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BlackBerryCool Roundup for the Week of September 6th

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Welcome back BlackBerry Nation. This week was a little slower in terms of content due to the long weekend but there’s still lots to catch up on. This week we talked about new apps such as Senomix Timesheets, and updated apps such as Poynt. News-wise, Videotron launched a new mobile service for Quebec residents in Canada, taking away a little more businesses from the big three. We also have some editorial content relating to the QNX and DataViz acquisitions. Hit the jump and catch up on this week in BlackBerry.
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Videotron Mobile Service Launches with Bold 9700 and Pearl 3G

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Canada has a new mobile provider and similar to WIND Mobile, Videotron uses AWS spectrum to offer 3G. The new mobile provider is selling the Bold 9700 and the Pearl 3G, along with a host of Android devices. The network is restricted to Quebec, so this post should probably be written in French, mais combien d’vouz parlez Francais? The good news is that if you’re roaming around Canada, you should get service in 95% of the country.

More information available from their press release.

Chunk of Canadian spectrum set aside for the underdog

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TowerWe bitch and moan a fair bit around here about Canadian wireless rates, which is why we were excited by the news that 40 mhz of the upcoming spectrum auction will be reserved for parties other than Bell, Rogers, and Telus. Industry Canada stepped in to impose this and promote more competition and curb the wireless oligopoly that’s in place right now. On top of opening the doors for smaller carriers to get a piece of the pie, international companies can also take the opportunity to partner up with Canadian companies for usage of the new spectrum, which means more investment opportunities for those little carriers like Videotron, Shaw, Quebecor and MTS. Hopefully the new kids on the block will help drive down rates, but we’ll have to wait until after the auction to find out.