TELUS Mobility today launched the HTC One X+ [product information]. The successor to the HTC One X, it improves on a number of specifications including a faster 1.7Ghz quad-core processor, 64GB of internal storage (instead of 16GB), an improved front camera, and a larger 2,100mAh battery. It also comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Available exclusively from TELUS, it sells for CA$129 with a three-year contract or CA$650 with no contract.
Posted by Jerome SkalnikComments Off on Simple tweak enables LTE on Google Nexus 4
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.
Posted by Jerome SkalnikComments Off on TELUS launches Samsung Galaxy Ace II x
TELUS today launched the Samsung Galaxy Ace II x, an updated version of the Galaxy Ace 2 introduced earlier this year. This mid-tier handset is billed as a smartphone where “cutting edge technology meets sleekly modern portable design.”
Samsung Galaxy Ace II x specifications:
Processor: 1GHz single-core
Operating system: Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Cellular connectivity: HSPA/GSM
Other connectivity: GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
Display: 4-inch WVGA (800×480)
Storage: 4GB onboard and microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear-facing camera: 5MP with LED flash
Front-facing camera: VGA
Connectors: 3.5mm audio jack, micro-USB 2.0 port
Dimensions / weight: 121.5 x 63.1 x 10.5 millimeters / 122 grams
TELUS is offering the Samsung Galaxy Ace II x for CA$29 with a three-year contract or CA$250 with no contract.
Posted by Jerome SkalnikComments Off on Windows Phone 8X by HTC coming to TELUS (Updated)
Both Bell Mobility and Rogers Wireless already offer the Windows Phone 8X by HTC [product information]. TELUS will also offer the HTC Windows Phone 8 smartphone according to a tweet this weekend. Asked whether it would carry it, it responded:
It remains to be seen when it will launch and whether TELUS will offer the 8GB or 16GB models (or both) and in what colours.
Update: A TELUS email has now contradicted an earlier tweet that the carrier would offer the Windows Phone 8X by HTC.
“TELUS will not be carrying the HTC 8X. TELUS will however, be offering the HTC One X+ coming out this month. We work closely with our partners on a roadmap of devices that evolves on an ongoing basis and our commitment is to offer our clients the best selection of devices possible.”
If you’re looking for a Windows Phone 8 device from TELUS, your only choice so far is to wait for the Samsung ATIV S which is still listed as coming soon.
Posted by Jerome SkalnikComments Off on LG Optimus G now available in Canada
LG’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
Posted by Jerome SkalnikComments Off on TELUS Mobility introduces new wireless plans
Not to be left out after both Bell and Rogers unveiled new wireless plans, TELUS followed suit and announced new unlimited talk and family share wireless plans. As with their competitors, they stress that the new plan structure is now simpler:
“At TELUS we are continously looking for ways to make the customer experience better and ensure we are providing our new and existing customers with clear and simple plans that are transparent and easy to understand,” said Brent Johnston, vice-president, Mobility Solutions, TELUS. “Our new rate plans deliver the value that customers want including unlimited local talk and text, Caller ID and Voice Mail, along with features like sharing data among family members on the same account.”
Here are the new plans:
Local Talk & Text – 1GB Share
Local Talk & Text – 3GB Sharen
Local Talk & Text – 5GB Share
Monthly Plan Rate
Local Anytime Minutes Included
Data Included (in Canada)
Up to 1GB
Up to 3GB
Up to 5GB
Unlimited outgoing and incoming text, picture and video messaging
Calling Features Included
Unlimited Nationwide Family Calling, Caller ID, Voice Mail 3, Call Waiting and Conference Calling
Posted by Jerome SkalnikComments Off on Samsung Galaxy Note II now available from TELUS Mobility
It may have taken a few more days than TELUS expected but it is finally offering the Samsung Galaxy Note II [specifications] on its website.
