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Payless new text-based program offers up discounts

If you’re into shoes and want to save a bit of cash, Payless has announced a new text-based program that gives Canadians special discounts. For example, the first promo is on now and can save you 20% off on the next purchase through May 31st… this is good on top of any current sales they have going on. All you have to do is text AMOUR in Quebec or PAYLESS in the rest of Canada to 77777 then show your cell at the register to get the discount.

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Samsung Vice makes it to MTS Prepaid

MTS has put out another device – this time it’s the Samsung Vice. This can be yours for a respectable $99.99 after a $30 credit. The Vice has a slide out full QWERTY keyboard with a 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, MP3 player, picture and video messaging, Bluetooth, 3.5mm headphone jack, GPS and expandable memory up to 8G. (more…)

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Multitasking finally coming to the iPhone

Today is the big day when it comes to all the heavily rumoured iPhone OS 4.0… It’s shipping this summer and Steve Jobs stated that the iPhone will finally be able to multitask and run more than one program at a time. There are other key features coming with this updates such as App folders that sort all your apps, Enhanced Mail so you can have a unified inbox that also includes threaded messaging, ability to quickly switch between several different inboxes and sync to more than one Exchange account and in-app attachment viewing.

Plus the rumoured “iAd” is coming soon. This is Apple’s location-based mobile advertising platform that will keep “free apps free”. (more…)

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DEXT, BACKFLIP & QUENCH video demo

Today we had the opportunity to hang out with Motorola Canada and learn more about their upcoming 3 Android-powered devices: DEXT, BACKFLIP and QUENCH. These will be released “first half of 2010″ (I think I heard something about May 17th) and all will be running OS 1.5 with early conversations for and upgrade “at a later date”. The DEXT will be heading to Bell, BACKFLIP is launching with TELUS and now officially confirmed that Rogers will be releasing the QUENCH.

You’ll see in each of the videos that Moto reps are going hard to promote MOTOBLUR, this basically combines all your Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Gmail accounts and syncs all your contacts, email and calendar together directly on your home screen. Like all Android devices there are several home screens to choose from and each device has its own unique attribute to it.

We are uploading the video to YouTube (might be a bit pixelated for a bit until they complete processing them), but in order they are the DEXT, BACKFLIP and QUENCH. No word on price points or officially launch dates but we’ll relay more info when we get it. Also, full specs of each are listed below the videos.



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TELUS Milestone bumped up to $199.99 on 3-year

The TELUS Motorola Milestone was released in February and was instantly put on a promo price for $199.99, then price dropped to $149.99… unfortunately the promo party is over and the price has been increased to a by $50 to $199.99 on a 3-year contract. You can also get this for $499.99 on a 2-year; $549.99 on a 1-year and $599.99 no contract. (more…)

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Zoompass releasing Palm Pre app within a couple months

Zoompass is Canada’s first mobile payment service (also a joint venture between Rogers, Bell and TELUS) and this service allows customers to send, receive and request money, check account balance, review transactions by using your mobile device.

They already have their app a staple on Bell and TELUS BlackBerry devices, plus Android users can download the app to their device. Looks like Palm Pre users will also be able to download an app from the App Catalog soon. Zoompass stated on Twitter that “Palm Pre app coming in the next couple of months”.

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Jawbone ICON now available at TELUS for $119

There has been a major push to sell Bluetooth accessories over the past few months, this is mainly due to several provinces banning the use of hand held devices while driving. It’s all in the name of safety.

TELUS has released a new set of Bluetooth earpieces… the Jawbone ICON costs $119 and is smaller and lighter than the other Jawbone products in the past but offers 6 differing styles: Hero, Rougue, Catch, Ace, Thinker and Bombshell.

Here are specs and features of the ICON: (more…)

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Samsung Slyde now on Koodo’s “Refreshed” list

Koodo Mobile released the text-friendly QWERTY Samsung Slyde back in November and was priced at 175 outright or $25 on the Tab… time passed and looking at the site it seems like it’s been tossed from the main list of devices and put right into the “refreshed” list. If you’re game for picking up a refurbished device this can be yours for a decent $100.

Koodo gives a 90 day warranty with all refurbished purchases and includes shipping. (more…)

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Google updates Nexus One compatibility list to include WIND Mobile

Customers have been using the Android-powered Nexus One on Wind Mobile since their network launched back in December… so there was absolutely no doubt that it would work. When Google announced that the Nexus One would officially start shipping into Canada the only carrier listed on the compatibility list was Rogers, soon after TELUS and Bell were added.

Today, the list has been officially updated and WIND is happy as their name is now included. Next up is when Mobilicity launches their new network and they’ll be added to the list. (more…)

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Nokia N97 mini coming to Rogers in May?

Thanks to one of our very reliable tipsters we’ve been informed that the Nokia N97 mini is headed to Rogers “in the first or second week of May”. We don’t have any other information when it comes to an exact launch date, colour or price plans but it’s on the way.

Quick specs of the N97 Mini are that it has overall dimensions of 13 x 52.5 x 14.2 mm and weighs in at 138 grams (N97 weighs 150 grams). This side slider has a full QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen is 3.2 inches and has the same resolution as the N97 at 640×360. In addition, the N97 mini can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card, has a 5 megapixel camera, Carl Zeiss optics, auto-focus, dual LED flash and video capabilities, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Stereo FM radio, 3.5 mm audio jack.

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

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