Rogers extends iPhone 3GS promotions to September 15th

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Jul 312009

Rogers Wireless

Rogers Wireless (and its Fido subsidiary) have extended their iPhone 3GS promotions until September 15th. The promotions were originally scheduled to end today. The offers are exactly the same as Rogers announced back in June and cover both existing iPhone customers looking to upgrade to the iPhone 3GS as well as new customers. The 6GB for CA$30 per month data plan is also extended.

The iPhone 3GS has met with great success here in Canada and Rogers has been sold out for much of the past few weeks. Fortunately, Rogers also indicated that rolling inventory is now on its way with back orders now being filled on a priority basis.

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Apple iPhone 3.0.1 released to fix SMS exploit

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Jul 312009

Apple iPhone 3GS

Apple has released an update for the iPhone to patch a critical security vulnerability demonstrated earlier in the week at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. Firmware 3.0.1 fixes the SMS vulnerability that could give a hacker root access and full control over all iPhone functions, including the dialer and Safari.

The vulnerability affects all iPhone models and all iPhone OS versions prior to this latest one.

Apple iPhone users need to download the 300MB update through iTunes.

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Verizon-bound Android-powered Motorola Sholes revealed?

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Jul 312009

Rumoured Motorola Sholes

Details have leaked that indicate that Motorola and Verizon are getting ready to launch a Google Android smartphone called the Sholes. The device appears to be the second promised Android smartphone (the Morrison being the first) that Motorola has in the pipeline for 2009. It would also be Verizon’s first Android smartphone.

In terms of specifications, the Motorola Sholes will be powered by Google Android 1.5. It will come with both CDMA and EVDO Rev A. connectivity (a first for Android), a 3.7-inch touchscreen display (480 by 854), a slide-out QWERTY keyboard with d-pad to the right, 256MB RAM and 512MB ROM, GPS, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, a microSD card slot (supporting cards up to 16GB), a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 5MP camera with auto-focus, and a 1400mAh battery. It will measure 60.00 by 115.80 by 13.70 millimeters and weigh 169 grams.

The Motorola Sholes could be launched in the U.S. as early as October 2009. There are no details on pricing at this point.

Note: The ‘More information’ link is in Russian. [Google translation]

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Bell Mobility ready to take Palm Pre pre-orders

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Jul 312009

Palm Pre

Bell Mobility looks set to start taking pre-orders on the Palm Pre. In-store advertising will greet visitors and allow you to “Order yours today”. Unfortunately, the adverts still only promise that the Pre is coming soon without revealing any new details.

Bell is eager to launch the Palm Pre and has been rumoured to to push for an August release. It will have a six month exclusive like Sprint has in the United States.

In the meantime, you can still enter Bell’s contest to win a Palm Pre.

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HTC Touch Pro2 and HTC Snap now available from TELUS

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Jul 302009

TELUS Mobility

The ‘Coming soon’ signs are finally down! Both the HTC Touch Pro2 and HTC Snap are now available from TELUS Mobility.

The HTC Touch Pro2 is available from TELUS (with 3.5-inch headphone jack) for CA$249.99 with a three-year contract, CA$549.99 with a two-year contract, CA$599.99 with a one-year contract, or CA$649.99 without any contract.

Meanwhile, the HTC Snap, the latest full QWERTY smartphone with an updated slim and stylish form factor, easy to use keyboard and enhanced Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system, is available for free (during the current promotion) with a three-year contract, CA$299.99 with a two-year contract, CA$349.99 with a one-year contract, or CA$399.99 without any contract. The TELUS version of the HTC Snap supports HTC’s Inner Circle feature.

Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 now available in Asia

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Jul 292009

Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60

The delays are at last over; the Garmin-Asus Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 went on sale this week in Taiwan. Singapore and Malaysia are set to follow in late August. It will land in Europe and the U.S. later in 2009.

"We can’t wait for our customers to start using a nüvifone," said Cliff Pemble, Garmin’s president and COO. "Our lives are all about location. The nüvifone is designed around that premise and that’s what differentiates it from the myriad of other phones on the market."

The Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 is powered by a Linux operating system. It comes with quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band (850/1900/2100MHz) HSDPA connectivity, a 3.55-inch WQVGA touchscreen display (with three primary icons – “Call,” “Search,” and “View Map” and secondary icons on the side), 128MB RAM and 4GB flash memory, built-in GPS, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 (with A2DP), built-in accelerometer, a 3MP camera with auto-focus and geo-tagging, a microSDHC card slot (up to 16GB), and a 1100mAh battery.

The Garmin-Asus nüvifone M20, powered by Windows Mobile, will also go on sale in August in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. It will also head to Europe later in the year but a North American release does not appear to be in the cards at this time.

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T-Mobile to launch HTC Touch Pro2 on August 12th

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Jul 292009

HTC Touch Pro2

T-Mobile USA announced today that it will launch the HTC Touch Pro2 on August 12th.

“The HTC Touch Pro2 offers the most powerful productivity experience available on a mobile phone, while also delivering unparalleled elegance in both its exterior and user interface design,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America. “HTC and T-Mobile have a history of introducing groundbreaking products, and this collaboration continues with the debut of this highly anticipated device to the U.S. market.”

