May 7, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
Canadians no longer need to rely on unlocked smartphones to get their Android fix. Canadian carrier Rogers Wireless has announced that it will bring both the HTC Dream and Magic (Sapphire) to the Great White North beginning in June. After months of not having a viable option other than purchasing an unlocked Dream, cell phone users in Canada will soon have an official plan and at least two Android devices to choose from.
Rogers gives itself a big pat on the back, announcing:
“Who else but Rogers would be the first carrier to offer Canadians the first chance to join the mobile revolution with a choice of not one, but two, handsets powered by the Android platform?”, said John Boynton, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers Wireless. “[The Dream and Magic] offer outstanding wireless internet search capabilities and a full suite of applications that run two times faster on Canada’s fastest mobile network.”
I’m surprised that it took this long for Rogers to offer an Android phone. The company is the largest mobile phone operator in Canada and already owns exclusive rights to the iPhone. Though some may be reluctant to sign up with Rogers, there’s at least an easier solution for running Android in Canada now. Sign-up for more updates on price and availability at www.rogers.com/revolution.