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Bell BlackBerry Bold 9700 OS 5.0.0.545 officially released

Bell has officially released an update for the BlackBerry Bold 9700. They state in an internal doc that “To enhance the user experience for Bell clients with the BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone, a new software upgrade is now available. Bell strongly recommends clients using BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone, upgrade their software.”

BlackBerry Handheld Software v5.0.0.922 (All Languages)
Package Version: 5.0.0.922 Consisting of:
* Applications: 5.0.0.545 (more…)

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Video of the upcoming Apple iPhone 4G’s display?

Remember a little while ago there was a pic of what could be the screen size of the upcoming fourth-generation iPhone. Nothing was confirmed but it did claim that the screen was about 1/4-inch taller than the current iPhone 3GS. A 4 minute video has now surfaced that shows a comparison on the 3G version to the apparent upcoming display of the new model. Also, take note of what looks to be a forward facing camera hole. (more…)

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WIND extends $150 port over credit to April 30th

New wireless carrier WIND Mobile now has their service available in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and recently launched Ottawa… this is good news for current WIND customers as your Home Zone calling area keeps expanding with each new city. Next up is Vancouver and the hiring process has already started for several positions in different locations with early rumours pointing to a June launch.

One of the promotions WIND is offering potential customers is giving them the first month of voice service free. Good idea to bring new customers in the door as there’s currently an estimated 30,000 subscribers and WIND has a target to have 1.5 million within 3 years. In addition, the most recent promotion was launched back on February 26th when WIND decided they’ll give a $150 credit “to help offset the sting” of the Early Cancellation Fee to those who port over from another carrier (the credit shows up in five $30 monthly installments). The original end date of this promo was set for March 31st but it seems with the Ottawa launch the deal has been extended to April 30th. Possibly this promotion could be extended even later and become policy or might be brought back when Vancouver is launched.

It’ll be interesting to see how the other carriers respond to this news. There’s been several different promotions flying around such as waiving the $35 Activation Fee, offering up free evenings starting at 6:00pm and Bell specifically came out with the same $150 port over promo for WIND customers. All these promotions are due to expire on March 31st.

So with all these carrier discounts are you finding the wireless industry changing in Canada or will we need to have Mobilicity to show their cards first?

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Bell says they “win” in Galaxy VS. Galaxy Spica showdown

Thanks to one of our tipsters who sent us a Bell internal doc titled “Bell’s Samsung Galaxy VS Rogers Samsung Galaxy Spica”. It seems they are ready for a galactic showdown and basically goes into detail about how superior the Galaxy is over the Galaxy Spica. These are both Android-powered devices with OS 1.5 and Bell boldly declared in the doc that they “win” for these reasons: Faster on Bell’s HSPA+ network at 7.2 mbps, Better picture quality with 5.0MP camera and better viewing thanks to AMOLED screen, Better pricing at $30 to $50 less (3yr and 2yr respectively), Sleeker form factor

In addition, the e-mail sent to us stated “Rogers launched the Samsung Galaxy Spica on March 9, 2010. This smartphone competes directly with Bell’s Samsung Galaxy but offers less in comparison. The table below outlines the differences between Bell’s Samsung Galaxy and Rogers’ Samsung Galaxy Spica:

The real question is not what Bell or Rogers thinks… but what us buyers think of the Galaxy devices. Do you like these Android devices and which one would you pick up?

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Toronto-based Viigo now part of RIM

Toronto-based Viigo built a great mobile application that brings you online content such as news, sports, entertainment, weather, markets or any RSS feeds to your BlackBerry and Windows Mobile device. Today, CEO Mark Ruddock stated the company has now become part of RIM. On the company website he wrote:

“Viigo is excited to announce that our company is now part of Research In Motion (RIM).

Our team has joined RIM’s global organization and will continue to bring our expertise in BlackBerry application development and real-time content delivery to the BlackBerry platform. The Viigo for BlackBerry app will also continue to be available for download through BlackBerry App World. (more…)

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Green Koodo LG Banter exclusively available at Future Shop

The LG Banter is the newest device to hit Koodo Mobile and it can be yours for $125 outright or $0.00 on the Tab.

The Banter does come with changeable face plates but if you’re looking for a bit more colour and want this QWERTY device you might find it valuable to head on over to Future Shop. The price is the same but Future Shop is exclusively selling the Banter with a stunning Green faceplate… would be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. (more…)

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Bell discontinues BlackBerry Storm 9530… is the Storm 2 on the way?

Bell launched the BlackBerry Storm 9530 way back in December of 2008 and it’s been slowly reducing in price ever since. At one point this reached a promotional price of $0.00 on a 3-year contract – good deal for RIM’s first attempt at a touchscreen device.

Thanks to “Juliatheangel” in our Forum for pointing out that the Bell Storm is discontinued. Also if you take a peek over at the Bell website you’ll notice that Bell Storm is only hidden away in a sub page that asks you to contact a store, so it’s not for sale online but you really want one you could probably find some trickling around a Bell Store… so if Bell was to being on the Storm2 9550 would you get it? (more…)

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WIND Employees: Do you play Texas Hold ‘Em on the Microsoft Surface?

One of the attractions at WIND is that the stores are all based on a “digital environment”. You’ll notice when you walk into a location that some have the Mircosoft Surface front and centre. This is used to be an interactive tool where customers can learn and compare phones and plans.

But what happens when no customers are around or the store closes for the night… perhaps they play Texas Hold ‘Em on the Surface. Probably not but it’s worth putting the idea out there. The video below is a project created by students from the University Duisburg-Essen, they call it “Poker Surface” and it combines playing with both your mobile phone and a the surface. (more…)

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TELUS helps WWF-Canada with Earth Hour text-to-donate campaign

TELUS is joining the cause on Saturday and will turn off all non-essential lights at 8:30 p.m. of 32 of their major buildings. This is all in an effort for Earth Hour which helps out against global warming. TELUS customers can now donate via texting the word “earth” to 45678 with a $5 donation.

Andrew Wilczynski, TELUS director of Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility said “I’m very proud of TELUS’ commitment to environmental sustainability and our team members’ enthusiastic support of Earth Hour. For our sake and for future generations, we all have a responsibility to continue to explore new ways of protecting our environment.”

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WIND Mobile officially opens doors in Ottawa

For all those who’ve been waiting to purchase a WIND Mobile device in the Ottawa area you can finally rejoice! After a soft launch, today they went live and officially opened the doors. Ottawa now joins Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton… Vancouver is up next and probably about a month to month and half away from now. With Ottawa launching this now extends current WIND subscribers with their Home Zone calling area. No new phones are available yet… so you can purchase the BlackBerry Bold9700, HTC Maple, Samsung Gravity 2 or the Huawei U7519. Plus they have a data stick avaialble, the Huawei E181.

Check out the coverage area here at WIND

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