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Perfectly in line with the launch of the new LTE enabled iPad, Virgin mobile has gone live with their LTE network. It piggy-backs off of Bell?s network, and is currently active in major urban areas including Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Yellowknife, and many cities in Southern Ontario including Toronto, London, Kitchener, and more. Of course, in order to support the new iPad, they are now offering LTE microSIM cards as well.

As for prices, they have decided to keep things simple and straight-forward, extending their existing Flexi-Data plan for tablets to include 4G LTE. This starts at $5/month for 10 MB, after which, it steps up to $15 for 250 MB. If you exceed 250 MB of usage, you enter the last tier of 5 GB for $35/month. Overages beyond 5 GB are charged at 1.5 cents/MB.


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Telus has surprisingly kept its Mike network active, and have actually launched another device for users of the push-to-talk service. The Motorola i420 is now available for $249.99 contract-free, and offers the Direct Connect feature that made the network, and compatible devices popular years ago. It features a 1.79" (128x160) display, flip form factor, and a number of basic features including bluetooth, GPS, and a VGA camera. While this may not serve as much news for regular consumers, the fact that Telus isn't letting up on this network should be a good indication for business owners and managers that they can continue to rely on it for direct (and instant) communication between its members.


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With Telus revamping their hardware upgrade program quite some time ago, and Rogers recently following suit, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Bell is doing the same. Telus and Rogers have stepped up to offer early upgrade options for those who can't wait the full 2+ years to get another device at a discounted cost, and Bell's new program is looking similar.

According to recently leaked information, Bell will be making the changes tomorrow, May 22nd. The leaked document shows that "Select clients will have the opportunity to upgrade early by paying a fee on their Bell Mobility monthly invoice." They go on to say that the early upgrade fee will be calculated based on their eligible hardware upgrade date and can be paid either monthly or in one lump sum. Unfortunately the monthly option won't be available at launch, but should be active shortly afterwards. The monthly payment option is unique in Canada for device upgrades, and will hopefully be the center of Bell's focus when marketing this new program.

In addition to early upgrade eligibility being introduced, the document also makes mention of an "Eligible for Special Hardware" option. Basically, select clients will be able to upgrade to a device from a pre-determined list of special hardware. No word yet on what makes a customer eligible for this special early upgrade, but it's bound to have something to do with revenue generated and the type of device you own.


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A few days ago we let you know that Rogers was getting set to launch their 4G LTE network sometime in 2011 in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Vancouver. According to the announcement, the network will also become active in 25 more cities in 2012. Bell has responded, releasing a document internally that states that their LTE trials have concluded, and that they are also working on launching in the near-future. In the document, they say "Bell has completed 4G LTE trials and we are currently deploying 4G LTE as well. Our competitors will not get in front of Bell's network leadership." No word on launch dates or which areas Bell's LTE network will be available in at launch as of yet, but we'll keep a close eye on Bell (and other networks) to keep you up to-date-on 4G LTE network deployment in Canada!


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The wait has finally come to an end for Canadians looking to get their hands on the Motorola Atrix, the first dual-core handset available in Canada. Launching just a few days ago, the Motorola Atrix features a 4" (540x960) touchscreen display, dual-core 1GHz processor, and 1GB of RAM. Coming with a 5MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video capture, the Atrix also has a front-facing camera. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS, but what really makes the Atrix stand out are the accessories.

Users are able to purchase the LapDock for $329.95, which will provide on-screen access to the Atrix' features and functionality, while the HD Multi Media dock will run you $129.95. Alternatively, users can also pick up a Multi Media Desk Dock for just $49.95.

The Motorola Atrix is available now from Bell for $169.95 on a 3 year term. Though a contract-free price point is listed at $599.95, Bell isn't selling the handset without an upgrade or activation. So if you're looking to grab an Atrix, you'll have to have an active account with Bell.


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Bell has recently announced that they will be releasing North America's first 42Mbps Dual Cell product - the Novatel U547 Turbo Stick. Their 42Mbps network will be launched and active in Toronto on November 23rd, coinciding with this Turbo Stick launch. According to the announcement, the network and device will be rolled out to other cities sometime in 2011, though nothing more specific was stated. Unfortunately there's no word on price points for this new mobile internet stick, but we'll be sure to update you when it launches tomorrow!


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Public Mobile recently reduced the price of their handsets, and are now offering up yet another incentive for customers. Their new referral program, which will allow customers to refer others for a $20 credit, is now active. The credit will appear on customers' invoices within 6 weeks as long as both accounts are in good standing, and there is no limit to the number of people each customer can refer. While $20 doesn't seem like much, it's a considerable credit since their products and services are so cheap to begin with, and since each customer can earn several credits, this is a great move on Public Mobile's part.


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Virgin Mobile Canada add the LG Rumour 2 with a 4 row QWERTY keyboard. It?s a cheap cell phone but the keyboard is very helpful to send SMS and the price is also attractive. The LG Rumour 2 includes a 1.3 mega pixels camera, a memory card slot up to 12Gig and a Bluetooth Stereo connection. Virgin Mobile sell the LG Rumour 2 for 49.99$ with a 3 years plan or 129.99$ with the Prepaid option.


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Telus add another rugged cellphone in Canada, the Motorola VE465 Active Edition. This cellphone include a 1.3 mega pixels camera, a Bluetooth stereo connection and a MP3 player with expandable microSD memory slot up to 4GB. The Telus Motorola VE465 Active Edition will be available at Telus in few days.


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We have found information about this new cellphone in Canada. The Sony Ericsson W705 is expected to be available within 3 mouth, The Sony Ericsson W705 will be available at Rogers (or Fido, probably with Rogers) have a WiFi connection, shake control, YouTube compatible and is also compatible with Microsoft Active Sync. No price or exact date for the moment.


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