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The very talented planetbeing and jailbreak icon, MuscleNerd have claimed a successful unlock on the iPhone 4. It’s not ready yet for the public, so just feast your eyes on these shots below for the time being.

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RIM is finally catching up with the rest of the crowd with their “new” Blackberry OS 6.0 to be released later this year. Everything you see in the video below has already been done on the Android and iPhone OS platforms. The Blackberry OS needed a major overhaul in UI design. RIM is just riding on the reputation they established before other smartphones got it right… and people are still buying.

And as for the video itself, I think RIM is trying a bit too hard to appeal to the “younger generation”.

Just a few days after Industry Canada’s announcement of the nation’s fourth major wireless carrier in over a decade, comes news leaks of Wind Mobile’s price plans. While these price plans and launch date are not publicly announced, HowardForums user Windsider has publishing what is claimed to be the official plans and their respective pricing. Commenters over at BGR have confirmed with Wind employees that these plans are indeed correct.

HANDSET PRICING:

Prices are going to be slightly below the cost of what Wind pays per device. So it will depend on the manufacturers, and how much of a bulk purchase discount they give.

All plans comes with Call Forward, Call Waiting, Caller ID at no extra charge. Incoming calls are either free like all calls on the $35/45 plan, or billed per minute on the $15 plan. NO system access fee. NO 911 fee.

VOICE PLANS

Chat:

  • $15
  • 100 Province-wide minutes
  • Unlimited WIND to WIND calling (Canada-wide)
  • Unlimited incoming SMS / 50 sent

Always Talk:

  • $35
  • Unlimited province-wide calling
  • Unlimited WIND to WIND calling
  • Unlimited incoming SMS / 50 sent

Always Shout:

  • $45
  • Unlimited Canada-wide calling
  • Unlimited SMS
  • Voicemail

DATA PLANS

Infinite Mobile:

  • $35
  • Unlimited data for phones (includes tethering)

Social BlackBerry:

  • $10
  • Unlimited instant messaging, Facebook and MySpace

Infinite BlackBerry:

  • $35
  • Unlimited data for BlackBerry

Infinite Laptop:

  • $45
  • Unlimited data for USB data sticks

ADD-ONS

Voice:

  • 10c Per Minute with the $15 plan

SMS:

  • $0.10

MMS:

  • $0.20

Voicemail:

  • $5

Long Distance:

  • $20
  • Unlimited calls to North America

Thanks to the community knocking some sense into the issue, Industry Canada Minister Tony Clement officially reversed CRTC’s ruling on blocking Globalive from setting up shop. Welcome to your forth official national wireless provider, Canada. Wind Mobile rocks.

If you are in your late 20’s or early 30’s, then Oregon Trail is going to bring back a sudden wave of nostalgia. For me, I’m psyched that GameLofts is bringing the classic game over to the iPhone. I have never finished the game when I played it on the old Apple II back in the elementary school. Computer class only lasted 30 minutes and it wasn’t enough for me to go from Independence, Mo., to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. However, now more then two decades later, I’m finally able to reach the promise land.

The game should be appearing on the Apple App Store sometime this week for $5.99. I will post my thoughts on the game once I get my hands dirty once again on my journey to the west. Who knew dysentery can be so fun…

A small clip of someone looking like the famous Kung Fu master dominating a game of ping pong with a pair of nunchaku turned up on Chinese internet a couple of weeks ago. Now the entire clip is up and it happens to be a Nokia ad for their Bruce Lee version of N96. Guess China is starting to embrace viral marketing.

For those living in the Great White North and eagerly anticipating the how Rogers might screw us over with the iPhone can wait no further. Though not yet official, pricing for Rogers iPhone has been revealed.

