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The last few months have been filled with rumours, but it's now confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S III will be coming to Canada on June 20th. Samsung, along with most carriers, have officially confirmed they will be releasing it, along with the official specifications of the device. To go along with that exciting news, Telus and Rogers have officially released some pricing details, and leaked information reveals some Bell and Virgin Mobile price points.

As many Canadians suspected, we will not be getting the same quad-core version that was recently released in Europe, but rather, the power and speed of a Snapdragon S4 Dual Core 1.5 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM. It comes in two versions, one with LTE for the major carriers and their subsidiaries (Rogers, Bell, Telus, Virgin Mobile, Sasktel), and a non-LTE version for the other carriers including WIND Mobile, Videotron, and Mobilicity. The LTE version will be available in 16 GB or 32 GB models, however all carriers won?t necessarily offer both. The non-LTE version will be available in only a 16 GB version for now, however both devices also have a micro SD slot capable of an additional 32 GB of expandable memory. The Galaxy S III also features a 4.8" (1280?720 or 306ppi) HD Super AMOLED Gorilla Glass touch screen display, an 8 MP rear-facing camera with LED Flash and 1080p HD video recording as well as a secondary front-facing 1.9 MP camera capable of 720p recording. Also confirmed, but expected, the handset runs on the latest version of Android OS v4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsungs own TouchWiz UI with Motion UX.

As for pricing, the following information has been made available either officially, or via information leaked online:

Rogers - $149.99 on 3 year term for 16 GB model
Telus - $159.99 on 3 year term for 16 GB model, $679.99 outright. $209.99 on 3 year term for 32 GB model, $749.99 outright.
Bell - $599.95 outright for 16 GB model, $649.95 outright for 32 GB model
Virgin Mobile - $599.99 outright for 16 GB model, $649.99 outright for 32 GB model

Unfortunately pricing for the other confirmed carriers is currently unavailable, however Mobilicity is offering a $100 credit (paid out over 10 months) for those who pre-order before June 15th. Regardless, if you?re interested in picking up a Samsung Galaxy S III, you?ll have many options to choose from on June 20th!


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Telus has recently launched a new trade-in program to encourage customers to recycle their unused devices, offering up to $200 in value. The program is relatively simple ? you can trade in up to 3 devices, for a maximum combined value of $200. You can use that ?credit? towards the purchase of a new device or accessory, though you must renew or activate a new account when doing so. The program is applicable to cell phones, mobile internet sticks and portable hotspots, but doesn?t currently extend to tablets, unfortunately.

In the press release, Telus mentioned they commissioned a survey to find out what Canadians do with their old devices. The results came in with 61% of Canadians saying they have between one and five old or unused cell phones laying around at home. This is a smart offering from Telus and eRecyclyingCorps in their collaborative effort, hopefully the appropriate value is given to those who want to take advantage!


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Quite some time ago we let you know that Telus would be launching the LG Optimus Black Skype Edition, and that day has come. This Android-powered handset features a 4" (480x800) touchscreen Gorilla Glass display, and is powered by a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. It has a 5MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video capture, along with a 2MP front-facing camera. With Skype built in, users can make unlimited Skype to Skype calls, or charge the purchase of Skype credits directly to your Telus bill.

If you're interested in this unique handset from Telus, it is available now for $49.99 on a 3 year term, or $399.99 contract-free.


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Mobilicity is looking for another growth spurt, and has introduced a referral program aimed at promoting Multi-Month plans. For each person you refer who signs up for a Multi-Month plan (3, 6, 9, 12 month options), you'll receive anywhere from $10-$30 as a credit applied to your "My Wallet" account. Your friend can also receive a credit, if they sign up for the $35 or $45 plans, they will get anywhere from $10-$15. To really make this a great opportunity, they are allowing each customer to refer as many people as they want/can, with no limit to the number of credits.

In order to take advantage or the program, the person you referred must provide your name, phone number, and e-mail address when signing up in-store, and 8-10 days later you should see the credit deposited into your account. They are also offering a few prized for the top 3 referrers, including a PlayBook, free Mobilicity service, and a $250 Prepaid gift card.


