Rogers Wireless (and its Fido underling) will soon have to relinquish its status as the only HSPA network provider in Canada, since both Telus Mobility and Bell Mobility are about to enter the GSM/HSPA arena. So, what phones will they be bringing to the table? It turns out that Bell is coming out with guns a-blazing.
The HSPA phone options from Bell Mobility seem to run the full gamut, but there is a definite push toward the higher end of the smartphone market. First and foremost, we’re expecting both the Apple iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, the latter of which in both 16GB and 32GB flavors. We’re expecting prices (after contracts and rebates) to be about $149, $199, and $299 for the three models.
On the RIM side, the BlackBerry Bold 9000 seems to be on the way for about $149-$199 with a three-year contract and rebates. Getting something newer, you can also look forward to the BlackBerry 9700 for about $249 with contract.
Rounding out the highlights are the LG Xenon, Samsung Impact, Samsung Omnia 2, Nokia 2730, Nokia 6350, and three Novatel HSPA data cards. Two of those cards will be pushing 21Mbps via HSPA+.