Koodo needs a Windows Phone 8 Device

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I know that many people have not had a chance to get a WP8 phone. Rogers has exclusivity on the Lumia 920, but that phone may be too expensive for Koodo's tab model. They also have the 8X. Telus has the ATIV. Bell has the 8X. Even Virgin has the 8S (and it seems to be flying off the shelves).

This leaves only Koodo and Fido without a WP8 offering. Don't be the last of the major carriers to get a WP8 device.

I suggest the upcoming Nokia Lumia 620 (http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/06/no...), the successor to your existing Lumia 610. While I would never advise anyone to get a 610, the 620 does some amazing things for $250:

5mp camera with dedicated two-stage shutter
Nokia-exclusive apps like Nokia Drive which offers free offline navigation
Choice of vibrant colours (I don't care about this, but a lot of people do)
8GB of memory, expandable to 64GB
Dual-core processor
NFC
Nokia build quality

Now, I'm not interested in this personally, as I like high-end devices, but this could be a major hit for Koodo. Your current new entry-level devices (Optimus Black or Galaxy Ace 2) aren't much cheaper ($200), but don't offer as much bang for your buck as the Lumia 620 would.
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Here's a shot of the Lumia 620:
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I agree the 620 would make a great entry level device. It would be great to to see a mid range device like the 8s or 820 on koodo, as I would have considered one of these devices over unlocking the, 920 from Rogers.
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Wouldn't really consider the 8S to be a mid-range device. Its specs are nearly identical to this.

The Nokia 820 and variants seem to be the only midrange devices available.
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Personally I am not a fan of Windows phones but it seems like a good idea to get some more. :)
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I haven't had a chance to try wp8 but I absolutely hate how boring the home screen looks & the list style of app drawer. What makes the Windows 8 OS great & why do ppl like it?
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That's where we disagree. To me the Live Tile system is the best, especially now that we can have small tiles for apps that aren't notification heavy. I'm also a big fan of the app list, especially since you can tap on any letter to quickly take you to any other letter rather than manually scrolling if you have a lot of apps.

Why do people want Android? How about iOS? It comes down to personal choice. I suspect that Nokia has a huge role to play in increasing the WP ecosystem. People trust Nokia. It's treated its customers well for over a decade.
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Android you can select to display your apps in Alphabetical order also or any way you wish.
Nokia has made a statement that leads one to believe that if Windows 8 doesn't gain ground soon that they will be diversifying their efforts towards also making Android devices.
With an Android you can make your device layout look & work exactly like Windows or Android & possibly even BlackBerry 10 or Ubuntu OS.
With Android you have the option to make your device work exactly the way you want to. Change it up & make it feel like a brand new device withou any need to actually Buy a new device.
With Android I can download whatever I want where ever I want, even zip files & unzip it right on my device . I can transfer files wirlessly to another Android device or laptop or tether it to a PC & just drag & drop without the need of any special software. It's exactly like I'm using my computer in the palm of my hand, I have absolutely no restrictions.
Android when it first came out sucked, it lagged & crashed & was somewhat of a nightmare to use. Also low end Android devices I'm not a fan of, dual core or more power is the only way to go.
Now that Google has re written the OS with Android 4.0 ICS it has gotten much better, and Android 4.1 & 4.2 Jelly Bean are incredible & with a quad core processor are an absolute dream to use. Nothing lags what so ever & I have yet to experience any crashing of anything on my Galaxy Note 2. Knowing that Android has Google behind it working with many partners worldwide you always know that your in store for something amazing just around the corner because nobody innovates faster or has more resources then Google. Then with Samsung & other device makers adding their own innovations to their own Android devices you can pick & choose what features your looking for on top of the already Amazing OS Google has laid in front of the device makers. Android will always be one step ahead of everyone in the game while everyone else plays catchup.
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When I was talking about the app list I didn't mean just alphabetical ordering. In Windows phone, once you have a certain number of apps and the list gets long, you can see an icon representing each letter of the alphabet. Tapping on any letter brings up an alphabet grid. Tapping the desired letter (let's say R) takes you to all your apps that begin with "R".

There's absolutely no proof that Nokia will go with Android anytime soon. Android isn't really making any money for anyone except Google and Samsung. Releasing an Android device will do little other than hurt its WP device sales.

I know you can make an Android device look like anything you want. I've used many different launchers and they pretty much all suck, save for stock.

Remember, I'm talking about WP8. You no longer need Zune to transfer content. It provides the same functionality as Android.

I'm thoroughly unimpressed with quad-core processors. I'm running a triple-core on a 5 year old desktop and it handles everything I've thrown at it with ease. So has my dual-core laptop. My iPhone 5 offers an identical experience to my Nexus 4 (which I no longer own) when it comes to OS fluidity. My year old Nokia 800 also does the same job. So I've just named a single, a dual and a quad core device. How's JB running on a single-core device?

This post had nothing to do with Android.
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JB runs terrible on a single core device because there is so much going on it lags it down. JB needs a dual core or more to run efficiently.
I don't have an iPhone 5 so I can't test it but Mobile Master John Burke has both & many other phones & he's told me none run as fast or smooth as the quad core Nexus 4 he has.
I've had single, dual & quad core devices & each level adds a huge increase in fluidity for power users. I don't get how you can't see the difference because it's huge.
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I think in North America no one will consider windows a serious contender until they have at least a 10% share of all OS. I don't know exactly what number is at right now but it cant be more than 6% at most. Maybe that's why koodo doesn't carry it. They tried with the 610 from the looks of it success may have been limited if there is no other windows phones they decided to carry.
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The 610 was an absolute fail of a phone. WP7.5 is smooth, but to offer only 256 mb of RAM was pushing it.

Especially since the 710 was just a touch more expensive while being a lot better.
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iOS and Android had a negligible market share about 5-6 years ago compared to Symbian and BB OS. Was it a bad business decision then to start carrying those devices? Android had a hell of time gaining traction but it happened.

As I said, I don't want this phone, but I think it may be a good business decision to carry it, since people actually seem to want WP8, unlike its predecessor.
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Well you asked for it & indeed Koodo is getting a WP8 phone. Which one I'm not sure but Koodo employees are training for Windows Phone 8 right now. Can't wait to see what they bring to the lineup
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I wonder if Koodo is actually going to release a windows phone... Its been over a year and I haven't seen any on Koodo's website :(
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I had the Lumia 620 as a tester for a short time. While not a flagship device by any stretch of the imagination, it was fairly easy to get around on, had a great battery and basically got the job done. I agree, it would be nice to see a flagship or mid-entry Windows Phone make a reappearance in Koodo's phone line up.
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Well Telus is apparently getting the 635 so maybe Koodo will follow suit. definitely a entry level device but it would be something

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