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Canadian Galaxy S III Receiving Jelly Bean Update On December 3rd

Users overseas may have been a bit jealous that the United States has been getting their updates to Jelly Bean on the Galaxy S III earlier than just about everyone else. If you’ve been anxious to get that update on your device, well you’re in luck! Samsung Canada has announced via a tweet that they a OTA (Over The Air) update would begin rolling out next week, which is Monday, December 3rd. This update just happens to be Android 4.1.1, which should excite a lot of you Canadian users!

A lot of American carriers still aren’t pushing out the Jelly Bean update to the Galaxy S III, despite Sprint rolling it out to their devices on their network a while back. Regardless, hopefully with the announcement of Canada getting the update we will be seeing the update also roll out from AT&T and Verizon here in the states. With how long users have been waiting for this update, I would highly doubt Samsung — and the carriers — would keep their users waiting much longer. If you remember, a while back there were a few reports that December would be the month of Jelly Bean for a few of Samsung’s devices as well. With this update coming to Canada on December 3rd, I think we’re going to be seeing a lot of Jelly Bean just about everywhere.

In other news, there has been rumors going around the Samsung Galaxy S 2 update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is almost ready as well! Hopefully we’ll be hearing some news of this shortly here. We’ll keep you posted as to when we spot something!

Do you have any predictions as to when Samsung and the various carriers are going to start rolling out Jelly Bean for the S III and S II?  Any of our friends over in Canada excited to hear about the Jelly Bean update as well?

Sound off in the comments below!

source: Samsung
via: Talk Android 

Moto X Play Coming To Canada On August 21

Moto X Play

If you live in Canada and want the new Moto X Style, you’re in luck. Motorola has just announced that device will be available for sale starting August 21st, this Friday.

The Moto X Play is Motorola’s highest end offering and was introduced alongside the new Moto X Style and the third-generation Moto G. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, a 21MP rear camera, and a 5MP front-facing shooter. Powering the Play is a 1.7GHz oct-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 3630 mAh battery.

Motorola isn’t saying what stores the Play will be available at, but it will most likely be at retailers such as Best Buy. Will you be purchasing the new device?

Source: Motorola Canada (Twitter)

Sony Xperia Z1 getting Android 4.4.4 update on Rogers


The Xperia Z2 might be Sony’s current flagship, but the Japanese manufacturer has mostly ignored it when it comes to updates to Android 4.4.4, instead choosing to update the Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact instead. Android 4.4.4 started rolling out to the unlocked version of the Xperia Z1 last month, and now the update is making its way to the Z1 on Rogers’ network in Canada.  (more…)

HTC One starts getting Sense 6.0 update in Canada

HTC One getting update with Sense 6.0 in Canada

After pushing out an update that brought its new Sense 6.0 UI to the HTC One max on Sprint, HTC is now streaming the same update to its 2013 flagship in Canada. The 668MB update is available for all carriers, including Rogers, Bell and TELUS and can be downloaded over the air via the automatic notification that will crop up, or manually triggered from the Settings » About » Software update menu. (more…)

Sony Xperia Z2 available for pre-order in Canada unlocked and on contract

Xperia Z2 water

The Sony Xperia Z2 was announced to be exclusive to carrier Bell in Canada, something that might limit the device’s reach. However, this doesn’t mean that are on other carriers cannot buy Sony’s latest flagship, as the Japanese manufacturer has started taking pre-orders for the unlocked variant of the Z2 via its official website.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 – price comparison (US, Canada, UK)

Equally as speedy, pretty much even in the build quality department and each featuring top-shelf audio, imaging, battery or software add-ons such as BoomSound, Dual Camera, Ultra Power Saving Mode or Air gestures, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and HTC’s One M8 are nearly impossible to separate on paper.


Most reviewers say it’s incredibly hard to choose one or the other after getting in contact with them, so at the end of the day the epic battle for high-end Android supremacy this quarter, nay half a year may come down to availability and pricing.

Needless to point out Samsung is far superior advertising-wise, however HTC already managed to roll out the M8 ahead of the GS5, so if the Taiwanese can also position their flagship as the cost-friendly alternative for the odds-on favorite, they might well challenge the throne.


Could they pull it off? Only one way to find out. Scour the interwebs for the best HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5 deals available. Here’s what we dug up in US, Canada and UK:

US on-contract prices and release dates

Technically, our two contenders were bound to start things off on equal footing. But HTC sensed the danger almost instantaneously and shaved a cool $50 off M8’s price with select pacts in the blink of an eye. Thus, the 2014 One can now be purchased via Amazon at $150 as long as you don’t mind committing to lengthy 24-month Verizon or Sprint agreements.

