Fido now offering Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy Ace II x

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Mar 032013
 
Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy Ace II x

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy Ace II x

Fido this week launched two more Android smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and the Samsung Galaxy Ace II x. Neither will be confused for a current flagship device but they come with a much easier price on the wallet.

The Galaxy S II LTE is the more powerful of the two. Sporting LTE connectivity, it comes with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 4.5-inch AMOLED Plus display, 16GB of onboard memory, and an 8MP camera capable of 1080p video capture.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace II x comes with a 1GHz single-core, Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 4-inch WVGA (800×480) display, 4GB of internal memory and a 5MP camera. Unlike the Galaxy S II LTE which is only available in black, the Ace II x is available in either black or white.

Fido is offering the Galaxy S II LTE for CA$50 with a two-year contract or CA$450 outright. As for the Galaxy Ace II x, it is free with a two-year contract or CA$225 outright.

Any takers out there for either of these?

Google Nexus 4 now available at Fido

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Feb 212013
 

Google Nexus 4

After a false start earlier this month, the Google Nexus 4 is now available from Fido. According to MobileSyrup, Fido reserved its first supplies for current customers, allowing them to obtain it through their reservation system. With supplies now improving, the Nexus 4 is now back on its website and available to new customers as well.

Pricing has not changed: Fido will offer the Google Nexus 4 for CA$100 with a two-year contract or CA$425 outright.

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Fido launches Google Nexus 4 (or not)

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Feb 052013
 

Remember the days when the Google Nexus 4 was the most elusive of smartphones? Well, no more. Fido today became the latest Canadian carrier to launch the latest Google Nexus smartphone. It follows Videotron and WIND Mobile who made similar announcements recently.

Your best bet might be to check with your local Fido store in person. Earlier today, Fido’s website showed that shipments would start today but also indicated that it was currently out of stock. If you check back now, it is not even listed anymore and the page instead says “Sorry,the device you are looking for is not available.”

Google Nexus 4 on Fido

It’s not clear at this time when Fido will put the Google Nexus 4 back up on its website. It had promised an “early February” availability in late January.

As for pricing, if what was shown earlier today holds true, it will sell for CA$100 with a two-year contract or CA$425 outright.

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BlackBerry Z10 goes on sale in Canada today

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Feb 052013
 

BlackBerry Z10Just in case you did not already have this date booked in your calendar, the BlackBerry Z10, the first BlackBerry 10 device, goes on sale today. Here is a list of carriers offering it today:

  • Bell: CA$149.95 with a three-year contract
  • Fido: From CA$350 with a two-year contract to CA$600 outright
  • Koodo: From CA$400 with CA$150 Tab to CA$550 outright
  • Rogers: From CA$139.99 with a three-year contract to CA$599.99 with a monthly plan
  • SaskTel: From CA$149.99 with a three-year contract to CA$599.99 outright
  • TELUS: CA$149.99 with a three-year contract / Shipping begins February 12th
  • Virgin Mobile Canada: CA$149.99 with a three-year contract

Mobility, MTS, Videotron and WIND Mobile have also confirmed that they will carry the BlackBerry Z10. They will not launch it today but in the near future.

While the BlackBerry Z10 will be offered in both black and white, the white version may prove difficult to find as initial quantities appear to have been more limited and reserved for those who reserved it ahead of today’s launch.

Google Nexus 4 coming to Fido in “early February”

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Jan 252013
 

Videotron will not be the only Canadian carrier to offer the Google Nexus 4. Fido today added it to its reservation system with an “early February” availability. Reservations require a CA$40 deposit. Device pricing was not announced.

Google Nexus 4 on Fido Reservation System

Google launched the Nexus 4 in October through the Google Play store. It has since been consistently sold out so it remains to be seen how much better carrier availability will be.

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Fido launches Samsung Galaxy S III

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Dec 182012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIIThe Samsung Galaxy S III has claimed another carrier. The latest Canadian carrier to add the Samsung flagship smartphone is Fido.

With Fido having launched its LTE network this summer, it should be no surprise that the Fido version of the Galaxy S III supports LTE and can expect maximum theoretical download speeds of up to 100Mbps and typical download speeds ranging from 12Mbps to 25Mbps.

Fido is offering the 16GB version of Samsung Galaxy S III for CA$400 with a two-year contract or CA$550 outright.

