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Best Buy Mobile opens in Montreal with BlackBerry deals

montreal-bestbuyBest Buy Mobile officially launched in Canada on June 2nd and with only 3 stores, and now they can add another location to their list in vibrant Montreal and Gatineau!

To give Montrealers another reason to party, they’ve put together an impressive list of deals for this weekend only (August 14th, 15th and 16th). You can get a BlackBerry Tour (either Bell or TELUS) for $179.99, BlackBerry Storm for only $49.99, Virgin Mobile Curve for $0.00 and Rogers Curve 8900 for $99.99. Majority of deals are on a 3-year contract basis with a minimum monthly voice and data plan. Here are a list of other deals happening this weekend (more…)

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More Proof: Virgin to bring on Grey/Red Samsung Link

virgin-link.colourWe let you know earlier in the week that Virgin Mobile was going to release another colour for the Samsung Link. More mounting evidence comes today from Future Shop as they show a Virgin Link in Grey/Red, similar to one of the Bell versions. The ad is good until August 20th so perhaps we’ll see it within the week

Also, in the same ad, a nice promo is going on, if you buy 2 Virgin phones with a myPair plan they will give you a free Nintendo DSi. Pretty good deal… great for the classroom.

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Shortcovers: 166 days on market & 400,000 people downloaded apps

shortcoversimageShortcovers officially launched on February 26th, 166 days ago and they state “it has been Amazing!”. The Indigo Books & Music funded mobile bookstore that’s a free app for your iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Palm devices that allows you to buy a book a chapter at a time and turns your phone into a mobile bookstore.

On the company blog, CTO Michael Serbinis said “For a startup ‘experiment’ inside of large retailer – we have had a number of successes, made many mistakes, and have learned immensely every second of the way”. Here are some statistics over the past number of months (more…)

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Ouch… iPhone 3GS Shot with 9mm and Burned

The Apple iPhone can do a great deal of day-to-day tasks and with every app available it does make life easier. However, with all its ease of use, “Hyperplasia07″ has put a video together to show us all how he likes his iPhone… basically destroying it by gunshots and setting the thing on fire. I can only see us Canadians going this far if our rates continue to increase.

Clearly a disgruntled iPhone user, he states” Dear apple, We are sick and tired of your dictatorship. We refuse to be suffocated by your iron fist. Google Voice was the last straw. From now on I am a PC where I have my freedom.”

On his YouTube Channel “Apple may have fooled the world with their witty commercials and bright t-shirts, but they will no longer fool me. Their approach has helped them gain a sizable chunk of the PC market, but as their popularity grows, people will begin to see them for what they really are–a corporation far more “evil” than Microsoft would ever dream to be.”

However his views may be… there is one thing about this video. If the iPhone can take 4 bullets and then be set it on fire for it to actually destroyed… the durability is to be admired.

Check it out here:

Via: MobileCrunch

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BusinessWeek goes BlackBerry

businessweeklatestPolar Mobile has been pounding out the apps recently, such as TIME and the Food Network. Today they have launched BusinessWeek specifically for BlackBerry devices.

This is a free app and features latest news, information, market updates, stock quotes, and specialized content channels – everything from Finance to Small Business, Technology to Management. Check it out here at m.businessweek.com. Good news for iPhone users as Polar Mobile says they will be releasing this app in the next few weeks.

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More leaked images of the BlackBerry Storm 2 9520

blackberry_storm_2_6Now that we are getting closer and closer to an offical announcement, the BlackBerry Storm 2 9520 (BlackBerry Odin) has appeared online in the form of more leaked pictures.

Still no word on a Canadian release date but should be coming in the next few months. Here are some additional specs:
OS 5.0.0.138 and it’s running platform 4.3.0.28.
WiFi – awesome!
SurePress has been replaced by a new touchscreen technology that is apparently much better.
3.2MP camera
360×480 capacitive touchscreen display
UMTS/HSDPA (2100MHz)
Quad-band GSM and CDMA 1xRTT/EVDO Rev. A (more…)

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Even more evidence of 8GB iPhone 3GS from Rogers!

