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Shaw looking to hire a “Sr. Wireless Architect”

Shaw Communications won 18 licences and spent $189 million during the Canadian Wireless Spectrum Auction. Back on January 14th CEO Jim Shaw said “during fiscal 2010 we also plan to take initial steps to commence wireless activities, with build out planned over the next several years.”

Looks like Shaw is moving ahead with their wireless plans as they’ve posted a position on their job board looking to hire a “Sr. Wireless Architect” who’ll eventually be a “member of and accountable for activities of the Architecture Working Group focusing on Wireless initiatives. “. (more…)

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Samsung Impact now available at Virgin Mobile

Virgin has added another device to the HSPA lineup. The Samsung Impact has a 3-inch full QWERTY touchscreen display (resolution of 240×400) and comes with a 3.0 megapixel camera, video capabilities, holds up to 16GB with a microSD card, MP3 player, Bluetooth 2.0. The weight of the Impact is a decent 105 grams with overall dimensions being 109.5 x 53.6 x 13.9mm.

This can be yours on the following price plans:
2-year contract: $49.99
30-day: $199.99 (more…)

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“Refreshed” iPhones make their way to TELUS

The Apple iPhone (3G & 3GS) arrived on TELUS’ new network back in November of last year at the same prices that you would find on Rogers/Fido/Bell. Customers (except those in Manitoba or Saskatchewan) started to purchase the cool smartphone and now – 5 months after launch – it looks like TELUS has put the “refreshed” label and started to sell them at a discounted price.

TELUS says the refreshed iPhones “are available for a special price in limited quantities only on a 3 year term. These units are exclusive to our webstore. These unused or lightly used iPhones, in like new condition, were returned within 14 to 30 days from the date of purchase. They’ve been loaded with the latest software to meet current factory standards, with each having gone through an extensive quality check. Some refreshed iPhones may have final scratches.” In addition, The TELUS refreshed iPhones have a return policy of 30 days and a 90-day warranty from the date of purchase.

So for all those who want to gamble on a refreshed (refurbished) iPhone, you can now get the 3GS 32GB for $249.00; 3GS 16GB for $149.00 and the 3G for $29 all on a 3-year contract.

To compare to the refreshed iPhone over at Rogers, they state they have a “warranty of 6 months from the date of shipment”, but carry the iPhone 3G 8GB for $49.00 and 3G 16GB for $99.00. Fido has the same 6 month warranty but has the 3G 8GB for $29.

More here at TELUS

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Bell’s “Face2Face” Contest offers up free Xenon and video calling for a year

Bell launched their video calling capabilities and a free Facebook app with their new network back in November and the service costs $5 per month (or depending what plan you have it could be already included). Video calling is currently only available now on 3 bell devices: LG Xenon, Samsung Omnia II and the Nokia N97.

Bell has announced a Facebook contest called “Face2Face” that promotes their Video Calling service that gives you a chance to win an LG Xenon and free Video Calling for a year. They state on the contest page that “Each Sunday in April, at 2:22 PM ET, we’ll randomly select a group of 10 contest entrants who’ll have 22 minutes to claim the prize through the contest page on Facebook. The first one to claim it wins an LG Xenon phone and free Video Calling from Bell for a year. If the prize isn’t claimed in time, the clock will reset and another 10 names will be drawn.”

Pretty simple… and you can enter here at Facebook (more…)

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Motorola Canada: “rollout is taking longer than expected” for Milestone OS 2.1 update

With other countries already able to update their Milestone with Android OS 2.1, Motorola Canada sort of gave confirmation that an update is on the way with no specific date in mind… but promised it’s coming.

On Facebook they stated “A lot of you are asking about the upgrade from 2.0 to 2.1. Ultimately, we want to ensure you have the best possible experience on your device; as a result, the rollout is taking longer than expected. Though we don’t have the new deployment date to share just yet, we do promise we are working to get you updated information and will let you know as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience. We appreciate it!” (more…)

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International Roaming now available for Pay Before WIND customers

Graham Kingma, Head of Call Centre Operations at Wind Mobile posted some good news regarding WIND. He stated on the company blog they’ve continued building out their network to provide better coverage in their service locations (Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa). Specifically in the GTA  they added over 70 new sites and expanding to Markham and Aurora this week.

In addition, they have also announced that “international roaming is now available in more than 200 countries and territories for Pay After customers” (Pay Before will be in a few weeks). Roaming is broken into several Zones:
Zone #1: USA
Zone #2: Americas (except USA & Cuba)
Zone #3a: Europe (Within EU)
Zone #3b: Europe (Outside the EU)
Zone #4: Rest of the World
Zone #5: Off-Shore, Sat., Non-terrestrial

Check out the roaming rates for each Zone (more…)

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Samsung r100 now available at SaskTel

SaskTel is launching what seems to be new phones every week. Today they have launched the very affordable Samsung r100 at$0.00 on a 3-year contract. Other price points of this basic entry device are available at $35 on a 2-year contract; $55 on a 1-year contract and $70 no contract.

The r100 has a 1.77-inch LCD display with a resolution of 128×160, Bluetooth 2.1, 2.5mm headset jack, text messaging capable, voice mail to text capable, speakerphone, can hold up to 500 contacts and has overall dimensions of 107 x 43 x 14 mm and weighs 2.61 ounces. (more…)

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“iPhone HD” gets a nice looking mock up

Excitement was going around the web late yesterday when the Wall Street Journal published an article that stated Apple is “developing a new iPhone to debut this summer”. Engadget followed up shortly after with news that it has a rumoured launch date of June 22nd and it’ll possibly be named “iPhone HD”. Then John Gruber over at Daring Fireball came out with some more news that said the next model will have a 960 x 640 display, A4-class SoC, a front-facing camera, and will enable third-party multitasking.

In the meantime, Apple fans such as Graham Bower of MacPredictions.com created a nice looking mock up of what the iPhone HD might look like. Check it out here: (more…)

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White BlackBerry Bold 9700 headed to Rogers

Thanks to a tipster who sent us an inventory screenshot of what appears to be the Rogers BlackBerry Bold 9700 soon to be available in a stylish White version. Our tipster (from a retail outlet that sells Rogers devices) was in the process of doing a hardware upgrade for a customer and noticed the description for the 9700 changed to “RIM 9700B/WR”… (Research in Motion 9700 Black/White ROGERS).

Anyone going to pick up this White version?

(Thanks Tipster!)

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