Nokia Lumia 1020 now available in Canada

Ian Hardy

October 3, 2013 8:01 am

Nokia has officially brought its 41MP powerhouse Windows Phone 8 smartphone to Canada. This is now available at TELUS and Rogers and the prices are as follows:

TELUS: $199 on a 2-year or $725 outright
Rogers: $199.99 on a 2-year and $599.99 on a month-to-month

As for specs, the main feature of the LTE-enabled Lumia 1020 is the camera. This is one of the best, if not the best, cameras embedded within a smartphone – something that Nokia is known for. The 1020 has a 41MP PureView with Xenon Flash, Carl Zeiss lens, LED auto-assist flash, f/2.2 aperture and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) that captures 1080p HD videos, plus a 1.2MP front-facing camera. In addition, the 1020 has a 4.5-inch display (1280×768), 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and a 2000mAh battery.

Finally, the 1020 is make of polycarbonate and comes in both Yellow or Black.
Make sure you enter our Nokia Lumia 1020 contest here.

Source: TELUS, Rogers
(Thanks Todd!)

  • Lukeiphone

    Great phone but…windows 8? Barely any proper apps available for it.

    • jattsober

      Go try one and then give your feedback.

    • Lukeiphone

      Had lumia 920, sold it within a month.

    • jattsober

      Which apps are missing and how many apps do you use on daily basis?
      I am using WP since 2011 along side iOS and Android and don’t find anything that hinders WP from others.

    • Eric Sylvain

      Same here – I’ve had no problems at all with the quantity or quality of apps with WP7 or WP8. And I started with an Optimus 7…

    • Sam

      APPS? What apps are exactly missing? Fart 1 and Fart 2 the remake?

      I switched from iOS and only Google Voice is missing, mind you I downloaded over 500 apps over a 4 year period, and I can tell you 99% of them turned out to be junk.

      The vast majority of the iOS apps are garbage, an quite a bit of apps were created to add basic functionality that iOS was missing, there are over 1000 apps alone that basically allow you to copy files to the device because iOS does not give you access to store files, WP just plug the phone into the computer and copy files on and off the device as you please.

      To add some credibility to your statement that WP does not have apps, list a few critical apps that are missing, rather than be making a blanket statement that apps are missing.

    • Henry

      I think the WP os is great but I’ll list a couple apps that would be deal breakers for me; CIBC banking, Pages manager (the real one) and Google maps (+ plus contact syncing). Everything else has alternatives for me but not those three. Legit response here, I’m not a WP hater.

    • iPlunks

      Banking apps is something i miss on my WP8 also, but Nokia Maps are 10 times better the Google Maps.

    • SuperDSpamalot

      Also, google contact syncing works just fine on WP. As with facebook and Exchange. Other then banking apps as was mentioned, I also have never had a situation where I wasn’t able to find something (Or an equivalent) on the WP store. I don’t miss Android at all.

    • Braumin

      I agree the Canadian Banks have been very slow to make WP apps, which isn’t a big surprise with the large Blackberry share still in Canada. I use BMO and it’s got a functional mobile website which works for me.
      As a long time Windows Phone user, the apps that I find are missing aren’t important long-term (most of the BIG apps have come to Windows Phone now) it’s the short term apps that never find their way to the marketplace – things like Candy Crush which will be a fad for a month or so.
      Personally that doesn’t bother me, but I can see it turning others off.
      Generally there are alternatives to most apps that people say are missing, and there’s awesome apps that are only on Windows Phone as well (Wordament! Although that’s on iOS now too).

    • Raj Brar

      In Canada, you will most likely find a Blackberry App before a Windows Phone app. It is unfortunate but true in many cases. I really hope that WP8.1 and BB10 can succeed against the two bigger players. Who doesn’t like an underdog?

  • hunkyleepickle

    I used a lumia 920 for 6 months, and only ever missed the core Google services. I would love to use the 1020, but 725$ is just too much for last year’s lumia specs with an amazing camera.

    • iPlunks

      Last years specs that blows currect Android/iOS OS usability/performance out the water

    • hunkyleepickle

      I would agree with that for the most part. Unfortunately in less than a month Nokia will drop new devices.

