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While Nokia fans get a lot of attention today, those on Bell and Telus up north are reportedly getting Windows Phone 8 GDR2 as well, starting now. We reported a few days ago that Bell would start pushing out the update today and sure enough, it is live. Likewise, those on Telus and Rogers who have an ATIV S can also check for an update too, delivering a happy surprise for those customers.

The update will bump both the OS 8.0.10327.77 and your firmware to 2212.13.6.1, though users are reporting mixed results in terms of any new features.

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Bell Mobility is rolling out the GDR2 update to their Samsung ATIV S Windows Phone. A leaked internal document from the Canadian wireless provider notes the update will improve battery life, add Data Sense, improve the camera and photo viewer, as well as improvements to the Maps application, SMS and Bluetooth performance.

If you are a Bell Mobility customer sporting the ATIV S, you should see the update notification by August 5th. Not sure if you can use the "check for updates" feature in the Settings and see it sooner but it's worth a try.

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With delays already having been heavily discussed, it's looking as though things might be getting a little bit brighter for the Samsung ATIV S in Canada. A snapshot of some internal documents has now turned up and reveal Bell Mobility has apparently set a release date of December 14th.

This follows the recent confrmation coming out of Austria where the device has been spotted on store shelves and ready for sale. Needless to say, we'll be following up with Bell retailers come December 14th to see if we can get our hands on one.

Source: MobileSyrup

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The good news is Nokia is finally getting some details out about its highly touted Lumia 920, specifically carrier deals. The bad news is they are couched in exclusivity deals (we’ll have more on that shortly).

Such is the case with Rogers in Canada who have announced that the Lumia 920 will be coming to the carrier with 4G LTE in November.

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Samsung ATIV S heading to Canada?

We've just broke word that Microsoft has indeed released Windows Phone 8 to manufacturers (RTM) for testing and further development, which means we're not too far off from a platform launch. Nokia has revealed its lineup with the Lumia 820 and 920, and Samsung announced the ATIV S. We've got the HTC event just around the corner, but which Windows Phones will be heading to Canadian carrier Bell?

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We just saw Telus begin promoting the Lumia 800 and now Nokia Canada themselves are showing that phone and Roger's Lumia 710 off on their front page. Canada: your time has come!

Regarding Rogers, they have a "In stores this February" which gives you a pretty good idea of when to expect that. For Telus, they just have "coming soon" which is a bit too vague for our likes, but we're thinking that too is just a few weeks.

In fact, we have a tip stating that in Canada, February 6th is the day for a launch party for so-called "Generation 2" devices, which includes Nokia's and who knows what else at this point. We can't verify that date ourselves, but the tipster said they confirmed it with their local Bell and Rogers stores--so take that as you will. Seeing as Nokia is listing the 710 as February, it seems to coincide nicely. Guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Source: Nokia.ca; Thanks, Ryan L. and Juan C., for the tips!

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If you are a Bell customer in Canada and use a LG Optimus Quantum or HTC HD7, you have reason to rejoice.  Starting tomorrow, Microsoft will start pushing out its 8107 update (7.10.8107.79), which most notably, fixes the "vanishing keyboard" issue on said devices amongst other fixes.  A leaked internal Bell Mobility document shows that the rollout will occur in two waves.  The first will come tomorrow, followed by wave 2 on January 25.

In addition to the keyboard bug, 8107 also addresses the following:

  • Email. Fixes a Google mail syncing issue.
  • Location. Fixes a location access issue. With this fix, the Me feature in the People Hub sends anonymous information about nearby Wi-Fi access points and cell towers to Microsoft only if you agree to allow the Check In function to access and use location information.
  • Security. Revokes digital certificates from DigiCert Sdn Bhd to address an encryption issue.
  • Email threads. Fixes an email issue related to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. With this fix, when you reply to or forward a message, the original message is now included in your response.
  • Voicemail. Fixes a voicemail notification display issue that occurs on some European and Asian networks under certain conditions.
  • There's no word on how the waves of updates get divvied up, so no telling who will get it when.

Source: MobileSyrup

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Looks like things are a moving in Canada. They're getting the HTC HD7 on Bell in a week or two and now word is that Rogers is getting the Dell Venue Pro in March--no word on pricing though. The 4.1" AMOLED screen device with a sliding keyboard should be a big hit and what is unique is evidently Rogers may be selling the device directly, unlike here on T-Mobile. Such a move should result in higher sales for the already popular phone.