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Fido launches Motorola RAZR HD LTE

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Dec 102012
 

Motorola RAZR HDJust in time for the holidays, Fido today launched the Motorola RAZR HD LTE [product information]. Billed as “the all-day phone,” it promises up to 16 hours of talk-time, 7 hours of YouTube HD shows, 20 hours of streamed music, or six hours of web browsing over LTE.

Delivering amazing all day battery performance on a single charge, the RAZR HD LTE presents everything in stunning HD detail. Movies, photos, and websites shine through in vibrant clarity. This mobile entertainment hub runs on the hyper fast Fido LTE network1, and streams the best of Google – YouTube™, Google Play, free turn-by-turn GPS, voice-to-text and more. RAZR HD LTE packs all this fun into the world’s most compact 4.7” smartphone – so no matter where the day takes you, RAZR HD LTE is always ready to go.

Fido is offering the Motorola RAZR HD LTE for CA$50 with a two-year contract or CA$575 without any contract.

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Fido launches Sony Xperia go

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Nov 152012
 

Sony Xperia goAs promised, the IP67-certified Sony Xperia go [specifications] is now available in Canada. The rugged dust and waterproof mid-level Android smartphone is carried by Fido.

For something that’s such a vital part of life, most smartphones can’t handle life’s little bumps. Now there’s an Android smartphone you never have to worry about. Xperia go is a dust-proof, water-resistant phone. Sure, you can take it on a hike through the rainforest. But it’s made for less dramatic challenges. Like a drop into the flour while you’re baking, a “surprise” dive into the fishbowl and whatever else daily life has in store.

Fido is offering the Sony Xperia go in black or white for free with a two-year contract or CA$300 with no term.

If a livelier colour is your thing, Sony Stores (including their online one) are carrying an unlocked version of the Xperia go in yellow. It sells for CA$299.99.

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Water resistant Sony Xperia go coming to Canada in November

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Oct 242012
 

Sony Xperia goSony Mobile Communications today announced that the water resistant Sony Xperia go was coming to Canada in November. With its IP67 rating, it can survive being immersed for up to 30 minutes in up to 1 meter of water and is dust-proof.

“The Xperia go is the ideal smartphone for the everyday user looking for a device that can keep up with their lifestyle regardless of whether it rains or shines,” said Peter Farmer, VP Marketing for Sony Mobile Communications. “This phone has the highest level of dust and water resistance in its category and we feel many consumers will appreciate its durability and uncompromised performance.”

Sony Xperia go specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz dual-core NovaThor U8500
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Cellular connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSPA
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA
  • Display: 3.5-inch HVGA (320×480) with Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • Input: Capacitive multitouch with “Wet finger tracking”
  • Memory: 512MB RAM
  • Storage: 8GB onboard and microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP AF with LED flash and 720 HD video capture
  • Front-facing camera: None
  • Connectors: 3.5mm audio jack, micro-USB
  • Battery: 1,305mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 111 x 60.3 x 9.8 millimeters / 110 grams
  • Other: Dust and water protected (IP67 certification), Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited

The Sony Xperia go will come preloaded with Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited apps from Sony Entertainment Network. Sony also offers up 50GB of cloud storage through Box completely free.

The Sony Xperia go will be available through Fido and exclusively at Sony Stores in a limited edition yellow starting in November. Pricing and specific availability details were not revealed.

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Apple iPhone 5 goes on sale

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Sep 212012
 

Today is the day that the Apple iPhone 5 goes on sale. Hopefully you pre-ordered it or are already in a line-up (or even already have it) as Apple looks to have another record seller on its hands. It received 2 million pre-orders in the first 24 hours alone and online orders now show availability in three to four weeks.

In Canada, the iPhone 5 is available directly from Apple. The 16GB model sells for CA$699.00, the 32GB for CA$799.00, and the 64GB for CA$899.00. It will be tied to a carrier upon purchase.

Carrier pricing starts at CA$179 (or a few pennies more) for the 16GB model with a three-year contract. The 32GB model sells for CA$279 and the 64GB one for CA$379, again with three-year contracts. Bell, Fido, Koodo, Rogers, TELUS and Virgin Mobile are all selling it as of today.

It will also be available from a number of retailers such as Best Buy.

MTS and SaskTel will both launch the iPhone 5 on October 28th.

In the US, it sells for US$199 for the 16GB model, US$299 for the 32GB model and US$399 for the new 64GB model with a two-year contract through AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon.

