Canadians pay more for mobile service than other G7 nations: report

Canadians pay more for mobile service than other G7 nations: report

by Christina Peden Canadians pay higher prices for mobile service compared to their international peers, a new report shows. The study, commissioned by Industry Canada and the CRTC, reveals that the heaviest users of mobile services — those that pay for voice, text and data — saw price decreases of 27 per cent to just under $80 per month. However, those that have a ‘no-frills’ voice-only mobile plan saw a rate increase of 16 per cent to almost...


1 in 5 Canadians have ditched their landlines for cell phones

1 in 5 Canadians have ditched their landlines for cell phones

by Christina Peden The landline is beginning to go the way of the dinosaur, according to a new Statistics Canada report.  In 2013, 21% of Canadian households had eschewed their landlines in favour of their mobile, up from 13% in 2010. Unsurprisingly, cell phone-only households is most prominent among the under 35 set, with 60% reporting they use a cell phone exclusively. This shows a steady increase — the numbers are up from 39% in 2010 and 26%...


No “Netflix Tax”, company cautions CRTC

No “Netflix Tax”, company cautions CRTC

by Christina Peden Netflix is warning the CRTC against imposing a tax on the American online streaming giant because they say they do plenty of business in Canada.  Meanwhile, the CBC is calling for Netflix Canada to subsidize the production of Canadian content. Imposing a ‘Netflix tax’ could “make it more difficult for Netflix to offer access to [its] content at the same affordable rate,” said a company representative in a submission to...


Government announces more wireless airwaves to boost competition

Government announces more wireless airwaves to boost competition

by Christina Peden Industry Minister James Moore today announced that the government will auction more ‘prime’ wireless spectrum, with 60% of the airwaves set aside for smaller mobile providers such as WIND, Mobilicity and Videotron. Industry Minister James Moore According to Moore, this is part of his government’s plan to foster competition in the country’s wireless market, which is currently dominated by the Big Three — Rogers, Bell and...


LG G3 coming to Canada this summer

LG G3 coming to Canada this summer

by Christina Peden If selfies are your thing, this might just be your dream phone. LG electronics today announced the release date for the LG G3. The company had previously revealed the phone at a press conference in May. The G3 features a 3,000Ah removable battery and a 5.5 inch Quad HD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, which adds up to a whopping 538ppi pixel density. Also included is a 13 MP camera with Laser Auto Focus, and a 2.1 MP front camera...


Telus gives huge thank you to longtime customer

Telus gives huge thank you to longtime customer

Telus recently gave a decades-long customer the surprise of her life. Ramona Ostrander has been with the telecommunications for the past 20 years. They surprised her at her home in Guelph, ON to to fulfill her lifelong dream — flying in an airshow airplane (that had her name on it, no less). Check out the amazing video below to see this plus a couple other surprises the company had up it sleeve. 40,000 flowers, anyone?     And that’s...


BlackBerry Passport to launch in September

BlackBerry Passport to launch in September

by Christina Peden BlackBerry will release their next phone, the Passport, in September according to CEO John Chen. The news was announced yesterday during the company’s release of their quarterly earnings report. The Passport will feature a 4.5 square display with 1440×1440 resolution and a QWERTY keyboard underneath. The keyboard, a staple on Blackberry devices, is also rumoured to be touch-sensitive for easier autocorrection. The company...


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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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