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Chatr cuts prices of entire lineup until September 30th

Rogers discount brand called Chatr Wireless launched on July 28th with 4 devices a couple plans ($43 & $45 per month). Today they have come out with the first promo and slashed all the prices of their handsets. Until September 30th Chatr device are available for the following:

- The Nokia 1661 called “The essential” for $50 (was $60)
- The LG GB125R as “The flip” for $50 (was $75)
- The Samsung Gravity as “The QWERTY” for $110 (was $130)
- The Nokia 2680 as “The slider” for $80 (was $95)

No reason for the reduced pricing, could be a back-to-school promo or simply limited interest, but this seems to be the trend as Wind Mobile, Koodo and Public Mobile have recently done this.

Update: Apparently it’s an “End of Summer Handset Sale”.

More here at Chatr
(Thanks sdeni!)


Rogers launches first Prepaid BlackBerry… Curve 8520 available for $349.99

Rogers released the entry-level BlackBerry Curve 8520 way back in October of last year and now they’ve made it available on Prepaid for $349.99. The is the first Pay As You Go BlackBerry and the 8520 comes in black, white and lavender and has a full QWERTY keyboard, WiFi, 2 megapixel camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, full HTML browser and can hold up to 16 GB with microSD. This can be used with the new Pay As You Go BlackBerry Plans that were announced last week.

More here at Rogers


Bell expands HSPA+ reach into Saskatchewan and Northern Quebec

Residents of Saskatchewan must be happy with the new speeds available to them. Last week SaskTel announced their new 3G+ network, yesterday TELUS and now Bell has come out with news that they’ve also expanded into Saskatchewan. Customers will be able to get HSPA+ phones, smartphone and internet sticks. According to the internal doc we received, the HSPA+ network build-out was in partnership with SaskTel and covers the areas listed below with full province-wide coverage expected to be completed by the winter of 2011.

Bell Saskatchewan HSPA+ coverage:
Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Yorkton, Swift Current, Prince Albert, North Battleford, Buffalo Pound, White City, Melville, Dalmeny, Martensville, Warman, Hepburn, Waldheim and most of the connecting highways.

In addition, Bell has also extended HSPA+ coverage into Northern Quebec (Télébec region) that includes: Ville Marie, Val d’Or, Temiscaming, Amos, Rouyn-Noranda, La Sarre.


Samsung bada SDK exits beta… v1.0.0 now available

For all those interested developers in making apps for Samsung’s bada platform you’ll be happy to know that the beta has been removed and v1.0.0 is officially released. You can now download this in basically any language from the bada Developer site. In Canada, Bell and Rogers currently carry the bada-powered Samsung Wave.

Check it out here at here at bada
Via: IntoMobile


SpeakOut Wireless launches the Nokia 2220 “SlingShot”

The Nokia 2220 slider has made its way around to most of the carriers now but none of them has a more wicked sounding name for it than 7Eleven SpeakOut Wireless. The “Slingshot” has the same basic specs such as a 1.8-inch display, slider, VGA camera with video and FM radio… with a price tag of $89 no-contract. The good news is that this comes with 20 minutes of talk time, the bad news is that additional minutes cost $0.25 per minute. (Free incoming texts and sending a text is $0.10)

This has not made it on the SpeakOut site yet.

(Thanks HC – NO “i” for the pic!)


Update: Motorola Milestone “upgrade to Android 2.2 planned for Q1 2011″

Dang, this is not good news for Motorola Milestone owners. Over the past few days Motorola gave some insight into when the upgrade to Android OS 2.2 will be available. It first went from “under evaluation” to a very hopeful note yesterday stating that the “Initial rollout of upgrade to Android 2.2 planned for Q4″. However, today is a new day and for some odd reason the upgrade to the anticipated OS 2.2 has been postponed to sometime during “Q1 2011″. No reasons were given for the delay. Kinda feels like an April Fool’s day joke, but real.

More here at Motorola
(Thanks Ryan!)


Bell goes live with a BlackBerry Torch 9800 sign up page

We’ve known that Bell will be launching the BlackBerry Torch 9800, they stated sometime “this Fall” a few weeks back. Yesterday there was more Torch news as we were informed that the launch parties are going to be kicked off in Toronto on September 21st. There’s still no official release date or pricing for this new QWERTY touchscreen slider… but today Bell has thrown up a sign up page where people can register to receive the “latest news about the BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone”.

Who’s getting this?
Check it out here over at Bell


Bell prepping to release the Motorola ES400 EDA in the coming weeks

Bell is prepping to release a device that is targeted to the “Mobile Worker”. The Motorola ES400 will operate on their CDMA network and is an Enterprise Digital Assistant (EDA). Specs of the ES400 has a 600 MHz processor, operates on Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Professional, 3-inch VGA touch display (resolution of 640 x 480), full QWERTY keyboard, holds up to 32GB with a microSD, GPS, WiFi, 3.2 megapixel camera with auto-focus, push e-mail and a biometric fingerprint reader. Overall dimensions are 129 x 60.4 x 16.4 mm and weighs in at a hefty 156 grams. The ES400 looks like it would be helpful as it can perform real time action such as checking inventory, reading bar codes, take signatures and accessing other important info.

We’ve got no word on price points but this will be released in the next few weeks. There’s a video of the device in action I found on YouTube (more…)


TELUS to release a Black’s Photo app

TELUS purchased 113 Black’s Photo locations almost a year ago for $28 million. We’ve seen little movement on the brand except for more locations to get a TELUS device and the off promotion that includes free frames or prints. Speaking of, they currently have a promo that gives you 1,000 prints a year for each year of your 3-year contract. It’s a pretty good deal and speaks about where TELUS is taking the brand.

We don’t have any screenshots yet but one area of focus for TELUS is to develop a seamless app that integrates your TELUS phone, it’s camera and the Black’s brand. TELUS will be releasing many new apps this year – we’ve already seen the CFL app – and one of the next to be released is the Black’s Photo app that will allow you to order prints directly from your device (iPhone, BlackBerry and Android). We are also hearing that the app will have some sort of editing/image enhancement feature.

More soon!
(Thanks tipster!)


Petro-Canada releases Nokia 2220 at $79, still too much

The Nokia 2220 was just released by Petro-Canada and it’s a device that actually suits their Prepaid lineup… to bad the price is a bit high though. You can get this entry level device for $79 and it comes with a 1.8-inch display (resolution of 128×160), VGA camera with video capabilities, FM radio. It’s always good to be informed and just so you know, Fido launched this a couple months back for $65 no-contract, plus they have better voice plans.