Unlocked Motorola Milestone now available in Canada

By: Gadjo Sevilla

January 31, 2010

Expansys.ca is selling limited quantities of the Motorola Milestone to Canadian Customers

Expansys.ca is selling limited quantities of the Motorola Milestone to Canadian Customers

By Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla

Those who have been waiting for Motorola’s Milestone to make an appearance in Canada now have the option of buying one unlocked from online technology e-tailer Expansys.ca.

Selling on their website for $654.99, the  Milestone, is the 3G GSM version of Motorola’s popular Android phone sporting the latest Android 2.0 OS. As of this writing, Expansys.ca had 61 one of these delectable droid devices in stoc Expansys also charges $27.90 for shipping within Canada. Expansys has been a longtime importer of popular technology that is otherwise unavailable to the Canadian market.

The Motorola Milestone is the most advanced Android phone available to Canadians today

The Motorola Milestone is the most advanced Android phone available to Canadians today

You will  will need a compatible voice and data plan to enable the device’s features. We suggest clarifying with Expansys Canada whether your chosen SIM card and service will work on the Motorola Milestone before purchasing the device, the worst thing is to get stuck with a smartphone that’s been made stupid by system incompatibility and you really want to avoid having to hack or root your device just to get it working. It would be interesting to find out if Wind Mobile’s SIM card and data plan would work on the unlocked Motorola Milestone.

Telus Mobility announced late last year that they were bringing the Motorola Milestone to Canada but have been vague about the actual details. At the time of the announcement, the Motorola Milestone was the most advanced Android device in terms of features and specs. This is no longer true as the Google Nexus One has the same OS, better specs and screen but lacks the foldout keyboard. The Nexus One, however, is not available to Canadians directly.

Some of the Telus Motorola Milestone promo materials  have surfaced but still no official word on the price and date of release. Impatient and intrepid folks who want to get their hand on a Milestone now have a chance  with the Expansys deal.

Below are the specs from the Expansys website.

Technical Details

GENERAL:
– 3G: WCDMA 900/2100, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSPA, GPRS Class 12, WiFi
– ANDROID™ PLATFORM: Android 2.0
– SLIDER: Slide-out QWERTY keypad
POWER:
– TALK TIME: Up to 390 minutes
– BATTERY TYPE: 1400 mAh Li Ion
– STANDBY TIME: Up to 350 hours
MESSAGING:
– EMAIL: Push Gmail, Push Exchange, IMAP, POP3
– MULTIMEDIA MESSAGING (MMS)
– TEXT MESSAGING (SMS)
– IMAGE FILE FORMATS: GIF, PNG, JPEG, BMP
– INSTANT MESSAGING (IM): Gtalk™ with presence
– VOICE MAIL: Standard voice mail
CAMERA:
– CAMERA: with image stabilization
– MEGAPIXELS: 5 MP
– DIGITAL ZOOM: 4x
– FLASH: Dual LED
– FOCUS: Automatic –
IMAGE EDITING TOOLS
CONNECTIVITY:
– BLUETOOTH® TECHNOLOGY: Stereo Bluetooth® Technologie v2.1 + EDR. Profiles HFP, HSP, A2DP, AVRCP, OPP, PBAP
– MOTOROLA SOFTWARE UPDATES
– WIFI 802.11 b/g
– GPS AND LOCATION SERVICES: aGPS
– DATA ACCESS5CONNECTOR TYPE: Micro USB
– DATA TRANSMISSION RATE: USB 2.0 High Speed
– MOTOROLA MEDIA LINK: Included
– HEADSET JACK: 3.5 mm
CALLING:
– CALLER ID: Ringer ID, Picture ID, On main display
– SPEAKERPHONE
– ADVANCED SPEECH RECOGNITION
– CONFERENCE CALLING: Three-way call
– EMERGENCY DIALNOISE REDUCTION: CrystalTalk™
– ON HOLD CALLPHONE BOOK: Unified contact list
– SPEED DIAL: Direct Dial and Direct Message shortcuts
– VIBRACALLVOICE DIALLING
– WAIT AND PAUSE DIALLING
INTERFACE:
– OPERATING SYSTEM: Android 2.0
– BACKLIGHT: Yes
– DEDICATED KEYS: Back, Home, Volume control, Camera, Search, Power/Lock, Menu
– DOUBLE TAPHAPTIC FEEDBACK
– KEYPAD LOCK
– LIGHT-RESPONSIVE DISPLAY
– PINCH AND ZOOM
– QWERTY KEYBOARD
– TOUCH SCREEN: Gesture recognition
– VIRTUAL KEYBOARD
– VOICE COMMANDS
PHYSICAL:
– DISPLAY TYPE: TFT
– WEIGHT: 6 oz.; 165 g
– SIZE: 2.4 x 4.6 x .5 in.; 60.00 x 115.80 x 13.70 mm
– DISPLAY SIZE: 3.7″; WVGA (480 x 854 pixels); 16:9 widescreen; PPI 267
– ANTENNA TYPE: Internal
– FORM FACTOR: Slider
PRODUCTIVITY AND SOFTWARE:
– CALENDAR
– CLOCK: Alarm clock
– FLIGHT MODE
TECHNOLOGY:
– ACCELEROMETER: Yes
– NETWORKS: WCDMA/900/2100, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSPA, GPRS Class 12, WiFi
– PROCESSOR SPEED: 550 MHz
– REMOVABLE MEMORY: microSD card slot supports up to 32GB
– SENSORS: Proximity ambient light sensor

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