Bell Canada, the leader in telecommunications, today announced that its high-speed wireless EV-DO data network is now available to most urban Canadians from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans.
Bell Canada today launched new EV-DO networks in Ottawa, Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville. Bell also announced a roaming agreement with Aliant for EV-DO service in Halifax. Bell Mobility currently also offers its customers high-speed wireless EV-DO data network access in Vancouver, Whistler, Calgary, Edmonton, Brandon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Quebec City, Mont-Tremblant and Montreal making Bell Canada the only carrier in Canada offering the fastest high-speed mobile wireless service in all regions of Canada.
The leading-edge mobile high-speed EV-DO data network (EVolution Data Optimized) leverages third-generation (3G) wireless networks technology to offer the fastest and most advanced mobile network ever commercialized. EV-DO delivers data at unprecedented download rates of up to 2.4 megabits per second - delivering broadband speed on compatible mobile wireless devices.
EV-DO high-speed means users can connect to the home office from the road and download massive spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations at speeds comparable to wired high-speed networks. In fact, a one-megabyte file can take just 20 seconds, compared to two minutes on non-EV-DO networks.
With today's announcement, Bell officially added two new powerful 1xEV-DO-capable devices to its line-up. The feature-packed Sanyo SCP-7500 phone, available exclusively from Bell Mobility, combines long range walkie-talkie functionality with broadband-like download speeds. The second is the UTStarcom PPC6700 PDA, which is truly the ultimate communications and productivity tool for mobile professionals.
* Sanyo SCP-7500, exclusive from Bell Mobility, delivers information at blazing speeds. It is the first and only EV-DO-capable handset in Canada with push-to-talk capability. Its advanced multimedia functions include: live TV with streaming television and video, high-speed internet browsing, 1.3 megapixel camera with PictBridge compatibility, digital camcorder, dual color LCD displays and the Rubber Dura Grip(R) which provides unparalled surface protection, SMS and Instant Messaging. The Sanyo SCP-7500 can also be used as a tethered modem.
* UTStarcom PPC6700 sports triple radios - CDMA, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth - a slide-out text keyboard, a touch screen, a 1.3 mega pixel camera with video capture, a miniSD card slot and a speaker phone. The Windows Mobile 5.0 powered UTStarcom PPC 6700 with Direct Push Technology is the first Pocket PC-based handset in Canada with the Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system. Windows Mobile 5.0 provides enhanced mobile device management and security, including the ability to remotely wipe data from devices and options for stronger encryption of data. With Windows Mobile 5.0, UTStarcom provides access to Microsoft Office software: Word Mobile supports tables, lists and embedded images and allows users to create, edit or review documents; Excel Mobile allows the user to view and create charts and graphs, and PowerPoint Mobile allows users to view and rehearse presentations while on the go. Windows Mobile 5.0 also utlizes persistent memory storage to ensure users won't lose important information when the device runs out of battery power. In addition, Windows Media (R) Player 10 Mobile allows customers to access more than one million protected digital songs and videos from online services.
Other EV-DO devices offered by Bell include:
* BlackBerry 7130e(TM), which offers complete BlackBerry(R) functionality, including phone, high-speed wireless e-mail, Internet, text messaging, organizer and data applications. The device also allows users to connect laptops to the Internet by using the BlackBerry 7130e as a tethered modem.
* Samsung a920, the first EV-DO handset in Canada, offering a built-in MP3 player and stereo speakers with external MP3 player keys on its cover. It enables full-track music downloads and streaming multimedia. The phone features some Bluetooth (R) capability and a 1.3 Megapixel camera.
* Kyocera Passport is the first high-speed PC Card available in Canada. It delivers wireless broadband speeds up to 2.4 MBps on the EV-DO network. The Passport offers mobile connectivity and broadband access to corporate applications, e-mail, browsers and Virtual Private Networks.
* BlackBerry 7250 is the all in one phone, calendar and e-mail solution that will be "Always On, Always Connected (R). With its unique pushed-based technology, email and important data can be sent automatically to the handheld. Customers will be able to upgrade this device so that it is EV-DO capable by downloading a software patch exclusively from Bell Mobility.