Android Jelly Bean rolling out to Mobilicity and WIND Mobile Galaxy Note II

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Feb 262013
 
Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung Galaxy Note II

The Canadian Samsung Galaxy Note II Jelly Bean upgrade rollout began earlier this month. As expected, the rollout has been phased with some carriers getting it before others. There is good news today for Galaxy Note II owners on the Mobilicity and WIND Mobile networks as notifications have begun to pop up on their devices.

The Google Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update also includes Samsung’s Multi Window function as well as Chinese language support.

As usual, you will be able to check manually to see if the upgrade is available yet: Settings -> About phone -> System Updates -> Check now.

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Sony Xperia ZL coming to Canadian carriers “this Spring”

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Feb 142013
 

Sony Xperia ZLSony Mobile confirmed back at CES 2013 that the Xperia ZL would launch in Canada but gave no further details. It announced today that it will launch with a number of Canadian carriers this spring. Bell, Mobilicity, MTS, Rogers, Videotron and WIND Mobile will all begin launching the device starting in April.

“With the highest screen to phone size ratio available today, the Xperia ZL represents over half of a century worth of Sony innovation in TV, imaging, music, film, gaming and design.” said Peter Farmer, Vice President of Marketing North America, Sony Mobile Communications. “Loaded with Sony’s One-touch functions and media applications, the Xperia ZL will provide an unparalleled entertainment experience whether on-the-go or as a central device within the home.”

While the Xperia ZL will launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Sony Mobile has already confirmed that an upgrade to 4.2 is in the works. There are no details as to when it will be released though.

The Sony Xperia ZL was unveiled at CES 2013 alongside the Xperia Z. There is no official word yet that Sony will launch the latter in Canada alongside the Xperia ZL.

Details such as pricing were not announced today. It is likely that individual carriers will announce these details when we get closer to the launch.

Canadian Samsung Galaxy Note II Jelly Bean upgrade rollout begins Wednesday

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Feb 042013
 

There was good news from Samsung Canada yesterday among all the tweets about the Super Bowl and The Next Big Thing. The Canadian arm of the manufacturer announced that the Jelly Bean upgrade for the Galaxy Note II would begin rolling out on Wednesday, February 6th:

As you can see from the tweet, it will include Samsung’s Multi Window function as well as Chinese language support.

While Samsung did not provide additional details, the rollout will likely be staggered by carrier (as we have seen in the past). With the Note II carried by Bell, Mobilicity, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, Videotron, and WIND Mobile, it may be a few more days at least before everyone sees it on their device. As usual, you will be able to check manually to see if the upgrade is available yet: Settings -> About phone -> System Updates -> Check now.

Read more: Samsung Canada [via Twitter]

BlackBerry 10 coming soon to Koodo, Mobilicity and WIND Mobile

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Jan 112013
 
RIM BlackBerry

It is now easier to list the Canadian carriers not planning to launch BlackBerry 10 devices than the ones who are. Koodo, Mobilicity and WIND Mobile today all confirmed their intention to offer BlackBerry 10 smartphones soon. As with Bell, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, and Virgin Mobile, no specific details were provided – We can expect those after Research In Motion’s announcement on January 30th.

Koodo made their announcement via a Facebook exclusive: “The new BlackBerry 10 is coming soon to Koodo!” Mobilicity and WIND Mobile confirmed their intent via emails sent to MobileSyrup.

Research In Motion will unveil its BlackBerry 10 smartphones (an all-touch and one with a QWERTY keyboard) in only 19 days. The devices are expected to hit the street shortly after.

Read more: Koodo Mobile [via Facebook] and MobileSyrup

Mobilicity to let Torontonians call from inside a giant snow globe

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Dec 192012
 

MobilicityHave you ever made a call from inside a giant 24-foot snow globe? If the answer is ‘no’ but it’s something on your bucket list, you will have your chance to scratch it off that list on Friday, December 21st and Saturday, December 22nd thanks to Mobilicity. All Torontonians are invited to come down and call loved ones across Canada and abroad from their giant snow globe.

While the holiday season is a time of joy, for those who can’t celebrate with out-of-town loved ones, it can be a time of loneliness. According to new research, the majority (62%) of Canadians miss their loved ones more around the holiday season. The survey also found that 73 per cent said if they can’t be with friends or family over the holidays, hearing their voices over the telephone is the next best thing.

The event will take place at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square from 11:30 to 20:00 on Friday and again from 09:30 to 19:30 on Saturday.

There is no word on whether Mobilicity will take its giant snow globe to its other markets.

