Bell bringing Samsung Instinct to Canada on August 8

It’s no surprise that Sprint’s hottest-selling smartphone would eventually make it to the Great White North. The Samsung Instinct’s GPS and mobile TV-laden feature-set is a sure-fire hit that’s not going to be satisfied with just blowing the doors off the US CDMA market.

Bell Mobility has just confirmed that our friends to the North will be getting their iPhone-fighting fix soon enough. With the launch of the Bell Samsung Instinct on-track for an ASprint Samsung Instinctugust 8th release, the Samsung Instinct is poised to go up against GSM heavyweights like the iPhone 3G and BlackBerry Bold 9000. Bell will be offering the Samsung Instinct at a subsidized price-point similar to what we see here in The States – $149.95 with a three-year contract, $249.95 on a two-year contract or $399.95 with a one-year contract. Of course, Canadians with deeper pockets and a more significant aversion to contracts can get their Samsung Instinct free and clear for the retail price of $449.95.

The full-body touchscreen and and full-HTML web browser, not to mention the integrated GPS hardware, are likely to be key selling points as the Bell-branded Samsung Instinct gets ready to take on the touchscreen competition.

Adel Bazerghi, Vice President, Products for Bell Mobility said, “We are thrilled to offer Canadians this beautifully designed and intelligent device. Accessing the Internet, listening to downloaded music or satellite radio, watching TV or using it as a GPS system… Data pricing plans available with the Samsung Instinct will offer also exceptional value and let clients take full advantage of Bell Mobility’s wide range of data services.”

It sure is good to see at least one Canadian wireless carrier offering decent data rates on a handset that’s meant to surf the web with abandon. Bell Mobility is offering a $10 Unlimited Mobile Browser add-on to any qualifying voice plan. While Rogers’ customers will be forking over upwards of $115 for a combined voice and data plan with unjust data transfer caps, Bell subscribers will no doubt be surfing those intertubes without a care for data limits.

[Via: MobileSyrup]

  • Jason

    To whomever wrote this article:

    You say in your article that the Samsung Instinct has WiFi, that is not the case. All the reviews Ive read so far have said it is lacking WiFi, and it should have had it. Also, the $10 Unlimited Mobile Browser, is just that. all it is, is just for the internet. So if you want to use GPS, or TV or weather or w/e that needs data, you have to pay extra for it. Unlike the iPhone in the states, they have unlimited Data use for everything Data related on iPhone. However, $10 for unlimited internet, sure beats the hell out of $40 (roughly) for 400MB of data for iPhone from Rogers.

  • Will Park

    Good eye, Wifi is absent indeed.

  • Jason

    hey no problem. Im just so confused right now as to which phone to get. Id really like to get a new phone this summer, and at first it was iPhone 3G. Now, that Rogers has screwed everything up for thousands of us canadians, we are looking for better alternatives, and Bells Instinct is by far the best choice. However, I watched a couple youtube movies on the Instinct, and it web browser is not as good as iPhones is, plus the screen size and overall design/look of iPhone is better. Howvever, Instinct has better and more features than iPhone, and is more affordable. So im at a crossroads.

  • Coolio

    Lol, Bell 1, Rogers 0.

  • Will Park

    “So im at a crossroads”

    As are many many Canadians, I would imagine.

  • Gadget Review

    This is a very nice mobile, a competor with iPhone.

  • Jonathan

    I’m in the same boat as Jason… was looking forward to the iPhone but as soon as I heard the monthly rate I went over and signed the petition to screw Rogers. I had pretty much decided that was my next phone (I’m currently on Bell, so Rogers would have gained a new customer) but at that price they can keep it.

    At $40 a month, the Instinct looks a LOT more interesting; even if I miss out on a couple of the cooler features from the iPhone. Considering that I work from home though, I kind of wish that it had wifi ability. The GPS is cool, but I don’t think I would pay extra for it unless I was on a roadtrip or something.

