Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime is Now in Canada

October 17, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime 
 
Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime has been available at both T-Mobile and Metro PCS since April 2017. You can get one from Videotron today, TELUS tomorrow, or at Bell Mobility on October 26th. More carriers are likely follow in the near future.
 
Videotron is charging $199.95 to buy the phone outright, or it starts at $19.95 on a 2-year term. At TELUS it will cost $240 outright, or $0 down on a 2-year term.
 
Pretty reasonable price for a basic Android smartphone. It might not have a lot of internal storage space with 16GB built in, but a microSD card can expand your storage up to 256GB. It has all the basics you'd expect; LTE connectivity, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, a simple 5MP main camera with HD video recording capabilities and a 2MP front-facing selfie camera. 

Key Features:


  • Sleek design and display - Comfortably fits in your hand and in your pocket, thanks to its slim design with no camera protrusion. The 2.5D glass display stretches right to the edge for a wide viewing experience and everything you watch looks stunning in vivid colour on a 5” HD screen.
  • Best at the basics - This device packs plenty of power despite its small package; a 2600mAh removable battery provide long lasting power all day.

  • Picture perfect moments - Never miss a moment with the camera. Photos turn out clear and bright, even in low light, thanks to a F/1.9 aperture. The quick launch feature is a fast and easy way to access the camera from any screen, allowing you to capture picture-perfect moments in high resolution.
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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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They're Not Flexible, but ZTE Axon M's Dual Screens are Foldable

October 17, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
ZTE Axon M dual-screen smartphone
 
ZTE has been quietly developing the dual screen Axon M for over a year and it has finally been unveiled. Why now? No clue. Perhaps the pressure building from Samsung's development of a "flexible" smartphone which we will hopefully get to see next year, or maybe because there are rumors of Apple beginning development of a similar device. Either way this dual-screen smartphone looks very interesting and could prove to be useful for multitasking.
 
Since it has been in production for so long, the ZTE Axon M will have an Android 7.1 Nougat operating system at launch rather than 8.0 Oreo. It also has last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM.
 
Sources state that this device will be exclusive to AT&T for around $700 USD, and should launch sometime in November. No word yet on whether it will come to Canada or not, but we will keep an eye out and let you know if it does.
 

 

Key Features:


  • Dual screens - With the dual 5.2" HD LCD displays on a 180-degree hinge, you can use your device like a regular smartphone, or toggle between other modes. Extend mode is a full screen view, Dual mode is for viewing two apps side by side, and Mirror mode looks like it will be great for playing games with friends and other creative uses.

  • One camera to rule them all - The design of this device makes separate front and rear cameras pointless (or impossible?) so it has one powerful 20MP main camera with an f/1.8 aperture, that doubles as a selfie-camera.

  • 3.5mm headphone jack - The dual screens might be trendy but thankfully ZTE did not follow the missing headphone jack trend!

ZTE Axon M smartphone hero


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About ZTE:   ZTE is a leading global provider of handset devices and telecommunications equipment. We are one of the top rated high-tech enterprises in the world developing and producing 2G, 3G and 4G handsets. As well as manufacturing mobile devices such as smartphones in over 150 countries, the company delivers innovative products business solutions. It connects global customers via voice, data, multimedia and WLAN Founded in 1985, ZTE is listed on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges and is China’s largest listed telecoms equipment company. For more information on ZTE, please visit ZTE Canada.
 
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Introducing HUAWEI Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, and Porsche Design HUAWEI Mate 10

October 16, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
 

 
"As we enter the age of intelligence, AI is no longer a virtual concept but something that intertwines with our daily life. AI can enhance user experience, provide valuable services and improve product performance. The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series introduces the first mobile AI-specific Neural Network Processing Unit, launching a new era of intelligent smartphones, " said Richard Yu, CEO, HUAWEI Consumer Business Group. 
 
In case you missed it live, here is HUAWEI's Mate 10 keynote from October 16th:
 

During IFA 2017 in Berlin, the Kirin 970 AI mobile chipset was first unveiled. It has now found a home in the HUAWEI Mate 10 series of smartphones. 3 new devices include the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, and Porsche Design Mate 10. All operate on a new and simplified EMUI 8.0 which is based on Android 8.0 Oreo. All three devices also have a 3D glass body, long battery life and integrate Leica's dual camera technology.
 
The Mate 10 Pro has the added bonus of an IP67 water and dust resistant rating. The Mate 10 features a stunning 5.9-inch screen with a 16:9 display, barely-there-bezel and HDR10 to support vivid colors. The Mate 10 Pro has a 6-inch, 18:9 OLED display, high screen-to-body ratio and HDR10 for dynamic video viewing. The Porsche Design is similar to the Mate 10 Pro but comes with 256GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM - along with a sleek diamond black design. 
 

Key Features:

  • Iconic craftsmanship - The signature stripe highlights the dual lens cameras, embodying the perfect symmetry of a superior smartphone design. The ergonomic curved glass fits snugly in the palm and feels as good as it looks.

  • Ultimate performance - The HUAWEI Mate 10 is smart, quick and adaptive, understanding and responding to real-world situations instantly. With cutting-edge 10 nm tech, an 8-core CPU and 12-core GPU, the HUAWEI Mate 10 delivers premium performance at lightning speeds using much less power. The world’s first Kirin AI processor brings you a faster, stronger, and seamless smartphone experience. The Kirin 970 processor boosts speed, responsiveness and efficiency through its AI computing platform with a dedicated NPU (Neural-Network Processing Unit).

  • Long lasting battery - Full day of use for heavy duty users, with smart battery management that learns from user behaviors to intelligently allocate resources and minimize power-waste. The 4000 mAh battery paired with TÜV Fast-Charge Safety Certified HUAWEI SuperCharge technology provides a day of use from 20-minutes of charging.

