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Mobilicity has recently introduced U.S. and global roaming options to their customers, with support for over 60 countries worldwide. U.S. roaming rates are just 25 cents/minute, which includes calls within the U.S. and back to Canada. Other costs for roaming in the United States include text messaging, at 10 cents per SMS, and data - priced at $5/mb of usage. Usage costs for global roaming appear to begin at $3.25/minute, 50 cents/SMS, and $15/mb of data usage. What do you think about Mobilicity's new roaming rates? Let us know in the forum!


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We recently let you know that Videotron would be launching their 3G+ network today, and we've got all of the information rounded up in one place to keep you updated!

During the press conference, Videotron announced their 4 types of price plans available to customers on the new network, in addition to four handsets that are available to Quebec residents should they choose to go with Videotron for their mobile service. Shortly afterwards, the website was updated to include the remaining devices. The price plans now available are:

Zone Plans - Videotron offers the largest urban zones in Quebec, and is offering up a couple tiers of plans for those located in either Montreal or Quebec city. The options include an unlimited in-zone calling option for just over $30/month, or an unlimited cross-Canada calling package for about $50/monthly. Both include SMS, MMS, and e-mail, in addition to 50MB of data usage.

Unlimited Evenings & Weekends - For $24.95, users can get 100 anytime minutes, unlimited evenings and weekends, and unlimited SMS, MMS, and e-mail

Anytime Plans - 50 anytime minutes starting at approximately $15/month

Sharing Plans - Videotron is also offering up sharing plans, starting at just $36.95 for two lines. This option allows the users to share a minimum of 200 anytime minutes, and unlimited evenings and weekends.

Videotron will be eventually be launching twelve 3G+ compatible devices, and every handset supports Videotron's mobile content including 28 on-demand channels, and remote PVR programming. Among the devices now available are:

HTC/Google Nexus One - Running on Android 2.2 Froyo, this is the first handset available in Canada running on the latest version of the Android OS. This device features a 3.7" (480x800) AMOLED display, 5MP camera with LED flash, a 1GHz processor, and 512MB of RAM/ROM. This device has never been offered through a carrier in Canada before, so Videotron should see a large number of customers jump on-board for this handset.

Garmin Nuvifone A50 - The second of the Android handsets now available from Videotron, the Nuvifone A50 features a 3.5" (320x480) touch screen, a 3MP camera, and of course GPS navigation. Along with Wi-Fi support, this handset is perfect for those looking for highly functional GPS capabilities.

Motorola XT720 - The Motorola XT720 is also an Android powered device, featuring a 3.7" (480x854) touch screen, 8MP camera with flash, 720p HD video capture, and an HDMI out port. This handset is powered by a 720MHz processor, and has 512MB ROM/256MB RAM.

Huawei U3200 - This device features a 2.2" (240x320) display, 3.2MP camera, and is a slider handset with a standard numeric keypad.

Other devices - BlackBerry Bold 9700, BlackBerry Pearl 9100, Samsung Gravity 2, HuaweiU7519, Nokia 5230, and the Huawei E1381 Mobile Internet key.

Other details covered in the press conference include the removal of 2 and 3 year contracts, their dynamic bandwidth allocation, and a few plans for the future regarding the network technology. Among these plans include dual-channel HSPA technology that will bring their maximum download speed from 21Mbps, up to 42Mbps. They are also offering an unconditional 30 day money-back guarantee on all handset purchases/service agreements.

All around, it looks like Videotron has done a decent job of offering choices beyond those of other carriers. Being the first carrier to officially offer a device running Android 2.2, and offering a large selection of handsets and services, it looks like they've ensured some healthy competition in Quebec!


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TTC, Toronto's Transit Commission, has launched a service that allows users of the streetcar system to receive a text message with the times of the next stop at their particular location. The service is quite simple, with more than 600 stops having a unique stop number posted. Those wishing to receive the next arrival/departure times can send a text message containing that number to 898882 (txtttc), with no additional costs for the service besides standard carrier SMS rates, so make sure you have a suitable texting plan before making use of the service.


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We recently filled you in on the known details of Rogers new brand Chatr, and have more information available for you! Offering up unlimited plans and affordable, contract-free devices, Chatr Wireless aims to compete with Wind Mobile, Mobilicity, and Public Mobile directly. According to internal training documents, "zones" at launch will include Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Ottawa, though maps also included in the material suggest coverage spanning through Quebec and into the east coast.

