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Rogers releases new Pay As You Go BlackBerry Data Plans

Seems like there is a new set of plans released everyday. The flavour today is that Rogers has released 4 new Pay As You Go BlackBerry Data Plans. There are 2 basic plans with 4 choices. The BlackBerry E-mail has a $40 and a $55 option. The BlackBerry Social also has a $40 and a $55 option. They are almost the same with the basic services such as text messaging, unlimited calling, voicemail, call display, call waiting… the major difference comes down the actual BlackBerry services.

With the BlackBerry E-mail: “Unlimited personal email & instant messaging for popular communities Instant messaging applications that are applicable: BlackBerry Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, GoogleTalk, Yahoo! Messenger”

With the BlackBerry Social: “Unlimited Social Networking to Popular Sites. Sites that are applicable: Facebook, Twitter, MySpace Applications that are applicable: BlackBerry Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, GoogleTalk, Yahoo! Messenger”

It could be a good deal for those who don’t want to commit to anything long term, but in the end you’ll be paying a bit more for the services.

Check it out here over at Rogers
Via: TheCellularGuru

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Apple has “zero tolerance for dishonest behavior”… arrests manager for selling trade secrets

Paul Shin Devine has his claim to fame now. He’s was a mid-level Apple manager who was arrested Friday on 23-counts of wire fraud, money laundering and getting kickbacks. The reason is for selling trade secrets to 6 or so Asian iPhone and iPod accessories suppliers. Apparently it’s been going on for years and the amount he’s received is over the million dollar mark.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the IRS and Devine used his role at Apple to get confidential product information and then in turn get kickbacks forwarded to several bank accounts and fake companies, some in his wife’s name such as “CPK Engineering”. The accessory companies were not yet made public. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said “Apple is committed to the highest ethical standards in the way we do business. We have zero tolerance for dishonest behavior inside or outside the company.”

Seems like Apple is hammering down these days harder than ever.

Source: MurcuryNews
Via: EngadgetMobile

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Video Review: INQ Chat 3G


INQ released their first device in Canada a couple weeks ago. The Chat 3G is available through TELUS and Koodo Mobile. First, the packaging is incredibly creative. They have taken some simple ideas and made a powerful statement of how fun a device can be to explore. The user manual has this comic book style feel to that makes it enjoyable to read for once. After 2 minutes you’ll put the box away for good and that piece of creativity will be forgotten.

Device wise, basic and standard looking QWERTY device. The only unique feature about the physical device is the exclusive back cover that’s included. Around the Chat 3G are the volume rocker, microUSB port and on the right hand side you’ll see the “Switcher”, this is a button that can easily switch between applications. The screen is a decent sized 2.4-inches with a resolution  320 x 240. In addition, there are the standard keys such as call send and end, menu and directional pad. The QWERTY keyboard is nicely space out, raised above the device and feel incredibly cheap/cost effective/rubbery. The good news is that typing on the INQ Chat 3G is easy and you won’t get frustrated by hitting the wrong key as they are actually perfectly sized. (more…)

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Bell changes Student Plans… for the better

Not that’s really a surprise but always good to see carriers adding more value to plans. Right off the heals of TELUS and Rogers coming out with new Student plans comes Bell…yhey have adjusted their current Student 50 rate plan by including both Fab 10 and Unlimited texting/calling. They also adjusted their BlackBerry plan to include unlimited calling/texting any 10 numbers. Bell also introduced a new $40 plan that’s strikingly similar to TELUS and Rogers with 100MB data, 200 local anytime minutes, unlimited evenings/weekends, call waiting, conference call plus the choice of: unlimited nationwide talk & text with any numbers Unlimited text messages.

Check it out here at Bell
(Thanks Tipster!)

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Winner in our “Win a Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant!” Contest

*****UPDATE: This contest is now closed and we are happy to announced that the winner of the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant is Turn Jacson of Edmonton, Alberta! Congrats Turn and we thank everyone who entered. Stay tuned as we’ll be back with another Android contest shortly.*****

We’re back with yet another contest… this time it’s for the smashing Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. This comes with some impressive specs: 4-inch Super AMOLED display, OS 2.1 (will be upgraded to 2.2), 1GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, Video calling, Wi-Fi, GPS, Samsung’s Social Hub… the list goes on.

