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Paid apps coming to Palm webOS in Canada

Very good news for all the current Palm webOS users out there! Currently we only have the Bell Palm Pre available but one of the major upsets was the lack of video capability and this was fixed with recent webOS 1.4 update.

Another source of frustration was the App Catalog as we only have free apps available to us, no paid apps yet. Good news as Palm sent out an e-mail to their developer community informing them that paid apps will be coming soon, possibly by the end of March:

The e-mail stated “We are very excited about the upcoming launch of international e-commerce for the Palm App Catalog. To follow up on our announcement in January we want to provide you with some additional information to ensure that your paid applications are ready for international distribution as soon as possible. We’d also like to inform you that in addition to the planned European launch, we will be launching e-commerce support in Canada and Mexico.”

Via: PreCentral
(Thanks Shawn!)

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Rogers launches the Novatel MiFi 2372

Rogers has joined the other carriers and has officially released the Novatel MiFi 2372, otherwise now known as the “Rocket Mobile Hotspot”. This little gem weighs 81 grams and a total of 5 people can have access to WiFi (within a 30 foot radius). Rogers states “this wallet-sized device slips easily into your pocket and creating your own hotspot is as easy as pressing the power button”.

Sounds good to me! This can be yours on the following price plans: 3-year contract: $49.99; 2-year contract: $99.99; 1-year contract: $199.99 and No contract for $249.99

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Bell and Solo promote $150 credit “WIND Port-in offer”

A few weeks back WIND Mobile came out with a promotion that encouraged people to port over to them by March 31st and they’ll be given a $150 credit (five $30 monthly installments). News today as Bell/Solo have responded and came out with their own promotion called “WIND Port-in offer”.

The offer is for Bell and Solo clients located in Ontario and Alberta and the internal doc we received says that “Bell Mobility/Solo Mobile is offering WIND clients, who previously have left, a bill credit as an incentive to switch back…. an outbound telemarketing campaign, dedicated to contacting WIND clients to persuade them to switch back with Bell Mobility/Solo Mobile and offer $150 bill credit that will be applied on their first invoice… Bell Mobility is offering a one time $150 credit.”

Looks like competition is alive and well in Canada. For those WIND customers is this a tempting offer?

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Samsung Gravity now available at Fido

Fido has added yet another device to their lineup… you can now get the Samsung Gravity for $25 on a 2-year contract, or $150 with no contract.

We saw Rogers launch the Gravity back in February of 2009 and this device has a full slide out QWERTY keyboard, screen of 2.1-inches (resolution of 176 x 220) with overall dimensions are 115 x 53 x 18 mm and a weight of 122 grams. In addition, it has a 1.3 megapixel camera that can take videos, a music player, Bluetooth and can hold up to 4 GB with a microSD card. (more…)

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LG Shine Touch Launch Party Video, breakdancing included.

We’ve previously posted info on the newest device from LG Canada – the Shine Touch. This will be available for $49.99 on a 3-year contract. Today LG had an official launch party to celebrate the release of the Shine Touch and also the LG Pop. These are both touchscreen devices and are exclusively available through Rogers. (more…)

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Rogers increasing 911 Fee to $0.75 April 12th

A heads up for the Rogers wireless customers out there who have yet to check out your most recent bill. A notice has been included (and now on their website) that “the price for 911 Emergency Access Fee will be changing to $0.75 per month, plus applicable taxes as of April 12th, 2010″.

No reason has been given for the increase, but it could be a trickle down from their recent CRTC mandated investment to improved 911 services. (more…)

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Unboxed: Rogers Samsung Galaxy Spica

The Samsung Galaxy Spica was recently released by Rogers. This is their newest touchscreen Android-powered device and runs OS 1.5 but will be upgraded “soon” with no exact date in mind. We got hold of one and did a quick unboxing and will follow up with a full review.

The Galaxy Spica has a 3.2-inch AMOLED HVGA capacitive display with a resolution of 320×480. This also comes loaded with a 3.2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, GPS, Wi-Fi, 800MHz processor, 3.5 mm headset jack (comes with white earphones) and can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card (Rogers ships a 2GB card in the box). Overall dimensions are 115 x 57 x 13.2 mm and holding the Spica felt light at 124 grams, even on the back of the device there’s a grip feel to it.

Rogers has this on a promo currently for $79.99 on a 3-year contract. Other price plans are: 2-year contract for $349.99; 1-year contract for $399.99 and No contract: $449.99.

Check out the video for the unboxing, might be a bit pixelated as YouTube is still processing it.

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Ericsson shows love for West Coast developers by giving access to test apps on a 3G network

Ericsson Canada has announced they will supply Vancouver-based Wavefront with HSPA radio access equipment and also give them access to their Montreal Test Facility. This means that all the application developers in the West Coast now have the ability to test new wireless apps “on a 3G network, in real-world situations over robust networks, to help them ready their technology for market.”

Mark Henderson, president and CEO of Ericsson Canada said “The final piece of the puzzle for most wireless applications developers is testing their technology on a large-scale network. With this connection, developers now have convenient and affordable access to such a network as well as the support of our world-leading Montreal Testing Facilities.” (more…)

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Vidéotron customer service is “Almost perfection”

Vidéotron has announced their Q4 results and now have over 83,000 mobile subscribers. The more important part of the report is the astonishing high level of customer service. Videotron offers TV, Internet, Cable, Home Phone and Wireless services and when they officially roll out their HSPA network this Summer will be even greater competition to the Big 3.

They like other communications companies offer bundle packages and they stated that they have a 97% overall and 99% customer satisfaction rate. CEO Robert Dépatie said it’s “Almost perfection”. So while other companies are striving to have better customer service, Videotron is well ahead of the game. Dépatie specifically said about their upcoming launch that “lessons taught us recently, from the new entrants – don’t be too pressured to go to the market. Make sure that your network is well built, [and has] good coverage”. (more…)

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