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Bell has just introduced their push-to-talk network which runs on their HSPA+ network, providing decent download speeds alongside push-to-talk functionality. They have also released their first handset specifically for use on the network ? the Sonim XP5520 BOLT. The BOLT is an incredibly durable device that ?goes well beyond MIL-SPEC ruggedness? and is water proof, dust proof, and shock proof. It can withstand drops from 2 meters onto concrete and is scratch and pressure resistant as well, and has the warranty to back it up. Sonim offers up a 3-year comprehensive warranty to those who purchase the unit.

As for other specifications, the BOLT has a 2? (240 x 320) display, and supports HSPA, A-GPS, and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. According to official specs, it can get up to 12 hours of talk time, and also has an LED torch light and 2 MP camera with flash.

If you?re looking for a handset that can survive the harshest conditions and modern push-to-talk functionality, the Sonim XP5520 BOLT is definitely worth checking out. You can pick one up for $99.95 on a 3 year term, or $399.95 outright.


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Looking for an extra-durable Android handset? Then the Samsung Rugby could be for you. This Gingerbread handset is certified to be dust, rain, vibration, and shock resistant for working conditions that are too rough for typical, and sometimes delicate smartphones. It comes with a 3.7? (480 x 800) Super AMOLED touch screen display, and a 5 MP camera with LED flash and 720p video capture. The Rugby is powered by a 1.4 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM, and comes with 4 GB of internal storage. Connectivity options are the usual, including HSPA, WI-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

As for pricing and availability, Bell is set to launch the Rugby on April according to leaked internal documentation. There isn?t a specific launch date for the handset with Rogers, though we expect to see it roughly around the same time. Pricing is unknown for both carriers; however talk around the internet points to $300 outright.


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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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Public Mobile has a done a great job maintaining their line-up of affordable handsets, and now they've added yet another entry-level handset to their inventory. The ZTE C76 is now available from the new entrant carrier, and features a 2" display and bluetooth connectivity. The C76 is about as basic as handsets get, but at just $65 contract-free, it's an affordable solution for those looking for basic talk and text functionality. Head to your nearest Public Mobile retail location to pick one up.


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Last year when Rogers' discount brand Chatr launched, they offered up a 6 month promotion giving a $10 monthly discount towards customers' price plans. Having been about 6 months now, Chatr has switched up their site, indicating that they have made the discount permanent!

So, for $25/month, you can get unlimited incoming talk, unlimited outgoing talk to anybody in your province, and unlimited incoming text. For an extra $10, you can make that province-wide outgoing talk Canada-wide, and add unlimited outgoing text messaging as well.

If you live in one of Chatr's Zones and are looking for affordable talk and text options, be sure to check them out!


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WIND Mobile has launched a pretty great promotion, offering up a free BlackBerry Pearl 9100 when you pick up a Bold 9700. Of course, an offer like this comes with some rules and requirements - the user must activate both devices, each on either the Nice Always Shout or the Always Talk plan, in addition to either the Infinite or Charged BlackBerry add-ons. Luckily, all of these plans/packages are 50% off if you sign up now, so not only do you get your second device (Pearl 3G) for free, you also get half off your monthly costs! This promotion is an in-store deal only, so head to your closest WIND Mobile location to take advantage of this offer.


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Virgin Mobile has introduced a new $55 Student Combo Plan for a limited time that's actually quite a value. The new Student Plan from Virgin gives users 200 anytime minutes, unlimited evenings and weekends starting at 6pm, unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited talk and text to 10 national buddies, and 1GB of data usage. No word on exactly when this plan will expire, but if you like the sounds of it we suggest you contact Virgin Mobile soon.


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There has been a lot of talk recently in the mobile and tablet worlds about the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook that RIM recently announced. The PlayBook features a 7" screen, dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, front and rear facing cameras (high definition), and a slew of other features. One of the most interesting parts about the PlayBook is the OS, which has been developed using QNX technology, and it's out-of-box support for BES, Flash 10.1, etc.

According to recent information published online, the BlackBerry PlayBook will be launching sometime in Q1 2011, and at least one model will be priced under $500. Since the PlayBook will likely be coming in multiple versions (8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 3G/No 3G), we'll likely see the lower memory non-3G versions launch at the $500 mark, but only time will tell for sure. Stay tuned for more information as it's released!


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Looks like every Canadian provider has joined in on the competition in Quebec, with KOODO Mobile introducing an Unlimited Talk Province-Wide Combo. The new package offers Quebec residents unlimited calling within the province, in addition to 50 text messages. Additionally, the 'discount' carrier has also launched a $35 price plan called "Unlimited Incoming Plus" Combo that gives users unlimited incoming calls, unlimited evenings and weekends beginning at 6pm, unlimited messaging, 150 daytime minutes, call display, and voicemail. This second plan is available until December 31st, 2010. Definitely nice to see carriers offering up more options and focusing on unlimited plans these days!


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Rogers is pushing out software updates to BlackBerry Curve 9300 and Bold 9700 owners that will enabled UMA (previously known as TalkSpot) functionality, enabling voice calls over Wi-Fi. While the use of the service does require a UMA specific plan, this is a great option for anybody looking to use their BlackBerry devices as both cellular and home phones. Many users will have already received the update notification, and those who haven't should be getting it very soon. Beware, the update takes about an hour, so doing it OTA (over-the-air) will mean a lack of service for that amount of time.


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