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It has been some time since RIM announced the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900, but Virgin Mobile recently came forward reminding Canadians that they will be launching it soon. Posted on their Twitter profile, Virgin Mobile Canada stated "well be getting the bb 9900 super soon!"

No word on exactly when "super soon" is, but hopefully we'll see it launch in first part half of the summer. The Bold 9900 is a big step up for RIM and BlackBerry products, offering the familiar Bold shape and design, but also including a touchscreen. The 9900 has a 2.8" (640x480) touchscreen display, along with the standard trackpad and full QWERTY keyboard. It also features a 5MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording, and is powered by a 1.2GHz processor and 768MB of RAM. Other features include 8GB of internal storage, HSPA connectivity reaching 14.4Mbps, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, GPS, and even possibly NFC support in the future.

Though the hardware is seeing a variety of big improvements over current BlackBerry devices, the OS will also be updated. BlackBerry OS 7.0 won't be available for existing models, and will begin its life with the 9900/9930. It features a variety of improvements and additional features, including an updated browser with full HTML5 support and faster rendering, in addition to "BlackBerry Balance", a feature that helps keep work/home content separate from each other.

No word yet on pricing, but we'll be sure to keep you updated with any further information that is made available.


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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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There has been some great competition happening in Canada to win over consumers considering a tablet. Android is doing especially well when it comes to Google's open-source platform, with a nice range of devices to choose from. LG, who have been fairly quiet in the mobile scene lately, have actually been hard at work on some new hardware.

Rogers and LG seem to have partnered up, and are expected to be launching the LG Optimus Pad in mid-May. The Optimus Pad has an 8.9" (768x1280) 3D LCD touchscreen display, and two rear-facing 5MP cameras with LED flash and capable of recording 1080p HD video, or 720p 3D video. It also comes with a secondary 2MP front-facing camera, and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor. Running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb at launch, the LG Optimus Pad features HSPA, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and an HDMI port to easily view content on your TV.

No word on pricing as of yet, but apparently this new LG tablet will be a Rogers exclusive. With an expected launch date of May 10th, we should be hearing more about the Optimus Pad in the near-future and will keep you in the loop!


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Great news for Virgin Mobile customers who own an HTC Legend came through today, as the Android OS 2.2 Froyo update is now officially available. The update, which can be downloaded/installed OTA (over the air) is available now, and can be accessed by going to Settings, About phone, and then choosing Software update.

The update brings a slew of features and improvements to the Legend, including Adobe Flash 10.1, a revamped UI, and the ability to install applications to external memory(microSD card). Remember to connect to Wi-Fi before performing the update, and while your applications and content should be preserved, backing up important items is always a good idea. HTC Legend users, you can now begin enjoying Froyo!


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Research In Motion has always focused on functionality over style and appearance, however they've recently acquired The Astonishing Tribe, a UI and design company that should help spice up the BlackBerry and QNX operating systems we're hearing so much about recently. According to some rumours circulating online, the acquisition of TAT may have been a move towards offering a 3D capable BlackBerry device in the future, though this definitely isn't confirmed. No word yet on when RIM would be launching a device supporting 3D content, but if this rumour gains any more momentum, we'll be sure to let you know. What do you think about 3D mobile phones?


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According to internal documents floating around the internet, Bell will be released the Nokia C6 entry-level smartphone on Tuesday, September 21st. The C6 features 3.2" (360x640) touchscreen, horizontally sliding QWERTY keyboard, and a 5MP camera with LED flash. Running on Symbian Series 60 OS, this handset provides users to access to Nokia's Ovi store, where they can download mobile content like applications, games, etc. No official word on pricing as of yet, but we'll be sure to let you know once more information is released!


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We recently let you know that Videotron would be launching their 3G+ network today, and we've got all of the information rounded up in one place to keep you updated!

During the press conference, Videotron announced their 4 types of price plans available to customers on the new network, in addition to four handsets that are available to Quebec residents should they choose to go with Videotron for their mobile service. Shortly afterwards, the website was updated to include the remaining devices. The price plans now available are:

Zone Plans - Videotron offers the largest urban zones in Quebec, and is offering up a couple tiers of plans for those located in either Montreal or Quebec city. The options include an unlimited in-zone calling option for just over $30/month, or an unlimited cross-Canada calling package for about $50/monthly. Both include SMS, MMS, and e-mail, in addition to 50MB of data usage.

