TELUS offering 5GB bonus on plans CA$60 or greater

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Jul 312010
 

TELUS Mobility

With yesterday’s Canadian release of the Apple iPhone 4, both Bell Mobility and Rogers Wireless unveiled promotional 6GB data plans for CA$30 for a limited time. TELUS did not match them but has now unveiled a similar offer of its own.

TELUS is now offering an additional 5GB of data to new customers who sign up for a Clear Choice Voice and Data plan CA$60 or greater on a three-year contract. Essentially, customers will get at least 6GB of data with a choice of devices, including but not limited to the the Apple iPhone 4.

TELUS 5GB data bonus offer

The promotion will run until October 5th.

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Samsung to announce Tab tablet on August 11th?

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Jul 312010
 

Samsung has several times announced that it would launch its first tablet, the Samsung Tab, sometime in the third quarter (August or September being likely). We could find out a lot more at a Samsung press event scheduled to take place on August 11th. While the press invitation does not mention the tablet, it promises new products:

Join us as Samsung celebrates a new dimension of Wonder with new products and announcements on August 11 – Come explore what’s new.

Samsung Tab

Then again, Samsung could unveil a completely different family of products and leave us wondering about the specifications and release dates of the Samsung Tab a bit longer.

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RIM looking to launch BlackPad in November?

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Jul 312010
 

Research In Motion

Bloomerg is reporting that Research In Motion’s rumoured tablet could be out by November. RIM tablet rumours have been gathering steam recently, suggesting that the company is close to unveiling such a product.

Citing “two people familiar with the company’s plans,” Bloomberg also suggests that the tablet will come with a 9.7-inch display, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to allow users to tether their tablet to their BlackBerry smartphones. Other rumours have suggested a 7-inch display. This suggests that RIM is working on several prototypes and that more than one model could eventually be offered. RIM’s tablet is also expected to offer the same BlackBerry capabilities as its smartphones and offer similar security measures, something that will be attractive to enterprise customers.

One Bloomberg source indicates that the tablet will be named the BlackPad, an already familiar name and a domain name that RIM recently acquired. Pricing is expected to start at US$499 to allow RIM to take on the Apple iPad.

In the meantime, RIM is expected to unveil its BlackBerry 9800 slider on Tuesday.

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Android 2.2 headed to European unlocked HTC Desire this weekend

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Jul 302010
 

HTC Desire

Confirming and clarifying an earlier report, HTC has issued a statement confirming that it will be pushing out an update to Android 2.2 (Froyo) for unlocked HTC Desire devices but only in Europe. The full statement reads:

“The Android 2.2 (FroYo) update for HTC Desire will start rolling out across Europe this weekend. As well as including the complete set of Android 2.2 features, the update will contain a few special additions of our own through the latest iteration of HTC Sense. The update will provide 720p video capture, HTC’s App Share widget, as well as our enhanced HTC Caller ID, and improved multi-language keyboard. Also, through the update, HTC Sync will allow HTC Desire users to sync their music with iTunes.

HTC Desire users will be notified that the over-the-air update is available to download when their phone automatically checks for software updates. The update won’t delete any of the phone’s content. However, due to the size of the update, we would advise using a WiFi connection to download it wherever possible to avoid additional data charges.

This update will initially roll out to unlocked HTC Desire handsets. Operator specific versions of the update are undergoing testing and we expect to make them available in several weeks’ time.”

One new feature will allow for the syncing of music with iTunes. Will we see a tiff similar to the one that took place between Apple and Palm over iTunes syncing a while back?

Another bit of good news: Operator specific versions are expected in the next few weeks.

Samsung reconfirms tablet coming in Q3 2010

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Jul 302010
 

Samsung has reconfirmed plans to introduce a tablet PC sometime in the third quarter. It provided only two additional details and neither are new: The tablet will be powered by Android and come with a 7-inch display.

Earlier this month, JK Shin, president of Samsung’s mobile communications business, confirmed that Samsung was planning to release a tablet called the Samsung Tab. Shin also revealed additional details: The Tab will come with 3G connectivity, GPS, Wi-Fi, and two cameras.

