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We just let you know that Samsung had officially announced the Galaxy S II LTE, and already Rogers has come forward with confirmation that they will carry it. Their LTE network is currently live in Ottawa, and will expand to other major cities by the end of 2011, which is also when we can expect the Galaxy S II LTE. No word on pricing, but this handset is sure to sell well, especially when considering its improved processor and significantly faster data connectivity.

Additionally, Rogers will be launching 3 other new devices, including the Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S, an LTE tablet, and an LTE HTC device. These will add to the Sierra Wireless Rocket Stick, and of course, the LTE Galaxy S II. Other news from the release today includes a Toronto launch date for LTE, which is set for September 28th. Montreal and Vancouver will go live by the end of the year.


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Wind Mobile recently announced that they are working on expanding their network coverage in the coming year, but no further details were made available. Now, however, a newspaper article containing an interview with WIND Mobile CEO Ken Campbell, gives information on what may be in their future.

According to the article, WIND Mobile will be launching in Atlantic Canada, starting in 2012. Nova Scotia is first on the list it seems, and the company is in the planning stages including tower sites, store locations, and more. They also have "aggressive expansion plans for the remainder of 2011', hopefully in other major cities across the country.


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Beginning yesterday, the BlackBerry World 2011 event is where most expect new device and software announcements, and RIM lived up to those expectations. Announcing the BlackBerry 9900/9930 models and BlackBerry 7 OS, RIM stated that the Bold Touch is expected to be available from carriers around the world beginning this Summer.

The Bold Touch 9900/9930 are essentially the same device, though the 9930 operates on CDMA networks, whereas the 9900 is GSM and HSPA+ compatible. They feature a 2.8" (640x480) VGA multitouch display, while retaining the familiar BlackBerry design that comes with a full QWERTY keyboard. The Bold Touch is a significant improvement over current BlackBerry handsets, and is powered by a 1.2GHz processor and 768MB of RAM. It has a 5MP camera with 720p video capture, and supports NFC, Wi-Fi, GPS, and bluetooth connectivity. It comes in at just 10.5mm thick, making it the thinnest BlackBerry yet. Lastly, the Bold Touch runs on BlackBerry 7 OS, RIM's latest version of their platform. No word on pricing or exact launch dates, but we should see these launch by late Summer.

BlackBerry 7 OS brings with it several new features over the current 6.0 version, including a significantly improved browser with faster rendering and full HTML5 support. It also offers voice activated search, and integrates "BlackBerry Balance", a feature that helps separate personal content from corporate items on your device.

BlackBerry 7 OS will only be available for the Bold Touch 9900/9930, and will not be compatible with existing devices from RIM. There will likely be several newer devices announced with the OS in the near-future, but this new Bold series handset will likely be their flagship model. Those who purchase the device will also get the full version of Docs To Go out-of-box, so users will quickly be able to access all of their documents, including PDFs.


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According to a recent release from Sasktel, they aren't just expanding their current 21Mbps network, but also working to launch a 42Mbps 4G network in Regina and Saskatoon this summer. No word yet on which devices might be available offering support for that speed, but it will likely start with a mobile internet stick.

Along with that announcement, Sasktel stated that by the end of 2011, their coverage will be available to 98% of Saskatchewan's population. It is already at 96%, according to the carrier.

It's certainly nice to see network upgrades and announcements, but one can't help but wonder their status regarding LTE deployment. With Bell and Rogers racing to launch their true 4G networks in a few major cities, we can only assume that's the future.


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A few days ago we let you know that Rogers was getting set to launch their 4G LTE network sometime in 2011 in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Vancouver. According to the announcement, the network will also become active in 25 more cities in 2012. Bell has responded, releasing a document internally that states that their LTE trials have concluded, and that they are also working on launching in the near-future. In the document, they say "Bell has completed 4G LTE trials and we are currently deploying 4G LTE as well. Our competitors will not get in front of Bell's network leadership." No word on launch dates or which areas Bell's LTE network will be available in at launch as of yet, but we'll keep a close eye on Bell (and other networks) to keep you up to-date-on 4G LTE network deployment in Canada!


