Samsung ATIV S now available at SaskTel

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Feb 072013
 

Samsung ATIV SSaskTel today launched its first Windows Phone 8 device, the Samsung ATIV S. With LTE connectivity, it is one more option for customers getting ready to jump on the carrier’s just launched LTE network.

The Samsung ATIV S is a new smartphone for both work and entertainment, offering a premium Windows Phone 8 experience.

The thinnest Windows Phone 8 device to date, this powerful smartphone comes loaded with Microsoft Office applications, powerful communication tools, and SkyDrive (with free cloud storage). The Samsung ATIV S has everything you want in a smartphone, making it perfect for both work and entertainment.

SaskTel is offering the Samsung ATIV S for CA$129.99 with a three-year contract, CA$499.99 with a two-year contract, CA$549.99 with a one-year contract or CA$599.99 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.

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]

SaskTel launches LTE network

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Jan 302013
 
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SaskTel was not kidding when it said that it would launch its LTE network in “early February 2013.” The carrier today announced that its LTE network would go live on January 31th, 2013 with service available in Regina, Saskatoon, Clavet, Dundurn, Langham, Lumsden, Martensville, Osler, Pense, Vanscoy, Warman, and White City. It adds that its network will have twice as many towers and up to 33% more speed than any other provider in Saskatchewan at launch.

“As the pace of technological change continues to accelerate and shape our future, it is important that as a province we embrace the new technology and the changes that it brings so that we can continue to grow our economy,” said Don McMorris, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. “This significant capital investment will allow SaskTel to deploy powerful new next generation technologies to better serve the people of Saskatchewan.”

SaskTel will spend an additional CA$5.2 million for Long Term Evolution expansion in 2013. Through the year, the network will be extended to include Dalmeny, Balgonie, Estevan, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Swift Current, Weyburn and Yorkton.

SaskTel has been offering its customers LTE devices for a while now in preparation for today’s launch. Among them are the Apple iPhone 5, LG Optimus G, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, and the upcoming BlackBerry Z10.

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BlackBerry 10 “coming soon” to SaskTel

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Jan 102013
 
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You can now add SaskTel to the list of Canadian carriers getting ready for the launch of BlackBerry 10. Like Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Virgin which have also confirmed plans to carry BlackBerry 10 devices, SaskTel has created an information sitelet for the new operating systems. It highlights a number of features such as Camera with Time Shift and BlackBerry Hub. Unlike the others, it does not offer the option to sign up for updates or reserve a device. Perhaps that will be offered later.

Research In Motion will unveil its first BlackBerry 10 devices on January 30th at a series of worldwide events, including ones in Toronto and New York. Two devices will be launched, the first an all-touch one and the second one with a QWERTY keyboard. Additional devices will launch later this year.

Read more: SaskTel (Source: MobileSyrup)

SaskTel launches Samsung Galaxy Discover

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Jan 032013
 

Samsung Galaxy DiscoverWe’re only days into 2013 but new smartphones are already hitting the carriers. First out of the gate is SaskTel with the Samsung Galaxy Discover, an entry-level smartphone. “Stay social wherever your day takes you. The Galaxy Discover is the perfect mobile device to keep you in the loop with all of your friends.”

Samsung Galaxy Discover specifications:

  • Processor: 800MHz single-core Cortex-A5
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE/HSPA+/GSM
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Display: 3.5-inch HVGA (320×480) LCD
  • Input: Touchscreen
  • Memory: 600MB RAM
  • Storage: 4G onboard and microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 3.0MP
  • Front-facing camera: None
  • Battery: 1,300mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 127.9 x 67.4 x 12.7 millimeters / 122 grams
  • Colours: Black

SaskTel offers the Samsung Galaxy Discover for CA$29.99 with a three-year contract, CA$49.99 with a two-year contract, CA$79.99 with a one-year contract, or CA$149.99 outright.

Read more: SaskTel (Source: MobileSyrup)

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

SaskTel to launch LTE network in February 2013

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Nov 212012
 

SaskTel today announced that it will launch its LTE network in “early February 2013.” The first phase will cover Regina, Saskatoon and their surrounding communities. Customers will see download speeds up to 100Mbps and upload speeds up to 50Mbps with appropriate devices.