    • Xaxxus

      and they wont be in canada until next year most likely

  • Gary

    Rogers website showing $599 month to month

    • mrmprince

      Does month-to-month = outright? or are they jacking that up a lil if it’s outright?

    • Karim

      Just spoke with a store rep. He said the outright price was $650. You need to be a Rogers customer (i.e. have an account with a plan) to purchase it outright though

    • mrmprince

      hmm..is it cheaper then to go month-to-month for 1 month and then cancel? lol

    • Bri

      but then you get a service for one month.. so I guess it’s not exactly the same :)

    • Gary

      Just pick up mine (reserved it online from Rogers couple weeks ago), $649 outright with the free camera grip. I’m not Rogers customer, but the store has no problem just sell that to me.

    • mrmprince

      They gave you the camera grip too? I asked the store at Eaton Center and they said they wouldn’t do it….now the pre-order promo is off :(

  • Gary

    I’m wondering, if I walk into a Rogers store, can I just pay $599 to buy the phone without activating a line? If not, can I just sign up a cheap voice only plan on month to month and cancel it after a day, week, month?

    • Eric Sylvain

      I’m pretty sure if you buy it outright, you’re free to do anything with it. But I don’t think they’ll unlock the phone automatically – you would likely need to pay the $50 or whatever it is to unlock it if you wanted to go to another carrier with it.

    • Rinedog

      You can unlock a windows phone quite easily without the carrier’s help. Lots of web sites will get you the unlock code for $10-$20 instead of the $50-$100 the carriers are charging. You only need to go thru the carriers if you are using a locked iOS device and don’t want to jailbreak.

    • Henry

      True, I unlocked my HTC One for $8 from ebay.

    • Eric Sylvain

      I should’ve mentioned that…I did exactly that 4 months back for my Lumia 920 lol – unlocked it for $10 from eBay.

  • peiguy67

    I see the 625 is available from Telus for $300.

    • StormMagnus

      Yes and overshadowed by the 1020 launch today. I’m interested in 4G speed for less than 1/2 price of the 1020 and only losing bit of hardware (NFC, half memory, ETC).

  • MadBlax

    Telus outright seems a bit high for the hardware your getting.

  • Sam

    Fido still does not carry any Windows Phones

    • jamvng

      buy it off Rogers, and then I’ve heard Rogers phones will work out of the box with Fido. I’ll find out when I get the 1020.

    • Sam

      I have a HTC 8X I bought from Rogers and it didn’t need unlocking for Fido, however I have 10 employees on our Fido account and I want to move them from Android to WP8, buying phones for them off contract isn’t a road I want to go down.

    • Bri

      This iPhone 5C from Fido wasn’t working with Rogers.. so I guess it’s only one way?

    • CeLLit

      That is apparently the case, one way street.I use a rogers 920 on fido and a pay as you go rogers 520 on 7 eleven’s speakout( the are on roger’s network). Both worked out of the box without changing any settings.

  • Mike366

    $599!!!

  • Sanjay Kumar

    This one can also work on wind and mobilicity like Lumia 920

    • rgl168

      If this one is RM-877 – no it would not work with Wind/Mobi as it does not have AWS HSPA band.

    • Sanjay Kumar

      Check Rogers site
      Hspda:

      850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz

      Rogers use 1700 frequency for internet.

    • rgl168

      Not if you look at Nokia Canada’s specification page:

      LTE network bands3: 1, 3, 7, 8, 20
      WCDMA network: 900 MHz, 2100 MHz, 1900 MHz, 850 MHz
      GSM network: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz

      No WCDMA 1700 here.

      The only way to find out for sure is to unlock the phone and stick the Wind SIM in it.

    • Sanjay Kumar

      Go to any Rogers store or Microsoft Canada store, check box.

  • rjmlive

    Happy it’s 2 year contracts now. I’d like to learn more about the 929. Everything takes too long to come to Canada. :P

    • beyond

      that phone looks interesting but I doubt it would come to Canada. They never brought the 925 or 928 here either. I wonder if they will bring the 1520.

