Last month if you wanted the new Galaxy Nexus smartphone, the first Android device to come with Ice Cream sandwich (ICS) natively installed, you had to buy it from Bell Mobility or Virgin Mobility.
The good news is that by the end of this month, the unlocked device should also be available from most other wireless providers in Canada including Fido, Rogers wireless, Telus, Videotron and Wind Mobile.
Bloomberg news is reporting today that Globalive Communications, owners of Wind Mobile, are in talks to buy Mobilicity.
Privately held Mobilicity currently offers wireless service in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver while Wind Mobile offers service in starting at $25 per month.
Wind Mobile said this week it has officially launched wireless network coverage in Abbotsford, British Columbia and Cambridge, Ontario. The company also said it was in the final stages of testing in London Ontario with service beginning very soon.
In fact, Digital Home readers report that service is already available in London along with several new stores at Dundas and Richmond and the Sherwood forest malls.
The HTC Amaze 4G smartphone, currently a Telus Mobility exclusive, will be available from Wind Mobile beginning Friday, December 2nd.
The Android 2.3-powered device, which will sell for $569 outright and $249 on the Windtab, features a Qualcomm 1.5 GHz dual core processor, 4.3-inch super LCD HD (960 x 540 pixel) capacitive touch screen, 1GB RAM, microSD slot for up to 32GB of additional storage 8 megapixel camera, and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calling.
Wind Mobile said today that it is now offering wireless phone service in the St. Catharines-Niagara region of Ontario. Wind now offers service in seven markets across Canada including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Kitchener / Waterloo and Toronto.
The wireless company offers a variety of voice plans which range in price from $15 to $45 a month and three data plans which range in price from $25 to $45 a month.
Wind Mobile today launched the “Oh Canada” wireless plan which offers subscribers unlimited Canada wide calling, texting and data for $29 per month for the first twelve months.
Wind offers wireless service in six markets across Canada including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Kitchener/Waterloo, Toronto, and Ottawa.
Mobilicity and Wind Mobile have added the BlackBerry Curve 9360 to their respective smartphone line-ups.
Running on the new Blackberry 7 operating system, the Curve 9360 features the iconic BlackBerry keyboard, 2.44 inch 480×360 pixel HVGA+ color display, 800 MHz processor, integrated GPS, a 5.0 megapixel camera, voice activated universal search, GPS and Wi-Fi support, and various pre-installed social media apps.
Calling federal government regulations misguided, Rogers Communications has launched a public lobbying effort advocating for what it calls a “fair and open auction” of the 700Mhz radio spectrum band Ottawa has slated for sale next year.
Rogers who, combined with Bell and Telus Mobility, has almost 94% of the wireless market, want its more than nine million mobile customers to lobby the government in order to stop the government from “setting aside” spectrum in next year’s wireless auction.