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Quite some time ago we let you know that Telus would be launching the LG Optimus Black Skype Edition, and that day has come. This Android-powered handset features a 4" (480x800) touchscreen Gorilla Glass display, and is powered by a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. It has a 5MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video capture, along with a 2MP front-facing camera. With Skype built in, users can make unlimited Skype to Skype calls, or charge the purchase of Skype credits directly to your Telus bill.

If you're interested in this unique handset from Telus, it is available now for $49.99 on a 3 year term, or $399.99 contract-free.


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Looking to take advantage of all that Android and Skype have to offer, LG has created a Skype Edition of the LG Optimus Black, and Telus is set to carry it. They officially announced that the device is Coming soon, though no specific date has been provided as of yet.

The Optimus Black runs on Android 2.2 Froyo at launch, and features a 4" (480x800) touchscreen display. It is powered by a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, and comes with 2GB of onboard storage. It also features a 5MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and 720p HD video capture, in addition to a front-facing 2MP camera. As for connectivity, the Optimus Black has Wi-Fi (b, g, n, and hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS.

No word yet on pricing for the "first Skype branded phone on the Canadian market", though you will apparently get 60 minutes worth of international Skype calling credits at purchase. Additional credits can be billed to your monthly Telus invoice, making this a truly unique option for Skype users.


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While BlackBerry App World may lack in numbers compared to Apple's App Store and Android Market, most who choose BlackBerry still make use of it regularly. Fortunately for Telus customers, they can now bill their App World purchases to their monthly Telus bill, making it convenient to get, and pay for apps, games, themes, and more. No word yet on when the other carriers will begin supporting this feature, but hopefully it will come soon.


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Most Canadian banks have mobile applications available for multiple platforms, including Android, Apple's iOS, and BlackBerry, so its strange that RBC hadn't launched their own. Luckily, iPhone and BlackBerry users can now download and install the RBC application, that allows users to view account balances, transfer funds, pay bills, use Interac Money Transfers, and even locate RBC branches and ATMs. The application was first launched for iPhone users, and has now been made available to BlackBerry users as well. The BlackBerry version is available for the Bold 9700 and 9000, Curve 8900, 8530, and 8520, along with the Tour 9630. To get the application for iPhone, visit App Store, or to get it for BlackBerry, simply head to mobile.rbcroyalbank.com.


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With the holiday season well underway, we're seeing carriers do their best to remain competitive with promotions, discounts, and offerings of all kinds. One of the latest promotions to launch is the waiving of activation fees on new line activations, which is normally a $35 charge billed to the account at the time of creation. The promotion is being offered by the big 3 carriers - Bell, Telus, and Rogers, and is effective until December 31st of this year. If you've been thinking about activating a new line with any of these 3 carriers, now is a great time, as you can take advantage of the many promotions such as this one.


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Oddly enough, RBC is one of the only major Canadian banks not to have a mobile application, but that's about to change sometime in the near-future. RBC has updated a portion of their website, stating that an iPhone and BlackBerry app are close to release. Within the application, users will be able to pay bills, transfer funds, check account balances, and use Interac Email money Transfers, in addition to locating branches and ATMs. No word on exactly when the app will launch, but iPhone and BlackBerry users - keep an eye out!


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As many other carriers do, Fido is now charging an administration fee on all hardware upgrades, an additional cost of $25 to customers wishing to get a new device. The fee will also apply to no term renewals, so all existing customers are basically affected. Not great news for Fido customers, but not exactly unexpected. Another stipulation pointed out, is that customers can use Fido dollars to upgrade, but the $25 fee will be tacked on to your bill no matter what. What do you think about Fido introducing an admin fee to upgrades?


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Both KOODO and Virgin Mobile have recently introduced new $35 incoming plans, that are similar, but not exactly alike. Virgin Mobile's $35 plan includes: unlimited local incoming calls, unlimited evenings and weekends starting at 6pm, unlimited text messaging, 150 anytime minutes, and call display. The KOODO $35 plan offers: unlimited incoming calls, unlimited 6pm evenings and weekends, unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited local family calling, up to 150 anytime minutes, call display, call waiting, conference calling, and per-second billing. Nice to see carriers responding to competition by offering better plans, keep it up!


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The Android 2.2 powered Samsung Galaxy Tab has launched on both Rogers and Bell recently. The Tab is full-featured Android tablet that features a 7" (1024x600) touch screen, 1GHz processor, a 3MP rear-facing and 1.3MP front facing camera, as well as 16GB of internal memory. The Galaxy Tab supports Adobe Flash 10.1, so users should be able to get a full web experience.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is available now from Rogers for $674.99 contract free, or $539.99 on a 3 year term, while Bell is offering it for $649.95 outright, plus a $50 bill credit if you get a tablet flex plan.


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WIND Mobile seems to be focusing on versatility and a broader appeal more and more as time goes on, and this latest rumor definitely helps support that. Apparently, WIND Mobile will soon announce their WINDtab hardware payment option, which is very similar to KOODO's tab, and Virgin Mobile's relatively new SuperTab options. Basically, customers will be able to get up to $150 off of the purchase price of hardware, with a tab being kept of the outstanding amount. Each month, 10% of the customer's bill will be applied to the current tab amount owing, and customers have the option of paying off more if they choose. Users will also have the option of upgrading their device at any time, but will have to pay off the WINDtab balance before doing so.

No word yet on exactly when the WINDtab will be announced or launch, but we should see it relatively soon. It's certainly good to see carriers of all kinds focusing on bringing more options to their customers, and this should definitely help WIND Mobile appeal to those who want low costs but many options to choose from. What do you think about WIND Mobile introducing a tab system?


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