Another Month, Another Limited Edition OnePlus 5T

February 5, 2018  by Ayla Ylanen
OnePlus 5T Lava Red

The midrange flagship smartphone OnePlus 5T launched in November last year with a "Midnight Black" finish. A "Sandstone White" variant was launched just one month ago. As of February 6th at 10am ET, Canadians can also choose from a limited edition "Lava Red" variant.

The Sandstone White edition sold out within mere hours, so if you want to get a red one you will probably need to be quick on the draw.

Just like the original 5T and the Sandstone White models, the Lava Red 5T costs $729 CAD and comes with 128 GB of internal storage and 8 GB of RAM. You can check out the full specifications for the OnePlus 5T in our giant database of phones.

About OnePlus:  "It all started in the winter of 2013 with a simple, bold idea: make a better phone. But, not just a better phone – a better way of doing things. A new kind of tech company that works hand in hand with users to do something amazing, something meaningful. We gather exceptional talent from all over the world with various backgrounds, beliefs, and perspectives, but we all share one common dream: change things for the better and leave a mark on the world. We pursue the highest standards professionally, personally, and ethically. Empowered by a bold mindset, we create products that transcend geography, customs and cultures. We always strive for improvement and aim to provide the best value to our users. Remaining introspective, we look to improve ourselves before demanding or criticizing others. Believing that great products raise people’s living standards and spread happiness, we bring technology back to the community by building an open and collaborative platform. Fame and profits alone seldom equal respect. Respect comes from doing right things the right way and building something that matters. We are dreamers who always reach for the most ambitious goals. We are enthusiasts who love what we do. Most importantly, we Never Settle." - OnePlus

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Fido and Rogers' International Roaming Price Increases

February 1, 2018  by Ayla Ylanen
Rogers Roam Like Home

Rogers has increased the price of their International Roam Like Home daily roaming add-on from $10 to $12.

Fido - who is owned by Rogers and usually follows suit - has predictably also increased the price of International Fido Roam from $10 to $12.

Both the Rogers and Fido versions of these add-ons have also had a new cap put in place. If you use either service for more than a couple weeks during your billing cycle, you will only be charged for the first 15 days of service during that cycle. This cap has been raised from the previous 10-day limit. This new cap means that you can rack up about $180 per billing cycling now, rather than the prior $100 limit.

The US-only versions of both daily roaming add-ons have not increased in price. Both are still $6 per day. Both have also had their billing caps raised from 10 days to 15 days along with the International variations.

About Rogers:  Rogers is a leading diversified Canadian communications and media company that's working to deliver a great experience to our customers every day. We are Canada's largest provider of wireless communications services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable television, high-speed Internet, information technology, and telephony services to consumers and businesses. Through Rogers Media, we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, sports, televised and online shopping, magazines, and digital media. Our shares are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI).

Source: Rogers and Fido

TELUS Offering New Unlimited Canada - China Rate Plans

January 31, 2018  by Ayla Ylanen
TELUS logo

TELUS has just added yet another range of options to their 'Your Choice' mobile rate plans. They had launched a series of Unlimited Canada-US plans in February last year, and this year are back with Unlimited Canada-China plans.

Like all of the Your Choice plans, customers can build their own monthly plan by selecting what type of phone they want (or skipping this step and saving $10 per month if they already own a device), selecting how much data they would like, and choosing what type of calling suits them best. Talk options range from either 300 local anytime minutes per billing cycle, unlimited local calling, unlimited nationwide calling, unlimited Canada and US calling (that can also be used while roaming in the US), and now the latest addition of unlimited Canada and China calling.

Like the Canada-US plans, these new Canada-China plans can be used whether you are in Canada, or while you are roaming in the included region. Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau are all included in the new China plans. These monthly plans have a standalone monthly cost, and are separate from pre-existing international roaming Travel Passes that are offered. The plans include unlimited calling, text, picture and video messaging between Canada and China with no long distance fees. They also allow subscribers to use their regular monthly data allowance while they are in China, without incurring any additional roaming costs.

This plan is the first of its kind and could save frequent Canada/China travellers a lot of grief. If any other carriers follow with similar plans in the future we will keep you posted.

About TELUS:  TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $12.8 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million subscriber connections, including 8.6 million wireless subscribers, 1.7 million high-speed Internet subscribers, 1.4 million residential network access lines and more than one million TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communication products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment, and video. TELUS is also Canada's largest healthcare IT provider, and TELUS International delivers business process solutions around the globe.

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New Baby Health Mobile App Launched by TELUS

January 29, 2018  by Ayla Ylanen
TELUS Baby Health Mobile App

TELUS and The Baby Box Co. have partnered up to help new and expecting parents. TELUS has launched a new free Baby Health app that can be used as an education resource, and also stores digital health records securely in an easy-to-access location.

As incentive to download the app, for every account that registers the app before November 30, 2018, $5 will be donated by TELUS to Make-A-Wish Canada (up to $10,000 maximum). The app is available for Android or iOS devices - including the iPhone or iPad. It currently only comes in English, but a French version is expected in the coming months.

"We want to empower Canadians with the right information, tools and support they need to lead healthier and happier lives. Our new Baby Health app helps new parents build a digital health record for life for their baby," said Juggy Sihota, vice president, Consumer Health, TELUS. "They will have everything they need regarding the health of their child in the palm of their hands, anytime and anywhere they need it. This will help ensure better healthcare experiences through all stages of life."

