Do you still
use traditional cable broadband connections at home?
A recent report from the National Telecommunications
and Information Administration (NTIA) shows that in the U.S., an increasing
number of people are using smartphones as their primary device for internet
access. More than that, more households than ever are running solely off of
mobile services and subscription video-on-demand content, while rates of wired
home broadband drop substantially. Between 2013 and 2015, "the proportion of U.S.
households that relied exclusively on mobile service at home doubled” while
above the border, mobile wireless alone generated more revenue than the entire
broadcasting sector in 2014.
The Canadian government committed $305 million over five years to extend and enhance access to 5 Mbps broadband
internet in rural and remote communities by 2019. 96% of Canadians now have
access to the service, but only 77% of households are subscribed. Experts
suggest that as LTE network connectivity becomes more readily available and rate
plans fill out to include larger data allotments at accessible price points,
the switch to using only mobile makes sense for many - especially low income households. In Canada
and the U.S. alike, wireless-only households are most prominent among the lowest
income quintiles, indicating that the rise does not solely reflect changing
preferences but may also be driven by affordability.
In line with
consumer patterns, U.S. and Canadian wireless carriers are quickly working to
surpass broadband speed capabilities and grow coverage in rural areas, and are
offering incentives like T-Mobile’s Binge-On plans, which let users stream
Netflix, YouTube, and other video content without it counting against their
unlimited data plans for mobile in Canada, visit CompareCellular.ca.
and more people are accessing websites via their cell phones, factoring mobile
compatibility into site design in 2016 is absolutely critical. Mobile apps allow
not only for communications and transactions with customers, but for access to device functionality such as the use of location context (GPS), the phone’s
camera and sound. And while they still represent just a small share of consumer interactions with
brands, that share is growing rapidly: 48% of customer interactions
in 2015 occurred over mobile apps for social channels including Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
mobile-friendly algorithm update should "increase the effect" of mobile-friendly pages being ranked a touch higher than sites that are built
exclusively for desktop. The first such algorithm dedicated to mobile was introduced in April of
last year, and an announcement the following March let users know that upcoming updates to mobile search results would "increase the effect of the ranking signal to help our users find even more
pages that are relevant and mobile-friendly."
Sites that are already mobile-friendly are not impacted by the update, and even those that are not optimized for mobile still retain
a chance of ranking reasonably high. "The intent of the search query is
still a very strong signal - so even if a page with high quality content is not
mobile-friendly, it could still rank well if it has great, relevant content."
was fully rolled out on May 12, as confirmed by Google’s John Mueller on Twitter.
startup businesses and entrepreneurs who find the concept of building a mobile
strategy daunting can create a roadmap to becoming mobile-friendly by focusing
on key areas and testing web pages to make sure they are compatible using this tool offered by Google developers.
Smartphones already have a wide-ranging roster of features and abilities, from summoning food and
transportation with the push of a button to connecting us with
loved ones sitting half a world away. Judging by all the hype surrounding the
HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Magic Leap and by the words of Facebook founding
father Mark Zuckerberg at the recent Mobile World Congress ‘smartphone
extravaganza’ in Barcelona, the next realm for the smartphone to master is the
world of virtual reality.
According to Wired magazine, virtual
reality is driving the next generation of mobile technology, bringing about a new design focus that will change everything about smartphones,
from the chip to the chassis.
which builds processors for many high-end smartphones, believes it can pack all
the processing power required for VR into phone chips. "It just became
apparent,” said Tim Leland, VP of product management, "that a headset was going
to be a better way of getting information into people’s visual cortex than
having to rely on just tap-tap-tap.”
allow people to "share and experience whole scenes as if you’re just there,”
Zuckerberg told enthusiastic crowds at the MWC.
for the eager however, while VR is touted as the next frontier for smartphone
technology, it is also still far away from reaching the average consumer.
