Bell HSPA network goes live in Canada

Bell Logo Much to the delight of Canadians, Bell’s new HSPA network is now live across Canada. This is not all, the network carrier also unveiled a plethora of new HSPA smartphones and turbo sticks.

The network carrier offers mobile speeds up to 21Mbps, the new network claims to reach around 20,000 Canadian towns and cities. The new network also supports international roaming in over 200 countries globally and across the United States, owing to a roaming agreement with AT&T.

Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility and Chief Brand Officer for Bell, stated, “Bell is delivering high-speed wireless service to more Canadians in more places than anyone else with the largest and fastest network available anywhere in North America. Bell’s new network is the most advanced in the world, built for speed and reliability from the ground up. And we’ve delivered this world-leading broadband access to thousands of small towns and rural locations just as fast as we have to urban centers across Canada.”

Bell introduces a host of HSPA smartphones such as the BlackBerry Bold 9700 that incorporates a touch-sensitive trackpad, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi, microSD/SDHC memory card slot with a 2GB card, 3.2 megapixel camera and DataViz Documents to Go Suite. The network carrier also launches the BlackBerry Bold 9000 which boasts of a high resolution display, a microSD/SDHC memory card slot and 1GB of on-board memory. The smartphone features built-in GPS and Wi-Fi, 2 megapixel camera and Dataviz Documents to Go Suite.

“Our all-IP (internet protocol) network infrastructure employs enough new high-speed fiber to wrap halfway around the globe, ensuring that Bell consumer and business clients have the best experience possible in Canadian wireless. By employing the very latest HSPA technology available, our brand-new network delivers enhanced call clarity, better in-building coverage and fewer dropped calls, while maximizing the capabilities of the latest HSPA mobile devices,” quoted Stephen Howe, Chief Technology Officer for Bell Mobility.

Also included in the Bell line-up is the LG Xenon carrying a 7.1cm touchscreen display, 2 megapixel camera with camcorder and integrated media player. The QWERTY device from LG presents a customizable user interface that brings three distinct home screens. Two Nokia devices that Bell unveiled include a flip phone dubbed Nokia 6350 and the Nokia 2730. The 6350 packages an MP3 player, 2 megapixel photo and video camera, Bluetooth 2.1 and memory expandable up to 16GB. On the other hand, the Nokia 2730 incorporates an MP3 player, 2 megapixel video and digital camera, messaging tools and up to 2GB of expandable memory.

The network carrier also introduced two innovative touchscreen handsets from Samsung namely the Samsung OMNIA II and the Samsung Impact. The Omnia II is said to be the Official Mobile Device of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The Windows Mobile 6.5 driven handset incorporates a 5 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and DVD-quality camcorder, Wi-Fi connectivity and memory expandable up to 48GB. However, the Impact features an advanced motion and speech controlled User Interface along with an integrated media player, full HTML web browser, memory expandable up to 4GB and a 3 megapixel camera/camcorder.

With a three year contract the BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone and the BlackBerry Bold 9000 are available for $229.95 and $249.95 respectively. Both these BlackBerry smartphones can be purchased for $599.95 without a contract.

The Samsung Impact can be purchased for $79.95 with a three-year contract or for $279.95 without a contract. However, the Samsung OMNIA II is retailed for $199.95 after a three-year contract or for $549.95 without a contract. Bell retails the Nokia 2730 for $29.95 with a three-year contract and $119.95 without a contract, while the Nokia 6350 for $49.95 with a three-year contract or at $249.95 without a contract.