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.

Samsung Galaxy S III now available from MTS

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Dec 132012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIIYou can now add MTS to the list of Canadian carriers offering the Samsung Galaxy S III. It is offering the 16GB version in either Marble White or Pebble Blue.

“The Galaxy S III has been placed at the top of several ‘best smartphone’ lists this year,” said MTS President Kelvin Shepherd. “This device is truly top-of-the-line, and I’m pleased it will be available to our customers in time for the holidays.”

Needless to say, MTS Galaxy S III subscribers will have access to the MTS 4G LTE network now available in Brandon and Winnipeg. Outside of LTE coverage zones, they will have access to MTS’s HSPA+ network and 185 MTS Wi-Fi hotspots across Manitoba.

MTS is offering the Samsung Galaxy S III starting at CA$0.00 with a three-year contract and up to CA$579.99 without a contract.

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Sony Xperia T now available from MTS

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Nov 232012
 

Sony Xperia TThe Bond Phone, also known as the Sony Xperia T [product information], is headed where James Bond has likely never been. MTS today launched the Bond Phone in Manitoba.

“With Xperia T, Sony Mobile raises the bar when it comes to smartphone design, function, and next-generation features,” said MTS President Kelvin Shepherd. “I am thrilled that MTS is among the first in Manitoba to make this new smartphone available to customers.”

With MTS’ recently launched LTE network in the Brandon and Winnipeg areas, Sony Xperia T users will see download speeds of up to 75 Mbps. Outside of LTE coverage, it will fall back to HSPA+.

MTS is offering the Sony Xperia T for CA$79.99 with a three-year contract, CA$179.99 with a two-year contract, CA$404.99 with a one-year contract, or CA$559.99 with no contract.

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Samsung Galaxy S III coming to Koodo and MTS

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Nov 222012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIITwo more Canadian carriers will soon be offering the Samsung Galaxy S III [product information].

Koodo yesterday issued a brief statement on their blog to let everyone know that they are “working to get the Samsung Galaxy S III for you on November 30.”

For its part, MTS has begun to take pre-orders for Samsung’s flagship smartphone. Few details are available online; you will need to visit an MTS Connect Store to place your pre-order. No launch date was provided.

Neither Koodo or MTS has yet to provide pricing details.

Read more: Koodo and MTS (Thanks, RK!)

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.

Mobile commerce coming to MTS in 2013

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Oct 222012
 

MTSMTS today announced that it bring secure mobile payment technology to Manitoba in 2013 after signing an initial agreement with EnStream LP, a joint venture between Bell, TELUS and Rogers focused on mobile payments. It will allow MTS customers to make payments using supported smartphones and mobile devices.

“mCommerce will quickly become the way people go about their day-to-day business, and MTS is proud to be among the first providers in Canada to give their customers access to this important and innovative technology,” said MTS President Kelvin Shepherd.

The initial agreement allows MTS to use EnStream’s Secure Element Management (SEM) platform, a technology developed by Research In Motion to manage credentials on wireless handsets supporting NFC. While developed by RIM, SEM can be supported not only on BlackBerry smartphones but also on Android and Windows Phone devices.

SEM will also be enhanced to become a digital wallet. It will eventually allow customers to load payment cards as well as other credential-based information such as loyalty program cards, transit passes, and library cards.

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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.

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Sep 252012
 

MTS today formally launched its LTE network. Delivering download speeds of up to 75Mbps, it is currently available in Brandon and Winnipeg and comes a bit earlier than predicted.

“We continue to invest in bringing Manitobans the most advanced technology the industry has to offer,” said MTS President Kelvin Shepherd. “We are pleased with the performance of our new network, and with its deployment, MTS continues to offer the best overall wireless data experience to more Manitobans than any other provider in Manitoba.”

MTS LTE coverage - September 2012

MTS plans to expand its LTE network to more communities across Manitoba in 2013. For now, LTE devices (such as the Sony Xperia ion and the upcoming Apple iPhone 5) will fall back to HSPA+ when outside of LTE coverage.

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Apple iPhone 5 coming to MTS on September 28th and “soon” to SaskTel

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Sep 162012
 

Apple iPhone 5When Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 this week, it announced that its latest smartphone was coming to the three largest Canadian carriers (and their flanker brands). Now we can add two more carriers to the list that will carry it, albeit slightly later.

MTS has announced that it will begin to offer the Apple iPhone 5 on September 28th. For its part, SaskTel has also confirmed it will carry it but is only promising that it is “coming soon.”

Neither carrier has announced pricing but expect it to fall in the CA$180 range for the 16GB model, CA$280 for the 32GB one, and CA$380 for the 64GB model, all with a three-year contract.

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MTS to launches LTE network in November?

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Aug 282012
 

MTSMTS last year announced plans to launch its LTE network sometime in 2012. It looked for a short time earlier today that it had launched in both Winnipeg and Brandon but the web page announcing the launch has been pulled down in favour of one that again states that the launch will take place in 2012.

