Bell Mobility this week announced the expansion of its next generation 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless network service into areas around Halifax Nova Scotia and Belleville Ontario.

Halifax and Belleville join areas of Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph with access to the new LTE network.

For consumers who invest in new LTE wireless smartphones and tablets, LTE technology promises better network performance and better support for data services. LTE smartphone owners can expect to experience data speeds that are between three and four times faster than what is currently available.

To take advantage of the higher speeds, Bell has now released its first LTE smartphone, the HTC Raider 4G LTE. Features of the Android 2.3 powered HTC Raider include a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. 4.5" qHD screen with 540 x 960 resolution, 1 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera that can shoot photos or video, a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video chart and of course the promise of higher download speeds.

The Raider sells for $600 without a contract with discounts available on longer terms

Bell is expected to release several other LTE devices and tablets in the near future including the LG Optimus LTE and possibly the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE tablet.

The following maps from Bell illustrate the new LTE coverage areas in Halifax and Belleville.

Halifax



Belleville


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