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Perfectly in line with the launch of the new LTE enabled iPad, Virgin mobile has gone live with their LTE network. It piggy-backs off of Bell?s network, and is currently active in major urban areas including Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Yellowknife, and many cities in Southern Ontario including Toronto, London, Kitchener, and more. Of course, in order to support the new iPad, they are now offering LTE microSIM cards as well.

As for prices, they have decided to keep things simple and straight-forward, extending their existing Flexi-Data plan for tablets to include 4G LTE. This starts at $5/month for 10 MB, after which, it steps up to $15 for 250 MB. If you exceed 250 MB of usage, you enter the last tier of 5 GB for $35/month. Overages beyond 5 GB are charged at 1.5 cents/MB.


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We just let you know that Sony was preparing to release the "Sony Tablet", which is now officially known as the Tablet S. The Tablet S has been confirmed to be $500 for the 16GB model, or $600 for the 32GB version. Additionally, Sony confirmed that it will be launching in September, though an exact date wasn't provided. Hopefully this means mid-September as previously speculated.

The Sony Tablet S features a 9.4" (1280x800) touchscreen display, and is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor. It's PlayStation certified, and is advertised to be usable as a TV remote as well. Running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the Tablet S will have a lot of competition, but should see its fair share of sales.


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Ottawa residents, today you're in luck. Rogers has officially gone live with their LTE network in the Ottawa area, and released a compatible data stick and plans to go along with it. The network offers maximum download speeds of 150 Mbps, and maximum upload speeds of 70 Mbps. Coverage spans from Arnprior west of Ottawa, to Gatineau to the east.

Along with the network, Rogers has launched one compatible device, the Sierra Wireless Aircard 313U. This USB rocket stick is capable of the advertised network speeds, and is the first in Canada. Pricing comes in at $79.99 on a 3 year term, or $169.99 contract-free. Along with the internet stick, you'll need to sign up for their newly introduced LTE Flex Rate Plan as well, which starts at $45 or 1.5 GB of usage. Once you exceed that, the next bucket is $60 for 3 GB, then $75 for 6 GB, and lastly $90 for 9 GB with additional usage costing $10/GB. As an introductory offer, they are also offering up no monthly service fee or overage charges for your first two months.

If you live in Ottawa and are looking to pick one up, there are 4 retail stores currently selling the compatible rocket stick:

Rogers Plus at 1379A Woodroffe Ave.
Rogers Plus at 11 Selkirk St.
Wireless Express at 205 Richmond Rd.
Go Communications at 910 Carling Ave.



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A little while back, we saw Videotron launch a $30/6GB data add-on, and it didn't take long for a variety of other carriers to follow suit in the province. Bell and Virgin Mobile began offering their Quebec subscribers the same package, and Telus also did the same. Now, Rogers is responding to the competition, and has also made their own $30/6GB add-on available for Quebec customers. Theirs, like the others, is available for a "limited time", and speculation points to a July 31st expiry date. It includes 6GB of data usage and unlimited Social Networking, and requires you to renew on a new 3 year term.


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Rogers, Bell, and Telus offer up a 6GB data plan seasonally, usually corresponding with each year's iPhone launch, but now Videotron is looking to get in on the competition. They have recently introduced their own 6GB data plan, which is priced at $30 monthly. Unfortunately, the offer is listed as "available for a limited time", so if you're looking for more data usage allowance and are with the popular Quebec carrier, be sure to get ahold of them soon to add it to your account. With any luck, Videotron's introduction of this data package will put the pressure on other major carriers, and they too will re-introduce this type of package. Great job, Videotron!


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Yesterday Apple announced the much-anticipated iPad 2, releasing the specifications and features for the upcoming tablet. Coming in Wi-Fi and 3G models, buyers can choose between 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB variations to best suit their needs. The iPad successor comes in at 33% thinner than the original version, at only 8.8mm thick, and features front and rear facing cameras. The iPad 2 is powered by an A5 dual-core processor, and will also support HDMI out using a propriatary Apple accessory. The last noticeable change made over the original iPad is wireless hotspot functionality in iOS 4.3, a feature which Rogers has already confirmed will be enabled and usable on their version.

The Apple iPad 2 will be available in either black or white at launch, will run Apple iOS 4.3, and is expected to launch on March 25th for Canadians. No confirmation on pricing just yet, but we'll be sure to keep you updated once more information becomes available!


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Virgin Mobile has introduced a new $55 Student Combo Plan for a limited time that's actually quite a value. The new Student Plan from Virgin gives users 200 anytime minutes, unlimited evenings and weekends starting at 6pm, unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited talk and text to 10 national buddies, and 1GB of data usage. No word on exactly when this plan will expire, but if you like the sounds of it we suggest you contact Virgin Mobile soon.


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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 Mobilicity has plans to launch the Google Nexus One, and now they've updated their site to include an unlimited data add-on! The new add-on, which costs $20 per month, provides "truly unlimited" data usage to customers within Mobilicity coverage zones. The new package can be added on to any existing price plan, so users won't have to spend a certain amount each month to be eligible. Nice work, Mobilicity!


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With the Apple iPad having launched several months ago successfully, and the Samsung Tab coming to Canada soon, Telus has introduced a new Share Plan for existing customers who wish to use their tablet devices on Telus' network. The plan costs $15/month, and essentially allows users to share their existing smartphone data plan with their tablet, be it an iPad, Tab, etc. For those who only have 500MB - 1GB of usage on their smartphones, you may be better off looking at getting a standalone package, but for those who currently have 1GB+, this could be worth checking out. Telus has confirmed that the package will work with any compatible tablet devices, even if they don't offer it, which is great news for those thinking about picking up a Tab.


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