Perhaps making room for the HD7, Bell is reducing the contract-cost of the LG Quantum from $79.95 ($100 at launch) to $29.95 with a 3-year contract. LG has had some problems pushing its Windows Phone choices in the market and perhaps this drop in price is in response.

Source: BGR & Mobile Syrup

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Good new for our friends in the North, Bell Canada is set to launch the HTC HD7 on February 10th. Full retail price is a steep $599, but that appears to be a place holder, meaning no finalized prices with plans have been decided.

The HD7, coming in with the largest Windows Phone screen at 4.3" will be also packing 16GB of memory, which is a good amount for music fans. In addition, Bell will have a bunch of cases and accessories available when the HD7 finally hits stores.

So any of you up past the border excited about the HD7 or are you still waiting on something else?

Source: MobileSyrup

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Who's up for some quality time with the Bell version of the Samsung Omnia II? Howard Chui (for whom the infamous Howard Forums are named) takes us through a 10-minute unboxing of the 3.7-inch, 800MHz behemoth. His side-by-side with the Original Omnia is night and day -- you just can't beat that AMOLED screen. We're still not totally sold on Touchwiz II (though it's certainly better than Touchwiz I), but we do like having different UIs to choose from. Peep the video after the break. [Howard Chui via wmpoweruser]

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Yeah, you read that right. Not the iPhone. Not the Pre. Not a BlackBerry. Not that newfangled Droid. A Windows Mobile phone is the official phone of the 2010 Winter Olympics. And not just any phone, the Samsung Omnia II with its AMOLED screen and 800MHz processor, Windows Mobile 6.5 and all the trimmings. Not bad, eh? [Press release via Unwired View]

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Let it never be said (at least today, anyway) that we forget about our Canadian brethren. The Boy Genius Report has it that the Samsung Omnia II (see our hands-on) will be available on the Bell network for $349.95 on the standard 3-year deal or $549.95 outright. This coincides with Bell launching its HSDPA network, so you'll have fast data speeds to go along with the Omnia II's fast processor. Huzzah.

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Samsung Omnia confirmed for Canada

It's been speculated for a while now that the Samsung Omnia would be coming to Canada on the Bell network. And that's now about as official as it gets, with the Omnia appearing on Sammy's Canadian Web site.

In case you need a reminder, here's what our neighbors to the north will be getting:

  • CDMA with EVDO Rev. A
  • Windows Mobile 6.1
  • 240x400 touchscreen (that never ceases to stop looking weird)
  • 5.0MP camera
  • 8 gigs of on-board storage, upgradeable to 16
  • 128 megs of RAM

And if that's still not enough, check out our own hardware and software hands-on videos of the Omnia.

Mobile Syrup via IntoMobile

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Canada's Bell gets CDMA Treo Pro

Congratulations, Canada. As we here in the U.S. continue to wait on a CDMA Palm Treo Pro, you get it on Bell. [via] Adding insult to injury, you can pick it up for a mere $99 after the standard three-year contract.

So those of us in the states will continue to wait for the Treo Pro on Sprint, and hope that those reported RAM issues will get cleared up soonest. Now, on the total speculation side: We can't help but notice that flag button staring us in the face. Anyone want to guess whether the Treo Pro will get the upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5 later this year?

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In the Further Adventures of the HTC Touch Pro, Canadian carrier Bell has launched its CDMA version [via] for $239 (Canadian) with the standard three-year contract. (That extra year has something to do with the metric system, we think.)

Actually, you get another $50 off with new service, brining the price of the phone down to a very respectable $189 (again, Canadian), even with the extra 365 days of servitude.

That's all well and good. But here's our thing:

We're all aware that there are two flavors of CDMA Touch Pro floating around out there. Sprint, Alltel and now Bell have one — the Sprint version — and Verizon's on the other side.

The question remains: Why? Until the Verizon Touch Pro is officially released, and that should be pretty soon, the speculation will have to continue.

Hit up any of the above links, and listen to the most recent WM Experts Podcast (about 14:30 in), for our takes the speculated discrepancies, be they processor lawsuit, keyboard style or just your basic Verizon lockdown.

Update: Telus has it for $299ca after rebate. Thanks rileyfreeman!

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