Top Canadian stories from the past week, plus other news from around the web

This was a defining week in Canadian wireless. Bell officially started to offer 2-year contracts, plus TELUS will go live with a 2-year option by the end of the month. In addition, we’ll see other carriers shift their contract and pricing structure to meet the upcoming mandate of the CRTC’s Wireless Code. In addition, new devices announced or released on several carriers, specifically the Sony Xperia Z heading to Bell and the Nexus 4 arrived in White at Videotron. Below are the top Canadian mobile stories from the past week, plus notable news from around the web:

– Moto X press image leaks online [Read here]
– Bell goes live with 2-year contract option [Read here]
– Motorola schedules August 1st for Moto X unveiling [Read here]
– Virgin Mobile releases the LG Optimus L5 II [Read here]
– Virgin to end SuperTab, will launch 2-year agreements on August 1st [Read here]
– TELUS alters monthly plans as Canada enters the era of 2-year commitments [Read here]
– Complete specs of the BlackBerry A10 revealed in leaked presentation [Read here]
– Rogers Moto X training video confirms exclusive August release [Read here]
– Bell to exclusively release the Sony Xperia Z [Read here]
– Verizon once again confirms interest in Canada [Read here]
– Bronze statue of Ted Rogers to be unveiled on Tuesday [Read here]
– Koodo changes monthly rate plans, plus goes live with new Tab structure [Read here]
– CRTC denies request for payphone rate increase [Read here]
– Rogers to implement 2-year contract pricing “shortly” [Read here]
– Nexus 4 in White now available at Videotron [Read here]
– RBC launching Secure Cloud, promises cloud-based mobile payments for Canadians [Read here]
– Sony Xperia SP now available at Rogers, Fido and Virgin [Read here]
– HTC announced the One mini, but it’s not coming to Canada [Read here]
– Android 4.3 leaked for Nexus 4 [Read here]
– LG declares the G2 as its next premium smartphone [Read here]

Around the web:
– HTC One mini launching on almost all UK carriers around August 9th [Engadget]
– Motorola building a ‘world-class wearables design group’ [TheVerge]
– Leaked press photo confirms Motorola DROID MAXX retains Kevlar backing [AndroidAuthority]
– BlackBerry World Website Adds “Others Also Downloaded” Recommendations [BerryReview]