For small business owners or individuals selling goods or services, a common business challenge is the ability to accept payments from customers wanting to use a credit card. This is especially true for those who conduct business “in the field” or otherwise don’t have a fixed point-of-sale system. Square introduced a unique solution to this problem in the form of a mobile card reader that plugs into the headphone jack of iOS or Android devices. Users can then accept payments using the Square Register app on the device for a fee of 2.75% per swipe without having to jump through the normal hoops associated with establishing a merchant account with a financial institution.
Until now, one of the limitations has been geographic as Square was only doing business in the U.S. That changed today with Square’s announcement that they are expanding into Canada. Hit the break to read the full press release.
Sony has announced that the Xperia Go will arrive in Canada by November. The Go features a 3.5-inch display, a 1 GHz dual-core processor, a 5MP camera, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (don’t hold your breath for an upgrade to Jelly Bean).
The Go is a decent low to mid range device that offers great protection and falls in that category of “rugged” devices. If you’d like to learn more you can hit up the break for Sony’s official press release regarding the device.
Rogers Communications in Canada announced via their RedBoard blog today that they are getting ready to light up more locations throughout Canada with LTE service. Rogers has plans to cover 60% of the Canadian population with LTE service before the end of 2012. In a step to reaching that goal, Rogers plans to launch the service in the following locations no later than October 1st:
- Quebec City
Rogers indicates that most customers experience speeds ranging from 12 to 40 Mbps on their LTE network, which offers a maximum theoretical speed of up to 100 Mbps. They claim they offer the largest selection of LTE devices in Canada and more will be added to their lineup.
Some sad news coming from LG Canada’s Twitter account today. The LG Optimus 2X won’t be receiving an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwhich as previously stated. The statement was issued in response to a tweet asking if the device would receive the delicious update. LG Canada did not explain the reason users would not see ICS, just stating “the original announcement was a general statement issued from HQ.”
The Canadian carrier Rogers has announced that they will be expanding their LTE 4G network to 28 more cities this year. With the 7 current cities that have already incorporated their LTE, this will give Rogers a total of 35 LTE markets that will essentially cover about 60% of the Canadian population. Hit the break to see the full list of cities.
AT&T and Verizon disappointingly opted out of the free two-year 50GB Dropbox offer for Samsung Galaxy III owners. This caused some speculation that some Canadian carriers may follow suit.
Luckily, Canadian tech blog Mobile Syrup received confirmation from Samsung that all Canadian carriers will indeed be offering the deal. This gives all Samsung Galaxy S III users 50GB of space on Dropbox for two years, which is twice the amount HTC is offering with their Dropbox deal. 50GB normally costs $99/year on Dropbox, so this is a great value.
Here’s the full statement from Sammy:
New GS III users will receive a basic 2GB of free space with Dropbox (It is permanent). When they create their own Dropbox account or link their existing account to Samsung Apps, the user will receive 48GB more space through a promotional offer, for a total of 50GB. This is available for 2yrs.
source: mobile syrup
The Samsung Galaxy S III is coming to pretty much all Canadian carriers, including TELUS, Bell, Rogers, WIND, Mobilicity, SaskTel, Videotron and Virgin Mobile. The Canadian release date was announced as June 20th, but yesterday on Twitter, Samsung Canada let everyone know the date has slipped by a week to June 27th.
The folks at MobileSyrup received a more detailed statement:
“Due to unprecedented global demand for the highly anticipated Samsung GALAXY S III, with more than 9 million carrier pre-orders to date, the date of availability for purchase of this device in Canada, is now June 27th. In advance of the GALAXY S III availability date, most carriers and retailers are offering customers the chance to register on-line for updates, and some partners are offering their customers the option to pre-order the Galaxy S III. We expect any shortages to be short lived as we ramp up production to meet this unprecedented global demand.”
I guess it’s not a bad problem for Samsung to have.
source: @samsungcanada, mobilesyrup
Rogers and Telus already spilled the beans about the June 20th Canadian release date for the Samsung Galaxy S III, and now Samsung has confirmed this in a press release. Samsung also outlines all the specs of the Canadian variants as well as which carriers will be getting it. Here’s the breakdown:
SGH-i747 (LTE model): Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile, SaskTel, TELUS, and Rogers Wireless.
SGH-iT999 (HSPA+42 model): Videotron, Wind, and Mobilicity.
In the U.S., this could mean the i747 would come to AT&T and the iT999 to T-Mobile, but we’re just speculating. Spec-wise, these two models are very similar to the international versions with a couple of differences.
As we expected, the CPU is a dual-core Qualcomm S4 instead of the quad-core Exynos. The amount of RAM is doubled to a whopping 2GB for both Canadian versions. On the negative side, there will not be a 64GB version available, and the iT999 will only come with 16GB. Not the end of the world, but this may affect the buying decision for some.
Hit the break for the full press release.
Will the Galaxy S III rumors ever die down? Probably not. Well, at least until it gets released everywhere they won’t. The latest news on the GSIII front comes from our friends up north of the boarder and is actually quite believable. It seems Mobile Syrup got there hands on a leaked Best Buy screen shot showing that the Galaxy S III will land in Canada on June 20th. This makes sense not only because Mobile Syrup was asked to remove the screenshot you see above, June 20th also happens to be the first day of summer and Sammy has be quoted as saying that the GSIII will arrive “in time for summer.” Coincidence? We think not.
Reports are also saying that Canadian pre-orders will begin on May 30th, at the same time a Canada-wide GSIII training program is scheduled to kick-off. If you live in Canada it won’t be hard to locate one of these bad boys because TELUS, Bell, WIND, Videotron, SaskTel, Mobilicity, Virgin Mobile and Rogers are all said to carry the device. As far as retail locations who have been confirmed to stock the device, you can expect Future Shop and Best Buy to have you covered. May 30th is just around the corner so you Canadians should be prepared to get your pre-order on. Stay tuned as we will fill you in if we hear anything more.
source: Mobile Syrup