Do you live in Canada? Are you waiting on 4G LTE service in your area? Then you may be in luck as Rogers has announced today that their LTE service is now live in more cities surrounding both Toronto and Vancouver. According to Rogers, their LTE network should cover 30% of the Canadian population by the end of this year. The cities surrounding Toronto include:
- Richmond Hill
And around Vancouver:
- West Vancouver
- North Vancouver
- Port Coquitlam
- Maple Ridge
So there you have it, those of you in these areas should have access to the 4G service. If you are eligible for an upgrade or have a 4G phone and are in this area I recommend going out and getting a 4G phone and playing with this new service. For those of you in this area, are you seeing 4G signals yet?
The follow up to the Motorola PRO (or DROID PRO) was originally announced for only Asia and Europe, but those of you in Canada wanting a QWERTY Android phone will be happy to know that the Motorola PRO+ is headed to Bell in Canada on November 7th.
It features a 3.1-inch Gorilla Glass screen, 1GHz processor, a 5MP camera, 1600mAh battery, and Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. The PRO+ is all about security as well. It comes with 25 Exchange ActiveSync security policies – including PIN lock, auto-discovery of Exchange Servers, Extended Device Management API’s and 3LM integration.
Full press release after the break:
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.
Netflix has announced the launch of their newly updated application in the Android Market, made to support Android Honeycomb 3.x tablets. News of this tablet-minded app update comes as especially good news for users in Canada and Latin America, as the app will now extend Android support in those areas for the first time – welcome to the party!
Hit the break to get a link or QR code for this application.
The ultra-thin Motorola RAZR will be made available to Canadians exclusively through Rogers at $149 (with 3-year contract.) This Android 2.3 powered device boasts a Super AMOLED 4.3″ display and is “armed with Kevlar for strength, because a phone this arresting deserves protection.”
Any smitten Canadians should hit the break for a link to this Rogers offer.
Canadian smartphone users have a reason to get excited for some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness as a Samsung GT-I9250M has turned up in the WiFi Alliance Database. The M in the model number means this version is on the road to Canada, but we have no idea what this device will be called. Actually, the fact that it will have WiFi is all we know, but at least Canadian users can get excited for the Oct. 19th event knowing a new Nexus device should be hitting them soon as well. Stay tuned.
Not only is the HTC Amaze going to be available here in the states on Oct. 12th, it will soon land in Canada as well. Telus has just listed the high-end phone as “coming soon” on the Canadian carrier’s website. If you will recall, the Amaze was being called the “Ruby” for a while and has some pretty gem-like specs to boot. Adorning a qHD Super LCD powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor running Android 2.3.4. and HTC Sense. There is an 8MP camera with smile detection and dedicated camera and camcorder buttons on the side. The Amaze will come with NFC capability and will allow users to make mobile payments in the near future. A very feature-packed phone, we suspect it will be a major success.
This is going to be a great Android phone so be sure to check it out in the coming weeks.
The HTC Holiday, also going by the name Raider 4G, should defiantly be coming to Canada before the end of 2011. The Raider could be hitting both Bell Mobility and Rogers and it’s unknown if either will have this device as an exclusive. Reports say the Raider could hit Canada as early as November, so be on the lookout for any news right here. Anyone looking to grab this 4G powerhouse rocking a 1.5GHz dual-core and a 4.5-inch screen?
If you happen to live in any of Canada’s three largest provinces and fall under the umbrella of the Rogers network, you’re certainly in for a treat. LTE went live in a number of markets and the carrier is now touting LTE service availability for over 5.5 million Canadians. That’s pretty big if you ask us. Among these regions, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto can now join the ranks of those experiencing the blazing fast speeds of LTE. And up until now, the only device available for the service was the Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S. Well, all of that is about to change. Thanks to our friends over at MobileSyrup, a complete pricing guide has been revealed, exposing a pretty hefty line up being added to the Rogers arsenal. Among the elite, customers will now be able to get their hands on the upcoming HTC Jetstream, an LTE tablet with WiFi connectivity, a 10″ capacitive touch display, 32 GB of storage and a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU all topped with Honeycomb 3.1. You can also bet your bottom dollar you’ll be able to get a hold of the HTC Scribe digital pen accessory for the perfect blend of functionality and freaking awesomeness. Expect to be able bring this device home with you on October 18th.
In addition to the JetStream, the ever popular and world-wide known device, the Samsung Galaxy S II, will also join the ranks of LTE devices available “in the coming weeks”. Rumor has it that another LTE enabled HTC handset could make it to Rogers as well along with the super ridiculously thin Galaxy Tab 8.9. And thanks to our friends, once again over at MobileSyrup, full price plans have been revealed for their various agreements, one such being a 3-year contract, ouch! Hit the break to check out the full pricing scheme, courtesy of a tipster, and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
Earlier in May at the Google IO conference Google announced a steaming movie rental service for Android phones dubbed “Movies on Android Market.” Android users in the U.S. have been enjoying the luxury of watching HD movies on their mobile devices while Canadians could only wait patiently until the service would become available north of the border. The wait is finally over, yesterday Google announced that the HD rental option would now be available in Canada and will even include many Canadian titles.
To make a rental purchase just head to the Android Market and choose your title from under the movies section. Most range from #3.99 – $4.99. Once a purchase is made Google allows a 30-day a “Rental Grant Period” in which you have until the 30th day to watch your video. After you initially press play you will have only 48 hours to finish watching your movie. To enjoy HD movies on your Android phone or tablet your device must run on OS 2.2 or higher.
Rent HD movies from the Android Market.