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Sasktel has launched the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300, the newest model in the Curve line-up by RIM. The Curve 3G features a 2.4" (320x240) display, 2MP camera, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and of course 3G connectivity. Featuring a full QWERTY keyboard and optical trackpad, this device is confirmed to be getting BlackBerry 6 - the new OS currently only available on the Torch 9800. Along with a re-designed UI, BlackBerry 6 comes with a new WebKit browser, which is a significant improvement over the existing BlackBerry web browser. The Curve 3G is available now from Sasktel for $50 on a 3 year term, or $375 contract-free in either "Graphite" or "Fuschia".


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According to internal documents floating around the internet, Bell will be released the Nokia C6 entry-level smartphone on Tuesday, September 21st. The C6 features 3.2" (360x640) touchscreen, horizontally sliding QWERTY keyboard, and a 5MP camera with LED flash. Running on Symbian Series 60 OS, this handset provides users to access to Nokia's Ovi store, where they can download mobile content like applications, games, etc. No official word on pricing as of yet, but we'll be sure to let you know once more information is released!

 

 

 

 

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Apple has recently made iOS 4.1 available for download to the public, which fixes a number of bugs, and adds a few features to supported devices. The update, which is available in iTunes now, adds Game Center functionality, which is basically an online gaming community for compatible iOS devices, along the lines of Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. Compatible devices include the iPhone 4, iPhone 3Gs, and the 2nd-4th generation iPod Touch models, and allows users to play games online with friends, family, etc. Along with the introduction of the Game Center, Apple has also updated the App Store to include a specific section just for compatible games, and though the list is currently small, we should see it grow more and more as time progresses.

What do you think about Apple's "Game Center"? Would you be interested in playing mobile games online with others? Let us know in the forums!

 

 

 

 

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We recently let you know that Chatr would be launching in Montreal on September 16th, and now we have more news on the new discount brand launched by Rogers. It looks like they will be launching the Nokia 2220 in the near-future, with rumoured pricing to come in at just $75 contract-free. The 2220 features a 1.8" (128x160) display, a vertical sliding numerical keypad, and a VGA camera. This affordable device should be available in the near future, likely before the end of this month.


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Sasktel recently launched their 3G+ network, and have been in the news quite a bit since the introduction of HSPA speeds in Saskatchewan. They've added to the news, as they've recently confirmed via Twitter that the BlackBerry Torch 9800 will be launching by the end of this month, though no pricing information has been released as of yet. Odds are, 3 year pricing will come in at $199, as with other carries, though their outright prices have been considerably higher than other carriers for other devices, so we expect this one to be the same.

 

 

 

 

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HTC Magic+ owners who are with Rogers have something to be excited about as of yesterday, as the long awaited Android OS 2.1 Eclair update was finally released. The update, which provides more homescreens, significantly better performance, and a variety of new features, was pushed out over-the-air recently, and seems to run exceptionally well.

Do you own a Magic+ that you've upgraded to OS 2.1? Drop by the forums and let us know! Forum


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Telus has officially launched the next handset in the Shine series - the LG Shine Plus. This new handset runs on Android 2.1 Eclair OS, and features a 3.2" touchscreen, 5MP camera, a sliding QWERTY keyboard to make typing easy and comfortable, and comes with a 4GB microSD card. The Shine Plus is available now from Telus for $69.99 on a 3 year term, or $299.99 without a contract.


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WIND Mobile will soon be adding their second Android device to their handset line-up, this time around launching the Motorola Milestone XT720. The handset, which features a 3.7" (480x854) display, and an 8MP camera with flash and 720p HD video capture, was also announced by videotron just yesterday. Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a 720MHz processor. Internal training has started at WIND Mobile, so we should see this device launch sometime in the near future, with rumours pointing at September 15th-22nd launch date. No word yet on pricing, but we'll be sure to keep you updated once more information is available!


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One of the major complaints from BlackBerry users recently is the lack of applications available for purchase/download, especially compared to other platforms such as iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad), and Android (multiple devices). While it's still far off from Google's 50 000+ apps, and Apple's 100 000+ apps, this is still great news for BlackBerry users as the gap is slowly being closed. Among the 10 000 items now available for download are themes, games, and a variety of applications to help users get the most out of their handset.

BlackBerry users, what's your favourite game/application/theme? Drop by our forum and let us know! 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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