  • Jason

    Well now I just got a job at my Future Shop, so technicallyand literally, I can afford the iPhone, and get 15% discount, but even with the discount, this is still completely worthless and pointless. Id still be paying about 50bucks a month for 400MB of data. GOD DAMN IT I WANT UNLIMITED. They say great value and you can use the iPhone to its fullest, however, what can you do when you have the data capped at 400MB per month. Your iPhone would then be useful for about a week, givin the amount of time Id be on safari, YouTube, GPS, etc., so that bitch Elizabeth Hamilton is so wrong.

    Ive got a lot of thinking to do as far as what phone I want, weighing out the benefits and costs, and what would I use most and would be more useful for me to have.

  • Jake

    I have a question, would the data plan be a mandatory or can we get off with only the voice plan and pay 30$/month?

  • Mark

    you know, bell is going to be charging 0.10 for every txt msg recieved. u might want to factor that into the cost of ur plan with bell.

  • Jason

    @ Jake:

    Yes you can. If you would like to do that, you could just go on a $30 voice plan and then get a separate data plan or no data plan at all. Just be sure that you turn wifi on as your only form of data, and make sure that the 3G data is turned off. You oculd also get the $15 or $20 value packs that go with the iPhone, I believe.

    @ Mark:

    Yea I just read that yesterday. That does suck, it makes me wonder WTF!! is the canadian telecom/celluar industry coming to? First, Rogers and their 100% downfall of customers and their stupidity for the iPhone and all other phone plans in general (did I mention i hate Elizabeth Hamilton). Now Telus and Bell charging ppl who receive msgs, thats stupid. The only thing i can think of, is to pay 10bucks a mont for unlimited text, saves you from having to worry about people sending you msgs and you sending ppl msgs.

  • jake

    Thanks for the reply, wow thats awesome, 1000000000% sure Im getting this phone, my telus contract runs out soon. Can you do that with the iphone also or do you HAVE to take all the data plans and stuff?

  • jake

    btw its .15 for telus charge.

  • Brandon

    Correction time:
    $10 covers both surfing and email.
    Gps is pay-per-use at about $3 per day or roughly $10 unlimited.
    Wifi is completely useless when you have Internet access everywhere you go.
    Even a $3 text package covers all incoming msgs. Many plans include this already. Bell is the only North American Carrier to give their clients North American texting with no international or roaming costs.

  • Victoria

    I’ve been holding out for a BB Bold, but after much deliberation, have decided it’s MUCH more affordable to go with the Instinct and save at least $30 a month on data. I, much like Jason, would use far too much data to go w/ a BB or an iphone. Alhtough the BB would be beneficial for work, I beleive the Instinct would serve the same purposes…..I currently have a Samsung a920 and love it. I’m generally happy with all my samsung products so I figure I’ll give the instinct a run for my money as well. ….Does anyone know if the Aug 8th release date applies to Atlantic Canada?????

  • mark

    i read on another site if your bundle say has only 100 text messages included, you can send 50, receive 50 and then you are charged per message after that, sent or received. still rubbish. (bell)

  • Brandon

    I don’t know where you read that but it’s complete crap. ANY TEXT PACK INCLUDES UNLIMITED FREE INCOMING MESSAGES lol. I can’t make it any clearer. The only people affected by the change are those who do not text.

  • Brandon

    For Victoria: Bell’s blackberry plans offer unlimited data for $30 per month (unlimited data, email, and blackberry messenger). And give you a faster data network. August 8th is the launch date nation wide. Also, the Bold is not a very consumer friendly device according to a Blackberry rep.

  • Victoria

    Brandon: I visited Bell’s website to see about this unlimited data plan, but am unable to find anything stating such….The most data for a BB I can see is the “Email and Internet: BlackBerry® 100″ plan, 1GB for $100. Am I missing something?? I’ve also heard alot of negative feedback on the Bold, I’d most likely go for the Curve, if I could infact get unlimited data…??

  • Victoria

    Aaaalso, I signed up for Bells alert email for upcomming info on the Instincts release date. They don’t have any dates published yet on their website so I’m wondering if anyone knows if the instinct will in fact be availble to Bell customers on the 8th…just curious. And anxious…
    :)

  • Brandon

    Don’t worry lol I’m not lying. I would know more then our website will tell you. Yes the unlimited data is available as it is a promotion. No we don’t carry the Bold and we have the “curve 2″ which is an upgraded model of what is available through Rogers. And yes the phone does infact launch nation wide august 8th.

