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Excitement in the rumour mill today is indicating that the Samsung Galaxy S III could be available as soon as June 20th through a variety of carriers. Details are unconfirmed as of yet but we do know that the device will be carried by Rogers, TELUS, Bell, Virgin Mobile, WIND, Videotron, SaskTel, Mobilicity. Rumours indicate that the phone will launch in white and "pebble blue," though more recent (unconfirmed) leaks indicate that there may be a delay in launch for the pebble blue model possibly due to manufacturing issues.

The Samsung Galaxy S III features a 4.8" (720 x 1280) Super AMOLED Gorilla Glass touch screen display, and is powered by a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM, and could come with anywhere from 16 GB to 64 GB of internal storage. It also features an 8 MP rear-camera with LED Flash and 1080p HD video recording as well as a secondary front-facing 1.9 MP camera capable of 720p recording. The Samsung Galaxy S III runs on the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich along with the latest TouchWiz UI version from Samsung for seamless integration with social networks such as Facebook, and Twitter.

There is still no mention of a price-point for any of the models as of yet, but with such an amazing phone soon to be widely available, be sure to check back soon for updates as more conclusive details roll out.


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Those looking to pick up a Windows Phone device will soon have another option to choose from in Mango flavour, as Rogers will start taking pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 900 starting next week. The handset, which is expected to launch in early April, is rumoured to cost $629.99 contract free, and around the $99.99 mark with a 3 year term.

The Lumia 900 features a 4.3? (480 x 800) touch screen display with Gorilla Glass, and an 8MP rear-facing camera with dual-LED flash and Carl Zeiss optics. The camera is capable of 720p video capture, and the device also has a 1.3MP front-facing camera. It?s powered by a 1.4GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, and comes with 16GB of onboard storage. It doesn?t come with a memory card slot, which may be an issue for some. The Lumia 900 features LTE connectivity, which will definitely be a huge selling feature. Other connectivity options include the usual HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

The update registration page also mentions that there is a surprise for those who pre-order being offered up by Rogers and Nokia. What the surprise is remains a secret, but Rogers hints saying ?there?s a hero rising out of the darkness?.


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Research in Motion has recently recalled approximately 1000 BlackBerry PlayBooks. According to an official statement from RIM, the recall is due to an issue with some PlayBooks being "unable to properly load software upon initial set-up". The statement also points out that many of the affected devices are still in the distribution channels and haven't reached customers, so hopefully few people will be impacted.

While this recall certainly can't help RIM and the PlayBook's success, it is a fairly small number in comparison to the number of units sold. Users who do experience the described issue are encouraged to contact RIM to determine next steps.


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Rogers customers who own a Dell Streak are in luck today, as the Android 2.2 Froyo update is being rolled out OTA(over-the-air). The update, which brings Adobe Flash support and Dell's "Stage" software, is available now, and Streak users should be prompted to update the next time their phone is rebooted. The other main benefit users will experience with this new OS version is significantly wider compatibility with recently released apps, as many developers are designing their products to function with Android OS 2.0 or higher only.

Note: Some users are experiencing issues when updating their Streak's OTA, stating that they experience repeated "Force close" problems immediately after the update. Be sure to manually back up your crucial data before performing the upgrade. Lastly, if you do experience the "Force close" problem after updating, try navigating the menus and perform a Factory Reset on the device, as this reportedly fixes the problem and leaves you with a fresh Android 2.2 Froyo install.


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Rogers has recently put out a new issue of their URMagazine, and one of the most interesting articles shows off the Dell Streak, a tablet/phone crossover device that runs on the Android platform. The Streak features a 5" (800x480) display, 5MP camera with dual LED flash and video capture capabilities, a front-facing VGA camera (presumably for video calling), GPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. Apparently it will run Android 1.6 at launch, though speculation points to a near-future upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo which should enable features like Flash support, and more. Though Rogers pricing hasn't been announced as of yet, Dell currently sells the device for $549.99 USD, and AT&T is offering it up at $299.99 on a 2 year contract.


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WIND Mobile has launched yet another promotion to entice customers to make the switch, this time by offering up a rebate on device purchases of either $20 or $40 depending on the handset. With the discount, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is now just $430, and the recently introduced, Android-powered Huawei U8100 is down to $140. Fine print for the offer reveals that the rebate will be mailed to you in cheque form within 10-12 weeks of purchasing the handset, and that you must cash it within 90 days of being issued or it is rendered void, but savings are still savings and should be taken advantage of if you're in the market for a new device from WIND Mobile.


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Only a few days away from the official Canadian launch of the highly-anticipated iPhone 4, Apple has announced that they will be opening the doors to their retail stores at 7am. The iPhone 4 will be available at Apple stores on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of 2 per customer. Remember, Apple is also giving away free bumper cases to anyone who purchases an iPhone 4 to help with antenna issue, but handset stock is sure to run out quickly, so grab your new iPhone as soon as possible.


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Despite the antenna and reception issues experienced by users outside of Canada who got their hands on the iPhone 4 last month, many Canadians are still excited to get one of these devices. We know the second wave of the launch was announced as July 30th, and within the last week or so both Telus and Bell have began advertising that same release date, offering even more confirmation. Additionally, Best Buy Canada has gotten an early start, selling iPhone 4 accessories already.

The only real question remains, will there be an early upgrade program for the iPhone 4 in Canada? Rogers customer service representatives seem to think so, but confirmation is yet to be received. We'll be sure to let you know once more information is released.


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Apple held an iPhone 4 press conference on Friday, to discuss the new devices antenna issues and announce information on the launch of the handset in the remainder of locations that didn't get it back in June. To compensate customers, Apple are giving away a free case or bumper to help with the issue to anybody who has purchased an iPhone 4, an offer which stands until September 30th. The exciting news for Canadians is the announcement of the launch on Friday, July 30th. Bell has also confirmed this launch date, though no pricing information has been released as of yet, though we'll be sure to let you know once it has.


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Beginning this month, Rogers and Fido will no longer be offering the option to block data services, either while at home or roaming abroad. This change will not affect customers who already have the block added on their account, though removing it will mean the inability to re-add it in the future. Some smartphones, such as iPhone and BlackBerry, attempt to connect to the data network automatically, so this will pose an issue to some users who do not wish to have pay-per-use data charges. The new policy will also apply to prepaid customers, who will also have to either purchase data options, pay per use, or manage data directly from their handset.


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