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WIND Mobile has recently launched a new prepaid handset for just $59. The GoWell G328 is now available for $59, and is just about as simple as phones get these days. It comes with a 2? screen and features a 2 MP camera, and offers up FM radio functionality. The G328 is definitely for those who want something simple and easy to use and comes in very affordable. If this sounds like something you?re interested in, be sure to check out the GoWell G328 from WIND Mobile.


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The last few months have been filled with rumours, but it's now confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S III will be coming to Canada on June 20th. Samsung, along with most carriers, have officially confirmed they will be releasing it, along with the official specifications of the device. To go along with that exciting news, Telus and Rogers have officially released some pricing details, and leaked information reveals some Bell and Virgin Mobile price points.

As many Canadians suspected, we will not be getting the same quad-core version that was recently released in Europe, but rather, the power and speed of a Snapdragon S4 Dual Core 1.5 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM. It comes in two versions, one with LTE for the major carriers and their subsidiaries (Rogers, Bell, Telus, Virgin Mobile, Sasktel), and a non-LTE version for the other carriers including WIND Mobile, Videotron, and Mobilicity. The LTE version will be available in 16 GB or 32 GB models, however all carriers won?t necessarily offer both. The non-LTE version will be available in only a 16 GB version for now, however both devices also have a micro SD slot capable of an additional 32 GB of expandable memory. The Galaxy S III also features a 4.8" (1280?720 or 306ppi) HD Super AMOLED Gorilla Glass touch screen display, an 8 MP rear-facing camera with LED Flash and 1080p HD video recording as well as a secondary front-facing 1.9 MP camera capable of 720p recording. Also confirmed, but expected, the handset runs on the latest version of Android OS v4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsungs own TouchWiz UI with Motion UX.

As for pricing, the following information has been made available either officially, or via information leaked online:

Rogers - $149.99 on 3 year term for 16 GB model
Telus - $159.99 on 3 year term for 16 GB model, $679.99 outright. $209.99 on 3 year term for 32 GB model, $749.99 outright.
Bell - $599.95 outright for 16 GB model, $649.95 outright for 32 GB model
Virgin Mobile - $599.99 outright for 16 GB model, $649.99 outright for 32 GB model

Unfortunately pricing for the other confirmed carriers is currently unavailable, however Mobilicity is offering a $100 credit (paid out over 10 months) for those who pre-order before June 15th. Regardless, if you?re interested in picking up a Samsung Galaxy S III, you?ll have many options to choose from on June 20th!


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Bell, Telus, Virgin Mobile, and Fido have all recently launched the HTC One S, and Sasktel isn?t going to leave Saskatchewan residents behind. They have released their own unique version of the One S, the Roughriders edition. It comes with a Riders widget and the official app pre-installed, along with a customized Saskatchewan Roughriders body.

All of the other features are identical to the standard version released by other carriers, including its 4.3? (540 x 960) Super AMOLED touch screen display. It runs on Android 4.0, and features Beats Audio, Sense 4.0, and an 8 MP camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video capture. The One S is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM, and comes with 16 GB of internal storage.

If you?re in Saskatchewan and want this unique device, you now pick one up from Sasktel for $99.99 on a 3 year term, or $549.99 monthly or prepaid.


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Mobilicity is looking for another growth spurt, and has introduced a referral program aimed at promoting Multi-Month plans. For each person you refer who signs up for a Multi-Month plan (3, 6, 9, 12 month options), you'll receive anywhere from $10-$30 as a credit applied to your "My Wallet" account. Your friend can also receive a credit, if they sign up for the $35 or $45 plans, they will get anywhere from $10-$15. To really make this a great opportunity, they are allowing each customer to refer as many people as they want/can, with no limit to the number of credits.

In order to take advantage or the program, the person you referred must provide your name, phone number, and e-mail address when signing up in-store, and 8-10 days later you should see the credit deposited into your account. They are also offering a few prized for the top 3 referrers, including a PlayBook, free Mobilicity service, and a $250 Prepaid gift card.


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It looks like Rogers is preparing to launch a new entry-level Nokia handset, the X2-01. The X2 is an affordable device that comes with a full QWERTY keyboard, and runs on Symbian OS S40. It features a 2.4" (320x240) display, and a VGA camera, and can hold up to 8GB via microSD card. No word yet on exactly when it will be made available, or what the pricing will look like, but it should certainly be on the lower end when it comes to cost. It's also possible that the device is destined for Rogers' Prepaid line-up, but only time will tell!


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First Videotron launched the super-powerful LG Optimus 2X, and now WIND Mobile have gone ahead releasing the device as well. The 2X, for those who haven't kept an eye on it, features a 4" (480x800) touchscreen Gorilla Glass display, 8GB of storage, and an 8MP camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video capture. It also has a secondary 1.3MP front-facing camera, and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi (b/g/n, hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS, and the handset runs on Android 2.2 Froyo. Other notable features include its HDMI port and FM radio connectivity, which both seem to be hit or miss for recently released smartphones.

If you're looking to pick up the Optimus 2X from WIND Mobile, it is now available for the decent price of $445 contract-free. Customers also have the option of subsidizing a part of the cost using the WINDtab, which will reduce it down to $295 upfront, with the remainder being paid off monthly via your typical invoice. If you're looking for a powerful Android handset and like what WIND has to offer, the LG Optimus 2X might just be the perfect choice for you.


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Videotron has been on a roll with handset launches, and now they have released the Nokia E73, adding the device to their ever-growing line-up. The E73, which features a full QWERTY keyboard and 2.4" (320x240) display, runs on Symbian S60. It comes with a 5MP camera with LED flash, and offers Wi-Fi and bluetooth connectivity, along with Assisted GPS.

The Nokia E73 is available now from Videotron, for $49.95 "reduced price", or $199.95 contract-free. If you're looking for a fairly affordable device on a post-paid plan and live in Quebec, be sure to check this one out from Videotron.


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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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While it's exciting to see new smartphones launch, it's always nice to see the Prepaid users get a bit of attention as well. Rogers isn't ignoring their prepaid line-up, and has recently added the Nokia E5 to their list available devices. Coming in at $159.99, the E5 features a 2.36" (320x240) display and full QWERTY keyboard, and runs on Symbian OS S60 v9.3. It has a 5MP camera with LED flash and VGA video capture, and supports bluetooth and GPS connectivity. If you're looking for an affordable device on a prepaid account, the Nokia E5 could make a great choice.


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Virgin Mobile has recently added a few of their post-paid devices to their Prepaid line-up, including the BlackBerry Pearl 3G, Curve 3G, and the Samsung Galaxy 550. The BlackBerry Pearl 3G and Curve 3G are each available for $299.99 with a Prepaid activation, while the Galaxy 550 comes in at just $179.99.

The BlackBerry Curve 3G is available in both colours, red and black. While $299.99 isn't too expensive for this handset, remember, KOODO Mobile is offering it up for $250 contract-free.


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