Motorola Moto Z² Play can be Acquired in Canada July 5

June 21, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
 
 
 
The 2nd generation of the Moto Z Play is coming to Canada July 5th in the Lunar Gray finish. The Moto Z Play series is known for its long battery life, versatility and affordability. While devices in this series are considered mid-range, with the help of magnetic Moto Mods you can accomplish an assortment of tasks far beyond the scope of the mid-range spectrum. Read more at Motorola's website.

Key Features:

  • Moto Mods! - Moto Mods transform your phone, so you can do more than was ever possible before. Add a powerful stereo speaker. Shoot with a 10x optical zoom camera. Instantly boost battery life. Project a movie to watch with friends. Moto Mods make it a snap to do more whenever inspiration strikes. Learn more.
  • Go on and on -  Get up to 30 hours of battery life on a single charge thanks to a 3000 mAh battery. When it's time to power up, don't slow down. The TurboPower™ charger gives you up to 8 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes.

  • Way better photos - Embrace your inner shutterbug with our first camera combining laser autofocus and dual autofocus pixels. It captures 25% more light using a large ƒ/1.7 aperture and 10 times the number of autofocus pixels as its predecessor. Take better selfies, too, with the the 5 MP wide angle camera featuring our first front-facing dual CCT flash.

  • One button to rule them all - Now your fingerprint sensor also lets you easily navigate your phone. Swipe left to go back, right to access recent apps, tap to go home and long press to lock your phone. With fewer buttons on the screen, you get back some visual real estate.

  • Time Savers - With Moto Display, you can check and respond to notifications without unlocking your phone. Go hands-free with Moto Voice, a built-in personal assistant that responds to commands, even when your phone’s locked. Or, use Moto Actions to launch the features you use most with simple gestures, like chopping down twice to open the flashlight.
 

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Availability & Pricing:

Bell Mobility | Coming July 5th
  • Full Price: Around $800 CAD. More carriers and exact prices to follow for launch date!

About Motorola:  "Motorola created the mobile communications industry. We invented most of the protocols and technologies that make mobile communications possible, including the first mobile phone, the first base station, and most everything in between. Today, we are combining that pioneering spirit with a renewed commitment to consumers. That’s why our phones run on Android, the world's most popular operating system. Android brings the openness that shaped the Internet to the mobile world. That’s also why we are dedicated to bringing consumers around the world great value through devices that don’t compromise on quality, experiences or style. For the past 80 years, our engineers have thrived on invention and on finding new ways to solve problems. We continue to look for new opportunities to change people’s lives for the better through the magic of mobility." - Motorola
 
Image Credit:  Motorola
 

SaskTel Forges Ahead with More Upgrades

June 20, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
 
More good news for SaskTel customers! More upgrades were announced today to help meet the growing demands for wireless service in rural Saskatchewan. 35 more communities will have their LTE network capacities upgraded before the end of summer. Most upgrades are estimated to be complete before the Canada Day long weekend, with the last upgrades following by the August long weekend. A full list of planned upgrades is below:
 

 Community:

 Upgrade expected by:

   
Aberdeen
Canada Day Long Weekend
Buffalo Pound Canada Day Long Weekend
Big River August Long Weekend
Candle Lake August Long Weekend
Chitek Lake Completed
Christopher Lake Canada Day Long Weekend
Clavet Canada Day Long Weekend
Cochin Canada Day Long Weekend
Craven Canada Day Long Weekend
Crooked Lake Completed
Crystal Lake Completed
Cypress Hills Completed
Dalmeny Canada Day Long Weekend
Deer Valley Canada Day Long Weekend
Dorintosh August Long Weekend
Edam Canada Day Long Weekend
Elbow Canada Day Long Weekend
Fishing Lake Completed
Fort Qu'Appelle Completed 
Good Spirit Lake Completed
Goodsoil Completed
Grandora Canada Day Long Weekend
Greenwater Completed
Humbolt Canada Day Long Weekend
Imperial Canada Day Long Weekend
Katepwa Completed
Kenosee Lake Canada Day Long Weekend 
Kronau Canada Day Long Weekend
Lafleche August Long Weekend
Langham Canada Day Long Weekend 
Loon Lake Canada Day Long Weekend
Lucky Lake August Long Weekend
Lumsden Canada Day Long Weekend 
Madge Lake Completed
Martensville Canada Day Long Weekend 
Meadow Lake Canada Day Long Weekend
Middle Lake Canada Day Long Weekend
Pasqua Lake Canada Day Long Weekend
Pense Canada Day Long Weekend
Pike Lake Canada Day Long Weekend
Pilot Butte Canada Day Long Weekend
Sandy Beach Completed
Sarnia Beach Completed
Sask Landing Completed
Shell Lake Completed
Tobin Lake Completed
Turtle Lake Completed
Vanscoy Canada Day Long Weekend
Wakaw Canada Day Long Weekend 
Waldheim Canada Day Long Weekend
Warman  Canada Day Long Weekend
White Bear Completed
White City Canada Day Long Weekend
Zehner
Canada Day Long Weekend


Dustin Duncan, Minister Responsible for SaskTel says, "Our government is committed to investing in the future of Saskatchewan. Today's announcement is a step forward that ensures the people of rural Saskatchewan have access to the fast and reliable communications services that are required to connect and be successful in today's economy and into the future.”

