Rogers Nokia Lumia 920 receiving maintenance release

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Jan 132013
 

On the heels of the recent Portico update, Rogers Nokia Lumia 920 owners are now receiving another update. There aren’t a lot of details about Microsoft Update 8.0.10211.204 but it does promise “quality improvements for languages.”

Nokia Lumia 920 update

It appears that those who will benefit most from this update are those using the Nokia Lumia 920 with a language other than English.

The update should take about 10 minutes and your smarphone.

If you have not received the update notification, you can check manually by selecting Settings -> Phone Update -> Check For Updates.

Read more: MonWindowsPhone (Source: WMPoweruser)

Software update for Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 rolling out in Canada and US

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Dec 192012
 

Nokia Lumia 920Nokia today announced that it has begun to push out a software update that brings a number of enhancements to the Nokia Lumia 920 at Rogers here in Canada and the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 at AT&T in the United States. The update (Software Version 1232.5951.1249.0001) offers the following:

  • Enhancements in Messaging
  • More efficient and reliable Bluetooth connectivity
  • More efficient and reliable start-up sequence
  • Enhancements in imaging performance and battery management
  • Additional platform updates and enhancements

Your device should soon alert you that an update is available. To check manually, select Settings -> Phone Update -> Check For Updates. The update process should take about 30 minutes.

Nokia is also “working with Microsoft and our operator partners” to push out updates for other Lumia devices updates in early February 2013.

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Rogers begins taking BlackBerry 10 all-touch device pre-orders

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Dec 172012
 

Rogers CommunicationsIf an official launch event was not enough of a sign that BlackBerry 10 devices will soon be available, here is another: Carriers are getting ready for the launch. First out of the gate is Rogers Wireless with an announcement that it began today to take online reservations for the upcoming BlackBerry 10 all-touch device (also known as the BlackBerry L-Series). According to an email we received today:

“Rogers was the first carrier in Canada to launch BlackBerry and first in Canada to launch an LTE Network so we’re thrilled to let you know that as of today, Rogers customers can be amongst the first in the world to reserve the BlackBerry 10 all-touch device online at www.rogers.com/reserve. Full details about BlackBerry 10 including, pricing, availability and specifications, will be announced in early 2013. For more information, visit: www.blackberry.com/BlackBerry10.”

With RIM officially launching its BlackBerry 10 devices on January 30th, all, including availability and pricing, should be revealed just over six weeks from now. For now, you can put your name next to one of these through the Rogers Reservation System. A refundable CA$40 fee will be applied for each reservation. This fee is reversed when your device ships or if you cancel before shipment.

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Rogers updates Android Jelly Bean upgrade schedule

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Dec 142012
 

Rogers CommunicationsRogers has updated its OS Upgrades Schedule posted on its Community Forums. All devices on the list are scheduled to receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in the near future but it’s a mix of bad and good news.

Let’s start with the bad news: Upgrades for the Samsung Galaxy Note (SGH-I717R) and Samsung Galaxy S II LTE (SGH-I727R) have slipped to “Early January” and “Late January” respectively from an earlier “Late December” ETA.

And now the good news: Three devices have been added to the list: The Motorola Razr HD, the Sony Xperia T, and the HTC One X. All three are currently scheduled for “Late January” updates.

As Rogers warns, “release dates are subject to change.”

Read more: Rogers Wireless

Samsung ATIV S launches in Canada

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Dec 142012
 

Samsung ATIV SAfter a small delay, the Samsung ATIV S [product information], the first Windows Phone 8 device to have been announced, is finally available in Canada through Bell, Rogers and TELUS.

Pricing is as follows:

  • Bell: CA$99.95 with a three-year contract or CA$599.95 with a month-to-month plan
  • Rogers: CA$79.99 with a three-year contract or CA$599.99 with a month-to-month plan
  • TELUS: CA$29.00 with a three-year contract or CA$650.00 with a month-to-month plan

SaskTel is also planning to launch the Samsung ATIV S.

Read more: Bell, Rogers, andTELUS

Rogers delays LTE launch in Winnipeg to 2013

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Dec 082012
 

RogersRogers has had a busy 2012 when it comes to deploying LTE. Announcements of new coverage have occured several times over the past year. The last one was in early October when Rogers launched LTE in 18 new markets. With 2012 wrapping up, at least one market Rogers had been hoping to get to will have to wait until next year unfortunately.

Rogers earlier this week announced that the Winnipeg launch would be delayed until 2103:

Rogers now expects to launch LTE in Winnipeg next year. Rogers offers the largest and growing selection of the most popular LTE smartphones, tablets and mobile Internet devices. LTE-enabled, devices work on the Rogers 4G HSPA+ network in Manitoba today and will be ready when we launch LTE in Manitoba. In addition, as Rogers customers travel across Canada their Rogers device will automatically benefit from LTE coverage in the many markets where LTE has already launched.

No reason was given for the delay.

Read more: Rogers RedBoard (Source: MobileSyrup)

Rogers drops price on Windows Phone 8 device lineup

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Dec 072012
 

RogersIf you’ve been thinking of picking up a Windows Phone 8 device, now may be the time. Rogers launched its first Windows Phone 8 devices last month and has now reduced pricing on both the Nokia Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8X by HTC as well as the upcoming Samsung ATIV S. Here is the latest pricing:

  • Windows Phone 8X HTC 8GB: Starting at CA$0.01 with a three-year contract
  • Windows Phone 8X HTC 16GB: Starting at CA$29.99 with a three-year contract
  • Nokia Lumia 920: Starting at CA$49.99 with a three-year contract
  • Samsung ATIV S: Starting at CA$79.99 with a three-year contract

Rogers is advertising the prices as a “limited time offer” so they could jump back up in the near future. Let’s hope that this is a holiday promotion rather than a sign that Windows Phone 8 devices are selling slowly…

Read more: Rogers (Source: MobileSyrup)

Canadian Android 4.1 update for Samsung Galaxy S III now underway

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Dec 032012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIIAs promised, Samsung Canada today confirmed that it has begun to push out its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III [product information]. The first devices to get the update are ones from Bell, Rogers and TELUS. The rollout is expected to continue throughout the week.

