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Video: Display comparison between the iPhone 4, Desire and Vibrant

There are so many devices out in the market that have great specs and can do many things all at once. Over the past several years one major shift has happened and it’s the attention to the display. This area has grown from what used to be 2-inches to what seems to be the minimum standard of 3.5-inches. The display is the center of your device, the area you look the most and brings the mobile experience home. Remember when people used to say “Why would you watch videos/movies on your phone”… now it’s becoming why would you not. The picture quality is so incredibly impressive.

I grabbed hold of the Apple iPhone 4, HTC Desire and the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. All these touchscreen devices have a stellar list of specs that range from a 5 megapixel camera, flash, Android 2.1, 1GHz Snapdragon processor etc… but what I really wanted to test out what the display in each. The iPhone 4 comes with a 3.5-inch Retina Display with a resolution of 960×640. The HTC Desire has a 3.7 inch Sony Super LCD with a resolution of 480×800. And finally the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant has a massive 4-inch Super AMOLED display with resolution of 480×800.

You can check out the video yourself of the comparison and let us know which is best – They quality is high on all. The video was shot in HD and the video I picked to stream was from YouTube in HD. (more…)


Bell non-existent 911 fee lawsuit becomes certified as class-action in N.W.T

Back in 2007 Yellowknife resident James Anderson filed a $6-million class-action lawsuit against Bell Mobility stating he was being charged $0.75 a month for 911 service when there wasn’t 911 service in his area. Andersons’ lawyers recently attempted to bring other Canadian rural areas into the lawsuit but Justice Ron Veale decided that the lawsuit will only be certified as class action in the Northwest Territories.

There are about 20,000 Bell customer in the N.W.T and in order to take part in the class action suit you must have the following as of April 13th: be a resident of N.W.T, have an agreement with Bell for wireless services and charged 911 fees where there wasn’t a 911 operator. The next step is apparently for the Andersons’ lawyers and the Bell lawyers to see how customers will be notified to join in on the class action lawsuit.

Source: Kelowna


Videotron launching new 3G+ network “early September”

It’s been a long road for Videotron when it comes to launching their new 3G+ network. They were supposed to officially go live back in May, then decided to delay the launch until the end of the year (or at the very earliest this Fall). Quebecor President & CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau said “Launching a network is not a piece of cake…We want to keep offering our clients quality products and, in telecommunications, this means service without interruption and offering quality content. We are quite satisfied with the deployment but it isn’t finished yet”.

Good news for those located in Quebec who are looking to give this new network a go as we’ve been tipped that Videotron will launch the new 3G+ network “early September”. We already know that they will offer various BlackBerry devices but were told that we can expect “several other smartphones” in their lineup.

More soon.


Virgin offers unlimited International Text messaging promo, and increases price of Nationwide 50 by $5

Virgin Mobile officially launched their “SuperTab” today and they’ve also hit their members/potential members with a new promo. When you sign up for a monthly plan above $25 (with a text messaging plan) they will throw in Unlimited International Text messaging (it usually costs 25¢ to send an international text, receiving texts are free).

On a bit of a downer though, they’ve increased the price of the Nationwide 50 from $50 dollars to $55. You still get the same package details of 300 anytime minutes and 7pm Evenings and Weekends, Unlimited Text Messaging, Voicemail & Call Display

Check it here at Virgin
(Thanks Werner & Gordon!)


Bell LG Rumour Plus delayed “due to manufacturing problems”

The Bell LG Rumour Plus had a release date scheduled for August 11th… but thanks to one of our tipsters for letting us know this has been pushed back a couple weeks.

According to this internal screenshot it says that “the launch date has been delayed due to manufacturing problems at LG”.  No word on exactly what the manufacturing problems are, but for everyone who wanted to get their hands on this messaging device it looks like you’ll have to wait until August 27th.

More soon!


Bell confirms Curve 3G launching Thursday

It’s no surprise but confirmation is always a good thing. We let you know a couple weeks ago that Bell will be launching the new BlackBerry Curve 3G (9300) on Thursday, August 12th. It was announced today that the Curve 3G will ship with OS 5 but will be ready to experience RIM’s new BlackBerry 6 OS. The pricing that we’ve been informed of is from an internal doc that shows the following: 3-year contract: $49.95; 2-year contract: $199.95; 1-year contract: $299.95 and the 30-day/No-contract: $349.95.

Source: Twitter


Apple iPhone 3GS 8GB now $49.99 on 3-year at TELUS

TELUS released the iPhone 3GS 8GB on June 24th an it now seems they’ve pushed out a promo that goes until September 30th that knocks $50 off for price to hit a low $49.99. If you’re not into the new iPhone 4 then this might be a deal for you. TELUS does state that it’s “for clients who activate or renew on a 3 year term with a Voice and Data rate plan of $50 or greater.”



MTS Kyocera Torino S2300 now available

This one almost slipped through the cracks… for those located in Manitoba can pick up the MTS Kyocera Torino S2300 for $29.99 on a 3-year or $99.99 on a 2-year contract.

It’s a basic messaging device and the specs are basic too: full QWERTY keyboard, 2.2-inch display, 1.3 megapixel camera with video, speakerphone, Bluetooth, 2.5 mm headset jack and threaded text messaging. The overall dimensions are 103 x 66 x 15mm and has a weight of 99 grams.

More here at MTS


TELUS set to release the LG Cookie Plus

TELUS is set to release another device this week – the LG Cookie Plus. This apparently will be available on August 12th and quick specs of this touchscreen has this coming with a 3-inch display with a resolution of 240×400, 3-megapixel camera with video capabilities, social networking features such as quick access to Facebook, Flickr and Twitter, FM radio, Bluetooth 2.1.

Taking a look a the internal screenshot we were sent shows this to be coming in Charcoal and Pink. We’re still waiting on official pricing.
(Thanks tipsters!) (more…)


Wind delays Victoria launch to at least April

WIND Mobile currently operates in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Vancouver. The Times Colonist is reporting that Wind is delaying their Victoria launch until March or April of next year due to not having enough sites to put their cell towers in.

WIND chairman Tony Lacavera stated “Right now, we’re working hard on getting sufficient sites, locations to put up sufficient towers to have enough coverage. What we can’t do is launch with big gaps in the coverage. We can’t afford to have calls dropped.  It comes down to a few sites that are tricky to get… we have a lot but not enough to launch. We won’t do it until we are comfortable the network is solid.”

In addition, the anticipated announcement of Wind’s subscriber numbers will be released on August 12th, rumours are that they’re above the 100,000 level.