Virgin Mobile has changed a few of their monthly plans, most likely to match the recently introduced Koodo Mobile plans. Basically the BlackBerry Social 40 ($40 per month), Super Social Plan (for dumb-phones) ($40 per month) and the Student Smartphone Combo 50 ($50 per month) have in one way or another have increased minutes, Unlimited Incoming Calls and early evenings. These plans are only good for new activations on a 3-year contract, or on Virgin’s new Super Tab. (more…)
Earlier this week 27-year-old Melissa Thompson of the UK officially got her name into the Guinness World Record books by sending the fastest text message in 25.94 seconds, this beat the old record by about 10 seconds. Thompson used the Samsung Galaxy S along with SWYPE to write “the razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human”.
You think that’s fast. Check out this video after the break of the unofficial new record holder who smashed the time with an iPhone at 21.8 seconds.
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)
Update: Apparently it’s an “End of Summer Handset Sale”.
More here at Chatr
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
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.
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.
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!)
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
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 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…)