Google Android phone coming to Canada

Update: To launch June 2nd 2009 on the Rogers network.

Rogers Communications, the cable and telecom giant, has announced it will finally release a Google Android powered phone in Canada. The company confirmed today it will be launching both the HTC Magic and HTC Dream powered by the open-source Google Android OS.

Rogers senior vice president John Boynton said in a statement, “Both devices [the HTC Dream and HTC Magic] offer outstanding wireless Internet search capabilities and a full suite of applications,”

Bell Canada, also announced earlier in the week the company would be the exclusive carrier to offer the new Palm Pre in Canada.

Both companies failed to disclose details on pricing and availability, but we are working on our source.

Google has publicly criticized Rogers Communications in the past for not offering unlimited mobile Internet data. Google has also voiced concern over Rogers Wireless complete GSM monopoly in Canada.

In related Rogers news, according to an internal source, the company in June will start to charge customers for incoming text messages, unless subscribed to a basic SMS plan. The source familiar with the matter spoke on condition of anonymity citing details have yet to be made public. Telus already has been doing this for months. The moves highlight that few control the oligopolistic telecom market in Canada, and in this case, a monopoly over the GSM networks.


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  • billy

    i bet you Rogers either done this because

    a) Google was pressuring them
    b) They want to give Canadians a krazy new phone + variety

    I think its b. ;)

  • billy

    i bet you Rogers either done this because

    a) Google was pressuring them
    b) They want to give Canadians a krazy new phone + variety

    I think its b. ;)

  • billy

    i bet you Rogers either done this because

    a) Google was pressuring them
    b) They want to give Canadians a krazy new phone + variety

    I think its b. ;)

  • billy

    i bet you Rogers either done this because

    a) Google was pressuring them
    b) They want to give Canadians a krazy new phone + variety

    I think its b. ;)

  • billy

    i bet you Rogers either done this because

    a) Google was pressuring them
    b) They want to give Canadians a krazy new phone + variety

    I think its b. ;)

  • http://business2press.com Hercules K

    There are rumors that T-Mobile is going to launch north of the border, so that should cause some competition…

    Personally, the only thing I would like to see from Rogers is a truly unlimited and AFFORDABLE mobile internet plan (even without tethering)

  • http://business2press.com Hercules K

    There are rumors that T-Mobile is going to launch north of the border, so that should cause some competition…

    Personally, the only thing I would like to see from Rogers is a truly unlimited and AFFORDABLE mobile internet plan (even without tethering)

  • http://business2press.com Hercules K

    There are rumors that T-Mobile is going to launch north of the border, so that should cause some competition…

    Personally, the only thing I would like to see from Rogers is a truly unlimited and AFFORDABLE mobile internet plan (even without tethering)

  • http://business2press.com Hercules K

    There are rumors that T-Mobile is going to launch north of the border, so that should cause some competition…

    Personally, the only thing I would like to see from Rogers is a truly unlimited and AFFORDABLE mobile internet plan (even without tethering)

  • http://business2press.com Hercules K

    There are rumors that T-Mobile is going to launch north of the border, so that should cause some competition…

    Personally, the only thing I would like to see from Rogers is a truly unlimited and AFFORDABLE mobile internet plan (even without tethering)

  • mudk1pz

    Interesting but I heard telecoms in Canada are even more omnipresent than in America. If that's true I cold see the bigger telecoms crushing any chance of this.

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  • mudk1pz

    Interesting but I heard telecoms in Canada are even more omnipresent than in America. If that's true I cold see the bigger telecoms crushing any chance of this.

  • mudk1pz

    Interesting but I heard telecoms in Canada are even more omnipresent than in America. If that's true I cold see the bigger telecoms crushing any chance of this.

  • mudk1pz

    Interesting but I heard telecoms in Canada are even more omnipresent than in America. If that's true I cold see the bigger telecoms crushing any chance of this.

  • mudk1pz

    Interesting but I heard telecoms in Canada are even more omnipresent than in America. If that's true I cold see the bigger telecoms crushing any chance of this.

  • xyz

    well, now….if only they lower mobile data charges…but ya at least Rogers does offer $30 per month for 500mb or so which is still pricey.

  • xyz

    well, now….if only they lower mobile data charges…but ya at least Rogers does offer $30 per month for 500mb or so which is still pricey.

  • xyz

    well, now….if only they lower mobile data charges…but ya at least Rogers does offer $30 per month for 500mb or so which is still pricey.

  • xyz

    well, now….if only they lower mobile data charges…but ya at least Rogers does offer $30 per month for 500mb or so which is still pricey.

  • xyz

    well, now….if only they lower mobile data charges…but ya at least Rogers does offer $30 per month for 500mb or so which is still pricey.

  • popotop

    well now the world knows why it took over a year for the iPhone to come to Canada after the US launch…because Rogers controls the entire GSM networks in the entire country…scary

  • popotop

    well now the world knows why it took over a year for the iPhone to come to Canada after the US launch…because Rogers controls the entire GSM networks in the entire country…scary

  • popotop

    well now the world knows why it took over a year for the iPhone to come to Canada after the US launch…because Rogers controls the entire GSM networks in the entire country…scary

  • popotop

    well now the world knows why it took over a year for the iPhone to come to Canada after the US launch…because Rogers controls the entire GSM networks in the entire country…scary

  • popotop

    well now the world knows why it took over a year for the iPhone to come to Canada after the US launch…because Rogers controls the entire GSM networks in the entire country…scary

  • RuckFogers

    Looking at the level of obedience being exhibited by “consumers” (aka apathetic citizens – a is optional) it is not hard to figure out why Rogers and their accomplices in our 'government' can get away with this type of rapacious attitude. Even Vietnam has better telecom competition than this 'bastion of capitalism' …

    Truly Disgusting!

  • RuckFogers

    Looking at the level of obedience being exhibited by “consumers” (aka apathetic citizens – a is optional) it is not hard to figure out why Rogers and their accomplices in our 'government' can get away with this type of rapacious attitude. Even Vietnam has better telecom competition than this 'bastion of capitalism' …

    Truly Disgusting!

  • RuckFogers

    Looking at the level of obedience being exhibited by “consumers” (aka apathetic citizens – a is optional) it is not hard to figure out why Rogers and their accomplices in our 'government' can get away with this type of rapacious attitude. Even Vietnam has better telecom competition than this 'bastion of capitalism' …

    Truly Disgusting!

  • RuckFogers

    Looking at the level of obedience being exhibited by “consumers” (aka apathetic citizens – a is optional) it is not hard to figure out why Rogers and their accomplices in our 'government' can get away with this type of rapacious attitude. Even Vietnam has better telecom competition than this 'bastion of capitalism' …

    Truly Disgusting!

  • http://business2press.com Hercules K

    I agree, I bet you Rogers only gave in from increased pressure from Google.

    Hopefully big companies including Google will continue to push Rogers into make some serious changes

  • http://business2press.com Hercules K

    I agree, I bet you Rogers only gave in from increased pressure from Google.

    Hopefully big companies including Google will continue to push Rogers into make some serious changes

  • http://stevz.com buddhakwee

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    we are still trend on blackberry

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  • http://stevz.com buddhakwee

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    we are still trend on blackberry

    Stop Dreaming Start Action

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    waiting for this product in my country.

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  • causeofhairloss

    Not really feeling this product, I have tried it out and it just is not as usable and lovely as the iphone, maybe with the next iteration they will get it right.

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