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Internal docs show RIM’s new BlackBerry Bold R020

If the upcoming BlackBerry Bold Torch 9800 is not your flavour you just might want to wait until this leaked device becomes officially available. The BlackBerry Bold R020 (9780) is on tap to replace the Bold 9700. The R020 basically has the same specs but a few notable ones are: 5 megapixel camera, new LED Flash, 512MB of RAM (increase from 256MB), loaded with the new WebKit browser, WiFi, GPS, 2.4-inch display (480×360), “powerful processor” at 624 MHz and will come in Charcoal and White. According to the leaked slideshow it says this has a target launch date of October 2010… so no word on when it’s coming to Canada. The North American target audience is “Successful Professionals, Gen Y Transitioners and Multi-tasking Women”.

Check out a couple more slides after the break
Source: BGR (more…)


XM online+ app for Android now available

XM Canada has officially released their XM online+ for Android. The app has the same features as their iPhone, iPad, iPod and BlackBerry app where you get access to music, talk shows, sports and entertainment shows… basically over 100 different kinds of broadcasts that are on XM. The price is $7.99 a month or if go the bundled route with your current XM subscription it’ll only $2.99 a month. In addition, they have a 14 day trial available.

More here at XM


Is RIM looking to purchase mobile ad network Millennial Media?

Recently Google snatched up mobile ad network AdMob for $750 million, then Apple purchased Quatrro Wireless for $250 million, heck even Opera Software (makers of mobile browser Opera Mini) got an ad network of their own when they took over AdMarvel. So it seems that part of the future of mobile devices is getting in on mobile advertising.

According to the WSJ our homegrown Waterloo-based Research In Motion is also looking to get in on this mobile advertising action. They state that RIM has had conversations over the past few months to purchase Baltimore-based mobile ad network Millennial Media… however these talks have since broken down over the amount of coin Millennial is asking, apparently between $400 million to $500 million. You might recognize Millennial Media as they are in the list of approved vendors in RIM’s “BlackBerry Advertising Service” (this allows developers to include advertising in their apps).

Both RIM and Millennia are not commenting on this rumour. In a recent interview Millennial CEO Paul Palmieri said “We are on the path of being an independent company” and would rather make a public offering of shares than be acquired.

What do you think of RIM buying a mobile ad network? Will this help their future or do think RIM should work on what they do best, which is developing great Smartphones.

Source: WSJ


SaskTel to release Galaxy S Vibrant at $150 on 3-year

Hopefully the anticipation of the SaskTel’s 3G+ network is making residents of Saskatchewan happy. They released a few good devices on Monday such as the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and the Pearl 9100. But what about their first Android-powered device? The stellar Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant which runs OS 2.1 is confirmed to be launching before the end of August. The only known pricing is hidden away in “Featured Phones” area that shows it’s going to be available for $150 on a 3-year contract. Tempting for sure, but we’re more curious what the no-contract price will come in at.

Check it out here at SaskTel
(Thanks Dave!)


Solo Mobile Unlimited plans and coverage revealed in new brochure

Solo Mobile will be re-launching their brand soon… actually according to this new brochure we received from a tipster it shows in the fine print to be pointing towards Friday, August 20th. We’ve got no word what will happen to current Solo subscribers but this new Unlimited offering will be available in the same core cities as Mobilicity, Wind Mobile and the recently launched Rogers discount brand Chatr: Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Ottawa. When they officially relaunch you can probably find more info at

In the brochure they state that joining Solo that “you get a whole lot more for your money” because of “Canada-wide network without the dropped calls of less reliable network”, “Cool brand-name phones” with “No long-term contract, no deposit and no credit required”. Other good details of this new Solo Mobile is that they’ll be offering two new Unlimited plans that are priced $35 and $45.

The “Unlimited Talk 35″ give you Unlimited Incoming calls (in your zone), Unlimited Outgoing province-wide calling (in your zone), Unlimited Incoming Texts, 50 Outgoing texts to Canada & U.S. (additional texts are $0.10), Call Display, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding and 3-way Calling. Voicemail is $5 more per month.

