Videotron launches Windows Phone 8S by HTC

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Mar 062013
Windows Phone 8S by HTC

Windows Phone 8S by HTC

The Windows Phone 8S by HTC is now available from Videotron.

Stand out from the crowd with the Windows® Phone 8S by HTC, thanks to its fun and original design! Its features are sure to charm you! A strong, long-lasting battery, an exclusive built-in amplifier for Beats Audio and an ultra-wide-angle front camera lens

Videotron is offering the Windows Phone 8S by HTC for CA$14.95 on a “reduced price” plan and up to CA$349.95 with no contract.

Read more: Videotron

Android 4.1 upgrade now available for Sony Xperia T in Canada

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Mar 042013
Sony Xperia T

Sony Xperia T

Sony Mobile today announced that its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade is now available in Canada for Sony Xperia T owners. According to the Facebook post:

Your Xperia™ T is about to get even better! Starting today, the Jelly Bean update to Android 4.1 for Xperia T will be available. Just plug your device into your PC and use PC Companion to install the new software.

It does not appear that an OTA update will be provided. Instead, the upgrade will have to be done through Sony’s PC Companion software using a PC.

The Sony Xperia T is offered by Bell, Mobilicity, MTS, Rogers and Vidéotron.

Drop us a note below to tell us if you’ve updated and how it went.

Fido now offering Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy Ace II x

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Mar 032013
Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy Ace II x

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy Ace II x

Fido this week launched two more Android smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and the Samsung Galaxy Ace II x. Neither will be confused for a current flagship device but they come with a much easier price on the wallet.

The Galaxy S II LTE is the more powerful of the two. Sporting LTE connectivity, it comes with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 4.5-inch AMOLED Plus display, 16GB of onboard memory, and an 8MP camera capable of 1080p video capture.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace II x comes with a 1GHz single-core, Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 4-inch WVGA (800×480) display, 4GB of internal memory and a 5MP camera. Unlike the Galaxy S II LTE which is only available in black, the Ace II x is available in either black or white.

Fido is offering the Galaxy S II LTE for CA$50 with a two-year contract or CA$450 outright. As for the Galaxy Ace II x, it is free with a two-year contract or CA$225 outright.

Any takers out there for either of these?

HTC Canada offers CA$100 trade-in deal to HTC One buyers

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Mar 012013
HTC One in silver

HTC One in silver

HTC Canada today announced that it will offer a CA$100 early trade-in deal for customers interested in purchasing the new HTC One. The offer is similar to the one that was announced in the U.S. when the HTC One was announced earlier this month. In fact, it could be worth even more depending on the device you are trading in.

The process to apply for the trade-in is pretty straightforward. Sign up on the HTC One Trade-In page by providing your email address and your carrier. Once you’ve purchased your HTC One, you’ll have to return your old phone along with your HTC One proof of purchase. Within 60 days, you should receive a prepaid Visa card for the value of the trade-in or CA$100 – whichever is greater.

The terms and conditions stipulate that the HTC One must be purchased by March 31st, confirming that it will launch before the end of the month. It also means that you’ll have to move quickly to take advantage of the offer.

It’s time to dig through the old drawer to see what old phones you still have that you could use to get yourself a sweet deal on the HTC One.

Read more: HTC Canada

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.

Read more: TELUS Mobility (Source: MobileSyrup)

BlackBerry Z10 now available from WIND Mobile

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Feb 272013
BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry Z10

WIND Mobile today became the latest carrier to launch the BlackBerry Z10.

Introducing the reinvented BlackBerry®. An intelligent and intuitive experience that constantly adapts to your needs. Powered by BlackBerry® 10 every feature, every gesture, and every singly tiny detail is designed with you in mind.

WIND Mobile is offering the BlackBerry Z10 for CA$299 on WINDtab with its CA$40 plan, CA$399 on WINDtab with its CA$30 plan, CA$499 on WINDtab with its CA$20 plan or CA$599 outright.

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HTC One now available through Rogers Reservation System

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Feb 262013
HTC One in silver

HTC One in silver

Rogers announced today that the HTC One is now available for pre-order to its existing customers through the Rogers Reservation System. A CA$40 deposit is required.

When HTC announced the HTC One, it indicated that its latest flagship smartphone would begin to ship in late March. We’ll let you know when it lands at Rogers.

Thanks, Sarah!

Read more: Rogers Reservation System

Android Jelly Bean rolling out to Mobilicity and WIND Mobile Galaxy Note II

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Feb 262013
Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung Galaxy Note II

The Canadian Samsung Galaxy Note II Jelly Bean upgrade rollout began earlier this month. As expected, the rollout has been phased with some carriers getting it before others. There is good news today for Galaxy Note II owners on the Mobilicity and WIND Mobile networks as notifications have begun to pop up on their devices.

The Google Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update also includes Samsung’s Multi Window function as well as Chinese language support.

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: MobileSyrup

Google Nexus 4 now available at Fido

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Feb 212013

Google Nexus 4

After a false start earlier this month, the Google Nexus 4 is now available from Fido. According to MobileSyrup, Fido reserved its first supplies for current customers, allowing them to obtain it through their reservation system. With supplies now improving, the Nexus 4 is now back on its website and available to new customers as well.

