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WIND Huawei U8100 Unboxed, now available

The Huawei U8100 is officially WIND Mobile’s first Android-powered device (You could always get the another device like the Nexus One but this is their official first in the lineup). This is now available for what looks to be a decent price of $160.

I got hold of one today and took some pics of the unboxing and my first impressions are that the design has this curved bottom that’s similar to the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, but this one is much lighter (110 grams). The good thing about the U8100 is that it runs OS 2.1 so you won’t have to wait for an upgrade (no talk about future upgrades yet). The screen is 2.8 inches and has a resolution of 320×240 and comes with an FM Radio, Wi-FI, 1150mAh battery, hold up to 16GB with a microSD card, GPS, access to the Android Market, Google Maps and a 3.2-megapixel camera with video capabilities.

Check out the pics after the break that I shot and we’ll have a full review coming up soon (more…)


Rogers launches Community Forum to solve customer issues

Rogers has been all over the interwebs recently. They have a team dedicated to social media and answering customer questions. In addition, “RedBoard” was kicked off a few months ago and this is their company blog. To round things out they have just launched their own “community forum” for customers and non-customers to ask/discuss anything to do with a Rogers service.

Rogers states that “these forums allow you to do just that by casting a wide net for technical help from a broad group of users just like you. If members of the community don’t have the answer to your question, our technical-supports reps are on standby to assist.”

Hopefully it won’t be too moderated. Check it here at Rogers
(There’s a video demo after the break of how to get started). (more…)


Best Buy gives early price points for upcoming Rogers Motorola Flipout

A few days ago we let you know that Rogers was set to release another Android device called the Motorola Flipout. The dummy phones arrived at Rogers locations and the only price point we were informed of was the 3-year $29.99. Even though the device is not even announced yet… thanks to our friends over at Best Buy for putting the upcoming no-contract price of a reasonable $374.99 online. Specs wise, the Flipout comes with OS 2.1 with MOTOBLUR, 2.8-inch display with a resolution of 320 x 240, virtual QWERTY keyboard, 3 megapixel camera with video capabilities, Wi-Fi.

Check it here at Best Buy
(Thanks Milos & Derek!)


Samsung Corby Touch will hit Rogers shelves soon

If you check out the Samsung Canada website it gives details of a new touchscreen device that has Rogers branding all over it called the Corby Touch… most likely it’s heading straight to Rogers Pay As You Go. No details on pricing or an official release date yet.

A follow-up to the Corby Pro and Corby Plus, the Corby Touch has a 3-inch touchscreen (resolution of 240 x 320), 2 megapixel camera, music player, holds up to 32GB with a microSD card. Overall dimensions are 111.4 x 55.3 x 12.4mm with a weight of 105 grams.

Get more info on this over at Samsung


Confirmed: Wind Mobile’s first Android will be the Huawei U8100

Well it seems that Wind Mobile is on the verge of releasing their first Android-powered device. Taking a look at this packaging that was sent into us confirms it’ll be the Huawei U8100. We’re informed that an official announcement is coming soon and you can expect the pricing to be around the $170 mark. Specs on this are that it has a 2.8-inch touchscreen display, 3.2-megapixel camera and Wi-Fi.


The glowing Galaxy Vibrant dummy phones arrive at Bell, ready for sale

Probably one of the best devices that Samsung has ever produced is set to launch at Bell in a couple days. Thanks to one of our tipsters for sending in this pic of the dummy phone that’s on display in locations across Canada. You won’t be able to miss this Android beauty as it has a blue neon ring that summons you over to play with it. Specs of the Vibrant are that it comes loaded with OS 2.1 device (will be upgradable to 2.2), 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera that can record 720p HD videos, Wi-Fi, A-GPS.


Best Buy puts unreleased Rogers BlackBerry Curve 9300 on sale

We’ve seen internal screenshots of the upcoming Rogers BlackBerry Curve 3G (9300) and it should be launching any day now… but why wait to get official info from Rogers when you can easily check out the Best Buy Canada today! Although Best by says that “This product is not available for shipping” and “In-Store Availability Information Not Available” they have listed this unreleased smartphone priced at $79.99 on a 3-year and $399.99 no contract. This will be available in both Violet and Grey. This pricing is a bit different than the Bell Curve 3G pricing we revealed last week at $49.95 and no-contract $349.95.

Via: Best Buy
Thanks Pascal!


Mobilicity offers up a $50 credit when you purchase the HTC Snap

When Mobilicity launched their service they also announced a promo with the Nokia 5230/Bluetooth combo package. Today they have come out with what seams to be their first real post launch promo and it’s perfect for the back-to-school crowd.

If you’re into getting a Windows Mobile 6.5 device then this could be a good deal for you. Mobilicity states that when you buy “HTC Snap from August 3 to September. 6, 2010 and activate it on any Mobilicity Unlimited Plan and you will receive a $50 credit added to My Wallet”… basically giving you free 50 bucks. Currently Mobilicity only operates in the Toronto area with plans to expand to Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Ottawa later this year.

Check it out here at Mobilicity


Famous Canadian band set to launch the Bell Galaxy S Vibrant

Bell is almost set to release the Android-based Galaxy S Vibrant. This will be hitting store shelves on the 6th. Last week we were sent info on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant launch event. This is the one that will be taking over Toronto’s Front Street with “an unforgettable experience that’s sure to rock the city core”. The band is supposed to be a big surprise but people have guessed who will be playing.

The details and the last “hint” that was sent to us is the following:
What: Street concert event open to the public
When: August 4, 2010 – Show starts at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Union Station – Union Square Plaza, 65 Front Street West
Who: Have you figured it out yet?

Here’s a clue: I wonder who this band is going to be? Is it the Beatles or could it be the Rolling Stones?


BlackBerry Torch “coming this fall to Bell”… and “in the coming weeks” to Rogers

Ok, we’re getting closer to knowing an estimated release date. With TELUS and Virgin confirming the new QWERTY/Touchscreen Torch 9800 will be available on their network. Rogers has also said they will be releasing this and on their company blog they reported that: “We’re excited to tell you we will carry this stylish smartphone as part of our BlackBerry lineup in the coming weeks.”

In addition, I reached out to our friends over at Bell and they had this to say: “The new BlackBerry Torch smartphone with BlackBerry 6 will be coming this fall to Bell Mobility. And because apps work best on the best network, Bell clients will enjoy using the BlackBerry 9800 Torch to access impressive mobile services from like TV, radio, Remote PVR, Visual Voicemail, GPS Navigator and more. We will keep you posted with more details as we get closer to availability.”

So with the above comment it looks like it’ll land in Canada sometime between the dates of September 23rd December 20th.