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Pre-orders for the new iPad have reached their limit in Canada and internationally, but those who are still determined to pick one up still have hope. Apple retail stores as well as Future Shop will be opening their doors at 8am this Friday, March 16th. No word on how much stock each will have, or if all Future Shop locations will have inventory come launch day, but it may be worth a try for those who just can?t wait for the next waves of shipments from Apple.

As a reminder, pricing starts at $519 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model, while the 16GB LTE version begins at $649.


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Looking to take advantage of all that Android and Skype have to offer, LG has created a Skype Edition of the LG Optimus Black, and Telus is set to carry it. They officially announced that the device is Coming soon, though no specific date has been provided as of yet.

The Optimus Black runs on Android 2.2 Froyo at launch, and features a 4" (480x800) touchscreen display. It is powered by a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, and comes with 2GB of onboard storage. It also features a 5MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and 720p HD video capture, in addition to a front-facing 2MP camera. As for connectivity, the Optimus Black has Wi-Fi (b, g, n, and hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS.

No word yet on pricing for the "first Skype branded phone on the Canadian market", though you will apparently get 60 minutes worth of international Skype calling credits at purchase. Additional credits can be billed to your monthly Telus invoice, making this a truly unique option for Skype users.


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Competition has been roaring in Canada when it comes to unlimited plans and offerings, and most carriers are doing their part by introducing affordable packages. Virgin Mobile is certainly no exception, as they have recently launched new $35 and $45 Unlimited plans. The $35 Unlimited City Calling Plan is available only for CDMA handsets, and only in major cities including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. It offers up unlimited local calling, along with unlimited Canadian, U.S., and international text messaging.

The $45 Unlimited Calling Plan is available for all handsets and in all locations (except Manitoba and Saskatchewan), and offers up unlimited local calling, unlimited Canadian, U.S., and international text messaging, along with call display. Additionally, any data or long-distance packages are eligible to be added on to the $45 plan, so it's a great starting point for customers looking to build a personalized solution. Both of these packages are officially available now, so get in contact with Virgin Mobile if you're interested!


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KOODO, Virgin Mobile, and Solo have all launched new $50 Unlimited No Zone monthly price plans, which are all basically the same. Each offers up unlimited local calls, along with unlimited text/picture messaging. Virgin Mobile and Solo are giving subscribers who choose this plan unlimited international text and picture messaging as well, while KOODO is throwing in unlimited local family calling. Virgin Mobile and Solo's plans are available until January 1st, 2011, while KOODO has this offer on until December 31st.


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Virgin Mobile has introduced a new $55 Student Combo Plan for a limited time that's actually quite a value. The new Student Plan from Virgin gives users 200 anytime minutes, unlimited evenings and weekends starting at 6pm, unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited talk and text to 10 national buddies, and 1GB of data usage. No word on exactly when this plan will expire, but if you like the sounds of it we suggest you contact Virgin Mobile soon.


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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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Public Mobile announced today that beginning July 15th, they will be offering an unlimited overseas long distance option for just $15/month. The add-on will allow customers to call landlines in 45 countries internationally without worrying about the length of the call or overage charges. Countries included in the new add-on include Australia, China, France, Italy, Russia, and Spain, in addition to many others.


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Rogers launch new iPhone 3Gs with 16Gig or 32Gig of memory. Nothing of very spectacular with this new iPhone, same design but more built-in memory.

Buy your iPhone 3GS from Rogers.com

Five ways to save

1) For Rogers Wireless customers who bought an iPhone 3G between July 11 and Sept. 30, 2008, and with an average monthly spend of at least $100, Rogers will provide $500 off the cost of an iPhone 3G S. This special offer expires July 31, 2009 and comes with the addition of a one-year term to the customer?s existing service agreement.

16GB 3GS $199
32GB 3GS $299

2) For Rogers Wireless customers who bought an iPhone between July 11 and Dec. 31, 2008, but aren?t eligible for the above offer, Rogers will provide $250 dollars off the purchase of an iPhone 3G S. This special offer expires July 31, 2009 and comes with the addition of a one-year term to the customer?s existing service agreement.

