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Motorola has sent out a press release officially announcing that the MOTOLUXE is heading to Canada, with a scheduled Q2 release. This new Android handset from Motorola features a new user-interface that ?learns? about your use and tailors certain parts of your home screen to your behaviour. For instance, the contacts you interact with most often will have larger icons than the rest on your home screen, and the ?Activity Graph? will display your most used applications. The device also has a multi-coloured LED indicator, something BlackBerry handsets (with the use of 3rd party apps for advanced customization) have had for some time.

Other features include its 4? (480 x 854)) touch screen display, and 8 MP camera with flash and HD video capture. It has an 800 MHz processor, 1 GB of internal storage, and 512 MB of RAM. The current version of the handset available outside of Canada runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, so we?ll probably see this at launch as well.

Pricing and carrier availability are currently unconfirmed, though rumours around the internet point to Bell and Virgin Mobile picking this device up. With the modest specifications and unique, software-oriented approach, we should see the Motorola MOTOLUXE on the lower end of the pricing spectrum.


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Likely in response to Videotron and Virgin's(Quebec-only) recent introduction of their $30/6GB data package, Telus has gone ahead re-introduced their own 6GB promo add-on for Quebec customers. It's unfortunate that the rest of Canada can't benefit from this recent competition, but it's still great to see carriers working to win customers over in some markets at least.

The 6GB add-on from Telus is available for all device types, including iPhones, and will work for both 4G and CDMA handsets. It is available to new, existing, and renewing customers, and overage charges come in at the standard 5 cents/MB. The package is being offered on a promotional basis only, and will no longer be available after July 31st, so be sure to contact Telus if you're interested in adding it to your line.


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Research in Motion has recently recalled approximately 1000 BlackBerry PlayBooks. According to an official statement from RIM, the recall is due to an issue with some PlayBooks being "unable to properly load software upon initial set-up". The statement also points out that many of the affected devices are still in the distribution channels and haven't reached customers, so hopefully few people will be impacted.

While this recall certainly can't help RIM and the PlayBook's success, it is a fairly small number in comparison to the number of units sold. Users who do experience the described issue are encouraged to contact RIM to determine next steps.


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Competition has been roaring in Canada when it comes to unlimited plans and offerings, and most carriers are doing their part by introducing affordable packages. Virgin Mobile is certainly no exception, as they have recently launched new $35 and $45 Unlimited plans. The $35 Unlimited City Calling Plan is available only for CDMA handsets, and only in major cities including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. It offers up unlimited local calling, along with unlimited Canadian, U.S., and international text messaging.

The $45 Unlimited Calling Plan is available for all handsets and in all locations (except Manitoba and Saskatchewan), and offers up unlimited local calling, unlimited Canadian, U.S., and international text messaging, along with call display. Additionally, any data or long-distance packages are eligible to be added on to the $45 plan, so it's a great starting point for customers looking to build a personalized solution. Both of these packages are officially available now, so get in contact with Virgin Mobile if you're interested!


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WIND Mobile has recently announced that they were preparing to launch the Huawei E1691 Data Stick, with pricing coming in at $80 contract-free. Now we've received even more information, pointing to a February 10th release date. For those who wish to reserve one of these data sticks, WIND Mobile is willing to secure one for you, as long as you purchase the SIM card and sign up for the $25 Infinite Laptop Special Edition plan. Once the devices arrive in-store, those who reserved one will be contacted, and will have 72 hours to pick up the stick and finalize the activation. At the time of activation and pick-up, you'll get a $40 discount on the price of the stick to compensate for the cost of the SIM card and any other activation fees that may have been incurred. For those in WIND Mobile coverage zones looking for a portable internet solution, the Huawei E1691 Data Stick is certainly one to consider.


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Virgin Mobile has introduced a new $55 Student Combo Plan for a limited time that's actually quite a value. The new Student Plan from Virgin gives users 200 anytime minutes, unlimited evenings and weekends starting at 6pm, unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited talk and text to 10 national buddies, and 1GB of data usage. No word on exactly when this plan will expire, but if you like the sounds of it we suggest you contact Virgin Mobile soon.


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We recently let you know that Mobilicity had launched a Friends & Family program, where they are offering up a couple highly-discounted price plans to anybody who knows a Mobilicity employee. The promotion/program has been officially extended to November 7th, giving everybody a few more days to take advantage of some incredible savings. The program offers up $45 plan for just $25, or the $65 plan for just $35 - savings of over 40%! If you know someone who works with Mobilicity, be sure to contact them quickly to take advantage of the program, as it's unlikely that it will be extended for a second time.


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A couple weeks back, we let you know that Telus would soon be launching the Motorola i296 on their iDEN network, and it's arrived. The Mike i296 is a military-certified iDEN handset, capable of withstanding extreme conditions such as dust, shock, and extreme temperatures, with a rugged and durable design. This new candybar handset is aimed at those who need to stay in contact on the work site, and features push-to-talk services both on and off network and A-GPS. The Motorola Mike i296 is available now through Telus, for $199.99 contract-free.


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As expected, the Motorola Backflip was officially launched by Telus today. The Backflip features MOTOBLUR, which is a content delivery service that syncs contacts, messages, photos, etc from social networking and e-mail websites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Gmail.

The newest addition to Telus' line-up features a 3.1" (320 x 480) touch screen, slide out QWERTY keyboard, and a 5MP camera. It supports HSPA, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and comes with 512MB internal memory. Additionally, it is expandable up to 32GB via microSD, and runs Android OS 1.5.

The Motorola Backflip is available now through Telus, costing $249.99 on a 3 year term, or $399.99 contract-free.

http://www.telusmobility.com/en/ON/motorola_backflip/index.shtml


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Canadian mobile phone users are one step closer to video calling friends, family, and clients across competing mobile networks as TELUS, Rogers and Bell today announced the successful completion of two-way mobile video calling trials between carriers. Video calling lets clients create a ?see-what-I-can-see' connection with other callers, enabling them to do things like share special moments or get advice on a birthday gift before they buy.

Mobile video calling is currently available through several carriers in Canada, but both callers must be on the same carrier's network using compatible handsets. When inter-carrier mobile video calling is launched video calling will be possible across multiple carrier networks and will create North America's largest two-way mobile video calling community.

?Mobile video calling is a richer communications experience for family, friends and business contacts,? said Ibrahim Gedeon, chief technology officer at TELUS. ?This successful trial involving TELUS, Bell and Rogers is a milestone in the Canadian mobile community.?

?We are proud to be part of the first inter-carrier partnership in North America to enable clients to call each other using video capabilities,? said Stephen Howe, chief technology officer for Bell Mobility. ?By breaking down the barriers between video calling clients in Canada, we anticipate strong demand for the service ? as we saw with past inter-carrier initiatives such as text and picture messaging.?


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