Rogers/Fido Extended Coverage Went Live March 4

March 12, 2015  by Allan Pulga

Last week (March 4), Rogers and Fido customers were able to access extended coverage across Canada.

"This gives the option to travel across the country and not worry about roaming charges for talk, text and data usage," wrote Mobile Syrup's Ian Hardy (March 4).

Hardy explained that most Canadian carriers (e.g Videotron, Bell and TELUS) will be implementing similar domestic roaming agreements in the coming months. Rogers and Fido have updated their coverage maps (shown above) to reflect the new option.

The new coverage areas are mainly in B.C., Saskatchewan, Northen Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. "Voice and text will automatically work, but to access your email or the Internet, you'll just need to turn on your data roaming within your settings," Hardy wrote.

Prepaid customers, however, are not eligible for extended coverage as Rogers notes in its fine print the option is reserved for "postpaid customers with a compatible device."

 

Did You Hear? Apple Watch Available April 24, Starts at $349 US

March 12, 2015  by Allan Pulga
Apple Watch - Source: TheNextWeb

In a big event on Monday (March 9), Apple announced its first-ever smartwatch will hit store shelves April 24, and retail for anywhere between $349 and a whopping $10,000 for an 18K gold luxury version.

For wannabe early adopters, Apple said it will begin taking preorders for the watches on April 10.

"Apple Watch Sport, the low-end model housed in aluminum, starts at $349 for the 38mm model and $399 for the 42mm model," wrote The Verge's John Kastrenakes (March 9). "The stainless steel Apple Watch will start at $549 for the 38mm model and $599 for the 42mm model, with prices ranging up to $1,049 and $1,099 depending on the band they're paired with. The 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition (pictured above) will start at $10,000. Those will only be available in select retail stores."

"As opposed to a phone or a tablet, where what’s inside matters most, the Apple Watch is invariably a fashion product just as much as it is a computing tool," wrote TechCrunch's Jordan Crook (March 9). "While the iconic and uniform look of the watch face itself will act as a status symbol in its own right, no one wants to wear the exact same thing as everyone else. A watch is inherently an accessory, and accessories are made to set us apart."

A big question about the watch, however, remained unanswered on Monday: How long will the battery last?

Well, The Next Web's Mic Wright set out to answer that question (March 10). In short, it depends how you use it.

"If you’re hoping to use your Apple Watch throughout the working day, Apple’s tests predict you’ll get 18 hours of battery life. It breaks that down to 90 time checks (5 per hour), 90 notifications, 45 minutes of app use, and a 30-minute workout with music playback via Bluetooth," he wrote. "If you’re someone who gets a lot of notifications, you’ll need to charge it up a lot more frequently."

For "Dick Tracy" voice calls, users can expect three hours of talk time. Music fans will get up to 6.5 hours of playback time. Workout enthusiasts can expect seven hours worth of heart rate sensor activity. Minimalist users who use the device to simply tell time and check the phone five times per hour (4 seconds per check) should get up to 48 hours of battery life. "You could also save a lot of money and buy a Swatch," Wright added sarcastically.

As for charging, Apple says it will take 1.5 hours to charge the device from empty to 80% capacity and 2.5 hours to go from empty to 100%.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge now available for pre-order!

March 2, 2015  by Chaundra Kazakoff
Pre-Order Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge Now 
Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge on Sunday, March 1st at Mobile World Congress. The two new devices will be released in Canada on April 10th and some carriers are offering pre-orders as of March 2nd!
 
 

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6: "The iconic metal silhouette and ultra slim bezel of the Galaxy S6 creates a sophisticated profile. Inside is the fastest, most powerful processor ever to be put in a Samsung smartphone." - Samsung.com
 
 
 
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

 "The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge completely redefines design. The dual Edge screen enhances the user experience, offering fluid, uninterrupted access to information and real-time alerts." - Samsung.com
 
 
 
Canadian Wireless Carriers who have confirmed release of the Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge :
 
 
TELUS : Pre-order now and get a free wireless charging dock
 
Virgin Mobile : Pre-order now!
 
WIND : Pre-order now (with a $99 deposit) and get a free Samsung Level Box Mini wireless speaker!
 
SaskTel : Pre-order now and receive a $50 Google Play credit!
 
eastlink Pre-order now and get a free Samsung Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

Videotron : Pre-order now (S6 Edge only) and get a free Samsung Level on Headphones

 
Bell : Pre-register for info on the upcoming launch.
 
