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Opera Mini for iPhone submitted to the App Store… will Apple approve it?

Over 50 million people are using Opera Mini to surf the web on their mobile device and today they have officially announced that “Opera Mini for iPhone was officially submitted to the Apple iPhone App store today… Now, the “fast like a rocket” browser is taking its first big step towards giving users a new way to browse on the iPhone.”

Hopefully Apple will approve the app. Check out the demo here (more…)


Bolt Browser 2.0 now available with tabbed Browsing

We know that RIM is working on a new web browsing experience, in the meantime we can expect some upgrades to the BOLT browser as version 2.0 has been released.

With BOLT 2.0 you can expect a better web experience on BlackBerry devices as it will offer many new features such as tabbed browsing and improvements on their servers to make it faster.

Anna Magliocco-Chagnon, president and CEO of Bitstream stated “Each new version of BOLT becomes more exciting to announce. We are closely listening to our end-users through our user forum, our Twitter and Facebook pages, and their comments on blog posts and articles, and they are guiding our development roadmap in important ways. (more…)


Nokia states One Facebook update on desktop equals 100 on mobile

Nokia has put together a video that encourages us to use our mobile device rather than our computer to surf the web. They state that “updating your Facebook status once on your PC consumes the same amount of energy as updating it a hundred times on your phone”.

The video below is the first of a series that was created to influence us to be more green and kinder to the environment. Nokia’s environmental team says “Browsing the Internet or reading your emails on a handset consumes far less energy than on a PC and if only some of the one billion people now using Nokia devices could start browsing on their phones, the effect on CO2 emissions would be drastic.” (more…)


Apple adds ability to “Gift This App” in iTunes

If you’re feeling in the giving mood and want to buy an app for a buddy, Apple has now added the ability to “Gift this App” in iTunes via App Store.

When you find the app you want simply click on the button and it will take you to the Give a Gift section where you can personalize a message (max 500 characters) and choose to either send by e-mail or print the gift receipt. Apple does state that “Gifts can only be redeemed in the store country from which they were originated”… so currently there is no cross-border giving yet. (more…)


Virgin Mobile puts BlackBerry Curve 8530 on BoGo

Virgin has a pretty good deal going on now for their “members”. It’s a BoGo (Buy one Get one) free offer with some select devices, granted they are all CDMA phones and screams clearance but it’s still a good deal.

When you buy either the BlackBerry Curve 8530 (Black or Purple), LG Bliss or Samsung Vice you automatically become a member (customer) and have the choice to get another phone free. I contacted Virgin and they said there is currently no end date but I’m sure it will eventually stop. Depending which phone you go with you’ll have to sign up for a 2 or 3-year contract. (more…)


Rogers Samsung Corby Pro now available, $69.99 on 3-year

The newest touchscreen, full slide-out QWERTY keyboard to hit Canada is the Samsung Corby Pro. This is now officially available at Rogers on the following price points: $69.99 on a 3-year contract; $119.99 on a 2-year contract; $219.99 on a 1-year contract and no contract for $274.99.

The Corby Pro comes with a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen display (resolution of 240×320), slide-out QWERTY keyboard and Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. The Corby Pro has “interchangeable panel jackets” so you can change the style and make it somewhat personal, WiFi, a 3.0 megapixel camera with video capabilities, can hold up to 32GB MicroSD card, 3.5 mm headset jack. Overall dimensions are 105 x 56.8 x 15.68mm with a weight of 110 grams.

Anyone buying?

More here at Rogers


Big 3 waive Activation Fee & give free 6pm evenings until March 31st

One of the reasons the Spectrum Auction was set up was to encourage more competition in the Canadian wireless market. Before the auction started then Industry Minister Jim Prentice stated “Our government’s intentions are clear: to achieve lower prices, better service and more choice for consumers and business. We believe in relying on market forces to the maximum extent feasible because competition benefits consumers, and consumers benefit most when markets are as competitive as they can be.”

Fast forward to today where we have WIND Mobile and Public Mobile already in market gaining clients. Other new entrants Mobilicity (formally DAVE Wireless) looking to launch their service in Toronto soon. Plus, Videotron is expected to shake things up when they launch their HSPA network this Summer. All these new entrants will take a piece out of the subscriber base from the Big 3. (more…)


MTS to launch BlackBerry Storm2, Tour2 & Hero?

Some possible good news for those MTS customers when it comes to new devices. It seems they have been a bit lax on releasing new phones/smartphones as the last device was the stellar Sanyo PRO-700. HoFo Member “codwif” was inquiring about what is coming up and MTS responded with the following info:

“Thanks for your email. We currently plan to launch both the Blackberry Storm 2 & the Tour 2 in late spring early summer 2010. We are also currently in talks with several manufacturers in regards to the Android phones but unfortunately nothing is nailed down at this point, we are looking at a tentative launch date of an Android unit in Spring 2010.”

In addition, there is more good news as when it comes the specific Android device being the HTC Hero. Other devices to possibly hit MTS this year are the Sanyo 2700 and Motorola Quantico. With all these devices there is more excitement with MTS launching their new HSPA network launch that has a targeted completion date of the end of 2010.

More here at HoFo


Moto W388 Renew+ now available in White at Fido

The eco-friendly Moto W388 Renew+ has been available on Fido for about a month now and good news for those who wanted this device but don’t like the “charcoal” colour. You can now pick up a very clean looking Renew+ in a stunning White for $15 on a 2-year contract, or $65 outright.

The Renew+ has its CarbonFree certification and the device is 100% recyclable and made from 25% post-consumer recycled plastics.

More here at Fido
(Thanks Vincent!)