The dust is still settling over in Barcelona after the Android-fest that was Mobile World Congress 2012. We saw devices of all shapes and sizes and covering a mass range of budgets, so inevitably one or two devices have flown quietly under the radar. One such device is the ICS toting, LG Optimus L7 which is now winging its way over to Canada by way of Rogers Wireless. Canadian mobile website, mobilesyrup has received a tip suggesting that the device is set to join Rogers “Smartphone Lite” budget phone line-up.
As a quick reminder, the Optimus L7 is a mid-range, Android 4.0 ICS phone with a 4.3″, 480 x 800 display, 1 GHz single-core processor and a 5MP, LED equipped camera. There’s no word on price or launch date just yet however we’ll be sure to update you as soon as there is.
source : mobilesyrup
And Huawei continues its impressive 2012 rampage by giving its Vision U8850 smartphone an appearance here in North America. The phone has been available in select markets since the end of last year, but it was nowhere to be seen in North America until it made a subtle appearance at the Bluetooth SIG website recently. The unit looks to feature an HSDPA 850/1900MHz signal, so it would most likely be featured on AT&T’s sexy 3G network or on Rogers’/Telus/Bell if it’s headed for Canadian boundaries.
The Gingerbread-powered device could make a solid option for some with its decent specs too. You’ll find inside a 1GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, 3.7 inch WVGA display, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5MP rear camera with 720p video recording, VGA front-facing camera, 512MB of RAM, 2GB of ROM, MicroSD card support, and a 1,400 mAh battery. No further news for now, but stay tuned with Talk Android for additional news as we hear it.
source: Bluetooth SIG
via: Unwired View
Canadians are rejoicing today because they are set to receive the awesome Samsung Galaxy Note next month. Best Buy Canada has just confirmed it will unleash the phone to the masses February 14th for a cool $249.99 on a 3-year contract. Considering AT&T is set to release the phone around February 19th in the States, Best Buy’s release date looks to be accurate. Best Buy lists the device will operate with mobile carriers Rogers, Telus and Bell, though pricing information is mysteriously absent for the Rogers version of the phone. No word yet on off-contract pricing, but you can expect it will be around or over the $600 mark. If you’re in Canada and you fancy a Galaxy Note, head on over to your local Best Buy store and pre-order that bad boy today.
source: Mobile Syrup
via: Best Buy
The Galaxy Note was recently announced at CES as coming to AT&T. Well it appears that it will becoming to Canadian carriers as well. According to the Samsung web site it is set to hit “mid-February”. We aren’t 100% sure on the exact day but some careful digging suggests that it will be Thursday February 23rd. There isn’t any detail as what the pricing will be, but it’s for sure that TELUS will be one of the carriers adding this LTE device to their Android line up. I am sure Rogers and Bell will get their hands on this device and as well and we can probably expect an announcement for its availability soon. It appears that the Galaxy Note’s popularity is starting to drift its way over here from overseas as Verizon and Sprint may see their own as well. With that said, look for this device to hit more networks in the coming months and if your curious about this giant device you can check out our hands on with the device. Enjoy!
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?
[via pocketnow by Mobile Syrup]
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.
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?
A tweet sent out yesterday by Rogers asserts that the Candadian based wireless provider will include the world’s first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich device, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in their lineup beginning January 2012 and are now accepting reservations as of today.
“We’ll be adding the #Samsung Galaxy Nexus to our lineup this January! Reserve yours on our Reservation System tomorrow. ^mm”
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.
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.