Rogers & Fido : Reserve through their online reservation system and get a free Samsung Wireless Charger.
According to Mobile Syrup
 
MTS : Coming Soon! 
 
Koodo : Coming Soon! (S6 only)
 
 
 
Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S6 Edge specs:
 
Samsung is offering its own embedded LTE solution with the 14nm Exynos 7 chip.
  • 5.1" QHD (2560x1440 pixel) Super AMOLED display
    • S6 Edge display is curved inwards towards the phone's back
  • Metal frame and glass back (not removable)
  • 16 MP camera (with F1.9 lenses - to let in more light)
  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 32GB, 64GB and 128GB variants & 3GB of RAM (no microSD expansion)
  • Wireless charging
  • New touch-based fingerprint reader.

Canadian Wireless Plan Pricing for February 2015

February 26, 2015  by Chaundra Kazakoff
At the end of 2014 we noticed significant pricing differences between wireless providers in Saskatchewan/Manitoba/Quebec and the rest of Canada. Back in January we put together an infographic displaying the $5-$25 per month cost variances for wireless rate plans among the provinces.

We chose to compare rate plans for smartphones which lead to more average-to-premium criteria for the plans. It simply made more sense to lean higher when creating plan requirements as our data showed that differences in monthly charges were minimal (e.g. province-wide talk vs. Canada-wide talk or 1 GB vs 2 GB of data).
 
This time around we have maintained the same criteria and updated the data to reflect more current pricing. Now that we know that there can be such varying costs for the same service across the provinces, it should be interesting to see how frequently and drastically the pricing can vary. So below we have the varying rate plan pricing for smartphones throughout Canada.
 
 
Canadian Rate Plan Infographic Feb 2015
 
 

The Data!

 
We've included all of our data used for our infographic below. 
 

Plans for the Apple iPhone 6 & 6 Plus

 
These are plans for the latest Apple iPhone 6 & 6 Plus. WIND Mobile is not included as you would need to purchase the phone through Apple while all other providers offer it on a 2 year contract. Plans had to include the following:
  • Unlimited Canadawide Talk
  • At least 2GB of data
  • Unlimited Text/Picture/Video Messaging
  • Call Display & Voicemail
Average cost of a plan in each province:
  • Quebec - $71.66
  • Saskatchewan - $72.50
  • Manitoba - $74.17
  • Alberta, BC, Ontario, Maritimes - $97
 
The full results:

Province Carrier Rate Plan Name Airtime Included Data Included Monthly Cost
Alberta Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Alberta Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Alberta Koodo Mobile Tab Large 95 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $95.00
Alberta Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Alberta TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
British Columbia Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
British Columbia Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
British Columbia Koodo Mobile Tab Large 95 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $95.00
British Columbia Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
British Columbia TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Manitoba Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $60.00
Manitoba Virgin Mobile Limited Time Offer: Platinum 65 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Manitoba TELUS Unlimited Nationwide Talk & Text + 5 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Manitoba Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 5 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Manitoba Koodo Mobile Tab Large 95 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $95.00
Manitoba MTS Mobility Talk & Surf All In Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $95.00
New Brunswick Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
New Brunswick Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
New Brunswick Koodo Mobile Tab Large 95 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $95.00
New Brunswick Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
New Brunswick TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Koodo Mobile Tab Large 95 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $95.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Newfoundland and Labrador TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Nova Scotia Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Nova Scotia Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Nova Scotia Koodo Mobile Tab Large 95 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $95.00
Nova Scotia Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Nova Scotia TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Ontario Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Ontario Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Ontario Koodo Mobile Tab Large 95 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $95.00
Ontario Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Ontario TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Prince Edward Island Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Prince Edward Island Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Prince Edward Island Koodo Mobile Tab Large 95 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $95.00
Prince Edward Island Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Prince Edward Island TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Quebec Videotron PREMIUM: Unlimited Voice + Data 2GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $64.95
Quebec Koodo Mobile Tab Large 65 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $65.00
Quebec Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Quebec Fido Max $75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 4GB $75.00
Quebec Virgin Mobile Platinum 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 4GB $75.00
Quebec Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Saskatchewan Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $60.00
Saskatchewan Virgin Mobile Limited Time Offer: Platinum 65 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Saskatchewan TELUS Unlimited Nationwide Talk & Text + 5 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Saskatchewan Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 5 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Saskatchewan SaskTel Ultimate 13th Man Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 13GB $85.00
Saskatchewan Koodo Mobile Tab Large 95 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $95.00
 

