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This is a bit of an odd scenario, one we don?t see too often. Sony recently announced their first device following their takeover of Sony Ericsson, the Xperia S, and clearly stated that it would be available globally in March. As such, it has been assumed that the device will land in Canada, though which carrier is unknown. Recently, Sony announced that the device has shipped globally, but that they?re leaving it up to carriers to announce specific availability.

Next, Sony posted an image on their Facebook page that made clear mention the device would be heading to Rogers. What most saw as a clear-cut indication turned out to be some kind of mistake, however. Sony removed the image from their Facebook page, and Rogers stated that they will not be selling the device directly, though it will work on their network. This has led to some back-and-forth online, with many people believing the handset will be sold unlocked in Sony Stores rather than through carriers. This would certainly be an interesting step for Sony to take, and if they?re going that route, it will be interesting to see the results.

The Sony Xperia S features a 4.3? (720 x 1280) display, and a 12 MP camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video capture. It has a secondary front-facing 1.3 MP camera capable of 720p video recording, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with ICS planned for Q2 sometime. Similarly to most recent Xperia handsets, it features the Mobile BRAVIA Engine and connectivity including HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. It also comes with NFC capabilities, and is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM.


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There are all kinds of things happening today as a direct result of the new iPad launch, and discounts are a part of them. Rogers and Telus have both come out with similar offers for their flex rate plans.

Telus is offering to waive the activation fee, and charge you for the bottom tier at $5 no matter how much data you use for the first 2 months. According to their website, the offer expires on April 30th, so those who couldn?t get their hands on an iPad today can still take advantage.

Rogers? offer is similar, waiving the activation fee, and offering up unlimited data for the first 2 months, promising no overages past the highest tier - $37/month. They will also double the amount of data included in each tier of their flex plan for 4 months after your unlimited period has ended. There is no clear expiration date for this promotion, but it is marked as limited time.

These are some great offers for those considering mobile data for their new or old tablet, including the new iPad. Head to Rogers or Telus to sign up!


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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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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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With summer approaching, most people are expecting a new iPhone model to be announced, but some have been holding out for the iPhone 4 to be available in white. As of today, the iPhone 4 is officially available in white from Apple directly or from each of the major carriers. Pricing remains consistent with existing price points for the black version of the handset, and the only difference is the colour itself.

If you have been holding out, head to your carrier of choice's nearest store and pick yours up today!


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Rogers has officially launched their Navigator application for the BlackBerry Torch 9800, which they've been pushing on BlackBerry users for some time now. The application is free to download via BlackBerry App World, however it requires a $4.99/month subscription to use. Luckily, users are able to unsubscribe directly from the application at any time, so if it doesn't seem worth it, it won't be much of a hassle to avoid the charge on your next months bill. The application, which is based on Telenav, offers users voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation, 2D and 3D maps, in addition to real time traffic information, and more.


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TD Bank has recently updated their mobile application for the three major smartphone platforms - iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry. The update brings new features centered on the Insurance services available through TD, with new options such as the ability to take accident photos (and send directly to TD for your insurance claim), as well as an emergency flashlight that turns your device's screen brightness to maximum. It will also provide users with an accident checklist, in addition to a notepad where you can record details of the incident. The updated version is available now, and can be downloaded via iTunes(iPhone), Market(Android), or App World(BlackBerry).


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Telus will begin pre-loading their BlackBerry devices with the Yellow Pages application, which helps users find individuals or business by category, name, location, and more. The application will come pre-installed on all BlackBerry handsets sold from now on, and Telus customers will also get access to a special "concierge" service, which will connect you to a Telus 411 agent who can provide additional information such as directions and accommodations available in the area.


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We recently filled you in on the known details of Rogers new brand Chatr, and have more information available for you! Offering up unlimited plans and affordable, contract-free devices, Chatr Wireless aims to compete with Wind Mobile, Mobilicity, and Public Mobile directly. According to internal training documents, "zones" at launch will include Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Ottawa, though maps also included in the material suggest coverage spanning through Quebec and into the east coast.

Marketing based on the reliability of the service, since the service will be using an existing network, Rogers claims this new brand will be able to offer fewer dropped calls, better reception, and one low monthly fee for unlimited talk and text compared to competitors.

Scrapping activation fees with Chatr, customers will purchasing a SIM card, and can choose between 2 plans.Though pricing is yet to be confirmed, it seems as though the first plan will be Unlimited Talk for $35 which will offer unlimited in-province calling and 50 outgoing SMS (unlimited incoming). The second plan, Unlimited Talk & Text is rumoured to be $45, and offers unlimited talk across Canada, along with unlimited SMS to and from Canada and the U.S.A. Keep in mind that these are "in-zone" rates, so customers roaming would be subject to additional fees.

Lastly, the training material leaked shows at least four handsets at launch:

The essential - Nokia 1661 - $49.99 The slider - Nokia 2680 - $89.99 The flip - LG GB125R - $69.99 The QWERTY - Samsung Gravity - $149.99

Apparently Chatr Wireless will be launching within the coming weeks, with training already well underway.


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Rumours are pointing to a new wireless brand in Canada launching soon called Chatr, which aims to provide affordable handsets and great rate plans in order to compete directly with WIND Mobile and Mobilicity in the markets they currently occupy. The low-cost provider, which will be owned and operated by Rogers Wireless, is likely to feature entry-level devices like the Samsung Gravity and LG Sapphire, though no confirmation on handsets or a launch date is available as of yet.


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