Telus is almost ready to flip the switch on their highly anticipated LTE Network and first up for devices to rock super fast speeds is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. You can check out our review of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 (WiFi Only) here if you haven’t already. We like to tout the device as being a happy medium for those wanting more than a 7-inch offering but less than a 10.1-inch model. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this slim power-horse of a tablet. Up until now, it was hard to find the prospective price for the almost released device but it looks like now we can expect it to be a whopping $649.99. We’re surprised your first born is not required as well. In any event, the device packs pretty impressive specs sporting a dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU on a beautiful 8.9-inch 1280 x 800 res display. There’s also a 3 mp camera and 2 mp front facing camera accompanied by a generous 6100 mAh battery. Your standard Wifi and Bluetooth are all there wrapped up in a 453 gram 8.9 mm housing. Even with LTE on board, this thing is still one of the slimmest devices around. The tab will come with Android Honeycomb 3.2 and also supports HSPA+ 21Mbps when you’re not in an LTE coverage area.
Good news for you Canadian readers who have Telus as their wireless carrier. Telus has just released an app in the Android Market that works in conjunction with thier Optik TV service and allows users the ability to watch select content on their mobile devices. Channel selection is a bit limited at this time but currently you can tune in to HBO, YTV, Baby TV, two Disney stations, and a few more. Whats neat is that the service doesn’t end with mobile devices either, Telus also offers an online portal for any web-enabled device. You can even watch Optik TV with your Xbox Kinect, gestures and voice included.
Once Telus’ LTE service kicks off, you can bet this app will be a hoot. Imagine watching your favorite HBO shows on the go without the streaming lag-time associated with 3G service. I imagine LTE should hit Telus soon, more than likely alongside the Galaxy Note launch in the middle February.
If you’re a Telus customer and want to go get the download, I’ve included a couple handy links after the break. While you’re there, you might as well check out the promo video for the Optik TV app, too!
Last year we saw the LG Optimus LTE get launched on Bell Mobility, and now it looks as if the flagship device is headed to TELUS as well. The Canadian carrier’s website has outed the device as model number LTE P935, which varies slightly from Bell’s P930 model number. To you U.S. folks, you might be more familiar with the device as the LG Nitro HD which launched on AT&T late last year. Also, LG recently announced that the device has already sold over 1 million units worldwide.
We don’t have any pricing or availability yet because TELUS has yet to announce the device’s official confirmation. When it does, you can probably expect the price to fall somewhere around $99 on contract just to be competitive with their rival Bell Mobility. Stay tuned because as soon as we hear more we will definitely let you know.
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
We’ve gotten a number of emails from our friends up north telling us they received the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread update for the Telus HTC Desire HD, The enhancements include:
- HTC Sense 3.0 (improved Calendar, Messages, Camera, Gallery, Music, Weather, Lock Screen, Reader, and more)
- HTC Watch – Rent or buy the latest movies and/or shows
- Google Video Chat
- Improved stability
If you haven’t received the update yet, you can check to see if you can manually pull it by going to Settings/About Phone/System Updates. Please let us know in the comments if you received the update and how things are working.
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.
Pic courtesy of MobileSyrup
Telus has recently made the official announcement of the arrival of the HTC Amaze 4G. Word over at mobilesyrup is that the device will be landing on Nov 4th and will run you $99.99 for a 3 yr contract (yikes!), $499.99 for a 2 year contract (damn!) and $549.99 on a 1 yr contract. By the time you’re done with this contract the Android version will be on some pastry that starts with a “Z” and will house an octo-core CPU by a company that hasn’t even begun its start up yet. In any event, if you have to be stuck with a device for a long period of time, the Amaze might be the one for you. If you haven’t already, check out our un-boxing of the device along with our full review as well. Take note in the review of the fantastic camera HTC has implemented here. Just to reiterate, the device sports a dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU, a 4.3-inch qHD display (960 x 540), an 8 meg camera, 2 meg front facer, WiFi and a nicely sized 1730 mAh battery to keep you going. And of course, the device will run Android’s Gingerbread 2.3.4 with the possibility of some day getting Ice Cream Sandwich.
If you’ll recall, the Samsung Galaxy S II aka Hercules was caught on video with the small know how of it heading to Telus. Well, Telus made it official and says you’ll have the device on October 28th. The carrier made the news public with a huge banner on their website. The device will be dubbed the “Samsung Galaxy S II X”. No word on specific pricing however, it appears you can snag the device for a 3 yr agreement at $99. Geez, I’ll never get used to hearing about 3 year agreements. As a reminder, the device sports a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, an 8 meg camera capable of capturing 1080p videos, 2 meg front facing camera for chatting it up along with your typical standards such as WiFi and Bluetooth. Feel free to drop a comment or two below. The real question is….Will this device see ICS?