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Everybody WINDS!

We told you first late yesterday night about a set of new promotions from WIND Mobile.  Well morning has come and WIND has updated their website to reflect these new promotions.

Check out the details for both promotions on the WIND Mobile website and start reducing your phone bill today!

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Add comment May 6th, 2010

Bell Mobility Discontinues UMB Plan

Effective May 7th, Bell Mobility will stop selling the Unlimited on Device browsing plan that is currently avaliable for dumb phones.  The UMB plan will be replaced with a 50MB data bucket plan for $15/month.

Customers currently on the Unlimited on Device browsing plan will be allowed to remain on the plan.  If the customers removes UMB they will be unable to add it back to their account.

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Add comment May 6th, 2010

New WIND Promotions

Looks like WIND will be announcing two new promotions tomorrow, Thursday May 6th.

The first promotion is for existing WIND customers.  Refer a friend or family member (or even an enemy) and get a free month of service.  Customers will be able to refer up to 6 people netting you a maximum of 6 months of free service.

The second promotion is for new subscribers.  New customers will receive 50% off their voice plans for the first 6 months.  In addition for 50% off voice plans for 6 months, new customers will also be able refer their friends immediately after signing up.

Seems like WIND is starting to get more aggressive before Public and Mobilicity launch.  Check back tomorrow for updates.

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4 comments May 5th, 2010

Novatel MiFi 2372 Recalled

MiFi® is your own cloud of connectivity: great for personal and business use providing instant access to email, download large files, and surf the web with your laptop while simultaneously allowing up to five computers or personal devices to be connected. Easily swap and transfer files with built-in microSDHC slot providing expandable storage capacity of up to 16GB.

The Novatel MiFi 2372 is currently being recalled by Bell, Rogers, and Virgin Mobile Canada.  The MiFi 2372 is reportedly experiencing a problem with the battery which causes it to swell resulting in the device malfunctioning.  Customers should be receiving a prepaid envelope from Novatel in the mail to send back their device for servicing.

Bell and Virgin customers will be without their device for 6-8 weeks but will receive a Novatel U998 Turbo Stick to use in the meantime.  Rogers Wireless customers will be without their Rocket Mobile Hotspot for 7-10 business days.  Rogers customers will not be receiving a loaner device but should be receiving a credit to cover a portion of their monthly data costs.

Users of the MiFi 2372 are urged to discontinue use of the device immediately and not to attempt to remove the battery cover to expose the faulty battery.  Novatel is also recommending not to charge the 2372 until it has been returned from servicing.

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3 comments May 5th, 2010

Samsung Messenger (Omnia Pro) Unboxing

Here’s the Samsung Messenger aka the Omnia Pro.

It’s a WinMo 6.5 non touchscreen device with a QWERTY keyboard. It has a square 320×320 display so you can view 12 icons at once instead of the usual 8. It also has a 528Mhz processor, 170MB of RAM, ~300MB of storage, MicroSDHC card slot, 3.2 megapixel camera, WiFi and BT.

The screen is taller than most non touchscreen WinMo devices and the keyboard is very good.

It’s aimed at business users; it has no 3.5mm headphone jack and there’s no camera flash.

That said I don’t really recommend anyone buy a WinMo 6.5 device and with WinMo 7 around the corner it’s hard to recommend this device to anyone. That said the price is competitive ($0 introductory price on Bell on a 3 year) plus if you need a WinMo phone for work and don’t want a touchscreen then you should consider this one.

Add comment May 5th, 2010

WIND Releases New Data Plans

We told you first about WIND’s plans to release a new data plans in the coming days.  Well, today is the day that they went live and are exactly what we predicted they would be.

Social Mobile: $10/month
Social Mobile comes with 50MB of data a month. What does 50 mobile megabytes look like? For most people, that’s enough for around 50 text-only emails/day + 2 emails with attachments/day + browse 5 web pages/day + stream 5 minutes of m.youtube.com/week + download 2 songs or applications/month.
Extra data is 20 cents/MB.