T-Mobile will make the HTC Touch Pro2 available in a (lovely) mocha finish. It also does not appear that it will come with a 3.5mm headphone jack like the TELUS version will. Other than that, it looks fairly standard: Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional with the TouchFLO 3D interface, 3G connectivity, 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen display that tilts up to reveal a 5 row QWERTY keyboard beneath it, built-in GPS, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, a 3.2MP camera

T-Mobile has not provided pricing information yet.

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New details on the BlackBerry 9700

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Jul 292009

RIM is working on a new BlackBerry series known as the 9700 (the mysterious Magnum perhaps?). The Boy Genius Report sources have revealed a few specification details about it:

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSPDA
  • BlackBerry OS 5.0
  • 480 by 360 resolution display
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • 3.2MP camera with auto-focus

I have a feeling we will know more in the not too distant future…

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Apple tablet to be available before Christmas?

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Jul 282009


New rumours have surfaced that suggest that we may not have to wait until 2010 to see the Apple tablet. Instead, a report by the Chinese-language Taiwan Apple Daily suggests that the tablet could be available as early as September.

The tablet will reportedly be manufactured by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. As with previous rumours, it is reported to be a device with a 10-inch display and integrated 3G.

A separate report by The Financial Times also suggests a late 2009 release date. An announcement could be made at the same time that Apple announces a new music album concept that includes an interactive booklet, sleeve notes and other interactive features along with the usual music downloads. The project, codenamed Cocktail, is being developed by Apple in conjunction with EMI, Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music Group.

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Sprint to acquire Virgin Mobile USA

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Jul 282009


Sprint announced today that it will acquire Virgin Mobile USA. The stock deal is valued at US$483 million (including Sprint’s existing 13.1-per-cent stake in Virgin Mobile).

This acquisition will strengthen Sprint’s position in the growing prepaid segment by bringing together under one umbrella the iconic Virgin Mobile brand with Sprint’s successful Boost Mobile business. These complementary prepaid brands, each with a distinctive offer, style and appeal to different customer demographics, will continue to serve existing and prospective customers following the completion of the transaction.

The transaction is expected to be completed by early 2010 at the latest.

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Rogers Wireless begins deployment of 21Mbps HSPA+ network

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Jul 282009

Rogers Wireless

Rogers Wireless has announced that it will begin to deploy a 21 Megabits per second (Mbps) high-speed HSPA+ (High Speed Packet Access Plus) wireless network in August. The first deployment will take place in the Greater Toronto Area and other cities will then follow over the next few months.

Rogers is the first wireless provider in North America and only the sixth carrier in the world to launch HSPA+ at peak speeds of 21 Mbps, putting Canada on top of the world in technology and innovation and once again, bringing leading-edge technologies to Canadian consumers first.

Rogers will launch a 21Mbps capable Mobile Internet stick in the same timeframe.

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Skyfire halts BlackBerry Alpha program

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Jul 272009

Earlier today, Skyfire announced that it was halting its private Alpha program for the BlackBerry. The decision was made after the program was leaked by a participant who was under NDA.

Our intention with this Alpha was to get some early feedback under NDA with a limited number of BlackBerry Bold users – all under NDA during this early dev phase. We know that we have lots more work ahead of us, so we intentionally limited the number of participants as well as the development to the Bold model. Needless to say, this leak was not conducive to the intent of our Alpha.

It appears that the leaked alpha has traveled far already. It was used on Curves, Storms and other BlackBerry models for which this alpha version was not intended.

In a communication to the alpha testers, Skyfire indicated that a new build would be ready in a few weeks. Until then, the servers will be unavailable and the current application will not work.

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RIM announces BlackBerry Curve 8520 for T-Mobile USA

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Jul 272009

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520

Research In Motion announced the BlackBerry Curve 8520 today. Headed to T-Mobile USA, it will be available starting on August 5th.

The slim new BlackBerry Curve 8520 is an incredibly approachable smartphone that comes in two attractive colors from T-Mobile – black and frost. For people who like to be connected, it provides easy mobile access to email, messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) and popular social networking sites (including Facebook and MySpace) and features a highly tactile full-QWERTY keyboard for comfortable, accurate typing. It also features rich multimedia capabilities and access to music, games and other mobile apps for entertainment on the go.

The BlackBerry 8520 is powered by a 512MHz processor and comes with quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity, a 2.64-inch QVGA display, a 35 key backlit QWERTY keyboard with trackpad, 256MB Flash memory, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 2MP camera, and a 1150mAh battery.

Stay tuned for pricing information.

The BlackBerry Curve 8520 will also be available in August from Vodafone UK.

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Apple tablet to launch in 2010?

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Jul 272009


New rumours about the Apple tablet surfaced this weekend with a report that Apple is now set to release the device in the first half of 2010 with a first quarter launch. Steve Jobs, who has been overseeing the project since its inception, is now apparently satisfied with the design and has put it on Apple’s 2010 product roadmap.

Rumours of an Apple tablet first surfaced in early 2007. Since then, it has made regular appearances in the rumour mill suggesting that Apple has been busy with different prototypes

The latest rumours suggest that the Apple tablet will come with a 10-inch display and will be 3G-enabled. Pricing is expected to fall between that of the iPhone 3GS and the cheapest Mac notebooks. These details fall in line with suggestions from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster who expects pricing to fall between US$500 and US$700.

While AT&T has had U.S. iPhone exclusivity since its launch, there are suggestions that Verizon could end up offering the Apple tablet.

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