BlackBerry Torch 9800 makes a hot entry

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Waterloo’s Research in Motion made its triumphant reveal of the new BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone this morning. Mere moments later, Canada’s three biggest wireless providers and AT&T USA announced that they would be indeed picking up the hot new smartphone. The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is the first slider phone to come out of the RIM camp and it takes on a form factor similar to that of the Palm Pre.

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Canada will sell unlocked iPhone 4s for $659

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Despite some of the “death grip” controversy, the iPhone 4 has still managed to do quite well for itself in the United States. It took a little longer than we would have liked, but now the latest iPhone is ready to head north of the border to Canada this Friday. And they’re offering it unlocked too.

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Review: Nokia CS-18 HSPA+ Rocket Mobile Internet Stick

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As great as smartphone experiences have become, they’re still not quite the same as surfing the Internet on a proper computer. At the same time, you may not always be in the presence of an available Wi-Fi hotspot. That’s why products like the Nokia CS-18 are so useful.

Available through Rogers Wireless, this is an HSPA+ Rocket Mobile Internet Stick. What this means is that it uses the HSPA+ cellular network to connect your computer to the Internet, rifling through a mobile data plan not unlike what you’d do on a BlackBerry or iPhone. This concept is not new, but it’s good to see an HSPA+ option.

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Rogers launching no frills, no contracts, unlimited brand “Chatr”

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Personally, I don’t really understand the thinking behind this move. I always thought that Fido was supposed to the affordable cousin in the Rogers family, but it seems that Chatr is indeed for real and it’s coming soon. Adding a third brand under the Rogers umbrella, the main arm of the company will continue to do their corporate thing, with Fido becoming the mid-tier brand and the new Chatr will be the unlimited, no frills brand.

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Rogers intros entry-level Motorola Quench Android phone

Motorola Quench, budget-minded Android smartphone from Rogers

Just because you want to get one of the newest Google Android phones doesn’t mean that you need to take out a second mortgage on your home. Addressing the more affordable end of the market is the newly launched Motorola Quench from Rogers Wireless. While not getting the same kind of attention as the Motorola Backflip or offering the same kind of high-end finish as the Motorola Milestone, the Motorola Quench can easily hold its own in the Android world.

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Rogers introduces exclusive “Extreme Text Messaging”

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Regular text messages are already pretty useful. Features like threaded conversations and multi-text messages are pretty good too. Rogers thinks we can go further. That’s why the Canadian carrier has introduced Extreme Text Messaging.

So, what’s so extreme about this new program from Rogers Wireless? Well, it comes with six additional features to bump text messaging “to the next level.” All of these features can be managed through the My Account section of the Rogers Mobile Internet Portal.

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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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Tethering now permanent on Fido and Rogers

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You may be satisfied with the mobile web experience on your smartphone, but there are definitely times when you’d be happier with the Internet experience on your laptop. That’s when tethering can come into play.

Fido and Rogers extended their tethering promotion a couple months ago, allowing users to connect their phones to their computers until May 3, 2010. That has now been extended even further, because tethering is a-okay with Rogers and Fido on a permanent basis. Or at least until they change their minds.

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Rogers Goes Purple for Lavender BlackBerry 8520

Even though Research in Motion has made some rather major strides in the consumer market, the BlackBerry line of devices is still very much catering to the corporate environment. For the executive type, a nondescript black smartphone will do just fine, but what about people who want a little more personality and color? The BlackBerry […]

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Rogers 21Mbps HSPA+ Network Launches in Canada

This won’t be particularly useful news right away for people living in Saskatoon or Victoria, but Rogers Wireless has officially launched its upgraded HSPA+ network in five major cities across the country. This network upgrade will allow for wireless data transfers as fast as 21Mbps. Compare that to the 7.2Mbps that you can get (theoretically) […]

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