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RIM announces the BlackBerry Torch 9800

This morning Waterloo-based Reasearch In Motion officially announced their latest smartphone – the BlackBerry Torch 9800. This will be the first device that will have their new OS BlackBerry 6 and it’s hitting AT&T on August 12th. Even though there’s no official Canadian release date there are rumours that this is penciled in to be available later this Summer. After the break are  full specs of the Torch and this comes with both a QWERTY keyboard and a 3.2 inch touchscreen. When this arrives in Canada are you going to get this?

(The Torch has now been confirmed to be launching on Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Virgin by the end of the year)

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RIM officially “Unleashes” BlackBerry 6

After months of being leaked and teaser videos RIM has officially released their new redesigned OS called BlackBerry 6. They stated in a press release that “BlackBerry 6 is the outcome of RIM’s ongoing passion to deliver a powerful, simplified and optimized user experience for both touch screen and keyboard fans. Following extensive research and development to address consumer needs and wants, we are delivering a communications, browsing and multimedia experience that we think users will love.”

As for compatibility it will be “Subject to carrier certifications in the months ahead, the new OS is expected to be available for the BlackBerry Bold 9700, BlackBerry Bold 9650 and BlackBerry Pearl 3G, as well as future BlackBerry smartphones.”

What do you think of this new BlackBerry 6 – will it make RIM gain market share and offer customers a better mobile experience? (more…)

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TELUS BlackBerry 8530 has identity crisis, renamed Curve 3G

The TELUS BlackBerry Curve 8530 is cleary wishing it had some upgraded features. If you check out the TELUS website you’ll notice that all the features, details, pics and pricing are point the 8530 but the name has been changed to the Curve 3G (9300). No word on detail of if/when this will be released but could mean a launch will be soon. It’s known that Bell is launching the Curve 3G on the 12th and Rogers is also on deck to release this new BlackBerry soon too.

Source: TELUS
Via: BBSync

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TELUS announces HSPA+ Dual Cell deployment for Q1 2011… speeds to reach 42 Mb/s

TELUS  announced in a press release this morning that their network speeds will be getting a bit faster by using HSPA+ Dual Cell technology. TELUS recently completed internal testing in June and they’ll officially go live during the “first quarter of 2011″ with data speeds expected to reach up to 42 Mb/s.

Expect Bell to follow with an announcement but the press release states that “HSPA+ Dual Cell technology uses advanced multiplexing techniques to combine two wireless data carriers, operating at manufacturer-rated speeds of up to 21 Mb/s each, into a single carrier with manufacturer-rated downlink speeds up to 42 Mb/s. New HSPA+ Dual Cell compatible devices that will allow customers to take advantage of the new network capabilities are expected to be commercially available during the first quarter of 2011.”

TELUS President & CEO Darren Entwistle said “With the roll out of this new technology, TELUS clients with ‘Dual Cell’ capable devices will enjoy unprecedented download speeds that will support even faster wireless access to an online world that connects them with their families, social networking with friends, favourite entertainment and the freedom to meet their business needs when our clients are on the move.”

UPDATE: Bell sent us an e-mail stating “that Bell has been conducting internal trials of 42 Mbps mobile data service. We are beginning trials on external cell sites this month. In short, no one’s ahead of Bell in testing this technology.”

Via: CNW

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White iPhone 4 delay caused by a “Rough & Bent effect” in manufacturing

Now that the new iPhone 4 has officially landed in Canada the next thing to wait for is the White version to actually become available. In a press release a couple weeks ago Apple stated that the “White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected, and as a result they will not be available until later this year.”

According to WhiteiPhone4Now.com states reason a delay is due to the manufacturing process that caused a “Rough & Bent effect on the frame and made it not sit flush on the middle frame”. Apparently Apple has changed the way the White models are being made with a recently improved manufacturing process. On another note they also state that their OEM source says “there are no signs that a hardware fix for the antenna issue is underway.”

Via: TUAW

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“never say never” to Chatr offering data plans

Chatr recently launched their wireless service – this is a “separate” division of Rogers and they offer basic no contract devices with unlimited monthly talk and text plans. Customers can get a Chatr device in core city locations such as Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Vancouver and soon in Montreal. They’ve said from the beginning that Chatr will not offer any data devices such as Smartphones.

However, this could change. In a reply on the Twitter question of “when is data plans coming out. Sooo need this for business”, Chatr stated that “chatr’s focused on offering worry-free Unlimited talk&text now but never say never.”

I’m sure it’ll be a while before this happens but with this comment it keeps data plans an open possibility.
Via: Twitter

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Flipout & Curve 3G hanging out with Rogers new $40 Student plan


It looks like Rogers is set to release a new $40 Student Plan along with the upcoming Motorola Flipout and BlackBerry Curve 3G. These should all be released shortly and taking a look at this upcoming ad it shows a new $40 plan is the works (Rogers currently have a $25, $30 and a $50 plan)… basically looking like all the other new $40 plans out there. Rogers new Unlimited $40 student plan includes:

- Unlimited My4 local calling
- Unlimited texting
- Unlimited BlackBerry Messenger
- Unlimited Picture and Video Messaging
- Unlimited Social Networking on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace
- Unlimited Talk Evenings and Weekends

Check out the full ad after the break (more…)

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Leaked BlackBerry 6 Developer presentation shows almost everything


RIM’s BlackBerry 6 OS has been leaked, teased and leaked again by pics and various videos. It will officially be released this week when the 9800 Slider is announced. Thanks to BlackBerry Cool for the following presentation slides that were from a BlackBerry 6 developer presentation (from June). It’s basically everything you want to know about the new upcoming OS Check them out after the break (more…)

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Wind Mobile subscriber numbers to be released August 12th

New entrant Wind Mobile has been in operation since December of last year. There has been much speculation of how many subscribers have signed up and what the real impact they have had in the market. Rumours are that it’s around the 90,000 to 100,000 mark but nothing confirmed. If you really want to know then mark Thursday, August 12th down on your calendar. This is the date that Wind’s financial backer Orascom Telecom will report quarterly results and give Canadian subscriber numbers.

Anthony Lacavera, Chairman of Globalive, said in an interview that “I think everyone is going to be surprised by our subscriber numbers”.

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Koodo adds “El Tabador” Wallpapers & Screen Savers to the mix

Not the biggest news but sure is something new, especially for those who like Koodo’s “El Tabador” character. They’ve made it possible to infiltrate your computer by giving you a selection of Wallpapers and Screen Savers to choose from. I gotta admit… even though I don’t have a Koodo phone this character is pretty cool, way better than that Gingerbread man they previously had.

Check it out here at Koodo

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