Shin said that Samsung would release the Tab sometime before October, narrowing the release date to sometime in August or September. It remains to be seen if and when the Samsung Tab will land in North America.

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TELUS announces iPhone 4 pricing

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Jul 302010
 

TELUS Mobility

The Apple iPhone 4 goes on sale today here in Canada. Yesterday, Bell Mobility and Rogers Wireless released pricing information and today it’s TELUS’ turn. Don’t expect any major surprises in the announcement; TELUS is falling in line with the other two national carriers.

TELUS is offering the 16GB model for CA$159 and the 32GB one for CA$269, both with three-year contracts. Both are also available without contract for CA$649 and CA$749 respectively. Unlike Bell and Rogers, TELUS does not appear to be offering a 6GB data plan for CA$30 per month.

As of this morning, you can order online through TELUS but the 32GB model is already out of stock.

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Android 2.2 headed to Sprint HTC EVO 4G starting August 3rd

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Jul 292010
 

HTC EVO 4G

Sprint today announced it will begin pushing out an update to Android 2.2 (codename Froyo) to the HTC EVO 4G starting next week.

“Sprint is thrilled with our customers’ response to HTC EVO 4G and the innovative and exciting experience it offers,” said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development for Sprint. “It is exciting for us to lead the industry in bringing the Android 2.2 update to these customers and improve on the amazing experience they receive with America’s first 4G capable phone.”

Among the included features are:

  • Voice Dialing Over Bluetooth
  • Application Storage on External Memory, giving users more storage room for all their apps
  • Camera 4-way rotation allows the camera icons to rotate with the camera
  • Improved Browser Performance including a faster JavaScript engine and Flash 10x Support improving the user’s ability to view videos and available content associated with web pages

Sprint will push out the update in waves starting on August 3rd. By the middle of August, the update will be available to all EVO 4G users. Customers will receive a notification to let them know that the update is available to them.

Alternatively, customers can trigger the update manually by going into their Settings menu and selecting System Updates > HTC Software Update.

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Bell Mobility announces Apple iPhone 4 pricing

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Jul 292010
 

Bell Mobility

Bell Mobility has announced its Apple iPhone 4 pricing on the heels of the Rogers announcement. The 16GB model will sell for CA$159.95 and the 32GB one for CA$269.95, both with three-year contracts.

Bell will also offer a 6GB data plan for CA$30 per month from July 30th to September 30th. The plan also comes with unlimited Wi-Fi in over 750 locations (including Canadian Starbucks locations) and Free Mobile TV until September 30th. Data sharing with an iPad will cost an additional CA$10 per month.

Unlike Rogers, Bell is taking online orders but is already warning that shipments will take up to 14 days and that quantities are limited.

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Verizon DROID 2 user guide leaked

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Jul 292010
 

While Verizon and Motorola have yet to officially announce the upcoming DROID 2, there have been enough leaks about the device to leave little to announce. If anything had been missed, the user guide obtained by Droid-Life.com should help answer those last few questions.

While there is no guarantee that this is the final version and that nothing will change, it’s likely that the DROID 2 will come with Android 2.2 and the same Blur skin as on the DROID X. The user guide also confirms that Swype will come pre-installed. Users will be able to choose between it and the multitouch keyboard first seen on the DROID X.

The DROID 2 could launch as early as August 12th and sell for US$199 with a two-year contract.

While you wait for the official announcement, feel free to download the PDF user guide and peruse at your leisure.

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Mobilicity to take legal action against chatr wireless

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Jul 292010
 

Mobilicity

Mobilicity has confirmed to MobileSyrup.com that it is looking at taking legal action against Rogers Communications over the launch of chatr wireless, its new flanker brand. Mobilicity sees chatr as a short-term play by Rogers to eliminate new competitors. According to Stewart Lyons, COO of Mobilicity:

“Things like Chatr only started launching when the new entrants came on the scene. Without long term sustained competition for the big 3, I dare say that I don’t believe affordability and value will remain in Canada’s wireless sector for the consumer. If we’re not around the consumer won’t win in the long term…”

Mobilicity views the launch of chatr wireless as a contravention of the Competition Act which prevents the “use of fighting brands selectively on a temporary basis to discipline or eliminate a competitor.”