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HTC has just announced two new Android devices that will be hitting the European and Asian markets in Q2 2011, and the U.S. later in the year. The HTC ChaCha and Salsa both feature dedicated Facebook buttons, allowing users to access the popular social networking site with a single click of the button. It will also allow for speedy status updates, simple sharing, and quick photo uploads. No word yet on if or when these handsets will arrive in Canada, but we should see them around the same time that the U.S. does.

The ChaCha features a physical QWERTY keyboard located under the 2.6" (480x320) display, along with a 5MP camera with LED flash, and a secondary front-facing VGA camera. The Salsa has similar specifications, but has a larger touchscreen (3.4") and lacks the physical keyboard. Both devices will launch running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and will be powered by 600MHz proccessors.


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We recently let you know that Sony Ericsson was planning to launch a new PSP-style phone, the "Play", and now we're happy to report confirmation that Rogers will be launching the new device. Along with the confirmation regarding the Play, it looks like a second Ericsson handset will be coming to Rogers, the Arc. No word yet on pricing or an exact release date for either of these devices, but a "Spring 2011" launch has been confirmed.

The Play, which features PSP-style controls that slide out horizontally in place of a QWERTY keybaord, runs on Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread, and features a 4" (480x854) touchscreen display, a 5MP camera with LED flash, a front facing camera for video calling, and more. The Arc is also an impressive handset, featuring a 4.2"(480x854) touchscreen display, Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread, and an 8MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video capture. Both of these upcoming handsets are powered by 1GHz processors, and feature connectivity options including Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS.


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Exciting news came to us yesterday, when we found out that RIM is working on 3 new devices planned for launch later in 2011. The new devices add NFC (near field communications) technology, and are expected to launch with an OS version of 6.1.

The BlackBerry Curve "Apollo" is the next generation handset in the Curve series, and comes in at just 11mm thick. Featuring a full QWERTY keyboard, an HVGA (480x360) display, and a 5MP camera, the Apollo should make a great addition to RIM's handset line-up.

Next up the BlackBerry "Dakota", which looks like it may be the next generation in the Bold series. The Dakota has been rumoured for about a year now, but with more information finally surfacing on the internet, it looks like it may become a reality. The Dakota features a 2.8" (640x480) touch screen display, while retaining the typical BlackBerry form factor including the full QWERTY keyboard. The Dakota also comes with a 5MP camera with LED flash and HD video capture capabilities, and measures in at just 10.5mm thick.

Last in the list of new BlackBerry devices that were recently leaked is none other than the Torch 2, a BlackBerry with specs that compare to top end Android/iOS devices. The Torch 2 will be powered by a 1.2GHz processor, and features a 3.2" (640x480) display, a 5MP camera (presumably with HD video recording capabilities), along with 512Mb of RAM, 8GB of onboard internal memory, and NFC technology just like the other two devices.

No definite word on when we can expect to see these devices launch, but speculation is pointing at Q3 or so this year. With these devices launching with OS 6.1, it's unlikely that we'll see the PlayBook's QNX OS come to BlackBerry handsets this year, so if you're holding out for that, it may be quote the wait.


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We've received word recently that the Nokia E7 is coming to Rogers, with an estimated launch time of early Spring 2011. According to Nokia, the E7 is the "ultimate business smartphone", featuring a 4" (640x360) AMOLED capacitive touch screen display, a full QWERTY keyboard, and an 8MP camera with dual LED flash and HD video capture capabilities. The E7 also features HDMI connectivity, Wi-Fi (b, g, n), bluetooth 3.0, and GPS, along with 16GB of storage memory, 1GB of ROM memory, and 256MB of RAM. Running on Symbian^3 OS, the E7 is powered by a 680MHz processor, and offers other features like multi-touch input, an accelerometer, and scratch resistant Gorilla glass for the display. No word yet on an exact release date or pricing, but apparently we can expect this new device from Nokia sometime in early Spring of 2011 on Rogers.


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There have been tons of delays when it comes to the iPhone 4 in white, but it seems we finally have confirmation of when it will be available. According to Apple signs, the white iPhone 4 will be available in Spring 2011. It's odd that Apple still intends on releasing this colour variation, as one can only assume that they're next mobile device (iPhone 5?) will be launched in the summer time. Have you been holding out for the iPhone 4 in white?


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