In what seems to be an odd fit as this was once pegged as part of the TELUS rugged line-up, the Motorola VE 465 is now available at Koodo Mobile. Priced at $200 or $50 with the “Tab” the VE465 “Active Edition” is a rubberized flip phone that weighs in at 3.8 ounces and has overall dimensions of 1.9 x 3.9 x 0.7 inches.
This has 2 two color displays: internal is 1.9 inches (176 x 220 pixels) and external is 96 x 80 pixels and also comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera (4x digital zoom) with video capabilities, MP3 Player with expandable microSD memory slot up to 4GB, Bluetooth and speakerphone. This weighs in at 3.8 ounces and has overall dimensions of 1.9 x 3.9 x 0.7 inches. (more…)
Koodo Mobile has released a basic flip phone to their line up, the LG 5500. This can be yours for $175 outright or $25 with the Tab.
This flip phone is only available in Black and barely has a camera (0.3 megapixels with digital zoom). The 5500 has a large keypad so you won’t get frustrated typing your text messages. In addition it has Bluetooth capabilities, Speakerphone with Voice dial and commands, a 500-entry phone book with the standard Calculator, alarm and world clock and has overall dimensions of 90.5 x 46.9 x 18.7 mm with a weight of 86.6 grams.
(FYI, the LG 5500 is also available at TELUS on prepaid for $99.99)
Scarborough resident and 2009 Canadian Texting Champion Kathy “Babysweetz” Spence will take her skills a little bit further and participate in the upcoming LG MOBILE WORLDCUP 2009 in November. She won a sweet $25,000 a few weeks ago and will now have the chance to text her way to another $100,000 (USD).
The set up will be the same as the Canadian event and she will participate in front of a live audience over 16 rounds.Her competition will be winners from the United States, Vietnam, Malaysia, South Africa, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Russia, China and South Korea.
Make us Canadians proud! Here is “Babysweetz” getting her 25k from the Canadian event (more…)
“Buzzd” is a “location-sensitive” city guide and social network and is now available in Canada. This free app can be downloading in the BlackBerry App World… Buzzd uses the GPS in your Berry to come up with a list of places and events near you. Plus feedback from the buzzd community members gives you a real-time ratings if it’s a “thrill” or a “kill”, basically good or bad.
As us Canadians wait patiently (very patiently) for Bell to unleash the Palm Pre, we have to resort to others being excited about it. In the meantime it looks like Canadian actress Tamara Hope got some hands on time with the new device as she stars in the latest Palm Pre ad.
The commercial is called “Go with the Flow” and probably the most odd part of it is when you hear “Bing Bing Bing”… which is Microsoft’s new search engine. Check it out here (more…)
We’ve been playing around with the TELUS BlackBerry Tour for a few days now and must admit that it’s a great addition to their lineup… a much need style change from the old Curves. This was just officially launched and can be your for a promo price of $229.99.
The overall design looks like a Bold, feels like a Curve 8900 but clearly a Tour 9630. The chrome outline looks great and rest assured like all BlackBerry devices it is probably the most reliable when it comes to your e-mails. This can also do your IM (Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk and BlackBerry Messenger), plus your text messages with a maximum 140 character limit.
The Tour has a full QWERTY keyboard and only weighs 130 grams and comes with 256 MG of RAM so if you’re the type that runs a lot of programs this will be great for your because you won’t feel any slowdowns. The display is another great addition, an HGVA display with a resolution of 480×360. This shows everything so clear, especially the pics from the camera.
Speaking of, the 3.2 megapixel camera has auto-focus, geo-tagging, image stabilization and can take videos. We captured a few and found the quality to me really clear. Taking pics in different lighting was a bit of an issue but nothing really to cry about. Also the quality of video was impressive. Even with the windy day that we took the video for it produced a high quality output. The sound and images were clear. A nice feature is the ability to upload these pics straight to your Facebook account.
The speakers are impressive and are located on the left hand side of the device. We had them at full blast when we cranked out the music. The Tour can hold up to 16GB of memory with a microSD card (located under the back panel). So you’ll probably only need this to carry around with you. On the right hand you’ll see a 3.5 mm headset jack, plus a micro USB to charge it up.
Surfing the web was a pleasant experience. Loads fast and renders web pages well. The only downside is that is doesn’t have WiFi, something that would’ve been good to include.
Here’s Part 2 of our review, we will follow up with a 3rd for the battery life and AppWorld shortly:
TELUS has officially release the BlackBerry Tour 9630! Probably after much debate they decided to release it a couple days ahead of schedule. The current price plan say this is available on a 3-year promo offer for $229.99; 2-year: $499.99; 1-year: $549.99 and Outright: $599.99. (more…)
Even though TELUS released the Tour today, Future Shop has this available in-store only for a 3-year price of $229.99. They also say in the fine print that “This unit is not available for sale online. New in-store activation required on a three year plan with eligible packages in order to purchase this unit at the listed price. 2 year, 1 year and month to month pricing is available in-store”. This price still comes in $20 cheaper than the rumoured TELUS BlackBerry Tour that is targeted to launch on July 15th. (more…)
PC Mobile has released the Samsung M230 Phoenix, originally an exclusive for Bell. This can be yours buy itself for $69 or with a bundle package for $99. The bundle package includes a Bluetooth headset and vehicle power adapter.
The m230 is a flip phone with has a 1.9 inch screen (96×96 pixels), 2-way speakerphone, overall dimensions are 91.5mm 46.4mm x 19.6mm and weighs in at 97 grams. Both English and French languages are supported and your text messages show up in a threaded format. (more…)
If you’re with PC Mobile and you have family or friends with PC Mobile then this could be something you might want to consider adding on.
They have just released a new plan called “Unlimited PC mobile-to-PC mobile Talk & Text” that gives you Unlimited local calling between PC mobile numbers and Unlimited texting between PC mobile numbers. You always must read the fine print because it really does sound good for only a mere $0.25 but that is a total of $7.50 extra per month.