The Royal Bank of Canada has released a mobile banking app for Windows Phone, the first major bank in Canada to do so.
The full-featured app has all the usual functions, and also includes special features such as RBC’s INTERACT e-Transfer service, which allows RBC users to send money to other users who do not have accounts at RBC.
The free RBC Mobile app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
More carriers have started the good practice of telling their subscribers ahead of time the progress of updates for their phones, including the estimated date of availability.
Telus is one of those carriers, and in its latest post it reveals that they are currently waiting for the Windows Phone 8 Update 3 software for the Nokia Lumia 520, 620 and 1020 to be delivered to them from Nokia, which will then be following by testing and a hopeful release in January next year.
Unlike HTC, which does very little customization and which is already distributing Update 3, Nokia’s windows phones will have Update 3 combined with Nokia Black, which will bring a number of improvements, including better camera algorithms, Bluetooth 4 LE and enhancements to the Glance screen.
Update 3 will otherwise bring:
- Accessibility. We’ve made several improvements for customers who are visually impaired.
- Storage. Now you can easily free up storage space on your phone and manage temporary files. New categories show what’s taking up space.
- Driving Mode. Feeling distracted behind the wheel? Driving Mode allows you to minimize incoming calls and text messages to help you focus on the road.
- Screen. Reading emails in bed? You can lock your screen orientation so it doesn’t shift when you move your phone around.
- Wi-Fi. Start preserving cellular data on your phone right out of the box—you can now connect to Wi-Fi during set up.
- Internet sharing. Now you can use your phone’s cellular data connection from your Microsoft Windows 8.1 devices by pairing them over Bluetooth.
- Bluetooth. Several fixes were made to address known issues, and improvements were made to connection quality for Bluetooth accessories.
- Ringtones. Do more with ringtones now. Assign ringtones for text messages, so you’ll know who’s texting you without even looking. Use your custom ringtones for more things—text messages, instant messages, emails, voicemail, and reminders.
- App switcher. Don’t look back. Now you can use the App switcher to quickly close apps when you’re finished with them.
- Other improvements. Includes many other improvements to Windows Phone.
For those who are adventurous you can already download the raw Microsoft-only update 3 by registering as a developer and downloading the Windows Phone Preview for Developers app. Find more details about that here.
As Nokia prepared for a new generation of handsets Windows Phone deals abound, and the latest from Canada’s FutureShop is a corker.
They are offering the much loved Nokia Lumia 620 for only $89.99, $60 below its usual price.
The deal is available online, and expired on the 3rd November, so if you want to grab one of these limited quantity Telus handsets add it to you cart ASAP at FutureShop here.
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Nokia announced today that the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 625 will be coming to Canadian carriers soon.
Both the Nokia Lumia 1020 and 625 are available in Canada on October 3. The Nokia Lumia 1020 comes in black and yellow and is available at Rogers for $199.99 on contract and the Nokia Lumia 625 is available exclusively at TELUS in black from free on contract.
"The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a giant leap forward in smartphone imaging technology, removing the complexity of photography while enhancing people’s creativity in the way they shoot, edit and share pictures," said Matt Rothschild, Vice President, Nokia North America. "The Nokia Lumia 625 is the perfect all-round smartphone, combining innovation traditionally found on high-end Lumias, with a suave design and affordable price tag."
Interestingly the announcement comes on the same day as Rogers confirmed they will not be carrying Blackberry’s new flagship, the 5 inch Blackberry Z30, indicating once again how far the Canadian smartphone OEM has fallen that it is losing carrier support even in its home country.
MobileSyrup reports that Nokia’s low-end large-screened Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 625, will be hitting Canada’s Telus stores as early as this Thursday.
The handset will be available on the 3rd of October for only $300 outright, or free on a two year contract, both of which are a steal in Canada.
The LTE equipped handset features a 4.7 inch WVGA screen, 1.2 Ghz dual-core processors, 512 MB RAM, 8 GB Storage and a 5 megapixel camera. The handset will be available in Black.
Do our readers agree the pricing is pretty attractive? Let us know below.
Telus Canada has added the Nokia Lumia 1020 to its roster of devices Coming Soon. The handset would be Telus’s first high end Windows Phone – the only other Windows Phone they are offering at the minute being the Nokia Lumia 620.