Pricing has not changed: Fido will offer the Google Nexus 4 for CA$100 with a two-year contract or CA$425 outright.

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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.

WIND Mobile launches Windows Phone 8S by HTC

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Feb 152013

Windows Phone 8S by HTCWIND Mobile this week launched another Windows Phone device, the Windows Phone 8S by HTC. The smaller sibling to the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, it comes with a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, 4-inch WVGA (800×480) super LCD display and a 5MP camera.

“Everyone at WIND is very excited to be offering this Windows Phone 8 device to our customers.” said Mirko Rugarli, Chief Marketing Officer of WIND Mobile. “The 8S is a great smartphone that is perfect for those who want speed, accessibility and reliability. At WIND Mobile, we have always worked hard to bring our customers the very best selection of new handsets to match our truly unlimited plan offerings. Our real unlimited data plans are perfect to team with the 8S’s ‘Live Tiles’ feature to ensure our customers can stay on top of every update without having to worry about data overages and hidden fees.

WIND Mobile is offering the Windows Phone 8S by HTC for free on WINDtab with their CA$40 plan, CA$99 on WINDtab with the CA$30 plan, CA$199 on WINDtab with the CA$20 plan or CA$299 outright.

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Sony Xperia ZL coming to Canadian carriers “this Spring”

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Feb 142013

Sony Xperia ZLSony Mobile confirmed back at CES 2013 that the Xperia ZL would launch in Canada but gave no further details. It announced today that it will launch with a number of Canadian carriers this spring. Bell, Mobilicity, MTS, Rogers, Videotron and WIND Mobile will all begin launching the device starting in April.

“With the highest screen to phone size ratio available today, the Xperia ZL represents over half of a century worth of Sony innovation in TV, imaging, music, film, gaming and design.” said Peter Farmer, Vice President of Marketing North America, Sony Mobile Communications. “Loaded with Sony’s One-touch functions and media applications, the Xperia ZL will provide an unparalleled entertainment experience whether on-the-go or as a central device within the home.”

While the Xperia ZL will launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Sony Mobile has already confirmed that an upgrade to 4.2 is in the works. There are no details as to when it will be released though.

The Sony Xperia ZL was unveiled at CES 2013 alongside the Xperia Z. There is no official word yet that Sony will launch the latter in Canada alongside the Xperia ZL.

Details such as pricing were not announced today. It is likely that individual carriers will announce these details when we get closer to the launch.

Google Android 4.2.2 begins rolling out

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Feb 122013

About Google Android 4.2.2

It appears that the rumoured Google Android 4.2.2 update is indeed real and starting to roll out to devices today. A growing number of users are reporting that an upgrade is hitting the Galaxy Nexus (GSM model) as well as the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets and updating them to version 4.2.2.

A changelog outlining the changes to be found in build JDQ39 is not yet available. The description that comes up during the upgrade process promises only “performance and stability” enhancements. One expected fix should address the Bluetooth A2DP audio streaming issue will be included.

Let us know if you’ve received the update and what changes you have noticed.

Read more: AndroidPolice

Canadians to buy 2.6 million BlackBerry 10 devices over next year?

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Feb 112013
RIM BlackBerry

The love affair between BlackBerry (formerly Research In Motion) and Canadians does not appear to be waning. A poll conducted earlier this month by Forum Research Inc. found that about 8% of Canadians are “almost certain” to buy a BlackBerry 10 device over the next year. Another 19% were “very likely” to buy one as well. That could translate to sales of between 1.2 million and 2.6 million BlackBerry 10 devices in Canada alone.

The survey also found that BlackBerry 10 devices were most popular with those aged between 35 and 44 and making CA$100,000 or more a year.

While that part of the survey is encouraging, BlackBerry will have a lot more work to do with the 64% that said that they were “unlikely” to buy a BlackBerry 10 device.

Sales of the first BlackBerry 10 device were off to a solid start in Canada. While no specific numbers were provided, company CEO Thorsten Heins described the BlackBerry Z10’s debut as the “best day ever” for the launch of a BlackBerry smartphone in Canada. It would appear that, at least at this early stage, BlackBerry does have a chance to establish itself as Canada’s third-largest mobile platform in 2013 as predicted by IDC Canada late last year.

Analysts such as National Bank’s Kris Thompson and Byron Capital Markets’ Tom Astle expect that BlackBerry could ship between 35 and 40 million devices in 2014.

Read more: The Globe and Mail

Image: Is this the HTC One?

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Feb 112013

Another day, another HTC One (also known as the HTC M7) rumour. The usually reliable @evleaks is back today with a leaked press render of the HTC One:

Rumoured HTC One

The image is very similar to one leaked in mid-January. The major difference is that this time we see the screen and the new HTC Sense 5 user interface. It also shows a new navigation key configuration that drops the multitasking button, keeping only the Back and Home ones. It also hints at an aluminum chassis.

HTC is expected to unveil the HTC One as its latest flagship at a dedicated event on February 19th. Aside from its rumoured 1.7GHz quad-core processor, Google Android Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5.0 and 4.7-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display, it will reportedly sport a new “ultrapixel” camera with three 4.3MP sensor layers.

Read more: @evleaks [via Twitter]