  • Intelligent photography - With the new Leica Dual Lens with f/1.6 aperture, you can easily take beautiful shallow depth of field pictures, crystal clear low-light photographs and blur-free shots of objects on the move. The 20MP monochrome sensor and 12MP RGB sensor with Optical Image Stabilization captures more light to perform at expert standard.

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Availability & Pricing:

Like the P10 series, HUAWEI has not provided a specific launch date for North America yet. They have also not specified which exact models will be available in North America, and have not released exact pricing for different regions either. We do know that the Mate 10 will launch in select international markets in late October, with the Mate 10 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 10 expected sometime in November. We will keep you posted as more information about Canadian availability gets released.
 

Meet the Mate 10, Huawei's New AI-Powered Flagship Phone

  
 

Huawei Mate 10 hands-on: Faster, more helpful AI

  

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."
 
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Koodo and TELUS increasing SIM Card Fees Tomorrow

October 16, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
 TELUS SIM Card
 
Starting October 17th, the price of all Koodo SIM cards and TELUS LTE Tri-cut SIM cards will be raised by $5. Koodo's prices will go from $10 to $15, and TELUS' from $15 to $20.

 
SIM Card

F.Y.I.

  • Purchasing a new SIM card from either carrier is just a one-time requirement for new customers and does not apply to all transactions or upgrades. Prepaid device bundles already include the SIM card at no additional cost, so this change will only affect postpaid account activations.
  • Both Koodo and TELUS' SIM cards come with a lifetime warranty against defects in materials or workmanship.
  • This announcement comes shortly after Rogers and Fido increased their connection fees from $15 and $20 both up to $25 (and Rogers also charges an additional $10 for their SIM Cards on top of the activation fee). Bell and Virgin Mobile charge a $25 connection fee as well, so despite the increase tomorrow, Koodo and TELUS will still have the lowest activation costs out of the 3 major Canadian carriers.
 

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." - TELUS
 
About Koodo Mobile:   Koodo Mobile is a Canadian mobile flanker brand started by Telus in 2008 and mostly oriented toward younger customers. Koodo differs from its parent Telus by not requiring a fixed term contract. Koodo currently provides postpaid and prepaid services. Being a subsidiary of Telus, Koodo has been able to offer extensive coverage and a strong presence in mobile retailers. This allowed Koodo to gain a presence nationwide. The brand name is a variation of the Ancient Greek word "κῦδος" (the ascendant to the English word "kudos"), meaning "praise, renown, glory" and more recently "acclaim for something well done". - Wikipedia

Source:  TELUS and Koodo internal documents

PSA: Rogers Customers Using Samsung Devices with Android OS 6 or Older Can Not Call 911

October 11, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
Rogers Logo
 
Hopefully you have not already learned this the hard way! Rogers customers with select Samsung devices running Android 6.0 or older operating systems need to update their devices to at least Android 7.0 before they will be able to dial 911 services again.
 
Rogers has sent the text message below to affected customers, but in case you did not get the message:
 
"Service Alert: URGENT ACTION REQUIRED. Your Samsung device requires a mandatory software update to Android 7.0. Your current outdated software will prevent you from making 911 calls on your phone following necessary enhancements to our wireless network in the coming weeks. To install the update, go to Settings > About Device > Software Update > Update Now. Alternatively you can download Samsung’s Smart Switch PC tool to update via PC, or bring your device to your nearest Rogers store to use our device updating service. For additional support, please call us at 1888-764-3771"
 
The new software can be downloaded both over Wi-Fi or cellular networks. Rogers states that data used to download the update will not count towards your monthly data usage.
 
You can also update to the newer software by connecting your device to the Device Tune-Up tool and selecting ‘software flash’. Make sure that you do a backup of your phone beforehand in case you have any important data saved on there that you don't want to lose if anything goes wrong.
 

Affected devices include:

  • Galaxy S6
  • Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Galaxy S6 Edge+
  • Galaxy Note 5
  • Galaxy S7
  • Galaxy S7 Edge
If you are already running Android 7.0 or newer you will not be affected.
 
If you are not sure whether you are affected or not, please DO NOT TEST DIAL 9-1-1 to find out! You may be charged a fee and can clog up the emergency response lines.

 
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

New U.S. and International Roaming Options at Koodo

October 10, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
Koodo Logo on West 4th Avenue in Vancouver 
 
Today Koodo has followed their parent company TELUS' footsteps, and combined all of their travel and roaming add-ons into two simple daily options. There is a U.S. Easy Roam option that costs $7 per day, and a $10 international option that can be used in over 100 countries around the globe.
  • The daily Easy Roam fee is valid for 24 hours, and applies when you make or receive a call and send a text or use data abroad.
  • Phone calls to numbers in Canada and the U.S. (or in the country that you are visiting, if using the international option.) are included.
  • If your plan includes Shock-Free® data, you'll continue to receive data notifications while travelling and have the option to top-up at the domestic rate.
Both Roaming add-ons are free to activate and will stay active after the initial setup, so you don't have to remember to activate it every time you travel. Both can be set up using Koodo's Self Serve or by texting ROAM to 7626.

 
About Koodo Mobile:   Koodo Mobile is a Canadian mobile flanker brand started by Telus in 2008 and mostly oriented toward younger customers. Koodo differs from its parent Telus by not requiring a fixed term contract. Koodo currently provides postpaid and prepaid services. Being a subsidiary of Telus, Koodo has been able to offer extensive coverage and a strong presence in mobile retailers. This allowed Koodo to gain a presence nationwide. The brand name is a variation of the Ancient Greek word "κῦδος" (the ascendant to the English word "kudos"), meaning "praise, renown, glory" and more recently "acclaim for something well done". - Wikipedia

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