Samsung Canada announces Android 2.3.3 updates for Galaxy S devices

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Jul 122011
 

SamsungSamsung Canada today announced that it will update the devices in its Galaxy S family (Vibrant, Captivate, and Fascinate 3G+) to Android 2.3.3. It also confirmed that the Galaxy Tab will receive the update. No schedule was provided beyond a generic “later this summer” as the updates will be pushed out by the carriers.

One Galaxy S device appears to have been left out (at least for now as an upgrade has been promised): the Galaxy S Fascinate 4G.

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Four new BlackBerry devices headed to TELUS starting in August?

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Jul 112011
 

TELUSIf a new rumour turns out to be correct, TELUS will follow in Bell’s footsteps and release four new BlackBerry smartphones starting in mid-August. According to a roadmap obtained by MobileSyrup.com, TELUS will launch the following:

  • August 18th or 19th: BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900
  • August 19th: BlackBerry Torch 9810
  • August 26th: BlackBerry Torch 9860
  • Late September: BlackBerry “Bellagio” (the BlackBerry Curve 9360?)

The dates align nicely with Bell’s own, suggesting that RIM will have a busy Back-to-school season.

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TELUS to launch HTC ChaCha as HTC Status

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Jun 282011
 

The first of HTC’s Facebook-focused smartphones is on its way to Canada. TELUS today announced that the HTC Status (a rebranded HTC ChaCha) is “coming soon.” It features a dedicated Facebook button and its HTC Sense interface is integrated with the Facebook service. For example, you can update your status from the home screen, capture and upload a photo immediately while in camera mode, simply press and hold the Facebook share button to check-in places, and more.

HTC StatusHTC Status specifications:

  • Processor: 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 (upgraded from original announcement’s 600MHz)
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) with HTC Sense
  • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band HSPA
  • Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Display: 2.6-inch touchscreen (320×480)
  • Input: QWERTY keyboard
  • Memory: 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM
  • Storage: microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with auto-focus and LED flash
  • Front-facing camera: 1.3MP
  • Connectors: 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB 2.0
  • Sensors: Ambient light, G-sensor, digital compass, proximity
  • Battery: 1250mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 114.4 by 64.6 by 10.7 millimeters / 120 grams

TELUS has not provided specific availability and pricing details yet.

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Jun 232011
 

TELUS Mobility has made good on its promise. It today announced that it has begun to push out the Android 2.3 update for the HTC Desire HD. Android Gingerbread 2.3.3, Build number 2.43.661.1 promises to add improved power management, VoIP over Wi-Fi, and new Google account backup options.

If you cannot wait for the automatic update to do its thing, you can force a manual check by selecting ‘Check now’ from the ‘System software updates’ setting.

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TELUS Mobility to drop roaming rates up to 60 percent starting June 27th

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Jun 132011
 

TELUS

TELUS Mobility today announced that it will lower its roaming voice and data rates by up to 60 per cent starting on June 27th. Customers will also no longer require separate bundles and passes.

“After the launch of our new HSPA+ wireless network in late 2009, TELUS was able to offer our customers a true international roaming capability for the first time, ending Rogers’ monopoly in international roaming for Canadians. We quickly started working with carriers around the world to negotiate reduced roaming rates for our customers and we now want to make it as simple and affordable as possible for our customers to use their smartphones wherever they go, without coming home to a surprise on their bill,” said David Fuller, TELUS Chief Marketing Officer.

As one example, roaming rates when travelling in Western Europe will drop to CA$1.50 per minute (a reduction of up to 50%) for voice and CA$10 per MB (a reduction of 60%) for data.

The new international roaming rates will go into effect on June 27th, covering over 200 countries.

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Skype edition LG Optimus Black coming soon to TELUS

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Jun 102011
 

LG Optimus Black

TELUS today announced a new partnership with Skype that will let customers purchase Skype Credit through their existing TELUS accounts.

“People want to take their Skype conversations with them on-the-go, wherever they are, whether it’s on a laptop, or increasingly, via their mobile phones,” said Russ Shaw, Skype vice-president and general manager of Mobile. “TELUS will enable Canadian consumers to get the best Skype experience on their smartphones and it will truly change the way people communicate with their friends and family either here or abroad.”

To go along with the announcement, TELUS announced that it would launch the Skype edition LG Optimus Black, the first Skype-branded phone on the Canadian market, this summer. It will come with Skype icon connecting the user to the Android Market with one touch to download the latest version of Skype Mobile (Why not just install Skype Mobile on the phone?), an in-box Skype quick-start guide and up to 60 minutes of Skype international calling credits.

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Updated Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Canadian launch details (Updated)

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Jun 082011
 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1MobileSyrup.com has learned that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet will launch in Canada this summer. Two versions are coming: A Wi-Fi-only and a 3G/Wi-Fi one. Samsung had earlier revealed that it planned to launch the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Canada in “late Q3.”

The Wi-Fi-only version will launch in July with the 3G version following in August. The latter will be carried by Bell, Rogers, and TELUS. Pricing details were not disclosed.

A number of accessories including hardcover case, Bluetooth keyboard and keyboard dock should be available at launch time as well.

Update: Samsung Canada has confirmed that the launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will happen “this summer.”

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INQ Cloud Touch coming soon to TELUS

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Jun 062011
 

INQ Cloud Touch

TELUS will soon launch the INQ Cloud Touch, a smartphone that promises that Facebook will come “alive on your homescreen.” So if you’re looking for a smartphone where your Facebook feeds are automatically updated to your home screen, constant Facebook Chat connection, and one click access to Facebook Events, Notifications, and Places, this could be the phone for you.

