BlackBerry featured in this week’s Best Buy Free Phone Friday

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May 182011
 

If last week’s Android lineup was not your thing, Best Buy this week features a couple of BlackBerry smartphones for its Free Phone Fridays promotion. The BlackBerry Bold 9780 will be offered for CA$0.00 with a three-year contract from Bell, Rogers, TELUS, and Virgin on Friday May 20th. Additionally, TELUS (Ontario only) and Virgin will also offer the BlackBerry Torch 9800 for free (again with a three-year contract).

Don’t forget that the sale is only on for one day (Friday, May 20th). The sale is also only available at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile store locations and not online.

LG Optimus Pad now available exclusively from Rogers Wireless

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May 182011
 

LG Optimus Pad

LG Canada and Rogers Wireless yesterday announced the availability of the LG Optimus Pad, “the world’s first tablet with a 3D camera.”

“We are thrilled to set a new standard for tablets in the Canadian market with the launch of the Optimus Pad,” said Frank Lee, Senior Marketing Manager, LG Electronics Canada. “Canadians are looking for exciting innovation with versatility for work and play and the Optimus Pad achieves the right blend of portability and viewability with no performance compromises.” 

LG Optimus Pad specifications:

  • Processor: 1 GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2
  • Operating system: Google Android 3.0
  • Cellular connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band WCDMA/HSPA+
  • Other connectivity: GPS/A-GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Display: 8.9-inch WXGA (1280 x 768)
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen with virtual keyboard
  • Storage: 32GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: 2 x 5.0MP capable of 2D and 3D video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 2MP
  • Connectors: HDMI-out
  • Battery: 6,400mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 243 x 149.4 x 12.8 millimeters / 625 grams

Rogers is offering the LG Optimus Pad for CA$449.99 with a three-year contract, CA$529.99 with a two-year contract, CA$599.99 with a one-year contract, and CA$699.99 without any contract. It is not available online and you will need to visit a Rogers store to pick it up.

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Free Phone Fridays return to Best Buy Canada in May

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May 052011
 

Best Buy

Free Phone Fridays are returning to Best Buy in Canada. First offered in February, they will once again offer select smart phones for free with three-year in-store activations every Friday. Each week will offer at least one “one high-end, in-demand smart phone for free” (with aforementioned three-year activation).

Best Buy will announce the free phones every Thursday via Facebook and Twitter.

Free Phone Fridays will run from May 6th and until the end of the month. It will run at both Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc and Xperia PLAY now available from Rogers

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Apr 282011
 

Sony Ericsson

As expected, Rogers Wireless today launched the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc and Xperia PLAY Android 2.3 smartphones. The Xperia arc is a very thin (8.4mm at its thinnest) smartphone with a display powered by the Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine and a 8.1MP camera with a Sony Exmor R for mobile sensor. The Xperia PLAY is the first PlayStation Certified smartphone and featuring game controls that will be familiar to PlayStation players.

Rogers is offering both for CA$99.99 with a three-year contract, CA$449.99 with a two-year contract, CA$499.99 with a one-year contract, or CA$549.99 with no contract.

Rogers to launch LTE in 4 Canadian cities in 2011

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Apr 272011
 

Rogers Communications Inc.

Rogers announced today that it will launch its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver later this year.

LTE is the gold standard of wireless technology and the future of mobile experience. Rogers LTE will fundamentally change our concept of entertainment, communications and productivity, delivering a true high-speed Internet experience through handsets, tablets and Rocket Sticks:

  • Stream movies instantly on a tablet with virtually no delays or buffering
  • Experience a revolution in wireless multiplayer real-time online gaming
  • Conduct wireless group video conferences in real-time, with virtually no lag time
  • Access data-intensive business applications while on the go

Rogers has yet to disclose what specific LTE devices will offer.

As part of the announcement, Rogers is running a contest where its customers can win a trip to Toronto in July for an exclusive Future of Fast experience, including passes to the 2011 Honda Toronto Indy and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to get behind the wheel of a professional race car.

Rogers will deploy LTE to an additional 21 markets by the end of 2012.

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At the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY and arc launch

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Apr 142011
 

Sony Ericsson Canada officially launched the Xperia PLAY and Xperia arc with Rogers Wireless with a well-attended party last night.

As you can imagine, both devices were in high demand but I had the chance to play with both (if only for a short time). First a few pics:

Sony Ericsson keychain
Sony Ericsson keychain
Android candy
Android lollipop
Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY dummy phone
I found the dummy phones before the real ones
At play with the Xperia Play
At play with the Xperia Play

A rew random thoughts and comments about both:

  • I like Sony Ericsson’s decision to transform Mediascape into a series of apps (and widgets). Much less intrusive.
  • The Xperia PLAY is not as bulky as some pictures make it out to be. Not the thinnest out there (especially next to the Xperia arc) but fits well in the hands.
  • I like the analog d-pads on the PLAY; the screen (which could be a bit brighter) is left unobscured.
  • Why not put an HDMI-out port on it though?
  • I expect that the plastic case will end up scratched up quite quickly.
  • The arc is as thin as it looks. There is no search button (not that I missed it).
  • I asked about rumours that supply might be constrained due to the recent earthquake in Japan. The Sony Ericsson representative indicated that there should be no such issue for the Rogers launch (albeit with a bit of a pause).

The Xperia PLAY and Xperia arc are very much two devices after two different markets. If I was more of a gamer, the Xperia PLAY could easily replace my current phone. The arc is a sexy looking device but I’d have to play with it a bit more to be convinced to have it replace my current device.

Both the Xperia PLAY and Xperia arc will be available as of April 28th from Rogers Wireless for CA$99.99 with a three-year contract or CA$549.99 with no contract.

Rogers Wireless launches bada-powered Samsung Wave

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Jul 082010
 

Samsung Wave

Rogers Wireless became the first Canadian carrier to launch a bada mobile OS device today. The Samsung Wave is now available.

Specifications of the Samsung Wave

  • Processor: 1GHz processor
  • Operating system: Samsung bada with TouchWiz 3.0 interface
  • Connectivity: Quad-band (850/900/1800/199Mhz) GSM/EDGE/GPRS and dual-band (850/1900MHz) HSDPA
  • Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Display: 3.3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen
  • Storage: 2GB internal memory and a microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Camera: 5MP with autofocus and LED flash
  • Battery: 1,500mAh
  • Other: 3.5mm headphone jack, 720p video, DivX support, FM radio with RDS

Rogers will offer the Samsung Wave for CA$99.99 with a three-year contract, CA$274.99 with a two-year contract, CA$424.99 with a one-year contract, or CA$474.99 without a contract.

Bell Mobility is also expected to offer the Samsung Wave.

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Rogers Wireless sues Bell Mobility over network speed claims

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Dec 012009
 

Rogers Wireless

Only days after losing a lawsuit and being forced to remove claims of “the most reliable network”, Rogers is suing Bell Mobility over its new ad campaign that claims that “the largest, fastest, and most reliable network.”

Rogers is accusing Bell of exactly what TELUS accused it of: “false or misleading advertising” Rogers wants Bell to stop using the terms “largest,” “fastest,” and “most reliable” in ads for its new wireless network.

“We have evidence to deliver to the court that says they are not more reliable than we are, nor are they faster than we are,” said John Boynton, the chief marketing officer of Rogers Wireless.

Meanwhile, Rogers is back in court for its appeal in the TELUS lawsuit.

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