Yesterday Bell announced that their LTE (Long Term Evolution) network would go live today, ousting Rogers and becoming the first to be in Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph (all highly populated areas). You can check out the coverage maps here and we’ll have a Toronto Speed Test posted later today.
As for the devices that are available today, the 4G LTE Sierra Wireless U313 Turbo Stick will cost you $79.95 on a 3-year contract, or if you opt for the no-contract model you’ll pay $219.95 and also $5 for the LTE SIM card. Bell also said they will launch another internet stick “in the coming weeks”, the LTE Novatel Wireless U679 Turbo Stick.
Missing from the announcement were any plans for smartphones or tablets. Last week it was rumoured that Bell would release the LTE Samsung Galaxy S II and the LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. Digging through their LTE website shows a hint of the future. They revealed that “LTE superphones, smartphones and tablets are coming soon to the best network across Canada” and showcased a couple incredibly generic images of devices. The LTE Superphone is an Android and you can also bet the Tab 8.9 will be making its way to Bell soon. No word on the price points for the “coming soon” LTE devices