Among the options that Mobilicity is considering are civil litigation, a complaint to the competition tribunal, and a complaint to regulatory authorities.

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Rogers Wireless outlines Apple iPhone 4 pricing

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Jul 292010
 

Apple iPhone 4

The day before the Apple iPhone 4 hits Canada, Rogers Wireless has announced pricing and plan details. It is also promising to allocate the majority of its inventory to existing customers looking to upgrade to Apple’s latest smartphone.

Rogers is offering existing iPhone customers an upgrade offer based on activation date. From the Rogers RedBoard:

Did you activate or upgrade your Rogers iPhone on a term contract between January 1, 2009 and June 7, 2010?
Then you’re eligible for at least $250 off the no-term device price. That’s an iPhone 4 16GB/32GB for $399/$499 on a new 3-year voice and data plan.

Did you activate or upgrade your Rogers iPhone on a term contract on or before December 31, 2008?
Thank you for your business. You’re eligible for at least $480 off the no-term device price. You can pick up an iPhone 4 16GB/32GB for $159/$269 on a new 3-year voice and data plan.

Did you activate or upgrade the original iPhone 3G in 2008 and then upgrade again between June 19 and September 15, 2009?
You’re also eligible for at least $480 off the no-term device price. You can pick up an iPhone 4 16GB/32GB for $159/$269 on a new 3-year voice and data plan.

New customers will also be able to pick up the Apple iPhone 4 for CA$159 for the 16GB model and CA$269 for the 32GB version with a new three-year voice and data contract.

Rogers is also again offering its 6GB data plan for CA$30 per month. It will be available from July 30th to September 30th. Customers will also have to share their 6GB plan with their iPad for an extra CA$20 (plus Government Regulatory Recovery Fee). it will also be possible to add additional voice and data lines for just CA$25 per month.

Rogers is warning that iPhone 4 demand has been high and that quantities will be limited. At launch, the iPhone 4 will only be available at Rogers stores and authorized retailers.

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Android 2.2 update headed to HTC Desire starting today?

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Jul 292010
 

HTC Desire

A couple of tweets from Mark Moon, Regional President for HTC Benelux, indicate that HTC is set to update the HTC Desire to Android 2.2 (codename Froyo). The first tweet indicates that HTC will begin pushing out the update starting today for the HTC Desire with other devices to follow later. The second tweet adds that the update will include two additional features, one of which is expected and one which isn’t.

What is not so clear is whether the update will be worldwide or focused on the Benelux region (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg) only. Could the forthcoming TELUS HTC Desire come with Android 2.2? Unlikely but one can hope.

HTC promised earlier this year that devices released in 2010 would all be updated to Android 2.2 by the end of the year.

Source: Electronista

LG to release several Windows Phone 7 smartphones and an Android tablet by end of year

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Jul 292010
 

LG was among the first to promise Windows Phone 7 devices this year. It did so again in early July. Now it has revealed that its first Windows Phone 7 smartphone is expected to launch by the end of September.

It has also confirmed that this will be but the first of several such devices to be released this year.

“We have a deep relationship with Microsoft so expect to have a couple by the end of this year,” said Ken Hong, an LG representative in Seoul.

LG has also confirmed plans to launch an Android-powered tablet in the fourth quarter. It will be part of its Optimus Series of smartphones and tablet devices. No specification details were provided.

RIM acquires blackpad.com domain

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Jul 292010
 

Research In Motion

RIM recently took over the domain Blackpad.com, giving credence to earlier reports that its rumoured tablet would be called the BlackPad. Then again, it could just be a defensive move in case it BlackPad is no more than a development codename.

Whether the BlackPad will be a tablet with full BlackBerry OS compatibility and functionality or more of a companion device to existing BlackBerry devices remains to be seen.

RIM is apparently looking to release their tablet before the end of the year. It could come with a 7-inch display, a 1GHz Marvell processor, and dual-cameras, and full support for Flash with a hardware-based Flash accelerator.

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