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Liquid E Ferrari special edition pops up on Acer Canada’s site

This would add some excitement to the recently released Android Acer Liquid E. If you take a quick gander over at the Acer Canada website you’ll see a special Ferrari edition of the Liquid E has suddenly appeared.

This is not yet available in Canada but for some reason it’s on their homepage. Specs are generally the same: OS 2.1, 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, Qualcomm snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS…. here’s where it gets interesting as the description states that the “Ferrari details are everywhere on the Acer Liquid E Ferrari Special Edition. On the front, the glossy Ferrari F1 red finish contrasts with the dark chrome keys and mirror black effect of the large 3.5″ high-resolution capacitive screen while round the back, the “Scuderia Ferrari” shield with surrounding carbon fiber, speaker designed like an air intake leave no doubt that this is one of the world’s most sophisticated, high-performance mobile devices.”

Sounds like a beast of a design. No word on a release date or pricing.
Check it out here over at Acer

(Thanks Xavier!)

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Videotron on new network: “We are pressing ahead… in order to start it up this summer”

Quebecor Inc. reported their Q2 2010 results and they state that Videotron activated a whopping 1,700 handsets. Seems low because they’ve been putting all their efforts into building out their new 3G+ network. In a press release today Pierre Karl Péladeau, President & CEO of Quebecor said “We are pressing ahead with the build-out of the Advanced Wireless Services (“AWS”) network in order to start it up this summer. As of June 30, 2010, all switching services and platforms were installed and operational. Siting and tower-sharing agreements had been signed for more than 95% of the antenna sites and the equipment was installed or being installed at all those sites. We remain focused on our promise to deliver a superior customer experience by rolling out a reliable, effective wireless network”.

All sounds good, but it’ll be better when they actually launch. A few days ago we were tipped that the launch will happen “early September”. Taking what’s stated above “to start it up this summer” would mean the last possible date their new 3G+ network would go live is on September 21st (last day of Summer), only 6 weeks away. So everything seems to be falling into place!

Source: Quebecor

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Mobilicity comes out swinging by offering monthly credits to new customers

Yesterday we let you know that Mobilicity was going to throw in free offer province wide calling in Ontario on their $35 plan. This is now available and from what we hear it’s for all customers, not just new customers. Another promo Mobilicity has started today until September 6th is giving a credit of up to $15 month each you have service with them. The credit depends upon the spend of your monthly plan (above $35/month) and has fine print attached to it. But overall sounds like something promising.

The fine print states that “Offer available to new activations only until September 6, 2010. Credits will be applied to customer’s My Wallet account based on their plan; $35 plan – $5 credit/month, $45 and $55 plan – $10 credit/month and $65 plan – $15 credit/month. This offer is void if the customer deactivates or goes longer than 30 days without payment of their monthly charges. All credits offered here are non-transferrable and cannot be redeemed for cash.”

See, Mobilicity embraces competition! We just wish they would launch in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa already. They promised to be live by the end of the year… 5 more months to go until December.

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Samsung Galaxy S “Brilliant” listed in Best Buy Reward Zone

We know that Bell just launched the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. Virgin and SaskTel will be releasing this shortly as well. Rogers is on deck to release the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate “in the coming weeks“. In addition, TELUS is rumoured to be launching the Samsung Galaxy Apollo.

We’re not sure what to make of this one. Could be a typo of sorts but Best Buy has listed a device in their Reward Zone section called the Samsung Galaxy S Brilliant. The good news is that it’s an Android device. Curiosity sets in for a couple reasons as it’s pictured with the TELUS INQ Chat 3G and the link points towards the Bell Samsung Galaxy.

What do you think… something good coming to TELUS or just a typo?

UPDATE: It looks like this is a typo as Best Buy has changed the wording to Vibrant.

Check it out here at Best Buy
(Thanks Jorge!)

