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Beginning yesterday, the BlackBerry World 2011 event is where most expect new device and software announcements, and RIM lived up to those expectations. Announcing the BlackBerry 9900/9930 models and BlackBerry 7 OS, RIM stated that the Bold Touch is expected to be available from carriers around the world beginning this Summer.

The Bold Touch 9900/9930 are essentially the same device, though the 9930 operates on CDMA networks, whereas the 9900 is GSM and HSPA+ compatible. They feature a 2.8" (640x480) VGA multitouch display, while retaining the familiar BlackBerry design that comes with a full QWERTY keyboard. The Bold Touch is a significant improvement over current BlackBerry handsets, and is powered by a 1.2GHz processor and 768MB of RAM. It has a 5MP camera with 720p video capture, and supports NFC, Wi-Fi, GPS, and bluetooth connectivity. It comes in at just 10.5mm thick, making it the thinnest BlackBerry yet. Lastly, the Bold Touch runs on BlackBerry 7 OS, RIM's latest version of their platform. No word on pricing or exact launch dates, but we should see these launch by late Summer.

BlackBerry 7 OS brings with it several new features over the current 6.0 version, including a significantly improved browser with faster rendering and full HTML5 support. It also offers voice activated search, and integrates "BlackBerry Balance", a feature that helps separate personal content from corporate items on your device.

BlackBerry 7 OS will only be available for the Bold Touch 9900/9930, and will not be compatible with existing devices from RIM. There will likely be several newer devices announced with the OS in the near-future, but this new Bold series handset will likely be their flagship model. Those who purchase the device will also get the full version of Docs To Go out-of-box, so users will quickly be able to access all of their documents, including PDFs.



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We let you know several months back that the Xperia X10 from Sony Ericsson had reached the end of the line in regards to OS updates. Stuck at 2.1 Eclair (without multitouch), many Canadians were outraged. Luckily, Sony Ericsson listened to their customers, and have decided to bring Gingerbread 2.3 to the device. Expected sometime in late Q2 or early Q3, the update will lighten Sony Ericsson's presence in the Android OS, and bring with it the many performance improvements that Gingerbread has to offer.

According to Sony Ericsson, the ability to bring Gingerbread to the X10 is newly realized, and comes with their work on the upcoming Arc and Play devices. Great news for X10 owners, now let's just hope that Rogers cooperates and can get the update to Canadians in a timely manner!


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Mobilicity has recently introduced U.S. and global roaming options to their customers, with support for over 60 countries worldwide. U.S. roaming rates are just 25 cents/minute, which includes calls within the U.S. and back to Canada. Other costs for roaming in the United States include text messaging, at 10 cents per SMS, and data - priced at $5/mb of usage. Usage costs for global roaming appear to begin at $3.25/minute, 50 cents/SMS, and $15/mb of data usage. What do you think about Mobilicity's new roaming rates? Let us know in the forum!


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Rumour has it that Bell will be launching the Motorola ES400 EDA - an Enterprise Digital Assistant device. The handset will run on Bell's CDMA network, and operates on Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Professional. The ES400 features a 3" (640x480) touch screen, full QWERTY keyboard, and 3.2MP camera. With support for bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi, this handset is targeted towards the "Mobile Worker". The device even includes a biometric fingerprint reader, and is capable of reading barcodes, taking signatures, and much more. No word yet on an exact launch date or pricing, but we should see it available in the coming weeks.


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The selection of Android handsets in Canada continues to grow, this time as Bell launches the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. The Vibrant operates on Android 2.1 Eclair with TouchWiz 3.0 and features a 4" (480x800) Super AMOLED display, 5MP camera with 720p HD video, and 16GB of internal memory. Powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and 512MB RAM, this handset is among the best available in Canada. Connectivity options include HSPA, Wi-Fi (b, g, n), GPS, and bluetooth 3.0.


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TTC, Toronto's Transit Commission, has launched a service that allows users of the streetcar system to receive a text message with the times of the next stop at their particular location. The service is quite simple, with more than 600 stops having a unique stop number posted. Those wishing to receive the next arrival/departure times can send a text message containing that number to 898882 (txtttc), with no additional costs for the service besides standard carrier SMS rates, so make sure you have a suitable texting plan before making use of the service.

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We recently filled you in on the known details of Rogers new brand Chatr, and have more information available for you! Offering up unlimited plans and affordable, contract-free devices, Chatr Wireless aims to compete with Wind Mobile, Mobilicity, and Public Mobile directly. According to internal training documents, "zones" at launch will include Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Ottawa, though maps also included in the material suggest coverage spanning through Quebec and into the east coast.

Marketing based on the reliability of the service, since the service will be using an existing network, Rogers claims this new brand will be able to offer fewer dropped calls, better reception, and one low monthly fee for unlimited talk and text compared to competitors.

Scrapping activation fees with Chatr, customers will purchasing a SIM card, and can choose between 2 plans.Though pricing is yet to be confirmed, it seems as though the first plan will be Unlimited Talk for $35 which will offer unlimited in-province calling and 50 outgoing SMS (unlimited incoming). The second plan, Unlimited Talk & Text is rumoured to be $45, and offers unlimited talk across Canada, along with unlimited SMS to and from Canada and the U.S.A. Keep in mind that these are "in-zone" rates, so customers roaming would be subject to additional fees.

Lastly, the training material leaked shows at least four handsets at launch:

The essential - Nokia 1661 - $49.99 The slider - Nokia 2680 - $89.99 The flip - LG GB125R - $69.99 The QWERTY - Samsung Gravity - $149.99

Apparently Chatr Wireless will be launching within the coming weeks, with training already well underway.


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Recent leaks are pointing to Telus launching the iNQ Chat 3G sometime in the future, however no exact availability or pricing information is available as of yet. The iNQ Chat 3G features a 2.2" (320x240) display, full QWERTY keyboard, and 3.15MP camera. The new device features 3G connectivity, supports bluetooth, and apparently integrates Facebook and Twitter. The iNQ Chat 3G is rumoured to launch within a couple of months, but we'll be sure to update you when more information is available.


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Canadians can receive G20 Summit news and updates via text message for free from the Globe and Mail until June 29th. The service is free, though standard carrier text messaging rates will apply, so make sure you have an SMS package. To sign up for the free updates, simply text G20 to 123411. Unfortunately, the service is not available to Public Mobile, Mobilicity, or WIND Mobile customers due to network limitations.

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We have received information stating that Bell will be launching the Samsung Wave sometime in the future, though pricing and launch date are still unknown.

The Samsung Wave GT-S8500 features a 3.3" (480 x 800) AMOLED capacitive touch screen, 1GHz processor, and 5MP camera with LED flash. It supports HSPA and Wi-Fi connectivity for faster download speeds, and also features bluetooth 3.0. It runs on the Samsung Bada OS and integrates TouchWiz UI 3.0 for a clean user experience, and will make a great addition to Bell's handset line-up.


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