The “Unlimited Talk & Text 45″ give you Unlimited Incoming calls (in your zone), Unlimited Outgoing Canada-wide calling (in your zone), Unlimited Incoming Texts, Unlimited outgoing texts to Canada & U.S., Call Display, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding and 3-way Calling. Voicemail is included.

Regarding the Voicemail. It’s “Voicemail 10″ that includes a max of 10 messages on your voicemail and to retrieve your voicemail in your zone is free, when you step “out-of-zone” it’s $0.25 per minute. Canadian long distance charges are included in the $45 plan but otherwise it will cost you $0.15 per minute. U.S. long distance in-zone will cost $0.15 per minute and out-of-zone incoming and outgoing call to/from Canada or the U.S. has a price tag from 1995 at $0.25 per minute. Also, calls made outside your zone is at the $0.25 per minute rate as well.

As to the devices it looks like they will offer the same CDMA phones that they currently do, such as the Samsung Entro, Samsung M33 and the LG 230. No word yet on the rest of the lineup or the no-contract pricing.

Check out all the entire brochure after the jump (more…)


Apple starts shipping iPhone 4 orders to Canada

Good news for those people who opted to order online and not to wait in line to get the new iPhone 4. The launch date was on July 30th and if you bought online Apple stated the iPhone 4 had a ship date of 3 week. However, some lucky Canadians have started to receive e-mails with confirmations that their device has been shipped and en route by FedEx.

Hopefully the iPhone 4 in white will be available soon too.

Via: iPhoneInCanada


Rogers giving “special customers” $100 credit to sign a 3-year

Looks like Rogers is also tempting existing customers with other services to get a wireless device (Bell recently had a similar promo for those located in Quebec). Apparently a letter was sent out to “special customers” for them to receive a $100 credit when they activate a smartphone on a 3-year contract. We don’t have the promo code but if you want to see if you can score this deal the number to call is 1-866-269-1956.


Rogers BlackBerry Torch 9800 display arrives, minus the device

It’s known that Rogers will be releasing the upcoming BlackBerry Torch 9800 “in the coming weeks” and thanks to one of our tipsters for sending in this shot of the display case. This is a kiosk version and as you can tell the only thing missing is the actual Torch itself, but this is progress and a sign that the release is coming soon! Rumours are that Rogers will be available in a couple colours, black and white. No word yet on the official launch date or pricing. We’ll update you when we find out more.

Update: Were now getting tips that the launch date is scheduled for September 15th, not confirmed.


Samsung gives $15 coupon to those who sign up for their app store

Samsung has their own App Store, not yet as powerful or robust as the Apple App Store or Google’s Android Market but still a good place to get apps for your device. Good news for those who want to give a go as Samsung has come out with a promotion that gives you a coupon worth $15. It’s currently only looks like the deal is available on the Samsung Wave and the offer is available until September 30th. Reading over the T&C’s it says this is coupon is only available to new users.

On another Samsung note, Top Five Global Apps on bada over the past week are
1. Connect 4U
2. Need For Speed Shift
3. ARDefender
5. Magic Torch

Check it out the $15 coupon here at Samsung


WIND drops price of first data stick plan by $10… plus intros 2 new plans

WIND keeps the discounts coming. They just dropped the price of their first data stick plan – the “Infinite Laptop” – by $10 to only $45 a month (used to be $55/month). Here you get Unlimited data in any WIND Zone but must abide by their fair use policy. For those wanting a bit more choice, WIND has introduced a couple more plans to the growing list. Hopefully all these plans won’t start confusing people. The “Charged Laptop” is for $35 a month and gives you 3GB of data in any WIND Zone. The “Social Laptop” is for $25 a month and gives you 1GB of data in any WIND Zone.

In addition, the Huawei E181 has also dropped down to a low $80 (with the rebate promo).
Check it out here at WIND

(Thanks Nadim!)