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Virgin Samsung Gravity 3 gets priced before launch

We’ve got to remember that there is a device out there for everyone… and not everybody needs a high quality smartphone like the Galaxy Vibrant. Hence why Virgin is set to release the Samsung Gravity 3 on their CDMA network. We saw this pop on the Samsung website a couple weeks ago and the specs show this having a slide out QWERTY keyboard, 2.4-inch display (resolution of 240 x 320) and a 2 megapixel camera.

What we didn’t know is the pricing… thanks to The Source weekly flyer for revealing the upcoming prices to be $29.99 on a 3-year contract and $149.99 no contract. Also, we’re hearing this will officially be launching next week.

(Thanks Werner!)


MTS says the BlackBerry Bold 9650 is “Coming Soon”

Fresh off the release of the Android HTC 6250 it looks like MTS is set to add the BlackBerry Bold 9650 to their lineup. Taking a gander at this brochure shows the famous “Coming Soon” with no indication of dates or pricing. Quick specs on the 9650 has a 2.4 inch display (resolution of 480×360), full QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera, WiFi, trackpad.

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(Thanks Alex!)


Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant apparently had a lineup this morning

I know the new Android-powered Galaxy S Vibrant was a very anticipated device… but I didn’t think that such a big lineup would form outside Bell’s Yonge and Eglinton location. Apparently the line started forming around 3:00am. Bell sent out a press release that interviewed the fist people in line, John and his wife Sarah: “Tomorrow is my wife’s birthday, and I wanted to give her a great gift. I like everything about the Galaxy S – the Android OS, video recording and Social Hub.”

Have you picked up a Vibrant? There are a couple more pics after the break (more…)


Solo Mobile to be re-launched as “Solo Unlimited”?

Wireless competition is a fierce game in Canada these days. We’ve got the new entrants looking to gain the trust and loyalty. Then we’ve got the incumbents Rogers, Bell and TELUS starting to offer customers lower handset prices and cheaper monthly rate plans. Then there are the sub-brands like Koodo Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Fido, Solo and Chatr all fighting for market share.

It was officially declared yesterday during the Bell Q2 conference call that Solo Mobile will re-launch sometime this month and offer unlimited talk and text plans. No official word on what cities but most likely it’ll be where Mobilicity, Chatr and Wind Mobile are located: Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton and Ottawa.

I checked out the recorded conference call and found the actual clip of CEO George Cope discussing the Solo strategy. He stated that “On Chatr, obviously it’s a significant competitive development. We will respond to that. Solo Unlimited will launch. It will launch in August. It’ll be competitive with Chatr and it’ll cost us no capital at all because it will go on our CDMA network where we’ve been moving clients off of CDMA to HSPA. So for us the unlimited won’t cost our shareholders any capital. It’s a development in the marketplace and we’ll, as we said defend our 3rd of the Postpaid market. And so we’ll be in the marketplace this quarter with Solo Unlimited. No surprise to anyone because we’ve said that since the beginning we’re always going to remain competitive and our pricing will competitive”. (more…)


Best Buy puts Galaxy S Vibrant on sale for $99.99, throws in a $75 Gift Card

The Galaxy S Vibrant is now available and Bell has this available for $499.95 no contract. Good deal considering all the glorious specs it comes with. If you’re not into paying large amounts of money upfront and saving dough is your game, the 3-year contract is probably best. You can get the Vibrant over at Bell locations for $149.95 but why would you when you can save an extra $50 over at Best Buy. That’s right… this Android just launched and it’s already been put on sale for a low $99.99 on a 3-year contract. To make the deal sweeter Best Buy is throwing in a $75 Gift Card.

Check it out over at Best Buy
(Thanks Derek!)


Koodo throws entire lineup on sale for eager students

Koodo is being very thoughtful to the eager back-to-school crowd and have discounted their entire lineup. The deal is on until September 19th and basically everything has been reduced by $50. You can now score the BlackBerry Curve 8530 for $250 ($100 on the Tab) and the recently launched INQ Chat 3G can be yours for $150 or $0 with the Tab. More phones are available but these are the best ones that Koodo currently offers.

More here at Koodo


TELUS Q2 2010 results: Subscriber base increased by 6.5%

TELUS has reported their Q2 2010 results and should be happy about the news. I’m sure next quarter results will be even better as the new iPhone 4 and the HTC Desire will be good sellers for them. As for the numbers, TELUS states that Wireless segment revenues increased by $73 million, smartphones now represent 30% of wireless postpaid gross additions and their subscribers base increased by 6.5% to 6,699,000 (Postpaid is represents 81.6% and Prepaid represents 33.7%). (more…)


Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant launched by Bell

Another stellar Android has landed in Canada. Devices just get better here every week. Bell has officially released the anticipated Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. You can check out a quick video pf the device in action here, plus pics we shot from the free Metric concert the other day here.

This is available for $149.95 on a 3-year; $349.95 on a 2-year; $399.95 on a 1-year and no contract for $449.95. The Vibrant comes loaded with Android 2.1 with an upgraded to 2.2 scheduled for later this year, a 1GHz processor, 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 5 megapixel camera, Video calling, Wi-Fi, GPS, Samsung’s Social Hub, Google Maps, Google Talk and access to apps from the Android Market.

Just noticed another contest Bell is holding. They state that if you “Buy a Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant before September 3 and you’ll be automatically entered into a draw to win a 55-inch Samsung LED HD TV”.

More here at Bell


Saudi Arabian government turns off BlackBerry data services

Waterloo-based RIM cannot be happy this morning. There are reports that the Saudi Arabian government has moved forward and shut down BlackBerry data services. There were national security concerns from the Saudi Communications & Information Technology Commission because the service didn’t meet their regulatory requirements. The government ordered their 3 mobile carriers to block the service or be forced to pay a $1.3 million fine. There are over 700,000 BlackBerry users in Saudi Arabia and one user stated “It has stopped”.

Source: Yahoo!
Via: Engadget