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We recently let you know that Bell and Rogers were getting set to launch the Samsung Galaxy Rugby, and now have multiple updates for you. First, Rogers has launched the handset, with it priced at $49.99 on a 3 year term, or $279.99 completely outright. Next, Bell was supposed to release it on April 19th, however sent internal communication to employees stating that it will be delayed. Finally, Sasktel has added the rugged device to their site, marking it as ?Coming soon!?. They will have it priced at $79.99 on a 3 year term, and $239.99 with a monthly plan.

The Rugby is a super-durable Android handset, and is certified to be dust, water, shock, and vibration resistant. It features a 3.7? (480 x 800) Super AMOLED display, and is powered by a 1.4 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM. It has a 5 MP camera with LED flash and is capable of recording 720p HD video. Other specifications include its 4 GB of internal storage and connectivity including HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.


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Ottawa residents, today you're in luck. Rogers has officially gone live with their LTE network in the Ottawa area, and released a compatible data stick and plans to go along with it. The network offers maximum download speeds of 150 Mbps, and maximum upload speeds of 70 Mbps. Coverage spans from Arnprior west of Ottawa, to Gatineau to the east.

Along with the network, Rogers has launched one compatible device, the Sierra Wireless Aircard 313U. This USB rocket stick is capable of the advertised network speeds, and is the first in Canada. Pricing comes in at $79.99 on a 3 year term, or $169.99 contract-free. Along with the internet stick, you'll need to sign up for their newly introduced LTE Flex Rate Plan as well, which starts at $45 or 1.5 GB of usage. Once you exceed that, the next bucket is $60 for 3 GB, then $75 for 6 GB, and lastly $90 for 9 GB with additional usage costing $10/GB. As an introductory offer, they are also offering up no monthly service fee or overage charges for your first two months.

If you live in Ottawa and are looking to pick one up, there are 4 retail stores currently selling the compatible rocket stick:

Rogers Plus at 1379A Woodroffe Ave.
Rogers Plus at 11 Selkirk St.
Wireless Express at 205 Richmond Rd.
Go Communications at 910 Carling Ave.



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Telus has surprisingly kept its Mike network active, and have actually launched another device for users of the push-to-talk service. The Motorola i420 is now available for $249.99 contract-free, and offers the Direct Connect feature that made the network, and compatible devices popular years ago. It features a 1.79" (128x160) display, flip form factor, and a number of basic features including bluetooth, GPS, and a VGA camera. While this may not serve as much news for regular consumers, the fact that Telus isn't letting up on this network should be a good indication for business owners and managers that they can continue to rely on it for direct (and instant) communication between its members.


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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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We recently let you know that Telus, Rogers, Bell, Mobilicity, and Videotron had all confirmed that they would be carrying the Samsung Nexus S, and have even more information regarding the launch to share. The Nexus S is expected to launch in the first week of April, though confirmation of this release time-frame hasn't been received as of yet.

WIND Mobile also stepped forward, stating that they would likely be offering up the Nexus S to their customers as well. We also found information via a FutureShop press release that points to availability from KOODO Mobile and Fido as well, so it looks like the Nexus S will be available from nearly every carrier.

To recap on the Nexus S', it features a 4" (480x800) touchscreen display, a 5MP camera with LED flash, and will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch. This new Samsung handset carriers with it 16GB of internal memory, and features bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS connectivity. The other major feature found in the Nexus S is NFC (near field communications), a close-range data transfer technology that we should see implemented by som retail vendors within the next year or so. Lastly, the main advantage to owning a Nexus S over other high-powered Android handsets, is the pace at which OS updates are pushed out. The Nexus series handsets receive new OS versions before any other device, and so they are perfect for those who like to constantly have the latest and greatest.


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A few days ago, Telus officially announced the Samsung Nexus S would be available relatively soon, with speculation pointing to a late March or early April release. Soon afterwards, information was made available to the public that confirms that Rogers, Bell, Mobilicity, and Videotron would also be launching the popular Android handset, though launch dates are unavailable thus far.

The Nexus S features Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread, a 4" (480x800) touchscreen display, and is powered by a 1GHz processor along with 512MB of RAM. Coming with 16GB of internal storage memory, the Nexus S also features a 5MP camera with LED flash, and bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS connectivity. This newest addition to Google's "Nexus" series also supports NFC (Near field communications), a technology that we'll likely see rolled out to the consumer market this year.

No word yet on an exact release date or price points, but we expect the Nexus S to launch across multiple carriers within a month or so. We'll be sure to keep you informed of any further updates.


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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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Some exciting news for Android lovers has come out recently, with Google announcing the Google Nexus S and officially advertising Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread. The new OS version will be coming to the Google Nexus One within the next few weeks apparently, while it will first be found on the new Nexus S that is set for launch in the U.S. On December 16th.

OS 2.3 Gingerbread is said to be the fastest Android OS version to date, and provides a newly updated keyboard, some user interface refinements, and more. The Nexus S, Google newest developer phone set to launch in the U.S. on December 16th, is a powerful device that can easily rival the top smartphone in the market today. Featuring a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 4" (800x480) touch screen display, 16GB of internal memory, and 512MB of RAM, the internal specifications are powerful. The Nexus S doesn't stop there though, also featuring NFC (Near-field communications), a 5MP camera capable of recording HD video, Wi-Fi (b, g, n), and of course GPS and bluetooth connectivity. The Nexus S will be available on Thursday, December 16th in the United States for $529USD at Best Buy, though no word yet on if or when it will available in Canada.


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At the Canadian Telecom Summit held today, Rogers announced that we can expect several new Android products to be launched in the future by the carrier. Though no specific details were given, it was made clear that the loss of Canadian iPhone exclusivity last year put a dent in the carrier's profits, leading to an increased focus on the Android platform. Specifically, it was stated that devices to be expected include Motorola and HTC handsets, though no model names were provided.

In the same interview, President of Rogers communications Rob Bruce stated ?We?d love to distribute it today if the inventory is there", referring to the Apple iPad, though it doesn't look promising that Apple will allow carriers to offer the popular tablet device directly.


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IBwave has announced the launch of it's mobile application designed to capture building and network information on mobile handsets for use in improvement of in-building radio communications. The application will provide engineers and non-technical users with the ability to capture information such as photos, video, floor plans, etc for use in the planning and improvement process within the telecom industry.

The iBwave mobile application will allow wireless providers to monitor and improve interior network reception and quality in a cost-conscious way, in addition to offering compatibility with existing iBwave applications such as iBwave design and iBwave Field software.


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