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Unreleased BlackBerry Curve 8910 surfaces

Spy shots of unreleased devices are always fun to look at. It gives a glimpse of what’s coming up for a potential carrier. Last week recently saw the upcoming Pearl 9100 with the new trackpad and WiFi… With that old news a new Berry has surfaced and it looks to be a step up from the 8900 series.

The BlackBerry Curve 8910 is pictured on the left and is confirmed to be running OS version 5.0.4+. This is a bit confusing as it looks like the 8520 and the BlackBerry Bold 9700. It’s kinda in the middle. Gone are the silver bars between the keys and probably gone is the leather like backing that the 9700 has. No word on when this is coming or to which carriers but the trackball is now replaced with the standard trackpad. (more…)

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Fido to release BlackBerry Curve 8520 in Q1

Looking for a new BlackBerry to hit Fido? You might be in luck in the coming months because they might be launching the very affordable BlackBerry Curve 8520. This is one of the first smartphones that RIM put the new trackpad in… plus it has a full QWERTY keyboard. If you’re considering getting this make sure you check out our full video review here.

Tipster DiamondElite stated in HoFo that “Coming shorty, Fido will be launching the 8520 in Black. It will be part of the Q1 launch. No word on what date exactly, however the SKU has been loaded into the system.”

So gone are the days of the ridiculously outdated Pearl 8100. Rogers is currently selling the 8520 for You can get the Curve 8520 for $49.99 on a 3-year contract or outright for $399.99. It will be interesting to see what Fido will do.

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“Potholes” wins Nokia MobiFest Toronto!

For those who’ve been following Nokia’s MobiFest Toronto you’ll be happy to know a winner has been announced! The MobiFest is a mobile movie film festival and the winner is Maya Bankovic who shot her movie “Potholes ” with an N86. For her efforts she’ll take home a cool $2,500 cash.

The synopsis of the movie is “Between the streets are the details that become our landmarks.” (more…)

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WIND explains why their devices are locked for 3 months

Chris Robbins, CCO of Wind Mobile briefly explains why they do offer unlocked devices, but only after 3 months of service.

He states “But progress is a tricky business, especially when you’re talking about locked phones. I would love to offer WIND phones unlocked at the time of purchase, but the only way for unlocking to work is at an industry level. If we were to be the only ones to introduce unlocked handsets, competitor’s dealers and other distributors could buy out all of our inventory (as our retail pricing is often lower than what they pay) and we’d have no inventory for our customers. This can also happen with US or foreign dealers coming to buy out stock. Hence, our phones are locked for the first 3 months”

Makes sense as they have to make money somehow. WIND has stated several times they’re not making money on the handsets and selling them for the cost price.

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Rumour: Telus launching Milestone on January 26th?

TELUS is getting ready to launch anther Android device, this time it’s the Motorola Milestone and is targeted to hit us Canadians “early 2010″.

We received tips late last week that this was officially launching on Tuesday, January 26th. We reached out for confirmation and our conversations with TELUS stated the Milestone “will not be this month”. However more rumours are circling of availability in a couple weeks if everything is “on time”: “I’ve received confirmation from my Telus rep that the Milestone will be scheduled to launch January 26th on the Telus network; provided that it launches “on time”.

Time will only tell if this will be available in a couple weeks… the real question is how many people will jump on board and get one?

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Public Mobile’s request to challenge Globalive “could drag out for months”

On Friday Public Mobile asked the Federal Court to overturn the decision that allowed Globalive to launch. Public Mobile CEO Alek Krstajic said “We believe Cabinet’s decision is unfair to other wireless carriers, especially new entrants like Public Mobile that have played by the rules and secured substantial Canadian investment. Furthermore, while we respect the Government’s authority we believe what it has done amounts to a change in law, and only Parliament can change Canadian law.”

Jeff Fan and his team over at Scotia Capital have weighed in on the continuing topic. In their Daily Edge newsletter titled “Public Mobile Challenges the Government’s Globalive Decision”, they state some possible implications of the action and believe “This could drag out for months”. It reads: (more…)

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Petro-Canada lowers price of Nokia 2680 to $60

For anyone who cares and wants to get their next prepaid device at a reasonable cost, Petro-Canada has lowered the price of the entry level Nokia 2680. This was originally launched at $110 but now you can score this for a bargain at $60.

