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Canadian Carrier Rogers Plans to Expand LTE Network to Cover 60% of Population

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Rogers Communications has announced the expansion of their LTE network to cover a whole lot more of Canada’s population by the end of 2012. Starting October 1st they’ll be rolling out new infrastructure in key Canadian cities.
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Data Usage Demystified: Free Network Traffic Control for BlackBerry

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The BlackBerry platform has always been good about sipping data. If you’re ever curious about how much data you’re putting through you phone, give Network Traffic Control by S4BB a try for free.
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Foursquare for BlackBerry Updated to 5.0

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Everyone’s favourite location-based social network for mobile has updated their BlackBerry app. On the heels of the release of the iOS and Android 5.0 Foursquare update, the BlackBerry update features all the same feature improvements. In addition to a graphical update, Foursquare 5 for BlackBerry also polished the user interface making it easier to share your whereabouts.
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Ottawa Will Be First City in Canada to Get LTE – Preorder Sierra Rocket Stick

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Rogers has announced that Ottawa will be the first city in Canada to experience LTE. On top of this, Rogers is starting to take reservations for the first LTE enabled device, Sierra Rocket Stick through the Rogers Reservation System which can be accessed through MyRogers. This system allows you to secure a place “in line” for the device without having to visit a store or call first.

How do you feel about LTE? Do you really need faster speeds on your BlackBerry or laptop? 3G is a really decent connection to get business done, unless you’re streaming HD video. If you’re on the go, you’re probably roaming, in which case you don’t want to be streaming large movie files anyways. There are probably a handful of people who will benefit tremendously from LTE, but it doesn’t seem like the average consumer really needs it.

You can read more about this announcement on the Rogers RedBoard or sign up at IwantmyLTE.ca to be notified when LTE is coming to your area.

Optimize your BlackBerry network and improve overall speeds

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I’m using the Curve 8900 right now and although I love the device, I can’t help but dislike EDGE. One application which aims to help is NetworkAcc. NetworkAcc is a mobile network accelerator specially designed for BlackBerry devices.

Although I’m skeptical, NetworkAcc could help accelerate all your mobile network activities, which include browsing, downloading, uploading, streaming, online gaming, sending and receiving email, etc. The app uses optimization technology to fine-tune several key network parameters to prevent data fragmentation and to improve data throughput. All the above techniques translate into a speedy internet/network connection: faster browsing, faster downloading, faster email, and faster online gaming.

[ED NOTE: Please write me if you've purchased this from BlackBerry Cool. The company's claims are under investigation. kyle at blackberrycool dawt com.]

BlackBerry in Nigeria part 2 – productivity, iPhone and bandwidth

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[ED NOTE: The following has been submitted by our BlackBerry Cool correspondent in Nigeria, Temitope Smolaso Olufoye. The article is an update from his first article regarding BlackBerry in Nigeria.]

The BlackBerry device I use here in Nigeria is the BlackBerry 8100. Owning a BlackBerry in Nigeria gives me an incredible advantage. Although other phones have better cameras than the BlackBerry, I find the 8100 camera very useful. The company I work for is called Begro Geological Consultants, and we often need to attach pictures to our reports. Since I am using 8100, I can take pictures with my 8100 and attach them easily to reports. This is just one example of how owning a BlackBerry in Nigeria has helped me.

My company also benefits from my BlackBerry ownership because we often gets requests for proposals, and we don’t have a laptop. Life isn’t easy here in Nigeria and things don’t come easily, but we maximize everything that comes our way. When we get a proposal request, we immediately start writing all of our ideas on our BlackBerry, before transferring to a PC. I’m not saying other handhelds can’t do this, but it is both cheaper and easier for me to do it on a BlackBerry.
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