Motorola updates Android upgrade webpage

By on August 23, 2010 at 9:34 AM.

Motorola updates Android upgrade webpage

Just a quick PSA here. If you want to know the official (and vague) dates of when your Motorola Android handset will be updated, direct your web browser to Motorola’s support forums. The company has updated their “Android Software Upgrade” page to let you know in which three to six month window you can expect to see an update for your handset. Here are the listings for the U.S. and Canadian models:

Phone Model
Timeline
USA
BACKFLIP (USA) Upgrade to Android 2.1 planned for Q3
CLIQ (USA) Upgrade to Android 2.1 – testing in process, planned for late Q3/early Q4
CLIQ XT (USA) Upgrade to Android 2.1 – testing in process, planned for late Q3/early Q4
DEVOUR (USA) Will not have a software upgrade to Android 2.1
DROID by Motorola (USA) Upgrade to Android 2.2 currently rolling out in phases
DROID X by Motorola (USA) Upgrade to Android 2.2 planned for late summer.
Canada
BACKFLIP (Canada) Upgrade to Android 2.1 under evaluation
DEXT (Canada) Upgrade to Android 2.1 under evaluation
MILESTONE (Canada) Upgrade to Android 2.2 under evaluation
QUENCH (Canada) Upgrade to Android 2.1 under evaluation

Hit the read link for the full list. More →

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Rogers Wireless officially launches LG Neon 2

By on August 18, 2010 at 11:22 PM.

Rogers Wireless officially launches LG Neon 2

Today, Rogers Wireless officially launched the LG Neon 2 feature phone. The device is a pale, full-QWERTY, messaging phone with a 2 megapixel camera with 2x zoom, 3-inch 240 x 400 QQVGA TFT touch-screen display, micro-SD card slot, and Bluetooth. The device does not have an HSPA radio, which is sort of a bummer, but does come with quad-band GSM. The device will set you back a whopping $19.99 CAN with a three-year contract or $174.99 contract free. And now you know… More →

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BlackBerry 9800 Torch to be carried by Bell, Rogers, Telus, Virgin Mobile and Vodafone U.K.

By on August 5, 2010 at 2:21 AM.

BlackBerry 9800 Torch to be carried by Bell, Rogers, Telus, Virgin Mobile and Vodafone U.K.

It looks like RIM is going to be sending the BlackBerry Torch 9800 up north and across the pond. The Globe and Mail is reporting that Canada’s three largest wireless carriers — Bell, Rogers, and Telus — all will be carrying RIM’s latest creation in the not-so-distant future. Rogers has officially confirmed the Globe’s report with a press release saying they will have the 9800 in the “coming weeks,” and Virgin Mobile — in true hipster fashion — tweeted about it. Vodafone U.K. also has a splash page up for the new BlackBerry touch-screen slider device. Anyone north of the border or across the pond have plans to pick one of these bad boys up? More →

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Rogers launches Motorola Flipout and BlackBerry Curve 9300

By on August 4, 2010 at 2:35 PM.

Rogers launches Motorola Flipout and BlackBerry Curve 9300

Here’s a little update for the folks north of the border. Rogers has added both the BlackBerry Curve 9300 and the Motorola Flipout to their handset lineup. The Curve 9300 will be available for $79.99 with a three-year contract or for $399.99 contract free. The Cliff’s Notes on the 9300 read like this: quad-band GSM, tri-band HSPA, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, 2.4-inch screen (320 x 240), 256 MB RAM, 2 megapixel camera, and BlackBerry OS 5. The Motorola Flipout will be available for $29.99 with a three-year contract or for $374.99 contract free. The stat sheet on the Flipout is as follows: quad-band GSM, dual-band HSPA, 2.8-inch QVGA touch-screen display, QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, GPS, Android 2.1, and MOTOBLUR. Anyone up north going after one of these mid-range smartphones? More →

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Canadian prepaid vendor Chatr is open for business

By on July 29, 2010 at 12:40 AM.

Canadian prepaid vendor Chatr is open for business

Chatr Wireless, a Rogers Communications venture, is officially open for business, and the low-cost, prepaid wireless company is keeping things simple. Chatr is currently offering a selection of four phones: the Nokia 1661 for $60, the LG GB125R for $75, the Nokia 2680 for $95, and the Samsung Gravity for $130. The company also, as reported, has two very simple contract-less calling plans: unlimited talk for $35 per month, and unlimited talk and text for $45 per month. The website http://www.chatrwireless.com is also up and running, ready to show you coverage maps, roaming rates, etc. Happy chatring! More →

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Bell Canada to launch $30 6 GB smartphone data plan with tethering and iPad sharing option

By on July 28, 2010 at 4:15 PM.

