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Fido has added yet another affordable but impressive option to their line-up of Android devices. The Sony Xperia U is now available for free on a 3-year term or just $300.00 as an outright purchase on Fido's website or at Fido locations. The Sony Xperia U features a 3.5" (480 x 854) scratch resistant touch screen display, and a 5 MP camera capable of 720p recording, as well as a secondary front-facing camera for video-chat. The Sony Xperia U is powered by dual-core 1 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM and has 4 GB of internal storage. For now, it runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread but Fido indicates that it will be upgraded to 4.0 in the near future. While it may be a modest phone compared to more recent releases, the Sony Xperia U has a great deal to be desired especially for such an affordable price. Be sure to check out Fido for upgrade and purchase options.


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Chatr has officially made an addition to their handset line-up, "The Speedster". The Sony Ericsson txt pro CK15a features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 3" (240x400) touchscreen display. It comes with a 3.15MP camera with QVGA video capture, and supports connectivity including Wi-Fi (b/g) and bluetooth.

If you're interested in picking up an affordable handset and are located in one of Chatr's zones, this device from Sony Ericsson may be worth considering. It is available now for $125 contract-free.


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KOODO Mobile has already included a variety of Android handsets in their line-up, but one design-type we don't see nearly enough anymore with smartphones are QWERTY handsets. The LG Optimus Chat, which according to screenshots leaked online will be the next Android device for KOODO, has a horizontally sliding keyboard for easy typing. It features a 2.8" (320x480) touchscreen display, and a 3.15MP camera. It runs on Android 2.2 Froyo and offers up Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS support.

While still unconfirmed, it looks like KOODO will be offering up the Optimus Chat for $200 outright, or $50 using their tab.


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Microsoft recently held a Windows Phone preview event, meant to show off some of the new updates coming to the platform. As expected, the topic of focus was Mango, the next OS version of Windows Phone. Apparently Mango will bring forward 500 new features to "push the boundaries of the smartphone experience around communications, apps, and the Internet."

One of the new features included will be "Threads", which will allow users to switch between text, Facebook chat, and Windows Live Messenger within the same conversation. It will also bring improvements to multi-tasking, make Live Tiles more dynamic and information-filled, feature Internet Explorer 9, and much more.

According to the press release, Windows Phone Mango will be available on new devices being shipped this fall, and while the update should coincide with that time frame, they state "update timing will be provided closer to availability." We'll be sure to let you know once more information is made available.


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Last year when Rogers' discount brand Chatr launched, they offered up a 6 month promotion giving a $10 monthly discount towards customers' price plans. Having been about 6 months now, Chatr has switched up their site, indicating that they have made the discount permanent!

So, for $25/month, you can get unlimited incoming talk, unlimited outgoing talk to anybody in your province, and unlimited incoming text. For an extra $10, you can make that province-wide outgoing talk Canada-wide, and add unlimited outgoing text messaging as well.

If you live in one of Chatr's Zones and are looking for affordable talk and text options, be sure to check them out!


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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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Chatr is looking to increase the competition this holiday season by offering up a $10 discount on their price plans until the end of December. The discount will be effective for any customers who sign up before the 31st, and will discount their monthly plan for 6 consecutive months, at which points the price will automatically be bumped back up to the standard cost. It's great to see competition brewing in Canada, as we're seeing all kinds of price drops, discounts, and promotions. Hopefully it won't stop anytime soon!


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Many Canadian wireless consumers have been wondering when Public Mobile would launch data services, if at all, and thankfully confirmation has come in recently. Expected to launch in January of 2011, Public Mobile will be unveiling their unlimited data offerings for those residing within coverage areas. No word yet on which device(s) they'll launch, but we'll be sure to keep you updated as more news becomes available. Once Public Mobile goes live with data services, Chatr will be the only carrier in Canada not offering mobile connectivity.


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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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Chatr has launched a new device recently, this time bringing on a QWERTY device to their handset line-up - The Nokia C3. Chatr has called the C3 "The Associate", and are offering it up for just $100 outright. The Nokia C3 features a 2.4" (320 x 240) display, full QWERTY keyboard, and a 2MP camera. Additionally, this device supports Wi-Fi and bluetooth connectivity, and can be expanded up the 8GB via microSD card. For those looking for a keyboard device, but like what Chatr brings to the table, this one is probably worth checking out!


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