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Rogers has just launched a brand new Xperia handset from Sony Ericsson, the Mini Pro. The Mini Pro features a 3" (320x480) touchscreen display, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, along with a 5MP camera with LED flash and 720p video capture. It is powered by a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, and offers connectivity options including Wi-Fi (b/g/n, hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. While this may not be the most impressive smartphone released recently, its small form factor and physical keyboard may make it worth considering, especially for those looking for an affordable handset. The Xperia Mini Pro is available now from Rogers for $49.99 on a 3 year term, or just $274.99 contract-free.


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According to a recent Samsung event, the Samsung Galaxy Mini is coming soon to Canada. As for the carrier offering it up, it will apparently be a part of Mobilicity's ever-growing line-up. This basic Android handset has a 3.14" (240x320) touchscreen display, and features a 3.15MP camera. It's powered by a 600MHz processor and 384MB of RAM, and runs on Android 2.2 Froyo at launch with TouchWiz. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi (b/g/n, hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS.

No word yet on pricing or an exact launch date, but we should see the Galaxy Mini launch soon on Mobilicity at an affordable price. We'll be sure to keep you updated as more details emerge!


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The affordable Nokia C2-01 is now available from Bell, featuring a 2.2" (320x240) display, and standard phone keypad reminiscent of days passed. It comes with a 3.2MP camera and can record QVGA video. Connectivity options are limited to bluetooth for this simple handset, though it does come with an FM radio to listen to your favourite local channel on the go. The Nokia C2-01 is available now for free with a 3 year contract, or just $119.95 outright from Bell.


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As many other carriers do, Fido is now charging an administration fee on all hardware upgrades, an additional cost of $25 to customers wishing to get a new device. The fee will also apply to no term renewals, so all existing customers are basically affected. Not great news for Fido customers, but not exactly unexpected. Another stipulation pointed out, is that customers can use Fido dollars to upgrade, but the $25 fee will be tacked on to your bill no matter what. What do you think about Fido introducing an admin fee to upgrades?


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Telus has introduced a couple new policies recently that could result in customers getting upgrades sooner, and seeing lower, more proportionate early cancellation fees. The new hardware upgrade program introduces an Early Device Upgrade fee, which is calculated based on the type of the device you last received, in addition to the number of months remaining on your contract.

Here's how the upgrade fee is calculated:

Voice or Feature Phone - $5 x number of months remaining in contract. Includes standard flip phones, sliders, non-data devices
Smartphone or Feature phone (with minimum data commitment) - $10 x number of months remaining in contract. Includes BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone 7 devices
Premium Device - $15 x number of months remaining in contract. Includes iPhones

Here's the example provided on the Telus website:

Pat has an LG Keybo and wants to upgrade to an HTC Desire. He has 15 months left on his contract. What does Pat pay to upgrade?

Pat pays $75 (15 months x $5) in addition to the new device cost ($79.99)

There are a couple of rules that come along with this new upgrade program, like that you must complete at least 6 months of your current contract before being eligible for upgrade at all, and customers on the Credit Limit Program are no eligible for any early upgrade offer.

The cancellation policy is also based on which device you last received, but is more specific. Essentially, your early cancellation fee is calculated using the exact discount you received on your last device, and the time remaining on your contract. There is also a $50 admin fee for non-Quebec customers. It's important to note that this new cancellation fee policy applies only to customers who activated or renewed on or after November 21st, 2010. Other customer who wish to cancel would still have to pay $20 x the number of months remaining on their contract.

Here are some examples of how the policy works:

At activation, the customer receives a $400 discount on a 36 month service term. After 20 months, their cancellation fee will be:
Monthly pro-rated discount = $400 / 36 months = $11.11/month
Remaining discount = $400 - ($11.11 x 20 months) = $177.76
Non-Quebec: Total Cancellation fee = $177.76 + $50 Admin fee = $227.76
Quebec: Total Cancellation fee = $177.76

So there you have it, two new policies coming out of Telus. What do you think about the new early upgrade program? What about the new cancellation policy?


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Tbaytel has officially launched their HSPA network, and along with the launch comes 25 new devices. The line-up matches Rogers pretty spot-on, but here's the full list of devices now available through Tbaytel:

Smartphones: Acer Liquid E, Apple iPhone 4 (16GB or 32GB), BlackBerry 9100 Pearl, BlackBerry 9300 Curve, BlackBerry Bold 9700, BlackBerry Torch 9800, BlackBerry Bold 9780, HTC Magic +, LG Loop, Motorola Flipout, Motorola Quench, Nokia N97 Mini, Samsung Galaxy S Captivate, Samsung Wave S5800 Sony Ericsson X10, Sony Ericsson X10 Mini

Cell Phones: LG Shine Touch, LG Xenon, Motorola VA76R, Nokia 6750, Nokia 6790 Surge, Samsung Corby Pro, Samsung Corby Touch, Sony Vivaz Pro

Portable Data Devices: Rocket Stick ZTE MF668, Novatel MiFi 2372R


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Rogers customers who own either the Sony Ericsson X10 or X10 Mini have been waiting quite some time for Android 2.1 Eclair to launch for the device, and as of Sunday, it finally has! The updated OS offers several new features and changes to the devices software, including HD 720p video capture, auto-focus, a new lock screen, 2 additional homescreens (for a total of 5), and much more. To get the update, you'll have to head to the Sony Ericsson website, as it isn't currently available for OTA install.


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Sony Ericsson X10 owners have been waiting for a very long time for an update Android version to come to their devices, and the time is fast approaching. Apparently the update will roll out to Rogers customers who own either an X10 or X10 Mini sometime in the week of November 8th, which is now only a few days away. The update is supposedly bringing features like 2 additional homescreens, a new lockscreen, and some updates to TimeScape, though we now have word that a couple of other changes will come as well - both devices will see battery life improved by 20-25%, the overall speed and navigation of the phone should be faster and smoother, and the X10 model will apparently be getting 720p HD video recording and playback. Hopefully the update doesn't get pushed back even further, but with such an extensive wait having already occurred, we can only hope that Ericsson and Rogers will have this one ready in time.


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Most Telus HTC Desire owners have been keeping a close eye on the status of the Android 2.2 Froyo OS update, which was promised to come by the end of October. It was looking like this promise was set to be broken, but at the very last moment (October 31st), the upgrade went live for OTA updating! To update your HTC Desire, on your device go to Menu, Settings, Phone Info, and lastly Software Updates. Be sure to connect via Wi-Fi before doing the update to keep carrier data charges to a minimum, as the update is more than likely a larger file. Have you updated your HTC Desire? Let us know how it runs in our forums!


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Sony Ericsson X10 and X10 Mini owners have been waiting ever-so-impatiently for Android 2.1 Eclair to be released for their devices, and it seems like the time is finally coming near. Originally planned for earlier this year, the update has seen a number of delays and set backs, much like Android OS updates for other devices. For the X10, the update will provide 5 homescreens, HD video recording, and a few more features. The X10 Mini will see improvement to bluetooth connectivity, as well as TimeScape and MediaScape functionality. Unfortunately after 2.1 Eclair, the X10 series of handsets won't be getting future OS upgrades, so it looks like that's the end of the line.


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