Fido, a subsidiary of Rogers Wireless in Canada has announced that they’ll be adding a few hefty smartphones to the lineup, sparing nothing in the spec department. Among their arsenal of handsets, they’ll now have the privileged and honor of adding devices like the LG Optimus 2X, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro and last but not least, the Samsung Galaxy Q. No word yet on pricing, however, according to Android Central, providers of the pics above and below, we could expect the devices to come in around the $100 mark. This is due in part as a result of the carrier usually not selling devices above that price tag. Sounds like a deal to us. Stay tuned to TA as we dig a little deeper and retrieve the final word as far as release dates and pricing go. And as always, feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below. Hit the break for another screen shot and confirmation. » Read the rest
The EVO 3D is already up for pre-order with Rogers, but the best news is that it will come with an unlocked bootloader. Rogers said the following: “Yes, our HTC EVO 3D will have an unlocked bootloader”
If you remember, HTC promised to unlock bootloaders, but was unable to accomplish it for the EVO 3D and Sensation because of the timing of their respective launches. Here in the U.S., we will have to wait until August/September so we are jealous, but this is good news for our fellow Canadians and kudos to HTC for making it happen.
Rogers is going to be bringing the first 3D smartphones to Canada, and right now, they’re available for pre-order through Rogers’ website until July 23rd. The Rogers Redboard however doesn’t make it very easy for existing customers to find where exactly to reserve either device, as this is all it says;
UPDATE (July 16, 2011, 9:21 pm): Existing Rogers customers can now reserve their HTC EVO 3D or LG Optimus 3D on the Rogers Reservation System until July 23rd. Login to MyRogers and reserve your device today to be amongst the first to experience Canada’s first 3D smartphones. We are glad to offer this exclusive service for Rogers customers. Please reserve yours by July 23rd .
After going to the site myself, I was unable to find any area that allowed a reservation for the HTC or LG 3D smartphones after signing in to my account as going to the ‘MyRogers’ area as stipulated. Hopefully they give a little more direction, as the site isn’t the easiest to navigate around.
Rogers Wireless is about to unleash the first 3D smartphones to hit Canada with the launch of the HTC EVO 3D and the LG Optimus 3D. Pricing hasn’t been released, nor has a specific launch date, but no doubt like many other new smartphones, they’ll both be priced around $99.99 at launch with a new three year contract.
The HTC EVO 3D has a 4.3inch qHD display touchscreen with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The LG Optimus 3D (also known at AT&T as the LG Thrill 4G) has a 4.3inch screen as well with a dual-core processor, dual memory and dual channel, all running Android 2.2 Froyo. Both smartphones have dual 5 megapixel cameras on the backside.
All major carriers in Canada will be launching the Nexus S over the next few weeks, and Rogers prices have been released, which should more or less set the standard for pricing across Canada for others to follow. Prices are shown in the flyer above, and place the Nexus S at $499.99 outright, $449.99 on a month to month or 1 year plan, and finally $99.99 on the introductory price with a 3 year contract.
You may also notice in the flyer that it says the 3 year contract would be $349.99 normally, which we hope Rogers doesn’t do because that is insanity! Don’t worry though, if Rogers does that eventually, it’ll only open the door wider for places like Videotron and Telus to mark it much lower and thus…steal customers.
Rogers, you so funny sometimes!
Looks like Rogers is somewhat starting to listen to its customers who are tired of having to wait for their upgrade option after 24 months. Anyone who has had to wait that long knows how painful it can be to see your ‘ then awesome’ device wither away in tech land as Rogers, and all other carriers, release new killer devices every 3 months that kick the crap out of your now ‘has been’ smartphone.
The deal looks something like a buy out deal where if you want a new device, you simply pay a small fee for every month you have remaining on your existing one. So 13 months left may cost you $130-$195 plus the cost of the new phone on a new contract. It’s not great, but it’s better than paying the full price without a contract, which usually winds up around the $500 mark nowadays.
What do you think? Would you take advantage of it?
Rogers Wireless has finally jumped on the bandwagon of carriers lowering the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab down to $299.99 on a 3 year contract. Even though this is a lower price, it’s still pretty pricey considering that the Galaxy Tab has 2 more models coming out with much better specs that this original, on top of that, there are going to be a giant amount of tablets being made available to Canada this year. If you really want a tablet, it would be advisable to hold on a little while longer, as this will lock you into a 3 year contract with an already outdated piece of hardware.
I have a better idea Rogers, get rid of the 3 year contract, and put this price at the maximum under a 2 year. In 3 years time, this tablet will look like an Etch-a-Sketch compared to whats available on the market when they’re finally good to buy another tablet.
[via Rogers Wireless]
We know that the Xperia Play will be hitting Verizon in the U.S, as well as O2 in the UK, but we haven’t heard much about where else it may be heading. Rogers Canada will be launching the Xperia Play this Spring as well, but we now see that the Xperia Play is htting the FCC again for GSM approval. More specifically, for GSM bands 900/2100MHz 3G, which are used in Asia and Europe more than other parts of the world.
Makes you wonder where the Xperia Play will be launching next, seeing as it’s getting FCC approval for Global GSM bands.
Guess what Dell Streak 5 owners with AT&T or Rogers Canada…you’re the next to get Froyo! Both carriers are sending it out to your devices right now as we read this article, giving the Dell Streak 5 the much needed, looooooong awaited update bringing the Streak back into usefulness.
The update will bring many features to it including Dell’s Stage UI, Flash support and many, many apps from the Market that you only dreamed you could ever use, until now! Check your updates in your ‘Settings’ menu now, you may have a nice surprise waiting!
After finally getting Android 2.2 out to Samsung Captivate customers under Rogers Wireless in Canada, Samsung has decided its time to release the source code so all can see what’s under the hood. Head on over and download it to have a peek, just be sure to search for model number “SGH-i896″ under the mobile section.
[via Samsung Open Source]