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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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New entrants have been working hard at expanding their device line-up and offering competitive products and services, and Mobilicity is doing just that by launching the Mobiflip. The Mobiflip is actually the Sidekick LX rebranded by Mobilicity, and features a 3.2" (854x480) display that swivels up, along with a full QWERTY keyboard, trackball for navigation, and 3.2MP camera with a flash. The Mobiflip is available now for $99.99 outright, but it comes with a $50 mail-in rebate if purchased before December 31st, bringing it down to just $49.99.


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Bell is trying to get rid of a few older devices to make room for all of their newer handsets, and are offering up some pretty low contract-free prices on two devices specifically. The Motorola Dext and the Palm Pre have both been dropped down to a low $149.95 contract-free price.

The Motorola Dext runs on Android 1.5 (with no further upgrades coming), and features MOTOBLUR, along with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5MP camera, and Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS connectivity. It comes with a 2GB microSD card, but can hold up to 32GB for additional memory.

The Palm Pre is a CDMA device that runs on webOS, and it features a 3.1" (320x480) touch screen display, slide out QWERTY keyboard, and a 3MP camera, along with Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS. It also comes with 8GB of internal memory, and has a 3.5 mm headset jack.

They have also dropped the price of 3 of their devices by $75 each if purchased on a 3 year term, offering up the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant for $24.95, the HTC Desire Z for $4.95, and the LG Quantum for free. These are some pretty great prices if you're willing to sign a 3 year contract, but are only available until December 31st.


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With the holiday season well underway, we're seeing carriers do their best to remain competitive with promotions, discounts, and offerings of all kinds. One of the latest promotions to launch is the waiving of activation fees on new line activations, which is normally a $35 charge billed to the account at the time of creation. The promotion is being offered by the big 3 carriers - Bell, Telus, and Rogers, and is effective until December 31st of this year. If you've been thinking about activating a new line with any of these 3 carriers, now is a great time, as you can take advantage of the many promotions such as this one.


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Telus is keeping this holiday season festive by offering up the HTC Desire for free on 3-year activations until December 31st, a great offer for those looking to pick up a top-notch Android device. The Desire, which is also available at a contract-free price point of $449.99, now runs Android 2.2 Froyo, making it an excellent device for anybody who wants the latest and greatest. To recap on the Desire's features, this handset is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and features a 3.7" (480x800) display, 5MP camera with HD video capture, and Wi-Fi connectivity. If you've been thinking of picking up an HTC Desire for yourself or a loved one, now is your opportunity to get it for free with a 3 year contract!


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Chatr is looking to increase the competition this holiday season by offering up a $10 discount on their price plans until the end of December. The discount will be effective for any customers who sign up before the 31st, and will discount their monthly plan for 6 consecutive months, at which points the price will automatically be bumped back up to the standard cost. It's great to see competition brewing in Canada, as we're seeing all kinds of price drops, discounts, and promotions. Hopefully it won't stop anytime soon!


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Telus has recently launched the Samsung Rugby II, which meets military standards for water, dust, shock, and temperature, making it a great handset for extreme conditions. The Rugby II has a 2.2" (240x320) internal display, along with a 1.3" external display, and 2MP camera. Other features include A-GPS, voice recognition, a media player, and expandability up to 32GB via microSD card. Bell and Rogers will also be launching this handset, with the expected release date for Bell being December 16th.Telus is offering the Rugby II for $99.99 on a 3 year term, or $229.99 contract-free, while Bell is giving it up at the same 3-year price ($99.95), but a higher outright price of $299.95. Rogers 3-year pricing comes in a bit higher at $129.99, with their contract-free pricing coming in at $279.99.


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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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KOODO, Virgin Mobile, and Solo have all launched new $50 Unlimited No Zone monthly price plans, which are all basically the same. Each offers up unlimited local calls, along with unlimited text/picture messaging. Virgin Mobile and Solo are giving subscribers who choose this plan unlimited international text and picture messaging as well, while KOODO is throwing in unlimited local family calling. Virgin Mobile and Solo's plans are available until January 1st, 2011, while KOODO has this offer on until December 31st.


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We've seen most major carriers introduce great price plans in Quebec, and now it seems that the offers are making their to Winnipeg. The Unlimited Voice Winnipeg plan, which is now available from Telus, offers up unlimited local and Manitoba-wide long distance when in Winnipeg, unlimited nationwide family calling, voice mail, call waiting, and conference calling. The offer is available until December 31st of this year, so if you live in Winnipeg and make a lot of calls, check out Telus this month.


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