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Bell offers new Palm Pre users $10 off monthly Smartphone Combo Plan

We’ve been tipped that Bell has a new offer starting today until March 30th that is specifically for the Palm Pre.

The doc we have says that “Bell clients activating a Palm Pre on any Smartphone Combo Plan can receive $10 off their plan every month for their term”. This is only for a signed 3-year contract and “is only available on the current line up of single user or shared versions of the Smartphone Combo Plans ($50/$65/$80/$100)”.

Good to have some savings every month! (more…)

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Koodo Mobile officially releases LG Banter

A few weeks back we let you know that the LG Banter was going to be the next device launched by Koodo Mobile. Today is the day and this can now be yours for 125.00 with no contract and $0.00 with the Tab. This is already put on sale as the regular price is $150.

The Banter is another device made for texting, this has a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 2.2 inch LCD display with a resolution of 240 x 320, 1.3 megapixel camera with flash and video capabilities, speakerphone and can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card. Overall dimensions are 112 x 52 x 17.3mm and weighs of 126 grams.

This looks good… but we believe it’s time for some sweet HSPA devices Koodo! Bring us some new BlackBerry goodness!

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Public Mobile: “Today we have 25 stores open for business”

Last week we let you know that new entrant Public Mobile was set to make an announcement that would see them open stores and offer customers free Unlimited Canadian long distance for life.

Well today is the big day as Alek Krstajic, CEO of Public Mobile said “Today we have 25 stores open for business. Customers can visit us in person, call us or go to www.publicmobile.ca. And by mid-May, we expect to have twice the number of locations. Now that our stores are open and ready to go, we want to give our customers the same opportunity. We are excited to offer unlimited talk and text and we want people to have the chance to use our service as soon as it’s available.” (more…)

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BlackBerry “T” Slider to launch next month?

We’ve seen pics of the leaked BlackBerry slider and now another rumour has hit the web, this time by the CEO of a RIM parts supplier Woojeon & Handan. He stated that stated that the new BlackBerry “T” phone will be launching next month.

“The Canadian company RIM famous for BlackBerry smartphones is releasing a new model next month. Known as the “T,” The new model is an ambitious product aimed at competing against iPhone’s storm of success. Rim will present it (“T”) as its flagship model to compete in global markets such as the U.S. and Europe.”

No word on when this is coming to Canada, or if the rumour is true but it makes things interesting. Would you pick up the BlackBerry slider? (more…)

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HTC to “fully defend itself” against Apple’s patent lawsuit

HTC has responded to Apple’s recent lawsuit that claims they infringe on 20 Apple iPhone UI patents. On March 2nd Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO states “We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

Today, HTC sent out a press release titled “HTC DISAGREES WITH APPLE’s Actions” and CEO Peter Chou said “HTC disagrees with Apple’s actions and will fully defend itself. HTC strongly advocates intellectual property protection and will continue to respect other innovators and their technologies as we have always done, but we will continue to embrace competition through our own innovation as a healthy way for consumers to get the best mobile experience possible. From day one, HTC has focused on creating cutting-edge innovations that deliver unique value for people looking for a smartphone.”

With HTC going to “fully defend itself” and “continue to embrace competition” this will become one of the most widely watched technology lawsuits. HTC also wanted to ensure that it was known that they had a helping hand in creating some great smartphone innovations:
- First Windows PDA (1998)
- First Windows Phone (June 2002)
- First 3G CDMA EVDO smartphone (October 2005)
- First gesture-based smartphone (June 2007)
- First Google Android smartphone (October 2008)
- First 4G WIMAX smartphone (November 2008)

What do you think, will it go the distance in the courtroom? Be settled out of court… or eventually be dropped?

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SaskTel releases OS 5.0.0.517 for the BlackBerry Storm2… a device they don’t offer yet

SaskTel just released the BlackBerry Curve 8530 and we know the Storm2 9550 is on the list of upcoming devices they are planning to launch… but confirmation is always good!

This time the fine folks over at SakTel have officially released OS 5.0.0.517 for the BlackBerry Storm 2. This is a good move for all the TELUS Storm2 owners though… you can download the upgrade and from what we hear the speed improves! As usual, make sure you back up all your info before doing so… get it (more…)

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Win $10k in the “BlackBerry Green Application Challenge”

The Ryerson Entrepreneurship Green Team, RIM, SAP Canada, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the BlackBerry Partners Fund have thrown together a new challenge for developers the “BlackBerry Green Application Challenge”.

If you’re a developer you have a chance to win a cool $10,000 and a BlackBerry Storm 9530. The challenge is to “create a concept plan for an application that solves a common environmental or sustainability issue within a company”.

If you’re not the lucky winner there are also a couple runner up prizes of a Storm and $1,000. The contest is on now until April 14th. (more…)

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LG Shine Touch now available online at Rogers

The recently released LG Shine Touch has finally made its way to the Rogers website. For those interested you can now pick this up on the following price plans:
3-year contract: $49.99
2-year contract: $99.99
1-year contract: $199.99
No contract: $249.99

Rogers is also throwing in a 2GB SD card and a Bluetooth headset. The Shine Touch has a 3-inch WQVGA touchscreen display (resolution of 240×400), 3 megapixel camera with video capabilities, WiFi, FM Radio, Bluetooth, can hold up to 8GB with a microSD card. (more…)

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LG Breeze headed to TELUS soon!

How would you like to get your hands on another full QWERTY device? You’ll see according to the picture that the LG Beeeze is heading to TELUS as it’s been labeled with the familiar “coming soon”.

Thanks to Connor in the comments here are a bit more specs: The Breeze is the LG GW520 and has a 2.8-inch display with a resolution of 240 x 400, full slide out QWERTY keyboard (no touchscren), 3MP with video capabilities and can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card.

We’ll have more info soon on specs soon and hopefully a launch date and price plans. You like?
Thanks tipster!

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Refreshed iPhone 3G 8GB hits low of $29 at Fido

The Apple iPhone 3GS is a popular device and if you compare the speed from its previous model you’ll see how fast it really is. With speed comes an increased price. Depending which model you pick, the 3GS is roughly $100 more than the 3G. There are still many ways to score yourself a cheap iPhone and one of those options is to go “refreshed” or commonly known as refurbished.

Originally when Rogers and Fido started to offer the “refreshed” iPhone 3G 8GB it was priced at a low $49… but checking out the Fido site I noticed today that the price dropped by $20 to a very low $29! Now that’s a pretty good deal if you’re looking for an iPhone and feel comfortable getting a refurbished device.

Just so you know what you’re in for when you get a Fido “refreshed” iPhone:
- Phones do not come with ear phones or other accessories
- iPhones are preloaded with current software and have been extensively and independently quality tested.
- Refreshed iPhones carry a warranty of 6 months from the date of shipment
- Refreshed phones are phones that were returned by customers within 15 days from the date of activation.
- Either unused or lightly used and they must pass rigorous final Quality Assurance testing before their sale.
- Some refreshed iPhone 3G devices will have final scratches

Check it out here at Fido

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