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Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.1 update headed to Mobilicity, Videotron and WIND starting Friday

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Dec 132012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIICanada’s Android 4.1 update rollout began early last week with Bell, Rogers and TELUS users getting their upgrades. Samsung Canada today announced that the upgrade will begin rolling out to Mobilicity, Videotron and WIND Mobile users on Friday, December 14th:

The rollout will be staggered and continue into next week, meaning that it may be a few more days before you receive your update notification. You can also check manually by selecting About phone > System updates > Check Now in the Settings.

It looks like Samsung will make good on its promise to have its Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean updates out before the holidays. As for Note users, it appears that the wait will go on a bit longer.

Read more: Samsung Canada [via Twitter]

Mobilicity releases RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790

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Dec 022012
 

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790Not every device that a carrier launches is the latest and greatest device to just have been announced. Case in point: Mobility has just released the venerable RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 [product information].

The BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone combines the iconic BlackBerry design with a compact, lightweight form factor that fits beautifully in your hand or pocket. Enjoy responsive touch, smooth rendering and fluid animations—all on a stunning touch display. Paired with the BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard, you’ll have the flexibility to power through your day without any hesitation.

Introduced a year ago, it is powered by BlackBerry 7.1. As with other BlackBerry 7.x devices, it will not be upgraded to BlackBerry 10.

Mobilicity is offering the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 for CA$299.99 with no contract.

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Mobilicity outlines 2013 Golden Horseshoe network expansion plans

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Nov 212012
 

MobilicityMobilicity today revealed its plan to grow its wireless coverage in 2013. Multiple launches next year will take place across Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe region. By September 2013, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa will have launched with Milton, Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton/Stoney Creek to follow by December 2013.

“To the hardworking people living in Oshawa, Hamilton and everywhere in between, we want to let you know that your days of being overcharged for wireless are numbered,” said Lyons. “Mobilicity is on its way. Our engineering team has been working on network builds in your areas and we’re looking for new dealers and employees to help us deliver the value you deserve through Mobilicity’s no-contract, affordable unlimited data, talk and text service.”

There is no word yet on Mobilicity’s plans (if any) for expansion in the other regions it operates (Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Vancouver).

Last month, Mobilicity upgraded its network to HSPA+.

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James Bond’s Sony Xperia T now available in Canada

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Nov 142012
 

Sony Xperia TJames Bond has had his for a while; now Canadians can get their hands on the Sony Xperia T as well. It will come preloaded with exclusive Bond content such as behind the scenes footage, clips, wallpapers, ring tones, and more.

The following carriers offer it:

  • Bell: From CA$99.95 with a three-year contract to CA$549.95 with no term
  • Mobilicity: Not available yet
  • MTS: Not available yet
  • Rogers: From CA$99.99 with a three-year contrac to CA$524.99 on a month-to-month plan
  • Vidéotron: Not available yet

Bell, MTS and Rogers will offer the LTE model while Mobilicity and Vidéotron will offer the HSPA+ model.

We will update this post as carriers make the Sony Xperia T available on their websites.

Samsung Galaxy Note II now available from Mobilicity

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Nov 042012
 

Samsung Galaxy Note IIAvailability of the Samsung Galaxy Note II [specifications] continues to improve in Canada. It is now available from Mobilicity in both Marble White and Titanium Grey.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II sets a new standard for on-the-go work and entertainment with advanced one-handed operation, an intuitive S Pen™, and one of the largest HD screens available on a smartphone. This sleek powerhouse boasts a quad-core processor, LTE capability, a long-life battery, and a suite of features to help you create, share, and collaborate in new ways.

Mobilicity is offering the Samsung Galaxy Note II for CA$659.99 with no contract.

Read more: Mobilicity [in Marble White] and Mobilicity [in Titanium Grey]

Samsung Galaxy Note II launches in Canada today

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Oct 302012
 

Samsung Galaxy Note IISamsung Canada today launched the Galaxy Note II with multiple Canadian carriers. Finding it though in a store may be a bit of an adventure challenge as Samsung warned that it will be scarce for a few weeks:

Today Samsung marks the official release of the GALAXY Note II, our latest premium Smartphone and the Next Big Thing in mobile communication devices. We are working hard to get inventory to all of our carrier and retail partners, however in-store availability will be scarce until we get our full supply to stores over the next two weeks. Thank you for your patience and love for the GALAXY Note II.

A number of Canadian carriers will offer the Samsung Galaxy Note II. These are Bell, Mobilicity, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, Videotron, and WIND Mobile. So far, it looks like you can only order online from Bell and Rogers. TELUS went as far as removing its coming October 30th notice and replacing it with a “coming soon” one.

