Blackberry Passport to launch September 24th

Blackberry Passport to launch September 24th

by Christina Peden Blackberry today announced the launch of what they hope will be the crown jewel in the company’s new line-up of devices: the Passport. While the device’s appearance has certainly met with mixed reaction since it was announced in June, anticipation has reached a fever pitch as the weeks to launch wind down. Blackberry revealed today on its blog that it will be holding exclusive, invite-only events in Toronto, London and Dubai...


Canadians now eligible for Apple’s iPhone 5 battery replacement plan

Canadians now eligible for Apple’s iPhone 5 battery replacement plan

by Christina Peden Noticed a drastic change in the battery life of your iPhone 5? If so, you may be eligible for a free battery replacement, Apple announced on Friday. The models in question were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number range.  According to Apple, the percentage of phones affected is quite small. To find out if you’re eligible for a replacement, visit Apple’s website and enter your...


Rogers and Shaw to launch Netflix competitor Shomi

Rogers and Shaw to launch Netflix competitor Shomi

by Christina Peden Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media, and Keith Pelley, President, Rogers Media, unveil new subscription video-on-demand service, shomi, at a media event in Toronto. (CNW Group/Rogers Communications Inc.) Rogers and Shaw announced a new joint venture this week in a bid to compete with popular streaming service Netflix. Shomi, a new video-on-demand service, is set to launch Canada-wide in the first week of...


Bell announces major upgrades to 4G wireless network

Bell announces major upgrades to 4G wireless network

Bell today announced an up to 45% speed increase on its existing 4G LTE network. Download speeds on the company’s LTE network have increased from 75 Mbps to 110 Mbps. The telco giant also claims speeds of up to 150 Mbps will be available in some locations. Bell previously announced plans to expand its 4G coverage coast-to-coast. The network is currently available to 82% of the Canadian population, but Bell is pledging to ensure access to 98% of...


Rogers and Fido launch Device Tune-Up

Rogers and Fido launch Device Tune-Up

Rogers and Fido today announced the launch of a new program dubbed “Device Tune-Up”. The free, in-store service will be available Canada-wide and uses diagnostic tools to help reps solve customers’ smartphone issues on the spot. The program is expected to save customers time and money. Plus, they won’t have to part with their phone. There are three different features included in Device Tune-Up: Device HealthCheck The rep will run the HealthCheck...


WIND Mobile lowers domestic roaming rates

WIND Mobile lowers domestic roaming rates

by Christina Peden Wind mobile announced Thursday a plan to reduce fees for domestic roaming rates across their partner networks in Canada and the US.  The new rates come into effect immediately. Previously, Wind customers could expect to pay 20₵ per minute for incoming and outgoing calls in the US and Canada if they were outside Wind’s network. This fee has been reduced to 15₵ per minute. Outgoing texts will now cost just 5₵ outside the...


Home Depot, Wink Technology join forces in new Smart Home partnership

Home Depot, Wink Technology join forces in new Smart Home partnership

by Christina Peden Home Depot announced on Tuesday its new partnership with Wink Technology in a bid to make “Smart Home” technology readily available to households across Canada. Representatives from Home Depot demonstrated a variety of connected products at a “Smart Open House” that coincided with the announcement. Products ranged from door locks, thermostats, light switches, blinds and security cameras — all controlled with a single app...


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Fido rolling out LTE network this summer

Fido rolling out LTE network this summer

During the course of this summer, Fido customers will start being able to access LTE throughout Canada. This will begin in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, St.John’s, and their surrounding areas.. By the end of 2012 it should also include Moncton, Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke, Québec City, Kingston, Ajax, Pickering, Oshawa, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Niagara, Windsor, Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, London, Barrie, Sudbury, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Kelowna, Abbotsford and Victoria. It looks like at launch Fido will be offering an LTE Hotspot device, with LTE compatible smartphones launching later in the year. “We are thrilled to offer the benefits of LTE network technology to Fido customers this year,” said Steven Sarfin, senior director of marketing, Fido Solutions. “Our focus at Fido has always been on providing the best value to our customers. With data plans starting from $10/month, affordable LTE service is a perfect complement to the exclusive FidoADVANTAGE programs like FidoTRADE™,...


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