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InPulse BlackBerry smartwatch “is almost here”

It was a few months ago that Waterloo-based Allerta announced people could pre-order their “inPulse”, this is the BlackBerry accessory that they are dubbing the “smartwatch”. The cost of the watch is $149.00 USD and connects wirelessly to your phone by Bluetooth and alerts you of incoming emails, SMS and calls. This was supposed to be ready for shipping in February, but a new post has been added to their company blog that says:

“Long time no blog. We have some amazing news that we’re going to be sharing very shortly. Images, video and something that all you pre-order customers will be extremely happy about. inPulse is almost here.”

Here are the pics that they updated us with… sounds like it’s going to be shipping soon: (more…)

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Fido increasing 911 Fees April 12th

Not the biggest surprise in the world but Fido is joining parent company Rogers by increasing the 911 Fees. This goes into effect April 12th and the fee will increase from $0.50 to $0.75 per month plus taxes, but only for those customers “who subscribed to price plans prior to November 4th, 2008″.

You’ll see in the internal document that Fido states “we are simply bringing the rate in line with those charged by other Canadian wireless service providers. Our competition has been charging $0.75 for similar types of rate plans for some time. Customers have a choice. Fido will not require customers to move to new non-SAF plans if they do not wish to do so; customers who wish to migrate to non-SAF plans will not have to pay the 911 emergency access fee (a one-time set-up fee of $35 per line applies).

See the document below in comparison to their competition (Rogers, Bell, TELUS, Virgin, Wind and Koodo Mobile).

Via: HoFo

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Contest: Win a Nokia N97!

Even though Mother’s Day is not until May 9th… we’ve decided to hold a two-part Mother’s Day Contest with two devices up for grabs, the first is a brand new Nokia N97!

The N97 has a 3.5-inch tilt touchscreen with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera, Carl Zeiss optics, auto focus, dual LED flash and video capabilities, can hold up to 32GB of memory with a microSD card, 3.5 mm audio jack and has overall dimensions of 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 mm and weighs in at 150 grams.

To enter the contest all you have to do is submit your name in the comment section below – no strings attached. The contest goes until Wednesday, April 14th at 5:00pm and as usual we’ll announce our both winner shortly after. You can only enter your name once… Go ahead, enter your name below!

(Follow us on Twitter to find out faster if you won! – @mobilesyrup)

Good luck to all who enter!

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Apple holding iPhone OS 4 sneak peek event April 8th

Apple sent out an invite for an event on April 8th at 10AM PT for a “sneak peek into the future of iPhone OS… this is very exciting as the rumoured changes are expected to have multi-tasking. We’ll find out what the future will be in a few days, but in the meantime here are some more expected features from a previous post: (more…)

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Rogers puts on pre-order promo for Xperia X10

Looks like those who want the Android-powered Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 can now officially pre-order it from Rogers. We saw Best Buy jump the gun yesterday, but for those looking for a deal Rogers has created an offer that for those who purchase it on a 3-year contract will also get a free Bluetooth headset and a chance to win two tickets to the FIFA World Cup (Sony Ericsson is a major sponsor).

The X10 will be available in “Sensuous Black” and “Luster White”. Rogers states that “Pre-order by April 9th for delivery the week of April 12, 2010″. In addition, the pre-order offer expires on April 14th as the device is officially launching April 15th.

More here at Rogers

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TELUS BlackBerry Pearl 9100 currently in testing

The unreleased/unannounced BlackBerry Pearl 9100 has sure received a great deal of leaked pictures. How about adding one more to the mix as a TELUS internal screenshot has surfaced of the 9100 “Stratus” currently being tested on their network. So it seems that the rumour from a few months ago might be coming true of this coming to TELUS in Pink and Black. In addition, we’ve been told that the new Pearl will be also coming to Bell, TELUS, Virgin, and Rogers… and also the rumoured Fido’s May 4th launch.

Source: BBOS
Via: BBSync

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“Rogers Navigator for iPhone” app now available

We let you know a few weeks ago that Rogers was going to release a new app for the iPhone called “Rogers Navigator”. This app is now available for download in the App Store and it’s powered by TeleNav. The Rogers Navigator is described as an app that “turns your iPhone into a real-time GPS navigation device that takes you directly where you want to go. Unlike other map products, it gives you voice-guided turn-by-turn directions on the road, and re-routes you on the fly if you make a wrong turn.”

Some of the other features of the app are: Enter addresses or commands by speaking them, Real time traffic alerts
One touch reroute, 2D or 3D maps, Business finder, Integration with address books, Listen to music while navigating, Works with Bluetooth, day and night modes, pre-plan trips online at rogers.telenav.com.

Rogers states that a $4.99 monthly charge will appear on your bill. Here are some screenshots and you can find this in the App Store by searching “Rogers Navigator”

(Thanks Jim!)

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Pre-order the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 at Best Buy

The upcoming Rogers Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 has been getting a great deal of coverage lately. It’s one of the most anticipated Android-powered devices that will be launching soon. Our last post we heard that Rogers will be making an announcement on April 12th and will officially be releasing this on April 15th. The prices we’ve managed to find out are for $149.99 on a 3-year contract and $549.99 no contract.

Also, a couple weeks ago Rogers sent out an e-mail stating the X10 was “almost here” and teased us by saying we’ll be able to pre-order it soon. However, why wait for Rogers to pre-order when Best Buy is first out of the gate with a pre-order option! They state on their cell phone section that we can “Pre-oder the Sony X-10 in-store at any Best Buy Mobile today! Simply put a $50 deposit down in-store and when the X-10 arrives in-store we will call you to ensure you are one of the first to own it.”

Check it out here: (more…)

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80% of Canadian web browsing activity is from an iPhone

The Apple iPhone was released back in Canada on July 11th, 2008 and now majority of the carriers offer the popular smartphone. There’re no official numbers of how many iPhones have actually been sold since the Canadian launch, would be great to see a combined total with all sales of Rogers, Fido, Bell, TELUS and Virgin numbers.

However, more statistics have come out by mobile ad network AdMob .They’ve reported in their February metrics that the iPhone OS accounted for 80% of all web browsing activity from smartphones in Canada. Following the iPhone is Google’s Android platform at 6%, RIM’s BlackBerry with followed at 5% and Nokia, Palm and Windows Mobile accounted for the rest (9%).

More info here at AdMob
Via: Canoe

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