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Samsung offering $50 for new Note 3 owners

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Samsung has announced a US only promotion, that runs until January 6, which will give you a $50 Google Play store credit. All you have to do it go to the promo page (link), enter your information (IMEI, name, address, email, etc).

The offer is open to US Samsung Galaxy Note 3 only and is open to anyone who has already bought a device (until Jan 6).

Note: They do check the IMEI allocation and will block all non-US IMEI numbers from the promo( even if you fake the address).

Fido and Rogers implement new unlocking policy end of March

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I wrote about the new unlocking policies for Rogers and Fido a couple of weeks ago and it seem the start of this new policy is almost upon us. In a tweet from FIDO, I was notified the policy would start end of March.

For those unfamiliar with the new policy, the 2 carriers will unlock any customer device for $50 after a device has been active for at least 90 days (as long as the customer’s account is in good standing).

Their PR machine says this new policy is in response to customer demand but most of us feel this is a pre-emptive move in response to the CRTC’s investigation into mobile carrier practices. 

iPhones are more reliable than Samsung phones

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A study undertaken by FixYa found that an iPhone is 300% more reliable than a Samsung device. Before anyone starts to discredit the findings, it is important to note that they looked at 722,558 problem reports mixed with data from Statcounter. The data is solid and paints an interesting picture.

Where are our Finish friends from Nokia you ask? They were third in line. The least reliable were found to be Motorola devices, which is interesting considering all of the rumors of an unbreakable phone (called the X-phone).

The most common complaint for iPhone users was battery life. The most common Samsung complaints were related to the microphone and speaker.

HTC to launch new smartphone camera revolution

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HTC is set to launch its new flagship phone, the M7, in the Big Apple on February 19th. Sure it has a fast quad-core 1.7GHZ processor and a nice 1080p display but it claims the real killer feature is its new camera that will boast an "ultrapixel" sensor.
Is this a revolutionary new technology or marketing speak? Only time will tell but the rumors say it is a new camera model (for smartphones at least) where 3 4.3 megapixel sensor layers will used to create one "normal" image that should be cleaner and sharper (even in low light). This sounds like that Sigma does with its Foveon camera sensor. 


They will also launch a "sound revolution". we know they are using Beats technology and including a decent quality headphone amplifier in their products. 

HTC went from being an Android based hero to an almost forgotten manufacturer. If it wants to remain relevant, it has to hit a home run with this product. It is important to mention that that will be competing with the rumored upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV.

HTC Blog here.

Pocket-Lint article about ultrapixels here.