A similar promotion is in full swing over at Best Buy, though the retailer offers just the Verizon M8 at $150. The Sprint and AT&T variants cost 50 clams north, as does the AT&T flavor on Amazon and through the carrier’s own retail network, both on and offline.

HTC M8 Amazon

Searching the ideal Easter present? Why not HTC One M8? Get two from Verizon, and the second is free. Full disclosure: two separate contracts need to be signed.

Beyond the few bucks Amazon and BB allow you to save when boarding the M8 bandwagon, the coolest thing is there are no lines, staggered deliveries or shipping delays, unlike with the GS5. Samsung’s bad boy is technically still on pre-order and the first units will be dispatched beginning Friday, April 11.

Galaxy S5 Amazon

Sprint and AT&T’s locked variants are $190 on Amazon, $200 via Best Buy with $10 gift cards, and $200 when purchased directly from the Now Network and Ma Bell, albeit the former can go as low as $0 for upgrading qualifying customers with Framily Plans.

Still, I reckon it’s point HTC here.

Galaxy S5 vs One M8 – US outright, unlocked pricing

Not a fan of contracts? Then it’s straight to T-Mobile for you. The “UnCarrier” has both smartphones at $0 down, or rather, it’s going to have them starting April 11. Yes, the M8 is bizarrely not around at T-Mo.

HTC M8 box

If coughing up half a dozen Benjamins at once ain’t a problem, Amazon, Best Buy, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and Negri Electronics are at your disposal. Here’s how their offers break down one by one:

Amazon: unlocked 3G-only Galaxy S5 – $775, shipping April 11; no-warranty Latin version – $745, in stock; no-warranty factory unlocked model – $750, in stock; off-contract Sprint version – $700; off-contract AT&T – $700.

Factory unlocked HTC One M8 with US warranty – $700 in grey, $704 in silver; M8 Developer Edition – $700, ships in 2 to 4 weeks; AT&T, Verizon, Sprint versions – $650

Best Buy: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 outright variants – $750; No-contract MetroPCS with 4G LTE – $650

HTC One M8 for AT&T – $700; Verizon version – $750; for Sprint – $800

Galaxy S5 Verizon

AT&T: Samsung Galaxy S5 – $650; HTC M8 – $640

Sprint: Galaxy S5 – $650; One M8 – $650

Verizon: GS5 – $600; All New HTC One – $600

Negri Electronics: Unlocked Latin American Galaxy S5 models in white and black – $720.50 on pre-order

16 GB unlocked HTC One M8 in silver, gold and grey – $812.50 a pop (grey units in stock, silver and gold on pre-order)

Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 – UK prices

So many things to say, so little time to cover them all. Where to start? Let’s take a virtual trip down Amazon UK lane first. The SIM-free One M8 is £529.95 there (already discounted from £549), in both grey and silver. No gold? Bummer.

HTC M8 colors

Meanwhile, the GS5 is listed as coming on April 18 (i.e. next Friday), costing an extra 30 quid or so. Total price: £559.99 in black, blue and white contract-free.

Surprise, surprise, the S5 is cheaper with Clove than the M8, going for £522, including VAT. HTC’s giant? £534. How about Unlocked-Mobiles? Well, they do promise swift deliveries beginning April 10, but folks on tight budgets are likely to pick the in-stock M8. It’s £528.98 vs. £549.98, the GS5.

Alright, let’s do one last British online store. Expansys? Expansys it is. Like most of their competitors, they’re in a position to ship the HTC One M8, but not the GS5. The former is £550 in grey and silver, and the latter £560 in black, white, blue and gold. It looks like Samsung may need to rethink strategy before it’s too late.


Oh, by the by, you can always score the two heavyweight title contenders with pacts on British shores paying nada upfront. Just remember plans might be fairly steep for the obligatory two years.

Canada pricing and availability

O Canada, how I wish I had better news for you vis-à-vis the GS5. Instead, all I can tell you is a bundle of carriers, Rogers, Bell and Telus included, are taking pre-orders, vowing to zippy deliveries around April 10. Pricing is equally as ominous, at $250 with contracts, compared to the One M8, which ships already and costs $230 on a 2-year term, or $700 outright.


