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Update: Rogers to release Nokia N97 Mini at $99.99?

A couple weeks back we let you know that Rogers has the Nokia N97 mini scheduled to be part of their lineup. We have now been informed that the launch date that was originally scheduled for mid-May has been pushed back to a mid-June release. In addition, our reliable Rogers tipster let us know that the pricing has been set for $99.99 on a 3-year contract. (more…)

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Structure of who’s behind Videotron’s upcoming HSPA launch

When Videotron officially launches their HSPA network this Summer they say that “Canadians will see more competition”. Videotron last gave an update on December 23rd stating they have “successfully entered into several site access agreements or had tower-sharing requests accepted in respect of nearly 60% of all antenna sites required for the AWS launch. Furthermore, the equipment for most of the contracted sites has been installed or is in the process of being installed.”

For those who are curious who is building out their network – the people behind the daily operations – will be happy to know that they are all what seems to be “seasoned industry veterans”.

We were sent this internal doc from a tipster that states “The purpose of this document is to offer internal Alcatel-Lucent team with a primer of who makes the decisions within Videotron as it relates to the 3G+ projects… Some key points: Marie-Ginette Lepage is the effective leader of the project and little is done without her approval. Manon Brouillette is the executive sponsor and formal leader of the project but with her EVP position within Videotron (more…)

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Virgin informs those who forget top up Prepaid that their plan will change June 7th

Another change is coming up for Virgin Prepaid customers. They state on their member update section that those who don’t top up and funds rum out you’ll be placed on the $0.35/minute rather than the previous $1/day plan.

The official verbiage states “Starting on June 7, 2010, if you’re on the $40, $30, or $20 (Evenings & Weekends) Prepaid Monthly Plan and don’t have enough funds in your account on your monthly anniversary date to pay for your plan, we’ll put you on the 35¢/minute plan instead of the $1/day Evenings and Weekends plan. Also, the 30-day switchback is going unlimited. That means that if we move you to the 35¢/minute plan (more…)

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Motorola DEXT launching May 14th via Bell

Looking for the next Android device to hit Bell? You won’t have to wait much longer as the Motorola DEXT is ready to hit the Bell shelves for Friday May 14th. This is the smartphone that comes with Motorola’s MOTOBLUR, a full QWERTY keyboard and runs on Android OS 1.5.

Looking for pricing? We saw an earlier price point of $79.95 but have also been informed that the DEXT will be released at $99.95 on a 3-year. In addition, the outright price is confirmed at $399.95.

According to the internal doc we received it states that “The Motorola Dext smartphone aligns with Bell’s strategy of offering a growing selection of Android smartphones. Today, Android is the second most popular mobile platform in the US and is now shipping over 60,000 handsets per day. Motorola Dext stands out among a growing number of Android devices. With unique social integration and security features offered by MOTOBLUR at no additional charge, Motorola has demonstrated its competitive edge in the mobile market. Dext will be a welcome addition to Bell’s growing portfolio of Android smartphones, with many more to come.”

In addition, for those who use the Dext and Motorola’s MOTOBLUR the doc says that customers “will see the following line item appear on their invoices. It will help to identify they do have access to these services currently and to remind them to make the most of it. The line item will also help to illustrate the value of the services that Bell is bringing to clients.: “Motorola MOTOBLUR services……..$0.00””

Dummy phones have also landed at Bell locations and if you’re interested to see a video of the Dext, check out this link here.

(Thanks Leetneo and Informer!)

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Rogers “Social View” now available along with new Unlimited Social Plan

Rogers has finally pushed through their new “Social View” feature on select Android devices. The official description is that this is “a built-in feature of these exclusive smartphones that brings together, in real-time, your contacts’ updates from popular social networks like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. It also includes a display of recent traditional communications such as texts, calls and instant messages from your contacts. Right in the contact list!”.

The choice Smartphones are the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10, HTC Magic+, LG Eve and the upcoming Motorola Quench and Acer Liquid e. In addition, Rogers is promoting a new “Unlimited Social Addict Plan” that for $50 a month you’ll get 200 Voice minutes, Unlimited Evening & Weekends, Unlimited Social Networking, Unlimited Messaging and 500 MB Data. (more…)

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Rogers expands HSPA+ network to Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Regina

Rogers officially launched their HSPA+ network back on September 14th announcing their internet stick will reach download speeds of up to 21mbps. Today Rogers has expanded their HSPA+ reach across Canada and customers in Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Regina will have access to these speeds. Reading the release it states that Saskatoon and Regina have immediate access, but Winnipeg is “expected to be rolled out province-wide later this year”. (more…)

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Rogers launches “Live Agent” so customers can “Speak to a person, not a machine”

Rogers has launched a service for their business customers. It’s called “Live Agent” and basically you can have a Rogers rep call you vs. you waiting on hold for them. They state that the Live Agent “provides “small business customers with immediate, direct access to a live representative when calling for support. This value-added service enables businesses to connect with a dedicated Rogers representative who will manage their experience with the company, which will streamline communication and reduce time-to-resolution.”

Gordon Stein, Vice President, Rogers Business Segment said “At Rogers, we understand the speed of business today. Our small business customers need quick, efficient conversations that provide them with needed information on our services so that they can focus on building their business success. With Live Agent, small businesses and their teams now have access to immediate, real-time assistance with a customer service representative who is specially trained to meet their service and product needs.”

All you have to do to get started is go to Rogers.com/liveagent and click the web page to enter your info with your service request, whether it’s Wireless, Cable, Internet, Phone. However, the Live Agent must already be busy as the form says that “one of our sales representatives give you a call within 24-48 hours.”
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Bell Pearl 9100: $29.95 on 3-year & no-contract $329.95

We let you know last week that the upcoming BlackBerry Pearl 9100 will be released by Bell on May 13th. The dummy phones have arrived at Bell locations and we have more info regarding the price plans: 3-year will ring in $0.04 cheaper than TELUS for $29.95 and the no contract price is $329.95.

Looking good and a great intro price for this new Berry. Anyone going to get this new trackpad device?

(Thanks Leetneo!)

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Acer Liquid E to launch in June for $49.99 on 3-year

Thanks to one of reliable Rogers tipsters we’ve been able to firm up the 3-year contract price for the upcoming Android-powered Acer Liquid E.

We let you know yesterday that this has a no-contract price of $349.99 and now we’ve been informed that the 3-year price has been pegged for $49.99. In addition, this Android OS 2.1 will be launching in June.

More soon…
(Thanks e823!)

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