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We recently let you know that Telus was getting set to launch the Nokia C3-01 Touch and Type, which is now officially available. The C3-01 features a 2.4" (240x320) touchscreen display, in addition to a standard phone keypad, offering up a few options for navigation and data input. Additionally, this new Nokia handset has a 5MP camera with LED flash and video capture capabilities, and support Wi-Fi and bluetooth connectivity, along with an FM radio. For media fans, the C3-01 can be upgraded to a maximum of 32GB of memory, using a microSD card purchased separately.

This S40 6th edition Symbian based handset is available now, for a very reasonable $159.99 contract-free, or $59.99 with a 3 year contract.


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New entrants have been working hard at expanding their device line-up and offering competitive products and services, and Mobilicity is doing just that by launching the Mobiflip. The Mobiflip is actually the Sidekick LX rebranded by Mobilicity, and features a 3.2" (854x480) display that swivels up, along with a full QWERTY keyboard, trackball for navigation, and 3.2MP camera with a flash. The Mobiflip is available now for $99.99 outright, but it comes with a $50 mail-in rebate if purchased before December 31st, bringing it down to just $49.99.


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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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Rogers has officially launched their Navigator application for the BlackBerry Torch 9800, which they've been pushing on BlackBerry users for some time now. The application is free to download via BlackBerry App World, however it requires a $4.99/month subscription to use. Luckily, users are able to unsubscribe directly from the application at any time, so if it doesn't seem worth it, it won't be much of a hassle to avoid the charge on your next months bill. The application, which is based on Telenav, offers users voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation, 2D and 3D maps, in addition to real time traffic information, and more.


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Some time ago, we let you know that Telus discontinued the HTC Hero, but for those who are remaining faithful to the device, we've got some great news. Android 2.1 Eclair has finally been launched for the device, which brings a variety of new features including Flash support 4.0, a voice-dialer, multi-touch navigation and support, some new widgets, and more. While it's definitely been a disappointing wait for HTC Hero owners so far, it's nice that the OS upgrade wasn't completely forgotten about because of the discontinuation of the device.


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Mobilicity recently announced that they would be carrying the Google Nexus One, and it looks like that's just one of the many new handsets being launched by the new entrant. Available now (but apparently out of stock), the BlackBerry Curve 3G features the standard BlackBerry form with a full QWERTY keyboard, 2.4" (320 x 240) display, and an optical trackpad for navigation. Supported connectivity includes 3G, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS, and the device also features a 2MP camera, and memory expansion up to 32GB via microSD card. Coming in at the lowest outright price in Canada, the BlackBerry curve 3G is now among Mobilicity's growing handset line-up for just $299.99 outright.


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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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Rogers has officially launched the BlackBerry Curve 9300, with pricing of $79.99 on a 3 year term, or $399.99 outright. The 9300 is very similar to the 8520, but offers connectivity over Rogers' 3G network, providing faster data speeds. It features an optical trackpad for navigation, a 2.4" (320x240) display, full QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a 3.15 MP camera. At roughly $80 on a 3 year term, we're suggesting you opt for the Bold 9700 at only $20 more. If you're looking to purchase the device contract-free, the new Curve 9300 might be a good choice, since it's outright pricing of $399 is the lowest of any current BlackBerry from Rogers, but beware, as of now it doesn't seem like this device is going to get RIM's upcoming OS, BlackBerry 6.


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We recently let you know that Primus Canada released the Nokia 6790 Surge, and now they've launched another device - this time expanding into the Android market by adding the HTC Magic+ to their handset line-up. Even though Rogers has been offering this device for quite some time now, it's certainly good news for Primus customers looking for a smartphone solution. The HTC Magic+ features a 3.2" (320x480) touch screen, 512MB of internal memory, and a 3.2MP camera, along with HSPA, GPS, and Wi-Fi connectivity for all of your data and navigation needs. The HTC Magic+ is available now through Primus Canada for $79 on a 3 year term, or $599 contract-free.


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Primus Canada has officially launched the Nokia 6790 (Surge), offering it at $50 on a 3 year term, or $249 contract-free. The Nokia Surge is a Symbian device, featuring a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard, 2.4" (320x240) display, and 2MP camera. It also supports HSPA connectivity and bluetooth, along with GPS for all of your navigation needs. The handset comes with 128MB of internal storage, though it can be upgraded to 8GB via microSD card. The Nokia Surge is available now through Primus, either online or through select retailers.


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