It’s official, Samsung is losing this battle. Will the Koreans lose the war too? You tell us. Do you intend to get the M8 or GS5? Will you instead hold out for Sony’s Xperia Z2? Maybe LG’s G3? Google’s Nexus 6? Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4? So many options, huh?

Sony Xperia Z2 to be a Bell exclusive in Canada, launching in May


If you’re in Canada and are looking to pick up Sony’s latest flagship, you’ll have no option but to purchase the handset from Bell. The company has announced that it has gotten exclusive rights to sell the Xperia Z2 on Canadian soil, and has confirmed that the device will be made available sometime in May.

Unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February, the Xperia Z2 is an incremental upgrade over the Xperia Z1, sporting a larger, higher-quality 5.2-inch screen, a bigger 3,200 mAh battery, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.3GHz and paired with 3GB of RAM, 4K video capture, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box. It’s water- and dust-proof like the Z1, and comes with software features such as double tap to wake and smart backlight (similar to Samsung’s Smart Stay.) It also brings over the 20-megapixel G Lens camera from its predecessor, but with improved image quality and faster autofocus thanks to the newer processor.

Pricing and an exact launch date are currently unknown, though you can sign up at the source link to be notified when Bell starts stocking the device and to get a chance to win a free Xperia Z2.

Source: Newswire

Samsung Galaxy S5 availability and pricing roundup – US, Canada, Europe and India

Prime or no Prime version in the pipeline, Samsung’s “standard” Galaxy S5 is still poised to lead Android smartphone sales for the next six to nine months. Regardless of what analysts anticipate, and increasing competitiveness of rivals LG or Sony, Sammy’s marketing juggernaut is a well enough oiled machine to secure healthy buzz once the 5.2-incher goes up for grabs.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Whether S5 purchases will remain steady, say, through the end of the summer greatly depends on what other antagonists, primarily Apple and HTC, bring to the table. Pricing looks like a key factor too, plus let’s not forget timing.

By timing, we mean S5’s release schedule, but also its obligatory future discounts, and most importantly, Prime’s ETA. Bottom line, the next big thing’s blockbuster potential leans on a stockpile of elements and components, some of which are unraveling as we speak.


Without further ado, here’s all we know of possibly the two most vital factors, Galaxy S5 availability and pricing, around the world:

US roundup – when, where, how much

Samsung may have committed to a simultaneous commercial launch on April 11 in roughly 150 countries, which no doubt includes the US of A, however we know better than blindly trust a promise of this nature.

It’s not only their call, so the shipping start might depend on carriers and retailers as well. For now, all big four wireless providers have pre-registration pages set up, with no words on when actual pre-orders will go live.

Galaxy S5 Sprint

T-Mobile and Sprint vaguely hint the Galaxy S5 is “coming April 2014”, whereas Verizon and AT&T are even more discrete, mentioning nada on timelines. Price tags? We wish we had something solid, substantial to give you, but I’m afraid you’ll need to settle for guesses.

Educated guesses, but guesses nevertheless – $200 with two-year pacts across Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, and around $650, maybe $700 full retail price via T-Mo, as well as MetroPCS. Boost and Virgin Mobile are themselves expected to carry the handheld, though they’re part of a second wave of launches, slated for “sometime in Q2”. Translation: May or June.

Galaxy S5 Verizon

Several third-party retailers, including Best Buy and RadioShack, want to update you on availability news as soon as it breaks, but at the moment keep everything on the hush-hush, just like carriers do. Oh, well, odds are pre-orders will begin in one or two weeks, so the mystery shall be shattered before long.

Samsung Galaxy S5 in Canada

Folks looking to score an S5 up north don’t have the full story yet either, however they do know plenty given how early it still is. Eleven carriers around those parts forecast they’ll be able to offer the water-shielded phone starting in April, with Telus, Rogers, Bell, Videotron, Virgin and Wind Mobile leading the pack.


Of them all, Telus has come forward with the most detailed information, pretty much confirming the S5 is to cost $249 with pacts, though “prices may change”. Yes, $250 is a little steep, and it’s unsettling from a stateside perspective, but Canadians and US networks are not always on the same wavelength, so don’t panic… yet.

Europe availability and pricing

As usual, the hustle and bustle is underway early on the old continent, as Orange Romania officially became the world’s first operator to accept S5 pre-orders a few days ago. Surprisingly, the Eastern European service provider still lists stocks as “sufficient” and promises delivery around April 11 for €700 outright and €250 and up on-contract.

