Windows Phone does not have a massive market share in Canada, which makes it even more welcome news when we heard Wind Mobile has released an official account management app for their Windows Phone customers.
The WIND My Account app is the quickest and easiest way to manage your account wherever you are. Users simply need to login with their WIND phone number and PIN, and will then be able to:
- Check their account balance
- Make a payment using a credit card, VISA debit, or a top up code
- View billing and payment history
- Setup preauthorized payments
- Add or remove add-ons
- Change their plan
- Change their network settings to enable or disable things like international roaming
- Check current usage, usage history, compare against previous billing periods, and see trends
- Update their account information
The free app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
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Despite Nokia’s update page which says the Lumia Cyan update is still under testing by all carriers in North America and therefore not available yet, it seems one carrier has started pushing out the updated software.
WhatsAWindows8 on reddit reports that the update has reached his Nokia Lumia 925 on Koodo in Canada, and the screen shots above appears to corroborate it.
This likely means the other Windows Phones in Canada will not be too far behind, and we will hopefully see the update also cascade across the border.
At present the roll-out to handsets which are using the WP8.1 Developer Preview has been halted, pending Microsoft fixing a bug which is causing some handsets which use Bitlocker to enter into a reboot loop.
If you are Canadian and craving a new Nokia Lumia 930, the good news is that importer Omegacell will soon be stocking the handset.
They will be getting a special North American version with support for HSPA on 850/1700/1900/2100 frequencies and LTE on 700/1700/2100/2600.
The handset is expected in 2 weeks. OmegaCell did not reveal the price but it likely in the $700+ range.
Will any of our readers be looking to pick one up?
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I have seen many Canadian readers complain about Cortana coming to UK before Canada, despite its close proximity to USA.
Now Canadian site MobileSyrup reports that according to Microsoft Canada’s President, Janet Kennedy, Microsoft is looking to have Cortana’s Canadian localization ready for launch this summer, in time for the Windows Phone 8.1 roll-out in August.
Kennedy demoed the Digital Assistant on stage at the Canadian Telecom Summit, asking Cortana for directions to the venue, as well as the current population of Canada.
According to Marcus Ash, Program Manager for Cortana, more than 50% of Cortana users are overseas, and the international uptake of the software has surprised Microsoft, and caused them to re-evaluate their international roll-out plans, meaning hopefully it will reach more markets faster over the next 6 months.
Tim Hortons official app has arrived on Windows Phone.
The app for the Canadian restaurant chain will let you pay using their gift card and a barcode displayed on your Windows Phone.
The app lets you reload your gift-card straight from the app, and also set up a recurring top-up when your balance drops too low.
It also lets you use GPS to find the nearest dinner and offer directions, and delivers nutritional information for dishes on sale.
The free Universal app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Microsoft Canada has announced that the Nokia Lumia 635, the LTE version of the Nokia Lumia 630, is heading to Rogers and Telus in Canada.
The low-cost handset features:
||4.5" ClearBlack, IPS LCD
||8 GB storage
512 MB RAM
720p HD video
||1.2 GHz MSM8x26
||Windows Phone 8.1
||13 hours talk
600 hours standby
Read more about it at Microsoft here.
Blackberry’s best markets were actually in emerging markets, but their other western stronghold has been in Canada, where they had the home-field advantage.
Unfortunately for the stumbling company, which only had 0.6% worldwide market share in Q4 2013, their handsets have become unwelcome even in their home town. We have seen this earlier, when Rogers initially declined to carry the Blackberry Z30, and now Canadian carrier Fido has completely dropped Blackberry’s range from their line up, offering only iPhone, Android and Windows Phone smartphones.
The clarity of the line up is certain to help Windows Phone, when the OS will be positioned as an undisputed alternative to iOS and Android.
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.
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