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LTE is quickly growing in popularity and availability in Canada, with the big 3 carriers offering connectivity in varying major urban areas. Rogers customers in Calgary and Halifax can now join in the LTE fun, experiencing significantly faster data speeds when in coverage areas.

In all, Rogers? LTE network is live in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, and surrounding areas for each. They also recently launched it in St John?s, Newfoundland, and now Halifax and Calgary can be added to the list. In the press release for the Halifax/Calgary launch, Rogers also mentioned Edmonton will see the network soon as well, sometime ?in the coming months?. Hopefully the expansion doesn?t stop any time soon!


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According to internal documents that have recently surfaced online, Telus is launching the Huawei E397 LTE Internet Stick tomorrow, March 21st. The stick, like others, has a maximum download capability of 75Mbps, with expected speeds of 12-25Mbps. Additionally, it falls back to Telus? HSPA+ networks when outside of LTE coverage areas.

The Huawei E397 LTE Internet Stick is set for release tomorrow, March 21st, and is expected to cost as little as $0 on a 3 year term, and $149.99 contract-free.


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Ottawa residents, today you're in luck. Rogers has officially gone live with their LTE network in the Ottawa area, and released a compatible data stick and plans to go along with it. The network offers maximum download speeds of 150 Mbps, and maximum upload speeds of 70 Mbps. Coverage spans from Arnprior west of Ottawa, to Gatineau to the east.

Along with the network, Rogers has launched one compatible device, the Sierra Wireless Aircard 313U. This USB rocket stick is capable of the advertised network speeds, and is the first in Canada. Pricing comes in at $79.99 on a 3 year term, or $169.99 contract-free. Along with the internet stick, you'll need to sign up for their newly introduced LTE Flex Rate Plan as well, which starts at $45 or 1.5 GB of usage. Once you exceed that, the next bucket is $60 for 3 GB, then $75 for 6 GB, and lastly $90 for 9 GB with additional usage costing $10/GB. As an introductory offer, they are also offering up no monthly service fee or overage charges for your first two months.

If you live in Ottawa and are looking to pick one up, there are 4 retail stores currently selling the compatible rocket stick:

Rogers Plus at 1379A Woodroffe Ave.
Rogers Plus at 11 Selkirk St.
Wireless Express at 205 Richmond Rd.
Go Communications at 910 Carling Ave.



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Just a few days ago, we let you know that the HTC Panache surfaced on the Canadian HTC website with Videotron as a the carrier. Now, Videotron has gone ahead and officially launched the Android handset, making them the second carrier in Canada to offer it. Mobilicity currently offers it exclusively in their coverage areas, and now Quebec residents can pick up the handset too.

The HTC Panache features a 3.8" (480x800) touchscreen display, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It is powered by a 1GHz processor and 768MB of RAM, and offers a 5MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video capture. Connectivity options are as expected, with Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS.

The HTC Panache is available now from Videotron for $169.95 "Reduced price", or $479.95 contract-free.


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Wind Mobile recently announced that they are working on expanding their network coverage in the coming year, but no further details were made available. Now, however, a newspaper article containing an interview with WIND Mobile CEO Ken Campbell, gives information on what may be in their future.

According to the article, WIND Mobile will be launching in Atlantic Canada, starting in 2012. Nova Scotia is first on the list it seems, and the company is in the planning stages including tower sites, store locations, and more. They also have "aggressive expansion plans for the remainder of 2011', hopefully in other major cities across the country.


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According to a recent release from Sasktel, they aren't just expanding their current 21Mbps network, but also working to launch a 42Mbps 4G network in Regina and Saskatoon this summer. No word yet on which devices might be available offering support for that speed, but it will likely start with a mobile internet stick.

Along with that announcement, Sasktel stated that by the end of 2011, their coverage will be available to 98% of Saskatchewan's population. It is already at 96%, according to the carrier.

It's certainly nice to see network upgrades and announcements, but one can't help but wonder their status regarding LTE deployment. With Bell and Rogers racing to launch their true 4G networks in a few major cities, we can only assume that's the future.


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Mobilicity has recently added two new devices to their line-up, and while they aren't as impressive as the Samsung Nexus S, they are definitely great additions. The Nokia E73 is now available from Mobilicity for $149.99 outright, while the Samsung G-Touch comes in at just $139.99.

The Nokia E73 features a 2.4" (320x240) display, full QWERTY keyboard, and 5MP camera with LED flash. It runs on Symbian OS 9.3 (Series 60), and has Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS connectivity.

The Samsung G-Touch has a 2.8" (240x320) touchscreen display, a horizontally sliding QWERTY keyboard, and a 2MP camera. The G-Touch has bluetooth support in addition to A-GPS, making it suitable entry-level cell phone for those who don't want to pay a whole lot for hardware.

The Nokia E73 and Samsung G-Touch are both available now from Mobilicity. If one of these devices sound appealing to you and you live in one of Mobilicity's coverage areas, head to one of their stores to pick yours up today!


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Bell is stepping up their competitive edge by reducing the price of their Novatel Wireless U547 Turbo Stick to $0 on either a 2 or 3 year term, though contract-free pricing remains the same at $199.95. The U547 is capable of download speeds of up to 42 Mbps using Bell's dual-cell HSPA network, a service that Telus is getting set to launch next month, so it's no surprise that Bell is offering a price reduction now. In order to get this Turbo Stick for free on a 2-3 year term, customers will have to sign up for the 42 Mbps Speed Upgrade for $10/month, and fall within Bell's coverage area for the service.


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Public Mobile has been slowly expanding coverage areas, and Burlington is the most recently added community to get service from the new-entrant carrier. Along with the network launch, Public Mobile has also opened two new retail stores in the area to serve customers, at 650 Plains Road, and 796 Brant Street. Coverage in the Burlington area "continues from Oakville (Burloak Drive) in the East extending to the border with Hamilton (intersection of Highway 403 and Highway 6). Coverage is available from the lake north to Mainway (East of Guelph Line) and to Highway 403 (West of Guelph Line)." With 10 stores available throughout Oakville, Hamilton, and Burlington, Public Mobile's expansion seems to be going well. Keep growing!


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Telus is preparing to launch their dual-cell HSPA+ network sometime in March, at which point it will be available for use with two models of mobile internet stick also being launched by the carrier. The network will be gradually rolled out, with the preliminary stage bringing coverage to: Greater Vancouver Area, Calgary, Edmonton, Ft. McMurray, Whistler, Camrose, Winnipeg, and the Greater Toronto Area. Downlaod speeds are expected to reach as high as 42Mbps, allowing users to stream HD video, browse websites significantly faster, and more.

Along with the network launch, Telus will also be offering up two different mobile internet sticks that will function on the new network. The first device is the Sierra AC319, with the second being the Huawei e372, both capable of download speeds reaching the network maximum of 42Mbps. No word yet on pricing or exact release dates for either of these internet sticks, but we should see them become available fairly soon.


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