Marketing based on the reliability of the service, since the service will be using an existing network, Rogers claims this new brand will be able to offer fewer dropped calls, better reception, and one low monthly fee for unlimited talk and text compared to competitors.

Scrapping activation fees with Chatr, customers will purchasing a SIM card, and can choose between 2 plans.Though pricing is yet to be confirmed, it seems as though the first plan will be Unlimited Talk for $35 which will offer unlimited in-province calling and 50 outgoing SMS (unlimited incoming). The second plan, Unlimited Talk & Text is rumoured to be $45, and offers unlimited talk across Canada, along with unlimited SMS to and from Canada and the U.S.A. Keep in mind that these are "in-zone" rates, so customers roaming would be subject to additional fees.

Lastly, the training material leaked shows at least four handsets at launch:

The essential - Nokia 1661 - $49.99 The slider - Nokia 2680 - $89.99 The flip - LG GB125R - $69.99 The QWERTY - Samsung Gravity - $149.99

Apparently Chatr Wireless will be launching within the coming weeks, with training already well underway.


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Canadians can receive G20 Summit news and updates via text message for free from the Globe and Mail until June 29th. The service is free, though standard carrier text messaging rates will apply, so make sure you have an SMS package. To sign up for the free updates, simply text G20 to 123411. Unfortunately, the service is not available to Public Mobile, Mobilicity, or WIND Mobile customers due to network limitations.


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Starting a couple of days ago, Canadians are now able to receive Amber Alerts on their cell phones, free of charge. The program allows cell phone users with any carrier to sign up for the free service, which will send alerts via SMS for Amber alerts in the user's area, as well status updates on each current alert.

To sign up for the program, either head to www.WirelessAmber.ca, or text the keyword "AMBER" to 26237. The Amber Alert program is a powerful tool for law enforcement, media, and the public to help locate missing or abducted children, and the addition of this wireless program should definitely serve as an asset to our communities.


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Telus Mobility adds a new Mike cellphone, the Motorola Clutch i465. This cellphone meets military specs and include also a QWERTY keyboard. The Clutch i465 is very nice if you use a Mike cellphone and write many SMS. The Motorola Clutch i465 include a obviously Push-To-Talk functions, compatible with US military spec 810F and Bluetooth connection. This new Mike cellphone will be available the next july 14th and will be sale for 99$ with a 3 years agreement.


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Virgin Mobile Canada add the LG Rumour 2 with a 4 row QWERTY keyboard. It?s a cheap cell phone but the keyboard is very helpful to send SMS and the price is also attractive. The LG Rumour 2 includes a 1.3 mega pixels camera, a memory card slot up to 12Gig and a Bluetooth Stereo connection. Virgin Mobile sell the LG Rumour 2 for 49.99$ with a 3 years plan or 129.99$ with the Prepaid option.


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Surprise, Bell Canada will launch the Palm Pre in Canada. No price or exacte date for the moment but this is features of the Palm Pre of Bell Mobility. Probably Telus mobility will be too offer this device.

- 3G EVDO Rev. A high-speed connectivity
- Integrated GPS
- Large 3.1-inch touch screen with a vibrant 24-bit color 320x480 resolution HVGA display
- Gesture area, which enables simple, intuitive gestures for navigation
- Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
- Email, including Outlook EAS (for access to corporate Microsoft Exchange servers), as well as personal email support (POP3, IMAP)
- Robust messaging support (IM, SMS and MMS capabilities)(3)
- High-performance, desktop-class web browser
- Great multimedia experience and performance (pictures, video playback, music), featuring a 3-megapixel camera with LED flash and extended depth of field, and a standard 3.5mm headset jack
- Bluetooth(R) 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
- 8GB internal memory (~7GB user available)
- USB mass storage mode
- MicroUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
- Proximity sensor, which automatically disables the touch screen and turns off the display whenever you put the phone up to your ear
- Light sensor, which dims the display if the ambient light is dark, such as at night or in a movie theater, to reduce power usage
- Accelerometer, which automatically orients web pages and photos to your perspective
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
- Ringer switch, which easily silences the device with one touch
- Removable, rechargeable battery
- Dimensions: 59.57mm (W) x 100.53mm (L, closed) x 16.95mm (D)
- Weight: ~135 grams



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A new device is available for President Choice Telecom customers, the LG Rumour. Already offer by Bell Mobility and Solo this device has a 3 row QWERTY keyboard, a Bluetooth connection and a 2-way speakerphone. Basic phone but interesting for sends many SMS at big price with President Choice Telecom. Available for 99$ without agreement.


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