Plans for Smartphones

 
These plans are for Smartphones on a 2 year contract at a carriers lowest price. Plans had to include the following:
  • Unlimited Canadawide Talk
  • At least 2GB of data
  • Unlimited Text/Picture/Video Messaging
  • Call Display & Voicemail
Average cost of a plan in each province:
  • Saskatchewan - $64.29
  • Manitoba - $65.71
  • Quebec - $67.49
  • Alberta, BC, Ontario - $74.88
  • Maritimes - $84.17
 
The full results:

Province Carrier Rate Plan Name Airtime Included Data Included Monthly Cost
Alberta Wind Mobile Limited Time Offer: Unlimited Canada & U.S. Plan Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $39.00
Alberta Mobilicity Unlimited Everything Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $55.00
Alberta Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
Alberta Fido Smart $75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Alberta Virgin Mobile Gold 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Alberta Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Alberta Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Alberta TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
British Columbia Wind Mobile Limited Time Offer: Unlimited Canada & U.S. Plan Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $39.00
British Columbia Mobilicity Unlimited Everything Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $55.00
British Columbia Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
British Columbia Fido Smart $75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
British Columbia Virgin Mobile Gold 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
British Columbia Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
British Columbia Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
British Columbia TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Manitoba Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 55 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $55.00
Manitoba Fido Smart $60 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $60.00
Manitoba Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $60.00
Manitoba Virgin Mobile Gold 60 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $60.00
Manitoba TELUS Unlimited Nationwide Talk & Text + 5 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Manitoba Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 5 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Manitoba MTS Mobility Talk & Surf All In Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $95.00
New Brunswick Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
New Brunswick Virgin Mobile Gold 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
New Brunswick Fido Smart $75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
New Brunswick Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
New Brunswick Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
New Brunswick TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Virgin Mobile Gold 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Fido Smart $75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Newfoundland and Labrador TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Nova Scotia Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
Nova Scotia Virgin Mobile Gold 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Nova Scotia Fido Smart $75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Nova Scotia Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Nova Scotia Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Nova Scotia TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Ontario Wind Mobile Limited Time Offer: Unlimited Canada & U.S. Plan Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $39.00
Ontario Mobilicity Unlimited Everything Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $55.00
Ontario Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
Ontario Fido Smart $75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Ontario Virgin Mobile Gold 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Ontario Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Ontario Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Ontario TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Prince Edward Island Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
Prince Edward Island Virgin Mobile Gold 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Prince Edward Island Fido Smart $75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Prince Edward Island Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Prince Edward Island Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Prince Edward Island TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Quebec Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 60 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $60.00
Quebec Videotron PREMIUM: Unlimited Voice + Data 2GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $64.95
Quebec Fido Smart $65 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $65.00
Quebec Virgin Mobile Limited Time Offer: Gold 65 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $65.00
Quebec Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Quebec Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Saskatchewan Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 55 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $55.00
Saskatchewan Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $60.00
Saskatchewan Fido Smart $60 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $60.00
Saskatchewan Virgin Mobile Gold 60 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $60.00
Saskatchewan TELUS Unlimited Nationwide Talk & Text + 5 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Saskatchewan Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 5 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Saskatchewan SaskTel Ultimate 13th Man Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 13GB $85.00
 

Plans for Lite Smartphones

 
Some carriers offer older/lite Smartphones with discounted monthly pricing while some offer a larger upfront cost for a smartphone in exchange for cheaper monthly plans. Plans had to include the following:
  • 300 Daytime Minutes
  • Unlimited Evenings & Weekends
  • At least 300MB of data
  • Unlimited Text/Picture/Video Messaging
  • Call Display & Voicemail
Average cost of a plan in each province:
  • Quebec - $48.14
  • Saskatchewan - $48.33
  • Manitoba - $49.17
  • Alberta, BC, Ontario - $51.25
  • Maritimes - $53.33
 
 
The full results:

