BlackBerry 10.1 software update coming as early as March

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Feb 272013
 
BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry looks to be getting ready to launch its first OS update for BlackBerry 10. One of the first carriers that could see the update could be TELUS Mobility. According to the latest edition of its “Upcoming software updates schedule,” the BlackBerry Z10 will be upgraded to BlackBerry 10.1 starting sometime in March.

The update schedule shows a status of “Testing pending.” This may indicate that TELUS has yet to receive the update and put it through its certification process. If so, a late March release may be more likely than an early one.

Unfortunately, there is no information just yet on what Z10 users can expect from BlackBerry 10.1. At the very least, it will be a maintenance release that will address some of the bugs that have surfaced since the smartphone’s launch earlier this month.

TELUS warns that “all dates are subject to change.” We’ll have to check back regularly to see whether the update remains on schedule.

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HTC unveils the HTC One

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Feb 192013
 

HTC One in silverAs expected, HTC today unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, billing it as “a bold step forward” rather than simply another specification bump. Along with it, HTC also introduced the latest version of HTC Sense. Called New Sense, it comes with a number of new features including HTC BlinkFeed which acts as a live homepage, HTC Zoe, a camera app, and HTC BoomSound for improved audio.

“People today immerse themselves in a constant stream of updates, news and information. Although smartphones are one of the main ways we stay in touch with the people and information we care about, conventional designs have failed to keep pace with how people are actually using them,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “A new, exciting approach to the smartphone is needed and with the new HTC One, we have re-imagined the mobile experience from the ground up to reflect this new reality.”

HTC BlinkFeed will provide live content on your homescreen. Along with some 1,400 partners who will provide content, it can also display information from your social networks.

Declaring the “era of the megapixel” over, HTC also unveiled its UltraPixel camera which gathers some 300 percent more light than a traditional one, promising “astounding low-light performance.” It also introduced HTC Zoe, a new camera app that can capture photos and a short 3 second video simultaneously. Much as the BlackBerry Z10 does, it also allows you to eliminate blinking eyes from your shots. Other features include enhanced 360′ panorama, time sequencing and object removal.

HTC BoomSound consists of dual front-facing stereo speakers with a dedicated amplifier, Beats Audio integration, and HTC Sense Voice which can boost call volume and quality in noisy environments.

Here is a closer look at the HTC’s One specifications:

  • Processor: 1.7GHZ quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
  • Operating system: Google Android with New Sense
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE/HSPA/EDGE/GPRS
  • Other connectivity: GPS/GLONASS, 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • Display: 4.7-inch Full HD (1920×1080 / 468 PPI)
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB / 64GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: HTC UltraPixel with F2.0 aperture, 28mm lens and 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 2.2MP with 1080p video capture
  • Connectors: 3.5mm audio jack, micro-USB 2.0 port
  • Battery: 2,300mAh
  • Dimensions: 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 millimeters
  • Weight: 143 grams
  • Colours: Black or Silver
  • Other: Dual BoomSound stereo speakers, dual microphones, “zero-gap aluminum unibody” construction

The HTC One will launch in 80 countries with 185 carriers. It will begin to ship in late March. In Canada, Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Virgin Mobile are all onboard. Pricing was not announced today. In the U.S., AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile will offer the HTC One.

TELUS launches LTE network in Charlottetown, PEI

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Feb 172013
 

TELUS this week announced that it has launched its LTE network in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Customers can now expect to see peak download speeds of up to 75Mbps with average speeds ranging from 12 to 25 Mbps.

“TELUS’ ongoing commitment to offer the best experience for our customers continues with today’s launch of our 4G LTE service in Charlottetown,” said Ken Power, director of sales, TELUS. “Whether it’s on the latest smartphone like the BlackBerry Z10, on a tablet or wireless Internet key, even more of our Atlantic Canadian customers will enjoy blazing fast connections as we continue to expand this new technology, community by community, throughout 2013.”

TELUS LTE coverage for Charlottetown, PEI

Among the LTE devices that TELUS offers are the new BlackBerry Z10 as well as the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, LG Optimus G and HTC One X+ among others.

TELUS plans to further expand its LTE footprint to additional communities in the province “in the coming months.”

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TELUS now taking BlackBerry Q10 pre-registrations

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Feb 062013
 

BlackBerry Q10One of BlackBerry’s first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones is now available in Canada. The BlackBerry Z10 went on sale yesterday with a number of carriers (and a few more to come as well). The second, the BlackBerry Q10, is set to launch in the April or May time frame.

Much as it did with the Z10, TELUS today began to take pre-registration for the BlackBerry Q10. Essentially people are signing up to receive TELUS updates about upcoming phones (not just the Q10) and other news if they so wish.

While we now have a general idea of when the BlackBerry Q10 will launch, there is no word yet on how much it will sell for.

On the pricing side, TELUS has already dropped the price of the BlackBerry Z10 to align with competitor pricing. It is now available for CA$139 with a three-year contract.