16GB 3GS $449
32GB 3GS $549

3) All Rogers Wireless customers can upgrade to the iPhone 3GS at Rogers.com, or for a suggested retail price of just $19 more than retail channels.

8GB 3G $580/$599
16GB 3GS $680/$699
32GB 3GS $780/$799

4) Fido customers can take advantage of the Fido Rewards iPhone 3G S promotion:
Use FidoDollars towards the purchase of a new iPhone 3G S
Fido will top up the FidoDollars amount by $100
This promotion does not include an extension or renewal of their service agreement.

5) New and existing iPhone customers can take advantage of a limited-time promotion of 6GB of data for $30, now extended until July 31. Other Rogers and Fido data plans will remain the same, including the only national standalone data plan at $25 per month for 500 MB. Rogers think it?s the right plan for most Canadians ? 93 per cent of current iPhone customers on a data plan use less than 500 MB of data per month.



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<< Supports Bell's strategy to accelerate wireless and leverage momentum in digital television, high-speed Internet and home phone services Adds more than 750 stores across Canada to Bell's national distribution network >>

MONTREAL, Quebec, March 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell today announced it has agreed to acquire national consumer electronics retailer The Source to further enhance the growth of Bell's wireless, digital TV, Internet and home phone services.

"The Source is a respected leader in consumer electronics retailing right across Canada. Its acquisition supports Bell's strategic imperatives to accelerate wireless and leverage momentum in wireline services like Bell TV, Bell Internet and Bell Home Phone," said George Cope, President and CEO of Bell and BCE.

"With its strong national presence, brand, and management team, acquiring The Source represents a competitive and cost-effective approach to ensuring Bell's leadership in delivering the best communications products to Canadians," Mr. Cope said. "Expanding the number of places people can buy Bell products is a core element in the execution of Bell's strategy to achieve our goal: To be recognized by customers as Canada's leading communications company."

In addition to its extensive lineup of consumer electronics products, The Source plans to carry the full array of Bell consumer services at its more than 750 stores across Canada, including Bell Mobility, Solo Mobile and potentially Virgin Mobile wireless products and services, Bell TV's industry-leading High Definition television services, high-speed Bell Internet, and Bell Home Phone products, by January 2010.

The Source will continue to operate independently from Bell following its acquisition and will maintain its well-known national brand, broad range of communications, computing and audio products, and its seasoned management team to be led by Ron Cuthbertson, a respected 30-year retail veteran and most recently President of The Source.

"The Source's new relationship with Bell will make the most of the combined strengths of both organizations in terms of products, service and national brand strength," said Mr. Cuthbertson. "Combining Bell's industry-leading roster of communications services with the brand, distribution presence, and consumer retailing expertise of The Source will contribute positively to the long-term growth of both businesses going forward."

The Source has a track record of profitability over the past seven years. LTM (latest twelve month) revenue as of December 31, 2008 was approximately $643 million while LTM EBITDA(1) (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) was approximately $27 million for the same period.

The acquisition of The Source and its more than 750 retail stores, most of them in high-traffic mall locations, is a faster and more cost-effective approach to increasing Bell's national distribution footprint than building out new retail locations. More than 70% of Canadians live within five kilometres of stores operated or licensed by The Source, and more than 80 million technology-savvy consumers shop at The Source each year.

Bell is acquiring substantially all of the assets of The Source, which was acquired by Circuit City Stores, Inc. in March 2004. On November 10, 2008, Circuit City and certain of its U.S. subsidiaries voluntarily commenced bankruptcy proceedings under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code and The Source commenced a voluntary proceeding under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). Bell is acquiring The Source pursuant to the court monitored sale process being managed by NM Rothschild & Sons Canada Ltd. in connection with the proceedings under the CCAA.

Subject to court approval and other customary conditions to closing, the transaction is expected to close in Q3 2009. Due to the nature of the sale process and at the request of The Source, Bell does not expect to disclose the purchase price until after the completion of the transaction.


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