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Likely in response to Videotron and Virgin's(Quebec-only) recent introduction of their $30/6GB data package, Telus has gone ahead re-introduced their own 6GB promo add-on for Quebec customers. It's unfortunate that the rest of Canada can't benefit from this recent competition, but it's still great to see carriers working to win customers over in some markets at least.

The 6GB add-on from Telus is available for all device types, including iPhones, and will work for both 4G and CDMA handsets. It is available to new, existing, and renewing customers, and overage charges come in at the standard 5 cents/MB. The package is being offered on a promotional basis only, and will no longer be available after July 31st, so be sure to contact Telus if you're interested in adding it to your line.


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Those interested in picking up an HTC Sensation 4G from Bell are Virgin Mobile are in luck, as more information has recently been leaked showing off a variety of details. Up until now, the 3-year pricing for the handset has been unknown, though thanks to leaks, we now know that it will be coming in at $149.95 ($149.99 with Virgin). Outright pricing was previously leaked to be $549.95 with Bell, and $499.99 on Virgin Mobile, and it looks like those price points have remained unchanged leading up to the launch. As for a launch date, internal documents from Bell that were also leaked a couple weeks back noted July 5th as the official release date, and that has been reconfirmed via today's 3-year pricing document.

To recap on the Sensation 4G's specifications, it has a 4.3" (540x960) touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch. It is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 768MB of RAM, and features an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash and 1080p HD video capture. Other notable features include 1GB of internal storage, TV-out, and a secondary VGA front-facing camera. Connectivity options include bluetooth 3.0, GPS, and Wi-Fi (b/g/n, hotspot), along with "4G" HSPA.


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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a great Android tablet, and is sure to serve as an awesome successor to their original Galaxy Tab. We let you know a few weeks back that it was confirmed to be coming to Canada, with rumours pointing to an August release timeframe, but now have more information to share! The Tab 10.1 is now available for pre-order from electronics retailers like Best Buy and Future Shop, and pricing is listed at the very affordable $499.99 mark. Along with the pre-order availability, the stores have also included an estimated release date of July 22nd, so it looks like the wait will soon be over!

As a recap on the Galaxy Tab 10.1's specifications, it features a 10.1" (800x1280) touchscreen display, and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. It comes with an 8MP camera with LED flash, and is capable of recording 720p HD video. It comes with 16GB of storage, and measures in at just 8.6mm thick, making it a truly awesome device for those considering an Android tablet!


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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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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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A couple weeks back we let you know that the HP TouchPad would soon be landing in Canada (mid-July), with the webOS tablet priced at $519.99 for the 16GB model, and $619.99 for the 32GB version. Now, we're happy to let everybody know that the TouchPad is officially available for pre-order through major electronics retailers Best Buy and Future Shop. The estimated release date, as expected, is listed as July 15th.

The TouchPad is HP's first tablet that runs their recently acquired webOS (Palm), and has a 9.7" (768x1024) touchscreen display, and is powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor. Unfortunately other features come in a bit on the low end, with a 1.3MP camera, and connectivity options including Wi-Fi (b/g/n), bluetooth, and some form of GPS support.

There are also a variety of accessories available along with it, including a wireless keyboard ($59.99), a charging dock ($79.99), and a few different cases/sleeves.


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WIND Mobile released the LG Optimus 2X, a device that's regarded as fairly hard to beat in Canada, but they aren't forgetting their roots. For those looking for a more affordable option, they have also launched the Huawei U6150, a simple device with a full physical QWERTY keyboard. It features a 2.4" (320x240) display, and comes with a 2MP camera and AGPS functionality, along with bluetooth connectivity.

The Huawei U6150 is available now from WIND Mobile for a very affordable price of $98 contract-free, or those looking to pick it up for free can do so using the WINDtab.


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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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Telus has surprisingly kept its Mike network active, and have actually launched another device for users of the push-to-talk service. The Motorola i420 is now available for $249.99 contract-free, and offers the Direct Connect feature that made the network, and compatible devices popular years ago. It features a 1.79" (128x160) display, flip form factor, and a number of basic features including bluetooth, GPS, and a VGA camera. While this may not serve as much news for regular consumers, the fact that Telus isn't letting up on this network should be a good indication for business owners and managers that they can continue to rely on it for direct (and instant) communication between its members.


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We let you know some time ago that Bell was preparing to launch the super-affordable HTC Wildfire S, and followed up shortly with news that Virgin would also release it. Bell was first up to make the Android 2.3 powered handset available, and now we've received word that the Virgin launch is just around the corner.

The Wildfire S features a 3.2" (320x480) touchscreen Gorilla Glass display, and is powered by a 600MHz processor and 512MB of RAM. It also features a 5MP camera with LED flash and VGA video capture, and comes with 512MB of ROM storage for applications and setting data. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi (b/g/n, hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS, and supports HSPA data speeds reaching a maximum of 7.2 Mbps.

The HTC Wildfire S is available now from Bell for $0 on a 3 year term (originally $29.95, but placed on sale already!), and $249.95 contract-free. Virgin Mobile will be offering it up any day now for $29.99 on a 3 year term or using the SuperTab, and outright pricing is consistent with Bell's, coming in at $249.99. Saskatchewan residents can also expect to get their hands on the device via Sasktel, though details are much more scarce regarding their launch.


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