Where to pre-order your Apple iPhone 5 in Canada

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Sep 142012
 

Apple iPhone 5Have you pre-ordered your iPhone 5 yet? If you chose sleep over staying up until 03:01 AM EST, here is where you can pre-order it:

  • Apple: Unlocked starting at CA$699 for the 16GB model
  • Bell: Starting at CA$179.95 with a three-year contract for the 16GB model
  • Fido: Only the 16GB model is offered at at CA$179.00 with a three-year contract
  • Koodo: Not available yet
  • Rogers: Starting at CA$179.00 with a three-year contract for the 16GB model
  • TELUS: Starting at CA$179.00 with a three-year contract for the 16GB model
  • Virgin Mobile: Starting at CA$179.95 with a three-year contract for the 16GB model

Pricing for the 32GB and 64GB models comes in at CA$279 and CA$379 respectively, both with a three-year contract.

If you choose to skip the pre-order step, the iPhone 5 will be available as of September 21st. Be prepared for to line up for it though.

Apple iPhone 5 pre-orders start at 12:01 AM PST September 14th

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Sep 132012
 

Apple iPhone 5Yesterday, Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 and announced that it would begin to take pre-orders on September 14th for Canada and the U.S. (and a number of other countries). The only missing detail was exactly what time would pre-orders begin. We now know that they will start at 12:01AM PDT (or 03:00AM EST).

It will be possible to pre-order the Apple iPhone 5 either directly through Apple or via Canadian carriers that are confirmed launch partners, namely Bell, Fido, Koodo, Rogers, TELUS, and Virgin Mobile.

If staying up late to place your pre-order is not your cup of tea, you will be able to pick up the iPhone 5 starting on September 21st. Be prepared to wait in line though…

The Apple iPhone 5 will sell for CA$699 for the 16GB model, CA$799 for the 32GB model, and CA$899 for the 64GB model with no contract directly from Apple.

Update: Bell has given us the first clue as to contract pricing in Canada. It will start at CA$179.95 with a three-year contract presumably for the 16GB model.

Bell pricing for Apple iPhone 5

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Apple iPhone 5 coming to Canada September 21st

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Sep 122012
 

Apple iPhone 5As expected, Apple today announced the iPhone 5. During the presentation, it also confirmed that it will be coming to a number of Canadian carriers. With support for LTE as well as HSPA+ and 42Mbps DC-HSPA+, Apple confirmed that Bell, Fido, Koodo, Rogers, TELUS, and Virgin Mobile would all carry it starting on September 21st.

The Apple iPhone 5 will sell for CA$699 for the 16GB model, CA$799 for the 32GB model, and CA$899 for the 64GB model with no contract. Pre-orders will begin on September 14th with availability to follow starting on September 21th. Bell, Rogers, and Virgin Mobile have already confirmed that they’ll take pre-orders through their sites as well.

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Fido launches LTE network

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Aug 302012
 

FidoFollowing up on its announcement earlier this summer, Fido, Rogers Communications’ flanker brand, today announced the launch of its LTE network. It currently covers Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and St. John’s, and their surrounding areas. Coverage will be rolled out to more areas in the coming months. Customers can expect maximum theoretical download speeds of up to 100Mbps and typical download speeds ranging from 12Mbps to 25Mbps for most devices.

Fido also announced its first LTE device, the Fido Mobile Hotspot which let you create a Wi-Fi hotspot wherever you are. LTE SIMs will also be available for customers who want to bring their own LTE devices to Fido. Smartphones will follow later this year.

Fido’s flexible data rate plans start at CA$22 for up to 100MB and top out at CA$92 for up to 9GB.

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Fido and Rogers Wireless launch HTC Desire C

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Jul 262012
 

HTC Desire CFido and Rogers Wireless today launched the HTC Desire C, an entry-level Android 4.0 smartphone.

The HTC Desire™ C brings the power of Android™ 4.0 in a compact, stylish, affordable smartphone. Beats Audio™ integration provides studio quality sound for enjoying music and video while a 5MP camera lets you snap high quality photos and videos.

Fido is offering the HTC Desire C in either red or white for CA$30 with a two-year contract or CA$200 with no contract. For its part, Rogers is offering it in red for CA$0.01 with a three-year contract or CA$199.99 with no contract. You can order it online from Fido; Rogers is not yet taking online orders but you can visit one of their store locations.

The HTC Desire C is also available from SaskTel and Virgin Mobile Canada.

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