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Bell and Virgin Mobile have gone ahead with the launch of two new BlackBerry handsets, the Bold 9900 and Torch 9810! These BlackBerry 7 devices mark a new generation of handsets from RIM, and offer significant improvements in specifications over existing BlackBerry models.

The Bold 9900 features a 2.8" (640x480) touchscreen display, along with a full QWERTY keyboard, and maintains the traditional Bold form factor. It is powered by a 1.2GHz processor and 768MB of RAM, and comes with 8GB of storage. It offers up a 5MP camera with LED flash and 720p video capture, and includes connectivity options including Wi-Fi (b/g/n, hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS. It runs on BlackBerry OS 7 which fine tunes many of the features introduced in OS 6, including an improved browser experience, voice activated search, and more.

The Torch 9810 also runs on BlackBerry 7, and features a 3.2" (480x640) touchscreen display, and vertically sliding QWERTY keyboard, maintaining the recently introduced Torch form factor. Most of the features are identical to the Bold 9900, including a 1.2GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, and the 5MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording capabilities. Connectivity options are also the same, with Wi-Fi (b/g/n, hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS.

Bell is offering up the Bold 9900 for $599.95 outright, or $169.95 on a 3 year term. The 9810 is available from them for $149.95 on a 3 year contract, or $599.95 outright. No word on whether all stores have received stock, but they are available for online purchase.

Virgin Mobile has both handsets priced the same (basically), with the Bold 9900 priced at $169.99 on a 3 year term, or $599.99 outright, and the Torch 9810 priced at $149.99 on a 3 year term, or $599.99 contract-free.



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Rogers has recently added a new handset to their Pay As You Go line-up, launching the Samsung T249. This vertical slider is a GSM/EDGE handset, and features a 2.1" display, 1.3MP camera, and low resolution video recording. The Samsung T249 is available now for just $79.99 from Rogers. According to their website, a bluetooth headset is included in the box, sweetening the deal a little bit. If you, or someone you know needs a simple prepaid handset, the affordable phone may be worth considering.


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We recently let you know that Rogers was preparing to launch the Windows Phone 7-powered Dell Venue Pro, and we're happy to report that price points for the upcoming handset have been revealed! The Venue Pro will be launching for $149.99 on a 3-year term, and is also available for $599.99 contract-free. The Venue Pro features a 4.1" (480x800) touchscreen display, 5MP camera with 720p HD video recording, and a full vertically sliding QWERTY keyboard. No word yet on an exact release date, but it should still be launching sometime in March, so keep an eye out!


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Chatr, Rogers' newest discount brand, has recently launched the Nokia 2220 for $75 contract-free, or just $50 if you pick it up before September 30th. The Nokia 2220 features a 1.8" (128 x 160) display, a vertical sliding numeric keypad, and a VGA camera. This device certainly keeps in line with Chatr's intentions - to offer affordable devices for simple, no-nonsense use. If you're looking for a simple device solely to make calls/text message, and are living within one of Chatr's zones, this is definitely a handset worth checking out.


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Public Mobile has been focusing on keeping device prices low, and they've just added a device to their handset line-up that will definitely help in that endeavor. The ZTE C70, which was launched about a week ago, features a 2" (176x220) display, vertically sliding design, and basic 0.3MP camera. You can pick up the C70 now for just $50 contract-free on Public Mobile, so if you're looking for a basic cellphone at an extremely affordable price, this one is 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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We recently let you know that Chatr would be launching in Montreal on September 16th, and now we have more news on the new discount brand launched by Rogers. It looks like they will be launching the Nokia 2220 in the near-future, with rumoured pricing to come in at just $75 contract-free. The 2220 features a 1.8" (128x160) display, a vertical sliding numerical keypad, and a VGA camera. This affordable device should be available in the near future, likely before the end of this month.


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RIM has 3 launch events planned for Canada to celebrate the release of the Torch 9800, their new vertical sliding BlackBerry with a touchscreen and BlackBerry 6. The events, which are scheduled for the 21st - 23rd will take place in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. In previous rumours, we heard that Telus would be launching the device on the 16th, and thanks to leaked Futureshop screenshots, we have a bit more information on the Rogers launch. Apparently the device will go on "pre-sale" effective the 15th, and with the launch events happening just a week later, Canadians can start counting down.


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There is a new BlackBerry coming out, and it's unlike any you've ever seen. Featuring a full touch screen and vertical sliding QWERTY keyboard, this new design has new software to accompany it. Coming with BlackBerry 6, RIM's new operating system, the user-interface is redesigned and features multiple improvements. Among the upgrades, is the new WebKit browser that is considerably faster than the existing BlackBerry browser, and is almost as fast as the iPhone 4 and Samsung Captivate. It also has a new Media menu that is similar to Apple's CoverFlow, and makes navigating much easier. From a hardware perspective, this new device features a normal touch screen that doesn't click, so those disappointed with the Storm line-up should not discount this handset. It also features a 5MP camera, 4GB of built in memory, and 512MB of RAM. Lastly, it supports HSPA, GPS, and Wi-Fi connectivity so you can get the most our of your mobile device.

Since RIM's announcement of the BlackBerry Torch 9800, Rogers, Bell, Telus, and Virgin Mobile have all confirmed that they will be carrying the device. Rogers states it will be launching "in coming weeks", while Telus simply advertises the launch for "this year", and Bell is saying sometime this fall. Virgin Mobile just says "Coming soon", adding to the list of vague launch date details. A few weeks back, a small rumour circulated the internet that Rogers might get the device exclusively for a month or two, and it seems unlikely that Canadian company RIM would hold off in Canada. It will be interesting to see how all of this pans out, but the BlackBerry Torch 9800 is definitely a device to look out for. No exact details on pricing, though AT&T will be launching it on August 12th for $199 on a 2 year contract.


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Telus has officially launched the Samsung Elevate T356. We originally let you know this handset would be arriving at KOODO Mobile (which is still expected), but it looks like their parent-company Telus has launched it a bit sooner. The Elevate features a 2.6" (240x320) display, vertical slide-out QWERTY keyboard, bluetooth and 3G connectivity, and is available now through Telus for $49.99 on a 3 year term, our $199.99 contract-free.


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