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Nokia C3 “Coming Soon” and heading to Rogers


Nokia has placed the C3 on their site as “Coming Soon” and have also revealed this will be launching with Rogers. No word on price but this smartpohone comes with a 2.4 inches display (resolution of 320 x 240), customizable home screen, 3.5 mm audio jack, holds up to 8GB with a microSD card, 2 megapixel camera with video. Nokia states the “Nokia C3 brings you closer to your friends and online communities with easy messaging features and a fast, reliable internet connection”. This also has built-in WiFi.

Check it here at Nokia

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SaskTel announces they have 100,000 BlackBerry customers


More SaskTel news as they’ve just announced a milestone: 100,000 BlackBerry customers. They state that “1 in every 10 Saskatchewan residents have a BlackBerry from SaskTel”. I believe they started to sell BlackBerry devices back in 2003 and now that they’ve released their 3G+ network and the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and the Pearl 9100 this number will hopefully reach the 200,000 mark a bit faster.

More here at SaskTel

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Virgin Mobile revamps a few of their monthly plans again


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…)

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Unofficially, new fastest text message world record holder crowned


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.

Source: BGR (more…)

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Chatr cuts prices of entire lineup until September 30th


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)

No reason for the reduced pricing, could be a back-to-school promo or simply limited interest, but this seems to be the trend as Wind Mobile, Koodo and Public Mobile have recently done this.

Update: Apparently it’s an “End of Summer Handset Sale”.

More here at Chatr
(Thanks sdeni!)

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Rogers launches first Prepaid BlackBerry… Curve 8520 available for $349.99


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

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Bell expands HSPA+ reach into Saskatchewan and Northern Quebec


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.

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Samsung bada SDK exits beta… v1.0.0 now available


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.

Check it out here at here at bada
Via: IntoMobile

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SpeakOut Wireless launches the Nokia 2220 “SlingShot”


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!)

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Update: Motorola Milestone “upgrade to Android 2.2 planned for Q1 2011″

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
(Thanks Ryan!)

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