Province Carrier Rate Plan Name Airtime Included Data Included Monthly Cost
Alberta Wind Mobile Unlimited Province-wide Talk + Text + Data Unlimited Local Minutes Unlimited $35.00
Alberta Koodo Mobile Lightweight 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $40.00
Alberta Fido Standard $40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Alberta Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Alberta Mobilicity Unlimited Everything Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $55.00
Alberta Rogers Smart Picks: Talk, Text & Internet $60 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.3GB $60.00
Alberta Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $70.00
Alberta TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 300 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.3GB $70.00
British Columbia Wind Mobile Unlimited Province-wide Talk + Text + Data Unlimited Local Minutes Unlimited $35.00
British Columbia Koodo Mobile Lightweight 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $40.00
British Columbia Fido Standard $40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
British Columbia Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
British Columbia Mobilicity Unlimited Everything Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $55.00
British Columbia Rogers Smart Picks: Talk, Text & Internet $60 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.3GB $60.00
British Columbia Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $70.00
British Columbia TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 300 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.3GB $70.00
Manitoba Fido Standard $40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Manitoba Koodo Mobile Lightweight 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $40.00
Manitoba Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Manitoba Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 1 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 1GB $50.00
Manitoba TELUS TELUS Lite 45 1000 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.4GB $60.00
Manitoba MTS Mobility Talk & Surf Unlimited Data 1000 Local Minutes Unlimited $65.00
New Brunswick Fido Standard $40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
New Brunswick Koodo Mobile Lightweight 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $40.00
New Brunswick Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
New Brunswick Rogers Smart Picks: Talk, Text & Internet $60 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.3GB $60.00
New Brunswick Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $70.00
New Brunswick TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 300 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.3GB $70.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Fido Standard $40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Koodo Mobile Lightweight 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $40.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Rogers Smart Picks: Talk, Text & Internet $60 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.3GB $60.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $70.00
Newfoundland and Labrador TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 300 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.3GB $70.00
Nova Scotia Fido Standard $40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Nova Scotia Koodo Mobile Lightweight 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $40.00
Nova Scotia Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Nova Scotia Rogers Smart Picks: Talk, Text & Internet $60 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.3GB $60.00
Nova Scotia Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $70.00
Nova Scotia TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 300 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.3GB $70.00
Ontario Wind Mobile Unlimited Province-wide Talk + Text + Data Unlimited Local Minutes Unlimited $35.00
Ontario Koodo Mobile Lightweight 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $40.00
Ontario Fido Standard $40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Ontario Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Ontario Mobilicity Unlimited Everything Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $55.00
Ontario Rogers Smart Picks: Talk, Text & Internet $60 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.3GB $60.00
Ontario TELUS Promo Ontario 70 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.5GB $70.00
Ontario Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $70.00
Prince Edward Island Fido Standard $40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Prince Edward Island Koodo Mobile Lightweight 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $40.00
Prince Edward Island Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Prince Edward Island Rogers Smart Picks: Talk, Text & Internet $60 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.3GB $60.00
Prince Edward Island Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $70.00
Prince Edward Island TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 300 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.3GB $70.00
Quebec Fido Standard $40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Quebec Koodo Mobile Lightweight 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $40.00
Quebec Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Quebec Videotron PLUS: Unlimited Voice + Data 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $46.95
Quebec Rogers Smart Picks: Talk, Text & Internet $55 Unlimited Local Minutes 1GB $55.00
Quebec Bell Voice & Data Lite Promo 55 Unlimited Local Minutes 1GB $55.00
Quebec TELUS TELUS Lite 60 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $60.00
Saskatchewan Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Saskatchewan Fido Standard $40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Saskatchewan Koodo Mobile Lightweight 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $40.00
Saskatchewan Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 1 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 1GB $50.00
Saskatchewan TELUS TELUS Lite 45 1000 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.4GB $60.00
Saskatchewan SaskTel Ultimate 60 400 Local Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 1GB $60.00
 

Why are plans cheaper in Saskatchewan, Manitoba & Quebec?

 
Competition. All three provinces have regional providers that force the big three to reduce their monthly rates and offer more data at the same time. More often than not the big three will actually undercut the competition in these provinces. That competition includes SaskTel in Saskatchewan, MTS in Manitoba and Videotron in Quebec.

Google launches YouTube Kids app in the U.S.

February 23, 2015  by Chaundra Kazakoff
YouTube Kids App
 
Google launched YouTube Kids today, available for free with both Android (Google Play) and iOS (App Store) systems. The kid-friendly app is currently exclusive to the United States, and hopefully it won’t be long before Canada gets to check it out as well.

