We first let you know that LTE was en-route to Fido way back in March, but in a press release this morning Fido stated that “LTE service will be unleashed this summer.” As for coverage, the initial locations will be the “surrounding areas of Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and St. Johns” with a bunch of other locations planned to rollout later this year: Moncton, Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke, Québec City, Kingston, Ajax, Pickering, Oshawa, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Niagara, Windsor, Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, London, Barrie, Sudbury, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Kelowna, Abbotsford and Victoria.
As Fido is Rogers sub-brand, similar LTE speeds are expected – which are between 12 Mbps and 40 Mbps. Data plans will start at $10/month and their first LTE device will be a Fido Mobile Hotspot (probably the Sierra Wireless AirCard 763S), but “LTE-enabled smartphones will be available at Fido later this year.” No word on prices.
Any guesses on what the first LTE smartphone will be? Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note, Sony Xperia ion, or the Nokia Lumia 900?