Unlimited Evenings & Weekends - For $24.95, users can get 100 anytime minutes, unlimited evenings and weekends, and unlimited SMS, MMS, and e-mail

Anytime Plans - 50 anytime minutes starting at approximately $15/month

Sharing Plans - Videotron is also offering up sharing plans, starting at just $36.95 for two lines. This option allows the users to share a minimum of 200 anytime minutes, and unlimited evenings and weekends.

Videotron will be eventually be launching twelve 3G+ compatible devices, and every handset supports Videotron's mobile content including 28 on-demand channels, and remote PVR programming. Among the devices now available are:

HTC/Google Nexus One - Running on Android 2.2 Froyo, this is the first handset available in Canada running on the latest version of the Android OS. This device features a 3.7" (480x800) AMOLED display, 5MP camera with LED flash, a 1GHz processor, and 512MB of RAM/ROM. This device has never been offered through a carrier in Canada before, so Videotron should see a large number of customers jump on-board for this handset.

Garmin Nuvifone A50 - The second of the Android handsets now available from Videotron, the Nuvifone A50 features a 3.5" (320x480) touch screen, a 3MP camera, and of course GPS navigation. Along with Wi-Fi support, this handset is perfect for those looking for highly functional GPS capabilities.

Motorola XT720 - The Motorola XT720 is also an Android powered device, featuring a 3.7" (480x854) touch screen, 8MP camera with flash, 720p HD video capture, and an HDMI out port. This handset is powered by a 720MHz processor, and has 512MB ROM/256MB RAM.

Huawei U3200 - This device features a 2.2" (240x320) display, 3.2MP camera, and is a slider handset with a standard numeric keypad.

Other devices - BlackBerry Bold 9700, BlackBerry Pearl 9100, Samsung Gravity 2, HuaweiU7519, Nokia 5230, and the Huawei E1381 Mobile Internet key.

Other details covered in the press conference include the removal of 2 and 3 year contracts, their dynamic bandwidth allocation, and a few plans for the future regarding the network technology. Among these plans include dual-channel HSPA technology that will bring their maximum download speed from 21Mbps, up to 42Mbps. They are also offering an unconditional 30 day money-back guarantee on all handset purchases/service agreements.

All around, it looks like Videotron has done a decent job of offering choices beyond those of other carriers. Being the first carrier to officially offer a device running Android 2.2, and offering a large selection of handsets and services, it looks like they've ensured some healthy competition in Quebec!


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Videotron's 3G+ network launch has been delayed time and time again, and the latest rumour is pointing to an early September launch. There aren't many details available, except that Videotron wants to ensure quality of service and content, so the delay should result in a more successful launch. Those in Quebec who are with Videotron or thinking about making the switch, we'll be sure to keep you updated on the status of their new 3G+ network.


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Effective this morning, Apple has officially made iOS 4 available to iPhone 3G and 3GS users via iTunes. To update, ensure you have the latest version of iTunes(9.2) and plug the device in. If not automatically prompted, click on the iPhone icon on the toolbar on the left-hand side of iTunes, and go to the summary page, selecting "Check for Update". Before updating, make sure to backup your applications and content so it can easily be synced to your device running the new iOS 4. iPhone 3G users be warned - some iOS 4 features are only compatible with the 3GS and upcoming iPhone 4 models, such as multi-tasking.


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As of today, Mobilicity has officially launched their own mobile content portal - the Download Store. Customers can access the Download Store easily, as it's set as the home page on most of their handset's browsers. Alternatively, the new content portal can be accessed by going to http://portal.mobilicity.ca on any Mobilicity device. Content ranges in price, with games costing between $3.00 - $7.00, wallpapers set at $2.50, and ringtones typically costing $3.50. "Themes" will also be available for download, which include a ringtone and wallpaper image, and offer a slight discount costing only $5.00 for the combination.


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