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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 and Rogers have officially launched the BlackBerry Bold 9780 refresh device, which is almost identical to the Bold 9700, but with the addition of a 5MP camera and the BlackBerry 6 operating system (with increased memory to better handle it). The Bold 9780 is available from Telus for $99.99 on a 3 year term, while Rogers is offering it up for $50 more at $149.99 with a 3 year contract. Outright pricing comes in the same from both carriers at $499.99 contract-free. If you're looking to get a BlackBerry handset, this is definitely one worth checking out, though Bold 9700 users may want to hold off a bit longer to see exactly how well BlackBerry 6 runs on their device, with reports coming in fairly positive from those who have installed leaked and unofficial versions.


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Chatr, the newest discount brand owned by Rogers, quietly launched in Montreal about a week ago. There are a number of retail outlets for those interested to visit, including Futureshop, Wireless Wave, Zellers, and an official Chatr store located at 705 Rue Ste Catherine O. With any luck, the increased competition in Montreal will result in even cheaper plans and devices, and it seems Chatr is looking to get that started by putting their entire device line-up on sale. Montreal residents, are you thinking about signing up with Chatr?



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It's no secret that RIM have created a follow-up device to the Bold 9700, and now it looks like we have a launch date for the new 9780 on Telus. Apparently the handset will be launching on October 21st, though no pricing information is available as of yet. The Bold 9780 is nearly identical to the 9700, but features BlackBerry 6 with the new WebKit browser at launch, a 5MP camera, and increased RAM up to 512MB.


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Public Mobile has recently gone live with their new distribution channel - Gateway Newsstands. In Toronto, there are currently 60 locations being co-branded with Public Mobile, mostly in TTC stations, GO stations, and some major office buildings. Apparently this number will increase to 120 by January, and will provide over a million people each day with access to their services/outlets. This is a great effort on Public Mobile's part, and hopefully it will be successful for them.


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We haven't heard much about the BlackBerry 9780 in Canada so far, but according to a recent rumour circulating the internet, the Bold 9700 refresh device is expected to launch on Rogers mid-November. The new device, is essentially an updated version of the Bold 9700, launching with BlackBerry 6 on-board, a 5MP camera, and increased memory over the successful 9700 model. No word yet on pricing, but it should come in around $150 on a 3 year contract, considering the Torch 9800 is launching for $199 on a 3 year term.


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Last week we let you know that Sasktel would be launching their 3G+ network today, and it looks like it has been a success thus far. Among the devices available are Nokia 7230, Nokia 6350, BlackBerry Bold 9700, and BlackBerry Pearl 9100. While they're still in talks to get the new iPhone 4, they will be launch the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant by the end of August. Contract pricing is comparable to that of other carriers, though outright pricing is a little bit high. You can pick up a BlackBerry Bold 9700 for $100 on a 3 year term, or the Pearl 9100 for as little as $50 on a contract. SIM cards are offered at $10/each, and they've even launched a Novatel mobile internet stick for $0 on a 3 year contract.

Sasktel has also reduced the contract-pricing of some of their CDMA smartphones, offering up the BlackBerry Storm at $0 on a 3 year term, or a Pearl for $0 on a 1 year term. There are other discounts as well, but remember that their newly introduced 3G+ network is much faster, and well worth the slightly increased device cost.


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WIND Mobile has been around for about 9 months now, and there's been much speculation about the success of the new entrant. Thanks to an official announcement, we now know that they had exceeded 100 000 subscriptions in early July of this year, and since it's been a little over a month since then, odds are that number has increased by at least a couple thousand. Currently available in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver, WIND Mobile's goal is to reach 1.5 million customers within 3 years of launching, so it will be interesting to see what the future holds. Constantly improving their network and recently updating their device line-up to include an Android handset, we could see the growth WIND needs to hit their goal just over 2 years from now.


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Last week, Virgin Mobile launched the HTC Legend ahead of it's parent company - Bell, at price points of $79.99 on a 3 year term or 30-day pricing of $349.99. Bell has finally launched the highly anticipated Android handset as well, with the same 3 year pricing of $79.95, but contract-free pricing seeing a $50 increase over Virgin's 30-day option, coming in at $399.95.

The HTC Legend features Android 2.1, a durable aluminum unibody casing, AMOLED touchscreen, and 5MP camera, along with standard smartphone connectivity such as 3G, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS.


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Telus has recently increased the cost of 4 of their features for those wishing to add them in the future, though existing customers who already have the add-ons will not be affected. The price increases include Local 5 Favourite Numbers - increased to $15 from $10, Nationwide 5 Favourite Numbers - increased to $20 from $15, Call Forwarding - increased to $3 from $2, and lastly Caller ID - increased to $8 from $7.


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