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Everything you should know about the Bell AppleCare Program

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If you’re thinking or already have purchased an iPhone from Bell, you might want to consider getting AppleCare.

This gives you an extension of the standard 1-year manufacturer’s warranty by another year (and also Apple’s 90-day comp troubleshooting service). Of course, this comes at a price and below is part of the internal doc we’ve received (Thanks to “Informer”).

Have a look over… it’s always good to be informed especially when you buy an expensive piece of technology on a 3-year contract: (more…)

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Breakdown of the TELUS “Clear Choice Rate Plans”

ccpWith all the new devices launching tomorrow, you are probably interested in what the new TELUS “Clear Choice Rate Plans” are. (More here at TELUS)

This is the new TELUS stand of axing the System Access Fees (SAF) and the carrier 911 fees and promoting “the price you see is the price you pay”. All the official plans are below:

TELUS Smartphone Plans (includes voicemail, call waiting, conference calling):
$50 per month will get you the following:
- 100 local anytime minutes
- 50 Bonus anytime minutes
- Unlimited local talk/text with 5 numbers OR 1,000 outgoing and unlimited incoming text messages OR double anytime minutes
- unlimited nights (9 p.m.) and weekends and 500 MB data (more…)

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Video: TELUS’ upcoming HSPA device & price plans

If you’re not getting your fill of Canadian mobile news today then you should not read on. However, if you want some info on the official TELUS HSPA devices and their price plans then read on. Below are the devices that TELUS will be launching tomorrow, November 5th (more devices coming in a few days). In addition, if you want info on the upcoming TELUS “Clear Choice Rate Plans” we’ve got all the details here at this link.

Videos of each are below and let us know your thoughts! (Cut and pasted the info that’s on the press release tomorrow)

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The TELUS iPhone 3G & 3GS are described as “Meet iPhone 3GS, the fastest iPhone ever. Featuring a remarkable video camera, Voice Control, and more. It’s a revolutionary phone, a great widescreen iPod, and a breakthrough Internet device in one. And with tens of thousands of apps from the App Store, it can do just about anything.”

The iPhone 3G 8GB is available in White and Black on the following price plans:
No contract: $599.99
3-year contract:$99.99

The iPhone 3GS 16GB is available in White and Black on the following price plans:
No contract: $699.99
3-year contract:$199.99

The iPhone 3GS 32GB is available in White and Black on the following price plans:
No contract: $799.99
3-year contract:$299.99

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TELUS describes the BlackBerry Bold 9700 as the “smartphone offers top-of-the-line performance, functionality and features with support for HSDPA networks around the world, a next-generation (624 MHz) processor, 256 MB Flash memory, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi, 3.2MP camera and, a sharp, dazzling display and a premium finish. Its cutting edge engineering and premium finishes extends to the exterior of the handset as well, with the new model featuring the premiere of BlackBerry’s new touch-sensitive trackpad added to the highly tactile, distinctive, fretted keyboard found in RIM’s premium full-QWERTY handsets.”

BlackBerry Bold 9700 is available on the following price plans:
Month-to-Month/No Contract: $649.99
1-year contract: $599.99
2-year contract: $549.99
3-year contract: $249.99

“The HTC Hero is a touch screen device that operates on the Android platform. Personalization is taken to a new level on this device with the seven customizable home screens and multiple profiles making it easy to stay connected with integrated Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, IM and email updates. This new device allows TELUS users to experience applications integrated throughout the phone with the latest and greatest applications from the continuously growing Android Market.

Ideal for young men and woman starting out their careers, the HTC Hero is the ultimate device for the stylish, independent young professional wants to stay connected with multiple social networks. This device caters to those who have an appetite for daily browsing and regular downloads of applications. ”

HTC Hero is available in Black or White on the following price plans:
Month-to-Month/No Contract: $499.99
1-year contract: $449.99
2-year contract: $399.99
3-year contract: $99.99

“LG’s flagship handset for 2009 is only available at TELUS—not just in Canada, but in North America. The amazingly thin LG New Chocolate offers the sort of premium design usually only seen in mobile devices in Europe and Asia. It’s finished with a unique tempered glass touchscreen and premium piano black finish, and its 4.12” widescreen cinema style display and Dolby® Mobile sound provide a phenomenal video viewing experience. The LG New Chocolate also allows users to dress it up for day or evening with four customizable home screens.

Ideal for the fashion forward male or female looking for a trendy device, the LG Chocolate appeals to those who see their phone as an accessory. This is a device for the sophisticated phone user looking for a stylish touchscreen that is stylish and differentiated.”

LG New Chocolate is available on the following price plans:
Month-to-Month/No Contract: $499.99
1-year contract: $449.99
2-year contract: $399.99
3-year contract: $99.99

“The Nokia E71 smartphone—the thinnest full QWERTY smartphone on the market. With its metallic accents, it looks terrific in any colour, but the stylish black and red versions are exclusive to TELUS! This fashionable device allows users to personalize their desktop and preferences with 2 profile modes to keep days separate from evenings, even with different ringtones, themes, email accounts, and shortcuts. The Nokia E71 comes equipped with a 3.2 megapixel camera and is Wi-Fi capable and video and picture messaging enabled. It offers push email and seamless synchronization with desktop calendars and contacts through Mail for Exchange. The sleek Nokia E71 is the perfect device for fashion forward young professionals who maintain a busy lifestyle and like to keep it organized..”

