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Videotron has gone ahead and launched a new messaging handset that's perfect for those on a budget. It features a 2.8" (240x320) touchscreen display, a full sliding QWERTY keyboard, and a 2MP camera. It comes with 2GB of internal memory and can be expanded up to 16GB via microSD card, and has connectivity options including bluetooth and A-GPS, though WI-Fi isn't supported.

The Samsung Gravity Touch is available now from Videotron for $49.95 reduced price, or $199.95 contract-free.


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Many carriers have been exploring distribution options as of lately, looking to expand the retail outlets in which they can sell their products and services, and the latest to join in the effort is WIND Mobile. Now offering 4 of their devices in London Drugs locations in Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver, WIND Mobile will surely reach a wider audience, adding to BlockBuster and Valu Mobile as distribution partners. The devices available through London Drugs include the Huawei 1250, Huawei 8100, Nokia 5230 (black), and the Samsung Gravity 2(blue). Apparently 30 London Drugs locations are on board and offering these devices, spanning through the 3 cities listed above.


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WIND Mobile has been offering up discount after discount lately, especially with the introduction of more competition by the likes of Videotron and Chatr Wireless, and it seems their latest price reduction comes to the BlackBerry Bold 9700. The handset, which has been dropped by $50 to just $400 is the most notable of the price reductions, though they've also dropped the Samsung Gravity 2, Nokia 5230, Huawei U7519 by $20 each as well. If you're looking to grab a Bold 9700 contract-free and live in a WIND zone, be sure to check them out!


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Sasktel has been pushing out a lot of 3G devices, and the Samsung Gravity Touch has recently been included in that list. The Gravity Touch features a 2.8" (240x320) touchscreen, 2MP camera, and a horizontally sliding QWERTY keyboard. Expandable up to 32GB of memory via microSD card, this device is a good entry-level device for those who use messaging services a lot. Available now from Sasktel, the Samsung Gravity Touch is $50 on a 3 year term, or $270 contract-free.


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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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Chatr, Rogers new discount brand that launched in early July in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Vancouver, is set to launch on Thursday, September 16th. Chatr offers $35 and $45 unlimited price plans, along with four affordable devices to choose from, including the Nokia 1661, Nokia 2220, LG GB125r, and the Samsung Gravity. This should create some competition in Quebec, with Videotron's 3G+ network launching just a week earlier.


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Chatr wireless is already focused on offering affordable and hassle-free option to those located in one of their zones, and it looks like they've sweetened the deal a bit more. Cutting prices on all of their devices from between $10 - $25, here are the new prices that are in effect until September 30th:

- Nokia 1661 ($50)
- Nokia 2680 ($80)
- LG GB125R ($50)
- Samsung Gravity ($110)



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Virgin Mobile has been making the news quite a bit lately, and it looks like they don't plan on stopping any time soon. They've launched the Samsung Gravity 3, which features 2.4" (240x320) display, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a 2MP camera. Connectivity options include 3G, bluetooth 2.0, and A-GPS for use with Google Maps. The Samsung Gravity 3 is available now through Virgin Mobile for $29.99 on a 3 year term, or $179.99 contract-free. You can also pick this device up on their new SuperTab for the same price points.


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Sasktel has announced that they will be launching their 3G+ network, a long anticipated piece of news for Saskatchewan residents. Along with the network, they've stated that they will be carrying the BlackBerry Bold 9700, Pearl 9100, Nokia 7230, Samsung Gravity 3, Samsung Gravity Touch, Nokia 6350, and a Novatel MC998D mobile data stick. Possibly the most exciting news, however, is that a Sasktel dealer's website has been updated to include an image of the Samsung Gravity S Vibrant, one of the most feature-rich Android devices available in Canada.

The Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant features a 4" (480x800) super AMOLED touch screen, 5MP camera with 720p HD recording, and 16GB of internal memory. The device runs on Android 2.1 Eclair featuring TouchWiz 3.0, and is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and 512MB of RAM.

Sasktel is set to launch their 3G+ network on Monday, August 16th, and dealers should be prepared to help customers get set-up on that date.


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As you know, Chatr Wireless launched today, offering yet another option for Canadians residing in major cities looking for an affordable and simple solution for their mobile services. We got the opportunity to speak with Garrick Tiplady, the Senior VP of Chatr, and this new brand from Rogers is definitely one to look out for.

Chatr launched today in 5 major cities(zones) across Canada: Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver, with a Montreal launch planned for this fall. Customers living in these areas can pick up one of four devices, and can use their service in any Chatr zone without worrying about long distance or roaming charges. The device line-up, which ranges from a simple bar phone to a sliding full QWERTY messaging device, is expected to remain the same for some time, and includes 4 phones that are offered contract-free:

- The "essential" Nokia 1661 - $60
- The "flip" LG GB125R - $75
- The "slider" Nokia 2680 - $95
- The "QWERTY" Samsung Gravity - $130

During the conversation, Tiplady let us know that Chatr is focused on delivering a worry-free experience, at the root of which are 3 things - simplicity, certainty, and quality. Keeping things simple, Chatr offers only two price plans, and makes it very easy to understand offers. Ensuring customers know exactly what to expect, the price plans available are the $35 Unlimited Talk and $45 Unlimited Talk & Text packages, so the possibility of unexpected overage or pay-per-use charges is significantly reduced. Finally, Chatr boasts a reliable experience, using Rogers' physical network to provide excellent coverage that Canadians have come to trust.

With other discount brands launching mobile internet sticks recently, we asked if we could expect the same thing in Chatr's future. In response to customer demand, Chatr is focusing on talk and text services only, with no intentions to launch data services as of now.

Offering unique options for payment, customers can either sign up for "no worries auto-pay", which is a pre-authorized payment service that keeps things as simple as possible. The second option is to top up your account before your anniversary date (day of the month you originally signed up) each month using your credit card or top-up vouchers from Chatr Wireless retail locations.

The main thing we got out of this is that Chatr aims to keep things simple, offering a limited selection of handsets and price plans, and focusing on users who know what they want without hassle or confusion. If you're looking to find out even more, or find the nearest Chatr store, be sure to check out Chatr Wirless


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