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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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Those with Videotron, or considering them as their next service provider, will soon have another tablet to choose from. Currently, Videotron offers the HTC Flyer 4G and BlackBerry PlayBook, but as of March 21st, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G will be added to that short, but growing list.

Currently available with Rogers, Bell, and Telus, the Tab 10.1 4G runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb. It features a 10.1? (800 x 1280) touch screen display with Gorilla Glass and is powered by a dual-core 1 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM. It has a 3.15 MP camera with LED flash and 720p video capture, and a front-facing 2 MP camera. Other features include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and of course ? HSPA connectivity.

Pricing comes in at $399.95 on a 3 year term, with outright pricing unknown currently. Videotron has preloaded a few applications, and are offering promotions that coincide with them. Two great examples are built-in Le Journal de Montr?al and Le Journal de Qu?bec applications, both coming with free subscriptions to the digital editions!


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Perfectly in line with the launch of the new LTE enabled iPad, Virgin mobile has gone live with their LTE network. It piggy-backs off of Bell?s network, and is currently active in major urban areas including Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Yellowknife, and many cities in Southern Ontario including Toronto, London, Kitchener, and more. Of course, in order to support the new iPad, they are now offering LTE microSIM cards as well.

As for prices, they have decided to keep things simple and straight-forward, extending their existing Flexi-Data plan for tablets to include 4G LTE. This starts at $5/month for 10 MB, after which, it steps up to $15 for 250 MB. If you exceed 250 MB of usage, you enter the last tier of 5 GB for $35/month. Overages beyond 5 GB are charged at 1.5 cents/MB.


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We just let you know that Samsung had officially announced the Galaxy S II LTE, and already Rogers has come forward with confirmation that they will carry it. Their LTE network is currently live in Ottawa, and will expand to other major cities by the end of 2011, which is also when we can expect the Galaxy S II LTE. No word on pricing, but this handset is sure to sell well, especially when considering its improved processor and significantly faster data connectivity.

Additionally, Rogers will be launching 3 other new devices, including the Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S, an LTE tablet, and an LTE HTC device. These will add to the Sierra Wireless Rocket Stick, and of course, the LTE Galaxy S II. Other news from the release today includes a Toronto launch date for LTE, which is set for September 28th. Montreal and Vancouver will go live by the end of the year.


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A few days ago we let you know that Rogers was getting set to launch their 4G LTE network sometime in 2011 in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Vancouver. According to the announcement, the network will also become active in 25 more cities in 2012. Bell has responded, releasing a document internally that states that their LTE trials have concluded, and that they are also working on launching in the near-future. In the document, they say "Bell has completed 4G LTE trials and we are currently deploying 4G LTE as well. Our competitors will not get in front of Bell's network leadership." No word on launch dates or which areas Bell's LTE network will be available in at launch as of yet, but we'll keep a close eye on Bell (and other networks) to keep you up to-date-on 4G LTE network deployment in Canada!


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Rogers has always prided themselves on being at the forefront of innovation and new technology in the Canadian mobile industry, and are looking to solidify that reputation this year. Rogers has announced through their newly created site iwantmylte.ca that LTE services will launch in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Ottawa sometime this year. 25 other cities will also get the new network, though it will come in 2012.

The upcoming LTE network offers maximum download speeds of 150 Mbps, and max upload speeds of 70 Mbps. Rogers states "Everyone will be able to watch streaming movies and live HDTV on their mobile devices, with crisp picture and virtually no buffering or delays". Now the real question is, what sort of compatible devices can we expect?

No word yet on which cities will get LTE in 2012, but we'll keep you updated, so stay tuned!


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Competition has been roaring in Canada when it comes to unlimited plans and offerings, and most carriers are doing their part by introducing affordable packages. Virgin Mobile is certainly no exception, as they have recently launched new $35 and $45 Unlimited plans. The $35 Unlimited City Calling Plan is available only for CDMA handsets, and only in major cities including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. It offers up unlimited local calling, along with unlimited Canadian, U.S., and international text messaging.

The $45 Unlimited Calling Plan is available for all handsets and in all locations (except Manitoba and Saskatchewan), and offers up unlimited local calling, unlimited Canadian, U.S., and international text messaging, along with call display. Additionally, any data or long-distance packages are eligible to be added on to the $45 plan, so it's a great starting point for customers looking to build a personalized solution. Both of these packages are officially available now, so get in contact with Virgin Mobile if you're interested!


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Montreal residents who use the city's Metro service will be happy to hear that the STM (Societe de transport de Montreal) is finalizing a deal with Extenet that will result in cellular coverage within the subway system. The coverage would be available in 68 Metro stations throughout the city, and will be rolled out in stages. It's great to see these improvements, as reception has only been somewhat-available in very few sections of the system thus far.


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Many carriers are offering up price plan discounts these days, and Public Mobile is holding their own promotion to help draw in more new customers. They are currently offering the $40 plan for just $30/monthly for anybody who subscribes by November 21st. The offer only goes for 6 months, so in total this promotion will save you $60, but you'll also get Canadian and U.S. long distance for those 6 months as well. If you're looking to save even more, and are located in either Toronto or Montreal, be sure to check out Public Mobile within the next couple of days.


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With the regular NHL season starting recently, Bell has released an official Montreal Canadiens application for BlackBerry, Android, and iPhone that provides customers with up-to-date news on the team, statistics, and videos showing off game highlights, and more. Additionally, the application will allow users to vote on the game's "3 stars" that are declared shortly after each game ends, and users can even submit photos that could appear on the big screen in the Bell Center! If you're with Bell for your mobile services and are a Habs fan, this application is definitely worth checking out.


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