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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
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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.

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Azharuddin Ismail, who played young Salim in the Oscar-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire,” sat in his modest Mumbai home Thursday after returning from the U.S. (Arko Datta/Reuters)

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While going through my daily morning ritual, I came upon the following three news articles that made me questioned how desperate the world has gotten.

First up, the “Pay What You Want” restaurant in Montreal. This story struck me as being innovative way to survive in the current economic crisis. Desperate times calls for desperate measures and this restaurateur is definitely trying something out-of-the-box in order to entice more customers. How this venture will turn out is anyone’s guess, but with the tourism industry dropping sharply in Quebec and no Formula One Grand Prix in Montreal this summer, things doesn’t look any better.

Just south of the border from our first story is a little café in New England that’s also trying something out of the norm. This topless coffee shop has raised the ire of many residents of a small central Maine town. The Grand View Topless Coffee Shop opened its doors on Monday with a sign outside that says “Over 18 only.” Another says, “No cameras, no touching, cash only.” ‘ Nuff Said.

Lastly, is a story about a sudden $1.13 billion dollar windfall for a Swedish woman that left as quickly as it came. What would you do when you discover over $1 billion dollar in your bank account one day?

A store in Moscow advertised super cheap laptops on sale at 80% off, but fail to mention in their advertisements that there were only 10 available. The result: Every man for themselves.

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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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It was 1966. Hedviga Golik sat down to enjoy some television over a cup of tea in her home in Zagreb, Croatia. Unfortunately, she passed away in her chair and was just found some 42 years later still sitting in front of her black and white TV.

Though reported missing, nobody bothered to check her flat. When asked, her shocked neighbours assumed she moved out and gone to live with relatives. If it wasn’t for the police who broke into her apartment in trying to figure out who own the flat, she wouldn’t have been found at all.

A police spokesperson said:

When officers went there, they said it was like stepping into a place frozen in time. The cup she had been drinking tea from was still on a table next to the chair she had been sitting in and the house was full of things no one had seen for decades. Nothing had been disturbed for decades, even though there were more than a few cobwebs in there.

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It could be me since I’m heavily medicated right now, or MSNBC wants to turn your boring old RSS newsreader in to a hallucinogenic drug.

The online news portal recently launched their new flash-based “visual newsreader”, Spectra, and is one of the most interesting and fun ways to communicate information I’ve seen in a long time. It presents headlines by either spinning them off of a colorful 3D spiral, or spawning them from the dominant colors in front of your webcam.

Now, I’m not a big advocate on using Flash for Flash sake, (meaning using the tool as nothing more than to gloss up a site) but MSNBC did a commendable job on Spectra’s very attractive and slick looking interface. There are nice graphical touches to convey user interaction with the newsreader such as when you filter the headlines, the ones that are not relevant sunk off the bottom of the screen, and then float back into view when you remove the filter.

This is not the first time MSNBC tried to have a fresh take on news consumption. Their last attempt with Fuel Industries was a game that plays out similar to Breakout and it arranges the falling headlines revealed from breaking bricks along the right side of the screen so you can read the headlines after your last life is lost or you pause the game.

Spectra also reminds me a little of the Google newsmap, by Marcos Weskamp and Dan Albritton, released several years ago. It’s not as pretty as Spectra, but I find it more useful due to the fact it prioritises news stories based on how popular they are on the Google news search. The results are then displayed in similarly colour coded categories, and scaled based on its chronological importance meanwhile fitting perfectly within the screen.

Cabel discovered a significant change in the world of Japanese advertising. It seem that many of them have decided to abandon showing the URL, and instead recommends keywords to search for.

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As more and more good domain names continue to be snatched up, it makes sense to have keywords which are shorter and more directly relevant to the promoted products. However, this is a double-edged sword, since it could also be more wieldy as Cabel pointed out.

But, I ask you: could this be done in the USA? Wouldn’t search spammers and/or “optimizers” ruin this within seconds? I did a few tests with major name brands and they’re almost always the top hit on Google (surprisingly, even Panic). But if Nabisco ran a nationwide ad campaign for a hot new product and told users to Google for “Burlap Thins” to learn more, wouldn’t someone sneaky get there before they do?

What do you think?

Lefkos Hajji of London put a $12,000 engagement ring in a helium balloon, intending for his girlfriend to pop the balloon when he popped the question. Bad idea. The ring floated away into the sky like so many ideas that seemed good at the time. And now his girlfriend apparently won’t talk to him until he gets another ring.

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