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TELUS CFL Mobile app for BlackBerry now available

TELUS announced a few weeks ago that they became the official wireless provider of the CFL. They also stated that CFL mobile apps will be coming down the pipe and they’ve just released their first… the TELUS CFL Mobile app.

This is currently only available for BlackBerry devices but will arrive on the iPhone and Android shortly. The free app was created by Toronto-based Polar Mobile and gives scores, schedules, stats and news. Regardless of the carrier you’re with you can download the app but if you’re a TELUS customers you get “advanced features” that includes:

• Live streaming of all CFL games (including the playoffs and 98th Grey Cup)
• On-demand video including extended game recaps, game previews and interviews
• Enhanced live stats updates during CFL games

You can download this via the BlackBerry App World or check it out here

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TELUS offers up new $55 Student plan

The Student Plans are coming in full force now… we recently saw TELUS come out with a $40 plan and here’s another one to add to the mix. A bit of a better deal but it looks like you’ll have to purchase a device on a 3-year or the INQ Chat on a 2-year to get it. Highlights are that it comes with: 200 local anytime minutes, Unlimited Nationwide Family calling, 6pm evening and weekends, 1GB of data, Unlimited texts, call waiting, voice mail.

With all plans make sure you read all the fine print before you sign up. Thanks to a tipster for sending in this screenshot, have a look at it here:

(Thanks Sickens!)

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BlackBerry Torch 9800 gets ripped apart…

The new BlackBerry Torch 9800 will be coming to Canada via Rogers, Bell, TELUS and Virgin Mobile. It’s a slider and it comes with RIM’s new BlackBerry 6 OS, 3.2-inch touchscreen display with a QWERTY keyboard, 624 MHz processor, 512 MB of internal flash memory, can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash, WiFi, GPS… but enough of the specs. How about seeing the guts of the device.

Thanks to CrackBerry for posting these pics and videos. It gives a good look at what’s inside. (more…)

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Solo Mobile will re-launch this month to offer Unlimited talk & text plans

We let you know a few weeks ago that Bell was going to restructure Solo Mobile to take on Rogers new wireless brand “Chatr”. Today during the Q2 conference call CEO George Cope stated that Solo will officially re-launch sometime in August and offer an Unlimited talk & text plans in urban areas (probably Toronto, Calgary , Edmonton, Vancouver and Ottawa). No other details were given about specific plans or a date but you’ll be able to get yourself a Solo device from over 500 of The Source locations.

We thought Solo was going to axed when Bell fully took over Virgin Mobile, but George Cope stated that “We kept the Solo brand in case we saw this development. We’ll stay competitive in that space. Solo Mobile will re-launch, it will launch in August and be competitive with chatr. We will defend our third of the postpaid market”.

Via: The Globe

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Rogers partners with Sony Style locations to distribute products

Rogers has struck up another distribution deal to sell their products. This time it’s the Sony Style retail locations and if you visit a store you could purchase wireless, cable, internet products and services.

Robin Powell of Sony Canada said “Sony Style and Rogers are perfectly aligned in terms of fulfilling our customers’ entertainment and communication needs, and we’re so pleased that our customers are now in the position to realize significant benefits from the Sony Style/Rogers partnership”.

With wireless distribution being such a key player these days, this partnership actually makes more sense than the recent pilot project with Shoppers Drug Mart. I’ve got a hunch that the Sony knows a bit more about technology than Shoppers does.

Via: CNW

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Google: 200,000 Android devices activated every day

Google recently stated that the Android OS was seeing activations of 160,000 each day in Q2… this is up from 65,000 in Q1. Clearly Android-powered devices are getting more popular as the days go by. Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt was speaking with reporters yesterday and was asked about how they measure the success of Android.
Well, it comes down to the numbers of activations. He stated that they are now reaching the level of activating/selling a staggering 200,000 Android handsets every day.

Check out the video after the break:

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Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant Unboxed & rocked during Metric show

The Galaxy S Vibrant will be released by Bell (and apparently Virgin) and is one of the best devices Samsung has ever created. You can take a look at the unboxing pics below, but if you’re considering getting this you should really go and give it a good test run. It’s got everything going for it: Android 2.1 (will be upgraded to 2.2), 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera that can record 720p HD videos, DivX/Xvid, Video calling, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, Social Hub (puts all your Facebook, Twitter e-mails etc into one area), weighs a light 118 grams… the list goes on.

To launch this device, Samsung held a Metric free concert in Toronto yesterday. It was a wicked show and there seemed to be well over 2,000 people on Front Street. They played for 1-hour and I snapped the pics with the Vibrant so you can get a taste of what the camera and video quality is like. (more…)

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Bell Q2 results: subscriber base increases over 6% to almost 7 million

It seems like Bell is on a high since launching their HSPA+ network. Taking a quick look over their Q2 2010 results show some staggering numbers: Activations doubled, subscriber base up by 6%, revenues up dramatically… the only area that sank is their Prepaid subscribers.

George Cope, President & CEO of BCE and Bell Canada said “At Bell Wireless, our world-leading HSPA+ network and roster of leading smartphones and turbo sticks produced wireless data revenue growth of 45% and net activations that more than doubled year over year.”

Check out a breakdown from the Q2 report after the break: (more…)

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Rogers confirms Galaxy S Captivate will launch “in the coming weeks”

It was a rumour a few weeks ago but Rogers has now confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate is “coming soon”. They state on the company blog that “We’re excited to announce that we will be adding the highly-anticipated Galaxy S Captivate to our Android and Social View lineup in the coming weeks.”

Specs of the Captivate are that it comes with OS 2.1, a 4-inch Super AMOLED display (480 x 800 resolution), 5 megapixel camera that can records 720p HD videos (no word if it’ll come with the front-facing camera), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth,3.5 mm audio jack, has internal storage of 16GB and holds up to 32GB with a microSD support.

More soon…
Via: RedBoard

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RIM gives a deeper look into the new BlackBerry 6 browser


Kinda wishing RIM would release an official video tour other than keep teasing us with short vids and screenshots of their new BlackBerry 6 WebKit browser. This is one of the most anticipated product launches for RIM and one that will hopefully bring joy to Berry users worldwide. The official BlackBerry blog InsideBlackBerry has posted more screenshots of what we can expect to experience. You’ll see topics such as the new start page, tabbed browsing, social feed integration, options menu and how to easily view content. RIM stated yesterday that BlackBerry 6 will be available on the following devices: BlackBerry Bold 9700, BlackBerry Bold 9650, BlackBerry Pearl 3G and the upcoming 9800 Torch that will be available on TELUS, Rogers, Bell and Virgin.

It all certainly looks good… but will it be enough to keep or increase their market share?

More here at InsideBlackBerry
Via: BGR (more…)

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