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Public Mobile: “Honk for Unlimited”

We’re guessing new entrant and über discount carrier Public Mobile is going beyond the bus and TV ads that have popped up in Toronto and Montreal. At their 225 Wellesley store in downtown Toronto a couple sales reps decided to take it upon themselves for a little extra advertising by going on the street with a self made billboard that stated “Honk for Unlimited”.

We’re just curious if people were actually honking to support the $40 flat rate talk and text plan… or honking to get them off the busy street. (more…)


XM Canada to launch BlackBerry App April 12th

XM Canada announced today to that on April 12th they’ll be releasing the “XM online+” BlackBerry app that will be available on the following devices: Storm 9530, Storm 9550, Bold 9000, Bold 9700, Tour 9630, Curve 8900, Curve 8520 and the Curve 8530.

XM states “Soon you’ll be able to enjoy premium-quality audio on your BlackBerry device. With XM online+ you’ll have access to the music, talk, sports and entertainment you want wherever you want it. Just hit play and enjoy.” There is a 14-day trial but after there’s a charge of $7.99 a month or only $2.99 a month when bundled with a XM Canada subscription. (more…)


Fido Q2 devices/plans leak out: Pearl 9100 releasing May 4th?

Thanks to tipster “FidoMarketing” who sent in a whole whack of goodness when it comes to upcoming devices and plans in Q2. In order of release date the following screenshots are apparently a Fido memo that shows five devices and an HSPA+ modem, most notably the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 in Black. No price points have been given yet.

LG GW300 (available in Grey):
release date shows April 13th, 2010 (refreshes the TE365)
BlackBerry 9100 (available in Black): release date shows May 4th 2010 (refreshes the 8100)
Nokia X3 (available in Blue): release date shows May 18th, 2010 (refreshes the Samsung F226)
Nokia 3710: release date shows May 18th, 2010 (refreshes the Nokia 2720)
Novatel Wireless MC988DF: release date shows May 2010 (28.80 Mbps downlink available after network upgrade)
Sony Ericsson ASPEN: release date shows June 2010

In addition, you’ll also see that FidoUNO will be “decommissioned as of June 1st 2010″ and a “CarryOver Minutes” plan where you’ll be able to roll over your minutes for what looks like up to 6 continuous months. Also the “CarryOver” says it cannot be added to the CityFido or Corporate accounts. Here are the new “Wireless Internet Options” listed in the screenshots:
$40 per month: 2GB/2GB BIS
$50 per month: 5GB
$80 per month: 8GB


Bell BlackBerry Bold 9700 OS 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: Consisting of:
* Applications: (more…)


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…)


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?


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?


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…)


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…)


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…)