Meanwhile, multiple regional Amazon branches apparently gear up to charge the same €700 in countries like Germany, Italy or Spain. Too pricey? Then you’ll be happy to hear at least one Dutch seller plans to ask €650 for the 16 GB variant.


Rumors from Bulgaria also call for a sub-€700 price tag (€660 or so, to be specific), and in France Bouygues Telecom lists the Galaxy S5 at a fairly reasonable €649. That’s $900 for the record, which may sound anything but reasonable to American ears. Only Europeans are used to cough up such premiums on top-of-the-line Androids, due to high import taxes.

Interestingly, Russia, a notoriously expensive market, is on the verge of nabbing the Samsung Galaxy S5 at €600, or $830, and Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic fall in line with their Western cousins, at €700, or $970.

By the by, pre-orders seem to be live now in a host of nations, via a bunch of retailers, so you may want to secure a place in front of the line.

Galaxy S5 Handtec

Oh, right, I nearly forgot about our UK-based readers. Good news, blokes and gals, early pledges of allegiance can be made on Clove, Expansys, Unlocked-Mobiles and Handtec. Oddly, only two of the four have been bold enough to put a price on the SIM-free 16 GB GS5: £545.99 including VAT at Handtec, and £549.98 all taxes covered at Unlocked-Mobiles.

That’s $910 give or take, which sounds costly, but it’s essentially in the ballpark we expected on British shores. First stock is due April 11 through Clove and Unlocked-Mobiles, while the other two aren’t ready to reveal a date. But it can’t vary too much.

As for on-contract pricing, we’re extremely light on specifics. Not that it’s any big secret – Three, Vodafone, O2, EE and Virgin Media shall “sell” the S5 for no upfront fee on their heftiest monthly plans. Also beginning on or around April 11. Everyone ready to rumble?

Samsung Galaxy S5 in India

Saholic caught everyone off guard when briefly selling the Samsung Galaxy S5 last week for an almost unbelievably low INR 45,500, which translates into $740, or €535. But will that pan out as an official price tag, or did the merchant just try to score some easy, free publicity?


Only one way to find out – wait until April 11, at the latest, for shipping to reboot. Fingers crossed, y’all.

Now, feel free to update us on any new developments we may have missed, and sound off below with a simple “yay” or “nay” if you’re thinking of buying the Galaxy S5 or snubbing it. Is it a must-buy at $650, €700 and £550, or does Samsung need to think about trims already?

HTC One KitKat Update Now Available In Canada

Just this week President of HTC Americas Jason Mackenzie made an announcement basically saying that the Android KitKat update for the HTC One is going to be delayed since it is still in the certification process. “We are currently in the certification phase across all of our carrier partners in North America, and they share our enthusiasm for getting this software in your hands.  That said, the software development process does not always follow a linear path and we know today that we will miss our self-imposed target.  The good news is that we won’t miss by much as, it shouldn’t be more than one to two weeks to complete each of the carrier versions of the HTC One.”

HTC One KitKat

It looks like Canada beat this deadline as the KitKat update is now rolling out for the device to Canadian carriers such as Rogers, TELUS, Bell, Virgin, SaskTel and Wind. MobileSyrup reports that the update is just a little bit below 600MB and brings several enhancements and bug fixes which include the following.

  • Android 4.4.2 update
  • Cloud Print Service
  • Security enhancements
  • New Bluetooth profiles to support more media interactions

If you own a Canadian version of the HTC One then you can check the update by clicking on Settings > About phone > Software update

When the update notification icon appears on your device

  • Slide the Notifications panel open, and then tap the system update notification.
  • If you don’t want to download the update using your data connection, select Use Wi-Fi or cable only.
  • Tap Download.
  • When download is complete, select Install now, and then tap OK.

HTC Owners in the U.S. might have to wait a little bit longer for the update as it is still in the certification phase. This is already the last phase the update will have to undergo before it is going to be pushed out to consumers.

In other related news, the Android KitKat update has already been rolling out forfor the HTC One in Europe.

via mobilesyrup 

LG offering trial devices to developers for testing, including the LG G2 and Optimus G

Developing an app for Android is one thing, but making sure it works well across the plethora of Android smartphones and tablets out in the wild today can be a daunting task, especially for independent developers that can’t get their hands on too many devices for actual testing. But if you’re a developer based in the US or Canada, then LG is offering to lend a hand for your testing needs.


