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A couple short weeks ago, we let you know that Sony had announced that they were shipping the Xperia S globally, but nothing specific was confirmed for Canada. Now, Sony has come forward with a press release stating that the Android device will be available on April 17th in limited quantities, exclusively from the Sony Store. As for pricing and carrier availability, they make mention that it is compatible with the Rogers network, and later stated that it would be available for $99.99 on a 3 year term through Rogers. Whether Sony will later allow Rogers to sell the handset or not hasn?t been revealed as of yet, and no mention of other carriers seeing the device in the future was made either.

The Sony Xperia S features a 4.3? (1280 x 720) Reality Display with the Mobile BRAVIA Engine, and is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor. It comes with a 12 MP rear-facing camera with Sony Exmor R for mobile technology, which is capable or recording 1080p video. It also has a front-facing camera capable of 720p video capture, and offers up NFC connectivity, along with the regular connectivity support such as HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc. It will launch running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, however it?s apparently set for an ICS upgrade in the coming months.


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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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Sony, which recently took over on the Sony Ericsson side of things, has officially announced another addition to their Xperia line-up, the sola. The sola has one feature that stands out in particular, its ?floating touch? display. It measures in at a pretty standard 3.7? (480 x 854), but lets you browse the web by hovering your finger to control a ?cursor?, and tapping to click. If it works fluidly, this could be especially helpful when clicking small links, and will bring the Xperia sola one step closer to desktop-like browsing.

Other specifications for the sola include its dual-core 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 8 GB of internal memory. It features a 5 MP camera with LED flash and 720p video capture, along with the usual Sony features like the Mobile Bravia Engine. Connectivity includes HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC for those early adopters.

The Sony Xperia sola will be available in white, black, and red when it launches globally in a few months. No confirmation as of yet that it will be launching in Canada, but with most Sony handsets hitting our soil early, we?re hoping for a prompt and quick release here. Interested? We?ll keep you updated as more information is made available!


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Back in February, HTC announced the Flyer, their first android tablet. The Flyer has a 7" (1024x600) touchscreen display, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch, though it will eventually see Honeycomb. It's powered by a 1.5GHz processor, and will run HTC's latest version of Sense specifically designed for tablets. One of the features that makes the Flyer stand out is the Scribe technology, which aims to repopularize stylus use.

The HTC Flyer was recently added to HTCSense.com's Canadian section, on the device registration page. Hopefully the addition of the device means a near-future launch. With the original announcement stating that the Flyer would be available globally in Q2, we should see this new tablet available sometime this summer.


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New entrant Mobilicity has just launched their network in two more major cities today, Edmonton and Vancouver, and has officially confirmed the Ottawa launch will take place tomorrow. Along with the launch comes 100 retail outlets throughout Vancouver, and 20 locations in both Edmonton and Ottawa. This makes 5 cities for Mobilicity and should help them grow!

In addition to the new network launches, Mobilicity has also slimmed down their price plan line-up to just 3 packages. None of the price plans come with data, so customers who wish to get data access will have to subscribe to the new $10 data add-on. The 3 new price plans are:

$25/monthly: Unlimited Local Calling, Text and Picture Messaging, Caller I.D., and Mobilicity to Mobilicity Calling.

$35/monthly: Unlimited Local Calling, Text and Picture Messaging, Caller I.D., Mobilicity to Mobilicity Calling, Voicemail, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, 3 Way Calling, and Province Wide Long Distance.

$45/monthly: Unlimited Local Calling, Text and Picture Messaging, Caller I.D., Mobilicity to Mobilicity Calling, Voicemail, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, 3 Way Calling, Province Wide Long Distance, Canadian Long Distance, U.S. Long Distance, and Global Text Messaging.


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Mobilicity has recently introduced U.S. and global roaming options to their customers, with support for over 60 countries worldwide. U.S. roaming rates are just 25 cents/minute, which includes calls within the U.S. and back to Canada. Other costs for roaming in the United States include text messaging, at 10 cents per SMS, and data - priced at $5/mb of usage. Usage costs for global roaming appear to begin at $3.25/minute, 50 cents/SMS, and $15/mb of data usage. What do you think about Mobilicity's new roaming rates? Let us know in the forum!


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Mobilicity held a press event today, in which they released the details surrounding their upcoming price plans and add ons.

The price plans range from $15 - $65 per month, with the $15 plan offering unlimited text, caller id, and unlimited Mobilicity to Mobilicity talk. The largest plan, set at $65 per month offers unlimited global text messaging, unlimited local and North American long distance, and unlimited data along with voicemail, caller ID, etc.

Along with the price plan announcements, Mobilicity also shared their add-ons. These include $20 East Asia or South Asia long distance packages, as well as a $7 phone protection plan and a $20 unlimited BlackBerry Internet Service add-on.




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Bell Mobility announced they have bought completely Virgin Mobile Canada for $142-millions. Bell has also bought a long-term licensing agreement with the Virgin Group for continued use of the Virgin Mobile brand in Canada.

"Bell Mobility's acquisition of Virgin Mobile Canada supports our strategic imperative to Accelerate Wireless, a core component in Bell's overall strategy to achieve our goal: To be recognized by customers as Canada's leading communications company," said George Cope, President and CEO of Bell and BCE. "This initiative will allow Bell Mobility to be uniquely flexible in the competitive wireless marketplace, maximizing network, handset, distribution and global roaming efficiencies, and enhancing the growth of the No. 1 youth brand in Canadian wireless."


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Novatel have published a press release this morning for announced the launch of Novatel Ovation MC950D USB modem. Rogers have already this device in her cellphone list but now it?s available for Fido customers. This device is on of the smallest mobile broadband USB modem available for global wireless connectivity. The Novatel Ovation MC950D usb modem is also very simple to use with driver built-in on the device. No official price for the moment but we can think the price will be the same of Rogers.

"With the MC950D now available for their subscribers, Fido will be able to provide the best mobile data products and fastest speeds available in Canada," said Brad Weinert, president of Novatel Wireless. "We are excited to expand our HSPA carrier network in North America


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Globalive Communication Corporation (division of YAK communication) have submitted today (the last day for submit application for Canadian wireless auction. YAK already offer telecommunication service to Canadian but not with own spectrum. The auction begging the 27 may 2008 and no date are no available for auction closing.

"Canada is one of the least competitive wireless markets in the world," said Lacavera. "Cell phone rates are too high and penetration is too low. Many Canadians do not realize that they're paying from 60 per cent to almost 80 per cent more than Americans for their wireless service." Lacavera attributes high wireless pricing and low market penetration in Canada to a lack of competitive alternatives. Currently, only three operators - Telus, Rogers and Bell - own a portion of the wireless spectrum. "It's time for an entrant in the wireless market that will provide Canadians with a new cost-effective, feature-rich offering," said Lacavera. "Yak is uniquely positioned to be that offering."


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