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We recently let you know that Bell and Virgin Mobile were getting set to launch the Motorola MOTOLUXE, with Bell planning on doing so on May 22nd. Details were unclear for Virgin Mobile, but right on time with Bell, the Motorola MOTOLUXE is now available.

The MOTOLUXE features a 4? (480 x 854) touch screen display, and is powered by an 800 MHz processor and 512 MB of RAM. It features an 8 MP camera with LED flash, and a front-facing VGA camera. The MOTOLUXE runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread along with Motorola?s new interface featuring their Social Graph, Activity Graph, Music+, and Smart Gallery.

The Motorola MOTOLUXE is now available from Bell and Virgin Mobile. Bell is offering it up for free on a 3 year term or $299.95 no-term. Virgin Mobile was supposed to launch it for free as well (on a term) according to Motorola, however they currently have it listed at $29.99 on a 3 year term or SuperTab, and a very affordable $229.99 with a monthly plan.


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Rogers began taking pre-orders for the HTC One X recently, though a specific launch date was not made available. While no official confirmation has been provided as of yet, internal documentation that was recently leaked online clearly shows a release date of April 20th. The pre-orders are still live through Rogers? website, with the handset costing $169.99 on a 3 year term.

The One X has a 4.7? Super LCD 720p display, and is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM. It features an 8 MP camera capable of 1080p HD video capture, along with LTE connectivity and Beats Audio support.


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This is a bit of an odd scenario, one we don?t see too often. Sony recently announced their first device following their takeover of Sony Ericsson, the Xperia S, and clearly stated that it would be available globally in March. As such, it has been assumed that the device will land in Canada, though which carrier is unknown. Recently, Sony announced that the device has shipped globally, but that they?re leaving it up to carriers to announce specific availability.

Next, Sony posted an image on their Facebook page that made clear mention the device would be heading to Rogers. What most saw as a clear-cut indication turned out to be some kind of mistake, however. Sony removed the image from their Facebook page, and Rogers stated that they will not be selling the device directly, though it will work on their network. This has led to some back-and-forth online, with many people believing the handset will be sold unlocked in Sony Stores rather than through carriers. This would certainly be an interesting step for Sony to take, and if they?re going that route, it will be interesting to see the results.

The Sony Xperia S features a 4.3? (720 x 1280) display, and a 12 MP camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video capture. It has a secondary front-facing 1.3 MP camera capable of 720p video recording, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with ICS planned for Q2 sometime. Similarly to most recent Xperia handsets, it features the Mobile BRAVIA Engine and connectivity including HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. It also comes with NFC capabilities, and is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM.


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There are all kinds of things happening today as a direct result of the new iPad launch, and discounts are a part of them. Rogers and Telus have both come out with similar offers for their flex rate plans.

Telus is offering to waive the activation fee, and charge you for the bottom tier at $5 no matter how much data you use for the first 2 months. According to their website, the offer expires on April 30th, so those who couldn?t get their hands on an iPad today can still take advantage.

Rogers? offer is similar, waiving the activation fee, and offering up unlimited data for the first 2 months, promising no overages past the highest tier - $37/month. They will also double the amount of data included in each tier of their flex plan for 4 months after your unlimited period has ended. There is no clear expiration date for this promotion, but it is marked as limited time.

These are some great offers for those considering mobile data for their new or old tablet, including the new iPad. Head to Rogers or Telus to sign up!


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Research in Motion officially announced their intentions to launch an HSPA+ and LTE equipped PlayBook around this time last year, but nothing has made an appearance as of yet. Today, however, some good news surfaced ? The FCC (United States) has officially approved the device, which brings us one step closer to its release. To top it off, leaked information that has been floating around the internet recently points to Bell intending for an ?early April? launch, though they clearly state that launch dates are subject to change.

Rumoured features and specifications for the HSPA/LTE enabled PlayBook include a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and NFC capabilities. Unfortunately, further details are currently unavailable, and rumours are even proving sparse. We?ll keep you updated on any new information as it becomes available!


