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Motorola has officially launched a fairly unique product to Canadians, the Motorola MOTOACTIV. The device looks much like a watch, but features a 1.6? touch screen made of Gorilla Glass, and advertised to be sweat-proof, rain-resistant, and scratch-resistant. So what?s the big deal?

The MOTOACTIV is powered by Android and is a ?cutting-edge GPS fitness tracker, heart rate monitor-enabled, and smart MP3 player? in one. Using GPS and AccuSense technology, it can track your running, walking, cycling, and other workout data including time, distance, speed, calories burned, and heart rate (if paired with a heart rate monitor). It features tight integration with your smart phone as well, allowing you to pair it to receive calls and text messages on the go, in addition to mobile and online access to their ?Training Portal?. As far as MP3 functionality, the MOTOACTIV comes with 8GB of built in memory, and it also offers FM radio capabilities. If you?re looking to extend the device?s functionality even further, you can also pair it with pedometers and bike sensors for more details on your workout or exercise.

The MOTOACTIV is available now in limited quantities Running Room stores, and online at thesource.ca. Motorola let us know that the device would retail for $249.99, though The Source has it listed (and currently out of stock) for $259.99. As for accessories, there are several, including the wristband for $29.99 which is supposed to be included by default. You can pick up a universal clip or soft armband for more wearing options, each for $29.99 as well.


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Competition has been roaring in Canada when it comes to unlimited plans and offerings, and most carriers are doing their part by introducing affordable packages. Virgin Mobile is certainly no exception, as they have recently launched new $35 and $45 Unlimited plans. The $35 Unlimited City Calling Plan is available only for CDMA handsets, and only in major cities including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. It offers up unlimited local calling, along with unlimited Canadian, U.S., and international text messaging.

The $45 Unlimited Calling Plan is available for all handsets and in all locations (except Manitoba and Saskatchewan), and offers up unlimited local calling, unlimited Canadian, U.S., and international text messaging, along with call display. Additionally, any data or long-distance packages are eligible to be added on to the $45 plan, so it's a great starting point for customers looking to build a personalized solution. Both of these packages are officially available now, so get in contact with Virgin Mobile if you're interested!


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We've seen most major carriers introduce great price plans in Quebec, and now it seems that the offers are making their to Winnipeg. The Unlimited Voice Winnipeg plan, which is now available from Telus, offers up unlimited local and Manitoba-wide long distance when in Winnipeg, unlimited nationwide family calling, voice mail, call waiting, and conference calling. The offer is available until December 31st of this year, so if you live in Winnipeg and make a lot of calls, check out Telus this month.


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New entrant Mobilicity has just launched their network in two more major cities today, Edmonton and Vancouver, and has officially confirmed the Ottawa launch will take place tomorrow. Along with the launch comes 100 retail outlets throughout Vancouver, and 20 locations in both Edmonton and Ottawa. This makes 5 cities for Mobilicity and should help them grow!

In addition to the new network launches, Mobilicity has also slimmed down their price plan line-up to just 3 packages. None of the price plans come with data, so customers who wish to get data access will have to subscribe to the new $10 data add-on. The 3 new price plans are:

$25/monthly: Unlimited Local Calling, Text and Picture Messaging, Caller I.D., and Mobilicity to Mobilicity Calling.

$35/monthly: Unlimited Local Calling, Text and Picture Messaging, Caller I.D., Mobilicity to Mobilicity Calling, Voicemail, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, 3 Way Calling, and Province Wide Long Distance.

$45/monthly: Unlimited Local Calling, Text and Picture Messaging, Caller I.D., Mobilicity to Mobilicity Calling, Voicemail, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, 3 Way Calling, Province Wide Long Distance, Canadian Long Distance, U.S. Long Distance, and Global Text Messaging.


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Many carriers are offering up price plan discounts these days, and Public Mobile is holding their own promotion to help draw in more new customers. They are currently offering the $40 plan for just $30/monthly for anybody who subscribes by November 21st. The offer only goes for 6 months, so in total this promotion will save you $60, but you'll also get Canadian and U.S. long distance for those 6 months as well. If you're looking to save even more, and are located in either Toronto or Montreal, be sure to check out Public Mobile within the next couple of days.


