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Where to get an iPhone 4 today…

Today – officially – the Apple iPhone 4 is available in Canada. Here are the places you can score yourself the device (online or lining up): Rogers, Bell, TELUS, Virgin, Fido locations across the country… plus retail locations such as The Apple Store, WirelessWave, TBooth, The Source, Future Shop and Best Buy. Most likely you can soon get this on eBay and Craigslist too.

As for plans… the most popular plan the carriers have thrown together is the $30 6GB/month plan.
32GB is $769.99 no-contract, $269.99 on a 3-year
16GB is $659.99 no-contract, $159.99 on 3-year

Update: We were send a couple pics from the lineup that’s happening in the Toronto Eaton Centre. Apparently there’s over 500 people in line when they opened the mall doors. (more…)

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Bell releases iPhone 4 details: $30 6GB plan plus $159.95/$269.95 on 3-year


It seems like a trend will be happening in Canada. Bell has just announced their iPhone pricing to be $159.95 for the 16GB version and $269.95 for the 32GB version. Both of these are on 3-year contract. In addition, as we stated before, Bell has also brought back the $30/month 6GB data plan. If you’ve got an iPad, the fine folks over at Bell say for “$10 per month, you can share the data between both your iPhone 4 and iPad”. This promo is on July 30 to September 30th

One more thing. Seems like stock is already low as “Online orders ship within 14 days. Available in limited quantities.”

Via: Bell
(Thanks Abu!)

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Zoompass axes the $0.50 transfer fee to send money

Zoompass, the joint-venture between Rogers, Bell and TELUS, allows you to send, receive, request money, check balances, review transactions all from your mobile device has axed their transfer fee when sending money. When it first launched it was at a steep $0.50 per transaction… then recently put on a promo and knocked down by 50%.

However today they’ve announced they are “removing the fees on domestic money transfers and increasing sending limits, the Zoompass Wallet brings us a step closer to realizing the vision of a cashless society.” Robin Dua, President of EnStream said “There is no cost to consumers for transacting with cash today, so in this sense we feel it’s appropriate for us to remove the P2P transaction fees for the same transaction that could be done electronically through the Zoompass Mobile Wallet. By removing the P2P fees when sending funds from a Zoompass account, we open up a whole new market opportunity associated with micro transactions”.

This is good news for Zoompass customers. This action by Zoompass could be the thing that’s needed for people to embrace mobile banking/mobile payments. A recent study showed that only 20% of Canadians plan to start using mobile banking within the next year.

More here at Zoompass

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Update: Virgin Mobile iPhone 4 now available… $30/6GB promo and $659.99/769.99

Virgin Mobile Canada is the latest to hop on the $30 6GB train for the iPhone 4 launch tomorrow. They tweeted that “heads-up! our 6GB $30/month data plan is coming. details up tomorrow”. We’re curious why Virgin would wait until tomorrow to release details? Regardless… “members” should be happy about this coming to Virgin.

Update: Virgin sent us an e-mail stating “we’ll have it available tomorrow from Virgin Mobile stores and several of our retail partners including The Source. I’ll let you know as soon as full pricing and any other details are available.”

Update #2: Virgin has put a countdown on their site in anticipation of the iPhone 4 launch.

Update #3: Virgin has updated their site and it says they will offer “awesome deals on data”:
1GB for $35/month
2GB for $50/month
6GB for $30/month

Update #4: Virgin has the iPhone 4 now up for sale online: $30/6GB promo with 16GB version for $659.99 on 30-day and $159.99 on a 3-year. The 32GB version is $769.99 on a 30-day and $269.99 on a 3-year. (more…)

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Rogers brings back the $30/6 GB plan… offers iPhone 4 HUG for $159/$269 on 3-year

Rogers announced their iPhone 4 price plans and rates. Highlights are that they have returned the $30/6GB plan, iPad sharing plans, Family Share Plans and discounted Hardware Upgrades… depending on where you sit in your contract could score you the 16GB iPhone 4 for $159 or a 32GB iPhone 4 for $269.

In addition, no term pricing is now confirmed to be
New 32GB iPhone 4 $749
New 16GB iPhone 4 $649

Update: Customers were complaining when using the Hardware Upgrade tool on Rogers.com that it gave them incorrect info, thus confusing people. They have issued an update on RedBoard: “Updated July 29, 3:13 pm: We are experiencing technical difficulties with our HUP eligibility tool and it may be giving incorrect results. We’re aware of it and are working on it. While we do, the tool may be temporarily unavailable. Thanks for your patience.”

Straight from the Rogers RedBoard, here are the details:

Return of special smartphone $30/6 GB plan
Effective July 30, and as a limited time promotional offer for smartphone customers who activate on a three-year contract, Rogers is offering 6GB of data for $30. This data plan can be added to any in-market voice plan before September 30, 2010.

*New* smartphone and iPad sharing plans
You’ve told us you love our in-market iPad plans and the ease of activation on Rogers – but some of you have asked for device sharing and we’ve listened. Starting July 30, and for a limited time until Sept. 30, customers on a 6 GB plan will be able to share data between iPhones and iPads for an extra $20 (plus Government Regulatory Recovery Fee).

Any news for new iPhone 4 customers?
New customers can purchase a 16GB iPhone 4 for $159 or a 32GB iPhone 4 for $269, each with a new three-year voice and data plan on Canada’s proven and reliable network.

Did you activate or upgrade your Rogers iPhone on a term contract between January 1, 2009 and June 7, 2010?
Then you’re eligible for at least $250 off the no-term device price. That’s an iPhone 4 16GB/32GB for $399/$499 on a new 3-year voice and data plan.

Did you activate or upgrade your Rogers iPhone on a term contract on or before December 31, 2008?
Thank you for your business. You’re eligible for at least $480 off the no-term device price. You can pick up an iPhone 4 16GB/32GB for $159/$269 on a new 3-year voice and data plan.

Did you activate or upgrade the original iPhone 3G in 2008 and then upgrade again between June 19 and September 15, 2009?
You’re also eligible for at least $480 off the no-term device price. You can pick up an iPhone 4 16GB/32GB for $159/$269 on a new 3-year voice and data plan.

Via: Rogers RedBoard

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“Poynt” now available on Android devices

Calgary-based Multiplied Media has created a successful location based app called “Poynt”. It’s been available on the iPhone and BlackBerry device for some time, but it’s now available for Android users to enjoy. The app is free and can help you find phone numbers, addresses, maps, directions and offers features to read movie reviews, view trailers, purchase movie tickets and book dining reservations.

Check it out via the Android Market here
Via: IntoMobile

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The Apple iPhone 4 lineup in Toronto…

Update: our latest pic was taken at 6:30pm and there was about 3 people in line.

is so far non-existent for the anticipated release of the iPhone 4. These are pics of the Flagship Apple Store in the Toronto Eaton Centre (taken around 10:30am). We’re sure things will change as the day progresses, but it’s nothing compared to when the iPhone 3G landed in Canada a couple years back. Canadians across the country we’re camping out a few days before it was release, or even the 3GS. Perhaps it’s a sign of things to come? (more…)

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Analysts and carriers weigh in on the Chatr launch


It’s always interesting to see how carriers respond to a new entrants/brands in the Canadian wireless market. There’s been great change over the past year and more change coming with both Videotron and Shaw still set to launch their new networks. Rogers discount brand Chatr launched yesterday and we reached out to the carriers and also received feedback from analysts. (more…)

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