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Virgin Mobile joins the money game… launches “Zoompass”

zoompass-bbVirgin Mobile has joined the rest of the party and now offer the ability to use Zoompass on their network. “Zoompass” is the joint venture between Rogers, Bell and TELUS that’s Canada’s first mobile payment service that allows their customers to send, receive and request money, check account balance, review transactions all by using your mobile phone.

As we’ve stated before, the app is free but the service isn’t. After registering the fees are as follows: receive money and add funds from a bank account is free. There is a $0.50 charge send money and withdraw finds to a bank account and a $10 will be charged for any insufficient funds.

Nathan Rosenberg, CMO of Virgin Mobile Canada said “We’re always on the lookout for breakthroughs that will help our customers get more from their phone. Zoompass is a perfect example of innovation that works for people, making it easy and fast to turn their mobile phones into a virtual wallet. In fact, I have some friends that owe me cash. I’m going to get them to Zoom me immediately!” (more…)

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Video: Palm Pre vs. Apple iPhone 3GS

palm-pre-iphone-3gsWe know that the Palm Pre and the Apple iPhone are two completely different devices. Both are desired devices in Canada. We took a bit of time to take a look at each and compare them.

The iPhone 3GS has a bigger screen (3.5 inches) vs. the Palm Pre’s 3.1 inch screen. They both have a 3 megapixel camera, although the Pre has an LED flash but lacks the auto-focus, video and editing capabilities of the iPhone. They both weigh the same at 135 grams, but the Pre is bigger (in length when open and in overall thickness). The AppStore is in a league of its own when it comes to applications. The App Catalog has about 30 available apps… while the iPhone has over 60,000 apps. Both has a 3.5mm headset jack but the iPhone can hold up to 32GB of memory, while the Pre can hold up to 8GB. Plus both are reputable when it comes to your contacts, calendar and e-mails. It just depends on how much you like typing on a physical QWERTY keyboard on the Pre, or the QWERTY touchscreen on the iPhone. Also, the iPhone has auto-correct and came in handy when typing. This is missing on the Pre. (more…)

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The Source selling BlackBerry Bold for $99.99

the-source-99-boldWe are always looking out for the best mobile deals and The Source seems to have the best one going. If you want to get yourself the BlackBerry Bold 9000 you can pick it up at Rogers for $299.99 on a 3-year plan, or head on over to Bell owned retailer and scoop one up for a cool $99.99 on a 3-year contract. This is on sale until September 2, 2009.

More info here

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Spreed to bring Globe to Palm Pre and BlackBerry devices

spreed.-globeMobile application developer Spreed has been in a partnership to push The Globe and Mail content to the Apple iPhone since the end of March. Since the Palm Pre has launched they have taken the time to announce the availability of its free app in the App Catalogue (could not find it though), and also will be available shortly on BlackBerry devices.

Anthony Novac, CEO of Spreed Inc. said “We are thrilled to be working with the Globe and Mail. They are known for their deep understanding of the online space and have embraced the potential of the new mobile landscape. This is a very exciting time for the mobile space and we look forward to developing new and lucrative ways for content providers to deliver content. We will continue working with content providers, like the Globe and Mail, to explore new ways of utilizing the vast array of smart phone platforms in order to enhance their value and revenue potential.”

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Bell officially launches the Palm Pre in Canada!

bell-palm-preIt’s was May 6th (113 days ago) since Bell said they were bringing the award winning Palm Pre to Canada. And today they’ve taken down the “Coming Soon” and have officially released this touchscreen device.

Bell always said it’ll be available in the second half of 2009 and amidst rumours of launch dates, speculation of pricing and curiosity of exactly how long their exclusivity will last – you can now get yourself a Pre for $199.95 on a 3-year contract (with a minimum $45 Voice and Data plan). Outright price is $599.95 with a minimum 500 MB data plan.

We’ve done a number of video reviews, so make sure you check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 to have a full insight into the Pre and its capabilities.

The Palm Pre has overall dimensions of 2.3 inches x 3.9 inches x 0.67 inches and weights in at 135 grams (same as the iPhone). In addition, the Pre comes with a 3.1 inch touchscreen (320×480 resolution), full QWERTY keyboard, Built-in GPS, music player, 3.5 mm headset jack, can hold up to 8GB of memory, get apps from the App Catalog, 3-megapixel camera with LED flash (no video capabilities), full HTML browser (with accelerometer), run multiple applications at the same time, Universal Search, IM, Palm Synergy brings your Outlook, Google, and Facebook calendars together.

Make sure you register for our Palm Pre giveaway here.

More here at Bell

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Palm Pre: “It’s a very, very powerful device” and sure to increase your monthly bill!

palm-pre-coming-soonOnly a few more hours until Bell officially releases the Palm Pre! Bell has started to send out reminder e-mails to those who registered for updates.

With the final countdown happening Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility, said “It’s a very, very powerful device. The longer I use it, the more I like it”. He also stated that with the ability to run multiple applications at the same time, surf the web and send messages will increase wireless customers monthly bills and basically increase Bell’s ARPU (average revenue per user). (more…)

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CRTC fines 3 for breaking National Do Not Call List rules

do-not-call-me-telemarketer

Wicked. Special thanks goes out to the CRTC for finally stepping up. They found that 3 telemarketers guilty of violating the National Do Not Call List (DNCL) Rules. Over 6.7 million Canadians took the time to sign up for this list that has gone under fire for essentially failing in several areas (read here and here)… but today the CRTC issued a $4,000 fine to Rob Sugar, a $10,000 fine to Roofing by Peerless Mason Ltd. and an additional $10,000 fine to Waterproofing by Peerless Mason Inc.

The telemarketers have 30 days to pay their fines and the money will be deposited to the Government of Canada’s Consolidated Revenue Fund.

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More evidence Samsung Reclaim is coming to Canada

reclaimcontestSamsung is a worldwide sponsor of the Winter Olympics and they’ve started to ramp up their marketing efforts with an online contest.

Together with CTV they created the “Fantasy Hockey 2010 Roster Predictor” where it allows users to select 12 forwards, 7 defencemen, 3 goalies and 1 alternate choice for Team Canada’s men’s hockey team. Whoever is closest will win a Samsung 50-inch plasma TV and the Omnia. Also, for those who enter can win random draws for the Vice or Reclaim.

We let you know a few days ago that Bell was going to be releasing the eco-friendly Reclaim sometime in September – this is another piece of confirmation that it’s coming soon! The Reclaim will come in Blue and Green and has a 2.4 inch display (resolution of 320×240), a slide-out 4-row full QWERTY keyboard, MP3 Player, 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, hold up to 32GB with a microSD card, 3.5mm headset jack, messaging options (IM, text and picture, plus e-mail), built-in GPS.

More here at CTV

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Summers over… Rogers intros new “Text Messaging Travel Packs”

Summers over... Rogers intros new "Text Messaging Travel Packs"

Now that Summer is almost over, Rogers has released some new texting packages.

The new worldwide text messaging travel packs are good for one month and there is no charge for incoming text messages (including roaming). There are three different travel packs available:
- $10 gives you access to 50-cent text messages worldwide for one month
- $20 gives you access to 40-cent text messages worldwide for one month
- $35 gives you access to 35-cent text messages worldwide for one month (more…)

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