Bell Canada to launch $30 6 GB smartphone data plan with tethering and iPad sharing option

A new Canadian Ninja has come forth with some great news for all you Bell Canada smartphone users who happen to also own an iPad. According to a Bell memo, the wireless carrier plans to offer a 6 GB data plan for $30 per month that will provide smartphone users with “unlimited Wi-Fi @ Starbucks” as well as tethering. Bell will also allow you to “share” your 6 GB data bucket with your iPad for an additional $10 (as long as they are on the same billing account). The effective date on the memo is July 30th through September 30th and it is being billed as a “limited time offer.” We’ve got the full three page memo, for your scrutiny, after the break.  More →

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Chatr going live tomorrow?

By on July 27, 2010 at 10:15 PM.

Chatr going live tomorrow?

Chatr Wireless, Rogers venture into pre-paid all you can eat cell and text service, is set to go live tomorrow — July 28th — according to a report filed by Android Headlines. The blog writes that a SIM card will set you back between $5 and $10 (that’s Canadian of course), and the two plans available will be unlimited talk for $35 and unlimited talk and text for $45. Keep your eye on http://www.chatrwireless.com, which should go live sometime tonight. More →

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iPhone 4 to go on sale in 17 additional countries July 30th

By on July 26, 2010 at 8:53 AM.

iPhone 4 to go on sale in 17 additional countries July 30th

Fresh off the wire, Apple is reminding everyone that their flagship product, the iPhone 4, will go on sale in 17 additional countries beginning July 30th. Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland to be exact. Hit the bounce for the full release. More →

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Rogers lowers monthly data allowance for residential customers, increases speed

By on July 24, 2010 at 5:54 PM.

Rogers lowers monthly data allowance for residential customers, increases speed

Rogers Communications, Canada’s second largest internet provider, has lowered the data allowance on several of its residential internet plans. Rogers “Extreme” service will now offer an 80 GB per month allowance (formerly 90 GB), and subscribers to the “Lite” service will be allotted 15 GB per month (formerly 25 GB). The CBC speculates that Netflix’s recent announcement to open shop in the Great White North may have something to do with Rogers’ decision. It isn’t all bad news though, Rogers upped the speeds on their “Extreme” plan from 10 Mbps to 15 Mbps… so that’s something. Currently, Rogers provides home internet service to over 1.6 million Canadian subscribers. More →

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Bell to launch the iPhone 4 on July 30th

By on July 23, 2010 at 2:23 AM.

Bell to launch the iPhone 4 on July 30th

bell-iphone4-july-30

Bell made it official on its web page and will be joining Telus in launching the iPhone 4 on July 30th. Interested Canadians can point their browser to Bell’s website to register for the latest news on iPhone 4; while those dead set on getting Apple’s latest offering can start staking out a camping spot in front of their local retail store. Anyone going full bore to get the iPhone or has the antenna issues dampened some of your enthusiasm? More →

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iPhone 4 hitting Telus July 30th

By on July 21, 2010 at 10:49 AM.

iPhone 4 hitting Telus July 30th

Telus iPhone 4 Canada

Oh hai Canadian frandz! Cellular carrier Telus, from the Great White North, has announced that they will be carrying the iPhone 4 beginning on July 30th.  A little tip from your friends in the States: start looking for a good case now! You can “register your interest” in the iPhone 4 by hitting up our read link. Who’s excited? More →

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Netflix is on its way to Canada

By on July 19, 2010 at 8:31 AM.

Netflix is on its way to Canada

Netflix Canada Tweet

By way of the tweet, Netflix has announced that it will be offering its services in Canada beginning “this fall.” If you’re located in Canada, and would like more information, you can head on over to www.netflix.ca and register to receive more information when it becomes available. No word yet on pricing or availability. Pretty cool, eh? More →

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Chatr launch delayed for an indeterminate amount of time

By on July 18, 2010 at 10:33 AM.

Chatr launch delayed for an indeterminate amount of time

Chatr handsets

Yesterday, we brought you the first shots of four Chatr-branded handsets that are arriving at retailers in Canada for an expected July 21st launch. A circulating memo that was leaked late on Friday suggests that this July 21st launch date has been scrapped. According to the memo, collateral and dummy phones shipments have been put on hold and stores with existing Chatr inventory have been told to keep the materials in storage until a new launch date is determined. Anyone north of the border disappointed by this potential delay? More →

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