Mobilicity to bring on the HTC “Emerald” mid-May

Ian Hardy

April 11, 2011 10:06am


We’ve gotta hand it to Mobilicity because they have an incredible lineup up Android devices: Google Nexus One (now sold out), Google Nexus S, Motorola Spice, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and one more will be added to the list mid-May. The “current name” Mobilicity has for their next device is the HTC “Emerald” but you might know this as the T-Mobile myTouch 4G/HTC Glacier. This looks to be redesigned version and will run OS 2.3 Gingerbread, 3.8-inch display, 5 megapixel camera and have HTC Sense as well. No word on price points but most likely it’ll fall somewhere around the $450 – $500 no-contract range.

More soon.
(Thanks Cdot!)

  • crunch204

    wow

  • chall2k5

    I’d have to guess it’ll be cheaper than the NS….probably 474.99

  • U

    Head office actually wanted us (Mobi employees) to email them a name for this device by April the 5th. Just like what they did for the “Mobiflip”. We were going to get some points which can then be exchanged for stuff etc.

  • XER

    Finally, the new entrants are getting some high end stuff! Good to see that. The Nexus S and HTC Emerald are at least comparable to the big 3 latest handset. Now,if iPhone 5 has AWS, then the whole wireless industry in Canada will be changed forever!

  • Reggie Noble

    Wind stays losing in terms of their phone lineup. Besides the Nexus S (a phone that pretty much every carrier will have), what other highend smart phone do they offer?

  • TomatoGuy

    What Mobilicity and WIND need is to offer LG Optimus One. T-Mobile has it, so really there is no excuse for them. It’s cheap and very decent Android phone that will be soon updated to Gingerbread. It’s really successful on Koodo, they could not keep it in stock. Huawei U8100, Alcatel Tribe and Motorola Spice are all stuck on 2.1 and are not really that great in terms of battery life and overall quality. And they are also already outdated devices. High end Android smartphones are good, but a lot more people will be buying decent cheap Android smartphones given the choice and generating more revenue for the carrier through voice/data plans.

  • GoWindGo

    Who cares what phones WIND has. This is about Mobilicity. Why don’t you say Videotron stays losing or PM stays losing..oh ya, I forgot, you are an anti-WIND troll. By the way, you do realize that you can take that phone to WIND and use the service provided by WIND which covers twice the area that Mobilicity covers.

    • frank

      its looks like , you work for wind my friend.

  • abc123

    Well done Mobilicity! Well done!

  • dhar

    Very nice. At least this one wont have that ugly MyTouch symbol right on the front too.

  • Reggie Noble

    @GoWindGo
    I’m currently with Wind. Been with them since day one. Happy with the service. It’s such a cop out when Wind fanboys says, “oh, but you can buy an unlocked phone and use it on Wind”. Please… customers shouldn’t be forced to do that.

  • Kamino

    I just bought the tmobile version off ebay last night…

    • dhar

      Well it’s not that bad, just think about it you probably got it cheaper than what they’ll sell it for anyway (before and after taxes)

    • Kamino

      @dhar true… I got it for 300, and it was barely used. That’s before shipping and customs though

    • JoshG

      HAHA, I’ve been looking around on craigslist for one too. Apparently it’s better hardware than the Nexus S. Now I think I’ll wait…

  • wildspin

    I have a mytouch 4 on WIND since last year, it doesn’t need any modification to run gingerbread at all. All you need is root and cyanogenmod 7.

    It’s much powerful than almost all officially available droids in Canada. The Quadrant test result really put the Nexus S to shame.

    HTC is the TOP brand in droid world.

    • Kamino

      Would it be better to wait for HTC to officially release gingerbread or just install cyanogenmod 7?

  • GoWindGo

    Reggie Noble, WIND is in the business of selling a service. It does not matter where you get the phone from. They offer a service that is just as good or better that Mobilicity. They have a larger coverage area and better plans. Who cares about the phones. We can all easily complain about the fact that T-Mobile has better phones then Mobilicty but who cares, you can use the T-Mobile phones on Mobilicity’s network. It today’s world, it does not matter who you get the phone from. The phone will be unlocked and you use it on the carrier of a choice.

    • wildspin

      I agree, it’s more about service … and starting from next year, many telcos will start the migration to LTE, I know WIND is working on it, where is Mobi? what’s their plan for LTE?

  • wildspin

    To Kamino, I’d just go for CyanogenMod … you could install ROM manager, and it will automatically notify you whenever an update is available. CyanogenMod 7 is on 2.3.3 already.

    Android is all about the fun of hacking, there’s no need to wait HTC or Google for anything. :-)

    • Kamino

      I looked up the process for rooting the Mt4G though, and it seems like it’s complicated… could easily go wrong

    • dhar

      @Kamino
      Look up a Youtube video, try theunlockr.com too, they had videos on how to root the Vision/G2 and AFAIK it’s similar with the MT4G.

