CLEARNET releases the Android Samsung Galaxy Apollo

Ian Hardy

May 27, 2011 8:55 am


When TELUS resurrected CLEARNET a couple months back they positioned the brand to be a low-cost carrier that offers Unlimited Talk and Text plans in BC and Alberta. TELUS spokesperson Shawn Hall said that “Clearnet is a small market trial running in Kelowna and Red Deer. TELUS routinely conducts market trials to test out new concepts.”

CLEARNET
initially launched with monthly price plans that range from $45 – $60 per month (depending what region you selected). The LG GB-255 and the Samsung Evergreen made the cut as their first devices but it now seems CLEARNET has released a 3rd device. The Android 2.1 powered Samsung Galaxy Apollo was always listed on their site as “coming soon” but is now available for $149.99 outright. The Apollo was originally launched by TELUS in September of 2010 for $249.99 no-term so the pricing is somewhat decent… but CLEARNET doesn’t offer a data-add on yet (this feature is “coming soon”). The good news is that the Apollo has Wi-Fi. Other notable specs are the 3.2-inch display (resolution of 240×400), 3 megapixel camera with video capabilities, SWYPE and holds up to 16GB with a microSD card.

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  • Alex Perrier

    YAY WOOHOO COME ON YAY WOOHOO!

  • Alex Perrier

    Overall, this Samsung phone is comparable to the LG Optimus One, but it should come with 2.3 Gingerbread. Until then, LG has an advantage with 2.2 and planned 2.3 OS. The LG looks better too.

    And does Clearnet sell SIM cards? When will they sell data plans, how much data will be included, and at what cost?

  • Sean

    Why do yo need this when they have Koodo just put these plans as options on them … Everyone knows koodo who knows of clearnet

  • Alex Perrier

    People may have been more familar with Clearnet if TELUS marketed it the same way Rogers markets Fido.

    Fido is falsely perceived by many to be “a large, independant company” yet there are some similarities and some differences between the two companies.

    * The similarities are that both carry similar or identical devices. Fido has the iPhone, BlackBerry Curve and two Androids which Rogers also carries. Their data plans are very similar. Both offer the WhoCalled feature and sell Caller ID separately.

    * The differences are that Fido almost only has budget-priced devices. Fido sells unlimited plans at the store, whereas Rogers only offers them behind the scenes. Rogers charges a GRRF for data, whereas Fido “tucks in” that price with their 3G stick plans. Finally, Fido has lots of dogs and Rogers has almost if not none.

    If TELUS marketed the Clearnet name like Rogers did with Fido, then it may be more well-known and successful. Clearnet’s (now TELUS’) MiKE business phones are still available, but they are not for the average customer. It would be interesting and encouraging to see TELUS promote Clearnet like Chatr.

    • Alex Perrier

      “People may *would* have been” is more what i meant.