  • Victoria

    That great news! Thanks so much Brandon. And just for clarification, I didn’t think you were lying, nor did I realize you worked for Bell. I was just going by info on the website…I thought my mind was made up by going for the Instinct, but with this news of an unlimited BB data plan…I’m back to some serious deliberation. Hrmmmm. BB Curve(2) or Instinct? I’m interested to hear both your personal and prfessional opinion, if you don’t mind, that is.

  • Brandon

    Sure, no problem, I like the curve and the industry backing it brings to the table. If you want a phone that both functions as a do-it-all and a business companion then the Curve is what you want. It was designed to do both. The Instinct is a phone geared towards consumers that want the best multimedia experience. Meaning that it will be great for surfing, texting, downloading music, gps, etc. It doesn’t have “push” email like the Curve does. Push email is a function that Blackberries have that allow the emails to come to you. Not you go and get them. Therefore, everytime you get an email on one of your up to 11 accounts, the Curve will get it right away. For myself, I’m not sure what device I will buy next. Both are great devices, both will suit my needs. I can do everything on the Curve, and I will be able to do the same on the Instinct. The difference will be for you that your data will have a $20 per month difference in price. Regardless which you decide is right for you, they are very much worth the money.

  • Brandon

    Also, I prefer keys to touch screen. But I’m leaning towards the Instinct myself.

  • Victoria

    Thanks alot Brandon. Greatly appreciated. I’ve been in love with the Curve since I first laid eyes on it. If Bell will give me an unlimited data plan, I would most definitley go with that! The Push email function would benefit me greatly and although I love Samsung, and the touch screen on the Instinct, I wouldn’t mind paying the $20 difference to have the convenience of being notified of new email as soon as they arrive to my inboxes. I’ll be calling customer service this evening to see what they can do for me. If I can get this promo for unlimited BB data, I’ll be the happiest Bell customer east of Montreal!!! Thanks again for all your input!

  • Jason

    Okay… I just checked out all of Bell.ca, pretty much, and i didnt see no unlimited data for $30. Are you sure its a promotion? or is it just like a one store, or province-only promo?. Also, the term “Unlimited” usually doesnt mean that. Like the $10 Unlimited data for Instinct is only for web and e-mail. Is that the case with the BB as well, $30 for unlimited web and email, or does that include using the GPS, and any other apps that use data on the BB? I just want some clafication thats all. Thanks

  • Jason

    Wait….kk scracth that. Just found it. Unlimited Email and Internet BlackBerry 30. And yea, just what i thought, its only for internet, email and messenger. So now heres my other question. Why charge $100 for 1GB of data for blackberry, when you can get unlimited for $30, keeping in mind, that the $100 can be used for anything data related and the $30 is only for web, email and messenger. But why a $70 difference between capped data and unlimited? Its just like Rogers and Telus. They have these data capped plans that are %75 more than an unlimited plan. how do these businesses justify that? (Not being a bastard here, but I just dont get that sense of logic)

  • Brandon

    Victoria: no no lol DO NOT go through customer service, go to a store. always always go to a store. street front store near you. haha they will be a bigger help to you guaranteed.

    Jason: ok, so the other data plans you found are the normal non-promo plans. $30 dollars includes all data and data apps you use. no gps is not included as it is a pay-per-use service. which is a couple dollars for a whole day or roughly $10 for the whole month. yes there is an abuse policy in place. the normal person will never run in to this “cap”. you would have to go absolutely insane with your data to do so. therefore, the unlimited data is something to take advantage while you can. i don’t believe it is solely an ontario package as it does not specify.

  • Catman

    For those of you who don’t already know; surfing the web on a BlackBerry is not the same as it is on an iPhone or on the Instict. Unlike the Apple iPhone and Samsung Instict, the BB phones do not include a HTML browser, so web pages will not appear like they do on your computer at home. Instead, most of the web content for BB phones is TEXT based (i.e. menus of links that lead to other links). Occasionally, you might see a picture of something but don’t expect high graphic content like the iPhone or Instinct can provide. It’s just a heads up, because Bell won’t tell you this information unless you ask. Instead, they’re happier to sign you up on a data plan, have you discover these modified web pages on your own by using the service, and refuse to retract usage fees because the service was accessed. They call it a “trial basis”, regardless if you paid for something different from what you expected. Needless to say, I am not a happy Bell customer anymore :( Hopefully the Instinct will be as good as it’s cracked up to be!

