@Mediaman I had read the PCMag article earlier today.
Carrier support has traditionally been better in Canada than the US, with Telus, Rogers and Bell all carrying at least a couple of Windows phones at any given time.
Things are looking a bit more bleak this time around, however. One would have thought that at least one Canadian wireless carrier would have been lined up with an announcement during or shortly after the October 6 event, but nothing so far.
(I'm partly responding to boost the post count to this thread, thereby signalling interest to Rogers; my vain attempt to get them on board, I guess).
Does the following mean that most Canadian carriers are indeed on board for Windows 10 (see link below)??? ... or does it simply mean someone assumed Windows 8 settings would apply for Windows 10?
I heard about that article (haven't read it...yet) but a lot of customers talking about it on Windows forums. U.S. market very different and despite how terrible carrier support was in Canada during windows 8, Canadian Carriers offered more devices at first. After 1020 was released Canadian carriers only offered the Lumia 830.
Its not news that there has been no carrier support in the U.S. for the 950XL that has been reported by windows central a while ago. As for U.S. carrier support, AT&T is one of the biggest and offered all the Windows flagship devices. Verizon made things difficult by wanting their own variation of the 920 so got the 925. Then it took Verizon ages to do the updates to release the updates. The president of T-Mobile however called "BS" and said they were open to offering windows 10 devices.
We have to remember though that the landscape for windows mobile has changed drastically. When Windows 8 was released, then CEO Steve Ballmer was interested in taking on Apple and Google with the Lumia 920. Nokia was just an OEM for Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform. So Microsoft had no control over carrier deals (As far as I know, if I’m wrong someone please inform me.) That strategy obviously didn't work and Windows 8 is still below 3% of the market share. Satya Nadella has completely changed strategy. Microsoft has always been operating system and software focused. The long term plan isn’t about mobile market share anymore but windows 10 and the devices that facilitate the Operating system. He knows he can't compete with iPhone/Android popularity and sales, so Microsoft now will compete with services. Office, Outlook, One drive, Cortana, Onenote, Skype, are all available on iOS and Android devices. Windows mobile devices never had full carrier support, so I don’t think it will matter now. Big difference now is that you can buy a device unlocked on www.microsoftstore.ca and have it shipped free and take it to any carrier you want. I don’t know about you but if Rogers doesn’t offer the 950, I’ll buy it unlocked from Microsoft and go to a cheaper carrier. If they aren’t going to support the device I want. I’ll buy it myself and take my business elsewhere.
There are alternatives out there. A lot of it depends on personal usage. That being said, I am happy with the wireless service I receive from Rogers. I am just saying that if I have to go out of my way to spend hard earned money to buy a phone unlocked I'll also take a look at what other wireless carriers provide for plans. Rogers has to make me want to stay a customer.
As far as I know as long as the phone is unlocked and is capable of using the various networks (see below) it should work. All you need to do is get a sim card. Maybe @ShakTiburon can give us more technical information in that regards. I don't know if the carriers can choose what kind of devices are on their network or not.
List of available networks supplied by Microsoft Canada store.
GSM network: 850MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 1900MHz
GSM max data speed DL: EGPRS 296.0kbps
GSM max data speed UL: EGPRS 236.8kbps
WCDMA network: Band 1 (2100MHz), Band 2 (1900MHz), Band 4 (1700/2100 MHz), Band 5 (850MHz), Band 8 (900MHz)
WCDMA max data speed DL: 42.2Mbps (Cat 24)
WCDMA max data speed UL: 5.76Mbps (Cat 6)
LTE FDD network: Band 1 (2100MHz), Band 17 (700MHz), Band 2 (1900MHz), Band 20 (800MHz), Band 3 (1800MHz), Band 4 (1700/2100 MHz), Band 5 (850MHz), Band 7 (2600MHz), Band 8 (900MHz), Band 28 (700MHz), Band 12 (700MHz)
TD-LTE network: Band 38 (2570-2620MHz), Band 40 (2300-2400MHz), Band 41 partially (2555-2575 MHz)
LTE max data speed DL: 300 Mbps (Cat 6)
LTE max data speed UL: 50 Mbps (Cat 6
The early updates were indeed pushed out by Rogers. However things are changing with Windows 10 and I remember reading an article where Microsoft said they want more if not total control of their updates. No more waiting around for months for a carrier to issue the updates. Microsoft wants to issue updates likeiOS where updates are done over the air and you don't have to wait for a carrier to issue it. I did the developer preview unlock on my phone and I had the Denim update months before it was released by Rogers.
@brandonjbarnard Yes, but don't you have to run your phone in "developer preview?" If you only want the final version of the OS, and its periodic updates (I don't want to be a Beta tester), then I don't see how Microsoft is going to deliver them.
This is ridiculous, frankly. I like the OS, and I want this Windows phone, but if I'm going to go with an underdeveloped ecosystem, I shouldn't ALSO have to jump through a whole bunch of extra hoops to get the damned device.
It really looks like I'm out for good.
You had to run your phone in developer preview to get the windows 8 or 8.1 updates. With Windows 10 Microsot will control mobile updates.
This article may help clarify things if you are interested.
by ecosystem do you mean app-gap?
I agree with you though on that point. We shouldn't have to jump through a bunch of extra hoops to get the device we want. Should be provided by our carrier. However that is the reality with windows phones in Canadian market at the moment. We will have to wait and see what announcements are made by the carriers.
@brandonjbarnard Not "official" but people with sources at the major telcos say it isn't happening. I have no reason to doubt their sources, and equally no reason to think that things will change dramatically for Windows phone in the next two months:
If Rogers offers a discount on my plan for an unlocked phone (I've read that they do) then I'm happy buying direct from Microsoft.
@brandonjbarnard I had no idea you got a break on a Roger plan if you buy onlocked until I read it today.
Given that there is a ~$20/month savings on my plan, I'd be delighted to pay Microsoft directly.
Rogers device selection seem abysmal anyway. The only other phone I was considering was a Moto X Play. Turns out that's only on Telus (subsidized, that is).
yeah if your phone is old enough it can be reduced to a smart tab so $10 off, and my Lumia 920 in December will technically be a no tab device since my 3 year contract will be over so I'll get $20 off total for my wireless.
I don't have the $$$ to buy a phone unlocked so was hoping to get it through Rogers.
Only reason I switched to Rogers from Telus was for the Lumia 920
If you look on the shared plan portion of the Rogers site you can choose under the price "Premium tab" "discount tab" and "no tab" the prices will change for that shared plan to accomodate that and also if you want local calling or long distance.
No a Rogers spokesman just came forward in my other post and verified that Rogers won't be carrying either device, and that we will have to purchase them from Microsoft directly.