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TELUS to release the “Smart Hub” late May

TELUS seems to getting primed up to release what they call the 3G “Smart Hub”, device targeted to business people that will create a Wi-Fi network and web access wherever you need one (you’ll just need a active SIM card).

This is expected to launch at no contract for $399.99 or $199.99 with a 2-year contract and will only be offered in the following provinces: Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces (not available in British Columbia and Alberta).

Here are some quick specs and features: (more…)

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What do you think… is this the next-gen iPhone?

Over the weekend Engadget posted some very promising pictures of a very convincing iPhone, but turned out to be a fake and was a Japanese iPhone knockoff. However, Engadget stormed back stating the pic below is in fact the real deal and we can expect it in June. More pics of what could be the next generation “iPhone HD” have also popped with all the internal hardware. Clearly these are just rumours but great for thinking about what the next iPhone could look like. What do yo think… is this it?

Update: looks like the real deal… Gizmodo has posted a video of the next iPhone. Check it out here.





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SaskTel recycles over 6,300 cell phones to date

Because Earth Day is this week I’m sure we’ll be seeing the carriers and manufacturers talk a great deal about green products and devices. SaskTel has come out with some stats when it comes to their cell phone recycling program: “Phones for a Fresh Start Program” . They have recycled over 6,300 since launching the initiative a couple years back. Good numbers when you consider it’s just one province and they only have in total over 540,000 subscribers. (more…)

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Bell drops Android-powered Samsung Galaxy to $0.00 on 3-year

It looks like the sole Android-powered device that Bell has in their lineup is now on sale for the low 3-year contract price of $0.00. The lowest price we’ve seen is $49.95… so this is a good deal for a decent device! The other prices have unfortunately stayed the same though. This can be yours for 2-year price of $299.95; 1-year for $399.95 and no contract price is $449.95. (more…)

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Nokia X6 16GB “Coming Soon” to Canada

Thanks to member “466035″ in our Forum for pointing out that on the Nokia Canada site the Nokia X6 16GB now shows up as “Coming Soon”. No word on which carrier will launch the device, but the frequency bands are the following:

- WCDMA 900/1900/2100, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
- GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 (Latin America and Brazil variant only)
- WCDMA 900/1900/2100, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, 2G QB (China variant)

Specs of the Nokia X6 16GB has a 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen (resolution of 640 x 360), 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Bluetooth 2.0, A-GPS, microUSB connector, integrated Wi-Fi, Nokia Ovi Maps, music player, 3.5mm headset jack, and Symbian S60 5th Edition OS. This will come in the following colours: White/Yellow, Black/Black and White/Pink.

Have your say on who’ll carry this in our Forum here
Also, check out the specs over at Nokia Canada

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Maybe this is what the next iPhone will look like?

The one thing for sure about the upcoming next-generation iPhone is that people will continue to be interested to see what Apple creates and if it’ll be different than previous models. A few days ago some possible pic surfaced of what could be the “iPhone HD”… however, Engadget has come up with some new and very convincing images that are even more believable.

Check them out here.. what do you think? (more…)

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Video: Wind Mobile celebrates 50 stores by giving away a few BlackBerry devices

Wind Mobile opened their 50th store today, it’s located in Yorkdale Mall in Toronto. We stopped by to check out the festivities and found Tony Lacavera doing a draw for somebody to walk away with a BlackBerry Bold 9700. They are actually giving them away all weekend on the 50-minute mark of every hour. In addition the first 50 customers will get a Yak 500-minute long distance calling cards.

Wind now operates in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa. Vancouver will be in a few weeks time.

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Nokia E72 hitting TELUS soon… plus rumour roundup

So we’ve been hitting the rumour mill pretty hard over the past couple weeks and here’s a quick roundup:

- BlackBerry Pearl 9100 will officially be launching with both Bell and TELUS somtime in May and rumours are that Rogers, Fido and Virgin will launch as well.

- Rogers will be releasing the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini & Xperia X10 Mini Pro during the Summer, around the back-to-school time frame.

- Rogers will be releasing the Nokia N97 Mini in May, from what we’ve been informed it’s within the first couple weeks

- We’ve also been informed that Bell will be release a HSPA 3G BlackBerry Curve during the Summer, around the back-to-school time frame. Will get more details soon.

In addition to these above rumours, we got tipped from a reliable source that TELUS will be releasing the Nokia E72 within 6-8 weeks. No word on pricing yet but it’ll add to their Smartphone lineup. The E72 is the successor of the very popular E71 that TELUS released back in November.

Quick specs of the E72 is that it has a 600 mhz processor, 5 megapixel camera (plus front-camera for video calling) with auto-focus and flash. In addition, it comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, full QWERTY keyboard with a five-way directional pad and optical trackpad, 2.4 inch display (resolution of 240 x 320), Built-in GPS, WiFi, can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card.

More info soon!

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to get multitouch & Android 2.1 in September?

The Android-powered Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 launched on April 15th by Rogers with OS 1.6. There was much talk when Sony Ericsson themselves declared that the device cannot do multitouch – this was apparently not possible due to limitations of the hardware.

A new rumour is flying around that started in the U.K. from “a man on the inside” of Sony Ericsson’s PR team that claims a very “big” update is scheduled this September for the X10  to OS 2.1… and yes the rumour says it’ll enable multitouch. (more…)

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SaskTel now saying network launch is “mid- 2010″ and only in talks with Apple about iPhone

Yesterday SaskTel President and CEO Robert Watson was quoted stating 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… 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.”

I guess a day passed and possibly the hammer dropped as well. SaskTel issued a release that basically backtracks everything to a “coming soon”. The release reads that their network “is expected to be available mid-2010. Full coverage, similar to today’s digital cellular coverage, is anticipated to be available by the end of 2010.”

And that new iPhone news… well “SaskTel is currently working with cellular device vendors and partners, both current and new, to offer our customers a wide variety of devices to meet our customers’ individual needs, including the iPhone. (more…)

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