With the amount of content available through YouTube and with the rise of the smartphone and tablet, many younger children have nearly constant and often unintentional access to not-so-kid-friendly material. It is only possible to monitor so much, so a tool to help filter what is accessible is, at this point, overdue. And finally we have the YouTube Kids app (though we’re still waiting in Canada).
 
 
 
 
The Google app has 3 main focuses: design, family content, and parental controls.
 
The design was made with a far younger audience in mind with larger images and icons, and brighter colours. To keep things simple, the app features four main icons: Shows (play button), Music (radio), Learning (light bulb) and Explore (binoculars). Or alternatively you can simply swipe through options on the main screen.

The accessible content has been meticulously filtered, much of which was done manually. This means that you don’t have to worry about your son or daughter finding a not-so-kid-friendly video through one of the suggested videos, but it also means that the new content will take a bit longer to be up on YouTube Kids than it would on regular YouTube.


YouTube Kids app Paused

 
According to the Google blog, you have access to many series from the YouTube channels and new content is added frequently. Though, no specifics have been mentioned as to exactly how much content is available. "While the company declined to share how many videos were available in the app at launch, Ben-Yair would say that there are "thousands” of channels on YouTube Kids.”techcrunch.com

The main parental controls according to the Google blog are timer, sound settings, search settings, and product feedback. 
 
The timer is a built-in feature that lets you limit your child’s screen time and includes an alert for when the time is up.


YouTube Kids app Timer

 
The sound settings allow you to turn off the background music and sound effects. You also have the option of turning off the search setting, which leaves only the home screen accessible.

There is also a space allocated for feedback as Google refers to the app as the "first building block in tech for tykes” hinting that there may be more kid-friendly projects in the works.

16 Best Smartphones to Expect in 2015

February 18, 2015  by Andrew Cook
2015 Smartphones from Apple, Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony and More 
2015 is quickly shaping up to be the year of the Small, Medium and Large Smartphones. With Apple having jumped into the phablet marktet last year we'll see other manufacturers follow suit. See our predictions below and let us know what you think in the comments.


Small Smartphones we expect to see in 2015

With Apple having jumped to the larger 4.7" iPhone 6 we no longer have many smaller sized Smartphones to pick from. With the industry moving to bigger and bigger smartphones we expect the following smaller phones to be released this year.

Samsung Galaxy S6 mini - Samsung will continue to release their Galasy S mini line with the S6 mini.

Apple iPhone 6s lite - We think Apple has realized there is a pretty big market for an iPhone 5s sized Smartphone. The iPhone 6 is just a little too big for smaller hands.


Medium Sized Smartphones we expect in 2015

Over the past 18 months the "just right" Smartphone size has jumped up 4" to 4.5" - 5.0". Most of the Smartphones we expect to see this year will fall in this size range.

Apple iPhone 6s - Apple will continue to improve on their record selling iPhone 6 for 2015. Expect to see an improved camera, faster processor and maybe finally a sapphire display.

Samsung Galaxy S6 - Expect an improved camera, higher resolution screen, faster processor and a new all metal body.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge - We expect the same specs as the S6 but with their new Edge screen that they used on their Samsung Galaxy Note Edge released late last year. 

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active - An updated rugged version of the Galaxy S6.

LG G4 - The LG G3 was well reviewed and LG will release the next version with the G4.

HTC One M9 - HTC will improve on their well received M8 with the M9.

Sony Xperia Z4 - Sony will improve on their well received Z3 with the Z4.

OnePlus Two - OnePlus couldn't meet demand for their first OnePlus One smartphone. We're pretty sure they'll announce a sucessor this year.

Microsoft Lumia 940 - Microsoft has taken over the Lumia line and needs to release something that will catch on with consumers.


Large Smartphones we Expect in 2015

The phablet smartphone market continues to grow with Apple having thrown their hat in the ring in 2014 with the iPhone 6 Plus. Exepct to see these 5.5"+ phablets later this year.

Apple iPhone 6s Plus - Just like the iPhone 6s Apple will make some small improvements with a possible sapphire display.

HTC One M9 Plus - HTC will jump on the phablet bandwagon with an M9 "Plus".

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 - Samsung will continue to improve on their very successful Note series.

LG G Flex 2 - The G Flex probably didn't sell a whole bunch but LG has to be in this phablet market.

Nexus 6 2015 - Google couldn't meet demand for the Nexus 6 so we'll think they'll try again with a new phone featuring Android M.

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