TELUS Now Carrying Apple Watch Series 3

December 11, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
Apple Watch Series 3

TELUS has followed in Bell's footsteps and has begun to sell the Apple Watch Series 3, as well as an add-on to connect it to pre-existing mobile rate plans.

The plan costs $10 per month, as well as a one-time $20 eSIM activation charge.

The watches themselves vary in price depending on what model you are interested in, but all of them can be purchased for $0 down on a 2-year TELUS Easy Payment plan. The Apple Watch Series 3 plan can be added to any regular consumer TELUS SharePlus or Your Choice plan (but is not available for business accounts at this time.).

If you are not already familiar with the Apple Watch Series 3, it is compatible with any iPhone ranging from iPhone 6 or newer, and running an iOS 11.2 or newer operating system.

The Apple Watch Series 3 is not available for online purchase at this time so you will need to head to your nearest TELUS authorized dealer to make a purchase.

Until the end of December, subscribers in all provinces besides Quebec - sorry Quebec... - will get a $10 bill credit for their first 3 months, so will only be paying the $20 eSIM charge if the plan is activated this month.


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.

Source: TELUS

Huawei's Mid-Range Honor 7X Launched in the US

December 6, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
Huawei Honor 7X

Continuing their roll of pumping out phones faster than anyone can keep up, Huawei's Honor 7X launched in the US on December 5th. The 7X is the next generation of last year's 6X and is rather unremarkable. The key selling point is the large 5.93-inch FullView display. While not completely bezel-free like the Samsung Galaxy S8, the Honor 7X does have greatly reduced bezels for more screen space. Available for $199.99 USD at Honor's official website, with an estimated shipping date of December 15th. There are currently a variety of early bird perks like a free accessory with your order, discounts, game vouchers, and a special edition Super Mario Odyssey Nintendo Switch.

Key Features:

  • Immersive, No Boundaries - Edge-to edge all-screen design. with a high screen-to body ratio and 2160 x 1080 FHD+ resolution, the Honor FullView display on Honor 7X brings you an astonishing, immersive visual experience.

  • Get the Gaming Edge - Take the lead in games. The Honor 7X's 18:9 screen provides more real estate than a traditional 16:9 screen, giving you a wider view than other games.

  • Dual Lens Camera, Pictures that Pop - The dual-lens 16MP + 2MP rear camera captures life's magical moments in the highest definition, empowering your inner photographer. The all new Portrait Mode lets you capture a professional and artistic picture in a single shot. With the PDAF tech and newly updated algorithm, the Honor 7X offers ultra-fast focus time. Quick in taking photos and never miss a single moment.
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About Honor:  "Honor (stylized as honor), is a sub-brand belonging to networking and telecommunications equipment and services company Huawei. Headquartered in Shenzen, China, the Honor series of mobile computing devices include smartphones, tablet computers, and wearable technology." - Wikipedia

About Huawei: "Huawei's products and services are available in more than 170 countries, and are used by a third of the world's population, ranking third in the world in mobile phone shipments in 2015. Sixteen R&D centers have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India, and China. Huawei Consumer BG is one of Huawei's three business units and covers smartphones, PC and tablets, Wearables and cloud services, etc. Huawei's global network is built on 20 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world." - Huawei

Images Credit and Source: Honor

iHeartRadio Canada Has a New Enhanced App

December 5, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
iHeartRadio logo

iHeartRadio Canada released a new and improved version of their mobile app yesterday on December 4th. The app is available for free download on both iOS and Android operating systems and on and wide variety of devices, including Sonos devices, Apple Watch, Apple CarPlay, Android Wear and Android Auto.

The app gives listeners access to over 1000 live radio shows and coverage from live events of all types of genres. There are also now podcasts included in the app, including The Joe Rogan experience, The Nerdist, WTF with Marc Maron, and the TSN Hockey Bobcast. iHeartRadio's 1.8-million listeners continue to grow since its launch in October 2016.

"iHeartRadio Canada is the go-to source for people who are passionate about music and artists, and we're thrilled to deliver more content to fans across Canada with the launch of our newly enhanced service. With further access to diverse music and content, iHeartRadio Canada continues to bring unmatched access to Canadians with more platforms, exclusive features, live events, and more artist engagement," said Rob Farina, Bell Media's Head of Radio Content, Strategy, and iHeartRadio Canada.


