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.
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
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.
While Samsung and Apple battle over the Australian release of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Canadians may now begin weighing offers from Rogers, TELUS and other retailers for this Android Honeycomb device. Although technically it had been available before this point, the new carrier release versions allow users to connect the tab over WiFi or 21 Mbps HSPA+ and thus ultimately it becomes so much more attractive.
Rogers is selling the tablet for $350 with 3-year contract or if you’re not the commitment type, you can buy it out-right for $680. TELUS meanwhile offers no contracts, but various data plans and a pricetag of $650 for the device.
Hit the break for links to these Rogers and TELUS offerings.
A few days after announcing their 4G LTE expansion, Rogers is now taking online reservations for LTE devices.
Right now you will find the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE as well as the as the Rogers LTE Rocketstick (Sierra Wireless Aircard 745S) available for a reservation fee of $40 per device. Three additional LTE devices are expected by the end of the year including a yet to be named LTE tablet as well as an LTE HTC phone (pricing for the LTE devices hasn’t been announced yet).
Ottawa currently has Rogers 4G LTE service but Toronto is scheduled to go live on September 28th with Montreal and Vancouver added by years end.
Keep checking back as we’ll be sure to post updates on the device pricing when we receive it!
The Samsung i727 device has passed the FCC and may become AT&T’s first LTE offering on their upcoming 4G network. The device shares the same A3LSGHi727 Rogers’ Galaxy S II LTE model number and is therefore rumored to be the upgraded version of AT&T’s recently announced 4G-less Galaxy S II device. With so few details available, some have also speculated that it could be one of Samsung’s recently announced Galaxy R devices or perhaps even the Impulse we showed you last week.
It may serve us best to put the guessing aside and play wait-and-see on this one, but I’d much prefer if you’d leave a comment with your thoughts.
Today Roger’s annouced that their LTE network will go live for Toronto on September 28th. Toronto will be the second of four cities to receive LTE following Ottawa, with Montreal and Vancouver being added by the year’s end. Currently, Roger’s only LTE device is the Sierra Wireless Rocket Stick (AirCard 313U), but that’s about to change. Rogers revealed that five LTE devices will be available by the end of the year, which include the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, Sierra Wireless AirCard754S, a yet to be named LTE enabled tablet, and an LTE HTC phone.
No word yet on monthly plan pricing for these smartphones, but huge news regardless!