    • rjmlive

      Yeah if anything it seems the 1520 might eventually come. I’d prefer the 929 so I may have to just order one in if I can.

    • Braumin

      The 929 is a Verizon CDMA phone so it won’t be coming. The 1520 might though.

  • Josh

    Microsoft Store in Toronto sell it outright. 599 rogers 725 telus!

    • Sam

      Kinda stupid of Microsoft not to sell Windows Phones unlocked, iPhones and most high end Androids can be bought unlocked.

      Also Canada mobile plans are tightly tied to the subsidies.

    • Josh

      I think the reason they cant sell it unlocked is because unlike apple Microsoft doesn’t make the hardware. The agreements are done through the oem (nokia) and the carrier (Rogers)…. Rogers buys the device off Nokia, Rogers decides what they want to sell it for. Even though its microsofts OS, its technically not their phone. to my understanding based on Canadian law its very tough to actually come to the proper terms and agreements to sell the phone outright and unlocked like apple

    • beyond

      *barf*, how did wireless devices get to such a state, why are they so different from other technology that they need to be locked in the first place, I don’t get it

    • Josh

      I completely agree with you! It’s unfortunate

    • Kyle Schellenberg

      Try to take your Rogers PVR to Shaw or vice versa. Locking exists in other venues that may not be as apparent.

    • WhoCares

      High-end android? That’s gotta be an oxymoron!

    • mrmprince

      Do they sell the wireless charging case too?

    • Josh

      yes they sell wireless chargers! The camera grip, speck cases for the 1020, wireless car charger and cradle, laydown wireless charger and stand up wireless charger man

    • beyond

      that’s a lot of chargers!

    • Josh

      haha yeah it is a lot of chargers! check them out if you to Yorkdale at Microsoft store!

  • DragonsDeck

    Can anyone tell me how the battery is on this, or if there is an accessory like an expanded battery for the phone? Also anyone have an estimate how big of a file size the pictures would be if the picture was taken on max resolution/settings, as in how fast will that 32gbs be filled up?

    • beyond

      battery should be fine according to reviews out there, the camera grip accessory has a 1020mAh battery for extra juice when shooting pictures. (total of 3020mAh)
      I think the file size at max resolution is about 12MB (they are jpegs)

  • villain

    seriously mobilesyrup should find out the scoop on Bell & Nokia… Bell hasn’t released any Lumia devices at all sooo do that have an issue?

    • Kyle Schellenberg

      I think Bell felt burned by some past Nokia sales performance. Considering Nokia is going away I wouldn’t expect any further Nokias now.

    • villain

      soo they picked up the HTC and ATIV S for WP8?

  • villain

    god dammit I hate Bell lol

  • Bri

    I will wait for the price of this to go downnn and buy it from Kijiji!

    • robinottawa

      I’ve been on month-to-month with Rogers for years and now they’ll give me a 1020 for $200 with no change in plan if I sign up for 2 years. What could be wrong with that? Either it’s a good deal or I’ve been paying too much for years.

    • cora

      Sounds like a good deal, I’m a long term rog customer too but they never offered that to me. I probably would have take it if they offered me that. How are you liking your new phone so far?

  • Marcus Brown

    Trip to my local TELUS store is in order.

  • Chuck

    I just got one and yes it is the RM-876 version. It will work on T-Mobile, Wind and Mobilicity.

  • Gary Evans

    Windows Phone… RULES!!!
    Android and iOS = Crap!!!

  • RJ

    Bought a yellow 1020 from the Microsoft Store locked to Rogers for $599+HST. Unlocked with a code from eBay ($20). It’s the RM-877 and it supports AWS; currently using it on Wind with a ‘Home’ signal.

    Absolutely blown away by the amazing hardware design. The screen is gorgeous and the colour/finish is sure to turn some heads.

    I upgraded from the N9, so WP8 is new to me. The home screen is quite functional and aesthetically pleasing if you size/arrange the tiles effectively. I don’t use many apps so this was a good transition with a few surprises (old favourites like Skype, Dropbox, FM radio, offline maps and welcome additions: Instagram (6tag), Vine (6sec), Skydrive). UC browser has more features and slightly faster performance than Internet Explorer. Contacts and social networks have integrated nicely. Still learning to use the camera, but I can already see the potential for some really amazing shots; the ‘long’ shot-to-shot time that was cited by many reviews isn’t actually that bad. The OS is fluid (everything is fast) and multitasking is second-nature once you get the hang of it.