If you have not received your notification about the update yet, you can also check manually under Settings by selecting About phone > System updates > Check Now.

As for Galaxy S III users with Mobilicity, SaskTel, Vidéotron and WIND Mobile, Samsung hopes to have a release date “soon.”

Read more: Samsung Canada [via Facebook]

Canadian launch for Samsung ATIV S delayed to mid-December

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Nov 292012
 

Samsung ATIV SThe Samsung ATIV S [product information] was to have launched in Canada sometime in November. According to a statement from Samsung Canada received by MobileSyrup, the launch has slipped a little bit:

“We are committed to launch the ATIV S nationally, on Rogers, Bell and TELUS, as well as Sasktel. We are planning to ship to carriers in early December, and should have supply at stores by mid month.”

Pricing for the Samsung ATIV S is expected to start around CA$149.99 with a three-year contract.

Read more: MobileSyrup

Rogers begins taking online reservations for Samsung ATIV S and ATIV PC

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Nov 242012
 

Samsung ATIV SWe still don’t know exactly when the Samsung ATIV S [product information] and Samsung ATIV Smart PC will launch in Canada but Rogers Wireless this week began to take reservations for this upcoming Windows Phone 8 handset and Windows RT tablet.

Current Rogers customers can log into their account to access the National Reservation System. A CA$40 reservation will be required as deposit.

Both the Samsung ATIV S and ATIV PC will be “available in the coming weeks.” They will start at CA$149.99 and CA$399.99 respectively with a three-year contract.

Read more: My Rogers

Simple tweak enables LTE on Google Nexus 4

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Nov 232012
 

The Google Nexus 4 [product information] has been well received but one frequent criticism against it is the lack of LTE connectivity. Given that it uses the same 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro as the LG Optimus G [product information] which supports LTE, it was no surprise when it was confirmed last week that the Nexus 4 does come with an LTE modem. At the time, it was assumed that it was disabled but a video posted on YouTube has shown that LTE can in fact be turned on with a simple tweak.

To enable LTE, users simply have to open up their dialer and type in *#*#4636#*#*. When the phone settings come up, the network type can be changed to LTE/GSM/CDMA auto (PRL). An LTE connection should be established shortly afterwards.

There is one big catch: LTE is only supported on the LTE band 4 (1700MHz and 2100MHz). In Canada, that means that it should work with Bell, Rogers, and TELUS (as well as their flanker brands) but other parts of the world may not be so lucky. For example, in the U.S., AT&T uses Band 17 and Verizon uses Band 13. Neither is compatible with this tweak.

This is a very exciting development for us Canadians! One major reason to not get a Nexus 4 appears to have been eliminated.

Read more: xda-developers

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.

LG Optimus G now available in Canada

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Nov 132012
 

LG Optimus GLG’s latest flagship smartphone, the LG Optimus G, is now available in Canada. It comes with a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 4.7-inch WXGA (1280×800) IPS+ display, 2GB RAM, and an 8MP rear-facing camera.

Four carriers will offer it:

  • Bell: From CA$129.99 with a three-year contract to CA$649.95 with no contract
  • Rogers: From CA$129.99 with a three-year contract to CA$599.99 with no contract
  • SaskTel: Coming soon
  • TELUS: From CA$129 with a three-year contract to CA$650 with no contract

Rogers will offer a slightly different version with support for the 2600MHz LTE band. It will offer LTE download speeds that could reach up to 100Mbps.

Read more: LG Canada

Rogers launches Nokia Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8X by HTC

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Nov 132012
 

Rogers CommunicationsWhile Rogers may have launched a limited number of Nokia Lumia 920 smartphones almost two weeks ago, it is today available on its website for anyone to order along with the 16GB Windows Phone 8X by HTC. The two are the first Windows Phone 8 devices the carrier has launched.

Rogers will also offer the 8GB Windows Phone 8X by HTC and the Samsung ATIV S (the former exclusively) but neither are available yet.

Both the Nokia Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8X by HTC are available for CA$99.99 with a three-year contract or CA$549.99 on a month-to-month term.

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Rogers to launch Windows Phone 8X by HTC and Nokia Lumia 920 on November 12th

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Nov 082012
 

Rogers CommunicationsWe finally have some Canadian launch dates for the Windows Phone 8X by HTC [specifications] and Nokia Lumia 920 [specifications] smartphones. Microsoft today announced via Facebook that both will be available from Rogers on November 12th.

Nokia 920 and HTC 8X launching Nov 12 with Rogers! Stay tuned for more announcements http://bit.ly/TxlCPp

Some lucky Canadians have already gotten their hands on the Nokia Lumia 920 as Rogers did make limited numbers available last week.

Rogers will also carry the Windows Phone 8-powered Samsung ATIV S but availability details have not been announced yet.

Rogers pricing for the Nokia Lumia starts at CA$99.99 with a three-year contract and runs up to CA$549.99 with no contract. Pricing for the Windows Phone 8X has not been announced yet.

Read more: Microsoft Canada [via Facebook]