Download the free app: For Android at Google Play | For Apple iOS at the App Store

TELUS will be offering the Baby Health app inside of Baby Boxes, along with other free products, a Health Canada-certified baby mattress for a safe sleeping environment, and other helpful information. Parents can get their free Baby Box here. Baby Boxes are available in English or French.

Jennifer Clary, Founder of The Baby Box Co. said, "In Canada, The Baby Box Co. helps thousands of parents give their children a healthy start, right from day one. Partnering with TELUS to bring the Baby Box education program to more Canadians will empower new and expecting parents and help them feel confident about making the best decisions for their children's care as they embark on the journey of parenthood. We're also thrilled TELUS has invested in the health of our youngest Canadians by sharing the TELUS Baby Health app with recipients of our Baby Boxes."

About TELUS Health:  TELUS Health is a leader in telehomecare, electronic medical and health records, consumer health, benefits management and pharmacy management. TELUS Health solutions give health authorities, providers, physicians, pharmacists, patients and consumers the power to turn information into better health outcomes. For more information about TELUS Health, please visit

About Baby Boxes: "The use of baby boxes has been associated with Finland's efforts to achieve one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world. The Finnish initiative, which allows all expecting women in the country to claim a free baby box once they have received prenatal care and parenting information from a health professional, is aiming to help reduce the infant mortality rate in Finland from 65 deaths per 1,000 children born in 1938 to 2.26 deaths per 1,000 births in 2015." - MarketWired

About The Baby Box Co.: The Baby Box Co. is an innovative, integrated program that empowers parents with education, products and services to provide children everywhere an equal start to life. The Baby Box Co. partners with brands, hospitals, government agencies and non-profit organizations to provide Baby Boxes, quality products, resources and ongoing education to families on a large scale. The Baby Boxes, which are made from a durable cardboard and are proactively certified to meet the highest level of available safety standards by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), as well as Health Canada and EN Standard regulations for bassinets, can be used as a baby's bed for the first months of life. While parents appreciate the Baby Boxes and quality care products included, it is the educational component and closer communication with local healthcare providers that is at the centre of the Baby Box University program. Families are required to view their community's online curriculum before receiving a free Baby Box. Serving families in 52 countries, The Baby Box Co. has offices in the USA, UK, Canada, and Singapore. For more information, please visit and

Source: TELUS &

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You Probably Can't Get One, but Vivo X20 Plus UD is Worth a Mention

January 26, 2018  by Ayla Ylanen
Vivo X20 Plus UD

Vivo recently announced the X20 Plus UD at CES 2018. The X20 Plus UD is the first smartphone that has an in-display fingerprint scanner.

The smartphone industry has slowly been moving away from PIN codes and passwords, and towards other technology such as fingerprint scanners and facial recognition. The shrinking size of bezels has recently led to larger displays, so it makes sense that Vivo has delivered a fingerprint sensor for under display. The integrated sensor creates a smooth and sleek looking smartphone. Will this trend continue with more phones? What happens if the display gets scratched or otherwise damaged? Is this a one-off? Are the days of fingerprint scanners already history, and are other technologies like facial recognition and iris scanners the future?

As well as the in-display sensor, the Vivo X20 Plus UD has a large 6.43" display with an edge-to-edge design. It has a powerful 3905 mAh battery, 4GB of RAM and a solid dual 12 MP rear camera system (which are the same specs as Vivo's X20 Plus phone).

Vivo X20 Plus UD

Sales began in China on January 24th, for around $700 Canadian. There has been no mention of the device heading for other international markets (yet). If you live in China you can go get one here. Everyone else, sorry!

About Vivo:  "A young global smartphone brand focusing on introducing perfect sound quality and ultimate photography with cutting-edge technology, Vivo develops dynamic and stylish products for passionate young people. It develops and manufactures smartphones, smartphone accessories, software, and online services. Founded in 2009, Vivo has quickly expanded into markets in India and South East Asia." - Vivo

Images Credit: Vivo

Ready-Made Plans and Less Confusion from Public Mobile

January 25, 2018  by Ayla Ylanen
Public Mobile logo

If you have ever looked through Public Mobile's website rate plan calculator, Self-Serve or activation portals, you probably noticed the overly-complicated calculations involved with your plan's subtotal. Public Mobile recently got rid of the unnecessary feature and will simply be telling you your total plan price from now on. No plans or prices have actually changed, but it is a lot easier to understand what you'll be paying now.

Along with the simplified pricing, Public Mobile has also added a new section with six "ready-made" plans:
  • $20 for 30-days of Province-Wide Talk
  • $25 for 30-days of Province-Wide Talk and Global Text Messaging
  • $30 for 30-days of Province-Wide Talk and Global Text Messaging + 500 MB of data at 3G-speeds
  • $35 for 30-days of Province-Wide Talk and Global Text Messaging + 1 GB of data at 3G-speeds
  • $40 for 30-days of Province-Wide Talk and Global Text Messaging + 2 GB of data at 3G-speeds
  • $45 for 30-days of Province-Wide Talk and Global Text Messaging + 2 GB of data at 4G LTE-speeds
The current ready-made plans are not unique from the same 30-day plans you could create yourself using the rate plan calculator, but they do come with a $2 discount per billing period if you use AutoPay. Moving forward, the ready-made plan section will be used to highlight the best of PM's ongoing and limited time offers.

About Public Mobile: "Public Mobile is a self-serve, prepaid Canadian mobile brand launched on March 18, 2010 and acquired by TELUS in October 2013. Public Mobile was one of several new cellphone providers, which launched in Canada after a government initiative to encourage competition in the wireless sector." - Wikipedia

Source: Public Mobile

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