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Proof: Koodo to launch Samsung M540 Slyde

koodom540We’ve been saying that Koodo Mobile will release the Samsung m540 Slyde for sometime now and low and behold it has showed up in the Future Shop “Cellshop” Spring 2009 catalog (last phone on the right in the image).

No word on an official release date or pricing. The Koodo version of the Slyde will only be available in Black. Features of the M540 are that it’s great for texting as it’s a side slider with a full QWERTY keyboard, has a 2 megapixel camera,  expandable memory up to 8 GB, GPS, 2.1″ screen, weighs in at 92 grams, overall dimensions are 113 x 52 x 17.2 mm.

Bring it on Koodo…More info soon!

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Koodo Mobile turns One, slams out new commericals

It was only a short year that Koodo Mobile came on the Canadian scene. Remember the flashy and incredibly bright neon that was plastered around our great country. No? Then you must remember the throwback to the 20-minute workout.

Koodo started off with entry devices LG 380, Motorola w385 and the Samsung u410. Then they stepped up their game to offer better phones within 6 months such as the LG Shine and the LG Keybo. The financial reports all point to Koodo doing well in the market, nothing official as they are always bundled up with TELUS financials.

However, their message has always stayed true, simple plans with Talk and Text… The “Fat Free Mobility” slogan has seemed kinda to fade away, now  replaced by their own language such as blabberific”, “planticipation”, “bigbillification”, “koodoliminate”, “contracphobia” and the important “textalation”. Here are a few commercials:

Happy Birthday Koodo… bring on some new devices please.
(The next one you should expect is the Samsung m540 Slyde)

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Viigo continues to grow, partners with Corus for 9 stations

coruslogoToronto based Viigo continues to grow and bring on massive clients. They have partnered with 9 Corus radio stations to deliver their content to BlackBerry or Windows Mobile devices. The 9 chosen ones are: AM640 (Toronto), Q107 (Toronto), AM900 CHML (Hamilton), AM 770 (Calgary), 102.1 the Edge (Toronto), CJOB 68 (Winnipeg), CKNW AM 980 (Vancouver), iNews880 (Edmonton), 630 CHED (Vancouver).

“Corus Radio is always looking to extend our brands where our listeners are,” said, David Huszar, VP and GM, Corus Interactive and Integrated Solutions. “We know our listeners are actively engaged with smartphones and Viigo allows our stations to tap into that growing market of consumers and deliver them great content.”

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Court gives RIM green light to takeover Certicom

certicomlogoWe can finally put this saga to bed. Mississauga-based encryption technology company Certicom has announced that the Canadian Surpreme Court has allowed RIM to acquire all shares at a cash price of C$3.00 per share… the Certicom stock will officially be delisted off the TSX later this week. The estimated sale is around $130 million.

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Rogers Samsung SGH-S366 launching soon

s366Remember that blurry picture of the upcoming prepaid Samsung SGH-366 that’s coming to Rogers soon, well it must be getting close as Sasmung has put it live on their site now.

Some of the features are the 1.3MP camera with video, music player, expandable memory to 4GB, Bluetooth, is only 15.3 mm thick and has your choice of 3 languages: English, French, or Chinese. The price is to be announced but you can expect to pay somewhere around $99.99.

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EZ Texting comes to Canada

eztextEz Texting (www.eztexting.com) has officially landed in Canada. Before you had to pay a premium to send a mass group a text message to promote and advertise your product/service. Now for only 2.5 cents per text you can reach a Canadian audience.

If you don’t know EZ Texting you might remember them for giving Jeremy Piven $1 million to be a company spokesperson. EZ Texting has a sort of “DIY” software that uses short codes (393939 and 212121) to reach your audience by mobile phone.

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“Other career opportunities” send President of Sony Ericsson packing

sony-ericsson-logo-300x196Sony Ericsson announced that Najmi Jarwala, President of Sony Ericsson USA and Head of Region North America (comprising the US and Canada markets), has decided to leave at the end of March to pursue other career opportunities.

Dick Komiyama, President of Sony Ericsson, said, “Under Najmi’s leadership we have redefined our North American strategy, built operational excellence and strengthened our total presence considerably in this very important market. We are sad to see him leave Sony Ericsson after more than three successful years, but at the same time we wish him all the best for his future.”

Najmi Jarwala said “It has been an incredibly rewarding time for me and we have achieved a lot together in North America. We have introduced an increasing number of new products, grown market share, built operator relationships and, perhaps most importantly, have laid the foundation for North America to play a key role in the long term growth and success of Sony Ericsson. I have been privileged to have led a team of passionate, creative and innovative people at Sony Ericsson and I wish them every success.”

Effective April 1st, Anders Runevad, EVP & Head of Global Sales & Marketing, will take on the role of President of Sony Ericsson USA & Head of Region North America.

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Desjardins releases iPhone & BlackBerry app

dejardinsappDesjardins Group has released a Canadian banking first. If you have an iPhone and BlackBerry you can use their free app called “Site Finder” that works with the devices GPS to locate the closest Desjardins caisse or ATM.

This will be useful when you need cash fast and don’t want to give other banks the $1.50 ATM fee. Desjardins (ibn Quebec) has 2,764 ATMs, 1,396 service centres.

Maureen Dubois, Vice-President of the Financial Services Division at Desjardins “We are very proud to once again offer our members leading-edge technological solutions completely free of charge. This new initiative demonstrates our ongoing commitment to understanding and meeting client needs”.

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Toronto Mayor David Miller uses his BlackBerry to send Tweets

Mayor David Miller sends tweets out to his followers from his BlackBerry.

Twitter is the new social networking site to be a part of and it’s basically the a text message over the internet. Twitter is free and  gives uses the ability to send (140 characters in length) and read other users’ updates known as “tweets”.

Toronto Mayor David Miller is using Twitter to keep connected to a new audience. He has over 4,100 people following him and uses hsi BlackBerry, the TwitterBerry app, to give updates.

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