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Rogers has always prided themselves on being at the forefront of innovation and new technology in the Canadian mobile industry, and are looking to solidify that reputation this year. Rogers has announced through their newly created site iwantmylte.ca that LTE services will launch in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Ottawa sometime this year. 25 other cities will also get the new network, though it will come in 2012.

The upcoming LTE network offers maximum download speeds of 150 Mbps, and max upload speeds of 70 Mbps. Rogers states "Everyone will be able to watch streaming movies and live HDTV on their mobile devices, with crisp picture and virtually no buffering or delays". Now the real question is, what sort of compatible devices can we expect?

No word yet on which cities will get LTE in 2012, but we'll keep you updated, so stay tuned!


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We just let you know that Virgin Mobile has reduced the cost of their data packages by $5/monthly, and now it's WIND's turn to crank up the competition. A few days ago, select non-data BlackBerry users began receiving promotional text messages offering them free data services until April 15th. The text message selected users are receiving reads: "Hey BlackBerry user?try FREE data with our Infinite BlackBerry add-on until Apr-15. Interested? Reply Y to this message and start browsing, BBM, email & more". WIND Mobile is currently one of the only carriers that haven't made data services mandatory for smartphones, but with their contract-free handset purchase structure, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that they're enticing customers with this promotion, rather than forcing them into data package subscriptions.


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Virgin Mobile has been putting the pressure on their competition recently, offering up a variety of handsets and price plan discounts. Their latest move in an effort to retain more customers, and win over prospective customers, was to reduce their Smartphone data offerings by $5 a month, a much-needed discount with Canada's high-cost data services. The $5 monthly reduction is applicable to the 500 MB, 3 GB, 5GB, and Flexi-Data packages, and is available to both new and existing customers. Existing customers will have to call in to have their package changed, as the price reduction isn't being automatically applied to accounts. Great move, Virgin! Keep the price cuts coming!


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Rogers has recently made an addition to their Pay As You Go handset line-up, introducing the LG Shine Touch. The Shine Touch features a 3" (240x400) touchscreen display, 3MP camera with video capture capabilities, and supports 3G connectivity for voice and data transmission. This bar-style handset can be expanded up to 16GB via microSD card, and also supports Wi-Fi and bluetooth, though it lacks GPS services. The LG Shine Touch is available now from Rogers on Pay As You Go for just $129.99.


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Fido is getting set to launch a couple of new devices, one being the Blackberry Curve 9300, and the other being the entry-level Sony Ericsson J108 Cedar. The Curve 9300 features 3G connectivity, a 2.5" (320x240) display, along with a 2MP camera. Connectivity options for the 9300 include Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS. The Ericsson J108 Cedar is a far more basic device, featuring a 2.2" (240x320) display, 2MP camera, and connectivity options including bluetooth and 3G services. No word yet on pricing or an exact launch date for either of these handsets, but we should see them become available fairly soon.


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Great news for those with Fido or considering them for their mobile services, they have recently launched two new entry-level handsets - The Nokia C1 and LG Neon 2. Additionally, they have also released the white version of the LG Gossip, adding to the variety of devices available in their line-up.

The Nokia C1 is a very basic bar-style phone that features a 1.8" (128x160) display, bluetooth connectivity, and a VGA camera. The C1 supports up to 32GB of memory using a microSD card, along with FM radio connectivity. The LG Neon 2 features a 3" (240x400) touchscreen display, 2MP camera with video capture capabilities, and connectivity options including FM radio and bluetooth. The Neon 2 can be expanded up to 8GB via microSD card for those who want extra storage for their media.

Last on the list is the LG Gossip in white, which has all of the same features and specifications but comes in a nice white variety. All of these devices are available now from Fido, and all are $0 on a new 2-year term, though contract-free pricing varies from handset to handset. The Nokia C1 comes in at $50 contract-free, while the LG Neon 2 is set at $150 outright, and the LG Gossip in white is priced $90 without a term.


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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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Many Canadian wireless consumers have been wondering when Public Mobile would launch data services, if at all, and thankfully confirmation has come in recently. Expected to launch in January of 2011, Public Mobile will be unveiling their unlimited data offerings for those residing within coverage areas. No word yet on which device(s) they'll launch, but we'll be sure to keep you updated as more news becomes available. Once Public Mobile goes live with data services, Chatr will be the only carrier in Canada not offering mobile connectivity.


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Mobilicity has recently placed more of a focus on distribution channels, adding two more companies to their list of agreements intended to get their products and services out to more people. Both HMV, and 50 Zellers locations will now carry Mobilicity products and services, which is a nice variety of partners when taking their recent 7-eleven deal into consideration as well. Apparently Zellers locations in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Ottawa are already set-up, while HMV locations in Toronto and Ottawa are setting up throughout the holiday season.


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According to internal training documents that have recently leaked on the internet, Rogers is set to release the Nokia N8 sometime in the near-future. The Nokia N8 features a 3.5" (640x360) AMOLED touch screen display, 680MHz processor, 16GB of internal storage (expandable up to 48GB using a max 32GB memory card), Wi-Fi connectivity, and a 12MP camera. The camera comes with a Carl Zeiss lens, and features a Xenon flash, auto-focus, and is capable of recording 720p high definition video. This new device from Nokia runs on Symbian 3 OS, and comes with Ovi services including the Nokia Ovi store for application downloads. No word yet on pricing or an exact release date, but we'll be sure to keep you updated once more information becomes available!


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