INQ Cloud Touch specifications:

  • Operating system: Google Android 2.2
  • Cellular connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band UMTS/HSPA
  • Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Display: 3.5-inch HVGA
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen and backlit touch strip
  • Storage: 512MB onboard and microSD cards up to 32GB (4GB card included)
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP auto-focus
  • Front-facing camera: None
  • Connectors: 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB port
  • Dimensions / weight: 114 x 62 x 13 millimeters / 122 grams

TELUS has not yet provided availability and pricing details.

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Android 2.3 headed to TELUS HTC Desire HD “this summer”

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Jun 022011
 

HTC Desire HD

TELUS has revealed that the HTC Desire HD will receive the Android 2.3 update “this summer.” The update promises:

  • Make phone calls over the internet with VOIP when connected to Wi-Fi
  • Improved power management for better battery life and device performance
  • Back-up even more features on your Google account and remember things like Wi-Fi passwords, wallpapers, text messages and more

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Source: MobileSyrup.com

Best Buy Free Phones Friday May 27th lineup revealed

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May 252011
 

Best Buy Canada

Best Buy’s Free Phone Fridays wraps up this week with quite the lineup. The following will all be available for free with a three-year contract this coming Friday at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile store locations:

  • Samsung Nexus S (Telus & Fido)
  • HTC Incredible S (Bell & SaskTel)
  • Motorola ATRIX (Bell)
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY (Rogers)
  • RIM BlackBerry Torch (Virgin)
  • Motorola Atrix (Bell)
  • Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant(SaskTel)
  • INQ Chat (Koodo with a CA$0 TAB)

Just remember that the sale will only last one day (Friday, May 27th) so you’ll need to move quickly.

BlackBerry featured in this week’s Best Buy Free Phone Friday

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May 182011
 

If last week’s Android lineup was not your thing, Best Buy this week features a couple of BlackBerry smartphones for its Free Phone Fridays promotion. The BlackBerry Bold 9780 will be offered for CA$0.00 with a three-year contract from Bell, Rogers, TELUS, and Virgin on Friday May 20th. Additionally, TELUS (Ontario only) and Virgin will also offer the BlackBerry Torch 9800 for free (again with a three-year contract).

Don’t forget that the sale is only on for one day (Friday, May 20th). The sale is also only available at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile store locations and not online.

TELUS launches Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G

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May 122011
 

Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G

If you did not win a Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G during its launch contest today, you can now head over to TELUS to get your hands on one. It is the carrier’s first and only 4G phone so far, offering HSPA+ connectivity with download speeds up to 21Mbps.

Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.2 (with future 2.3 upgrade)
  • Cellular connectivity: Quad-band GSM / tri-band HSPA+
  • Other connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Display: 4.0-inch WVGA Super AMOLED
  • Input: Touchscreen
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM and 1GB ROM
  • Storage: microSD cards up to 32GB (16GB card included)
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with video capture
  • Front-facing camera: VGA
  • Connectors:
  • Battery: 1650mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 64.2 x 122.4 x 9.9 millimeters / 118 grams

TELUS is offering the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G for CA$99.99 with a three-year contract, CA$429.99 with a two-year contract, CA$479.99 with a one-year contract, and CA$529.99 with no contract.

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Samsung to give away 50 Galaxy S Fascinate 4G on May 12th

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May 112011
 

Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G

TELUS and Samsung are launching the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G on May 12th. On that day, Samsung will give away 50 Fascinate 4Gs, 10 each in Toronto, Mississauga, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal. To win, you need to be among the first 10 to check in with Gowalla at each participating location (Toronto Eaton Center, Square One in Mississauga, Pacific Center in Vancouver, Chinook Center in Calgary, and Fairview Point Claire in Montreal).

There will also be a grand prize consisting of another Galaxy S Fascinate 4G and CA$4000 for people who enter by checking in at participating TELUS stores between May 12th and May 26th.

TELUS has not yet announced pricing but it is expected to start at CA$99.99 with a three-year contract and run up to CA$529.99 without any contract.

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Free Phone Fridays return to Best Buy Canada in May

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May 052011
 

Best Buy

Free Phone Fridays are returning to Best Buy in Canada. First offered in February, they will once again offer select smart phones for free with three-year in-store activations every Friday. Each week will offer at least one “one high-end, in-demand smart phone for free” (with aforementioned three-year activation).

Best Buy will announce the free phones every Thursday via Facebook and Twitter.

Free Phone Fridays will run from May 6th and until the end of the month. It will run at both Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores.

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TELUS Mobility extends HSPA+ coverage to Winnipeg

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Feb 232011
 

TELUS Mobility

TELUS Mobility yesterday announced that it had extended its HSPA+, its “4G network,” to cover Winnipeg, Manitoba. It also announced that it will switch on its Dual Cell HSPA+ (DC-HSPA+) network there in March, giving customers download speeds of up to 42Mbps with suitable devices.

“TELUS is pleased to bring Winnipeggers more choice and flexibility than ever before, combined with access to the latest and greatest mobile devices on the planet and advanced 4G network speeds,” said Brent Johnston, vice-president of Mobile Solutions at TELUS. “Our commitment is to offer value, flexibility, simplicity and transparency to our Winnipeg customers and we are excited about doing that on our new blazing fast 4G network.”

Without giving many details, TELUS also confirmed that it will extend its Manitoba coverage over the next two years.

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