Virtual reality-capable devices require powerful graphics processing, intensely
high resolution displays, 3D spatial audio, supremely accurate motion tracking,
and battery power beyond anything close to current market capabilities.
new flagship smartphone processor does move the industry one step closer by
retaining a few of these desirables; it is found within the HTC 10, Samsung
Galaxy S7, LG G5, and other top-of-the-line devices. Google engineers are also
reportedly "hip-deep” in VR technology being developed for the Android
You may use
data in order to work while on-the-go, or you might indulge in media like video
streams or games on a daily basis. Maybe you’re a social butterfly who never
closes your Instagram app, or simply like to surf the web during your work
your habits, when you’re in the market for a new smartphone or tablet it’s
important to make sure the plan you sign up for comes with the right amount of
data, or you could be losing money on overage rates or by paying for unused
megabytes. Data usage estimator tools provide a generalized picture of what you’re
likely to spend, based on what you’re likely to do.
All numbers below are estimates based
on 1 day of smartphone usage. Please note that actual data amounts can vary by
View Sasktel’s data
usage calculator for a customizable estimate of your weekly and monthly data consumption.
Rogers officially announced the launch of the Huawei GR5 on their network as of today, Friday May 6, 2016.
This is a phone made for fun. Its powerful octa-core processor and vibrant FHD display ensure game and video graphics come in smooth and sharp, while an Android 5.1 operating system and LTE connectivity enable super-quick startup of any apps, web pages, or networks, even while you're multitasking. And with its fast, smart, and convenient eInnovative fingerprint technology, you can unlock your phone, take a photo, or answer a phone call with a single tap. All these features make for an instant.xperience in the palm of your hands.
- Vibrant 5.5" FHD (1920 x 1080) capacitive touchscreen
- Octa-core processor (1.5 GHz quad-core + 1.2 GHz quad-core) with 2GB RAM
- 16GB of storage (expandable via microSD card)
- Android 5.1 (Lollipop) operating system
- 13 MP and 5 MP cameras with HD 1080p video recording
- Bluetooth 4.1 and LTE network connectivity
- Second-generation rear fingerprint scanner
Availability & Pricing:
- Full price: $375
- Select 2-year terms: $0
Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (MTS) has just announced that
BCE Inc. will purchase all of its issued and outstanding common shares in a
move that is slated to change the scope of the
province’s mobile industry.
"This transaction will deliver immediate and meaningful
value to MTS shareholders, while offering strong benefits to MTS customers and
employees, and to the Province of Manitoba," said Jay Forbes,
President & CEO of MTS. "A successful national operator like Bell has
the scale, reach and financial strength to offer better access to advanced
services for more Manitoba consumers and businesses, and to compete
and invest in the province's infrastructure in the long term."
Proposed benefits to MTS customers and services include access
to innovative consumer and enterprise telecommunications products, and support
to the local community. BCE has also stated their intention to invest $1
billion in the next five years to:
- Make Gigabit Fibe Internet, offering average
access speeds up to 20 times faster than what MTS customers receive today,
available within 12 months of the transaction close,
- Expand the mobile LTE network and make
improvements to mobile data speeds that will double customers’ average download
- Provide access to Fibe TV, North America's most
innovative TV platform.
Bell’s MTS team will be based in Winnipeg as part of the new
Western Operations headquarters for BCE, growing the Bell Western team to 6,900
employees, from MTE’s existing 2,700. Bell Media's TV, radio and digital
platforms will continue to offer opportunities for local artists and
entertainers along with ongoing support for the Winnipeg Jets and Winnipeg Blue
Bombers on the national TSN sports network and TSN Radio 1290 Winnipeg. Bell
MTS will also maintain the company's sponsorships and community investments in Manitoba,
including a shared commitment to United Way and programs for students and new
grads. Additionally, BCE will introduce a new Bell Let's Talk Manitoba fund
focused on mental health support for aboriginal communities which is slated to
be chaired by Manitoban Clara Hughes, the national spokesperson for Bell Let's
Talk and a legendary Canadian Olympian who was born and raised in Winnipeg.
BCE Inc. also announced that it will divest one-third of MTS’
postpaid wireless subscribers to TELUS Corp. following the completion of Bell's
acquisition of the Manitoba provider.
"This transaction with TELUS enhances wireless competition
to the benefit of Manitobans while reducing the cost of our acquisition of
MTS," said George Cope, President and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada.
The MTS acquisition is set to close at the end of 2016 or
early 2017 pending regulatory approvals.