We don’t know when exactly it will be showing up, but I am sure there are more than a few Canadians who can now wait to get rid of their Blackberries and pick up a real innovative device.
See the page here.
Thanks Gary for the tip.
The GD2 Windows Phone update for the Samsung ATIV S on Bell is just about ready to roll out, and we have had a tipster send us the official changelog for the software.
The changelog reveals a number of improvements we have not seen mentioned before on other devices, including:
- Improved Battery Life
- Bluetooth: Increase maximum allowed size of incoming files, improve the speed of tile transfer to the device.
- Camera and Photo improvements allow quicker photo capture and better review experience.
- General Improvements to the Maps application.
- Various SMS and MMS improvements
In addition Datasense will be available on Bell and also offer data compression.
The update was meant to start rolling out today, but our tipster also informed us it will be delayed to the 5th August.
Are any of our Canadian readers anxiously waiting for the software update? Let us know below.
Nokia Canada is teasing an “important announcement” on the 15th May in which they will explore “the next chapter of music discovery in Canada”.
It is likely the announcement is the prelude to Nokia Music coming to the region, where the streaming service has been hampered by the requirement to have a certain percentage of local content. So I guess a lot more Celine Dion and Justin Bieber then?
Koodo Mobile is Telus’s budget brand, and the company has just announced on their Facebook page that the suitably budget Nokia Lumia 520 will be coming to their network.
No details were released whether the Yellow, Red, White, Black or Blue handsets will be supplied, but presumably the handset’s low prices will remain intact.
The carrier released the Nokia Lumia 610 last year, and while the Nokia Lumia 520 would theoretically be one step lower it is an altogether more capable device, with a larger 4 inch screen, Windows Phone 8 and removable storage support.
Canada is well known for their 3 year contracts, but Koodo breaks the mould by concentrating on the pre-paid market, making it likely the handset will be pretty well in the region.
We have been getting reports of a firmware update coming to Samsung ATIV S handsets who have already received the Portico update, and now Telus has been kind enough to provide a changelog.
They reveal that the update appears mostly to be bug fixes, include a fix for lock-up during boot-up and a Qualcomm patch.
Interestingly Samsung is also removing their Family Story service, which is their own private photo sharing service. Hopefully not many ATIV users are using the service.
Our tipster also notes that webpages are loading faster than previously, indicating some optimization has taken place.
Have readers on any other networks received the update? Let us know below.
Thanks Tommy for the tip.
Nokia and TELUS today announced that the Nokia Lumia 620 is now available to TELUS customers. TELUS is the first North American carrier to offer this low-end Windows Phone 8 smartphone. At TELUS the smartphone will come in black with a bonus white exchangeable shell, but Telus will offer seven different exchangeable shells to personalize the device.
"The Nokia Lumia 620 marries affordability, function and style in a mobile device, important qualities our customers look for and value in their smartphone," said Brent Johnston , TELUS vice-president of Mobility Solutions. "We carefully select a versatile line-up of devices that gives our customers choice, such as great starter devices like the Nokia Lumia 620. We also focus on giving them the best possible start with distinctive supporting services and programs like our TELUS Learning Centres, Anytime Upgrades, Device Trade-in and Flex Data Plans that fit within their budget."
The Nokia Lumia 620 is available only at TELUS for $0 on 2-year term on any rate plan or $250 month-to-month. For more information, visit www.telusmobility.com/NokiaLumia620.
With the news of Royal Bank of Canada working on a Windows Phone app it seems worthwhile to see if any other Canadian banks would also be supporting the OS.
If you are a customer of TD Canada Trust however don’t hold your breath, as according to their letter due to the â€œsmall number of usersâ€ they have made the decision to not create an application â€œat this time.â€
If you disagree with their decision you may want to let them know on twitter at @TD_Canada or via email at [email protected].
Thanks Ferrarifan for the tip.
MobileSyrup reports that Canadian carrier Koodo Mobile is getting ready to release a Windows Phone 8 handset, with the staff starting internal Windows Phone 8 training.
Koodoo is related to Telus, who offers the Samsung ATIV S, but at present offers only the Nokia Lumia 610. It is not clear if the budget carrier will get the ATIV S or more likely a cheaper handset like the Nokia 820 or the HTC 8X.
Read more at MobileSyrup here.