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The Samsung Galaxy S series of handsets, including the Fascinate, Captivate, and Vibrant have been favourites of Canadians since their launch last year. Even the Galaxy Tab did well, being one of the first tablets available besides Apple's iPad. Unfortunately, all of these devices have been stuck on Froyo since at least December of last year, and while speculation pointed to a future Gingerbread update, confirmation was still awaited.

Finally, Samsung has announced that they will be pushing Android 2.3 Gingerbread out to all Galaxy S devices, including the Tab. The European market will get the updates first, expected "mid-May", so they should see it any day now. Unfortunately no word was given regarding Canada specifically, but they did say that it would be "gradually rolled out to other European markets, North America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, Africa, and the rest of the world according to the regional plan".

Hopefully Canadians can get all of the features and benefits of Gingerbread on the Galaxy S handsets and Tab soon! Despite the lack of clear details, we're expecting it to be available by mid-Summer at the latest, but that's just our best guess!


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The Dell Streak 7's "estimated ship date" has been pushed back several times since it was initially added to Dell's Canadian site in late April, but it looks like it is finally available! The Streak 7 runs Android 2.2 Froyo, and has a 7" (800x480) capacitive touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass. It is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and comes with 16GB of internal storage memory, and features a 5MP camera with LED flash and 720p video recording. The Streak 7 also has a secondary front-facing 1.3MP camera, and supports Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS connectivity.

The Streak 7 is available now from Dell online for $399.99. While the relatively low price tag might seem enticing to some, the older OS version might hurt this tablet. With no clear plans for Honeycomb in the future, the Streak 7 packs in some great specs but risks being left behind.


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It's clear that competition in Canada is booming right now, and as a result we're seeing most carriers launch promotions, discounts, and more. Virgin Mobile, Rogers, and Fido have all launched unlimited evenings and weekends beginning at 6pm on all price plans recently, putting more value into their existing options. Virgin Mobile and Rogers have launched the promotion for a limited time apparently, while Fido has made it a standard, permanent part of all plans. Additionally, Virgin Mobile's offer is only available to new customers, while Rogers and Fido are offering it up to anybody who renews on a 3-year term. Great to see competition resulting in price drops and added value, keep it up carriers!


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Rogers has recently implemented changed to their hardware upgrade program, changing eligibility from 24 months to 30 months (2.5 years), news that has been confirmed via Customer Care as well as RogersBuzz on Twitter. It doesn't come as much of a surprise since other carriers have similar timelines for upgrading devices, but it definitely isn't great news for those of us who like to switch up their devices and stay on top of the market. According to Rogers employees, some customers may be eligible for upgrades before the 30 month mark, though no guidelines or HUP structure is available to consumers. Additionally, the change won't affect the current iPhone upgrade program, so it looks like some customers may still be in the clear on this one.


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According to several leaks that have recently surfaced on the internet, RIM have been working on a new BlackBerry Storm device, and up until recently it was unclear as to what the device would feature. Finally, we've been told that the next device in the Storm line-up will be the 9570, which is more or less a refreshed version of the Storm 2. Physically, the device is practically identical to it's predecessor, with the biggest change coming in the additional RAM, which is now up to 512MB. Based on the information found so far, it seems like this device is nothing more than refreshed version of the Storm 2, equipped to handle BlackBerry 6.

It's strange to see RIM release refreshed versions of existing models, especially considering their push to change the public's view of BlackBerry devices. The Torch is a great step forward for the Canadian-based company, but one can't help but wonder if the rest of these "interim" devices are actually intended for long-term use, or if they are merely intended to keep users busy until a new (maybe QNX developed) OS is prepared to take over after a short BlackBerry 6 life-span. Don't get me wrong, the Torch and BlackBerry 6 are a great improvement, but there's certainly still room to grow.

While it's been confirmed this handset will hit Verizon Wireless in the U.S., nothing has come to light regarding the device in Canada as of yet, but we'll be sure to keep you updated!


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