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January 25, 2012

Weekly regional spotlight: Canada

The regional spotlight hits Canada this week. A country that boasts the worlds longest coastline, wild bears and awe-inspiring mountain ranges….oh and not forgetting our very own Nokia Connects man on the ground – Tom Hall.

via mynokiablog

Canadian Nokia fans were happy to hear about the upcoming release of the Lumia 710 and 800 in their country recently. The Lumia 710 will be available with Rogers but the Lumia 800 will be exclusively offered by TELUS. They are the first two smartphones in the Nokia Lumia family to reach Canada. The Lumia 710 will hit the shops in early February.

Here is what Richard White (General Manager for Nokia Canada) had to say about the release of the Lumia family:

“I am extremely excited to introduce the Nokia Lumia family of smartphones to Canada. The Nokia Lumia 710 and the Nokia Lumia 800 combine our passion for design and powerful functionality with the intelligence and capability of Windows Phone”

If you are reading this and you are not from Canada then you may want to know if the Lumia phones are currently available if your country? Well I spotted this on the Nokia Canada Facebook page. The Lumia Momentum Map allows everyone around the world to see which Lumia is available in their territory….

In other news, we recently awarded Canadian Nokia fan Jamie Haggett with the week #1 prize (Nokia Purity In-Ear Headset) in our Amazing Everyday Challenge. Well done once again Jamie, you captured our imagination with this great photo and N8 hospital story for the ‘Amazing Family and Friends’ theme:

‘When my second daughter was born my wife had a Placental abruption which required us to dial 911 in a very scary situation. We were not expecting our daughter that evening so we were not fully prepared. Our cameras were not charged, packed or anything. We rushed to the hospital in an ambulance with my N8 in hand. Jordan Isabel was born a happy girl a couple hours later after some nail biting surgery. We spent an entire week in the hospital with nothing else but my N8 to capture the first week of her life. No other smartphone would have been up to this task and I will be forever grateful for this phone because of that day. Thanks Nokia! This to my entire family was the amazing without question…’

A great story there straight out of Canada. We also conversed with Richard Campbell from dotnetrocks recently, he is another native Canadian. As one of our key community members @ CES in Las Vegas this year we caught up with him to discuss his first thoughts on the Lumia 900. If you didn’t see our chat with him and the other community members then feel free to check it out….

via Nokia

Anything I have missed this week coming out of Canada? Did you know that the place for everything mobile chat – the HowardForums originally started there? Who says we don’t teach you stuff.

If you’ve got time take a look at our previous regional spotlights from India, the USA, the UK, FinlandLebanon/Jordan and the Philippines. Would you like to see your country up for review next? Let me know below or @Nokia_Connects.