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Sprint to offer MiFi for BlacKberry and WiFi enabled devices

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Image courtesy of Will Park from IntoMobile.

Sprint has announced it plans to launch the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 intelligent mobile hotspot device for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year service agreement (excluding taxes).

MiFi allows users to connect to the Internet by bridging WiFi enabled BlackBerrry devices to Sprint’s 3G network – the EVDO Rev A Sprint Mobile Broadband Network. MiFi creates a personal cloud of high-speed Internet connectivity that can be shared among up to five users and a variety of WiFi-enabled devices through its connection to the network. Sprint is calling the service Sprint Mobile Hotspot, and it will be the first in the U.S. to support MiFi’s GPS capabilities, allowing users to take advantage of select location and mapping applications.

Stay tuned because Sprint’s MiFi service will launch the first week of June.

Pricing

Business and consumer customers may choose from the following service plans for the MiFi 2200: $59.99 per month mobile broadband only plan (excluding taxes and surcharges).

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$149.99 per month Simply Everything Plan + Mobile Broadband (phone plus device connectivity — excluding taxes and surcharges).

Both plans include up to 5 GB per month and 5 cents per megabyte overage for the MiFi 2200. The plan includes unlimited text, picture and video messaging, GPS navigation, email and Web surfing on their phone, plus 5 GB of 3G Internet access on your BlackBerru – for $149.99 per month, a savings of $599 per year vs. comparable Verizon plans. For that same price, customers can use the MiFi 2200 and connect to more devices at once.

(Rumor) T-Mobile rolls out more 3G coverage to a city near you

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This hasn’t been totally confirmed, but it is almost certainly true. T-Mobile is rolling out additional 3G coverage in such cities as Wichita Falls, Rockford, Springfield, Beaumont and College Station.

See the pic for more details. Is your city on the list?

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More Rogers BlackBerry Storm 9520 images appear

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Just after Christmas last month, we posted some internal Rogers documents showcasing the BlackBerry Storm 9520, a GSM Storm variant that will feature 3G HSDPA and Wi-Fi. It appears now that the Storm 9520 is starting to peak out into public copy, as indicated by the image above. The image, sent to us by ‘Rogers Dude’ (but not RogersDude69 for some reason) appears to be part of a marketing package, meaning the Storm 9520 can’t be that far away if its on copy being sent out to stores.

Obviously, we have no release date yet for the BlackBerry Storm 9520, but we’ll see what our friends from Rogers can do.

BlackBerry Storm 9520 and Pearl Flip 82XX – Rogers 3G BlackBerry Blowout

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While the rest of us were quietly enjoying the Holidays with our family, one lone blogger was out working the streets for the latest in BlackBerry leaks. My boy Troy Brown over at BlackBerry News has uncovered photos of two upcoming Rogers BlackBerry Releases: the BlackBerry Storm 9520 and the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 82xx.

Here’s what’s known about each device so far. Both will feature 3G HSDPA. The BlackBerry Storm 9520 will feature Wi-Fi and the Pearl Flip 82xx will feature asecondary video camera for video calling. Both will be coming to Fido as well. No word yet on eventual release dates, but it looks like we weren’t that far off previously. You can see more slides after the jump!

|via BBNews|

More Rogers 3G roadmap photos

BlackBerry Magnum to appear at WES 2009?

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Jinkies, it looks like we weren’t totally sniffing the wrong tree when we pointed to 2009 as a possibility for a touchscreen BlackBerry on Rogers. Both BGR and BlackBerry News have posted today about a previously unseen BlackBerry that is reported to make an appearance at WES 2009: the BlackBerry Magnum.

So what exactly is the BlackBerry Magnum? Apparently only a U.S. HSDPA, BlackBerry Curve 8900 form factor with a BlackBerry Storm-like touchscreen. Which, although exciting, kind of sounds like a souped-up Palm Treo. Anyways, the amount of BlackBerrys RIM is looking to release is making my head spin. We’ll tell you more as we learn it.

(via BBNews, BGR)

Telus and Bell launching GSM service in 2010

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Big news for Canadians came out last week regarding their choice of wireless carriers, as it seems that within a few years, Canada will be a fully GSM country. Both Bell and Telus have announced their intention of launching HSPA GSM service by 2010, with the intention of moving towards an eventual 4G LTE network. Both Bell and Telus plan to layer the upcoming HSPA networks over their CDMA networks, in the hope that the transition to GSM technology will be as painless as possible for their customers.

“Bell’s transition to the global 4G LTE standard with a combined EV-DO and HSPA network path aligns us with more than 30 major carriers worldwide planning a similar move to LTE,” said Stephen Howe, CTO for Bell. “This broad global technology ecosystem will mean a fast, efficient and cost-effective network transition to 4G LTE, and access to the broadest possible range of next-generation phones and data services.”

Bell and Telus’ shift to GSM will likely bring about a major shake up in the Canadian wireless market. With all three carriers having access to the latest and greatest devices, consumers should benefit from the resulting price point war over voice and data services. Post a comment and let us know if you think an all-GSM Canada is a win-win for consumers and carriers not named Rogers.

(via RCR Wireless)