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There have been a variety of handsets launching in Canada lately across the multiple carriers, and Rogers is adding yet another to their inventory. The Nokia E5, which we can expect to launch in the near-future according to recently leaked information, runs on Symbian S60 OS v9.3. It features a 2.4" (320x240) display, full QWERTY keyboard, and a 5MP camera with LED flash and VGA video recording. The E5 is powered by a 600MHz processor and 256MB of RAM, and features connectivity including Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS. No word yet on a specific launch date or pricing as of yet, but we'll let you know once more information is made available.


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Rogers is getting set to launch their Early Hardware Upgrade Program in just under a week, on Thursday, May 5th. The program, which will allow customers to upgrade to a new device early for an additional fee, is very similar to Telus' early upgrade process. Here's how it works:

Customers who wish to upgrade early will pay $10-$20 for each month remaining until they would officially be eligible, in addition to the standard upgrade cost of the device. Exactly how much you pay for each remaining month depends on what type of device you currently have, and Rogers breaks them down into three categories; 1) voice or quick messaging devices, 2) feature devices, tablets, and smartphones, and 3) premium devices (including iPhone and BlackBerry Torch). Those with voice/QMD handsets will be charged $10 for each remaining month, while smartphone/tablet users will pay $15, and premium device users will pay $20 for each remaining month. If the contract-free price for the device comes in lower than the early upgrade costs, you will pay the lesser of the two.

For example, if you have a BlackBerry Bold 9700 and have had it for 18 months, you would pay $15 (early upgrade charge) x 6 (months remaining until standard 24-month eligibility), in addition to the normal 3-year price of the device you're upgrading to. So, you would pay $90 + the upgrade cost of the device.

One more detail was revealed in recently leaked screenshots, stating "we are also changing the standard HUP wait period, which will now vary from 18-30 months depending on the customer's current device." While the early upgrade program comes as great news, this extra little bit is vague and could be a bad thing for some people. Rogers currently has a 2 year waiting period for upgrade eligibility, so this means some people will have to wait an extra 6 months, or at least pay 6 months more of early upgrade costs. Others may benefit from it however, reaching eligibility 6 months earlier than they currently would. We'll be sure to let you know once more details become available.


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It has been a few weeks since WIND Mobile launched the Nokia C5-04, and now Videotron is stepping up to offer the device to their customers as well. The C5-04 has a 3.2" (640x360) touchscreen display, 2MP camera, and comes with pre-installed apps like Facebook, Youtube, Myspace, and Ovi Maps. The Nokia C5-04 is now officially available from Videotron for $39.95 "Reduced price", or $209.95 contract-free. It is available in two colours, so you can choose from silver or blue.


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Rogers has always prided themselves on being at the forefront of innovation and new technology in the Canadian mobile industry, and are looking to solidify that reputation this year. Rogers has announced through their newly created site iwantmylte.ca that LTE services will launch in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Ottawa sometime this year. 25 other cities will also get the new network, though it will come in 2012.

The upcoming LTE network offers maximum download speeds of 150 Mbps, and max upload speeds of 70 Mbps. Rogers states "Everyone will be able to watch streaming movies and live HDTV on their mobile devices, with crisp picture and virtually no buffering or delays". Now the real question is, what sort of compatible devices can we expect?

No word yet on which cities will get LTE in 2012, but we'll keep you updated, so stay tuned!


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We recently let you know that Fido was getting set to launch the BlackBerry Curve 9300, and today they've done just that. The Curve 3G is now available for $30 on a 3 year term, or $400 contract-free. The 9300 has a 2.4" (320x240) display, full QWERTY keyboard, and runs on BlackBerry OS 6. It features a 2MP camera, and offers Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS connectivity.

While the Curve 9300 isn't the most exciting device in today's mobile market, it is nice to see Fido giving customers more options!


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With summer approaching, most people are expecting a new iPhone model to be announced, but some have been holding out for the iPhone 4 to be available in white. As of today, the iPhone 4 is officially available in white from Apple directly or from each of the major carriers. Pricing remains consistent with existing price points for the black version of the handset, and the only difference is the colour itself.

If you have been holding out, head to your carrier of choice's nearest store and pick yours up today!


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The Sony Ericsson Xperia arc and PLAY have been pretty highly anticipated in Canada, and as of today, they are both officially available! Each handset can be picked up starting today for $99.99 on a 3 year term, or $549.99 contract-free. The Xperia arc is available in black, while the PLAY comes in white or black, and both run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The Xperia arc features a 4.2" (480x854) LED-backlit LCD touchscreen display, and an 8MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording capabilities. It features the Mobile BRAVIA Engine for a crisp, vibrant display, and is powered by a 1GHz processor, along with 512MB of RAM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi (b, g, n, and hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS.

The Xperia PLAY has a 4" (480x854) LED-backlit LCD touchscreen display, and a 5MP camera with LED flash and WVGA video capture. It is powered by the same 1GHz processor found in the arc, and also has 512MB of RAM. Connectivity options also mirror those of the Xperia arc, with Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS.

If you've been holding out for either of these new handsets from Sony Ericsson, head to your nearest Rogers store today to get one today!


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Rogers and LG seem to have partnered up to offer a variety of Android devices, including the Optimus Pad and Optimus 3D. According to more leaked information, it looks like they will be releasing an entry-level Android handset for those looking for a more affordable option. The LG Phoenix has a 3.2" (320x480) touchscreen display and a 3.15MP camera. The Phoenix is powered by a 600MHz processor and runs on Android 2.2 Froyo. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi (b, g, and hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS.

No word yet on pricing, but it will likely come in under $100 on a 3 year term. We'll be sure to keep you updated on any more news regarding the upcoming LG Phoenix.


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According to a rumour that surfaced online today, Videotron is getting set to launch the Nokia C7 within the next week or so. While no pricing information has been leaked so far, the Symbian^3 powered handset should be available by the end of April.

The Nokia C7 features a 3.5" (360x640) AMOLED touchscreen display, an 8MP camera with 720p HD video recording, and a secondary VGA camera. It is powered by a 680MHz processor, and comes with 8GB of internal storage, along with 1GB of ROM, and 256MB of RAM.

We'll be sure to let you know as soon as Videotron officially adds the Nokia C7 to their line-up, so stay tuned!


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Summer is coming, and with it comes WWDC and all kinds of announcements from Apple. This June, Apple says they're going to "unveil the future of iOS", which has many analysts sharing their thoughts. One of the most common rumours, with information apparently coming from individuals with knowledge of the company's supply chain, points to a September ship date for the iPhone 5.

Other speculation points to the new iPhone model having an edge-to-edge screen, but otherwise similar to the iPhone 4 physically. It will also come with an 8MP camera according to the information, and should have a much stronger A5 processor.

Who knows if this will prove to be true, or what else Apple has in store for us regarding iOS' future. Hopefully we'll see some truly innovative technology!


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