August 30, 2012 8:33am
Fido, the sub-brand of Rogers Wireless, has gone live with their LTE service. Currently there is coverage in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and St. Johns, but more locations will be rolled out this year that include Moncton, Québec City, Oakville, Hamilton, Niagara, Waterloo, Barrie, Edmonton and Victoria.
In addition, Fido has released their first LTE device – the Sierra Wireless AirCard 763S. This provides a mobile hotspot for up to 10 devices and will give you typical LTE download speeds between 12-40 Mbps. The 763S costs $50 on a 2-year contract or $200 outright. If you do decide to score this device you’ll need a LTE SIM, plus hook up on one of their LTE data flex plans:
Up to 100 MB : $22
Up to 500 MB : $37
Up to 2 GB : $52
Up to 5 GB : $72
Up to 9 GB : $92 (Overage is $5/500MB)
No word on when we’ll see a smartphone, probably in Q4. We could see Fido possibly release the Sony ion, Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note, or possibly the HTC One X.