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Telus has recently launched a new trade-in program to encourage customers to recycle their unused devices, offering up to $200 in value. The program is relatively simple ? you can trade in up to 3 devices, for a maximum combined value of $200. You can use that ?credit? towards the purchase of a new device or accessory, though you must renew or activate a new account when doing so. The program is applicable to cell phones, mobile internet sticks and portable hotspots, but doesn?t currently extend to tablets, unfortunately.

In the press release, Telus mentioned they commissioned a survey to find out what Canadians do with their old devices. The results came in with 61% of Canadians saying they have between one and five old or unused cell phones laying around at home. This is a smart offering from Telus and eRecyclyingCorps in their collaborative effort, hopefully the appropriate value is given to those who want to take advantage!


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Bell and Virgin Mobile have gone ahead with the launch of two new BlackBerry handsets, the Bold 9900 and Torch 9810! These BlackBerry 7 devices mark a new generation of handsets from RIM, and offer significant improvements in specifications over existing BlackBerry models.

The Bold 9900 features a 2.8" (640x480) touchscreen display, along with a full QWERTY keyboard, and maintains the traditional Bold form factor. It is powered by a 1.2GHz processor and 768MB of RAM, and comes with 8GB of storage. It offers up a 5MP camera with LED flash and 720p video capture, and includes connectivity options including Wi-Fi (b/g/n, hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS. It runs on BlackBerry OS 7 which fine tunes many of the features introduced in OS 6, including an improved browser experience, voice activated search, and more.

The Torch 9810 also runs on BlackBerry 7, and features a 3.2" (480x640) touchscreen display, and vertically sliding QWERTY keyboard, maintaining the recently introduced Torch form factor. Most of the features are identical to the Bold 9900, including a 1.2GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, and the 5MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording capabilities. Connectivity options are also the same, with Wi-Fi (b/g/n, hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS.

Bell is offering up the Bold 9900 for $599.95 outright, or $169.95 on a 3 year term. The 9810 is available from them for $149.95 on a 3 year contract, or $599.95 outright. No word on whether all stores have received stock, but they are available for online purchase.

Virgin Mobile has both handsets priced the same (basically), with the Bold 9900 priced at $169.99 on a 3 year term, or $599.99 outright, and the Torch 9810 priced at $149.99 on a 3 year term, or $599.99 contract-free.


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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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Telus has had the INQ Chat 3G available on Prepaid for quite a while now, with the price staying at a pretty consistent $149.99 until now. Effective immediately, the Chat 3G is now set to a low $69.99 price point if purchased/activated on Telus' prepaid service. The INQ Chat 3G features a 2.2" (320x240) display, full QWERTY keyboard, and a 3.2MP camera with auto-focus. The Chat 3G also features GPS and bluetooth connectivity, though Wi-Fi is not supported. Expandable up to 8GB via microSD card, the Chat 3G is a great option for those looking for an affordable messaging device on prepaid.


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Telus has introduced a couple new policies recently that could result in customers getting upgrades sooner, and seeing lower, more proportionate early cancellation fees. The new hardware upgrade program introduces an Early Device Upgrade fee, which is calculated based on the type of the device you last received, in addition to the number of months remaining on your contract.

Here's how the upgrade fee is calculated:

Voice or Feature Phone - $5 x number of months remaining in contract. Includes standard flip phones, sliders, non-data devices
Smartphone or Feature phone (with minimum data commitment) - $10 x number of months remaining in contract. Includes BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone 7 devices
Premium Device - $15 x number of months remaining in contract. Includes iPhones

Here's the example provided on the Telus website:

Pat has an LG Keybo and wants to upgrade to an HTC Desire. He has 15 months left on his contract. What does Pat pay to upgrade?

Pat pays $75 (15 months x $5) in addition to the new device cost ($79.99)

There are a couple of rules that come along with this new upgrade program, like that you must complete at least 6 months of your current contract before being eligible for upgrade at all, and customers on the Credit Limit Program are no eligible for any early upgrade offer.

The cancellation policy is also based on which device you last received, but is more specific. Essentially, your early cancellation fee is calculated using the exact discount you received on your last device, and the time remaining on your contract. There is also a $50 admin fee for non-Quebec customers. It's important to note that this new cancellation fee policy applies only to customers who activated or renewed on or after November 21st, 2010. Other customer who wish to cancel would still have to pay $20 x the number of months remaining on their contract.

Here are some examples of how the policy works:

At activation, the customer receives a $400 discount on a 36 month service term. After 20 months, their cancellation fee will be:
Monthly pro-rated discount = $400 / 36 months = $11.11/month
Remaining discount = $400 - ($11.11 x 20 months) = $177.76
Non-Quebec: Total Cancellation fee = $177.76 + $50 Admin fee = $227.76
Quebec: Total Cancellation fee = $177.76

So there you have it, two new policies coming out of Telus. What do you think about the new early upgrade program? What about the new cancellation policy?


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WIND Mobile has launched a pretty great promotion, offering up a free BlackBerry Pearl 9100 when you pick up a Bold 9700. Of course, an offer like this comes with some rules and requirements - the user must activate both devices, each on either the Nice Always Shout or the Always Talk plan, in addition to either the Infinite or Charged BlackBerry add-ons. Luckily, all of these plans/packages are 50% off if you sign up now, so not only do you get your second device (Pearl 3G) for free, you also get half off your monthly costs! This promotion is an in-store deal only, so head to your closest WIND Mobile location to take advantage of this offer.


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Telus launched the INQ Chat 3G some time ago, and have now made it available on their prepaid service. The INQ Chat 3G features a 2.2" (320 x 240) display, full QWERTY keyboard, 3.2MP camera with autofocus, along with GPS and Facebook/Twitter integration. The Chat 3G's memory can be expanded up to 8GB via microSD card, and is available now on Telus' prepaid service for just $149.99. If you activate on a new prepaid account, Telus will also throw a $25 credit your way, sweetening up the deal a bit.


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Bell has a new promotion going on for new customers who activate in retail stores, offering up a $50 credit on regular phones, or $75 on smartphones. The offer ends on September 16th of this year, and to be eligible you must activate a voice and data plan on a 3 year term. If you're looking for a new line on a contract, this drops the Bold 9700 to just $24.95, and the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant to just $74.95.


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Telus has officially launched their HSPA+ network in Saskatchewan, so users in 10 communities across the province can now choose from the multitude of HSPA handsets available elsewhere in the country. Along with the launch, Telus is offering a 30 Day Risk Free promo, where Saskatchewan residents who activate an HSPA handset before November 9th can cancel within 30 days without a cancellation fee.

The following areas should have HSPA+ coverage from Telus effective immediately: Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Lloydminster, Yorkton. Weyburn and Estevan.


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Virgin Mobile has updated their website to include the SuperTab as a device purchase method for customers who wish to remain free of contracts. It works similar to KOODO Mobile, where the user can choose to put a part of the purchase amount of a device on their tab. Each month, 10% of your bill goes towards your tab, eventually paying off the device. The SuperTab amounts range from $25 to $500, and Virgin is holding a promotion where you'll get an extra 5% if you activate a Bold 9700 or iPhone with a voice and data plan over $65/month. No word yet on whether customers will be able to pay off the tab at any time to get an upgrade, but it's likely that this will be possible.


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