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Galaxy Spica drops to $0.01 on 3-year a Best Buy

We thought the other day when Best Buy put the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Spica on sale for $29.99 was a good deal. How about saving a bit more cash though! The fine folks over at Best Buy have decided to lower this touchscreen gem to a stellar $0.01 and a 3-year contract. Pretty good deal if you’re looking to join the Android “revolution”.

The Galaxy Spica has a 3.2-inch AMOLED HVGA capacitive display with a resolution of 320×480, comes with a 3.2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, GPS, Wi-Fi, 800MHz processor, 3.5 mm headset jack and can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card (Rogers ships a 2GB card in the box) (more…)

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To “remain competitive” MTS is increasing text messaging May 4th

We’ve seen over the past months several carriers increasing the text messaging rates – mainly for those who are not subscribed to a text plan. MTS is jumping on the bus and will increase text messaging charges on May 4th. They state that “In order to continue to expand our wireless coverage across Manitoba, there are increased equipment costs, maintenance costs, and network costs. Hence, this decision will help us to support our wireless business and to remain competitive in the wireless industry.”

According to their website text messaging will now be broken down into two categories: Canadian Text Messaging and Non-Canadian Text Messaging:

The changes are as follows (more…)

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Fido discounts handsets and waives Activation Fee until June 30th

Discount brands are really giving discounts these days. Fido seems to have put their a few handsets in their lineup on sale… this is in addition to the green eco-devices that have been priced at $0.00 earlier in the week. They are also waiving the$35 Activation Fee when you sign a 2 or 3-year contract.

Here are the price changes: (more…)

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Rogers releases Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

The day has finally arrived – April 15th, 2010. You can now officially purchase your Android-powered Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 exclusively from Rogers in either Sensuous Black or Luster White.

This can be yours on the following price plans:
3-year contract: $149.99 (Promotional price)
2-year contract: $449.99
1-year contract: $499.99
No contract: $549.99

The X10 runs Android OS 1.6 and has Sony Ericsson’s Timescape, Mediascape and Infinity button. Other key features are the 4-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen display (resolution is 480×854), 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 1GB of ROM/512MB of RAM, 3.5mm headset jack, an 8.1 megapixel camera with LED flash, auto-focus, face detection, video capabilities, will ship with a 16GB microSD card and can hold up to 32GB. Overall dimensions are 119 x 63 x 13mm with a weight of 135 grams.

More here at Rogers

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SaskTel’s 3G network “will be up and running for July 1st”… confirms will have new iPhone

Back in October SaskTel signed a network sharing agreement with TELUS and Bell for “the rapid deployment of next generation wireless and data services through UMTS and HSPA”. The start date was scheduled for mid-2010 with a targeted completion date of 2011.

Great news today for customer and residents of Saskatchewan… President and CEO Robert Watson announced that “We’re building the 3G network right now. It will be up and running for July 1st (with) completion by the end of this year.” In addition, to kick things off when it comes to devices, Watson also stated that “The good news is that (Apple) is coming out with a new version of the iPhone in the June time-frame and they’re going to put us on that. So we’re quite excited about that.”

SaskTel will have over 500 cell phone towers and the total cost of new network build-out is estimated to reach the $172 million mark. “It will probably be the best geographic network in the world, with the size and the population that we’ll cover. (With Saskatchewan having) the geographical size of Texas and we only have a million people, we’ll have a 3G network that will cover 98 per cent of the population.”

Via: Leader Post

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Anyone else craving a little Mobilicity?

It seems so long ago now that new wireless entrant Mobilicity (formally known as Dave Wireless) came out swinging with their go-to-market brand identity. Remember that day? It was two and a half months ago on February 2nd. Since that glorious day we’ve basically heard nothing from them about their anticipated planned springtime Toronto launch…Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa will follow.

President Dave Dobbin stated that “Mobilicity will kick the value equation up a notch this spring. If you live and work in one of our cities and you’re looking for the best wireless deal around, you’re going to love Mobilicity”.

When Mobilicity launches their wireless service we’ve heard they’ll offer BlackBerry, Nokia, Sony Ericsson and even Google’s Nexus One will work on their network. Regarding price plans, they’ll have unlimited plans but no word on what those plans include or what they’ll be priced at. The “Mobilicity” tag line is “My Phone, My City, My Way” and they will bank on customers who’ll most likely stay within their city “zones”. Once you exit out of the zones you’ll jump onto Rogers as they have a roaming agreement with them. One new addition that we found is a live link on their site dedicated to plans… but it only states “This is the temporary plans page. More content will be coming soon”. Possibly a sign of things to come.

From looking at their job board it shows active hiring in all locations. In addition, back in March the CRTC started it’s ownership review of Dave Wireless, so we know there is progress. I also understand that building a network from scratch is a huge task to take on and I’m sure they want to get a flawless network launch out of the gate.

Remember the press release they sent out boldly announcing that “Competition is Coming”?  Well, we also want more competition in Canada and if we’re “going to love Mobilicity” all we’re saying is give us something to love. Don’t leave us wondering. Start a conversation with your potential customers.

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Rogers to launch Xperia X10 Mini & X10 Mini Pro this Summer?

We’ve been tipped by one of our regular reliable Rogers sources that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini & Xperia X10 Mini Pro are coming soon to Canada – early launch dates are targeting sometime this Summer!

These are both Android-powered devices that are similar to the Xperia X10 that’s launching on April 15th but clearly scaled down a bit. The Xperia X10 Mini pro comes with slide-out QWERTY keyboard… then both these devices have the following same specs: runs Android OS 1.6, has a 600 MHz processor, WiFi, Bluetooth, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and video capabilities, 2.5-inch touchscreen QVGA display, A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack

Even though it’s way to early for price points, we’ve been informed that Rogers is estimating these to launch around the $50 mark on a 3-year contract.

We’ll have more info for you soon…
(Thanks E823!)

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