Windows Phone 7 phones released in Canada today

by Rob Lewis | Technology

Handsets powered by the new Windows Phone 7 software went on sale across Canada today as Microsoft tries to win market share in the mobile phone space.

In Canada, the Big Three big launched a variety of Windows Phone 7 smartphones at their retail locations and online.

Bell is selling the LG Optimus Quantum, which has a touchscreen and full horizontal QWERTY keyboard. It's being offered for $449.95 without a contract or $99.95 on a three-year contract with a voice and data plan of at least $50 a month.

Telus is selling two phones — the LG Optimus 7 (pictured) and the HTC 7 Surround. The Optimus 7 has a 3.8-inch touch screen, wireless media sharing through its Digital Living Network Alliance features, augmented reality and speech-to-text functions. The HTC 7 Surround features Yamaha speakers. Both are available for $99 on a three-year contract with a monthly voice and data plan of $50 or more.

Rogers launched the online availability of Samsung's Focus Windows Phone 7 smartphone — which has a four-inch AMOLED touch screen — for $199.95 on a three-year contract. The Focus will be available at Rogers' retail locations later this month.

All Windows Phone 7 handsets feature a "tile" interface that is designed to allow users quickly access social media sites, make a call, send photos, text messages and emails, and access apps and services. The new phones organize their apps in “hubs” using a vertical scrolling interface.

Company:
Telus Corp.
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Technology is a key enabler for TELUS and our customers, providing advantage and differentiation in the marketplace. By managing the life cycle of current technologies and the timely introduction of new technologies we deliver superior service value to our customers and long-term growth oriented investment performance to our shareholders. For investors, TELUS is succeeding in managing... more

Company:
Microsoft
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Vancouver Development Center (VDC) is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The centre is home to some of the best and brightest software developers from around the world. Since opening its doors in September 2007, the VDC has quickly become an intricate part of Microsoft’s global strategy for distributed software development. VDC employees play a key role in architecting systems,... more

Company:
Bell Canada
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing the most comprehensive and innovative suite of communication services to residential and business customers in Canada. Operating under the Bell brand, the Company's services include Bell Home Phone local and long distance services, Bell Mobility and Solo Mobile wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell TV direct-to-home satellite and... more

Company:
Rogers Communications
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

We are a diversified Canadian communications and media company. We are engaged in wireless voice and data communications services through Wireless, Canada's largest wireless provider and the operator of the country's only national Global System for Mobile Communications ("GSM") based network. Through Cable we are one of Canada's largest providers of cable television services as well as... more


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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more




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