“Once SaskTel deploys LTE commercially, SaskTel will have the largest 4G LTE network in Saskatchewan, providing data speeds approximately 5 times faster than the current 4G network,” said Don McMorris, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. “Saskatchewan residents will continue to benefit from the most advanced wireless technology available.”

“When we launch 4G LTE, it will be significantly faster than the competing LTE network in Saskatchewan and at the time of introduction it will have more than double the towers with that coverage advantage growing throughout 2013,” said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO. “And only 4G LTE capable devices purchased from SaskTel or its authorized dealers will operate on the 4G LTE portion of the SaskTel network.”

SaskTel LTE launch

SaskTel will continue to expand its LTE network throughout 2013. Additional deployments will cover Estevan, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Swift Current, Weyburn and Yorkton.

SaskTel already offers a number of LTE-enabled devices including the Samsung Galaxy S III [product information], the Apple iPhone 5, and the upcoming LG Optimus G [product information] and Samsung Galaxy Note II [product information].

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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

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]

Windows Phone 8 Samsung ATIV S coming to multiple Canadian carriers

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Oct 262012
 

Samsung ATIV SSamsung Canada today announced the carrier lineup for its upcoming Samsung ATIV S smartphone powered by Windows Phone 8. When it launches in November, it will be carried by Bell, Rogers, Telus and Sasktel.

Samsung ATIV S is a new smartphone for both work and entertainment, offering a premium Windows 8 experience in a phone. ATIV S brings a stunning hairline design and high performance with a range of content-sharing and productivity options. Its impressive 1.5GHz dual-core processor and LTE connectivity enable great browsing performance and high responsiveness even for the most demanding gaming or work applications. Users can enjoy the brand new Windows Phone 8 experience on the ATIV S’s stunning 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED™ display.

Specific availability and pricing details have not been announced yet.

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LG Optimus G headed to SaskTel

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Oct 232012
 

Bell, Rogers, and TELUS are already onboard to offer the LG Optimus G when it launches in “early November.” According to LG Canada’s website, you can now add SaskTel to that list.

LG Optimus G headed to SaskTel

There is no word yet on when SaskTel will launch the LG Optimus G but it should fall close to the launch by the other carriers.

Rogers is already taking pre-orders for the LG Optimus G with prices starting at CA$129.99 with a three-year contract and CA$599.99 on a month-to-month basis.

Read more: LG Canada (Source: MobileSyrup)

MTS, NorthernTel and SaskTel launch Apple iPhone 5 today

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Sep 282012
 

Apple iPhone 5The Apple iPhone 5 launched last week in Canada with the Big Three national carriers and their flanker brands. Today, it’s the turn of three regional carriers to launch it. Apple’s latest smartphone is now also available from NorthernTel, MTS and SaskTel.

As expected, prices are in line with those of other carriers: The 16GB model starts at CA$179, the 32GB at CA$279, and the 64GB for CA$379, all with three-year contracts.

Interestingly, MTS lists the LTE-enabled Apple iPhone 5 as compatible with its HSPA+ network despite having launched its LTE network this week.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II coming to multiple Canadian carriers

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Sep 242012
 

Samsung Galaxy Note IIWhen Samsung Canada confirmed that the Galaxy Note II would be launched in Canada later this year, it did not provide any details as to who would off it. That changed today with a quick tweet revealing that a number of carriers are onboard to carry Samsung’s latest phablet.

“Samsung continues to innovate the GALAXY Note product family with the Samsung GALAXY Note II, which enables users to create content and share like never before,” said Paul Brannen, Vice President, Enterprise Business Solutions at Samsung Canada. “We are thrilled to work with our carrier partners to deliver a device that allows Canadians to maximize their productivity in the workplace and on-the-go.”

Carriers that will carry the Samsung Galaxy Note II are:

Still missing is specific availability and pricing details.

Read more: Samsung Canada and Samsung Canada [via Twitter]

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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