Canadians have been enjoying a minor renaissance in wireless competition since its AWS auction allowed a slew of smaller carriers to join the fray. Unfortunately, that diversity might be shrinking soon. The Globe and Mail reportedly has documents showing that Telus has been in active talks to buy Mobilicity through a share buyout deal. While the apparent leak doesn’t mention the exact motivations, it’s thought to be a spectrum grab when LTE on major Canadian carriers primarily leans on the very AWS frequencies that Mobilicity also uses for its 3G service. Neither Telus nor Mobilicity is commenting, although we’d note that there may be a few roadblocks (however temporary) if the scoop is accurate. Rules meant to preserve competition will prevent Telus from buying any newcomers’ spectrum until early 2014, and Mobilicity left the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association just this week while accusing the industry group of being a puppet for bigger networks like Telus. If negotiations are real and still in progress, there could be some very awkward meetings ahead.
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Source: The Globe and Mail
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silentbrad writes “Canada’s largest mobile service provider is urging the federal telecom regulator to implement a mandatory national consumer protection code (PDF; actual filing with the CRTC) in order to diffuse the threat posed by a growing hotchpotch of provincial regulations for wireless services. Rogers Communications Inc. submitted that proposal to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission in an application late Thursday. In doing so, Rogers becomes the second major carrier to ask the CRTC to resume active regulation of the terms and conditions for wireless service contracts, a practice that it largely abandoned during the 1990s. Nonetheless, those regulatory powers, while latent, remain in the Telecommunications Act, meaning the CRTC can still exercise its authority over those matters.”
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Canadians may still have to wait a bit longer for some official word of the Lumia 900′s
possible debut in the country (the latest rumors suggest it may be heading to Rogers), but there’s now at least a firm date for the launch of its slightly smaller counterpart. Telus confirmed today that the Nokia Lumia 800
will be available on March 2nd (in your choice of black, cyan or magenta), although it’s unfortunately still not providing a price. As you may recall, Nokia’s other
new Windows Phone, the Lumia 710
, made its Canadian debut on Rogers earlier this month, where it can be had for as little as $ 50 on-contract or just over $ 250 off-contract.
Telus confirms March 2nd launch for Nokia Lumia 800 originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 24 Feb 2012 22:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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After the competition got a head start
, Telus has finally announced it’s ready to flip the switch on its fresh LTE network tomorrow. Though it’s certainly taken the longer road, its 4G waves are hitting several more markets on launch day in comparison to Rogers’ solo-city debut. Among the selected 14 markets for the rollout are major cities such as Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa and Montreal. In the process, the carrier’s also managed to stamp a release date on that LTE Note
, which will arrive just in time for Valentine’s Day. That said, it won’t be the only Samsung Galaxy device on Telus’ 4G lineup, the carrier’s also bringing along the Tab 8.9,
as well as the LG Optimus
— all of which will be up for grabs on on February 10th. Those of you in Maple Leaf Land can hit up the PR below to find out if your city made the first cut.
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Telus flipping switch on LTE, network goes live February 10th originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 09 Feb 2012 11:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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For those who like a good dose of irony with their Cheerios, there’s the LG Optimus Black — now available in white. Like its darker cousin released in Canada earlier this summer, the Black in white (seriously…), will feature the same specs as the original (a 5 megapixel camera, unlimited Skype-to-Skype calling and a 4-inch IPS display) as well as an identical contract-dependant price tag. Starting tomorrow, the phone will be available on the Telus network, but there’s no word yet whether its American twin will get the same whitewash treatment. This latest pair of handsets now joins a distinguished list of ebony and ivory favorites: Oreos, tuxedos and Michael Jackson songs (video after the break).
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Telus launches Optimus Black in white, doesn’t believe in paradoxes originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 20 Sep 2011 03:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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It looks like the Samsung Hercules
name won’t live on in mobile infamy, after all. Canadian carrier Telus is now the second (and last) company to shed the Greek God title in favor of the more traditional Galaxy S II
moniker — albeit with its own unique twist, of course. The company’s got an official page up for its forthcoming flagship, dubbed the “4G Samsung Galaxy S II X.” Talk about a mouthful, right? The device mirrors T-Mobile’s version
rather closely, improving upon the original model with a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, HSPA+ download speeds of up to 42Mbps
and — here’s where it gets interesting — a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. We’re still unsure of the chipmaker responsible for supporting the AWS 4G radio, but our money’s on the Qualcomm APQ8060. The ever-frustrating “coming soon” is attached to the page, which seems to be fairly common practice with new phones lately; regardless, we imagine enough people will be willing to forgive and forget once their future toy decides to show up.
4G Samsung Galaxy S II X coming to Telus, still as Herculean as ever originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Sep 2011 21:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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