The Canadian mobile carrier wars are beginning to heat up for 2012. Since the initial launch of the Galaxy Nexus, we’ve seen the $159.99 price for a 3-year contract with Virgin Mobile, Bell, Rogers and Telus. However, Telus first went aggressive in a stunning move by recently offering the phone for only $99.99 which not only drew attention, but also perhaps additional customers for its mobile services. Rogers, Fido and SaskTel did not want to sit idle and has since matched Telus’s price of $99.99. Bell and Virgin Mobile are holding serve by keeping the Galaxy Nexus at $159.99, but at this point, it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see them drop the price down to $99.99 sooner than later. Nothing wrong with some friendly competition by the carriers, right?
If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to score a Galaxy Nexus on Verizon or in the UK and you’re hopelessly wondering when you’re going to get your first taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, a few of you are in luck. Specifically you’re in luck if you’re in Canada and on Rogers or Telus as you will see a Galaxy Nexus of your own come January 13th. So far Bell is the only service to carry it in Canada.
If you live in areas surrounding Toronto or Vancouver then you can experience Rogers’ 4G speeds on this amazing device. Also, if you’re on Rogers and reserved your phone back in November, then you can expect to see them soon. There is no say on pricing but we should expect to see it around the same price as the competition’s. So if you’re in Canada, on one of these networks, and ready for an amazing phone, check out the Galaxy Nexus coming to a store near you next Friday. When you get yours, let us know if you feel the same way about yours as we do about ours.
Bell has had a certain phone rocking Ice Cream Sandwich for some time now. Yet many of the Bell subscribers in Canada were thinking, “ok it’s great the Galaxy Nexus is out, but I like my phone– so when can I expect my device to taste that sweet, sweet new treat“? You’re in luck because we have an answer, for some of you at least. Mobile Syrup just obtained some confidential info that will put a smile for owners of the HTC Sensation and Raider, Samsung Galaxy S II and LG Optimus LTE. What you will find in the above screenshot and below are the estimated dates for your phone to be upgraded to ICS:
- HTC Sensation: February 2012
- HTC Raider: March 2012
- Samsung Galaxy S II: April 2012
- LG Optimus LTE: TBD
You can (un)officially start salivating for that ICS goodness if you’re a lucky owner of one of the listed devices. Stay tuned with Talk Android for more updates on the estimated dates or additional phones!
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Looks like everyone but the US is getting their sweaty palms on the Galaxy Nexus device. Next on the list to receive the flagship device is Bell and Virgin Mobile, who’s now offering the device for $159 with a three year contract (ouch). If you’re not looking for a contract both carriers are offering the device right out for $649.99. If you’re on Rogers or Telus, be patient, as you’ll be receiving the device sometime early 2012.
Some Canadians have been green with envy considering there’s little news of smartphone sliders heading their way. After all, those Stateside recently found out they would be getting the myTouch Q while nothing was announced for Canada. You’re finally in luck since Bell will be releasing the myTouch Q as the LG Eclypse. In case you’ve forgotten, the device will feature a 1GHz Qualcomm single-core processor, 5MP camera with 720p video recording and of course, that sweet, sweet Gingerbread 2.3 goodness. Oh and if you look at the picture carefully, there’s a specific demographic targeted for the Eclypse. We’re looking squarely at you LG Rumour owners!
(Photo courtesy of Mobile Syrup)
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Looks like Canada has something to look for in the next few weeks. Mobile carrier Bell has just announced they will launch Google’s new gem on December 8th for a mere $159.95 on a three-year contract. Virgin Mobile also confirmed they will launch the phone on December 8th for $159.99. Now wait a minute, doesn’t this date sound a little familiar? It should look familiar as we recently pointed out just three days ago that Verizon seems to be releasing the phone on the same date as well. Perhaps Google wants a simultaneous North American launch of the phone? Maybe. You can find the full presser after the break. » Read the rest
LG continues to aim to be a top contender in the mobile arena with their recently unveiled LG Optimus LTE. Only this time around the device is making its way to Bell as the “LG Eye”. Check out our recent post revealing some “eye” candy videos of a demo by LG themselves. The device is impressive all around sporting Gingerbread 2.3 and a 4.5inch “True HD IPS” display with resolutions beating out the iPhone (1280 x 720) or 329 pixels per inch. In addition, the handset sports a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, an 8 meg camera capable of capturing 1080p HD videos, a whopping 1830 mAH battery and comes in at 10.4 mm thin. And of course, the device comes with LTE radios on board, hitting “theoretical” speeds of up to 100 mb/s.
The Source, a Bell-owned retailer has released a video showing off some of the features of the device and could possibly launch some time in November on Bell’s network. Check out the video and don’t forget to let us know what you think. As soon as we hear word of this device hitting our shores, you can be sure that you’ll be the first to know about it.
It looks like Bell and Virgin Mobile weren’t bluffing when it came to their plans on bringing Android 2.3 to the Galaxy S Vibrant. Users can now download it here using Samsung Kies. Definitely a great day to Galaxy S Vibrant users everywhere!
Another entry level Android phone hit the market yesterday as Bell and Virgin Mobile launched The Samsung Galaxy Gio. It has an 800MHz processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 3.2-inch (480 x 320) screen, 3MP camera, WiFi hotspot capability, and TouchWiz 3.0. Bell is offering it at $249.99 with no contract or $29.95 with a 3-year contract. The better deal is Virgin Mobile which is $149.99 outright or FREE with the 3-year contract.
We continue to see news about the Motorola Droid 3 here in the states. Whether it’s an Amazon sale or some news about how the data on it won’t be unlimited anymore, the phone is undeniably in your face. Now, however, we’ve got some interesting news… that has nothing to do with the U.S. of A.. Apparently, Bell Canada has snagged a Droid 3 lookalike – but there’s a catch. This one is sporting 4G. That’s right, we got everything with the Droid 3… except awesome data speeds.
The Motorola XT860 4G has an HSPA+ radio inside that runs on the 850, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands. In other words, if you had your hands on one, you would not only be able to enjoy an HSPA+ network, but would be able to roam globally with ease. Everything else is the same as the Droid 3, all the way down to the 4″ screen, dual core CPU, and sweet Gingerbread. While we’re not sure of the price at the moment, you can bet the Mounties will be bringing it soon.
Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.