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BlackBerry Curve 8520 officially available at Fido

Fido has officially released the BlackBerry Curve 8520, this can be yours on the following price plans:
3-year contract with Voice and Data $50
2-year contract with Voice: $350
No-contract: $400

The Curve 8520 is a long-awaited new BlackBerry addition to the Fido lineup and comes with the new trackpad and a full QWERTY keyboard, HTML browser with WiFi, a 3.2-inch display (resolution of 320 × 240), 256 MB of Internal Memory, can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card, dedicated media keys, BlackBerry Maps, Speakerphone, IM, Bluetooth, 2.0 megapixel camera with 5X digital zoom and video capabilities. The overall dimensions are 109 x 60 x 13.9 mm with a total weight of 105 grams.

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Rogers to exclusively launch Acer “Liquid e” this Spring

It looks like the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 is not the only Android-powered goodness coming to Rogers this year. They have announced that the Acer Liquid e smartphone will be coming to Canada this Spring.

The Liquid e was officially shown last week at the World Mobile Conference in Barcelona and has the anticipated Android OS 2.1, 768MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 3.5-inch WVGA high-definition capacitive touch screen, 5 megapixel camera with video capabilities, WiFi, Full HTML browser, GPS, Bluetooth, 3.5mm headset jack, can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card. Overall dimensions are 116x54x12.75mm and weighs 135 grams.

John Boynton, Executive Vice-President, Marketing, Rogers said “Rogers is very excited to be partnering with a highly respected global brand like Acer to bring the Acer Liquid e to Canadians consumers. By exclusively launching, the first Acer smartphone in Canada, we are once again demonstrating our industry-leading ability to be first to bring to market the latest and greatest mobile devices Canadians are asking for, and adding to our already impressive line-up of Android-enabled devices.”

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Palm WebOS 1.4 officially launching February 25th?

Back in January at CES Palm stated that we can expect an upgrade to webOS 1.4 by the end of February. In Canada, Bell is currently the only carrier with the Palm Pre, but south of us the rumours were flying about Sprint preparing for a February 16th upgrade… this has since passed. An anonymous Verizon rep has stepped forward and said the “hard date” for the upgrade is coming on February 25th and the new OS will be rolled out to around 100,000 devices at a time.

Some of the anticipated updates in this new webOS version are : Video recording capabilities, Flash 10.1 compatibility, Improved speed and Turn on LED alert by default.

(We have reached out to Palm Canada for further insight and hopefully us Canadians get the same release date as everyone else)

Via PreCentral

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Bell BlackBerry Bold 9000 OS 5.0.0.771 officially released

For those who have the BlackBerry Bold 9000 you’ll be happy to know that Bell has pushed out an update to OS 5.0.0.771. Some of the highlights of the upgrade are:

- The Visual Voicemail client is now available on this new version of BlackBerry Handheld Software
- The Precision Zen theme has been updated to correct the display of MMS attachments
- Improved seek function by correcting the ability to skip ahead while viewing video on the device
- While playing a song in the media player, users will now be able to delete other songs without interruption
- Corrections made to shortcut functionality when set to Russian or Greek language (more…)

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Best Buy increases Milestone pricing to $599.99

Back on February 5th Best Buy informed potential Motorola Milestone owners that they could pre-order the device by putting a $50 deposit down.. they also revealed an availability of February 18th. Around this date we were given the expected price point to be $199 on a 3-year contract and $549 outright.

Days passed and the Milestone eventually launched, customers pre-ordered at the $549.99 price and it was even available for sale. We posted last week that this no-contract price was $50 lower than TELUS was selling it for. We’re not sure how many people picked up the reduced pricing but now Best Buy has unfortunately increased their price to match TELUS… so those lucky few who got in early also got the Android-powered device at a really good price.

Also… no surprise as the device shows it’s “Out of Stock. Will ship when available”.

Hopefully we’ll see another price drop soon!
(Thanks to everyone who sent this in!)

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Video: Fido Sony Ericsson Naite Unboxed

Fido released the Sony Ericsson Naite ( J105a) earlier this week and it’s one of their greener devices as it’s made from recycled plastics. The Naite is available for $25 on a 2-year contract or $150 no contract. We got hold of one of these and will do a full review over the next few days… until then we took some time to unbox this eco-beast and found the Naite – for it’s price point – to look and feel like a sleek phone.

The Naite has wieghs only 84 grams and has a 2.2-inch QVGA display (resolution of 240×320), overall dimensions are 108.0 x 47.0 x 12.6mm. On the box it looks like Fido is targeting a social aspect to this as they have placed Twitter and Facebook stickers on it, so we’ll check it out and see how well those perform. In addition, the Naite also comes with a 2 megapixel camera (digital zoom), video capabilities, has a FM radio, Bluetooth, speakerphone, media player and can hold up to 8GB with a microSD card.

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Samsung R330 now available at PC Mobile

PC Mobile has joined other carriers and launched the Samsung R330. This is available outright for $69 or can come in a Bundle form with a Bluetooth headset and vehicle power adapter for $99.

The R330 is a flip phone that has all your basic needs: phone book, alarm clock, calculator, speakerphone, large one-touch dial keys, 1.3 megapixel camera, 2.5mm headset jack and has overall dimensions of 3.5 x 1.9 x 0.7-inches (weight of 90 grams) (more…)

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WirelessWave confirms Fido BlackBerry Curve 8520… release imminent

The long and anticipated road for Fido to bring on a new BlackBerry is coming up soon. Many rumoured launch dates have floated around, now we’re hearing it’s set for the 22nd of February. The cost of the upcoming Curve 8520 will be $50 on a 3-year contract or $400 no contract.

Even though this new smartphone is not released yet, WirelessWave has taken the liberty show more confirmation that the device is coming soon… and more importantly given the $50 price point. (more…)

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WIND Mobile hires “ninja engineers from the competitors”

WIND Mobile launched back in December in Toronto and Calgary and plan to offer their service in Ottawa and Edmonton by the end of February. They have hired well over 700 people and in an article in the Globe CEO Ken Campbell states “We have hired some ninja engineers from the competitors … I know for a fact that we have got some very sharp talent from the incumbents”.

Campbell says that the “ninja” characteristics refer to the employees mental agility, problem-solving ability and appetite for innovation because “there are certain solutions that you need to figure out for customers… The technology doesn’t always work. You can’t just plug and play. The scope and flexibility we give them as a startup is just so much more interesting than what you would get at a larger company. We just have to, because we are small and we have to be agile.”

We just hope these ninja engineers bring the Nexus One to Canada soon!

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How do you like the look of Public Mobile stores?

New Canadian wireless carrier Public Mobile is getting ready to launch their service by “mid-2010″ in both Ontario and Quebec. The only device that they’ve made public is the ZTE C78, but we hear they’ll release Motorola and Nokia devices also. Since branding is so important these days and although Public states that “what you say on your phone is more important than what your phone says about you”… they have giving an insight into what their stores will look like. The picture below was most likely taken from their Toronto flagship store that’s located on 2575 Danforth Avenue. You like:

Via: Public Mobile

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