"We are pleased to enhance our wireless service in these rural and resort communities so that the people living in them or just visiting for the weekend will be able to stay connected to their lives and the people that matter most to them.” said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO.
 

About SaskTel:  SaskTel is the leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider in Saskatchewan, with over $1.2 billion in annual revenue and approximately 1.4 million customer connections including 616,000 wireless accesses, 383,000 wireline network accesses, 275,000 Internet accesses and 110,000 maxTV™ subscribers. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries offer a wide range of ICT products and services including competitive voice, data and Internet services, wireless data services, maxTV services, data centre services, cloud-based services, security monitoring services, advertising services, and international software and consulting services. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). Visit SaskTel at sasktel.com.
 
Source:  SaskTel

OnePlus 5 Announced Today - Launches June 27

June 20, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
 

Key Features:

  • Dual Camera -  Effortless clarity, faster autofocus, and large aperture. The OnePlus 5 features the highest resolution dual camera on the planet. Photos are incredibly clear, so don't be afraid to zoom. Focusing is 40% faster than the OnePlus 3T and thanks to the large f/1.7 aperture, shutter speed is faster, too.

  • Design - The more you use the OnePlus 5, the more you'll notice the thoughtful touches that set it apart. We believe that perfecting every detail - no matter how small - creates a beautiful sense of cohesion and unrivaled user experience.

  • Dash Charge - Faster, smarter, cooler. Dash Charge produces a larger electric current rather than increasing pressure for stable, consistent charging speeds. Other quick charging technologies heat up your phone, leading to slowed charging speeds and poor performance. With Dash Charge your OnePlus 5 stays cool, and charging doesn't slow down. Get a day's power in half an hour. 
  • Oxygen OS - OxygenOS is our operating system built on Android. It's smooth. It's minimalistic. It's refined.

  • Network - The OnePlus 5 is a true world phone, including support for 34 network bands across the globe. You can insert two SIM cards and connect to two networks simultaneously. Whether you're travelling or rely on the need of using two phone numbers, it just makes sense. The OnePlus 5 is also carrier unlocked, so switching networks is as simple as swapping SIM cards. It's your phone - use it how you want to.
 
 


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Availability & Pricing:

OnePlus | Coming June 27th

(If you watched the keynote speech today, you probably heard the secret passcode that gives you access to the "early drop" available today only! If you missed it, don't worry - the secret passcode is "Clearer Photos".)
  • Full price:  $649 CAD ($479 USD)
  

Making the OnePlus 5 by The Verge

 

OnePlus 5 review by Android Authority

 

OnePlus 5 review by Ars Technica

 


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

Image Credit and Source: OnePlus

The Canadian Wireless Code Just got Updated

June 15, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
 
 
Since the February 2017 review of the 2013 Wireless Code, device unlocking fees have been a hot topic. They have been referred to a "ransom fee", and outraged Canadians - including even some carriers such as Freedom Mobile - have called for them be abolished completely. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) reported that Canadian telecoms made $37.7 million last year just from unlocking customers' cellphones.
 
Today the CRTC announced that the Canadian Wireless Code is being updated and upgraded. Starting December 1, 2017 cellular providers for both small business and individuals can no longer charge a fee to unlock customer mobile phones. All devices purchased from that day forward must also come unlocked.
 
Another update is the addition of a 15-day trial period that allows unhappy customers to cancel their contract and return their device in good condition at no cost to them.
 
The rules on family plans have also been clarified, and the new rules are effective immediately; only the account holder can give consent to data overage and other additional charges in a shared family cellphone plan.
 

Quick facts as laid out by the CRTC

  • The Wireless Code is a mandatory code of conduct for providers of retail mobile wireless voice and data services. The CRTC created the Code in 2013 to make it easier for Canadians to understand their mobile contracts, to switch service providers, and to prevent bill shock.

  • The Code promotes a dynamic marketplace by empowering Canadians to make informed choices about their wireless services and establishing standards for industry behaviour.

  • Canadians should discuss their complaints with the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services, who is well placed to help them navigate both the current rules and pending changes.

  • To ensure Canadians with disabilities have a reasonable opportunity to test their services, they will be able to use up to 100% of their plan’s voice, text or data during a 30-day extended trial period.

  • The CRTC held a public proceeding in which consumer groups, wireless companies, academics, accessibility groups and individual Canadians provided their views on the Wireless Code’s effectiveness. The changes and clarifications announced today result from that input.