Nokia E71 is available in Black or Red on the following price plans:
Month-to-Month/No Contract: $329.99
1-year contract: $279.99
2-year contract: $229.99
3-year contract: $29.99

“The new Sierra 306 Mobile Internet key is the fastest available, providing the best browsing, downloading and uploading experiences for consumer and mobile professionals who need and enjoy broadband speeds on a laptop. It’s manufacturer-rated for peak data download speeds of up to 21 megabits per second.”

Sierra Wireless 306 USB is available on the following price plans:
Month-to-Month: $249.99
1-year contract: $129.99
2-year contract: $79.99
3-year contract: N/A

TELUS SIM Cards is available for $9.99

Here’s video of the lineup. We spoke with Hilen Wong, Marketing Director, TELUS Consumer Solutions and he gave a great understanding of each device and what they are capable of:

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Rogers calls Smartphones “Webphones” and drops prices of some stellar devices

webphonesWe first reported about Rogers new promo that switches some Smartphones to “Webphones” last week. However with the HSPA network launches of both Bell and TELUS it seems Rogers wants Canadians to know where to shop for good deals.

Here are a few good deals going on over at Rogers: (more…)

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Bell also launches voicemail-to-text service, courtesy of SpinVox

bell-spinvoxThe news keeps coming for Bell today as officially starting today Bell Mobility will offer the SpinVox voicemail-to-text service across its wireless network.

This is available as a standard feature, both English and French, in the Fun 25, Smart 40 & Smart Combo 100 mobile plans or as an a-la-carte service for $5.00 a month. SpinVox gives you the ability to have your voicemail messages converted to text which directly sent to your mobile phones as an SMS message. (more…)

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Samsung’s Wireless Olympic Works (WOW) platform gets dedicated site

wowSamsung announced public availability of its Wireless Olympic Works (WOW) communications platform, a app that gives you up to date info such as Olympic news, schedules, results and medal standings during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

The application is free to download to from any of Samsung’s smartphones that supports Windows Mobile 6.1 or 6.5 operating system. The app can be download now and will operate on a limited capacity until the Games officially begin on February 12th. You can check it out here at the dedicated site (more…)

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Video Calling comes to Bell and so does an exclusive Facebook app

bell-video-callingIf you’re going to either get the Bell LG Xenon and Samsung OMNIA II you’ll be able to make and receive video calls to your buddies who also have the LG Xenon and Samsung OMNIA II.

Plus through an exclusive free Facebook app you can use the web cam in your computer and connect with those who have a LG Xenon and Samsung OMNIA II. This will work anywhere in the world without incurring long distance or usage charges. To get to the Facebook app search “Bell Video Call” in the Applications section.

The Bell Video Calling service is available for $5 a month, or depending what plan you get it could be included in your monthly charge. (more…)

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Petro-Canada Mobility drops prices, hopes to stay alive.

1661petroPetro-Canada has come out with a new promotion that looks to be a complete drop in prices of almost all their devices. Here’s a summary:
- Nokia 2680 is now $90 (reduced from $110)
- Nokia 2760 is now $69 (reduced from $80)
- Nokia 1208 is now $49 (reduced from $59)
- Nokia 3555 is now $79 (reduced from $149)
In addition, you can buy the Nokia 1661 for $30 when you purchase $25 in airtime

Good deals for those looking for no commitment. (more…)

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Bell officially drops price of Palm Pre to $99.95!

palm-pre-price-dropWe let you know yesterday that Bell would be dropping the Price of the Palm Pre to a low $99.95 on a 3-year contract. . For those holding our for the Pre to be cheaper in price… this is now reality!

With all the new Bell HSPA devices, it seems the once proud exclusive device (we hear it’s going to TELUS in January) has been dropping in price ever since it launched. What we’re told is Bell made the decision to lower it to compete with the 8GB iPhone 3G which is priced at $99.00 on a 3-year contract.

New networks are certainly looking good for us customers… price drops are always great news! (more…)

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Rogers to launch N86… declares their lineup “is the envy of wireless companies around the world”

mostreliableWe first found out about the Nokis N86 when Nokia’s Holiday Guide was released a few weeks ago. Then last week, a document popped up that showed the N86 as part of Rogers new “Webphones” lineup.

Today Rogers has officially announced the N86 will be available “in the coming weeks” for $99.99 on a three-year voice and data plan. They describe the N86 as “Coming soon to Rogers in time for the holidays is the sleek and stylish Nokia N86 smartphone featuring an impressive 8 megapixel camera and 8GB of onboard memory to store music, movies and photos.”

More importantly is the essence of new competition. On the day that Bell launches their new HSPA network, Rogers comes in storming and declares their dominance. The press release title stated Unparalleled HSPA smartphone lineup underscores Rogers’ network superiority… sound like the networks are friends right. You’ll see I’ve highlighted the important statements. Us Canadians are very humble. (more…)

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