Charged Mobile: $20/month
Charged Mobile gets you 500MB of data a month – enough for about 100 text-only emails/day + 5 emails with attachments/day + browse 50 web pages/day + stream 15 minutes of m.youtube.com/week + download 10 songs or applications/month. Should keep you out of trouble for a while, eh?
Extra data is 4 cents/MB.

Social BlackBerry: $10/month
Chat and post morning, noon and night at one sweet price: UNLIMITED Facebook®, MySpace™, BlackBerry® Messenger, Windows Live™ Messenger, Yahoo!® Messenger, Google® Talk, and AIM®
Best of all? No contracts! Choose any voice plan, stay as long as you want – no ands, ifs or buts – and absolutely no penalties.

Charged BlackBerry: $20/month
Get 500MB of data, which is good for just about 250 text-only emails/day + 30 emails with attachments/day + browse 100 web pages/day + send 1000 BBM messages/day + stream 30 minutes of m.youtube.com/week + download 10 songs or applications/month.
WiFi is available with this add-on, and extra data is 4 cents/MB.

Ken Campbell, Chief Executive Officer comments on the new plans through a statement on the WIND community.

Thanks to your suggestions and some great work from the WIND team, as of today we’re expanding our selection of data add-ons for all phones. As many of you have suggested, we think this expansion of data options gives a good range of choice for light, medium and heavy users and offers great value for all types of customers.

Head over to your nearest WIND store or call customer care at 1-877-80-WIND-1 (1-877-809-4631) to change or order a new data package.

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Add comment May 5th, 2010

Rogers Expands HSPA+ Network

Rogers Communications Inc. announced that their HSPA+ network is now available to customers in Regina, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg.  Rogers Wireless is the first and currently the only carrier to offer HSPA+ speeds in these three markets.  When connected to the Rogers network with a HSPA+ Rocket Mobile Internet Stick customers should be able to experience download speeds up to 21 Mbps, equivalent to their home internet connection.

Customers in Manitoba, outside of Winnipeg, should be able to access HSPA+ speeds later this year after a province-wide roll out of “world-class wireless technology”.

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Add comment May 4th, 2010

Want your rent paid for a year?

Virgin Mobile Canada wants to help out one lucky student by covering their rent for one year.  Simply head over to the contest page and plug in your details to sign up.

If you’re the popular, fun, creative-type who checks your Facebook more than 20 times a day and knows how to send a really good tweet (hint: “I’m making toast!” won’t cut it) then you’re exactly what we’re looking for.

Virgin Mobile On The House is the summer’s hottest online student competition. The winner will not only rule the school but also get their rent paid for a whole year and we’ll pimp out their house in style.

You have nothing to lose and a years worth of rent paid for to gain, so don’t delay and sign up today.

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1 comment May 4th, 2010

Speak Out: Buy a $100 Top-Up Card-get 25% More

Special thanks for long time HowardForums member HC -NO “i” for notification of this Speak Out Wireless promotion.

The last day to purchase your $100 top up card to receive the 25% bonus airtime is May 31st.  All purchased cards must be activated by June 15th in order to get the addition $25 added to your account.

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Add comment May 4th, 2010

Last Day for $150 Credit-WIND Mobile

Just a quick reminder that today (May 4th) is the last day to get the $150 port-in credit from WIND Mobile.

To score your $150 simply bring your existing number to WIND no later than closing today.  The $150 account credit will be added to your account in $30 installments over the course of 6 months.  Give customer care a call at 1-877-946-3403 or stop by your WIND Mobile store to take advantage of this excellent promotion.

If you combine the $150 port-in credit with the Huawei U1250 and the $15 Chat plan you will be able to get 1 full year of WIND voice service for under $100!  The port-in credit and “first month free” promotion will cover 11 months of voice service, leaving you with only one month to pay.  Make it simple on yourself, head down to your nearest WIND store with $85+tax in hand and prepay for a full year of service.  Of course any usage outside of your plan is extra, so an even $100 should be more than enough to cover you for a year.

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Add comment May 4th, 2010

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