BlackBerry Torch 9800 finally lights its way to Rogers today

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You’ve surely seen some pictures. You may have even read some reviews already. The wait is finally over, because the BlackBerry Torch 9800 is finally available through Rogers Wireless as of today. The question, then, is whether it really is the iPhone killer that it almost claims to be. That’s very much debatable, but it […]

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Samsung Galaxy S Captivate training with Rogers begins, launch imminent?

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There’s two parts to this story, let’s start with what I feel is the more exciting bit. The Android lineup from Rogers Wireless is due for a serious upgrade in light of the cool devices hitting up Bell and Telus these days. Not to be outdone, it looks like the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate is almost ready for Canada’s big red carrier.

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Rogers launches BlackBerry Curve 9300, capable of BlackBerry 6 upgrade

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It’s not quite the BlackBerry Torch 9800 that we saw yesterday, but it is new. What you see here is the BlackBerry Curve 9300, which was formally announced for Rogers Wireless today. Also known a little more simply as the BlackBerry Curve 3G, this phone won’t ship with BlackBerry 6, but it is confirmed by our sources that it will be eligible for an upgrade at some point in the future.

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Carriers discuss unlocking phones at Canadian Telecom Summit

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It’s very rare to see the major competitors in a giant industry sit down and openly discuss where the market is moving. It’s like when they got Bill Gates and Steve Jobs to chat in front of a live audience. Well, the same thing has happened with Canada’s telecom firms. Over at the Canadian Telecom Summit earlier this week, a panel was moderated by Iain Marlow of the Globe. During the “Advanced Wireless Service” event, three major executives from Wind, Rogers, and Mobilicity had a one-hour discussion on wireless communications in Canada.

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Hands on: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Android smartphone

Sony Ericsson X10 next to Nokia N71 Photo: Michael Kwan

I was able to enjoy some brief hands-on time with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 during CES in January. At first glance, it’s quite clear that the X10 is in direct competition with devices like the Apple iPhone 3GS, it’s big touchscreen display and lack of physical keyboard screams “touch me.” While it does make use of a rather vanilla build of Google Android (1.6) for its core operating system, it’s equipped with two additional user interface features: Mediascape and Timescape. The former is used to manage your pictures, music, and so on, whereas the latter gathers up your social networking and messaging things.

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Rogers announces two Apple iPad data plans

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Our neighbors to the south have had access to the Apple iPad for some time already, but it’s finally coming to Canada and Rogers Wireless looks like it’s the only one announcing a data plan for the big touchscreen device.

Rogers has officially announced its iPad data plans and they’re actually not that bad. On the lower end of the scale if the $15/month plan and that gets you 250MB of use. Heavier users can bump up to the $35/month plan for 5GB of data. Both plans come with unlimited access to Rogers WiFi Hot Spots.

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Rogers announces three new “Social View” plans, no details

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It’s clear that Rogers Wireless wants to capitalize on our interest in social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. They know that people want to stay connected in that way, so the marketing efforts are shifting in that direction. That’s why Rogers has three new “Social View” plans for us to consider.

Well, sort of. Not really. There’s an announcement that came out this week about the three new plans, but Rogers isn’t exactly forthcoming with what these plans will entail. Instead, they’re just saying it’s part of the “Social View” feature

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Rogers to sell Apple iPad end of May, the world waits

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Right now, the only version of the Apple iPad that you can buy comes with Wi-Fi alone with a 3G radio nary in sight. In fact, Canadians can’t officially buy one within our borders yet, having to trek down to the United States to get an iPad. That’s going to change very soon.

That’s because Rogers will sell it and, hopefully, this will be at a subsidized price. That can help you save hundreds in the short run, though you’ll be stuck with a data contract in the long run.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 available April 15th from Rogers

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We had already heard that Rogers Wireless would have the Canadian exclusive on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, but we were left with little more than a “coming soon” when it came to a release date. That has now changed and you may be TimeScaping with the best of them very soon.

Continuing with the Google Android revolution, Rogers has started to take preorders for the Xperia X10. This comes a short while after Best Buy jumped the gun by offering pre-orders on the phone as well.

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Google Nexus One headed to Sprint

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Sprint today announced they will be a carrier of the Google Nexus One smartphone. T-Mobile was originally the only carrier to offer an “official” term plan for the Nexus phone, but after checking up on Google’s phone website T-Mobile’s offering is no longer available. A “Sorry, this item is temporarily out of stock.” on the $179 two year contract plan is nothing less than a coincidence. Sprint won’t be the new and only company to carry the Nexus One, yesterday’s announcement told us about Google’s plan to send the phone to AT&T and Rogers Wireless in Canada, but with sales slumping there’s not much of possibility for a shortage on supply.

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Rogers slides out Samsung Corby Pro for $70, does multitasking

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Based on the number of messaging phones that continue to flood the market, there are plenty of people out there who appreciate the inclusion of a hardware QWERTY keyboard, but can’t be bothered with the complexity and price of a true smartphone. Continuing with this trend is the Samsung Corby Pro.

If you didn’t know any better, you’d swear that the new Samsung Corby Pro is a smartphone. But it’s not. It’s just a phone with a touchscreen display and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. What makes it “pro” is still unknown, but it could be the multitasking aspect, call it a slap in the face to Apple but a $70 phone allowing you to run multiple applications has gotta tell you something. If the iPhone 4G does not support multitasking, many iPhone owners may switch to the Corby Pro.. er not.

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