The Korean manufacturer is giving a trial device to developers for 30 days as part of its Device Loaner Program – all they need to do is sign up for the developer program, and if they get selected, LG will send over an LG G2, Optimus G, or a Optimus G Pro for 30 days. Of course, it would have been better if it was Samsung offering this deal, considering the millions of its devices that are in use today, but hey, it’s never a good idea to look a gift horse in the mouth, is it?

Sign up for the LG Device Loaner Program at the source link.

Source: LG Developer

Google’s Nexus 4 reaches “end of life” status in Canada

LG Nexus 4

The Nexus 4 has been one of the most loved Android devices, with super-fast updates to the latest operating system and an incredibly cheap off-contract price, Google really found a winning strategy.

Sadly, the Nexus 4 is getting on in life and Canada’s second largest carrier Bell has decided to give it the “end of life” status. This means the phone will be dropped from the store front and Bell will not accept more stock.

It is not all sad news, this means Bell is either sick of not being able to sell the smartphone or the company is preparing the launch of the LG Nexus 5, the new Google smartphone with quick updates and a cheap off-contract price.

The latter seems more likely, considering we have heard various rumors regarding the LG Nexus 5 and the Nexus 4 has just had $100 price-reduction, down to an incredible $199 off contract on the Google Play store.

With the end of life status, is it actually worth buying the Nexus 4 still? We did a piece on this a few weeks ago – even if the phone is not the highest-end device now, it can still run all apps and Google will still be feeding the phone updates until the next Nexus phone reaches its “end of life” status.

We hope Google continues to offer this amazingly cheap high-end device with the LG Nexus 5 and we hope it is in stock for more than five minutes this time.


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Release Date and Pricing Roundup – US, Canada, Europe

The moment you jumbo-sized Android smartphone lovers have been waiting for roughly 12 months now has finally arrived. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the sequel to the best phablet yet, has been “Unpacked”, looking awesome albeit not as game-changing as some expected.

Why buy it?

Sans fingerprint recognition technology, with a smaller display than it was initially tipped and an overall spec sheet that resembles a little too much every high-end Android released of late or due to go on sale soon, the Note 3 is bound to get its fair share of haters.


Yet something tells me the number of GNote 3 aficionados will overwhelm and ultimately squash the skeptics. It’s not intuition, nor is it any kind of sixth sense I might have about the way the mobile tech world works.

It’s just cold facts and numbers. Like 3 GB of RAM. Or 8.3 mm thin profile. Or 151.1 mm height, which is an incredible 0.1 mm more than Note 2’s measurement, all while the “next big thing” rocks a usable screen real estate larger with 0.2 inches.

Galaxy Note 3-2

The cherry on top of it all is a dazzling faux-leather back, which might just silence the ridiculous ongoing plastic vs. metal debate. Hoping that you’re now more decided than ever to upgrade (or get on the GNote bandwagon for the first time ever), here’s everything we know about the thing’s pricing and availability:

Galaxy Note 3 in US – where, how much, when?

Five is the number of carriers stateside already confirmed to sell the 5.7-incher, with the known details at this time summarized as follows:

  • Verizon – The exact date when shipments are to start seems the only standing enigma as far as Big Red is concerned, with pre-orders live as of today, September 6, 9 AM EST, and pricing set at $299.99 with two-year pacts and $699.99 outright. America’s number one network will also reportedly sell the Note 3 bundled with a Galaxy Gear smartwatch, for a total price of $599.98.
  • AT&T – Though still behind Verizon in number of subscribers, Ma Bell is continuously stepping up its game when it comes to big releases. Hence, the Note 3 is up for pre-orders already, with an October 1 ETA. The on-contract price tag is the same (i.e. $299.99), but oddly off-contract the 5.7-incher costs a tad more – $724.99.

Galaxy Note 3 AT&T

  • T-Mobile – There are no words on a launch date with Magenta, nor have pre-orders been opened, but on the bright side the pricing structure is very attractive. You’ll be able to score the Note 3 “in the coming weeks” for $199.99 upfront, plus 24 monthly payments of $21 each.
  • Sprint and US Cellular – We’ve bundled these two together because they insist on being secretive, meaning they’ll likely come late to the launch party. Probably sometime in mid-October, with pricing starting at $300 with carrier agreements.

Can’t possibly wait until next month? Have fat bags of money just lying around? Then maybe you’ll be interested to know Negri Electronics has the Note 3 up for pre-orders starting at a hefty $780 price with estimated availability beginning September 28.

