For the most part, the days of waiting long periods of time for a device released in the U.S. to make its way to Canada are pretty much over. With that in mind, TELUS today has announced the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G will be arriving within the next 30-days for customers. We won't debate the whole 4G thing this time around but, if you're a TELUS customer looking to make use of that fast internet connection the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G can help you do that. Head on past the break for the full press release, also if you want to check out the T-Mobile version you'll find our hands-on here. [@TELUS]

TELUS introduces Canada's Fastest Smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G

Canada's first 4G smartphone will offer Canadians incredibly fast speeds of up to 21 Mbps

Toronto, ON – TELUS today announced the upcoming release of Canada's first 4G smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G with manufacturer-rated download speeds of up to 21 megabits per second (Mbps). The Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G is available from TELUS and is 50 per cent faster than the manufacturer rated speed of any other smartphone in Canada, allowing users to download, browse and stream video faster than ever before.

Boasting a crisp four inch super AMOLED touch screen, the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G is optimized for presenting vivid colours, offering users a superior viewing experience while watching HD movies, playing games and reading e-books. Powered by Android 2.2, (with 2.3 coming later this year) the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G lets users create their own lightning fast mobile Wi-Fi hotspot to surf the web on a laptop or tablet from wherever they connect to the TELUS 4G network. Equipped with a 1GHz processor, the Fascinate 4G is powerful enough to run multiple applications at once.

“We are thrilled to be working with Samsung to offer Canada's first 4G smartphone that combines ultra fast download speeds and advanced smartphone capabilities,” said David Fuller, Chief Marketing Officer at TELUS. “TELUS is committed to offering our customers the most advanced technology and the richest, most powerful mobile experiences available. The Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G is a great example. It will be the fastest smartphone in Canada a running on Canada's fastest coast-to-coast mobile 4G network*.”

“Today's launch by Samsung and TELUS is another example of how we are leading the way for Canadians, as they embrace the power of wireless technology. We are excited to offer the first smartphone in the country to support 4G speeds, for the fastest access to video content, web surfing, downloading and more,” said Paul Brannen, Vice President of Samsung Mobile Canada. “Samsung, as the country's top Android manufacturer and top wireless handset vendor, is committed to being at the forefront of technology innovation**.”

Powered by Android 2.2, the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G also features:
• A front facing camera for easy video chat
• A 1650 mAh battery for long battery life
• Uncompromised web experience with Adobe Flash 10.1 for a rich browsing exprience
• 5.0 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom
• Google Maps Navigation providing turn by turn voice guidance and new Google Maps in 3D. Available only on Android.
• Access to more than 100,000 free and paid applications from the growing Android Market, as well as the ability to store apps to the device memory card to free up phone space
• Expandable memory up to 32 GB (16 GB microSD card included)
• Seven home screens to customize with the widgets and apps for at a glance information and updates

Stay tuned for pricing and availability of the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G at TELUS. Please visit www.telusmobility.com/phones later this week for updates and additional information.

*Based on TELUS' tests of data throughput speeds in large Canadian urban centres available from national HSPA+ service providers. Internet access speed provided by the network operator may vary due to the device being used, network congestion, distance from the cell site, local conditions and other factors. Speed on the Internet is beyond the wireless network operator's control and may vary with your configuration, Internet traffic, website server and management policies, and other factors. Coverage maps are approximate. Actual coverage and network services can vary and are subject to change.

**Samsung is the market leader for Android mobile phone shipments in Q4 2010 with 34 per cent of the total market share according to IDC Canada's Q4-2010 Mobile Phone Tracker. Also according to IDC Canada, in Q4 2010 Samsung continues to be the #1 mobile phone vendor in Canada.

About TELUS
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.8 billion of annual revenue and 12.3 million customer connections including 7 million wireless subscribers, 3.7 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and more than 300,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $211 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 3.7 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

About Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.
Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. (SECA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., markets a broad range of award-winning digital consumer electronics, information systems, telecommunications and home appliance products.

SECA upholds Samsung's mission to provide consumers with innovative digital convergence products that possess exceptional technology, quality, features, performance and value. The company oversees the Canadian operations of Samsung's consumer electronics and home appliance division, as well as its wireless terminals and information technology division.

Samsung has been a global TOP sponsor of the Olympic Games since 1997 and has been a presenting sponsor of the Olympic Torch Relay from 2004 to 2008. Samsung is also a proud sponsor of Hockey Canada, Stars on Ice and is the official HDTV sponsor of the NFL.

For customer service inquiries, please call 1-800-SAMSUNG (1-800-726-7864), and for more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

 

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TELUS announces the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G is coming soon

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Is this the only way to get a Fascinate running 2.2 or by rooting my Verizon Fascinate? When will we see 2.2 on the Verizon Samsung Fascinate........?????????????

It's as close to the Vibrant as it is to the Verizon Facinate. Telus uses different GSM bands than T-Mobile.

This is a slight upgrade/update from the current Telus Fascinate. Only additions I can see are FFC and the 21 Mbps download speeds. Though those would be sweet as hell on a mobile, the speeds that is, I have a FFC and never use it.

I can't wait for Telus and Bell (my provider) to roll out their 42 Mbps network this year, next years phones are going to be OFF THE HOOK! lol.

I really hope you Verizon Fascinate owners get your long overdue Froyo soon, from one SGS owner to another, you will have a whole new appreciation for your phone.

Yeah omg 2.3 by years end when will vzw get it in gear we need.offical 2.2 and I doubt vzw will even give us 2.3

Who cares about Verizon and whether the 2.2 Update hits the Fascinate. I've been running 2.2 since early January since the leaks started coming out. Root and toot!! like some folks on the forums say!!!!

The most interesting thing in this article to me is the ffc. I know the Vibrant owners are able to buy a camera module from another Galaxy phone and install that but it doesn't work with the Fascinate. Is it possible the internals on this phone are more like the Vzw Fascinate (minus GSM) and therefore the camera modules might be compatible? Or are the internals more likely just like the Vibrant? I'm guessing the latter.