  • Brandon

    There is a reason pages show up on devices as mobile versions. Because it keeps the data costs down for the consumer. Why do I need to download ads on my device and burn up data? yes Blackberry’s are designed to eliminate unneeded information from web pages for ease of use. You can also set the device to access more of the web page images and content if desired. plus there is a new release from flash that allows blackberry’s to view full flash content online. If you need to spend ubscene amounts on your phone and look at ads buy the iphone. If you want a great device with alot of industry backing and a long track record of quality buy the Instinct or a Blackberry, the company that revolutionized this whole segment.

  • Victoria

    Interesting. Good to know…
    I wasn’t aware the BB’s internet was text based…

    Here’s a question for Brandon or Jason: I know when purchasing a new phone, you have a “30 trial period” during which time you can return your device if you’re not satisfied with it… Say you purchase a new BB on a 3 yr term w/ Bell, get an unlimited web and email plan (with a contract of course), then discovery within the first 30 days (or maybe it’s 15, now, not sure…) that the device is not what you expected. You return the phone and purchase one that does not require a data plan – Would you still be locked into that contract for the data service you no longer need??? Honestly, I can’t see Bell doing this…I’ve been a customer for 8 years and if this is the case, they’re not the company I thought they were.

  • Brandon

    you have 15 days or 15 minutes to change your mind on a phone/device. if you use more then 15 minutes talk time on the phone you cannot exchange for something different. so take it home try out everything except calling until you are happy (which you will be) and then go nuts. and yes you are still on contract from day one. you are just changing phones

  • Jason

    @ Victoria: So if I were you, I’d probably just get a BB, and then just get a voice plan to start off with. Go home, and try out the web and email(itll cost 5cents/KB, so only go to one or two sites), and then if its all you imagined and you like it, then you can go back and add on a data plan, and then you can keep your BB. If its not a great web viewing phone, and then you decide to go with a phone that has no advanced web browsing, or uses any data at all, then you can take the BB back, exchange ir for another phone, and then just stay locked in on your voice plan, without having to pay for the data plan you wont use anymore. Its just a suggestion, on what I would do, but its your decision.

    Its crazy that they lock you in for a data plan that you wont use if you upgrade or exchange phones, but thats the way it works.

  • Victoria

    That would be ok I guess… I just dont like the idea of paying for data per KB. I have no idea how to gage how much is beeing used, and I KNOW it can get pricey… However, if it means paying out of pocket now, rather then for 3 years (or w/e) then thats the way I would surely go…But Jason, I thought to receive the discounted price on a Curve, you need to agree to a service contract renewal AND purchase a contracted data package….? Thats what I understood from a store rep on Tuesday… BB Curve for $149.99, w/ a 3 year contract renewal, a minimum $30 voice plan AND a data contract. *Sigh* I wish I culd just see an active curve instead having to go through purchasing and returning…This dilema is starting to give me a headache >:(

  • Jason

    Yea Im not sure. Thats why i like choosing between the iPhone or Instinct, cause they dont require you to have a voice and data plan.

    Ok. I just checked the BB Curve on Bell.ca and yea you have to sign on for 3 years and its at a minimum for $45 a month ($20 voice + $25 data). So now all I can think of are 3 options.
    1. You get the BB Curve and you basically just stick with it. My bet is to try someone elses first, and then see if you really like it and if you do, then get it and then your hooked onto it for the next 3 years.
    2. You get the BB curve, and say you take it back within 15days or 15mins whichever comes first, then you have to realize that you will be still on at least $45 a month contract (or whatever price you sign the BB up with), so you should get a new BB or another phone with voice and data (Palm or HTC).
    3. Dont get the BB, and just get an iPhone or wait and get the Instinct, or another phone that you like, that has internet and email, and does not require a voice and data plan together.

