MTS Customer Migration to TELUS is Underway

May 26, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
 
 
 
As part of Bell's acquisition of MTS (Manitoba Telecom Services) that was finalized in March, roughly 140,000 MTS customer accounts are being migrated to TELUS to encourage mobile industry competition in the province of Manitoba. (Around 24,700 wireless customers will also be to transferred Xplornet, which will roll out in a few more months.)

The former MTS wireless customers have been assured that they will get to keep their same phone numbers, have access to a broader wireless network in Manitoba, and will receive plans, rates, and service features equal to or of greater value than their pre-existing MTS plans.
 
"The most important message is that we will be reassuring migrating customers that we will match or improve upon existing MTS plans for the same price they are paying now," said Liz Sauve, spokeswoman for Telus Inc. 

Customers affected will be contacted by mail. Packages have started arriving this week and will continue in waves in order to make the transition as smooth as possible. Packages include a letter from Bell and Telus notifying customers of the change. A second welcoming package will arrive in the near future with more information and a new SIM card. The transition will be quick and simple for affected customers and has three required steps: 
 

  1. Review the information in the package.

  2. Decide whether to keep your current phone, or upgrade to a new device (the package will explain how to do so). 

  3. Install the new SIM card into your phone (instructions will also be provided).


About BELLMTS:  Bell MTS (formerly Manitoba Telecom Services) is a subsidiary of BCE Inc. that operates telecommunications services in the Canadian province of Manitoba. The company's head office is located in MTS Place on Main Street, in Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba. MTS is the descendant company of Manitoba Government Telephones, which went into operation in January 1908 after the government of Manitoba bought Bell Canada's Manitoba operations. The Crown corporation became Manitoba Telephone System in 1921, and eventually absorbed all private telephone operations in the province. In 1996, the Provincial government of Premier Gary Filmon decided to sell the Manitoba Telephone System to private shareholders. The decision to privatize was seen as controversial, as it marked a significant departure from the Progressive Conservatives' earlier position that MTS should remain provincially owned. On March 17, 2017, Bell re-gained control of MTS after closing its $3.9 billion acquisition of the provider. For regulatory reasons, Bell will divest approximately a third of MTS's wireless business (including subscribers and retail outlets) to Telus, and a smaller portion to the new entrant Xplornet. Under Bell ownership, Bell MTS will serve as the headquarters of Bell's telecom businesses in Western Canada. - Wikipedia

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

Source:  Winnipeg Free Press   |   TELUS

Introducing the Official Parks Canada App

May 23, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
 
 
In celebration of Canada 150, the Government of Canada has declared 2017 the year of free Parks Canada admission! They have also launched a new mobile app to help visitors plan their adventures, share their journey on social media, and create great experiences.
 
"National parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas represent the very best that Canada has to offer," said the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada. "As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Parks Canada is launching new and innovative programs and services to enable Canadians, including youth and newcomers, to experience the outdoors and learn more about our heritage. The NEW Parks Canada app provides visitors with fun, new ways to connect with Canada's treasured places, plan their trips to Parks Canada destinations and share their experiences on social media. Parks Canada looks forward to welcoming Canadians and visitors from around the world to celebrate Canada 150."

 
The free Parks Canada app is available in the App Store and Google Play Store. It works on Android 4.4 and up, and iOS 9.0 and up. Read more at the Government of Canada website here

 
Image Credit:  Parks Canada 

Source:  Parks Canada   |   Newswire

Freedom Mobile Expands LTE Coverage to Edmonton and Calgary

May 17, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
 
 
Today Freedom Mobile announced that they have competed the expansion of their powerful new AWS-3 Band 66 LTE network to Edmonton and Calgary. This announcement came ahead of the expected completion date of this summer. This announcement means that local customers will have access to faster data and download speeds, smoother streaming and overall enhanced network performance.
 
Freedom's LTE network was first launched in November 2016 in the Toronto and Vancouver areas and has been expanding since then. More upgrades will continue throughout 2017.

"Canadians have told us that providing them with reliable network coverage that offers enhanced speeds and faster downloads at a fair and reasonable price is a priority for them, and we've listened," said Paul McAleese, Chief Operating Officer, Freedom Mobile. "The launch of our powerful new LTE network furthers our commitment to providing Freedom Mobile customers in Calgary and Edmonton access to the same enhanced experience that those in the Greater Toronto Area, Southern Ontario and the Greater Vancouver Area currently enjoy."

View Freedom's website to read more about their LTE network. You can also find a detailed coverage map here.


About Freedom Mobile: Freedom Mobile is a Canadian wireless telecommunications provider owned by Shaw Communications. With 1,052,758 active subscribers (as of the end of December 2016) in urban areas of Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta, it is Canada's fourth-largest mobile operator. Founded in 2008 as Wind Mobile by the communications company Globalive, Freedom was one of several new mobile carriers launched in Canada in 2008 after a government initiative to encourage competition in the wireless sector alongside Mobilicity (later acquired by Rogers Communications) and Public Mobile (later acquired by Telus). It initially launched mobile data and voice services in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Ontario on December 16, 2009 and two days later in Calgary, Alberta.  - Wikipedia
 
Source: Freedom Mobile   |   Newswire

HTC U11 Squeezable Smartphone Officially Announced

May 16, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
 
 
HTC just announced it's third smartphone this year - the U11. The U11 is currently available to Canadians in Brilliant Black, Amazing Silver and Sapphire Blue. There are also Solar Red and Ice White colour options, though it is not confirmed if they will eventually be released in Canada or not.
  

