Hey all you depressed HTC Dream Users on Rogers, listen up! We know news hasn't been kind to you lately but it looks like things are looking up. Rogers will reportedly offer HTC Dream users the option to upgrade to the HTC Magic for free. From a Rogers rep:
“It’s great to hear that everyone is pleased by HTC’s agreement to upgrade Magic to 2.1. We pushed hard on your behalf and are pleased with that part. When it comes to Dream, we share in your frustration that the device does not have the required on-board memory for an upgrade. We’ve reviewed this internally and believe that Dream users should be able to have the same HTC Android experience as those who purchased the Magic. So, we are offering our HTC Dream customers a limited time opportunity to upgrade from their current HTC Dream device to the HTC Magic. We’re working on finalizing the details of that promotion now but wanted to let you know the great news as soon as possible. Please be patient as this is not yet available in-store, online or through customer care. I will be back next week to provide you with more information.”
We guess those carriers in Canada are nicer than their US counterparts. As for the upgrade, to us it's a no brainer. Android 2.1 is a stellar smartphone OS and introduces a lot of new features (compared to Android 1.5, doubly so) that many users will love. The Magic will get 2.1, the Dream is stuck on 1.5. Case closed. Only if you seriously, absolutely, totally love your G1 physical keyboard and think the Android software keyboard is impossible, hopeless, and terrible, can you justify not using the free upgrade.
Final details aren't available yet but we're hoping that our neighbors to the north will have an upgrade program as good as it sounds. No contract extensions, please.