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Motorola i1 Android iDEN hitting Airtel Wireless soon

Calgary-based Airtel Wireless launched their iDEN network back in July of last year, their major competition is TELUS’ Mike Network as they both offer “Push-to-Connect” services. They haven’t officially released a new device for what seems to be months but that’s all about to change soon.

We received an e-mail from Airtel stating “Airtel Wireless in Calgary was approved this week by Google to offer the new Motorola Android i1 in Canada. We will receive our first order in approx 4 weeks. We are very excited to offer the newest Android products on our iDEN network in Calgary.”

No word on pricing but it’s always good to have another option of where you can pick the i1 up. This will be available “sometime this fall” on the Mike Network too.

Update: Regarding the pricing, you can expect this to be priced at $399.99 no contract.

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WIND slashes between $20-$40 off entire device lineup

So what do you do when you’re already offering a $150 credit to port your number over, plus giving 50% off plans… you follow it up by giving between $20 to $40 off the price of a handset. That’s what WIND Mobile has done, perhaps a back to school sale or clearing stock for some new devices. The offer is good until September 15th and sees the devices drop to the following:

BlackBerry Bold 9700: $430 (was $450)
Samsung Gravity 2: $110 (was $130)
Huawei E181 Data Stick: $130 (was $150)
Huawei U1250: $50 (was $70)
Huawei U7519: $50 (was $90)
Huawei U8100: $140 (was $160 and probably the cheapest Android around)
Nokia 5230: $160 (was $180)
HTC Maple: $180 (was $200)

Update: Reading over the terms and conditions, just so you know it says the following: “Rebates will be issued within 10-12 weeks of the end of the offer. Rebates will be paid by in Canadian dollars by cheque and mailed via Canada Post Letter Mail to the address on your WIND account. Timely cashing of the rebate check is a necessary condition to obtain a rebate under this offer. In the event your rebate check is not cashed within 90 days, the rebate offer expires and is void. Cheques are void if not cashed within 90 days from the issuance date and cannot be reissued.”

Check it out over at WIND

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Gartner report shows the Android revolution is in full effect

Gartner has released some impressive global mobile stats… it gives a good indication of where the industry is heading. Their reports shows that Q2 had an increase of 13.8% compared to last year. This relates to a massive 325.6 million mobile units shipped. Want more impressive stats? Smartphone users now account for 19% of worldwide mobile device sales (up 50.5% from last year) to 61.6 million units.

The top 5 mobile manufactures stack up in this order: Nokia (34.2% marketshare), Samsung (20.1% marketshare), LG (9% marketshare), RIM (3.4% marketshare), Sony Ericsson (3.4% marketshare). But the most impressive statistic is how dominant Google’s Android OS is becoming. Taking a look at the chart shows the “End User Operating System” that the only 2 platforms to increase their market share were Android (increase of 15.4% over last year) and iOS (increase of 1.2% over last year).

Source: Gartner
Via: AndroidCentral

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Virgin dishes out a $50 accessory credit to those who use the “SuperTab”


Virgin came out with their “SuperTab” payment option. Basically axing the 2-year contracts and giving customers another way to pay for a device without having to sign a contract. Before you go this route make sure you read all the fine print, check out the details here. When you do decide to opt for the SuperTab you’ll be happy to know that Virgin is going to treat you right and give you a $50 accessory credit. The deal goes until August 31st.

(Thanks Tipster!)

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LG Cookie Plus exclusively released by TELUS, flavoured in Pink and Charcoal


Another touchscreen has made its way over to TELUS… this time it’s the LG Cookie Plus. It’s comes with decent specs for the price point. This has a 3-inch display (resolution of 240×400), 3 megapixel camera with video, MP3 player, can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card and weighs a lite 92 grams.

According to the internal doc we received it shows the following pricing: $179.99 no-contract; $129.99 1-year contract; $79.99 2-year contract and a long 3-year is 29.99. This hasn’t made it to the TELUS site yet but it also comes in either Pink or Charcoal.

(Thanks Tipster!)

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Rogers LG Neon2 immediately hits $0.00 before launch

The Rogers LG Neon2 will be available soon but that has not stopped our friends over at Future Shop for putting this in their latest flyer. We were sent an image of the flyer that will go into effect tomorrow until August 19th. As you can see the text friendly LG Neon2 has already been slashed down in price to the ripe cost of $0.00 on a 3-year. To make things better they’re throwing in a $50 Gift Card. If you’re planning on getting this device it’s always good to know where you can save a few bucks.

You’ll also see the Bell LG Rumour Plus priced at $39.99 on a 3-year beside it… don’t get excited, this launch has been delayed until August 27th. (more…)

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Video: BlackBerry 9700 vs. BlackBerry 9800 browser comparison

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 was officially released today in the States, but will be coming to Canada “in the coming weeks”. One of the main features of the new BlackBerry 6 OS is the WebKit browser. Adam over at CrackBerry.com did a good review of the old browsing experience that we’re used to on the Bold 9700 to the new WebKit browser experience on the Torch 9800. Rendering sites is a big shift but the most impressive change is the speed.  Check it out after the break (more…)

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BlackBerry Curve 3G now available at Bell


Right on schedule, Bell has released the BlackBerry Curve 3G (9300). Specs of this newest QWERTY keyboard device are that it comes has a 2.4 inch display (resolution 320 x 240), trackpad, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, BlackBerry OS 5.0 but is upgradeable to BlackBerry 6 when it’s released, HTML browser, 2 megapixel camera, holds up to 32 GB with a microSD card. This can be yours on the following price plans: 3-year contract: $49.95; 2-year contract: $199.95; 1-year contract: $299.95 and the 30-day/No-contract is $349.95.

More here over at Bell

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Virgin Mobile releases the Samsung Gravity 3

If you’re looking for a good messaging device and like the feel of becoming a Virgin “Member” then you’ll most likely get a kick out of the Samsung Gravity 3. It’s priced low at $29.99 on a 3-year and $179.99 no contract (the Virgin “SuperTab” is also a good option if you like no contracts). It’s a basic device that operates on their HSPA network and has a slide out QWERTY keyboard, 2.4-inch display (resolution of 240 x 320) and a 2 megapixel camera, MP3 player, can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card.

Check it here over at Virgin

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Wind Mobile “exceeded 100,000 subscriptions in early July 2010″

New entrant Wind Mobile officially launched their wireless service back in December of 2009 and now operate in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. After much speculation, today they officially announced they’ve “exceeded 100,000 subscriptions in early July 2010″. We’re now in the middle of August so the number might be a few thousand higher. There’s no word on which launch cities make up the most subscriptions, but one thing to consider is the number of customers Wind would like to bring on. It’s known that the goal is to have 1.5 million customers during the first 3 years.

In a release this morning Anthony Lacavera, Chairman of Globalive & WIND Mobile said “We’re thrilled to have welcomed over 100,000 customers in our first two quarters. We will continue to expand and grow, and we welcome competition as part of our commitment to offering Canadians the kind of mobile experience they want and deserve.”

100,000 customers on board… 1.4 million to go. Impressive stats for a start-up company.

Update: Just finished an interview with Wind CEO Ken Campbell about the 100,000 subscribers. They’re pretty happy about the results. In addition, over the past year he states that their network has seen improvements, adding more cell sites and dropping less calls. He says that the industry average of dropped calls is less than 1% and they are “well below” this mark, but “depends on the area”.

Check it out the interview after the break (more…)

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