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Rogers Announces LTE Will Launch in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa in 2011

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Rogers has announced that they will be launching LTE (Long Term Evolution) in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa in 2011 with the top 25 markets across the country coming online in 2012. Rogers claims the LTE network will be capable of download speeds of 150 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 70 Mbps. These numbers will of course fluctuate based on your mobile device. LTE will enable the following:

  • Everyone will be able to watch streaming movies and live HDTV on their mobile devices, with crisp picture and virtually no buffering or delays
  • Friends and families can video chat seamlessly – as natural as talking on the phone, with virtually no lag time
  • Gamers can play their favourite multiplayer games from almost anywhere
  • Businesses can implement a truly mobile workforce that is both as efficient and secure as a traditional workplace

To learn more, head over to IwantmyLTE.ca.

RIM Considers Another Bid for Nortel’s Patent Portfolio

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RIM is once again considering acquiring the patents for Nortel’s CDMA and LTE technologies. Control over these patents will help ward off costly and untimely lawsuits that seem to plague every big player in the mobile industry. The patents will also go into developing wireless products and services for the next generation of mobile connectivity.

The bid will be rivaling that of Google’s $900-million bid on the entire set of set of over 6000 wireless patents. Google has been trying to grow the size of its mobile patent portfolio ever since they acquired Android Inc. in 2005.

RIM has been fighting for these patents for a couple of years now and seems poised to grab a least a small piece of Nortel’s formidable mobile patent portfolio.

RIM Confirms BlackBerry 4G PlayBooks with LTE and HSPA+ Support

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RIM has some decent PlayBook news coming out of Mobile World Congress including confirmation that we will see two new variants of the BlackBerry 4G PlayBook in the second half of 2011. These new PlayBooks support LTE and HSPA+ high speed wide area wireless networks. After this announcement, we now have confirmation that there will be four PlayBook variants with support for WiFi, WiFi +WiMax, WiFi + LTE and WiFi + HSPA+. In addition to the WiFi and 4G connectivity, each tablet can also support:

1. Bluetooth tethering
2. Mobile hotspots (ie. a MiFi™, smartphone or other portable device equipped to act as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot)
3. BlackBerry Bridge

See the press release below.
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Rumor: 3G BlackBerry PlayBook Coming Soon with LTE Version Soon After

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Rumor has it that a cell-enabled 3G PlayBook is coming in late March or early April. The source of the rumor also expects an LTE PlayBook “some time soon” after the release of the 3G PlayBook. These rumors seem plausible as we’ve already seen Sprint officially announce a 4G PlayBook. It’s not a stretch to think other carriers will offer a 3G and LTE version.

It’s not clear what version of the PlayBook will be the right one to purchase. Do you hold out for cellular connectivity? Or do you grab the WiFi version because it means you won’t need another dataplan? Either way, we’re getting one.

BlackBerry Cool Roundup for the Week of June 28th

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It’s a bit of a slow week on BlackBerryCool due to the Canada Day and Independence Day long weekends but we have some cool apps and news nonetheless. From a news perspective, RIM soft announced a new feature to deal with corporate liable and employee liable devices. The soft announcement was incredibly vague and is likely hinting towards some BES feature that they weren’t ready to fully announce, but wanted to give everyone a heads up that they are on the case. Some other random rumors have hit the wire as well, including some specs about the upcoming LTE BlackBerry Storm3 and Facebook for BlackBerry 2.0 including Facebook Chat.

Now that your holiday is over, be sure to hit the jump and catch up on everything you missed!
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Rumor: Verizon LTE BlackBerry Storm 3 to Feature Unique OS

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The BlackBerry Storm 3 specs are very much a rumor right now but there are a few interesting talking points worth mentioning. The major rumors here are that the Storm 3 will feature upwards of 1GB of flash memory, a 1GHz processor, a new OS (not OS 6 but rather an OS on its own) and it could be one of the first LTE devices on Verizon’s upgraded network.

Other rumors about the Storm 3 include:

  • Tested in a very private beta to prevent leaks.
  • Currently disguised as a Storm2 in case an engineer gets drunk and leaves it at a bar.
  • 8GB internal memory.
  • Lots of personalization and the ability to run widgets.
  • The screen will be something we haven’t seen yet. It could be a Synaptics touchscreen that would make for a much “lighter” touch experience.

So far it sounds like the new Storm is going to be something very different than its predecessors. Hopefully this new OS is something that will mean more apps, usability and overall a better end user experience.