We’ve got one of these devices up for grabs and all you have to do to win one of the following: follow us on Twitter or become a member of our Forum. People who are already following or members are automatically entered. The contest ends Friday, August 27th at 11:59pm. Good luck to all who enter…

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Public Mobile to launch a couple new phones, plus data

Public Mobile now is in full swing with operations in Toronto and Montreal. About a month ago they were having some network issues and have slowly been increasing the number of cell sites and expanded their coverage. When opened their doors back in March they also announced 4 devices: ZTE C78, Kyocera Tomo, Samsung R312 and the Kyocera G2G0. These are the same devices that are currently on the store shelves… but not for long.

We’ve been informed that Public will be releasing 2 more devices in the September/October time frame. One of these will hopefully be made available for the busy-back-to-school period and the brands to expect are a ZTE and a Kyocera…. most likely it’s going to be a ZTE slider (probably the Essenze) and a Kyocera QWERTY device. We don’t have any info on pricing or exact release dates but it’s good to hear that a refresh is in the works.

On another note, even though they state on their site that “Public Mobile at this time, does not provide mobile data services such as email, web browsing and instant messenger”…you can expect data to come to Public as well. No word on timing but yes, a data device and plan will be making their way over to Public Mobile.

(Thanks Tipster!)

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Rogers Xperia X10 drops to $74.99 on 3-year

There are so many back-to-school deals going on it’s hard to keep track. Here’s one to consider… the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 has been price dropped by both Best Buy and Future Shop to $74.99 on a 3-year, plus they are giving a $100 gift card.

The X10 launched back in April for $149.99 and has slowly been seeing price reductions. This comes with Android OS 1.6 but will be upgraded to 2.1 in Q4. Unfortunately the no-contract price is still the same at $549.99.

I’m sure there are other deals going on… what are you seeing that’s worth considering?

More here over at Best Buy
More here at Future Shop

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RIM creates 4 main principles of “lawful” access

Both the Saudi Arabian and Indian government have been giving RIM the gears over the past couple weeks over security concerns. They’ve threatened at one point or another to shut down the BlackBerry service if RIM doesn’t comply with their security requirements, specifically when it comes to BBM, internet browser and e-mail. RIM has issued a statement that outlines 4 basic points where they would allow “lawful” access:

1. The carriers’ capabilities be limited to the strict context of lawful access and national security requirements as governed by the country’s judicial oversight and rules of law.

2. The carriers’ capabilities must be technology and vendor neutral, allowing no greater access to BlackBerry consumer services than the carriers and regulators already impose on RIM’s competitors and other similar communications technology companies.

3. No changes to the security architecture for BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers since, contrary to any rumors, the security architecture is the same around the world and RIM truly has no ability to provide its customers’ encryption keys. Also driving RIM’s position is the fact that strong encryption is a fundamental commercial requirement for any country to attract and maintain international business anyway and similarly strong encryption is currently used pervasively in traditional VPNs on both wired and wireless networks in order to protect corporate and government communications.

4. RIM maintains a consistent global standard for lawful access requirements that does not include special deals for specific countries.

Source: RIM
via: IntoMobile & BBCool

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SaskTel prepares for 3G+ network, attempts to ditch old CDMA devices with $0 Smartphone Sale

SaskTel is apparently launching their new 3G+ network on Monday and in an attempt to get rid of old stock they’ve thrown a promo together. It’s called “Once Upon a Smart Choice” and don’t get me wrong, it’s a smart choice if you’re looking for old outdated phones that use an old technology. The deals are OK but the best one by far is the BlackBerry Storm for $0.00 on a 3-year contract (this is the best deal).

Just remember that you can expect these devices to arrive when the new network launches: Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant, BlackBerry Bold 9700, BlackBerry Pearl 9100, Nokia 7230, Samsung Gravity 3, Samsung Gravity Touch and the Nokia 6350.

You can check out the deal here at SaskTel

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TELUS releases the BlackBerry Curve 3G

TELUS has comes through and launched the BlackBerry Curve 3G (9300). The best thing about this QWERTY devices other than it’s new is that it will be upgradable to the new BlackBerry 6 OS. Other notable features are the 2.4 inch display with a resolution 320 x 240, Wi-Fi, GPS, 2 megapixel camera and can hold up to 32 GB with a microSD card.

Price wise here’s what you’re looking at:
No-contract: $329.99
1-year contract: $279.99
2-year contract: $229.99
3-year contract: $79.99 (Promo price with a Voice and Data rate plan of $50 or more)

(Goodnight old CDMA Curve 8530)
Check it here over at TELUS

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