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Microsoft and Nokia partner to bring Microsoft Office Mobile to their devices

nokia-microsoftThis is big news! Microsoft and Nokia have partnered to bring Microsoft Office Mobile (and other services) to their smartphones. This is a global initiative and it will be first available on their E-Series devices. The press release stated “Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will begin collaborating immediately on the design, development and marketing of productivity solutions for the mobile professional, bringing Microsoft Office Mobile and Microsoft business communications, collaboration and device management software to Nokia’s Symbian devices.”

This just blows Nokia wide open to the business sector and further establishes Microsoft into the mobile space. Let’s hope Windows 7 is as good as it looks. Stephen Drake, VP of Mobility & Telecom at IDC said “The scope of the alliance between Microsoft and Nokia, and potential value for the enterprise and individual is significant. By bringing Microsoft’s productivity solutions to Nokia’s large customer base, the two companies should be better able to serve the needs of the growing mobile worker population, which IDC estimates to reach 1 billion worldwide in 2011.” (more…)

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Scotia Capital: “We do not expect new entrants to have a meaningful financial impact on incumbents until 2011-2012″

Just found these videos that were put online by Wind Mobile (formally Globalive Wireless). Both Anthony Lacavera (Chairman of Globalive Holdings) and Ken Campbell (CEO of Wind Mobile) speak about how their new wireless company can be shaped by the Canadian public.

Campbell says “Wind is not just another wireless company. It’s a concept that was founded on the believe in both listening and acting on the wishes of our customers. And on the believe that wireless in Canada can and will be better. We believe in offering a superior level of customer service, working with customers every step pf the way to ensure your needs are being met. Most important, we believe we can change the way Canadians experience wireless. We are going to be working hard to make wireless better in Canada.” (more…)

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SaskTel launches LG Rumour 2

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SaskTel has added the LG Rumour 2 to their lineup and is available on the following price plans: 3-year contract: $39.00; 2-year contract: $79.95; 1-year contract: $119.95 and Outright/Prepaid: $149.95.

The overall dimensions are 4.41 x 2.05 x 0.70 inches with it coming in only 4.23 oz. The Rumour2 has a slide-out 4-row QWERTY keyboard with designated emoticon key and dedicated directional left, right, up and down keys now added. This has a 2-inch display with a 240 x 320 and has increased the expandable memory to hold up to 16GB. Other features of the Rumour 2 are 1.3-megapixels with video capabilities, GPS Nav, Music player, 2.5mm stereo headset jack, Bluetooth Connectivity, Speakerphone. (more…)

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Review: OtterBox Impact Series Case for Tour 9630

If you have a BlackBerry Tour 9630 and want to protect it from scratches, bumps and even dust… you might want to consider getting the OtterBox Impact Series Case. It’s only about 20 bucks and will protect it far greater than the dollar value.

There are a few key features of the case: it’s incredibly lightweight, only 0.59 ounces has overall dimensions of 4.51 x 2.66 x .75 inches. The good news is that it feels good in the hand and not bulky at all. The case is made of silicone and only comes in black. As you’ll see in the video it’s easy to start protecting your Tour as the case just slides on. Plus you get a screen protector to prevent any scratches, this is easy to put on and comes with an “installation card”.

The bottom line is that will, as with all OtterBox products, will do a great job protecting your Tour. This retails for around $20 and can be purchased online or at any retailer. Check out the review here: (more…)

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Apple to open retail location in Mississauga at Square One

apple-square-oneApple is again expanding their growth in Canada with the grand opening of a new retail outlet in Mississauga. I was only a few weeks ago that they opened in Ottawa and this new location at Square One will be the eleventh store. This means that there are now more locations to get an iPhone: Mississauga, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto, Laval and Montreal.

As usual there will be some celebrations happening, the doors will open at 9:30am and the first 1,000 visitors will be given a free Apple t-shirt, plus experience everything Apple related such as the new iPhone 3GS (16GB and 32GB), iPhone 3G, iPod’s plus all laptops etc. (more…)

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RIM launches BlackBerry Developer’s Blog

originalRIM launched another blog to their growing list. As part of InsideBlackBerry, the newly created BlackBerry Developer’s Blog will be a place for developers to ask questions and give answers. They say it’ll be a “key component to the overall BlackBerry Developer Zone  experience, and will cover three distinct areas:

  • Technical Discussion and Insights – Including best practices for BlackBerry development, code snippets, and general technical information on how to make applications users will come back to time and again.
  • Market Insight – Discussions of trends and opportunities in mobile development and mobile applications that RIM sees from breathing the mobile industry every single day.
  • Developer Engagement – We have substantial plans to get more engaged with our regional and local developer communities all around the world, from Australia to Argentina and everywhere in-between.  We will be using the BlackBerry Developer’s Blog to communicate events in your region and opportunities to meet other BlackBerry developers. (more…)
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Koodo’s $50,000 “Build-a-Bash”

build-a-bashKoodo didn’t want to Virgin have all the party fun… so along with “brand infiltration company” Espresso, they’ve created BuildABash.ca. Basically is open to Canadians who are 13 and up (not located in Quebec) and gives them a chance to virtually create a dream party with a massive $50,000 budget. That is baller status money. Koodo has turned into the high roller of sub-wireless brands.

The contest ends on October 1st, 2009 at 11:59:59 and you can earn points by “finding Koodo codes, voting on party elements and participating in koodo-tainment – fun activities that range from word games to visiting a local Koodo kiosk.” (more…)

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Virgin to launch Samsung Link in White/Blue; SaskTel in Grey/Red

samsung-linkIt looks like Virgin Mobile will be adding to their line-up another colour for the Samsung Link – a white and blue version will be launched soon. They already have the Link in “Great” or as Samsung calls it Grey/Black. No launch dates for the new colour have been announced, but you can pick up the Virgin Mobile Link on the following price plans: 2-year contract is $24.99 and prepaid is $99.99.

Also, it appears that SaskTel will be releasing the Link as well. Again, no dates or pricing is revealed on the Samsung site, but they will be having this in the “Grey/Red” colour like Solo has. (more…)

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Video: Bell LG Bliss Unboxed

The LG Bliss was recently released by Bell and we got our hands on one to find out what’s inside the box and how the newest touchscreen actually feels.

First and foremost, the LG Bliss is incredibly light. It almost feels like you are holding nothing in your hand and it will feel similar in your pocket. The entire device is made of plastic, but this does not mean it can’t preform well. The overall style is nice with a large 3-inch touchscreen (resolution of 240 x 400). In addition, the only button on the face of the device are the call, end, back/speakerphone buttons. The usual button on the side of the device for volume, lock and a one-touch button for the 2 megapicel camera (located on the back… there is no flash for the camera).

Under the back cover is a slot for the microSD card that can hold up to 16GB of memory. Plus the battery is a 1000 mAh. We will be doing a full review over the next few days of the software and am looking forward to seeing how the touchscreen preforms, music player and the customizable screens look.

Check out the unboxing here:

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Nokia’s “Dancefabulous” contest

dance-contestDancefabulous, the popular dancing game was released as a mobile game back in June and Nokia has come up with a new contest to promote it.

There are a couple ways to enter, first is to text FAB to 555 and download it for $4.99 (plus a $0.75 fee) on your N95 8GB device. Second is to submit a video to Nokia.ca/dancefabulous of you showing off your favorite dance moves.

If you are the grand price winner you could walk away with a 42-inch Panasonic Plasma TV that has a retail price tag of $1999.99.

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