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The Nokia Lumia 920 is exclusive in China on China Mobile, in Australia on Telstra, in the UK on Everything Everywhere, and is slated for a November launch in other European countries as well. Now we’re learning the details for Canada: Rogers has revealed it will be selling the Windows Phone 8 device exclusively in black.
While the 820 isn’t mentioned at all, this is a Microsoft announcement as HTC’s Windows Phone 8X as well as Samsung’s ATIV Smart PC and ATIV S Smartphone are also coming to Rogers. Unfortunately, Rogers has also decided to add its own applications to the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices it will sell.
Here are the crapware details:
- Rogers My Account: Launching with the Samsung ATIV smart PC, the My Account app allows you to manage your wireless account directly, including selecting and activating a mobile internet plan, checking your plan usage, viewing your account balance, and making payments.
- Rogers Anyplace TV: The Windows Phone 8 app ($5 per month/5 hour subscription) gets you live games like Barclays Premier League soccer, Blue Jays baseball, Raptors basketball, hockey, tennis, and real-time news like CityNews. The Windows 8 app meanwhile gets you on demand channels, including Citytv, CBC, W Network, TMN, Treehouse, Teletoon, Family Channel, as well as free movies and trailers.
- Rogers One Number: The Windows 8 app lets you use your existing wireless phone number to talk, text and send picture messages and video chat with other Rogers One Number users. The Windows Phone 8 app lets you sync your contacts for the same purpose.
The good news is Rogers says the aforementioned Windows Phone 8 smartphones and the Windows 8 tablet will be available on its LTE network, so you can expect very fast speeds if you get a Microsoft device from the carrier. As for timing, the devices will be launching “in the coming weeks” – no other details beyond that.
Image credit: Aleksandra Burżacka
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