Solo Mobile Releases LG 230

It appears parent company, Bell Mobility Inc., has decided to bring out the defibrillator and zap Solo Mobile back to life.  The discount carrier has basically been kept out of the spot light since Bell assumed full control over Virgin Mobile Canada.

Today the LG 230 appeared on the Solo Mobile website reviving the all but dead company for a few more months.  The LG 230 is a basic flip phone that will set you back an even $100 if purchase outright or an affordable $25 on a 2 year term.

Buy your LG 230 online or at a Solo Mobile dealer near you.

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3 comments May 6, 2010

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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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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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 5, 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 5, 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.

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Make Ovi Maps “your own”

So you already have a Nokia device with Ovi Maps which gives you free turn by turn navigation.  The only problem is none of the built-in voice navigators are really doing it for you.  Head over to the Ovi store and download Own Voice, this program allows you to record your own directions or download a voice pack created by another Ovi user like you.

Learn more about Own Voice at Ovi.

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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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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 4, 2010

Ellen Loves Apple

Apple has had a difficult past few weeks with the premature “release” of the iPhone HD, the next generation of the popular device, on Gizmodo and now a commercial Ellen put together making the iPhone appear “hard to use”.

I personally found the commercial funny and maybe even a tad bit accurate.  I guess the truth hurts, doesn’t it Apple?  Watch the “commercial” and Ellen’s apology below.

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