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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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Samsung upgrades Galaxy Spica to Android 2.1… not yet for us Canadians

When Rogers released the Galaxy Spica last week we knew that an upgrade from the current Android OS 1.5 to 2.1 was in the plans, but no confirmed date. A press release went out today that showed great progress and states how the Galaxy Spica will be upgraded to 2.1 starting sometime in March.

Before you get too excited, the first county to get the upgrade is Germany then “gradually rolled out to other European markets, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Asia, Africa and rest of the world”. The good news is that Samsung is upgrading their devices, unfortunately we are in the “rest of the world” category with a time frame sometime after March, which is like putting “coming soon” on an upcoming device (hopefully only a couple months). (more…)

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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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