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With the competition heating up in Quebec with a range of carriers now available, Telus is stepping up their game to offer similar plans to other carriers, and have launched a new "Unlimited Quebec" plan. The new Unlimited Quebec plan offers up unlimited local and long distance calls within Quebec, Nationwide family calling, voicemail, call waiting, and conference calling. For an additional $5/month, Quebec subscribers can have unlimited text, picture, and video messaging added to the plan, leaving the only thing missing as data services. Nice to see carriers competing for customers in Quebec these days, now if only these types of offers could be extended to other provinces!


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With the competition heating up in Quebec after Videotron launched their 3G+ network, along with a multitude of devices including the Google Nexus One, Bell is stepping up to the plate. Available now, Bell is offering up an unlimited local and long distance package to Quebec customers, which can cost anywhere from $50 - $60 monthly depending on bundled services. With no additional services (Internet, TV, Home Phone), customers will be paying $60/monthly, while those with all 4 services will be looking at just $50/monthly. The package offers unlimited local and long distance calling within Quebec, and for $5 extra, customers can add unlimited text-messaging. Pretty simple package, but for those living in Quebec who make a lot of calls, this is definitely one worth checking out!


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As you know, Chatr Wireless launched today, offering yet another option for Canadians residing in major cities looking for an affordable and simple solution for their mobile services. We got the opportunity to speak with Garrick Tiplady, the Senior VP of Chatr, and this new brand from Rogers is definitely one to look out for.

Chatr launched today in 5 major cities(zones) across Canada: Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver, with a Montreal launch planned for this fall. Customers living in these areas can pick up one of four devices, and can use their service in any Chatr zone without worrying about long distance or roaming charges. The device line-up, which ranges from a simple bar phone to a sliding full QWERTY messaging device, is expected to remain the same for some time, and includes 4 phones that are offered contract-free:

- The "essential" Nokia 1661 - $60
- The "flip" LG GB125R - $75
- The "slider" Nokia 2680 - $95
- The "QWERTY" Samsung Gravity - $130

During the conversation, Tiplady let us know that Chatr is focused on delivering a worry-free experience, at the root of which are 3 things - simplicity, certainty, and quality. Keeping things simple, Chatr offers only two price plans, and makes it very easy to understand offers. Ensuring customers know exactly what to expect, the price plans available are the $35 Unlimited Talk and $45 Unlimited Talk & Text packages, so the possibility of unexpected overage or pay-per-use charges is significantly reduced. Finally, Chatr boasts a reliable experience, using Rogers' physical network to provide excellent coverage that Canadians have come to trust.

With other discount brands launching mobile internet sticks recently, we asked if we could expect the same thing in Chatr's future. In response to customer demand, Chatr is focusing on talk and text services only, with no intentions to launch data services as of now.

Offering unique options for payment, customers can either sign up for "no worries auto-pay", which is a pre-authorized payment service that keeps things as simple as possible. The second option is to top up your account before your anniversary date (day of the month you originally signed up) each month using your credit card or top-up vouchers from Chatr Wireless retail locations.

The main thing we got out of this is that Chatr aims to keep things simple, offering a limited selection of handsets and price plans, and focusing on users who know what they want without hassle or confusion. If you're looking to find out even more, or find the nearest Chatr store, be sure to check out Chatr Wirless


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Thanks to unreleased brochures leaked on the internet, we know KOODO Mobile is set to launch 2 new price plans, as well as 2 new data plans, sometime early this week. Speculation is pointing to the introduction of these new options today, though confirmation is yet to be received.

The new price plans are:

$40 Stay Social Plan - Unlimited text and picture messages, unlimited incoming calls, 300 anytime minutes with unlimited evenings(7pm) and weekends, and the social add-on

$70 More Nationwide Talk and Text Combo - Unlimited text and picture messages, no long-distance or roaming charges within Canada, up to 1000 nationwide anytime minutes, unlimited evenings(7pm) and weekends, and voicemail/call display.

They are also launching 2 new data plans, the first of which costs $10 and includes 100MB of usage for web browsing, Twitter and Facebook, Windows Live, etc. The second plan costs $25, and includes 500MB of data usage.


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In a recent blog post, Public Mobile officially announced that they will be launching their Montreal network this Friday, June 25th. Along with the launch comes the end of their pre-network offer giving those who sign up early free unlimited Canadian long distance for life. For those in Montreal planning to switch to Public Mobile, head to a retail location now to buy your phone and sign up.

Public Mobile, one of the new entrants in Canada offering contract-free services, also aims to secure customers by offering up unlimited talk and text plans, as well as affordable handset prices.


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