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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]

BlackBerry Z10 to launch in Canada on February 5th

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Jan 302013
 

BlackBerry Z10Canada will be among the first (but not the first) to launch the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone. Following the device’s unveiling this morning, carrier availability and pricing announcements are coming in fast and furious. The launches will begin on February 5th with the following carriers already on board:

Pricing starts at CA$149.99 for most carriers with a three-year contract. Rogers is offering it for CA$139.99 for a limited time. Contract-free pricing will fall in the CA$550 to CA$650 range.

Rogers customers will also be able to pre-register for the upcoming BlackBerry Q10 starting on January 31st.

TELUS launches LTE in Thunder Bay

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Jan 262013
 
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TELUS yesterday announced that it has turned the switch on for LTE in Thunder Bay, Ontario. LTE device users can expect to see peak download speeds of up to 75Mbps with average speeds ranging from 12 to 25 Mbps.

“TELUS is committed to offering the best experience for our customers and the launch of our 4G LTE service in Thunder Bay is an excellent example of how we’re delivering on this promise.” said Hilen Wong, TELUS director of national retail. “With a 4G LTE device like the Samsung Galaxy S III, Note II and soon the BlackBerry 10, our customers right here in Thunder Bay will have the fastest wireless Internet at their fingertips, as fast as your home Internet connection but on your smartphone, tablet or Internet key. We continue to expand this new technology, community by community, so that by the end of the year more Ontario residents than ever will have access.”

TELUS LTE coverage for Thunder Bay, Ontario

To celebrate the launch, TELUS is offering new and existing customers a CA$50 rate plan that includes unlimited Canada-wide calling, voicemail, caller ID and 6GB of data from now until February 7, 2013.

With this latest expansion, TELUS’ LTE network now covers nearly 70 per cent of the Canadian population. Further expansion in Ontario is planned with Collingwood, Port Colborne, North Bay, Cornwall and Woodstock all on the roadmap.

Read more: TELUS (Source: MobileSyrup)

TELUS HTC One X Jelly Bean upgrade rollout begins

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Jan 222013
 

Good news for the owners of a TELUS HTC One X. The Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean upgrade is now available and being pushed out to devices via OTA. Software version 3.17.661.2 also includes HTC Sense 4+.

TELUS HTC One X Jelly Bean upgrade

The update weighs in at a hefty 629MB so be sure to download it over Wi-Fi.

As usual, you can check manually through your settings if you have not yet received your upgrade notification: Settings -> About phone -> System Updates -> Check now.

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TELUS launches LTE network in Sudbury, Ontario

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Dec 292012
 
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TELUS launched its LTE network in Sudbury, Ontario, just before the holidays. This latest expansion of its LTE network was part of the company’s CA$650 million investment in Ontario over the next three years to further expand and enhance its wireless network. LTE device users can expect to see peak download speeds of up to 75Mbps with average speeds ranging from 12 to 25 Mbps.

“TELUS is committed to offering the best customer experience and launching our 4G LTE service in Sudbury is an excellent example of how we’re doing that,” said Piero Fusco, director of sales, TELUS. “With a 4G LTE device like Samsung Galaxy S III or Note II, our customers right here will have the fastest wireless internet at their fingertips, as fast as your home internet connection but on your smartphone, tablet or internet key. We are continuing to expand this new technology, community by community, so that by the end of the year many more Ontario residents are expected to have access. It’s an ambitious undertaking.”

TELUS LTE coverage of Sudbury, Ontario

TELUS also recently launched its LTE coverage in Leamington, Oshawa, Whitby, St. Catharines, the Niagara region and Brantford.

Read more: TELUS (Source: MobileSyrup)

Samsung Galaxy Camera now available at TELUS

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Dec 182012
 

Samsung Galaxy CameraThe Samsung Galaxy Camera landed in Canada earlier this month. Initially available only from Black’s Photography stores and The Samsung Storein Burnaby, B.C., it is now also available from TELUS (which happens to own Black’s).

The Samsung Galaxy Camera is first 4G camera powered by Android 4.1 Jellybean. Combining photography and an ultra sleek tablet design, the revolutionary 16MP Samsung Galaxy Camera offers the best of both worlds. Take pro-like pictures with its 21x super long zoom and 1/2.3” BSI CMOS image sensor. The 4G connectivity allows you to share memorable pictures and videos anywhere and at any time on the TELUS 4G Network.

If you’re curious about this hybrid point-and-shoot camera Android device, Samsung has just released an ad starring it and James Franco:

The Samsung Galaxy Camera is now available from TELUS for CA$599.99.

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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.

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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.

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TELUS extends LTE coverage to Oshawa and Whitby, Ontario

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Nov 232012
 

TELUS MobilityTELUS today announced that it has extended its LTE network to cover both Oshawa and Whitby in Ontario. As in other areas, it will offer top download speeds of up to 75Mbps with average speeds between 12 and 25Mbps.

“TELUS is committed to offering the best customer experience and launching our 4G LTE service in Oshawa and Whitby is an excellent example of how we’re doing that,” said Johnnie-Mike Irving, managing director of Business Solutions, TELUS. “With a 4G LTE device, our customers can enjoy the fastest wireless technology available in the world today – we are continuing to expand this new technology, community by community, so that by the end of the year many more Ontario residents are expected to have access. It’s an ambitious undertaking.”

TELUS is not quite done for this year. It still expects to have LTE coverage for Sudbury and Brantford by the end of the year.

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