504x_3gs8gbiphoneEven though there has been a couple stories over the past couple weeks about Rogers bringing on an 8GB version of the Apple iPhone 3GS, Rogers has told us that “We can’t comment on rumour or speculation”. No worries… more news today that comes straight from a screenshot of the Rogers internal website Sales Central.

According to Gizomodo, the screenshot is from the Hardware Upgrade Sales Flow system and the Rogers employee who took the picture says:

“It clearly shows that an 8GB 3GS has been added to our stock list and is the same price as the 3G coming in at 99$… The first listing is showing 74.00$ (promo price with data plan and minus customers 25$ discount)

The second listing shows the phone if the customer does not choose a data plan, which is normall 299$ minus said $25 discount, so 274$. I think that when 3G stock runs out they are going to build 99$ 3GSs since those are the parts they are ordering, might as well keep the parts list minimal…”

In addition, a comment made by a former Rogers employee had this to say about the screenshot “Being a former Rogers employee I can say that this is enough evidence to say that 8GB 3GS is coming for sure. Sales Central is the interal website that all staff use and it’s never been wrong. Hardware actually pop up on the site all the time and they have all materialized. It used to be a natural hint when we see something we don’t recognize on it and know that it is new hardware that will be shipping soon.”

So, this makes 3 leaks now… perhaps we can expect an official announcement soon!
Via: Gizmodo

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Koodo Mobile to bring on Motorola Rival

Koodo Mobile Motorola RivalLooks like our predictions for the Motorola Rival heading to Koodo Mobile are coming true. This full QWERTY texting dream just screams Koodo Mobile. An image of the Rival showing it’s features and the Koodo branding has this launching shortly with targeted availability dates of either August 17th or 24th.

No word on exact pricing, but you can bank on this being at the top of their price point for $200 outright of $50 on the Tab.

The Rival is a side slider with a full QWERTY keyboard and TELUS launched this in purple or silver (not sure what Koodo will do but can expect the same). This has a 2.2-inch screen with some touchscreen features, one-touch access to text messaging, emoticons buttons and IM, 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities. Overall dimensions of the Rival are 50mm x 96.5mm x .100.3mm and weighs in at 124 grams. (more…)

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Sony Ericsson Jalou in Canada “within 3 months”

sony-ericsson-jalouSony Ericsson has announced the upcoming released of a flip phone called “Jalou”. According to the Sony Ericsson site us Canadians can expect this “to be available within 3 months”. No word on who the Canadian carrier will be that will get this goodness.

The Jalou will come in several gem inspired colours (Deep Amethyst, Aquamarine Blue and Onyx Black) and also a special limited edition with real 24 carat gold plating Dolce&Gabbana “Sparkling Rose” flavour. Key specs and features of the Jalou are:

- Size is 73 x 45 x 18.2 mm and weighs 84 grams
- 2 inch screen with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels
- 3.2 megapixel camera with up to 3.2 times digital zoom, geo-tagging and video capabilities
- Music player, Bluetooth, built-in FM radio
- Internet
- Networks: GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS HSDPA 2100

Linda Schori, Marketing Business Manager at Sony Ericsson said “The new Jalou phone is all about looking great and sharing the good life. We wanted to create a beautiful handset without compromising on style or content. It’s perfect for anyone who is sociable, loves fashion and wants to stay one step ahead of trends, because it has a fashion forward design you will want to show off. And, for such a compact handset, it has an immense amount of detail both inside and out.”

More here at Sony Ericsson

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Chart full of bubbles shows Apple iPhone’s dominance

applechartThere is a new chart that has been developed by iSmashphone that shows how much of a market Apple now has. All statistics were gathered by Q2 earning from all the major cellphone manufacturers: Apple LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, RIM, Nokia and Samsung.

It’s certainly interesting to look at, very colourful and at the very least it shows how dominant the Apple iPhone truly is. They state “The cell phone handset industry has sold over $65B in the last 6 months. Of that, 9.7% was pocketed by the companies. It was recently announced that Apple received 32% of the total handset market’s profits, equivalent to a whopping $2,038,000,000, all from selling the iPhone. Prior to paying expenses, the net revenue Apple earned from the iPhone is over 5 billion dollars. These figures astounded us, so we did a little more research. The graphic below visualizes what these numbers actually mean by comparing operating profits, operating margins, and net revenues.” (more…)

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