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Telus has recently launched a new mobile internet device, this time the Huawei E5836 Mobile Wifi hub. This mobile internet hub can connect up to 5 devices using a WiFi connection, and offers download speeds up to 7.2Mbps, and upload speeds reaching a maximum of 5.76Mbps. The really nice thing about this device is that is has a built-in display that shows signal strength, battery life, and the number of connected devices. The Huawei E5826 Mobile Internet hub is available now from Telus for $0 on a 3 year term, or $149.99 contract-free.


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The Canadian new entrants have been making the news a lot lately, which is undoubtedly a good thing for them from a marketing and advertising perspective. Public Mobile has recently extended their Greater Toronto Area coverage zone to include Mississauga, which is great news for both existing customers, and those who live in the area who have may be interested in signing up. In addition to the zone stretch to Mississauga, Public Mobile is apparently working on expanding the network to Brampton by the end of the year as well, reaching even more potential customers and increasing coverage for existing ones. It's always good to see carriers working at offering more to customers, so kudos to Public Mobile on this one!


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Rogers has recently implemented changed to their hardware upgrade program, changing eligibility from 24 months to 30 months (2.5 years), news that has been confirmed via Customer Care as well as RogersBuzz on Twitter. It doesn't come as much of a surprise since other carriers have similar timelines for upgrading devices, but it definitely isn't great news for those of us who like to switch up their devices and stay on top of the market. According to Rogers employees, some customers may be eligible for upgrades before the 30 month mark, though no guidelines or HUP structure is available to consumers. Additionally, the change won't affect the current iPhone upgrade program, so it looks like some customers may still be in the clear on this one.


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It looks like Mobilicity will be launching yet another device, this time around the LG Wink. According to leaked information that surfaced on the internet recently, the LG Wink will be coming to the network sometime in November, which features a 2.8" (240x320) touchscreen display, 2MP camera, and memory expansion up to 4GB via microSD card. Along with a 3.5mm headset jack and FM radio, the handset is expected to come in somewhere around $100 outright, though no confirmation is available as of yet.

 

 

 

 

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It looks like KOODO Mobile will be joining in the ranks of other discount/partner carriers like Virgin Mobile and Fido, by offering up Android devices in the near future. While there's no specific information available as of yet regarding which handsets will be coming to the Telus-owned carrier, or when they will be available, it's definitely nice to see more options for their customers. Odds are we'll see some of the entry-level handsets offered such as the Motorola Backflip or Charm, but with any luck we'll see some higher-end devices like the HTC Desire become available too. We'll be sure to keep you updated once more information is available!

 

 

 

 

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Rogers has recently put out a new issue of their URMagazine, and one of the most interesting articles shows off the Dell Streak, a tablet/phone crossover device that runs on the Android platform. The Streak features a 5" (800x480) display, 5MP camera with dual LED flash and video capture capabilities, a front-facing VGA camera (presumably for video calling), GPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. Apparently it will run Android 1.6 at launch, though speculation points to a near-future upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo which should enable features like Flash support, and more. Though Rogers pricing hasn't been announced as of yet, Dell currently sells the device for $549.99 USD, and AT&T is offering it up at $299.99 on a 2 year contract.


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Just a few days ago, Research in Motion and Sprint in the U.S. officially announced the BlackBerry Style 9670 - a CDMA flip phone that offers up a full QWERTY keyboard, and shortly afterwards Telus confirmed that they too, would carry the device. While no official availability or pricing has been announced, it's rumoured that they will be launching the device sometime within the first few days of November. The BlackBerry Style will launch running BlackBerry 6 OS, and features an external display for your clock and notifications, along with a standard internal display. Also featuring a 5MP camera with video capture capabilities, the Style 9670 comes with 512MB of RAM and has storage expandable up to 32GB via microSD. While the design of this new device definitely brings some back to a few years ago, it's certainly nice to see an array of options coming to Canadian mobile consumers!


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We've been keeping you updated when it comes to Bell's upcoming exclusive HTC Desire Z launch, and now they've recently updated their site to officially confirm that it will be available in the "coming weeks". Great news for those looking to pick up a high-powered Android device, as the Desire Z will be launching with Android 2.2 Froyo, HTC's newest version of Sense UI, and will support download speeds up to 14.4Mbps. Other features include a full QWERTY keyboard, 3.7" (480x800) touch screen display, and a 5MP camera with LED flash that is capable of recording 720p HD videos. With Adobe Flash and Mobile Hotspot support, this handset is definitely one to look out for!


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With the competition heating up in Quebec with a range of carriers now available, Telus is stepping up their game to offer similar plans to other carriers, and have launched a new "Unlimited Quebec" plan. The new Unlimited Quebec plan offers up unlimited local and long distance calls within Quebec, Nationwide family calling, voicemail, call waiting, and conference calling. For an additional $5/month, Quebec subscribers can have unlimited text, picture, and video messaging added to the plan, leaving the only thing missing as data services. Nice to see carriers competing for customers in Quebec these days, now if only these types of offers could be extended to other provinces!


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Apparently Mobilicity's Mobile Network Code has began appearing when doing network scans in Downtown Vancouver, which can only mean a near-future launch in the area. Rumours are pointing to an early November launch, more specifically sometime within the first week of the month, which is great news for those who live in Vancouver and are looking for an inexpensive alternative for their mobile services. Remember, Mobilicity will be launching the Google Nexus One around the same time, so it's likely that these rumours are accurate.


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