Canada availability and pricing

Although we’ve always had the sense Canada was viewed as a key market for Samsung, the Koreans are unexpectedly shy about Note 3’s prospects up north. As of yet, we essentially only know the name of the Canadian operators set to carry the device (Bell, Rogers, Telus, Mobilicity, SaskTel, Videotron and WIND Mobile).


No words on an exact release date, nothing on pricing and the only ETA Sammy is ready to reveal is a horribly vague “later this year”. Not cool, Samsung, not cool at all!

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 EuroTrip – dates, costs

It’s near guaranteed Samsung’s latest spearhead will take the old continent by storm in the following month or so, but I’m afraid, with the exception of UK and Switzerland (?!?), everyone else has been left hanging for now.

  • EE UK – Up for pre-orders in a 4G LTE-enabled flavor in physical stores starting less than 24 hours ago, the Note 3 is to go live online soon, but the exact launch date is still kept under wraps. As far as pricing goes, you’ll need to cough up £149.99, pen a customary 2-year contract and pay an additional £31 a month (which however includes unlimited calls, texts and 2 GB of data).
  • Orange – Also available on pre-orders here, the Note 3 goes for an upfront fee of £120 with £42 monthly plans.
  • T-Mobile – The other sub-branch of the EE giant offers the 3G-only phone for £140 with £42 plans.

Galaxy Note 3 unveiling

  • O2, Three, Vodafone – Just like in America, the latest member of the Galaxy family will be available with all major networks, but these three are more timid, so they don’t have pre-orders live as of now, nor have they announced pricing details or release dates. Based on rumors and speculations, they should however kick shipping into gear around the same time as their competitors, which will be by the end of September.
  • Unlocked-Mobiles – The third-party retailer doesn’t only take pre-orders already, but it also pinpoints a Note 3 commercial release date: September 29. The phablet is of course far from cheap (£598.97 outright), albeit it’s not preposterously expensive either… considering.


  • Phones 4USeptember 25 is when the seller estimates the first phones will be out and about, with pricing starting at £0 upfront (with £47 Orange or Vodafone plans). The deal sweetener is that if you pre-order the thing online, you get a free flip case, £120 worth wireless speakers, plus a £100 discount on subsequent Galaxy Gear purchases. Not bad!
  • Switzerland – This is by far the weirdest part of our roundup today, but, believe it or not, we know the recommended retail price of the Note 3… in Switzerland. It’s 939 CHF unlocked and SIM-free, which is roughly 1,000 US bucks. Ouch!

Other sources: T-Mobile, Sprint, Mobile Syrup, The Inquirer, Telegraph, Geeky-Gadgets

Verizon rejects claims of expanding its network to Canada

Verizon Logo

Verizon Logo

Since recently, there have been murmurs of Verizon expanding its network into Canadian territory. But it seems like those were only rumors as the Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam has categorically stated that it will not head into Canada, thereby laying all the rumors and reports to rest. He also said that the reports were overblown by media.

Verizon’s decision has nothing to do with the recent Vodafone deal apparently. The CEO mentioned in the company statement – “It has nothing to do with the Vodafone deal, it has to do with our view of what kind of value we could get for shareholders. If we thought it had great value creation we would do it“.

Canada has a 700 MHz spectrum auction coming up in January which currently has Rogers, Telus and BCE as bidders. Verizon’s inclusion might have been very unfair on the bidders as it would be allowed to bid on two of the four available blocks, while local carriers can only bid on one. These are mere hypotheticals now and Canadian carriers can breathe a sigh of relief.

Source: Bloomberg

Via: Android Community

Moto X now costs $149.99 in Canada

Moto X Canada

Moto X Canada

Rogers is the only carrier selling the Moto X in Canada, and it seems like third party retailers in the country are set out to undercut each other with each passing week. A retailer called The Real Canadian SuperStore has been spotted selling the Moto X for just $149.99 with a two year contract. This comes as Rogers officially slashed the prices of the smartphone just a few days ago to $169.99. Other third party retailers in the region have been selling the smartphone for $169.99 for quite some time now. But with this new retailer slashing the price further, we can expect other retailers to follow suit.

The smartphone is currently only available in the U.S. and Canada with global markets slated to receive a slightly toned down version of the smartphone. If you’re from Canada, make sure you drop by at The Real Canadian SuperStore to check out this new deal. The smartphone can also be bought from Best Buy, Rogers and The Future Shop for $169.99.

Via: Phone Arena