Combining the latest smartphone functionality and an ultra sleek tablet design, The Samsung Galaxy Note™ II offers the best of both worlds in one mobile device. Watch videos, view photos, and browse in stunning high definition on its huge 5.5” screen. Communicate more easily and accurately on the touchscreen with the improved Samsung S Pen. And do it all faster with a powerful quad Core processor running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Pricing is inline with that of other Canadian carriers. TELUS is offering the Samsung Galaxy Note II for CA$199 with a three-year contract or CA$730 free of any contract.
Posted by Jerome SkalnikComments Off on TELUS expands LTE network across Newmarket, Aurora and Ottawa in Ontario
TELUS today announced the further expansion of ite LTE network in Ontario. Coverage has been extended to include Newmarket and Aurora in the Greater Toronto Area and Kanata, Nepean, Orleans and Cumberland in the Ottawa region.
“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 more than 65 per cent of Ontario residents are expected to have access. It’s an ambitious undertaking.”
Posted by Jerome SkalnikComments Off on TELUS launches rugged Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE
TELUS yesterday launched the rugged Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE, a successor to the original Galaxy Rugby. With MIL810G and IP67 certifications, it is designed to take on conditions that would normally do in smartphones.
The perfect combination of brains and brawn, the ultra durable Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE can take whatever your active lifestyle throws at it. Built to military specifications, this shock resistant, waterproof and dust proof dynamo boasts a 5 megapixel camera, 4 inch WVGA display and much more.
Samsung Galaxy Rugby specifications:
Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core
Operating system: Google Android 4.0
Cellular connectivity: LTE/HSPA/GSM
Other connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Display: 4-inch WVGA (800×480) Super AMOLED
Input: Capacitive touchscreen
Storage: 8GB onboard and microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear-facing camera: 5MP with LED flash
Front-facing camera: 1.3MP
Dimensions / weight: : 127.9 x 67.4 x 12.7 millimeters / 135.5 grams
TELUS is offering the Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE for CA$49 with a three-year contract or CA$460 with no contract.
Posted by Jerome SkalnikComments Off on HTC One X+ coming exclusively to TELUS
TELUS today announced via Twitter that it will be the exclusive Canadian carrier for the HTC One X+:
Coming soon, exclusive to TELUS! Bigger, faster, louder! HTC One X+ brings it w/ 64GB #QuadCore #JellyBean #BeatsAudio ow.ly/eTxRa
The HTC One X+ is the successor to the HTC One X. While the form factor has not changed significantly, it brings a number of upgrades under the hood including a faster 1.7Ghz quad-core processor, 64GB of internal storage (instead of 16GB), an improved front camera, and a larger 2,100mAh battery.
There is no word yet on specific availability and pricing details.
Posted by Jerome SkalnikComments Off on Samsung Galaxy Note II launches in Canada today
Samsung 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.
Posted by Jerome SkalnikComments Off on Windows Phone 8 Samsung ATIV S coming to multiple Canadian carriers
Samsung 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.
Posted by Jerome SkalnikComments Off on TELUS to launch LG Optimus G on November 13th
Word came down from TELUS today is that the carrier will launch the LG Optimus G on November 13th.
There is no word on pricing just yet. With Rogers having announced their pricing will range from CA$129.99 with a three-year contract to CA$599.99 with none, we can expect similar pricing from TELUS. We’ll bring you pricing details as soon as we have them.
Posted by Jerome SkalnikComments Off on TELUS launches LTE in Lethbridge and Taber, Alberta
TELUS continues to quickly turn on LTE in new communities across Alberta. After Camrose and Wetaskiwin, it is now the turn of Lethbridge and Taber to benefit from peak download speeds of up to 75Mbps and average speeds between 12 and 25Mbps.
“TELUS is committed to offering the best customer experience and launching our 4G LTE service in Lethbridge and Taber is an excellent example of how we’re doing that,” said Fred Weinheimer, general manager of Customer Solutions Delivery for the community. “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 more than 80 per cent of Alberta residents are expected to have access. It’s an ambitious undertaking.”