    Im not sure how this all works out, cause to me it doesnt make any sense, like the iPhone is a smartphone, so technically, if you sign up for that, and want to exchange it, you’d have to pay at least $60 (the least expensive plan) for a phone that probably doesnt do everything the iPhone does. Thats why none of these phone companies or businesses make any sense, cause no matter what, once you sign a contract, esp on smartphones, your guaranteeing, that you’ll pay $45, $60 a month and they dont care what phone youve got.

    Thats why Im deciding on going with Instinct. Its not a smartphone, and if I take it back, I can get a new one with a different plan. Hope all this has helped you, cause Im confused myself.

  • Victoria

    You’ve definitly helped, I really appreciate your input. You’ve cleared up some confusion regarding the devices and plans, but the more I understand, the more frustrated I’m becomming! I don’t see why companies make you have a contract for data, it’s a feature, you should be able to add and remove it as you like, or at least have a 30 day minimum or something so people don’t abuse it (like adding it and deleting it only when needed to receive a prorated amount)…I guess it’s cause they CAN. I shouldn’t be so suprised…I just want an effing device with push email and unlimited HTML browsing….and keys. lol. Is that really too much to ask??? I don’t mind purchasing a service contract, but I dont think its really fair to require a contract for data. What if you lost your phone and could only afford to replace it with a phone that dosnt require the data plan?? It seems almost mean for them to make you pay for something they can clearly see you’re not using…I don’t know…I’m not what you would call extremly knowledgeable when it comes to mobile data usage, but from a consumers point of view, It feels very much like were beeing taken advantage of…Maybe I’ll just stick with my ol’ a920…

  • Paul

    I;m waiting on the HTC touch diamond to be realized. I think that will be better then both instinct and iphone.. i think you will be able to get it thru bell as well, i know telus has it on there website. It has wifi and a better quality cam then both of the above mentioned.

  • Brandon

    ok since i just lost my whole comment i’ll keep this one short. you are locked into a contract not a plan. an instinct is a smartphone. the prices of data have come down drastically. you get extra bonuses towards having the internet on the device. once you start on the blackberry you won’t think twice about it. I know alot more about consumer experience with these then everyone here, as i work with consumers everyday. you can’t have internet on a blackberry once in a while as it will simply disappear on the phone when you don’t have a plan. for what you are looking for you want a blackberry, the current costs are well worth it and if they come down even farther down the road change your plan and take advantage of it. you can change your plan twice a year for free, no strings, and change your features whenever you want. some features have a few month requirement. data with the bonus discount is a one year minimum without a penalty. since you will get a $400 discount on the phone. and phones are free for us either.

    instinct is a smartphone as well. it has email and full html browsing what else do you think it would be considered? and if it wasn’t the iphone wouldn’t be either.

  • Jason

    WOW ok buddy, take it down a notch. My mistake, I was 100% wrong about it. The way you were saying it in your last comment was that once you sign up on a contract, you cannot change your plans, but you can change your phone, which makes no sense, but thats how i thought it worked cause our Cell phone industry in Canada really sucks @$$, so yea. My APOLOGIES. I WAS WRONG.

    *** I WAS WRONG **** – there happy?? lol

    @ Victoria – There you go, you can sign up for the BB, and if you dont like it, you can change phones and change plans, so that they wont charge you for data if the phone you get doesnt. So yea, your good to go, so I hope you understand it now, if not, then I or Brandon can explain it more.

    AND ummm I dont know why, but in the states, the Instinct is just classified as a normal cell phone, not a smart phone or nothing special, like iPhone 3G, Nokia N95, BB, etc. I dont know why, but thats just what they classify it as.

  • Jason

    Okay, your right again. My friend in the States has an Instinct, and initially told me that Verizon didnt clasify it as a smartphone, or else i misunderstood him, cause i was drunk last time i talked to him so he might have said that the Instinct is a smartphone, but he just re-assured me it is a smartphone. And yea, it does make more sense to call it a smart phone, with web, gps, etc etc. And yea.

    @ Victoria – I hope you havent fully made up your mind yet, and I hope that you read my last comment and this one regarding your BB. I was confused and totally misjudged what Brandon was saying, so yea, hope to hear from you on here again.

