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“mysask411″ BlackBerry and iPhone app released

DirectWest (owned by SaskTel) has created a free app called “mysask411″ that’s available for the iPhone and BlackBerry devices. The app basically gives users access to Saskatchewan numbers. According to the release the app features:

•    Most up-to-date Saskatchewan plus Canadian listings
•    Call businesses directly with a single click
•    See business results displayed on an interactive map (more…)

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MOTOBLUR launch party kicks off April 8th in Toronto, then Vancouver & Montreal

Earlier today we posted a MOTOBLUR launch party that is happening in Montreal on April 22nd. In order to attend sales reps will have to complete the e-learning. More parties are happening in Toronto (April 8th) and Vancouver (April 15th) and we’ve been informed that these “launch events promise to be a lot of fun for the sales representatives (Rogers, Bell & TELUS) that attend – great entertainment and one lucky person from each party will win a trip for two to Las Vegas!”…  Sounds like a good time!

When these devices actually come out… who’ll be picking up the Backflip, Dext or Quench?

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Opera Mini 5 & Opera Mobile 10 are officially out of beta

Opera Mini 5 and Opera Mobile 10 are officially now out of beta and in a release Opera says they’ve “released the final versions of the world’s most popular mobile Web browsers”.

To start using these you can type m.opera.com into your mobile browser and you’re good to go.

Opera has over 50 million downloads of their mobile browser and state that “Opera Mini 5 is available on all Java-based and BlackBerry phones, as well as Android and Windows Mobile (both in beta only) phones. Opera Mobile 10 is available on Windows Mobile and Symbian S60-based mobile phones.” (more…)

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Virgin increasing Long Distance, Local Calling, Web Browsing & International Texting prices April 15th

Effective April 15th Virgin will be increasing the prices for a number of services across the board. These basically only impact those of you who are not on a plan but it’s always important to know what’s happening – just so you’re not shocked when you get your monthly bill.

Virgin posted this on their Customer Updates section on their site:

Long Distance and Local Calling Price Changes
Starting April 15, 2010, long distance charges on out-of-plan calls to Canada or the U.S. are changing from 30¢/minute to 35¢/minute in addition to your local by-the-minute rate. If you’re already hooked up to one (more…)

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Google Nexus One officially arrives in Canada

This is a bonus for today… for all those who have been waiting to get their hands on the Nexus One… you can now order this and officially ship into Canada and hook up via Rogers bands for a no contract price of $529 USD. Google says on the Nexus one site that “Compatible with 3G on AT&T (U.S.) and Rogers Wireless (Canada)” and “Supports three 3G/UMTS bands (850/1900/2100 MHz) and four GSM radio frequencies (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)”.

Update: WIND Users can also purchase the Nexus One, just select the T-Mobile option. Also, the fine folks over at TELUS wanted in and tweeted to confirm that “the Nexus One Phone will work on our 3G+ network with a TELUS sim card”. So this will also work on Bell… eventually Videotron and Mobilicity.

More here at Google
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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MOTOBLUR party to rock Montreal April 22nd

We know 3 new Motorola Android smartphones will “coming to Canada with all three national wireless carriers in the first half of 2010″. The devices are the Backflip (TELUS), Dext (Bell) and Quench (unofficially Rogers). Thanks to tipster “Eric823″ who sent us a Rogers invitation of an upcoming MOTOBLUR party that is happening on Thursday, April 22nd in Montreal. No word yet on what exactly the party entails but it’s for Rogers/Bell and TELUS employees and looks to involve a whack of other countries also.

To attend the party employees will have to complete the e-learning. So with this invitation it could be a good indication that the devices might launch around this time. (more…)

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WIND’s “Contract Carnival” is where “contract-killing” occurs

WIND Mobile is hosting Canada’s first ever “Contract Carnival” this Friday at Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto (runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). During these festivities there will be paper airplane-making, piñatas, a caricature artist and a magician. In addition, WIND has put together some sort of experience where creative “contract-killing” happens. This is apparently “to showcase what Canadian consumers really want to do with unfair mobile contracts”.

Sounds fun… hope the Nokia N900 or the Nexus One will be there!

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Fido launching new Prepaid plans March 28th?

The Canadian wireless market is getting more competitive and it’s all good for us customers. I believe we’ll eventually see cheaper handset prices and we’re now seeing rate plans dropping.

Fido recently introduced their new City Fido plans and also a slew of new handsets. For those interested in Prepaid option, Fido looks to be set to release a couple new Prepaid plans on March 28th. We were informed from HowardForums that both of the plans plans below will include: Call display, Voicemail, Call waiting, Call forward and billing by the minute. (more…)

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Contest: Enter to win a WIND BlackBerry Bold 9700!

Our previous contest section was full.You can also enter your name for this contest below…

Everyone up for another contest… how about winning a BlackBerry Bold 9700! We have 2 WIND Mobile Bold 9700 devices to giveaway and all you have to do is enter your name in the comment section below.

The Bold 9700 is one of RIM’s newest devices and comes with the new trackpad (no more trackball) with a full QWERTY keyboard. The screen is 2.44 inch (resolution of 480 x 360), built-in GPS, WiFi, 3.2MP camera with video capabilities, 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, can hold up to 32 GB and can do all your e-mail needs. Overall dimensions of the 9700 are 109 x 60 x 14.1 mm and weighs only 122 grams.

As I said above, to enter the contest all you have to do is submit your name in the comment section below – no strings attached. The contest goes until Wednesday, March 24th at 5:00pm and as usual we’ll announce our both winners shortly after. You can only enter your name once… Go ahead, enter your name below!

(Follow us on Twitter to find out faster if you won! – @mobilesyrup)

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Paid apps finally come to Canadian Android Market!

Remember at the end of February when Google Canada spokesperson Wendy Rozeluk spoke about the lack of paid apps in the Android Market… she said “There are many factors that come into play to make sure the selling and purchasing processes run smoothly. It takes time to bring support to more countries, which is something we are working hard to do”.

I guess they were working hard as paid apps have finally been pushed out! All you need to do is access the Market and find the paid apps you want (still lists only in US or British Pounds) but the progress is good! Nice work Google!

(Thanks Scott!)

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