"The Wireless Code has helped make the wireless market more dynamic to the benefit of Canadians. While they appreciate the Code, they told us loudly and clearly that it could be more effective. We have listened to them. The changes and clarifications we are announcing today will give Canadians additional tools to make informed choices about their wireless services and take advantage of competitive offers in the marketplace.” - Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC

 
Image Credit:  Matthew Keys on Flickr
 
Source:  CRTC

Motorola Moto E4 is Coming to Freedom Mobile June 22

June 13, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
 
 
Motorola has added a new device to its Moto E line of affordable smartphones. The 4th generation Moto E will be available through Freedom Mobile on June 22nd for roughly $200 Canadian. Other Canadian carriers will most likely also be selling it, so updates will follow as we gather more information. The Licorice Black colourway has been confirmed for Canadians, though a Gold finish will also be released in the US. You can read more at Motorola's website.

Key Features:

  • Visibly brilliant -  Pick up the vibrant, 5" HD display wrapped in smooth metal, and you won’t want to put it down.
  • Make a splash - Never let spills, splashes, or a little rain get in your way. The Moto E uses a water-repellent nanocoating to protect your phone inside and out.

  • One less thing to remember - Go ahead, forget your passcode. All you need is the touch of your finger to instantly unlock your phone.

  • Everything's in autofocus - Snap crisp, gorgeous photos with the 8 MP autofocus camera, even in low light conditions.

  • Power play - Never worry about recharging when you’re out and about. Free yourself with a long-lasting 2800 mAh battery.

  • Quad-core processor - Play games, swipe through apps, and scroll through websites, without any lag.
  • Android Nougat - Run Android™ 7.1, an updated version of the world’s most popular operating system.

  • 4G speed - Enjoy stutter-free streaming of your favourite videos, with the 4G speed you need.
 

See full specifications for the Motorola Moto E4

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Availability & Pricing:

Freedom Mobile | Coming June 22nd
  • Full Price: Around $200 CAD. Updates to follow. 

About Motorola:  "Motorola created the mobile communications industry. We invented most of the protocols and technologies that make mobile communications possible, including the first mobile phone, the first base station, and most everything in between. Today, we are combining that pioneering spirit with a renewed commitment to consumers. That’s why our phones run on Android, the world's most popular operating system. Android brings the openness that shaped the Internet to the mobile world. That’s also why we are dedicated to bringing consumers around the world great value through devices that don’t compromise on quality, experiences or style. For the past 80 years, our engineers have thrived on invention and on finding new ways to solve problems. We continue to look for new opportunities to change people’s lives for the better through the magic of mobility." - Motorola
 
Image Credit:  Motorola
 

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 coming to Bell on June 23

June 13, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
 
 
On June 23rd Canadians will be able to purchase the rugged Xcover 4 from Samsung's Galaxy line. The Xcover 4 was revealed back in March and has been released in some markets already, but this is its first appearance in North America. It has been confirmed that Bell will be selling this device, but other Canadian carriers could have it in stock soon as well. More updates to come.
  

Key Features:

  • Reliably durable -  Designed to function wherever you go, with IP68 and MIL-STD 810G certification, the Galaxy Xcover4 is durable enough to withstand harsh conditions. Whether you’re hiking or playing outdoor sports. you can rest assured your device is protected against dust and water.
  • Experience richer resolution - Open your eyes to extraordinary colour. Featuring a bigger screen than previous models, the Galaxy Xcover4 display measures 5.0” to deliver exceptional detail. Discover an overall better viewing experience when streaming your favourite multimedia.

  • Shoot exceptional photos - Higher resolution to create stunning stories. Whether you’re taking selfies or capturing stunning landscapes its front 5MP and 13MP rear flash cameras will bring out the best of the world around you. Simply double click the home button for instant access and begin shooting.

  • Increased touch sensitivity - Keep your hands warm and dry during use. The Galaxy Xcover4 features an intuitive display that lets you interact with your device even with gloves on so you can go on working outside or enjoying outdoor activities without any issue.

See full specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4

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Availability & Pricing:

Bell | Coming June 23rd
  • Price to be announced. Currently retails for €259 in Europe, which is about $400 CAD.
  

Galaxy Xcover 4 hands-on by techtechtech on YouTube

 

About Samsung Electronics Canada Inc: Samsung Electronics Canada inspires Canadians to reach their full potential through a transformative ecosystem of products and services that deliver innovation and distinct design to every aspect of their connected lives. The company is making incredible innovations in TVs, smartphones, virtual reality and wearable devices, tablets and digital appliances. In 2016, Samsung was ranked in the top 10 most reputable brands in Canada, based on a study by Leger. Dedicated to helping make a difference in the lives of Canadians, Samsung's award-winning Hope for Children corporate giving initiatives supports public education, sustainability and health-related issues in communities across the country. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

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