Welcome to ‘Android News Canada’ a weekly column for our Android friends to the North covering all of the note-able Droid News affecting Canadians.While I am not Canadian, Chris our Editor-in-Chief and Founder certainly is, and he has tasked me of delivering all the latest Android News In Canada and hopefully I will become an honorary Canuck once a week! Now that, the snow has stopped falling, well except in Whitehorse, Spring is here… take out that BBQ, head to the cottage, eat some poutine, grab your favorite beverage -Molson Canadian, Labatt Blue or a Timmy’s- put some hockey on TV and get all your Canadian Android News right here! It is ‘aboot/aboat’ time to get started eh!
Virgin Mobile Looking for 5 People to Review the Galaxy S4
Virgin Mobile re-launched their “Tester Team” and was calling for 5 people to try out Samsung’s latest flagship for a review. Hopefully you know their latest flagship is the Galaxy S4 by now.
In order to apply for a spot on the Tester Team, participants had to explain “in 100 words or less why [they’d] be an awesome Virgin Mobile phone tester.” The application process has since ended which means there are five lucky individuals out there with a brand new S4!
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Now Available in Canada
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is now available in Canada, it first launched on April 19. It’s currently available through Best Buy, Future Shop and Staples. Unfortunately, you’ll have to look up each retailer separately for prices.
TELUS Offering $100 Credit to Pre-order Customers Because of Delayed Shipping
According to TELUS “there’s a very limited quantity [of Galaxy S4s] available across Canada and internationally.” Because of that fact, on May 3rd when the device launches, there will be limited stock available. Naturally there are so many pre-sales of the Galaxy S4 through TELUS that now there is a shipping delay for some customers. Since the S4 is “so popular” they were offering a $50 credit to customers that will have to wait a couple weeks for their order to be filled, but the number has since been increased to $100. TELUS is informing affected customers directly through email (started on April 20, 2013), so if you pre-ordered an S4 you should know soon whether or not you’ll be getting the credit.
“We’re offering select pre-order customers a $100 bill credit if you’re willing to wait up to two weeks to receive your GALAXY S4… If you decide to take this offer, we’ll add a $100 credit to your account after you receive your device. We will ship your GALAXY S4 by May 10th instead of Saturday, April 27th. If you choose not to take this offer, your GALAXY S4 will be shipped as previously outlined. For customers who have already accepted the $50 offer, you will automatically be provided the new $100 offer – no action is required.”
Pre-order the Galaxy S4 Through Rogers and Get a $35 Google Play Gift Card
Rogers is offering a free $35 Google Play gift card in a promo, which is “available to new and existing customers with purchase of eligible device (Samsung Galaxy S4) and new activation on any Rogers post-paid plan between April 26 June 30, 2013 with 3- yr FLEXtab agreement. Subject to change without notice.”
Rogers Expands LTE Support to Include Seven New Canadian Markets
On April 22, seven new LTE markets on Rogers network went live. Clearly they’re getting their 2600MHz band ready for the launch of the Galaxy S4, among other milestones. The new active markets are as follows:
Ottawa, including Kanata, Nepean, Gloucester, Stittsville and Cumberland
Hamilton, including Grimsby in Ontario
Rogers Offering New “Price Match” Promo to Existing Wireless Customers
Rogers just introduced a new “Price Match” promo that offers a price match to customers in order to thwart competitors that are offering better deals. Of course, there are quite a few stipulations that you’ll need to know before you take advantage of the promotion.
This promo is only available to current Rogers wireless customers and only with a hardware upgrade on a 2-year or 3-year Rogers plan. Furthermore, Price Match only applies to hardware, not monthly price plans.
Rogers will only Price Match to a competitor’s offer that is “advertised nationally on television, radio, print and/or the internet.”
Price Match is only available at Rogers corporate stores or dealer stores and available over the phone. Customers can call 1-800-518-2788 and Quote “MATCHMYPRICE”.
Rogers will price match against Bell, TELUS, Koodo, WIND, Mobilicity, Virgin Mobile, plus retailers Future Shop, Best Buy, Walmart Canada and Target.
Price matching for regional carriers will only apply within a customers “footprint.”
Jelly Bean Update for Galaxy SII X Now Available Through Kies
Samsung originally announced via Twitter, that the Galaxy SII and Galaxy SII X through TELUS would be receiving the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update. Apparently the update is not available OTA yet, but is currently available to download through Kies, Samsung’ s desktop software. This news was first announced on April 23, so an OTA update may actually be available. Feel free to correct me in the comments below!
Public Alerts for Google Now, Search and Maps are Now Available to Canadian Users
Several countries have had support for Google’s public alert system for a while now. The system offers severe weather warnings, and critical information via some of Google’s platforms. Luckily, Google just announced that in collaboration with Public Safety Canada and Environment Canada, the feature has since been rolled out to Canada. Severe weather alerts will now be available in both English and French through Google Search, and Maps. Better yet, Android Jelly Bean users will receive alerts through custom Google Now Cards, as well. Welcome to the future, Canada.
Canada-to-US Messages Will Now Cost 40c Through TELUS
As of May 1st, the cost of sending a text message to a US number while in Canada will increase by 15 cents, to 40 cents per message. According to TELUS this is due to an increase in business costs with US carriers.
TELUS will be offering an extended package that allows 100 international texts for $5 a month, or unlimited for $10 a month to accommodate the new fees. TELUS is also discontinuing support for international texting in all of its “domestic” text package plans, so unless you want to pay overages you’ll have to select one of the new packages. Sorry to break the dreadful news folks.
Koodo is Currently Offering the Galaxy S4 for the Lowest Price in all of Canada
Koodo is offering the Samsung Galaxy S4 for $625 CAD outright, which currently makes it the cheapest provider. In comparison, TELUS is offering the device for $700 CAD while Rogers and Bell are offering it for $699.95 CAD.
HTC One Now Available Through SaskTel
The HTC One and all of its beautiful aluminum glory is now available through SaskTel. Through SaskTel, the One will cost $149.99 with a 3 year contract, or $649.99 outright. In case you’re wondering, it’s about the same price that other regional carriers are offering.