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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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Telus customers who use the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate ran into some luck recently, when Android 2.2 Froyo was rolled out for their devices. Froyo, which adds support for Adobe Flash 10.1, also improves browser and overall device performance, and makes improvements on the business side of things like improved exchange integration and added security features. You can get the update by visiting Samsung's website at http://pages.samsung.com/ca/froyo/English/ now.


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We've received word recently that the Nokia E7 is coming to Rogers, with an estimated launch time of early Spring 2011. According to Nokia, the E7 is the "ultimate business smartphone", featuring a 4" (640x360) AMOLED capacitive touch screen display, a full QWERTY keyboard, and an 8MP camera with dual LED flash and HD video capture capabilities. The E7 also features HDMI connectivity, Wi-Fi (b, g, n), bluetooth 3.0, and GPS, along with 16GB of storage memory, 1GB of ROM memory, and 256MB of RAM. Running on Symbian^3 OS, the E7 is powered by a 680MHz processor, and offers other features like multi-touch input, an accelerometer, and scratch resistant Gorilla glass for the display. No word yet on an exact release date or pricing, but apparently we can expect this new device from Nokia sometime in early Spring of 2011 on Rogers.


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A while back we let you know to expect Bell to launch the Motorola ES400 Enterprise Digital Assistant device, a CDMA handset running on Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Professional, and it's now officially been launched! The ES400 features a 3" (640x480) touch screen display, full QWERTY keyboard, and a 3.2MP camera. This device is perfect for mobile professionals, and is capable of everything from taking signatures, to reading barcodes, making it a true enterprise digital assistant! Because it's targeted towards businesses, this unit is only available for contract-free purchases, and comes in at $649.95.


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Telus will begin pre-loading their BlackBerry devices with the Yellow Pages application, which helps users find individuals or business by category, name, location, and more. The application will come pre-installed on all BlackBerry handsets sold from now on, and Telus customers will also get access to a special "concierge" service, which will connect you to a Telus 411 agent who can provide additional information such as directions and accommodations available in the area.


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WIND Mobile has recently launched the Motorola XT720, a feature-rich Android powered device, and are making another move to persuade customers to choose them for their mobile services - online shopping. Canadians in the WIND zones can now order mobile phones, data sticks, and accessories online, with shipping typically taking 2-5 business days. Along with the ability to order items online, Pay Before customers will also be able to top up their account online, a much-needed feature for WIND Mobile.


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A few weeks ago, we let you know that Montreal-based iBwave launched innovative new smartphone software that would allow telecom/wireless providers to optimize coverage and network performance indoors, and it seems WIND Mobile has taken notice to their success in the field as well. iBwave has been officially selected by WIND Mobile to help plan and design their indoor/underground network in Toronto's PATH - a 27km indoor/underground network of walkways providing access to 50 buildings and over 1200 businesses. Optimizing this portion of their network is a great move on WIND Mobile's part, as over 100 000 people use these walkways each day.


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According to sources, Bell will soon be offering the Samsung "Messenger" B7330, known elsewhere as the Samsung Omnia Pro. The Messenger runs on the Windows Mobile 6.5 platform, and features a 2.6" screen, full QWERTY keyboard, and a 3.2 MP camera. It also supports Wi-Fi, bluetooth, full HTML browsing, and is expandable up to 32GB of memory via microSD.

The Messenger is an affordable smartphone that comes preloaded with Microsoft Office for Mobile, MyPhone, and Smart Reader, focusing on both business and personal needs. No word yet on the exact release date or pricing, but it's speculated that we should see the B7330 near the end of this month at a price of around $99 on a 3 year term.


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Canadian mobile phone users are one step closer to video calling friends, family, and clients across competing mobile networks as TELUS, Rogers and Bell today announced the successful completion of two-way mobile video calling trials between carriers. Video calling lets clients create a ?see-what-I-can-see' connection with other callers, enabling them to do things like share special moments or get advice on a birthday gift before they buy.

