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Another Storm 2 video… TELUS to bring on 9550 CDMA version, not 9520 HSPA device?

Still no official announcement or release date from any of the carriers… If you’re looking forward to getting your hands on the upcoming Storm 2, here’s a video that shows the WiFi capabilities. From the previous leaked videos we’ve seen in the past it seems to be a big improvement from the original.

Also, we were tipped this past weekend that the TELUS Storm 2 will be 9550 CDMA version, not the 9520 HSPA device (We’ll find out more about this and follow up). For now check out this video: (more…)

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Rogers helps out Philippines relief efforts by text donations

rogers-reliefWith the typhoon and flooding that happened in the Philippines last week, Rogers is taking the relief efforts to mobile phones. They are working with the Red Cross and made it possible for Rogers and Fido customers to text in a $5 donation – all you have to do is text “HELP” to short code 733. Rogers will also match these donations up to a total of $20,000.

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TELUS throws Motorola Rival on Prepaid for $129.99

telus-motorola-rivalTELUS launched the Motorola Rival A455 a couple months back for the following price points: 3-year contract: $99.99; 2-year contract: $199.99; 1-year contract: $249.99 and Outright: $299.99… but who really wants to pay those prices? If you’re game to go prepaid then you can get the Rival for the no contract price of $129.99 (plus they’ll throw in an activation credit of $20.)

The Rival is a side slider with a full QWERTY keyboard and comes in purple or silver. This has some touchscreen features, one-touch access to text messaging, emoticons buttons and IM, 2.2-inch screen and a 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 here at TELUS

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TELUS HSPA training started… it’s a “whole new world”

telushspa-primerThis is certainly exciting news! With the new HSPA network announced a while ago we’ve heard of several devices that TELUS will be launching… earlier this week we heard that employees started training and a little confirmation is a good thing!

A screenshot of the actual e-training manual has been captured and is conveniently titled “HSPA Primer… Introduction to a whole new world”. It goes on to say that “In October 2008, TELUS announced it would build and launch a new network on HSPA technology… This e-learning course, HSPA Primer, will begin to build your understanding of all things HSPA as we prepare to roll out this exciting new network. By the end of the training you will be able to:

- Define HSPA and CDMA
- Demonstrate the key differences between 3 TELUS networks and apply them to client needs
- Describe SIM cards
- Describe international roaming under HSPA

Still no word on the exact launch date but rumours are flying around to be the end of October, specifically the 28th.

Via: BlackBerryOS
(Thanks Mark!)

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SaskTel releases eco-friendly Samsung Reclaim

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For those who want to become a bit more green in Saskatewan you’ll be happy to that SaskTel has officially released the Samsung Reclaim.

This is the device that’s made from bio-plastics from corn and 80% of it is recyclable. Overall dimensions of 92.8 x 59 x 15.5 mm, weighs 110 grams and come in Ocean Blue and Earth Green. This 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 16GB with a microSD card, 3.5mm headset jack, messaging options (IM, text and picture, plus e-mail), built-in GPS, web that displays full HTML pages, 1000 mAh battery.You can get the Reclaim on the following price plans:
3-year contract: $59.00
2-year contract: $109.00
1-year contract: $179.00
Prepaid/Monthly: $235.00

More here at SaskTel

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TELUS BlackBerry Storm 9530 “Item not available”… Storm 2 on it’s way?

telus-stormA few weeks ago TELUS put the BlackBerry Storm 9530 on sale for a cool $99.99 on a 3-year contract. Looks like that was a good move for them as when you go to their site and try to purchase one online you’ll get the message “Item not available. An item (handset, rate plan, service or accessory) that you’ve selected is no longer available. The discontinued item has been removed from your shopping cart”.

So does mean that the Storm 2 is launching soon? All signs are pointing to the short answer of yes… but if you’re still itching for the original 9530 you can walk into your local TELUS location as some store do have stock available. (more…)

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Upcoming BlackBerry 8530 shows up in Bell’s inventory… $499 no contract?

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We’ve previously seen the anticipated BlackBerry Bold 9700 show up in Bell’s inventory system, but with their new network launching shortly a screenshot of the anticipated BlackBerry 8530 has now popped up!

In addition, it looks like we’ll be able to get this on an outright price for $499.00… this will probably change as Bell loves having the last couple numbers to end with 95 cents.

The Curve 8530 will have the new trackpad, a 320 x 240 display and 2-megapixel camera. Still no word on an official launch date or other contract pricing. (more…)

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Interview with Tony Lacavera: “We are absolutely undeterred”

Coming off the last few days of being questioned from by the CRTC and the incumbents (TELUS, Bell and Rogers) about their equity, debt and who actually controls their organization, Chairman of Globalive (parent company of WIND Mobile) is as usual incredibly enthusiastic and very optimistic about the future.

We sat down with him this morning for a brief conversation where he said “the only intervenors were the incumbents, there weren’t too many, in fact any Canadians showing up saying we don’t want to see Globalive offering a new choice in wireless”.

The CRTC stated they will present their final decision if Globalive will be able to launch or not at the very latest by October 23rd.

When it comes to the Wind Mobile brand launching, Lacavera said “We are absolutely undeterred and moving ahead, we have a great team on the ground building the network… we plan to launch mid-November. As I said earlier we won’t launch the network until we’re very comfortable that service is going to be solid, that the offering is ready and the network is ready. So were are going full speed ahead in those 5 launch cities Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Vancouver… We may delay the launch but it won’t be because of the incumbents or the CRTC.”

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Rogers releases Nokia E71 with Nuance’s TALKS Software to help those with vision loss

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Back in July the CRTC mandated the wireless carriers to request that wireless companies offer at least one type of cellphone to serve the needs of people who are blind and/or have moderate-to-severe mobility or cognitive disabilities by October 21, 2009.

Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman of the CRTC said “We understand that Canadians living with disabilities have increasing needs as communications technologies become more prevalent in our daily lives. The measures announced today are an important step in making it easier for them to use the latest communications services.”

Today Rogers has announced that the Nokia E71 is now pre-loaded with Nuance’s TALKS software. This will give those who are blind or have vision loss the ability to have their displayed messages converted into speech (such as any text messages, contacts, caller ID).

This is available at Rogers for $99.99 on a 3-year Voice and Data contract and only comes in Grey.

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