Pricing starts at CA$199.95 with a three-year contract. Bell also offers it with no contract for CA$729.95 while Rogers also sells it for CA$649.99 month-to-month.

Did you manage to snag one today?

Read more: Samsung Canada [via Facebook]

Mobilicity 4G HSPA+ network goes live

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Oct 302012
 

MobilicityMobilicity today announced that network upgrades are complete and that its network now supports “4G speeds of up to 21Mbps.” It also unveiled two new Premium Data offerings for heavy data users.

“Mobilicity has the most affordable 4G data service in Canada, said Mobilicity President and Chief Operating Officer Stewart Lyons. “Now, Canadians can enjoy premium data simply by adding it onto to any regular Mobilicity rate plan for only $20 a month – less than a dollar a day.”

While Mobilicity’s data plans remain unlimited, its basic and basic stick data plans now come with a 6GB threshold above which data speeds may be reduced. Its new Premium Data Add-On raises that limit to 20GB of data per month for an additional CA$20 per month.

Mobilicity also launched the Huawei E366 Premium Data Stick along with the new Premium Mobile Data Internet Plan (CA$50 per month). It also provides 20GB of data at Mobilicity’s fastest speeds each month. The Huawei E366 Premium Data Stick is available for CA$79.99.

Mobilicity first announced plans to upgrade its network to 4G back in the summer.

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James Bond’s Sony Xperia T coming to Canada in November

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Oct 172012
 

Sony Xperia TSony Mobile Communications today announced that the Sony Xperia T will launch in Canada in November with a number of Canadian carriers. Featured in James Bond’s latest adventure, Skyfall, it will come preloaded with exclusive Bond content including behind the scenes footage, clips, wallpapers, ring tones, and more.

“Entertainment is in our DNA and the Xperia T is the latest example,” said Peter Farmer, Vice President of Marketing for North America, Sony Mobile Communications. “Offering stylish design, easy connectivity and access to premium entertainment anywhere, anytime, the Bond phone will soon be available to Canadians.”

Sony Xperia T (LT30p) specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8260A
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Cellular connectivity: HSPA+ / EDGE / GPRS
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS, 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz) Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 3.1, DLNA, NFC
  • Display: 4.55-inch HD (1280×720) Reality Display
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB
  • Storage: 16GB and microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 13MP with 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: with 720p video capture
  • Battery: 1,850mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 129.4 x 67.3 x 9.35 millimeters / 139 grams

The Sony Xperia T is coming to Canada this November in both LTE and HSPA + variants (depending on carrier). It will be carried by Bell, Mobilicity, MTS, Rogers and Vidéotron. Pricing was not announced.

Read more: Sony Mobile Communications

78.88 metre throw wins first Canadian Mobile Phone Throwing Championship

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Oct 142012
 

The first annual Canadian Mobile Phone Throwing Championship took place this weekend in Toronto. Sponsored by Mobilicity, the event saw Jeremiah Sammy get crowned as the first Canadian champion as he threw an old mobile phone 78.88 metres across the football field at the University of Toronto’s Varsity Centre. Sammy won himself $5000, a Samsung Galaxy S III and 1 year of unlimited data, talk and text.

James Turner came in second place with a cellphone toss of 48.46 metres and Ziggy Strawczynski came in third at 43.89 metres.

Sammy’s throw was not enough to crack the world record held by Finland’s Ere Karjalainen who threw a cellphone 101.46 metres but it now stands as the Canadian record.

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Mobilicity starts taking Samsung Galaxy Note II pre-orders

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Oct 122012
 

Samsung Galaxy Note IIMobilicity today began taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note II. As an extra incentive, it is offering a CA$50 rebate for a limited time.

When you pre-order, you will receive an email revealing the launch date.

Thank you! We have received your pre-order registration request for the Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone at Mobilicity. You are on the list of consumers eligible to be the first Canadians to get this smartphone when it launches in Canada on October 30, 2012!

The email also explains how the rebate will work: It will apply to the first 1,000 people to purchase and activate their Samsung Galaxy Note II. Signing up for automatic monthly payments by November 6th will also be required to be eligible.

TELUS yesterday was the first carrier to announce that it would launch the Galaxy Note II on October 30th. Other carriers who will offer Samsung’s latest ‘phablet’ include Bell, Rogers, Sasktel, Vidéotron, and WIND Mobile. It is likely that most if not all will also launch on the same date.

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