  • Reggie Noble

    If it doesn’t matter where the phones come from then why are companies like AT&T, Verizon, Telus, etc, spending millions of dollars on ads promoting the latest and greatest iPhones and Android devices for their companies? You know why? Because it DOES matter.

  • GoWindGo

    ReggieNOble, they are doing that because those phones are LOCKED to the provider. They don’t make a lot of money on the phone. The money is made on selling the service.

    • Reggie Noble

      Exactly. But they use these phones to lure customers in and it works very well. Maybe you and I don’t mind going put and buying an unlocked phone, but the average consumer just wants to buy a phone from from their provider without all the hassles. And this is where Wind is losing.

      Selling phones to entice potential customers to use their service is just as important as solely selling their services.

  • ReadyFireAim

    I signed up for WIND on the holiday miracle plan and am very happy with it, but the phone selection quite frankly stinks. It is becoming harder and harder to understand the crappy selection when Mobilicity comes out with the Nexus One, then the Nexus S and now the HTC Emerald and I have yet to see any of them or any comparable SMART phone available at my local WIND outlet or online.

    If the Nexus S or another similar phone do not appear soon on WIND, I am going to move on. I cannot stand my Huawei 8100, it’s a piece of sh*t.

    • Radar

      Wind is offering the Nexus S since last week as far as I know.

  • emprah

    The spin coming from “GoWindGo” is absolutely hilarious. Wind simply has no buying power, that’s all. And their voice quality is also confirmed to be horrendous. Duplex’s and all, so lol try harder at shilling peon.

  • GoWindGo

    emprah, people could argue that WIND has a larger buying power then any of the providers in Canada. They will argue that WIND is owned a Russian Telecommunications company. I would hardly think that WIND does not have buying power. There are many reasons why a company would not want to sell every single phone that is available. Maybe once you finish high school, you might understand things like that. So once again peon, WIND is in the business of selling a service something that your small brain can’t understand. Why don’t you go back to your McJob and let the adults talk here.

    • JoshG

      Chill out fan boy…

  • GoWindGo

    ReadyFireAim, the Nexus S is available for WIND. From what I have read, every store has them.

    • Corks

      relax with the fanboyism… we need ALL the new providers to be successful to bring true competition to the big 3, so lets just all get along, can we?

  • Radar

    Mobilicity should focus their network coverage to more follow Wind and Public mobile. They are behind them.

  • emprah

    ew, the shilling from “GoWindGo” is making me nauseous. WIND is confirmed to have no buying power. Go buy another mobilicity phone and use it on your foreign network, peon.

  • emprah

    Nexus isn’t even available at most wind stores, and besides the stock consists of two or three phones. Wind simply isn’t capable of buying large volumes due to being in debt and it’s foreign owners are hoping one of the big three would purchase them to recoup MASSIVE losses. Note the horrendous voice quality of wind’s atrocious network. My ears, they bleed.

  • GoWindGo

    emprah, if you are so anti-WIND, how would you know anything about the voice quality? Why don’t you go back to the Rogers Plus store you work and go clean the toilets. You are cable of doing that, aren’t you? A person with no education like yourself, you should be thankful that you have a job. Nexus is NOT available at ANY Mobilicity. Call around. They are available at WIND. I bet your girlfriends virginity on that..oh wait, I already popped that cherry last week.

  • emprah

    “You are cable of doing that”? Speaking of education, lol, or lack of. I simply glanced at the wind forums to see the 943098459345 threads of windies crying from the duplex issues and the terrestrial contact windies seem to hear from using that ATROCIOUS, SUB PAR AND FOREIGN owned MEDIOCRE “network.” Wind is poop, you smell awful. Go bathe peon. ;)

  • DroidWind

    I’ve been using this phone on wind since the beginning of this year. This phone has really great overall performance and signal reception and I’m glad I’ve pick it as my first smartphone.

  • iberry

    So funny! Wind Fanboys Hereee! I guess this GoWindGo works for Wind cause he is always taking sides!

  • iberry

    Hey GoWindGo! Wind wont give a damn for the time you’re wasting here! Just Shut up cause you just talking like s**t!

  • THE ASSASSIN

    It’s like HTC is just providing Wind with there scraps!! Although I would take an HTC phone over a free Samsung phone, I wouldn’t pay for then $250 for this device!!

  • Zirian

    Actually on a side note, I know there a few Mobi stores with the Nexus S in stock.

  • Doobie

    lol wind fanboys, how do you like the HDX? or should I say.. Ho..d..ou..ike..H..X?

  • Amar

    Good job Mobilicity. Mobilicity knows how to get phones people want, and they do it well. Good for them. Outstanding performance by them. Also instead of expanding like crazy, they are working in making their initial areas stronger then expand. Although I don’t see why they still can’t do both :P, multitask a little! Anyways I would have switched to Mobi if they expanded out to my area but WIND is fine right now for me. Besides, I just bought a MT4G yesterday so new selection for handsets is not a priority right now.