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post #16 of 39 (permalink) Old 2011-03-18, 04:31 PM
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Galaxy S line is getting a 2.3 update in pretty soon, maybe even this month. When is this phone released in Canada?

Any nexus phone should be as far ahead of other phones as the N1 was when it was released. Having a dual core with expandable memory would have kept it ahead of the curve, and then it would have been a more enticing option, for me for sure anyway. Google dropped the ball on this one and will probably lose sales because all the techies who might have bought this phone will most likely wait for the dual cores, which are arriving now.

Hopefully there will be a Nexus 2 with all the necessary specs to make it an advanced phone, not just a run of the mill smartie who's only advantage is a month or two lead on getting an update.
The European Galaxy S might see Gingerbread soon. Don't expect to see it for the Canadian variants for months yet, if ever. Even then it will have TouchWiz UI.

I would always prefer to have the latest software over the latest hardware. Firstly, no matter how good the hardware is, it will still be outdated in a few months, unlike the Nexus line's software. Secondly, having high powered hardware won't help you if you're running an outdated version of Android that can't run the latest apps.
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True for official updates on the nexus line, but if you are tech savvy enough, rooting and custom roms will make updates come to your phone faster anyway. Some developers have already rooted/custom rom'd the Atrix.

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Question Is the pre-order in-store only? Unlocked version also?

Does anyone know if the pre-order is in-store only? I could not find it on the site.

Also, is Futureshop also selling the unlocked version? I'm only going to use the phone for app development and don't need a contract.

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In-store only and locked to carrier.

FYI, just got back from Futureshop, they are only taking pre-orders in-store and only for phones locked to a carrier. They don't have a SKU for the unlocked version.

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Apparently only Rogers, Fido, Telus, and Koodo. Not Bell or Virgin, or any of the AWS carriers.
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FYI, just got back from Futureshop, they are only taking pre-orders in-store and only for phones locked to a carrier. They don't have a SKU for the unlocked version.
I thought they were all unlocked? I thought Google simply would not allow the phone to be locked.
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That was the American version. These ones will be subsidized and sold by the carriers, in this case through Futureshop mobile, but still via the carriers, where as in the US they were sold directly through BestBuy just like MP3 players or laptops.

In the US it also wasn't as big of a deal to sell it unlocked because nobody else offers T-Mobile's 3G bands. In Canada, selling it unlocked by default would allow users to easily jump from carrier to carrier at will, an idea the carriers hate.
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That was the American version. These ones will be subsidized and sold by the carriers, in this case through Futureshop mobile, but still via the carriers, where as in the US they were sold directly through BestBuy just like MP3 players or laptops.

In the US it also wasn't as big of a deal to sell it unlocked because nobody else offers T-Mobile's 3G bands. In Canada, selling it unlocked by default would allow users to easily jump from carrier to carrier at will, an idea the carriers hate.
You sure about that? That's not the consensus information reported elsewhere. ie. the phone will be sold unlocked everywhere.
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According to Futureshop, the variants they carry will be carrier locked. They could be wrong, but that is what they said.

It's not unprecedented, a couple of the Nexus One variants, including the Vodafone UK version, were carrier locked.
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FYI, just got back from Futureshop, they are only taking pre-orders in-store and only for phones locked to a carrier. They don't have a SKU for the unlocked version.
Another good reason to buy it from Best Buy in the states (T-Mobile, who also sell a version without a contract), which will work with Wind and Mobilicity.
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Future shop (And all 'value add') retailers earn more money for selling you a carrier phone with a contract than they do from selling you the phone directly. I'm surprised they sell any unlocked phones at all (Do they?)
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BestBuy in the US sold the Nexus S unlocked at full price, as well as unlocked on a 2-year T-Mobile contract. Google's idea, after their web sales were generally considered a failure, was to turn try to cell phones into a gadget just like any other you'd buy at BestBuy.

Unfortunately in the US being unlocked doesn't mean much as there are only two major GSM carriers and, unless you live in Cincinnati Bell's limited coverage, your only choice for 3G is T-Mobile.
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April 7-8 release date?

Rogers pricing:
http://mobilesyrup.com/2011/04/06/he...s-price-plans/

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... will be releasing the Android 2.3-powered “Pure Google” device $499.99 outright and ranges all the way down to the 3-year promo price of $99.99
Telus pricing
http://mobilesyrup.com/2011/04/06/te...-on-april-7th/

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... a release date of April 7th on the following price plans: MTM is $549.99; 1-year contract for $499.99; 2-year contract for $449.99 and a promo 3-year contract for $179.99.

The Nexus S comes carrier unlocked and with OS 2.3 but one of the major features is that it’ll always be one of the first Android devices to get OS updates.

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I'm still hearing conflicting information about whether they will be locked. I'm hopeful that the confusion is just because if Futureshop receives a shipment from Rogers they are obliged to sell them with Rogers service (rather than a three year contract from Bell, for example).

I guess we'll find out tomorrow. Mobilicity should also start stocking an AWS variant tomorrow for $499.99
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So it looks like all the Canadian carriers will be selling the Nexus S at a lower price than in the US - bar Telus.
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