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Free AMBER Alerts now available to your cellphone

Here’s a good cause to get involved in. A new initiative that involves the RCMP, OPP and AMBER Alert Agencies have come together for a free opt-in service to get awareness out there of a missing child. For those who subscribe you’ll receive free AMBER Alerts as text messages on their cell phones. All you have to do is text text the keyword AMBER to 26237 and you’ll receive a text message every time an AMBER Alert is up in their province. Hopefully not often.

Looking at the partners page it looks like the carriers involved are TELUS, Bell, Rogers, Koodo, Solo, Virgin, Fido, MTS, SaskTel, Solo, NothernTel, Videotron, Telebec. Missing are the new entrants such as Mobilicity, Wind Mobile and Public Mobile. (more…)

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Android-powered Acer Liquid e released by Rogers

The “Coming Soon” label that has been placed on the Rogers Acer Liquid e is coming off soon. The internal doc that we received states that it launched today… but this will be arriving in stores and retail channels over the next few days. Pricing for this has been consistent to what we’ve said in the past:

3-year contract: $49.99
2-year contract: $274.99
1-year contract: $324.99
No contract: $424.99

Specs of the newest Android to come to Canada are that it runs OS 2.1, has a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 3.5-inch WVGA high-definition capacitive touch screen, 5 megapixel camera with video capabilities, WiFi, Full HTML browser, GPS, Bluetooth, 3.5mm headset jack, can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card. Overall dimensions are 116×54×12.75mm and weighs 135 grams.

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Rogers launches the BlackBerry Pearl 9100

Finally the Pearl 9100 has been released and should be arriving in stores over the next few days. Thanks to a tipster for sending us the internal doc that states the pricing will be as following:

3-year contract: $49.99
2-year contract: $324.99
1-year contract: $374.99
No contract: $449.99

Rogers is shipping new new Pearl 9100 with a 2GB microSD card. Anyone looking to pick one of these up? TELUS and Bell have both come out with pricing that has this at $29.99 on a 3-year. (more…)

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Rogers Micro SIM cards start arriving

Similar to the post we wrote yesterday about TELUS getting microSIM cards (12 x 15mm), Rogers is slowly getting stock in across off stores and retail channels. This could be used for tablet devices such as the iPad and more importantly for the upcoming next generation iPhone. The price of this Micro SIM is $10.

Anyone going for the iPad? (more…)

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TELUS “Unleashing” something June 8th…

There’s this teaser countdown somewhere on the TELUS site (can’t find it now or it’s taken down) that states something is “Unleashing on June 8″. The easy guess would be the HTC Triumph we’ve been talking about for a few weeks now. Hopefully that would be it because the specs look wicked. June 8th is only a mere 2 weeks away…

Update: Seems like this is only targeted to BC and Alberta and only located on the Telus.com homepage, not mobility. (more…)

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TELUS set to launch Nokia 3710 June 15th

TELUS will be launching the affordable Nokia 3710 on June 15th. Looking at the internal doc we were sent show this will be available for $49.99 on a 3-year contract. This device is also pegged to make an appearance as Koodo Mobile’s first HSPA device. This is a basic flip phone that comes with a 3.2 megapixel camera and “generously-sized keypad”. (more…)

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Bell releases “Turbo Hub” at $399 no contract

Bell has added a “Turbo Hub” to their lineup (Rogers released this a few months back). This gives portable access to the web for up to 15 people via either Ethernet ports or Wi-Fi (and also gives voice service when connected to a landline). The Bell Turbo Hub is available for $149 on a 2-year contract or $399 no-contract. In addition, Bell has a promo that goes until July 20th that gives anyone who signs up with a Voice service rate plan will get an additional $5 off for the duration of their contract. Rate plans start at $40 per month for data-only and for $20 more you can add Voice.

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Proof: Virgin Mobile to release Android HTC Legend

A few weeks ago we let you know that Bell was going to release the HTC Legend. Over the weekend Virgin placed HTC as anew manufacturer on their site but no device was listed. We said then it could be the HTC Legend as they basically get the same devices as Bell – mainly because Bell owns Virgin.

Thanks to our Virgin Mobile tipster who let us know that the Legend is in fact coming to Virgin (their first Android device). You’ll see in the screenshot below that it’s currently listed in their inventory. No word on official launch dates or pricing but it also states a sell price of $357… so this could be the no-contract price but seems really low.

More soon!
(Thanks Puma!)

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Winner in our “Win a cellphone plan for a year” contest!

Yet another contest is over and this time we gave away a cellphone plan for a year. Thanks to all who entered and we are pleased to announce that Twitter follower and Forum member Simon Polley has taken the prize home! Congrats Simon!

Looking for another contest to enter? Stay tuned as we have a good one cooking that will be announced on Monday.

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