    @ Brandon – I am truely sorry for any inconviences, and mis-informed I was. Now I know how it all works, and now I wont be telling false accusations or incorrect information about cell phone, contract, plans, etc. So thank you for clarifying it.

  • brandon

    Hey I’m sorry about jumping down your throat. I was just kind of frustrated at the time that after everyone was kinda on the same page about how these work, everyone got confused again. Wasn’t just you, there was another comment the other day that I found kinda dumb. I understand how confusing this stuff can get so I try and explain to everyone that it’s is not so bad and that no one is out to get them lol. It seems alot of people want things from there phones that simply are not needed or warranted. websites don’t need every picture to be used so they are compressed. It makes costs go down and such. The risks involved with getting a new phone are always resolved by spending the time in the store to learn how to operate the device and pick the right one for you. As it is you that uses the phone for the next few years not us.

  • Bob

    Um…the iphone…you don’t have to fork 115$ for like not even unlimited data plan. I have the iphone and currently on my regular plan, plus the $30 for 6gb plan, and 6gb is basically unlimited…I’ve been surfing the internet every day on my phone and browsing youtube, and I havent even hit 1gb yet… 6gb for $30 is basically unlimited, who uses more than 6gb of data? Oh and by the way I pay about $50 a month…$30 for the data plan, and $20 for my family plan. Hell of a bargain on my part.

  • Brandon

    that 6gb is just part of a promo which will mostly likely end soon. back to $30 for 300mb like it originally was. plus you run on a much faster and more expansive high speed network with bell.

  • Vince

    Brandon,

    Currently, I am on the last 6 months of my contract and I want to extend my contract to get the instinct. I have unlimited mobile browswer on my plan. But I am not sure what I can or can’t do with the phone (e.g. surf the web, use email, etc.) Can you clarify the difference between havin unlimited mobile browswer and data?

  • Brandon

    depending on your plan the mobile broswer may act as your data. mobile browser is a limited version of the internet for cell phones. a pda that runs from this system has the capabilities of giving you full html browsing for the same price. The data for the instinct on it’s own is a $10 feature, or included in fun bundles. just go in and talk to a rep at any (non mall) location. they have more time to answer questions and help you out.

  • dave

    Brandon,
    Since you’ve been so kind can you answer this one as well. I am just getting out of a 2 yr. contract with bell and have a $250.00 credit to upgrade to a new phone. Do you know if I will be able to use that towards some of the cost towards an Instinct on a new 3 yr. contract. I was almost ready to go with another phone but if I could use the credit as I think then I would be paying nothing.
    Thanks, take care

  • Brandon

    Yes the credit is meant to be used towards the price of a new phone. No the Instinct will not be free with that credit. The credit comes from the retail price of the phone. In the case of an Instinct 479.95. Now many times there are bonus saving when you have certain features with your new phone and plan. For example, a Blackberry can save you an additional $200 off the price of the device just for having the email or internet package you would add to the phone anyways. I don’t know the exact prices of the Instinct at this time. But I would imagine it would be in the range of $200 after credit prehaps less. As it is a brand new device and has different data set ups. Go in early on August 8th to (again street front, not mall location, I am part of a street front team and we regularly are thanked for our expertise and kindness)a Bell location and set up your new plan. The credits for upgrading in many cases add up to be less then what a brand new customer will pay for the same device. I expent the phone to sell out quickly at each location.

  • Amy

    Hey,
    I was wondering if extra costs are applied to use the visual voicemail function or does the plan cover it? Also, the instinct is embedded with Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Hotmail and since the unlimited internet access package covers emailing with hotmail, does it also cover the instant messenging part? and is emailing only confined to hotmail and gmail? and what does the instinct come with (like does it include the 8GB memory card or anything else?)? I’m really sorry for all these questions but I’m pretty sure I’m going to get the Instinct and just wanted to clarify some things. and just one last question, I promise. Um, how long will the battery last while I surf the web?

