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A couple short weeks ago, we let you know that Sony had announced that they were shipping the Xperia S globally, but nothing specific was confirmed for Canada. Now, Sony has come forward with a press release stating that the Android device will be available on April 17th in limited quantities, exclusively from the Sony Store. As for pricing and carrier availability, they make mention that it is compatible with the Rogers network, and later stated that it would be available for $99.99 on a 3 year term through Rogers. Whether Sony will later allow Rogers to sell the handset or not hasn?t been revealed as of yet, and no mention of other carriers seeing the device in the future was made either.

The Sony Xperia S features a 4.3? (1280 x 720) Reality Display with the Mobile BRAVIA Engine, and is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor. It comes with a 12 MP rear-facing camera with Sony Exmor R for mobile technology, which is capable or recording 1080p video. It also has a front-facing camera capable of 720p video capture, and offers up NFC connectivity, along with the regular connectivity support such as HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc. It will launch running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, however it?s apparently set for an ICS upgrade in the coming months.


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Telus has surprisingly kept its Mike network active, and have actually launched another device for users of the push-to-talk service. The Motorola i420 is now available for $249.99 contract-free, and offers the Direct Connect feature that made the network, and compatible devices popular years ago. It features a 1.79" (128x160) display, flip form factor, and a number of basic features including bluetooth, GPS, and a VGA camera. While this may not serve as much news for regular consumers, the fact that Telus isn't letting up on this network should be a good indication for business owners and managers that they can continue to rely on it for direct (and instant) communication between its members.


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While BlackBerry App World may lack in numbers compared to Apple's App Store and Android Market, most who choose BlackBerry still make use of it regularly. Fortunately for Telus customers, they can now bill their App World purchases to their monthly Telus bill, making it convenient to get, and pay for apps, games, themes, and more. No word yet on when the other carriers will begin supporting this feature, but hopefully it will come soon.


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Canada's new entrants have been doing a great job lately, expanding their device line-up regularly and offering up a multitude of discounts, promotions, and more. One of the latest device additions comes to Mobilicity, who have added the Android-powered Motorola Spice to their offerings. The Spice, which runs Android 2.1 at launch, features a 3" (240x320) touch screen display, a full QWERTY keyboard that slides out, and a 3MP camera. Powered by a 528MHz processor, the Motorola Spice also features 256MB of RAM, 512MB of internal memory, and Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS support. You can pick up the Motorola Spice now from Mobilicity for $199.99 contract-free, and Mobilicity is currently offering a bonus bluetooth headset to those who pick up this affordable Android handset.


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Videotron has recently launched the Android powered Motorola Spice, which features a 3" (240x320) touch screen display, slide out QWERTY keyboard, and a 3MP camera. Running Android 2.1 Eclair at launch, the Spice supports Wi-Fi connectivity, and can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. The Motorola Spice is available now from Videotron for $59.95 reduced price, or $279.95 contract-free. It's nice to see Videotron expanding their device line-up so regularly!


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With the regular NHL season starting recently, Bell has released an official Montreal Canadiens application for BlackBerry, Android, and iPhone that provides customers with up-to-date news on the team, statistics, and videos showing off game highlights, and more. Additionally, the application will allow users to vote on the game's "3 stars" that are declared shortly after each game ends, and users can even submit photos that could appear on the big screen in the Bell Center! If you're with Bell for your mobile services and are a Habs fan, this application is definitely worth checking out.

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KOODO Mobile has recently launched the Samsung Elevate, currently for free on the tab, or just $150 outright ($25 off the regular price). The Elevate is a messaging device that features a vertically sliding QWERTY keyboard, 2.6" (240x320) display, 1.3MP camera, and bluetooth connectivity. Supporting up to 32GB of memory, the device can be expanded using a microSD card to carry music, pictures, and more.


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Bell has a new promotion going on for new customers who activate in retail stores, offering up a $50 credit on regular phones, or $75 on smartphones. The offer ends on September 16th of this year, and to be eligible you must activate a voice and data plan on a 3 year term. If you're looking for a new line on a contract, this drops the Bold 9700 to just $24.95, and the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant to just $74.95.


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Bell has announced an addition to their Mobile TV feature, offering up live CFL games to subscribers. Customers who subscribe for the service, which costs $8 monthly plus data usage charges, will be able to watch all regular season and playoff CFL games produced by TSN and RDS on their handsets. Bell has previously offered coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, as well as the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, so this latest addition should please Canadian sports fans even more.



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This Saturday, July 10th, Public Mobile will be offering up a free ZTE C78 cell phone to anybody who purchases a regularly priced handset on that date. It seems as though both devices must be activated at the time of purchase to be eligible, but this is certainly a great deal for anybody looking to get two new lines while avoiding lengthy contracts. To take advantage of this offer, head to the nearest Public Mobile retail location on July 10th, 2010.

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