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Virgin Mobile has been putting the pressure on their competition recently, offering up a variety of handsets and price plan discounts. Their latest move in an effort to retain more customers, and win over prospective customers, was to reduce their Smartphone data offerings by $5 a month, a much-needed discount with Canada's high-cost data services. The $5 monthly reduction is applicable to the 500 MB, 3 GB, 5GB, and Flexi-Data packages, and is available to both new and existing customers. Existing customers will have to call in to have their package changed, as the price reduction isn't being automatically applied to accounts. Great move, Virgin! Keep the price cuts coming!


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Great news for Android users in Canada, the HTC Desire HD is now available from Telus. The Desire HD features a 4.3" (480x800) touchscreen display, 8MP camera with dual-LED flash and 720p video capture, along with a 1GHz Scorpion processor and it's own GPU. Running on Android 2.2 Froyo at launch, the Desire HD also features 768MB of RAM, 1.5GB of onboard memory, and connectivity options including Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS. For those considering a new Android device, the Desire HD is among the best, and shouldn't be overlooked. The HTC Desire HD is available now from Telus for $149.99 on a 3-year term, or $499.99 contract-free.


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We've been keeping you up to date when it comes to Bell's launch of the Android-powered HTC Desire Z, and are happy to report that it is now available! Running Android 2.2 Froyo, the HTC Desire Z features a 3.7" (480 x 800) touch screen display, 5MP camera with flash and 720p HD video capture, and "pop hinge" QWERTY keyboard. Additionally, the Desire Z supports HSPA connectivity with download speeds up to 14.4Mbps, and supports Wi-Fi (b, g, n) connectivity, along with GPS, and bluetooth 2.1. The Wi-Fi connectivity also includes another extremely useful feature - the ability to turn the handset into a mobile hotspot (connecting up to 8 devices at once).

Other features include Adobe Flash 10.1 support, 1.5GB of internal memory (expandable up to 32GB), and HTC Sense 2.0. The HTC Desire Z is available now from Bell for $129.95 on a 3 year term, or $499.95 contract-free.


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Sasktel has recently updated a portion of their website to include to new plans intended for use with tablet devices such as the Apple iPad and upcoming Samsung Tab. The plans, which include a 500MB/$20 and 5GB/$35, provide access to Sasktel's new 3G+ network, with overage fees coming in at $0.05/MB. It's great to see other carriers offering up data packages for these devices, as they're becoming increasingly popular as more tablets from a variety of manufacturers are being released. What do you think about tablets? Useful, or just flashy toys? Let us know in our forum!


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Telus has introduced a monthly data bonus of 5GB for new customers who sign up for the $65 (or greater) Clear Choice price plans, a pretty amazing incentive to choose Telus right now. To be eligible, customers must sign up for any Clear Choice voice and data plan that costs $65 or greater. Since the $65 plan already includes 1GB, customers taking advantage of this offer will get at least 6GB of monthly data usage for a minimum of $65.

According to the fine details of the offer, it's available to customers using any phone and is available until October 5th of this year. It seems as though existing customers are out of luck with this promotion, though the document does state that customer service representatives are to "follow existing escalation process for renewals".


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A few days ago, we let you know that Telus released their Apple iPad data plan at a cost of $20 for 500MB, with overages at $0.05/MB up to a maximum of $50 combined. At launch, Canadians rejoiced as it seemed as though $50 would technically offer unlimited data usage, however Telus has now updated the plan details to include one extra stipulation - the usage is limited to 5GB.

With these new details released, Telus' offering to iPad users may have a difficult time competing with Bell and Rogers, as they currently have 2 plans available: $15/250MB and $35/5GB. No word yet on whether any carriers plan to offer true unlimited usage, though it doesn't seem promising.


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Throughout the last week, we've reported both Rogers and Bell released details on iPad data plans, as well as some Telus retail locations receiving Micro SIM cards. As of today, Rogers and Bell have both started stocking the new, smaller version of SIM cards as well, just in time for tomorrow's Apple iPad launch.

So far, Rogers and Bell's iPad data packages mirror each other, with each carrier offering the same two options. They are offering 250MB for $15, or a larger option at $35 for 5GB, though no plans to release an unlimited plan have been released as of yet. Telus has not provided any details on their iPad-specific data packages, though consumers should expect very similar options to Rogers/Bell.

With retail locations stocking up on Micro SIM cards now, Canadians who purchase the iPad on launch date should have all 3 carriers to choose from for their 3G service.


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Bell released details on their upcoming Apple iPad data plans today, in preparation for the Canadian launch coming this Friday, May 28th. Staying on par with Rogers, Bell has announced the same two options, consisting of a $15/250MB package, as well as the $35/5GB option. Both options are contract free, and include access to specific Wi-Fi networks supported by Bell.

So far, neither Bell or Rogers have mentioned an unlimited plan, a popular request among Canadians. Telus is expected to announce iPad data plans soon as they recently updated systems to include micro SIM cards, though no information on their options have been made available as of yet.


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Micro SIM cards have made an appearance in certain Telus outlets, indicating a near-future launch for the smaller, more compact version of SIM card that are becoming more and more popular for use in tablet devices. The launch of Micro SIMs is expected to be official by the end of the week to coincide with Apple's iPad launch which is taking place this Friday, May 28th.

Though nothing has been officially announced as of yet, we expect Telus to introduce some sort of iPad compatible/specific data package by the end of the week in order to compete with Rogers, who have already announced their $15/250MB and $35/5GB iPad packages.

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Rogers has officially announced 2 new data plans for the upcoming iPad, which is scheduled for release on May 28th in Canada. The first plan will provide 250MB/month and will cost $15/monthly. The second plan announced is for heavier users, and will cost $35/monthly, and provide 5GB of data usage.

Both plans include free unlimited access to any Rogers Hot Spots, and come with no term or contract so users can activate or cancel their plan at any time. Additionally, it is stated that the iPad will not be available on the Fido brand at launch, so it looks like this offer will only be available to Rogers customers on the iPad's launch date later this month.

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