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?
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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.
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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?
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.
Telus has put the official “coming soon” label on the Galaxy S II X, aka Hercules. The tentative date is going to be October 19th. No word on price yet, but that’s not very long to wait. As a reminder GSII X has a 4.5-inch (800 x 480) screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 1850mAh battery, Android 2.3.5, and could possibly reach peak download speeds of up to 42Mbps. We posted a hands-on with the device back in September. be sure to check it out here.
We already know that the Samsung Galaxy S II X (aka Hercules) is coming soon to TELUS, but we want to see more. Well our friends at Mobilesyrup got some hands on time with it recently.
As a quick reminder this baby has a 4.5-inch (800 x 480) screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 1850mAh battery, Android 2.3.5, and could possibly reach peak download speeds of up to 42Mbps.
We still don’t have pricing or exactly when you will be able to get your hands on one, but for now check out the video
We have already seen pictures of the HTC Amaze (aka Ruby), but now we have a stunning press shot. The Amaze 4G is rumored to launch October 26th on T-Mobile USA, and it’s expected to be available internationally under the same name. There are also rumors that it will land on Telus in Canada within a few weeks.
The Amaze 4G will have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera, and NFC. We have seen it in both black and white, but we are not sure which version T-Mobile will get.
You know white phones are getting popular when a phone’s title is “black,” but it is offered in white. The Optimus Black, which released on Telus back in July as the “Skype Edition,” will now have a white sibling. Other than the color, it is the exact same device, and no they will not call it the Optimus White. Speaking of that, maybe some day they will come out with an Optimus White and later release a black version.
Pricing will be the same; free for a 3-year contract or $399.99 off contract.
Those of you with a Telus Samsung Fascinate, here’s a little something to help you combat your case of the Mondays. The official Android 2.3 Gingerbread update is available, bringing with it all those ginger goodies plus better battery life. If you’ve already started spamming your update button, stop, the update is only available for download through Telus’s website. Hit the source for update instructions.