  • Brandon

    Instant messaging is included. I’m not sure what you mean by visual voice mail so I cannot answer that one at this time. No email is not confined to those. Among other things the phone comes with; a 2gb card preloaded with 200 tracks by hot artists is included. Helps get your library started. As far as continuing that list, with the new posible $500 downloading fines more and more people will turn to sources such as itunes. Well instead of paying per song you can subscribe to the 14.99 per month all you can use package for the music store. This will give you access to over 2 million songs that you can download both to your phone and to your computer no charge. Battery life I’m not sure but comparing to other likes devices I would guess like 5 or more hours continuous use? I’m not sure but I’ll see when it launches. It should be very similar to devices like the iPhone. I’m not really sure what they promise.

  • Jason

    Visual Voicemail, more commonly found in the newer, 3G phones, is a prograsm that allows the user to pick and choose which messages they want to hear, instead of having to hear all of them, in order. Now im not too sure if the Instinct has it, I may be wrong, but the iPhone and a few other new phones have it as well. Now, I heard a rumor about Telus and/or Bell, might possibly be upgrading the change to 3G/GSM Networks, as of recently, could you clarify if these procedures are taking place, or will you guys be staying with the sorta-kinda old/outdated network?

  • Jason

    OMG, wow. I just typed in Bell Canada in google news, and it just came up with all this bad publicity and news for it. Hey Brandon, you thinking about quiting your job pretty soon. lol. Cause from what ive read about Bell, they are going to be worse than Rogers. Man, more people are now praising Rogers and buying Rogers phones over anything Bell. this is not a good sign, for people people who want to the new instinct and have to go through bell to get it. Also, lol, i found it funny, the day the Instinct is released in Canada, ans thats the day you guys start charging 15cents per every message. Wow, and I thought Rogers was bad in July, this is just as worse.

  • Brandon

    The company just had some big changes made to it and August 8th is a big day for us. There are about 5 new phones launching, new plans, etc. The new leadership has a plan in place to basically turn the entire company around and go after the number 1 spot in Canada. I’ve read alot about this big outrage about the text messaging changes and I just laugh. The only people effected by the change are those that DO NOT text. Everyone that does text has some sort of package and therefore is not affected by the change. As well as Bell is the only carrier (that I have seen in both Canada and the US that gives it’s clients Canada and US texting free as part of their package. Therefore, no roaming or long distance for text messages!

    As far as us going back to the inferior gsm network…no. We used that network a long time ago and upgraded to CDMA. The network has better capabilities then gsm can handle, not to mention the vastly superior internet speeds. 3G gsm networks top out at about 512kbps, CDMA in Canada currently tops out at 3.1mbps.

    Hope that helps.

  • Victoria

    Hi Brandon :)

    So it’s almost finally here, the day the instinct launches. After much consideration, I think I’m going to go with the Curve….Although the new samsung sounds great, I’m a much bigger fan of buttons, rather then a touch screen, and the push email. I just noticed that the current promotion for the BB ends today. Just wondering if any of those plans/promotions you mentioned may benefit me if I wait untill tomorrow to purchase it? I’ve yet to “play” with one yet…I’m really curious to see what the web looks like on it, especially facebook, as my home computer is on the fritz…But I’ll more then likely be going with the BB. If only the Instinct had push email….I’d be all over it!!!

  • Brandon

    Facebook looks pretty good on a Blackberry. You scroll the pages with the track ball so it’ like having a mouse. I’m not aware of changing Blackberry promos, however our systems at my store have also been on the fritz so something might end. I do not know if something better will start tomorrow as everything is under lock and key and no one will see it until tomorrow morning bright and early. You can’t go wrong with a Blackberry, they are the leaders for a reason and have been in the “data” game a long time. There is no wider supported device on the market. Applications for whatever floats your boat so to speak.

  • Victoria

    Awesome, Thanks Brandon. I think I’ll wait it out and hopefully it won’t change or something better will come along, savings wise. So you work in a store eh? Any chance you’re in Atlantic Canada? LOL I don’t know if you work on commission or not, but if so, you defintley should get credit for selling me my BB. I was actually considering switching to another provider, just b/c I thought I could get a better deal elsewhere. But you’ve reminded me why I’ve been with Aliant all these years. You guys really know your stuff!! Thanks for all your help!

  • Brandon

    anytime, we are the best for a reason and no i am not from atlantic canada. I work for actual bell in ontario. good luck with everything, i’m sure you will love your new toy.

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