    However, one thing that is absolutely dreadful is the music player and the inability to download MP3s to the music library from the browser (or Dropbox… or Skydrive…). The sorting of the stock music player is clunky and doesn’t allow for a fast finger scroll; the player doesn’t recognize some MP3 tags, resulting in many blank/unsearchable tracks; you also can’t seek within a song. As someone who uses a phone as the default music player, this is very disappointing. I hope these features are implemented in future updates.

    All in all, a really nice device which I can only see getting better as WP8 matures.

    • cora

      Did you get anything free with the 600+hst price? Like the camera grip?

    • RJ

      No. The grip is only included with the activation of a 2-year contract.

      The device comes with all the standard stuff (USB cable, AC adapter, earphones, manual), but no lanyard, which isn’t a huge deal.

    • cora

      I plan to buy outright and deciding between Microsoft store or Rogers plus store. May I ask what the return policy is at the Microsoft Store? Like if it doesn’t work properly or I want to bring it back because I changed my mind? Do you have 30 days to return it? Is the Microsoft store harder to deal with compared to a Rogers Plus store? I have a hearing loss and want to be sure I can hear well using this phone. Thanks for any help.

    • RJ

      Go for the Microsoft store.
      I’m a Wind customer, so all the Rogers reps tried to hassle me into activating their service. The Microsoft rep asked me which carrier I was with, but was open to selling me the phone regardless. The Microsoft Store has a 14-day return policy (even if the box is open).

    • cora

      thank you!

    • robinottawa

      What’s Rogers’ return policy and warranty? Anyone know?

    • RJ

      Don’t know about Rogers, but the Microsoft Store offers has a 14 day open box return policy (full refund as long as everything is still in the box). Nokia Canada offers a 12 month warranty for all new Lumias.

    • robinottawa

      I just found out. I just bought a 1020. You can send it back within 15 days and 30 minutes of use. There’s a 1 year Nokia warranty and you can buy “insurance” (against water, theft, drops) for $8 a month for the first year or so.

    • cora

      FYI, today when I bought the phone at the microsoft store I asked about the one year warranty, specifically I asked “do I send the phone to nokia?” and they said “No microsoft will replace the phone” … so is nokia=microsoft now?

    • cora

      Thank you for your good advice. Microsoft store was the way to go.

  • Dawn Burton

    Vancouver bound in 12 days!

  • robinottawa

    Everyone’s talking about the OS, but this is only different from the 920
    because of the camera. Anyone taken any pictures with this? I’m
    seriously considering getting it and I’d like to know if that 3x
    optical-like zoom really makes that much difference in the field. I keep
    wanting to zoom in my 920 but there’s no new info there. But there’s no
    new info in the 1020 zoom either, is there? You can zoom all you want
    later. Zooming in the field just uses fewer sensor pixels, right?

  • cora

    Rogers still not selling it outright, they’re only selling it on a plan and no free camera grip. Rog rep in store said when they do eventually sell it outright it will cost me 650 and camera grip was 59 dollars (the advertisement posted on the dummy 1020 phone instore said 600 no term but the rep didn’t really address that). Went to microsoft store to price check and got one for 600+tax with a free camera grip (the camera grip also had a nice leather lanyard in it which I put on the phone, I don’t know why the lanyard was not in the box with the 1020).

    Can anyone suggest a safe micro to mini (standard) adaptor so I can use the new 1020 micro sim card in my old 7 year old trust nokia flip phone? Those old nokia phones never die and can handle the rain probably better than this new nokia lumia phone can.

    • mpethe

      I just visited the Rogers store who offered to sell me the phone for $149 on a 2 year plan – they wanted me to buy today so were willing to take $50 off of their posted price.

      Telus has the phone for $99 now on a 2 year plan.

  • joanie

    What is the best free music app for this phone