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Enter your name here also for the Milestone Contest!

How would you like to get your hands on the glorious TELUS Motorola Milestone? If you do we have great news for you… we are giving one away!

The Milestone was just launched and has a 3.7-inch WVGA display (resolution is 480×854), full slide out QWERTY keyboard, runs Android OS 2.0 and holds up to 32GB with a microSD card. In addition, you can sync all your e-mail, contacts, calendar events, use the 5 megapixel camera (auto focus, dual LED flash 4x zoom with video capabilities) and more importantly get all your apps in the Android Market.

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 Wednesday, March 3rd at 5:00pm (more…)

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TELUS releases the LG Banter for free on 3-year

We let you know last week that TELUS was setting up to add the LG Banter to their lineup and today it can be yours. You can score this at an incredible price of free on a 3-year contract.

The Banter has a 2.2 inch LCD display with a resolution of 240 x 320, full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1.3 megapixel camera with flash and video capabilities, speakerphone, can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card. Overall dimensions are 112 x 52 x 17.3mm, weighs of 126 grams and is a CDMA device. Telus also states that the Banter can help you “show your individuality or reflect your mood when you switch up with one of the 3 included faceplates.”

The available price plans are:
3-year contract: $0.00
2-year contract: $99.99
1-year contract: $149.99
No contract: $199.99

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Best Buy intros Milestone $50 cheaper at $549.99

Telus released the Motorola Milestone on the following price plans:
3-year contract: $199.99
2-year contract: $499.99
1-year contract: $549.99
No Contract: $599.99

All very good pricing especially if you are looking to purchase the Android 2.0 device on a no contract price. When we posted the Best Buy catalog story that showed the Milestone back on January 30th we were informed that the pricing would be $199 on a 3-year contract and $549 no contract. Low and behold it’s true… you can work your way over to your local Best Buy (or order online) and get the Milestone for $50 cheaper. (more…)

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RIM patent shows how developers will make more $$

Everyone manufacturer is getting deeper into making sure they will maximize the mobile advertising space. Apple, Google have swallowed up mobile advertising networks… and back in November of last year Waterloo-based RIM announced the “Blackberry Advertising Service”, this is to basically help app developers make more money off their apps in the App World.

Details were very limited into what this would actually look like for a developers, but news today of a patent that RIM has submitted called “System and Method for Incorporating Multimedia Content Into a Message Handled By a Mobile Device”.

This specific patent goes into detail about what possibly the Blackberry Advertising Service is all about. The patent states: “Multimedia content can be incorporated into a message handled by a mobile device with minimum invasiveness by utilizing linking mechanisms that are visually identifiable with certain content and can reveal the multimedia content, e.g. an advertisement, upon selection. This may be done by examining content in the message handled by a mobile device and matching portions of the message with predetermined criteria such as keywords or phrases. Upon finding matches, corresponding multimedia content is associated with a respective portion of the message content and access to the multimedia content is enabled through selection of a linking mechanism that is visually identifiable with the respective portion of the message. The message is modified to include such linking mechanisms such that upon viewing the modified message, a user may reveal the multimedia content by selecting the linking mechanism.”

More here: United States Patent Application
Via: GoRumours

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Global mobile phone subscribers to reach 5 billion in 2010

In Canada we have just over 23 million mobile phone subscribers. Globally in 2009 the number of people with a mobile subscription reach a massive 4.6 billion and it’s only going to increase according to the International Telecommunication Union. They state by the end of 2010 subscriptions will reach 5 billion.

ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré said “Even during an economic crisis, we have seen no drop in the demand for communications services… and I am confident that we will continue to see a rapid uptake in mobile cellular services in particular in 2010, with many more people using their phones to access the internet.” (more…)

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Koodo puts “new” Samsung devices on sale

Koodo has 3 Samsung devices in their lineup: Intensity, U410 and the Slyde (the Slyde is not currently listed on their site, but available for sale). All these devices have been available well before the holiday season last year, the Intensity is their newest device and it was launched back in October.

However, Koodo has put on a sale that you can save up to $50 off any “new” Samsung phone. It’s a good deal, especially if you’re looking to buy one outright. For example the Intensity can be yours for only $150. I would not call these “new” phones… perhaps they meant they will be new to you when you buy it. (more…)

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Black’s giving $75 Gift Card with Milestone purchase

This is currently the best deal around when it comes to getting yourself a Motorola Milestone… Black’s (a TELUS company) is selling the newest Android for $199.99 on a 3-year contract with a monthly plan. This is still the same price but Black’s has stepped up and sweetened the deal by throwing in a $75 Gift Card! (more…)

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Windows Mobile 6.5 being rebranded as “Windows Phones Classic”

With Microsoft announcing Windows Phone 7 Series a couple days ago there were many questions what will happen to the recently updated Windows Mobile 6.5 (and 6.5.3) devices. Microsoft has stated that they are in fact not completely dropping the OS and will continue to support it by re-branding it as “Windows Phone Classic”.

This will not become official until the official availability of Windows Phone 7 Series later this year. For us Canadians, when it comes to Windows Mobile 6.5 devices we currently have the LG IQ and the Samsung Omnia II. We can also expect to see Bell launch the Samsung OmniaPro 7330 soon. (more…)

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Nokia updates N900 specs with “Canadian” language

Back in January Graham Kingma, Head of Call Centre Operations at Wind Mobile wrote on the company blog that “the N900 and iPhone are hot topics within the community and other forums…and at WIND as well: I’m excited about these too! We obviously want to provide you with the phones that you want… As we expand, and as more and more operators evolve, too, more handsets will become available and we’ll carry them. Specifically for the N900 – which does work on our network – we hope to have the phone in early 2010“.

For those who are looking to this get stellar device a very small advancement has been made when it comes to specifications. Taking a look over at the Nokia site shows the “Canadian French” has been added to the “Language support” section. Again a very small step but we could be getting closer to an official release soon. In the end it boils down to Nokia and Wind coming to some sort of agreement… and this probably depends on how quickly Wind gets their network built up to offer more Canadians their service.

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