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Looking to take advantage of all that Android and Skype have to offer, LG has created a Skype Edition of the LG Optimus Black, and Telus is set to carry it. They officially announced that the device is Coming soon, though no specific date has been provided as of yet.

The Optimus Black runs on Android 2.2 Froyo at launch, and features a 4" (480x800) touchscreen display. It is powered by a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, and comes with 2GB of onboard storage. It also features a 5MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and 720p HD video capture, in addition to a front-facing 2MP camera. As for connectivity, the Optimus Black has Wi-Fi (b, g, n, and hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS.

No word yet on pricing for the "first Skype branded phone on the Canadian market", though you will apparently get 60 minutes worth of international Skype calling credits at purchase. Additional credits can be billed to your monthly Telus invoice, making this a truly unique option for Skype users.


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Telus has introduced a couple new policies recently that could result in customers getting upgrades sooner, and seeing lower, more proportionate early cancellation fees. The new hardware upgrade program introduces an Early Device Upgrade fee, which is calculated based on the type of the device you last received, in addition to the number of months remaining on your contract.

Here's how the upgrade fee is calculated:

Voice or Feature Phone - $5 x number of months remaining in contract. Includes standard flip phones, sliders, non-data devices
Smartphone or Feature phone (with minimum data commitment) - $10 x number of months remaining in contract. Includes BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone 7 devices
Premium Device - $15 x number of months remaining in contract. Includes iPhones

Here's the example provided on the Telus website:

Pat has an LG Keybo and wants to upgrade to an HTC Desire. He has 15 months left on his contract. What does Pat pay to upgrade?

Pat pays $75 (15 months x $5) in addition to the new device cost ($79.99)

There are a couple of rules that come along with this new upgrade program, like that you must complete at least 6 months of your current contract before being eligible for upgrade at all, and customers on the Credit Limit Program are no eligible for any early upgrade offer.

The cancellation policy is also based on which device you last received, but is more specific. Essentially, your early cancellation fee is calculated using the exact discount you received on your last device, and the time remaining on your contract. There is also a $50 admin fee for non-Quebec customers. It's important to note that this new cancellation fee policy applies only to customers who activated or renewed on or after November 21st, 2010. Other customer who wish to cancel would still have to pay $20 x the number of months remaining on their contract.

Here are some examples of how the policy works:

At activation, the customer receives a $400 discount on a 36 month service term. After 20 months, their cancellation fee will be:
Monthly pro-rated discount = $400 / 36 months = $11.11/month
Remaining discount = $400 - ($11.11 x 20 months) = $177.76
Non-Quebec: Total Cancellation fee = $177.76 + $50 Admin fee = $227.76
Quebec: Total Cancellation fee = $177.76

So there you have it, two new policies coming out of Telus. What do you think about the new early upgrade program? What about the new cancellation policy?


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The Android 2.2 powered Samsung Galaxy Tab has launched on both Rogers and Bell recently. The Tab is full-featured Android tablet that features a 7" (1024x600) touch screen, 1GHz processor, a 3MP rear-facing and 1.3MP front facing camera, as well as 16GB of internal memory. The Galaxy Tab supports Adobe Flash 10.1, so users should be able to get a full web experience.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is available now from Rogers for $674.99 contract free, or $539.99 on a 3 year term, while Bell is offering it for $649.95 outright, plus a $50 bill credit if you get a tablet flex plan.


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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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Public Mobile recently reduced the price of their handsets, and are now offering up yet another incentive for customers. Their new referral program, which will allow customers to refer others for a $20 credit, is now active. The credit will appear on customers' invoices within 6 weeks as long as both accounts are in good standing, and there is no limit to the number of people each customer can refer. While $20 doesn't seem like much, it's a considerable credit since their products and services are so cheap to begin with, and since each customer can earn several credits, this is a great move on Public Mobile's part.


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Bell has a new promotion going on for new customers who activate in retail stores, offering up a $50 credit on regular phones, or $75 on smartphones. The offer ends on September 16th of this year, and to be eligible you must activate a voice and data plan on a 3 year term. If you're looking for a new line on a contract, this drops the Bold 9700 to just $24.95, and the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant to just $74.95.


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