The LG Optimus Chat is a new entry-level portrait QWERTY slider that is heading to Telus. It is a lot like an Optimus One, but with a keyboard. It features a 2.8-inch 320 x 240 screen, 3MP camera, and a 600MHz processor.
Telus also announced they will be carrying the Optimus Black soon, and it will be branded as their Skype phone. It will include some credit and direct billing if you need more credit. The Optimus Black has a 1GHz OMAP 3630 processor, a 5MP camera, and a 4-inch (800 x 580) screen. That bad news is that it is still at Android 2.2 Froyo, but hopefully it will be upgraded soon.
Check out the video to see both in action.
Canadian carrier TELUS, has informed MobileSyrup that a Gingerbread update should be arriving sometime in the Spring for the HTC Desire and Desire HD. Meanwhile, they have also stated that an official Froyo update will be rolling around “very soon” for the Motorola Milestone. The company has also promised update plans for the Samsung Galaxy Apollo to receive Froyo in the Spring and Gingerbread to the LG Shine Plus by summer’s end. The LG Shine Plus will most likely skip Froyo and directly receive the Gingerbread update from Eclair, which I’m sure no one will argue with.
HTC has already confirmed that the Desire series devices will receive the Gingerbread update sometime in Q2. So, hopefully TELUS customers can rest assured that they’re not too far behind. Furthermore, the European Milestone received their Froyo update today, hopefully confirming all the more that TELUS models are up to bat next. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Candian cellular carrier TELUS has good news for all of those northern neighbors of ours who are looking for a good speed fix: the Samsung Galaxy S 4G will soon be launching on the carrier. This will be Canada’s first cellphone to usher in the faster speeds of 4G service, so it’ll be interesting to see how the speeds fare. Are any of our Canadian readers getting amped up for the arrival of the faster data speeds? Let us know in the comments! Full release announcement after the break.
As of February 15th, Telus will begin selling its’ devices with the ability to unlock the SIMs on most handsets they carry. This is a great way to retain customers, because to take advantage of the offer, you need to have a good account standing with Telus for a minimum of 90 days. The unlock will only cost you $50, and will work for both GSM and iDEN devices. Smart.
Samsung has released the Android 2.2 source code for the Samsung Fascinate 3G+ on the Telus network, and its now available for download. This source code will be good to veiw and develop working ROM’s for the other Samsung Galaxy S devices, specifically the Vibrant for its similarities. Head on over to Samsung Open Source Release Center to download, make sure you enter the model number “SGH-T959D”.
[via Samsung Open Source]
The HTC Desire HD, a beast of an Android phone that has yet to make it to the North American continent, has been approved by the FCC. The FCC approval documented a device with model number PD98120 that supports WCDMA Bands II and V, which means it can be used on AT&T, Bell, Telus, and Rogers.
Since it has already been rumored that Telus would receive the HTC Desire HD, this recent FCC approval only supports that theory even more.
Canadian owners of the Samsung Vibrant and Fascinate can be happy finally as Samsung has made the Froyo update available for users on Telus, Sasktel, Vrigin Mobile and Bell Canada!
Let’s hope that Samsung hasn’t included any other bugs in this update as the last Froyo update was pulled by Samsung after hearing about issues with microSD storage. The update should be available through Samsung Kies software for the Galaxy S family. Enjoy!
Who wants Froyo? If you’re a Samsung Vibrant or Fascinate user in Canada, chances are your hand is up right now. Fortunately, it looks like Samsung Canada wants to help you out, as they now have a 2.2 update for:
- Bell Samsung Vibrant
- Virgin Mobile Samsung Vibrant
- SaskTel Samsung Vibrant
- Telus Samsung Fascinate
The update, as per usual, comes to us via Kies, and should come without the bugs from the last round of updates that killed off the MicroSD storage card. So check out Kies and see if you’ve got the upgrade, and be sure to let us know the results in the comments below.
It seems that the HTC Desire HD is finally headed to Canadian soil, and it’s doing so via Telus. The folks over at Mobile Syrup are reporting that the Desire HD will land possibly as early as January or February of 2011. There’s no word yet about the price, but in terms of specs you’ll get a 4.3-inch LCD screen, 1GHz Snapdragon chip, and an 8MP camera.
We’ll be sure to let you know once pricing and availability has been announced, so stay tuned.
Who doesn’t love a good sale? If you’re up in Canada, you’re in luck, as the Samsung Fascinate, one of Samsung’s many Galaxy S handsets (and a pawn in their plot to rule the universe) is coming to TELUS on November 10th. Rumors are speculating the device will be available for $149.99 on a 3-year plan, or $529.99 if you have commitment issues. We also know via the leaked screenshot above that initial quantities will be limited, so you may want to rush out early on the 10th (tomorrow) to get yours. The Fascinate has a 4″ Super AMOLED screen and Android 2.1, with an expected upgrade to Froyo in the near future.