Features include Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting, three-way calling, Bluetooth capabilities, speakerphone, VGA camera, GPRS Web browser, MP3 Player, Calculator, Organizer and FM radio. The screen size is 128 x 160 pixels. (more…)

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How to order a Nexus One if you live outside the USA

Google announced the Nexus One last week but unfortunately for us Canadians we were officially shut out of the game. Mobile enthusiasts were finding any sort of angle they could find to score themselves one. Rumours are that Wind Mobile will eventually sell it… but for now, the easy way is through eBay or if you’re eager to get the newest Android you might want to give this way a go (we have not tried it so all the risk is on you): (more…)

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Any thoughts on the new name Dave Wireless will choose?

We get numerous e-mails sent to us about Dave Wireless (Data & Audio Visual Enterprises Wireless Inc.)… specifically about their anticipated launch date or the possible name they’ll go with when they actually do enter the market.

DAVE Wireless invested $243.1-million for 10 licenses during the Canadian Wireless Spectrum Auction and what we know about is the following: signed a roaming agreement with T-Mobile and Rogers; brought on Ericsson to design and build their 3G UMTS network; signed a cell-site sharing agreement with Bell and will launch their new network in their five most populous markets – Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa.

When it comes to the team leading the charge, Dave has a stellar cast. The Board of Directors is laced with talent. They have John Bitove who is the Chairman of DAVE Wireless, Paul Godfrey (National Post publisher), Michael Neuman (ex-Bell CEO), John R. Barnett (President of Rothmans Benson & Hedges) and Michael Moskowitz (President and CEO of XM Canada).

For the day to day operations you’ll hear more about these individuals in the coming weeks:

President of Dave Wireless is Dave Dobbin (used to be President of Toronto Hydro Telecom, COO of Telecom Ottawa and former owner of Telus’ largest dealer); Brandon Alexandroff is VP of Finance and came from AIM Trimark Investments; Stewart Lyons is the EVP of Customer Operations, Finance and Corporate (previously was EVP of XM Radio in Canada); Sharyn Gravelle is Vice President of Network Operations (she came from Toronto Hydro Telecom and was VP, before that Gravelle was at Microcell as the Director of Network Operations); Sara Moore is VP of Marketing but came from Rogers Wireless where she was VP of Customer Relationship Marketing and before that she headed Marketing over at Yahoo!; Ryan Lausman has the position of VP of Systems Operations (he was previously Director of Special Projects & Reporting at XM Radio); and finally Victor Viola, VP of Sales and Distribution (was previously General Manager LEAP Wireless).

Dave Wireless will be entering the market shortly and have expanded the list of positions they need to fill. You might want to check them out if you’re looking for a new gig. On the role description it states “… We’re excited about the untapped opportunities in this market as we prepare for our launch and embark on building Canada’s most dynamic and innovative wireless company.”

We have interviewed Dave Dobbin a number of times, He stated before: “We want a better a better customer experience. We want customers to have a better experience with billing. We want customers to have a better experience with service, when they phone in we want them to have a better experience than they are having today… and we had to design that from the ground up from step one today.”

When it comes to price plans and how they’ll compete in the market, it’s currently known that Dave will offer phones with no-contract, unlimited voice & text messaging, free voice mail and long distance within Canada. Interested in what devices they are considering? Their bands are 1700/2100 so all one has do do is check out what T-Mobile in the U.S. has… some say even the Nexus One could eventually arrive on Dave.

When they do launch we’ll see a name change and there are several rumours flying around. They will in fact launching a new brand name and not a recognized wireless brand.

What are your thoughts on Dave Wireless and what name do you think they’ll go with?

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4G iPhone rumours start to surface (Fourth Generation)

Remember last week when former Senior Marketing Manager at Apple John Martellaro stated that it was common practice to have “controlled leaks” of some of the upcoming Apple products. He said “I know, because when I was a Senior Marketing Manager at Apple, I was instructed to do some controlled leaks. The way it works is that a senior exec will come in and say, “We need to release this specific information. John, do you have a trusted friend at a major outlet? If so, call him/her and have a conversation. Idly mention this information and suggest that if it were published, that would be nice. No e-mails!”

The rumours are now swirling of the next generation of the iPhone to have several updates, starting with a 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash (more…)

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