The good news, it looks like Rogers is adopting AT&T’s pricing structure as the iPhone will cost you a data plan of $30 a month for “unlimited” (email, web) or $45 a month for the enterprise email version. Both data plans includes Visual Voicemail when subscribed to any voicemail services. The plan then sits on top of a regular Rogers voice plan, system access fee, $10 3G charge, and anything else you might want tacked on. This coincides with Rogers CEO’s comment that the iPhone will cost the average customer about $90/month. While it’s still expensive for most hungry students, the plan is comparable to that of any Blackberry.

It’s still $199 for the 8GB version and $299 for the 16GB as Jobs has mentioned during the WWDC.  There’s an optional upgrade to the iPhone for existing contract customers, but you will have to sign a new contract with them.

Speaking of contracts, here’s the bad news. Rogers is only offering the phone with a 3-year contract. There is also a short tether process to the phone, as it has to be activated in Rogers, Fido or Apple Stores where customers must accept Rogers and Apple terms of service, sign a 3-year agreement, and select the data plan for the iPhone 3G before leaving the store. If by chance you leave the Apple Store untethered, the phone will be inoperable until it’s tethered through iTunes where you then bind yourself to a 3-year contract.

If you plan on getting the phone then canceling service within the first 30 days, you will have to return the phone to point of purchase. After 30 days, you can keep the phone but you have to pay the ECF and DECF.

Oh, you can also buy up to 3 iPhone per customer, but means you have to sign three 3-year contracts if you are planning to leave the store with them.

In a way, I’m surprised Rogers’ plan echo AT&T’s plan so closely (minus the fact that the terms are 50% longer). $30 for “unlimited”, unrestricted data is a gift compared to their $100/1GB deal. Of course it still to be determined how “unlimited” you really are as the term usually comes with some rather restricted fineprint.

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The KF750 cell phone gets up close and personal in this latest ad from LG.

Snake is finally catching up with the times. The 30GB fifth-generation Apple iPod and the Sony Ericsson W62S makes an appearance in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Guess he still needs to listen to his tunes and make calls between breaking necks and shooting hostiles in a war zone environment.

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Steve Jobs dumped a truckload of new reasons to buy an iPhone today at a town-hall meeting at Apple’s Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino. Check below in case you missed the whole shebang:

  • The SDK will include four API’s: core OS, core services, media layer, and the brand new Cocoa Touch, made specifically for the iPhone. There will be a ton of features to help iPhone developers including Interface Building support, remote debugging, an iPhone emulator that runs on a Mac, and Xcode support.
  • GAMES!! EA showed off a demo of Spore running on the iPhone. AOL showed off their new AIM app. SEGA showing off Super Monkey Ball with full tilt controls.
  • The App Store, which will be included in the next update. This searchable store will let you download apps over Wi-Fi and EDGE.
  • Developers choose the price for the application and get 70% of the sales. Apple keeps 30%. If a developer wants the app to be free, there is no charge from Apple for hosting the files.
  • Finally!! True enterprise software. The iPhone will support: Push contacts, global address list, Cisco IPsec VPN, they want authentication and certs, enterprise class WiFi (WPA2 / 802.1x), security policies, enterprise configuration tools, and remote wipe. The big news, however, is that they are licensing ActiveSync from Microsoft to build exchange support right into the iPhone!
  • $100,000,000 iFund has been set up by venture capitalist, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer for companies developing applications for the iPhone & iPod Touch.
  • Bad news for iPod Touch owners. Whereas iPhone owners will have the enterprise and developer kit in the next firmware for free, iPod Touch owners will have to cough up another “nominal fee” just like the last update. Here’s hoping that it will be less then $20 (should have gotten an iPhone).

Gizmodo has a more in depth coverage of the March 6th event, or you can head on over to the Apple site to learn more about the SDK and watch the keynote.

Overall, this event clearly marks Apple’s commitment to strengthening their phone platform. Though no announcements were made concerning possible 3G versions, I will put money down that the 3G iPhone will come out around the late July when the 2.0 firmware will be released. So, did all this hoopla got you itching for an iphone? If not, what’s holding you back?