About iHeartRadio Canada: "iHeartRadio, a best-in-class customizable digital listening experience and live events brand, is now in Canada through a partnership between Bell Media and iHeartMedia. A leader in innovative radio programming throughout Canada, Bell Media features the country's most dynamic, popular, and respected radio brands, including Toronto's CHUM FM, Canada's #1 FM station, and the ÉNERGIE group in Québec, as well as international brands like Virgin Radio. In the U.S., iHeartRadio has surpassed 100 million registered users, reaching milestones at a rate faster than Facebook or any other streaming music service. In addition, iHeartRadio's registered user milestone does not account for the millions of listeners who tune into iHeartRadio's live radio streams without registering." - iHeartRadio

Source: iHeartRadio

Lucky Mobile is a New Canadian Prepaid Mobile Provider

December 4, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
Lucky Mobile

To compete with Rogers-owned chatr Wireless, and TELUS-owned Public Mobile, Bell Mobility/BCE Inc. has launched their own prepaid mobile rate plan solution today, Lucky Mobile. This new carrier is available to subscribers in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario only at this time, but coverage will expand to service 17 zones and most major Canadian cities.

"Lucky Mobile is an all-new mobile service for people who want a straightforward, low-cost prepaid option that offers all the talk, text and data options they need. Whether you're a student or young person just entering the workforce, a senior on a fixed income, a new Canadian who hasn't yet built up a credit profile or anyone looking for the easiest and most affordable wireless experience, Lucky Mobile puts you in control. There is fast-growing demand from many Canadians for new lost-cost mobile options, and Lucky Mobile is here to lead the way," said Blaik Kirby, President of Bell Mobility.

Lucky Mobile Logo


Lucky Mobile is very similar to chatr Wireless. Lucky offers customers several low-budget phones and smartphones, and 7 prepaid rate plans. The plans are divided into local-use "Zone Plans" or "Province & Canada-wide plans" with wider coverage (Similar to Shaw-owned Freedom Mobile).

All plans include voicemail, unlimited nationwide and international incoming calls and text messages, call display, call waiting, and three-way/conference calling. Modest data options are also available at 3G (3 Mbps) speeds. Plans start at $20.

A unique feature offered is no overage fees and/or automatic charges. If a customer is about to use services not included in their plan then Lucky will first notify them via text message with the option to purchase a "Service Pass". Service Passes cover a range of extra options including additional 3G data and international calling, and they are valid for 30 days at a time. Service Passes cost either $3 or $5.

Lucky Mobile also plans to release an app that enables calling and texting over a Wi-Fi connection sometime next year.


About Lucky Mobile: "Lucky Mobile is a Canadian mobile flanker brand started by BCE Inc. (Bell Canada's parent company) in December 2017. The company offers pre-paid calling, texting, and 3G data on pre-paid plans in select Canadian markets. As with its competitors, customers have to bring their own phone or buy it outright from the carrier." - Wikipedia

About Bell Mobility: "Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing innovative broadband wireless, TV, Internet and business communication services to consumers and companies across the country. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media. Founded in Montréal in 1880, Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. (TSX: BCE; NYSE: BCE). To learn more, please visit Bell.ca or BCE.ca." - Bell

Reminder: On Friday, Locked Devices in Canada Will be No More

November 29, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
Locked smartphone

The decision was announced back in June 2017, and the time is finally upon us. As of this Friday - December 1, 2017 - all Canadian carriers will have to sell their devices unlocked. And for consumers who have already purchased a locked device, all you have to do is speak with your carrier and they will be required by law to assist you in unlocking without any fees. The standard fee to unlock a device in Canada has been around $50 up until now. Read more about the new Canadian Wireless Code at our article from June.

Some carriers have been ahead of the times and have been selling their devices unlocked for a while now. Freedom Mobile was on board since September, and TELUS (and their flanker brand Koodo) since early November. SaskTel hopped on board just yesterday, and the rest must all follow suit in a couple of days. Mobile consumers rejoice!

Image Credit: Matthew Keys on Flickr

Samsung Galaxy S8 Now Comes in Red, but Will it Come to Canada?

November 28, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
Samsung Galaxy S8 Burgundy Red

A perfectly timed launch synchronized with the red shades of autumn's falling leaves - today Samsung announced that the Galaxy S8 is now available in "Burgundy Red"... But only in South Korea.

Samsung states "The striking edition will be available first in Korea beginning on November 28, before rolling out to select markets." Specific availability details will apparently be announced by wireless providers and regional Samsung offices. There is no hint as to whether or not the red finish will be headed to Canada or not, but at least you can appreciate some photos of it while you wait for the Galaxy S9 to launch. Rumor has it that the S9 could arrive as soon as February 2018, so you must have a deep love for red to want to run out and buy a red S8 today with the S9 right around the corner. Either way, enjoy this promotional video:


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.

Image Credit: Samsung

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