Key Features:

  • Liquid Surface -  The liquid glass surface is crafted to impress using Optical Spectrum Hybrid Deposition. By randomly layering highly-refractive precious minerals across the phone’s back cover, we’ve created stunningly vivid new colors that transforms light with every movement you make.
  •  3D Glass Screen - HTC U11 has a 5.5" 3D glass screen designed to preserve the authenticity of the image. With our best display and true-to-life color reproduction, we provide you a purer full-framed viewing experience. Our display avoids the cropped pictures or distorted colors at the edge that are the results you can expect from a curved screen.  
  • Edge Sense - What we take for granted is what we can also take advantage of, like something as common as gripping a phone. Edge Sense transforms this fundamental gesture into a completely new and revolutionary interaction with your phone. With a simple squeeze, Edge Sense lets you enjoy even more the things you love. Taking photos. Launching your favorite apps. Text on the go. Before, it was a hassle to reach these features, but we simplified it into a single motion. Thinking outside the box, we are now bringing you the next age of phone interactions.
  • Usonic - Immerse yourself in purer audio. HTC U11 introduces the latest version of HTC USonic, which now combines Active Noise Cancellation with the ability to tune audio to your unique hearing. Other headsets focus more on obtaining great sound quality while overlooking the fundamentals – each of our hearing structures are different. Our USonic earbuds map your inner ear with an advanced sonar-like technology and then adapt the sound profile to your unique biology. This creates an incredibly personal and optimized listening experience with vibrant audio shaped specifically for you.

  • Best smartphone camera ever - The HTC U11 camera has achieved an incredible DxOMark 90 score, making it the highest rated smartphone ever in DxOMark history. Our impressive multi-axis optical and electronic stabilization system and super-fast autofocus in all lighting conditions make the camera quick, your pictures sharp and videos smooth. We improved our camera and video for a more dynamic exposure range with HDR Boost without the lag, new white balance enhancement, a major reduction in noise, and excellent detail preservation. With the award-winning HTC U11 camera, you will be impressed with each and every shot.


See full specifications for the HTC U11

Compare the HTC U11 and the HTC U Ultra

Compare other HTC devices

 

Availability & Pricing:

HTC Canada | Available for pre-order now - official release coming soon!
  • Full price:  $999.00
 

HTC U11 hands-on by Techradar

 


HTC U11 hands-on by Android Authority

 
About HTC:  HTC Corporation is a Taiwanese consumer electronics company headquartered in Xindian District, New Taipei City, Taiwan. Founded in 1997, HTC began as an original design manufacturer and original equipment manufacturer, designing and manufacturing devices such as mobile phones and tablets.

Images Credit:  HTC
 
Source:  HTC

TELUS Launches 2GB Extra Data on Select Plans

May 16, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
 
 
TELUS customers activating or renewing a primary line with receive 2GB of bonus data on some mobile rate plans, but the offer is only available for a limited time. Browse the current plans available from TELUS at our 'Plans & Add-ons' section - start by selecting your province. Or find the same plans directly on TELUS' website.
 

Eligibility

  • Offer available to new or existing primary subscribers when activating or renewing with an in-market Premium Plus, Premium Smartphone, Smartphone, and BYOD Your Choice Plan.
  • Promotional data not available as a rate plan change.
  • Promotional data not available to voice only plans .
 
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.
 
Image Credit:  Shutterstock
 
Source: TELUS

PressReader Partners with Bell Mobility

May 12, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
 
 
Bell customers have a new option to add PressReader to their mobility accounts for $10 per month (Regular price is $29.95 USD per month). This is the first time that PressReader has partnered with a Canadian communications provider. Bell customers can now access thousands of complete, mobile-friendly versions of local, national and international magazines and newspapers from their smartphones or tablets. Publications include the Vancouver Sun, National Post, Forbes, Hockey News, Elle, and many more from around the globe that can be translated in up to 18 different languages. 
 
PressReader is available via app on iOS 9.0 and Android 4.4 smartphones and tablets, or via web browser.
 
"Canadians are using their smartphones and tablets to catch up on the news, conduct research or indulge in a great magazine feature, whether at home, at work or when they're travelling. With PressReader now on Canada's fastest and largest mobile network, Bell Mobility customers can access an unmatched range of leading newspapers publications from Canada, the U.S.A. and around the world on their mobile devices," said Nauby Jacob, Vice President, Products and Services for Bell Mobility.
 
"Our innovative business models have already brought high-quality journalism to readers across the world. Bell is yet another industry leader that's joining us in delivering trusted content in a way that makes sense to consumers. Canadians want a mobile reading experience that's highly personalized. We're giving them the options they want", said Igor Smirnoff, Chief Commercial officer at PressReader.
 
Alex Kroogman, CEO at Pressreader said, "We've already transformed the global airline and hospitality industries, bringing PressReader to people around the planet. As Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation approaches, we're very proud to be working at home in Canada with a Canadian partner, connecting Bell customers to the stories they care about."
 
For more information go to www.bell.ca/pressreader
 
About PressReader:  PressReader is a Vancouver-based global platform for people who want to read, share, and talk about all of the stories that matter to them. We've partnered with thousands of publishers in over 100 countries to give readers unlimited access to top-quality journalism from around the world. We're all about choice. Readers can browse leading newspapers and magazines on our web platform or download them to a smartphone or tablet using the PressReader app. They can subscribe to PressReader for unlimited access, or view our entire collection simply by visiting a sponsored HotSpot location.
 
About Bell Canada:  Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and business customers with wireless, TV, Internet, home phone, small business and enterprise communications services. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital and out of home media. For more information, please visit Bell.ca.
 
Source:  Newswire   |   Bell

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