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In mid-late October, we let you know that Rogers had made some unfavourable changes to their hardware upgrade program, setting eligibility to 30 months (2.5 years). Shortly afterwards, however, it seems as though the revised the HUP policy, bringing it back down to 24 months. This is great news for Rogers customers, and one can only wonder why they switched it back so quickly! Speculation is, though unconfirmed, that a large number of customers made their opinions on the change known to Rogers, leaving them with very little choice but to revert to the old eligibility policy. Good move Rogers, keep listening to your customers!


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Bell and Virgin Mobile were originally supposed to launch the BlackBerry Bold 9780 on October 21st, which was then pushed back to November 2nd. Now, for unknown reasons, the launch has been delayed once again, though no updated launch date has been made available as of yet. Speculation is pointing at last minute OS updates being the cause of the delay, much like we saw with the Torch 9800, though this hasn't been confirmed. Hopefully we'll see the device launch soon, and many think it should be ready and shipping by next week.


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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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Telus customers who own an HTC Desire have probably been wondering where the Android 2.2 Froyo update has been, and rightfully so. Telus' website is still saying the update will come sometime in October, which means we should see it hit by the end of this week. We'll be sure to let you know as soon as the update drops for the popular device, so stay tuned!


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According to recently leaked internal screenshots, Bell will be launching the BlackBerry Bold 9780 refresh device on November 2nd, though no official public announcement has been made as of yet. Virgin Mobile was apparently set to launch the device on October 21st, but since the website hasn't been updated as of yet, we're assuming the date has been pushed back at least a little bit. It would be surprising, however, if Virgin did launch the Bold refresh device a little bit sooner than parent-company Bell, as we saw this happen with the HTC Legend recently. To recap on the Bold 9780's specifications, it will launch running BlackBerry 6 OS, and comes with a 5MP camera, though nearly all other aspects are basically identical to the Bold 9700 BlackBerry users have come to know and love.


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We recently let you know that rumours pointed at Virgin Mobile launching the BlackBerry Bold 9780 refresh device on October 21st, and have now received word that Rogers will also be launching the handset, but one week later. Expected on October 27th, the Bold 9780 is a refreshed version of the Bold 9700, one of the most popular BlackBerry in recent years, and offers up memory improvements to help handle BlackBerry 6 without sacrificing room for applications or performance. The other major improvement comes to the camera, boosting it to 5MP. No confirmation on pricing as of yet, but speculation is pointing to somewhere near the $150 mark similar to what we expect Virgin Mobile to be charging for the upcoming device.


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Windows Phone 7 has been generating a lot of news lately, with exclusive launched being reported all over the place. The latest information released shows that the LG Optimus 7 will be exclusively launched by Telus later this month, more than likely around the $200 mark on a 3 year contract. The Optimus 7 features a 3.8" (800x480) touch screen, 1 GHz processor, and a 5MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording capabilities. To top it off, it comes with 16GB of internal storage built in, along with full connectivity options including bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, and of course 3G bands.

While no confirmation has been received as of yet regarding the Canadian launch date and pricing, this new Windows Phone 7 device is launching in the U.S. on October 21st for $199 on a 2 year contract, so if past trends continue, we'll likely see the same launch date and pricing, except on a 3 year term instead.


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More rumours are making their way around the internet, this time around regarding the BlackBerry Bold refresh device - the 9780. The Bold 9780 is almost identical to the 9700 model, but offers up a few internal improvements(memory) that will help it handle the newly released BlackBerry 6 operating system, along with an improved 5MP camera. Apparently the device will be launching on October 21st for $149 on Virgin's SuperTab or on a 3 year contract, though as always, this information can't be guaranteed until officially announced by the carrier.

BlackBerry users, will you picking up a Bold 9780, or have you made the jump to the Torch 9800 already?


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One of the most popular data plans ever made available in Canada - the $30/6GB promotion, has been extended by Rogers and Fido until October 5th. Originally this promotion was supposed to expire on September 30th, but as a result of the overwhelming success of the package, it has been extended. If you're a heavy data-user, make sure to get in touch with Rogers or Fido by Tuesday to take advantage of the offer, but remember, the plan does come with a new 3 year data contract.


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We let you know quite some time ago that Rogers would be launching the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate, an Android handset that features a 4" (480 x 800) Super AMOLED display, 5MP camera with 720p HD video capture, and a 1GHz processor to help power it all. Due to a number of delays, the handset is still yet to be released, though Rogers have provided an update stating:

"We anticipated launching earlier, but there has been a manufacturing delay. As a result, we expect the device will be on sale by mid-October. Pre-orders have also been pushed back, and we hope to make them available later this week."

Hopefully this won't hurt Rogers too badly, considering Bell has been offering the Galaxy S Vibrant for some time now, and Telus has the likes of the HTC Desire to lure Android-addicted Canadians to their network. With the X10 running an outdated OS, the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate will be a much-needed addition to their device line-up, so lets hope there are no more delays!


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