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Those looking for an affordable entry-level Android handset will soon have another option to choose from, as Bell is reportedly getting ready to launch the LG Optimus L5. The device, which according to leaked internal documents is set for release on July 10th, is rumoured to cost around $200 outright, though we can?t confirm pricing details just yet.

The Optimus L5 features a 4? (480 x 320) touch screen display, along with a 5 MP camera that offers VGA video capture. It?s powered by an 800 MHz processor and 512 MB of RAM, and comes with a total of 4 GB of internal memory. This Android 4.0 ICS handset also offers up your standard connectivity options such as bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, and HSPA, but adds in NFC support to add extra value.

With the rumours pointing to the $200 or so mark for outright purchases, it looks like these devices may become the new ?quick messages phones?. If you?re looking for an affordable Android handset, keep an eye on Bell as they?re expected to release the LG Optimus L5 on July 10th.


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Motorola has officially launched a fairly unique product to Canadians, the Motorola MOTOACTIV. The device looks much like a watch, but features a 1.6? touch screen made of Gorilla Glass, and advertised to be sweat-proof, rain-resistant, and scratch-resistant. So what?s the big deal?

The MOTOACTIV is powered by Android and is a ?cutting-edge GPS fitness tracker, heart rate monitor-enabled, and smart MP3 player? in one. Using GPS and AccuSense technology, it can track your running, walking, cycling, and other workout data including time, distance, speed, calories burned, and heart rate (if paired with a heart rate monitor). It features tight integration with your smart phone as well, allowing you to pair it to receive calls and text messages on the go, in addition to mobile and online access to their ?Training Portal?. As far as MP3 functionality, the MOTOACTIV comes with 8GB of built in memory, and it also offers FM radio capabilities. If you?re looking to extend the device?s functionality even further, you can also pair it with pedometers and bike sensors for more details on your workout or exercise.

The MOTOACTIV is available now in limited quantities Running Room stores, and online at thesource.ca. Motorola let us know that the device would retail for $249.99, though The Source has it listed (and currently out of stock) for $259.99. As for accessories, there are several, including the wristband for $29.99 which is supposed to be included by default. You can pick up a universal clip or soft armband for more wearing options, each for $29.99 as well.


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We just let you know that Virgin Mobile has reduced the cost of their data packages by $5/monthly, and now it's WIND's turn to crank up the competition. A few days ago, select non-data BlackBerry users began receiving promotional text messages offering them free data services until April 15th. The text message selected users are receiving reads: "Hey BlackBerry user?try FREE data with our Infinite BlackBerry add-on until Apr-15. Interested? Reply Y to this message and start browsing, BBM, email & more". WIND Mobile is currently one of the only carriers that haven't made data services mandatory for smartphones, but with their contract-free handset purchase structure, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that they're enticing customers with this promotion, rather than forcing them into data package subscriptions.


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Unfortunately we haven't gotten confirmation of exactly when the Android 2.1 update will be coming to the Sony Ericsson X10 as of yet, but we're pretty sure that it will drop sometime fairly soon. What we do know, however, is what you can expect to see with the OS update. TimeScape will be getting a small update that enables autoscrolling of information so users won't need to enter/exit applications to see full messages. Additionally, users will get 5 homescreens (as opposed to the existing 3), and each one will be capable of holding 20 icons rather than just 16. The other big improvement that's set to come with the update is continuous auto-focus, so when users are recording videos, the device will continually auto-focus based what it is capturing - a nifty feature that is sure to improve video recording on the device. No word yet on whether HD video capture or the LED flash will be enabled, but odds are Sony Ericsson would have mentioned those features, so it isn't looking good.


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Looks like every Canadian provider has joined in on the competition in Quebec, with KOODO Mobile introducing an Unlimited Talk Province-Wide Combo. The new package offers Quebec residents unlimited calling within the province, in addition to 50 text messages. Additionally, the 'discount' carrier has also launched a $35 price plan called "Unlimited Incoming Plus" Combo that gives users unlimited incoming calls, unlimited evenings and weekends beginning at 6pm, unlimited messaging, 150 daytime minutes, call display, and voicemail. This second plan is available until December 31st, 2010. Definitely nice to see carriers offering up more options and focusing on unlimited plans these days!


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With the Windows Phone 7 launch event occurring today, we've gotten quite a bit of information on exactly what to expect for the platform, and what type of hardware will be launching using the new OS. One of the first bits of news to come out of the event, is that eBay has developed an application for Windows Phone 7 devices that should be completely ready when the first devices hit the North American market later this month. The application will have many features that other platform's eBay apps include, among which are daily deals, a search function, the ability to bid on items, and a full activity monitoring system for watchlists, messages, etc. Additionally, users will be able to pay for purchased using PayPal, so gone are the days of sitting at home to keep an eye on that item you so desperately want!

It's great to see applications emerge already, before the new platform even hits the market. With any luck we'll see a slew of other applications prepared for launch to go along with the nice variety of devices launching in the coming months running on the new operating system.


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Mobilicity has offered free province-wide calling to both new and existing customers in Ontario who are on the $35 plan, which now includes:

-Unlimited text and picture messages
-Unlimited local calling
-Unlimited Mobilicity to Mobilicity, Unlimited province-wide calling
-Caller ID, voicemail
-Call waiting, call forwarding, 3 way calling

In addition to this, they've also recently offered up yet another promotion to new customers, giving recurring monthly discounts of $5 - $15. The offer is available until September 6th, and the amount of the discount depends on your monthly costs - $35 plan/$5 discount, $45 and $55 plans/$10 discount, $65 plan/$15 discount. There is some fine print attached to the offer, but overall it's a great deal for those looking to save as much as possible.


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Thanks to unreleased brochures leaked on the internet, we know KOODO Mobile is set to launch 2 new price plans, as well as 2 new data plans, sometime early this week. Speculation is pointing to the introduction of these new options today, though confirmation is yet to be received.

The new price plans are:

$40 Stay Social Plan - Unlimited text and picture messages, unlimited incoming calls, 300 anytime minutes with unlimited evenings(7pm) and weekends, and the social add-on

$70 More Nationwide Talk and Text Combo - Unlimited text and picture messages, no long-distance or roaming charges within Canada, up to 1000 nationwide anytime minutes, unlimited evenings(7pm) and weekends, and voicemail/call display.

They are also launching 2 new data plans, the first of which costs $10 and includes 100MB of usage for web browsing, Twitter and Facebook, Windows Live, etc. The second plan costs $25, and includes 500MB of data usage.


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Rogers has recently launched a promotion on their U.S. and International text messaging travel packs, dropping the price to $5 from the regular $12.50 cost. The add-ons are one time fees that provide the user with 25 sent text messages while traveling outside of Canada, and unlimited received. The promotion is in effect from July 5th to October 31st, 2010, so if you're planning on traveling this summer, make sure to grab one of these travel packs.


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Public Mobile has recently announced that as of July 15th, they will be adding unlimited international text messaging to their $40 unlimited talk and text price plan. While the new offer won't cover every country in the world, users will be able to send text messages to 190 countries, without worrying about pay-per-use charges or overages. Included among the lengthy list are Italy, Russia, Pakistan, Mexico, and many more. This new feature will be automatically added to accounts that currently have the $40 price plan applied, as well as for new customers selecting that pricing option.


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