MTS told at least one person who reached out to their corporate office for a clarification that the network was still in beta testing and that it was “set to go live sometime around November.”

Despite its LTE network not being available yet, MTS is now offering two LTE devices, the Sony Xperia ion and the Huawei E397 USB Wireless LTE Internet Express Stick. Both will fall back to HSPA+ until the LTE network goes live.

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Canadian carriers respond to Industry Canada telecom announcement

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Mar 152012
 

After yesterday’s announcement by Industry Canada that foreign ownership rules for the telecom sector would be loosened up ahead of the 2013 700MHz spectrum auction, Canada’s carriers expressed their opinions. As expected, responses vary quite a bit.

MTS Allstream:
“This is a positive development for MTS Allstream and for Canadians and Canadian businesses,” said Pierre Blouin, Chief Executive Officer, MTS Allstream. “This announcement means more investment, better prices and more choice for Canadians. The Federal Government should be congratulated for its focus on strengthening the Canadian economy and its support for more investment in Canada’s telecommunications sector.”

WIND Mobile:
“The announcement creates the illusion that the government has gone all-in to create a competitive wireless landscape, when they’ve only done half the job,” said Anthony Lacavera, CEO of WIND Mobile. “Delivering on foreign ownership is only half of the equation. We’ve spent countless months telling the government that caps will destroy our ability to compete with the incumbents in the next auction, thereby crippling wireless competition in Canada.”

TELUS Mobility
“Radio spectrum is the building block of wireless broadband – essential to expanding access to education programmes, economic development opportunities, healthcare information and bridging the digital divide for rural communities,” said Darren Entwistle, TELUS president and CEO. “The rules established by Minister Paradis will allow all competitors to have fair and reasonable access to the critical 700 MHz spectrum in the upcoming auction. Ultimately, the wireless services built upon this spectrum will provide businesses, educators, students, health professionals and families with the tools they need to build strong, healthy and sustainable communities.”

On the topic of foreign ownership, Entwistle added: “TELUS is hopeful the changes to foreign ownership limits provided yesterday by the Government are a first step towards full liberalization of restrictions across the industry. We would encourage the Government to go beyond this initial step and work towards putting Canada’s telecom industry on an equal footing with our global trading partners.”

Mobilicity:
“The government has declared the Canadian consumer as the clear winner of this ongoing battle between new entrant and incumbent carriers,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Stewart Lyons. “Our position has always called for full set-asides of the 700 MHz spectrum for the new entrants; and while we recognize a compromise has been made, we are confident that competition will continue for the betterment of Canadian consumers.”

We’ll add responses from other carriers if they also issue press releases on this matter.

Source: Canada Newswire

iPhone 4S now available at MTS and SaskTel

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Oct 282011
 

Apple iPhone 4SThe “Coming Soon” labels are now off and the iPhone 4S is now available at both MTS and SaskTel.

As you would expect, the pricing for both MTS and SaskTel falls in line with that of other carriers: Three-year contract pricing comes in at CA$159.99 for the 16GB model and CA$269.99 for the 32GB model. Contract-free pricing is CA$649.99 and CA$749.99 respectively.

SaskTel also lists the 64GB model as “coming soon.” It is priced at CA$369.99 with a three-year contract and CA$849.99 contract-free.

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MTS to launch LTE in 2012

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Sep 292011
 

MTSMTS today announced that it will begin to deploy its LTE (Long Term Evolution) network in 2012. Planning and infrastructure development have already begun.

“With the deployment of LTE technology, MTS expects to continue to offer the best overall wireless data experience in the most locations within Manitoba,” said Kelvin Shepherd, President, MTS. “LTE will further improve our customers’ wireless service experience by providing increased data speeds, access to exciting new wireless devices and by increasing their ability to access converged multi-media services across MTS high-speed Internet, Wi-Fi, and mobile wireless networks.”

Where LTE will not be available, MTS customers with LTE devices will be able to use MTS’ HSPA+ network.

MTS’s LTE network will use the Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum that the carrier purchased in Canada’s 2008 wireless spectrum auction.

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RIM BlackBerry Torch 9810 and Bold 9900 coming to MTS

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Aug 222011
 

MTSMTS today announced that it will soon offer the RIM BlackBerry Torch 9810 and Bold 9900. The former will launch at the end of August. Those wanting the BlackBerry Bold 9900 will have to wait a bit longer as it will only launch in early October.

“Since we launched our 4G network in March, MTS has seen increasing demand for smartphones and we are pleased to make available to our customers throughout Manitoba the latest BlackBerry devices,” said Stan Kurtas, Vice President, Marketing, MTS. “We are always working to bring our customers the latest in technology and the BlackBerry Torch 9810 and BlackBerry Bold 9900 are both high performing smartphones built on the new performance driven platform – BlackBerry 7 OS.”

MTS did not announce pricing details.

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