Mobile video calling is currently available through several carriers in Canada, but both callers must be on the same carrier's network using compatible handsets. When inter-carrier mobile video calling is launched video calling will be possible across multiple carrier networks and will create North America's largest two-way mobile video calling community.

?Mobile video calling is a richer communications experience for family, friends and business contacts,? said Ibrahim Gedeon, chief technology officer at TELUS. ?This successful trial involving TELUS, Bell and Rogers is a milestone in the Canadian mobile community.?

?We are proud to be part of the first inter-carrier partnership in North America to enable clients to call each other using video capabilities,? said Stephen Howe, chief technology officer for Bell Mobility. ?By breaking down the barriers between video calling clients in Canada, we anticipate strong demand for the service ? as we saw with past inter-carrier initiatives such as text and picture messaging.?


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<< Supports Bell's strategy to accelerate wireless and leverage momentum in digital television, high-speed Internet and home phone services Adds more than 750 stores across Canada to Bell's national distribution network >>

MONTREAL, Quebec, March 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell today announced it has agreed to acquire national consumer electronics retailer The Source to further enhance the growth of Bell's wireless, digital TV, Internet and home phone services.

"The Source is a respected leader in consumer electronics retailing right across Canada. Its acquisition supports Bell's strategic imperatives to accelerate wireless and leverage momentum in wireline services like Bell TV, Bell Internet and Bell Home Phone," said George Cope, President and CEO of Bell and BCE.

"With its strong national presence, brand, and management team, acquiring The Source represents a competitive and cost-effective approach to ensuring Bell's leadership in delivering the best communications products to Canadians," Mr. Cope said. "Expanding the number of places people can buy Bell products is a core element in the execution of Bell's strategy to achieve our goal: To be recognized by customers as Canada's leading communications company."

In addition to its extensive lineup of consumer electronics products, The Source plans to carry the full array of Bell consumer services at its more than 750 stores across Canada, including Bell Mobility, Solo Mobile and potentially Virgin Mobile wireless products and services, Bell TV's industry-leading High Definition television services, high-speed Bell Internet, and Bell Home Phone products, by January 2010.

The Source will continue to operate independently from Bell following its acquisition and will maintain its well-known national brand, broad range of communications, computing and audio products, and its seasoned management team to be led by Ron Cuthbertson, a respected 30-year retail veteran and most recently President of The Source.

"The Source's new relationship with Bell will make the most of the combined strengths of both organizations in terms of products, service and national brand strength," said Mr. Cuthbertson. "Combining Bell's industry-leading roster of communications services with the brand, distribution presence, and consumer retailing expertise of The Source will contribute positively to the long-term growth of both businesses going forward."

The Source has a track record of profitability over the past seven years. LTM (latest twelve month) revenue as of December 31, 2008 was approximately $643 million while LTM EBITDA(1) (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) was approximately $27 million for the same period.

The acquisition of The Source and its more than 750 retail stores, most of them in high-traffic mall locations, is a faster and more cost-effective approach to increasing Bell's national distribution footprint than building out new retail locations. More than 70% of Canadians live within five kilometres of stores operated or licensed by The Source, and more than 80 million technology-savvy consumers shop at The Source each year.

Bell is acquiring substantially all of the assets of The Source, which was acquired by Circuit City Stores, Inc. in March 2004. On November 10, 2008, Circuit City and certain of its U.S. subsidiaries voluntarily commenced bankruptcy proceedings under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code and The Source commenced a voluntary proceeding under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). Bell is acquiring The Source pursuant to the court monitored sale process being managed by NM Rothschild & Sons Canada Ltd. in connection with the proceedings under the CCAA.

Subject to court approval and other customary conditions to closing, the transaction is expected to close in Q3 2009. Due to the nature of the sale process and at the request of The Source, Bell does not expect to disclose the purchase price until after the completion of the transaction.


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