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Public Mobile confirms plans to eventually go LTE

During the auction new Canadian wireless carrier Public Mobile only spent $53 million and captured a reach of 19 million potential customers in Ontario and Quebec. Public currently operates on the once unwanted and untouched CDMA G-Band spectrum. They currently offer a flat rate $40 talk and text plan and have also confirmed on Twitter that the “Long term plan is to move to LTE along with the rest of the world so our network is being built with that in mind.” (more…)


XM Canada & SIRIUS Canada release BlackBerry apps

XM Canada and SIRIUS Canada have both released apps for BlackBerry devices. We mentioned XM before and they have kept their promise by making it available today. The XM online+ gives you access to the music, talk, sports and entertainment.” This has a 14-day trial but after there’s a charge of $7.99 a month or only $2.99 a month when bundled with a XM Canada subscription.

If you’re a SIRIUS Canada subscriber and have a BlackBerry you’ll be able to get access to the app and stream over 100 channels such as news, sports, entertainment and commercial-free music content. If you’re not a SIRIUS subscriber you can sign up for a free 14-day trial, then pay a monthly $14.99 fee. (more…)


Contest: Win a Motorola Brute

The Motorola Brute i680 is a PTT (Push to Talk) capable device is available through TELUS’ MiKE network and can apparently withstand “blowing rain, dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, low pressure, salt, fog, humidity and solar radiation”. Quick specs are that is comes with a 2 megapixel camera, GPS, Bluetooth, Music Player, 2.5mm headset jack, a 1.3-inch external display and a 2.2-inch internal display (resolution is 176×220) and overall dimensions are 100 x 53 x 26 mm with a weight of 159 grams.

You’ll see int he video that over the weekend I put it through a durability test through water, concrete, nails, wood, threw it about 10 feet into an oil tank and capped it all off with a run through a table saw. So it can certainly handle a great deal. TELUS is giving one off these away through their “So you think you’ve had a tough day” contest.

If you want to win one of these your odds just increased. We’ve decided to hold our own contest and you have a chance to win one and see how you can destroy it also. To enter the contest all you have to do is submit your name in the comment section below – no strings attached. The contest goes until Monday, April 19th at 5:00pm and as usual we’ll announce our both winner shortly after. You can only enter your name once… Go ahead, enter your name below!

(Follow us on Twitter to find out faster if you won! – @mobilesyrup)

Good luck to all who enter!


Fido puts all “green” devices on sale for $0 on 2-year

If you’re looking to get a new mobile device and want to help the environment you might want to check out the offer that Fido has put together. All of their eco-friendly devices has been price dropped to a low $0.00 on a 2-year contract. Reading the fine print says the offer goes until May 2, 2010 so you have a bit of time to decide. The green devices are the Sony Ericsson Naite, Motorola Renew and the Renew+ in both White and Green. (more…)


Kik releases free texting App for iPhone and BlackBerry

Waterloo-based “Kik” has released their free texting app for BlackBerry and iPhone devices. It basically works like Skype does for calling but this is only for texting. Kik is only available in North America and supports iPhones 3G and 3GS and the BlackBerry Bold, 8300, 8500, 8800 and 8900 series. There are also plans to launch an Android app in the future. (more…)


HTC and Lenovo both interested in buying Palm?

Bloomberg is reporting that Palm is up for sale. According to “three people familiar with the situation” they state Palm is currently working with Goldman Sachs and Qatalyst Partners to find a buyer – rumours are that both HTC and Lenovo are interested in picking them up. Palm came out swinging and rebuilt themselves by launching their new webOS platform and introduced the world to the Palm Pre.

There is no word on what they will sell for, but recently analysts targeted the stock to hit $0.00 and it’s currently around the $5.00 mark. Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein denied the rumours last week and week sales by stating “it may take us a while, but we will work our way through this, and we’re continuing to invest very heavily in engineering on both webOS development and on new product development.” (more…)


Video: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Hardware review

The long awaited Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will be launching on Rogers shortly – it’s already being shipped to stores and will be available on the following price plans:
3-year contract: $149.99 (Promotional price)
2-year contract: $449.99
1-year contract: $499.99
No contract: $549.99

This will come in a White and Black version. I got hold of one a couple days ago and have started to play around with Sony Ericsson’s first venture into the Google’s Android platform. The X10 will come with OS 1.6 and there is vague talk about it being upgraded to possibly 2.1 at a later undisclosed date.

Check out the video below as it’s a quick look a the hardware – which I must say is a massive step up in design for Sony Ericsson. A complete shift in the right direction with it’s simplistic elegant design. Remember how much hype the Xperia X1 received for it’s design? The X10 completely blows it away… I actually found with the X1 the keyboard was tight, keys were small and the screen was a bit tiny also. With the X10 ranks up there with all the other popular touchscreen devices. The 4-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen display is a reason to get this (resolution is 480×854). However I found with minimal use it does catch a great deal of fingerprints (but the good news is that it’s scratch resistant).

Rogers will be shipping the X10 with a 16GB microSD card and it can hold up to 32GB. Other key features are the
1GHz Snapdragon processor, 1GB of ROM/512MB of RAM, 3.5mm headset jack, an 8.1 megapixel camera that can do basically anything you want it to do – LED flash, auto-focus, face detection, video capabilities. The X10 has a 1500 mAh battery so it should last you the entire day depending on what you do. Regarding it’s weight, only a 135 grams which is the same as the iPhone. Overall dimensions being 119 x 63 x 13mm.


WIND Mobile drops price of HTC Maple by $50

WIND Mobile officially launched back in December of last year – about 5 months ago now – and we are seeing thier first price drop when it comes to one of their handsets. The HTC Maple was introduced at the ripe no-contract price of $300, but you can get this now for 50 bucks less at $250. Hopefully this means new devices are coming up soon – possibly the long awaited Nokia N900 or the Android-powered HTC Magic?

(Thanks Matt!)


8 pics of the Limited Edition Team Canada Bold 9700

Remember about a month ago when we let you know about the Limited Edition Team Canada BlackBerry Bold 9700? This was a internal contest by our friends over at Future Shop for their employees and pictures have finally surfaced… actually 8 glorious pics to be admired! The actual Team Canada Bold 9700 was a custom job done by none other than ColorWare. You’ll see that that the Berry proudly shows the Maple Leaf in all it’s glory. What do you think of it?


Upcoming Pearl 9100 caught running live on TELUS

There’s been many rumours over the past few days about the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 being released on several carriers: Fido, Rogers, Bell, TELUS and Virgin. Specifically regarding the TELUS release we saw that it was currently going through testing but today images have popped up that show the test unit in action. What do you think… will you be picking this up or spending a little bit more money and go for a QWERTY keyboard?

Via: BBLeaks