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Bell shows the love to Quebec customers… offers big discounts on phones & rate plans

The Quebec market has always been a hotbed for wireless competition, but with Videotron launching their new 3G+ network soon things will get even more fierce. Take this most recent promo by Bell Mobility. It’s a Quebec-based only promo that knocks $100 of the price of a device plus gives an additional 20% of the rate plan. The catch is that it’s for current customers who re-sign a 3-year contract. So you know that Bell is looking to grab the attention of any customers who are possibly thinking to give another carrier a go. It’s a tempting offer as the deal is valid for any phone… they highlight the most recent flagship devices: Vibrant for $49.95, iPhone 4 for $59.95, Bold 9700 for $0.00. The upgrade must happen before September 9th.

You can check out the full promo after the break. For those located in Quebec are you looking forward to Videotron or does this make you want to stay with Bell for another 3-years?

Source: HowardForums (more…)

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BlackBerry Bold 9650 arrives at MTS

MTS recently put out a brochure that said the BlackBerry Bold 9650 would be “coming soon” and they weren’t joking around! The fine folks over in Manitoba have released the newest BlackBerry Bold to their lineup. The pricing on the contract price is standard but the no contact is pretty steep: 3-year: $149.99; 2-year: $249.99; 1-year: $474.99 and No-contract for $649.99

The 9650 has a full QWERTY keyboard, 2.4 inch display with a resolution of 480×360, 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus, flash and video, WiFi, trackpad, music player, 3.5mm headset jack, Built in GPS, BlackBerry Messenger, HTML web browsing.

Check it here at MTS

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TELUS Motorola Milestone gets minor Software Update

Have you got a Motorola Milestone? You’ll be happy to know that TELUS has pushed out a minor software update for the Android 2.1 device. According to the internal doc we received it states that “Updating the software on the TELUS Motorola Milestone to software version SHOLS_U2_03.11.0 will deliver the following enhancement on the following features and services:
• Improved Stability
• Alarm Improvements
• Music Player Functionality
• Audio Quality Enhancement
• PIN Lock Improvements
• Proximity Mode Enhancement
• “My Location” Improvements

You can either do the update OTA (over the air) or via your PC and can learn more here at Motorola
(Thanks to everyone who sent this in!)

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Mobilicity adds free Ontario wide calling to the $35 plan

Mobilicity will be adding a new feature to one of their low-cost plans that will sure make Ontario customers happy. We’ve been tipped that starting tomorrow those customers who sign up for their $35 monthly plan will now get free province wide calling to anywhere in Ontario. No extra cost, just another bonus.

The $35 plan currently includes Unlimited texting, Caller ID, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, 3 Way Calling, Voice Mail, Mobilicity to Mobilicity Talking… plus now with this Ontario calling makes this a pretty good deal to consider.

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Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant coming to SaskTel!

Residents of Saskatchewan must be thrilled that SaskTel is launching their new 3G network. Testing is currently happening and they are planning to go live on August 16th. SaskTel has already stated they will carry the BlackBerry Bold 9700, BlackBerry Pearl 9100, Nokia 7230, Samsung Gravity 3, Samsung Gravity Touch, Nokia 6350 and a Novatel MC998D USB data stick.

But what about an Android? Well, looking at this SaskTel dealer website reveals the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant will be making it’s mark soon. No official release date or pricing but what a great device to intro as your first Android: OS 2.1, 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 1GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera (records 720p HD videos), Wi-Fi, A-GPS. Nice work SaskTel!

Source: Jump
(Thanks McCoy!)

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Virgin set to release the BlackBerry Curve 3G August 12th

Looks like Virgin doesn’t want to be left out of the BlackBerry Curve 3G party. Looking at this ad that was sent into us shows they’re prepping to release the QWERTY device shortly. No word on a date or pricing but parent company Bell will be releasing this on Thursday for $49.95 on a 3-year and $349.95 no contract.

Update: Virgin has confirmed the Curve 3G will be launching on Thursday August 12th.

(Thanks tipster!)

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