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TELUS to Launch BlackBerry Bold 9780 October 21st

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Rumor has it that the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is hitting TELUS October 21st and they’ll be phasing out the 9700. It’s hard to keep up with RIM in terms of device launches. Just when you hear that the 9700 will be getting BlackBerry 6, the leaks start to come out about an slight incremental improvement to the product line. The Bold 9780 will likely feature:

  • 512MB RAM
  • 5MP camera with LED flash
  • 2.4-inch display (resolution of 480×360)
  • WiFi and GPS
  • 624 MHz processor
  • BlackBerry 6 with the WebKit browser

Expect a review as soon as this device has launched.

BlackBerry Torch Coming to Telus on September 24th

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Looks like September 24th is the magical day for the Canadian Torch launch. Telus has announced that it will make the Torch available on the 24th along with the other major Canadian carriers such as Bell and Rogers. Will all three major Canadian carriers launching on this day, there needs to be some sort of national celebration. Another public holiday perhaps?

Read our review of the Torch here.

Rogers Introduces Zoompass Mobile Payment Solutions

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When we last wrote about Zoompass, they had partnered with Telus and Bell to provide users with a means of sending payments to one another from their device. Considering the last two partnerships happened back in March, the launch on Rogers took a little longer than expected. Zoompass is a joint venture with all the major Canadian carriers, so this Rogers announcement nearly completes the rollout plan and from now on we’ll hopefully see some cool updates. Even though the announcement was sent out, there doesn’t seem to be any mention of a preload of the Zoompass App.
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Future Shop to Sell Rogers BlackBerry Torch September 15th

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We’ve been hearing that the Torch is set to arrive in September in Canada and launch dates have put it anywhere between the middle of September to the end of the month. A recent screenshot of a sales terminal or inventory system tells us that the Rogers BlackBerry Torch will be going on sale at Future Shop on the 15th which puts it only around a couple weeks away.

Be sure to check out our review of the BlackBerry Torch.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review: BlackBerry 6, Touchscreen, Keyboard and More

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The BlackBerry Torch has been in the office for a couple of weeks now and we’ve had a long time to think about some of the intricacies of using this device for both business and pleasure. The Torch is the first BlackBerry to feature BlackBerry 6, a touchscreen and a QWERTY keyboard and RIM employees have been quoted saying it’s the best BlackBerry to date. Touchscreen devices are likely a sensitive issue with RIM as the company has had a lot of negative press over the BlackBerry Storm. The Torch has a touchscreen that has dropped the infamous SurePress technology and there is a lot of buzz about this device given the heated consumer smartphone competition. Have these improvements made it the best BlackBerry to date? Lets take a long, hard look at this device (that’s what she said).
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Reminder: BlackBerry Torch 9800 Unlock Requires Browser Service Books

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This may be an obvious reminder for some but if you’re looking to get your BlackBerry Torch unlocked, make sure your carrier has announced the device because otherwise they may not have the proper WebKit browser service books. With an unlocked Torch, you can still use the WebKit browser over a WiFi connection, but you’ll be unable to use it over a regular radio connection unless your carrier can send you the service books.

With the help of our friends at Cellfservices, we were able to narrow down the issue a little further with feedback from customers who got their Torch unlocked. Here are some more facts:
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