Pay As You Go” and comes with a 2.4 inch display with customizable home screena, full QWERTY keyboard, MP3 Player, 2.0 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and holds up to 8 GB with microSD card (only has 55 MB internal memory). We got a preview of this in action a few days ago and it looks good, especially for those upgrading from a basic phone. The overall design is similar to E71 and E72… just not as professional looking. It’s actually got a decent prepaid price of $89.99.

Check out the video after the break (more…)

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Sony Ericsson wants to be the world’s largest supplier of Android phones


It’s always good to aim high in life and have big goals to accomplish. Sony Ericsson has a dream… and that dream according to CEO Bert Nordberg is to become the world’s largest supplier of Android-powered smartphones. Nordberg didn’t reveal any specific date for this to happen. Sony Ericsson currently has 17% of the Android market share and will face huge competition with HTC, Motorola and Samsung. All these manufacturers are making Google’s Android platform a bigger part of their device lineup.

In Canada we’ve got the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, the X10 mini and the upcoming X10 Mini Pro.

Source: Business Week
Via: Into Mobile

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BlackBerry 9670 to be called the BlackBerry “Style”?


That’s the rumour hitting the interweb. According to CrackBerry, gone are the days of this flip phone joining the Pearl or Curve lineup. This glorious looking CDMA device is apparently getting re-branded with the hip name as “Style”. I think Style would be a good name to have for a device… but not for this one though. On a good note, the 9670 “Style” is rumoured to run off the new BlackBerry 6 OS.

What do you think of this possible name? You liking it?

Source: CrackBerry

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More confirmation of the upcoming TELUS Samsung Galaxy Apollo


There’s been rumours in the past about the TELUS releasing the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Apollo. It appeared in a back-to-school promo but with no launch date and it’s apparently now coming soon. Thanks to a tipster who let us know that the Apollo has popped up again, this time in a list of devices that are eligible for the Student 40 plan… which means it’s launching before the plan expires on October 5th, 2010.

Specs of the Apollo have it coming with Android OS 2.1, 3.2-inch display (resolution of 240 x 400), WiFi, 3 megapixel camera that records 720p videos, GPS, WiFi, FM radio, 3.5mm headset jack, Bluetooth.

More soon!

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Nova Scotia church to bless thy BlackBerry


For those passing through Hatchet Lake (just outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia) this Sunday you might want to check out a service at the St. Timothy’s Anglican Church. Apparently Rev. Lisa Vaughan is going to bless the BlackBerry and other communication tools. During the service people will be asked to turn on their devices and bring them forward to be blessed. Vaughan is urging people to be kind in their communication as well as productive. “I think they traditionally used to call it Plough Monday, where people used to bring their farming equipment and tools to the church to be blessed. Most of us live with our cellphones and laptops and BlackBerrys and all that kind of stuff. I mean, those are just daily tools for us. We have three laptops and three tabletop computers in our house. I’m about to buy some kind of smartphone. I just haven’t decided what it’s going to be!”

Wonder if RIM co-CEO’s Jim Balsillie and Michael Lazaridis will be in attendance.

Source: The Record

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Video: WIND BlackBerry Pearl 3G unboxed, now available for $320


WIND has added the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 to their lineup. This is available for $320 outright… in addition this is eligible for the $20 mail-in rebate promo they have going on so it basically drops to $300. We’ve seen videos and pics of the Pearl 9100 in the past but a quick rundown of this comes with a 2.4-inch display (resolution of 360×480), 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash and video capabilities, WiFi, SureType, the new trackpad, holds up to 32GB with a microSD card and RIM previously stated that this will be one of the devices that will be upgraded to the new BlackBerry 6 OS.

Check out the video of a quick unboxing of the new Wind Pearl after the break (more…)

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Public Mobile: “We can see ourselves as being the ones consolidating”


A few days ago Naguib Sawiris, Chairman of Orascom and WIND Mobile financial backer, said that both Mobilicity and Public Mobile are “dead on arrival” and they will inevitably be acquired by WIND.

It seems Public is standing their ground that this will not happen. In an interview Bruce Kirby, Public Mobile VP of strategy and business development, said “We can see ourselves as being the ones consolidating… We would much rather build up a business and demonstrate that we can serve this segment of customers effectively and efficiently, rather than sell out quickly… No one has made any formal offers, I am pretty sure to anybody.”

Public Mobile invested $53 million during the recent Spectrum auction and has the possibility of reaching 19 million customers from Windsor to Quebec City. They are backed by a $50 million investment from OMERS and in June announced a whopping $350 financing deal with ZTE Corporation and the Export-Import Bank of China to help them build out their network. In the interview Kirby also stated they’ll be opening locations in Ottawa and Quebec City in early 2011. In addition, confirming plans to go beyond talk and text is to eventually offer data services such as email, IM and picture/video messaging.

On paper it looks like Public Mobile has everything set up correctly: entered into the market with low upfront costs, have millions of dollars given to you by big investors and a decent distribution channel. Unfortunately, there’s been no official word on how many subscribers Public has brought on with their low-cost unlimited talk and text plans.

In 5 years what do you think the Canadian wireless market will look like?

Source: Winnipeg Free Press

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