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...


Alcatel OneTouch brings three new mobile devices to Telus, Koodo

Alcatel OneTouch brings three new mobile devices to Telus, Koodo

Three new mobile devices from Alacatel OneTouch will be available in Canada starting tomorrow. The Chinese manufacturer today announced that the IDOL X + smartphone and POP 8 tablet will be available nationwide on August 20th at Telus and Koodo. The two devices join the POP Icon smartphone, launched last week as a prepaid device. The IDOL X + has a 5-inch HD screen with 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 13MP camera, a 2.0GHz octa-score processor and 2GB of...


Wifi comes to public transit in Vancouver and Toronto

Wifi comes to public transit in Vancouver and Toronto

Live or work in Vancouver or Toronto? You may just have some new options for free wifi on the go. Image courtesy of TechVibes In Vancouver, TransLink has just added wifi to three buses as part of an advertising agreement with Telus. The buses will operate on the 351 White Rock-Richmond route, the 555 express at Braid-Carvolth route, and the 99 B-Line on Broadway. However, only one bus on each route will equipped with wifi, so how will you know if...


Geek Squad unveils ClearPlex screen protection partnership

Geek Squad unveils ClearPlex screen protection partnership

by Christina Peden Ever dropped your smartphone or tablet and gotten a nasty crack in the screen? Don’t you wish there was some way you could have prevented it? Well, your wish is Geek Squad’s command. Geek Squad today announced that it will be joining forces with Clearplex, a company that makes invisible touch screen protection for electronics and windshields. In joining forces, Geek Squad will be able to offer Clearplex’s screen protection...


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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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