Alcatel A50 is now Available at Koodo and TELUS

August 18, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
Alcatel A50 Smartphone
The modular Alcatel A50 is available in a Metal Black finish at Koodo and TELUS Mobility in Canada today. For US readers, The A50 is available in a Metal Silver finish, and Cricket wireless has had an exclusive version called the Alcatel PULSEMIX available since the end of July. All versions of this device are very similar, with the unlocked US version having slightly improved cameras; the main camera being 13 MP instead of 8 MP, and the front-facing camera is 5 MP rather than 2 MP.
The A50 comes with 3 different SNAPBAK covers in the box to help enhance the device:
  • LightUp Cover - The LightUp SNAPBAK features multicolor flashing LED lights for your own personal light show. Customize your cover to light up incoming calls, messages and e-mails, personalize to match your theme, shake to change effects, and use to know whether you got a snap, a like, a mention and more with the corresponding social media app displayed on the cover.

  • Power Cover - The Power SNAPBAK extends your power capacity to 5,900mAh, delivering double the power so you have more time to enjoy your phone.

  • Music Cover - Turn your A50 into a portable entertainment system with the Sound SNAPBAK with built-in kickstand that boosts your sound with two 2.5-watt speakers – three times louder than using your phone alone – to amp up watching videos, playing games and listening to music with friends. 

Key Features:

  • Blast, Brighten or Power up in a Snap - The A50 introduces SNAPBAK covers - interchangeable back covers that boost the fun and function of your device. Simply snap on a SNAPBAK cover and enjoy. Mix and match your SNAPBAK so you can blast, brighten and power up in a snap.
  • Stay Entertained and Connected with:
    • Android 7.0 Nougat operating system
    • Sharp 5.2" HD display
    • Front-facing speaker for clear audio
    • Quad-core processor for efficient multi-tasking 

See full specifications for the Alcatel A50 (and Alcatel PULSEMIX)

Compare the Alcatel A50 and the Alcatel ONETOUCH Flint

Compare other Alcatel devices


Steve Cistulli, President and General Manager of TCL Communication, North America said, "Alcatel focuses on delivering the best in experience driven value for our customers and today's (August 16th) announcement of the A50 with TELUS represents this ongoing commitment. With the A50, TELUS customers get the most unique smartphone experience currently available in Canada, providing creative new ways to customize and enhance their mobile experience." 

Availability & Pricing:

Koodo | Available now!
  • Full price:  $240.00
  • On a 2-year term:  $0

 TELUS Mobility | Available now!

  • Full price:  $240.00
  • On a 2-year term:  $0
Cricket Wireless (US) | Available now!
  • If you get a new number or upgrade:  $79.99 USD
  • If you bring your number:  $29.99 USD

Alcatel A50 review by PC Mag

About Alcatel:  "TCL Communication designs, develops and markets a diversified range of mobile devices in more than 160 countries under the Alcatel brand. Currently a top-five smartphone manufacturer in North America, Alcatel branded devices from TCL Communication deliver innovative, feature-rich experiences that make access to today's mobile technology simple; offering a diverse portfolio of value-packed products equipped with the technology people want most. TCL Communication is a wholly owned company of TCL Corporation, one of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world. Alcatel is a trademark of Nokia used under license by TCL Communication."

Source:  Alcatel and Newswire

The Battle of the 1GB Bonus Data is On

August 16, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
Bell, Rogers and TELUS 1 GB bonus data battle 
Last Friday Bell added an extra 1 GB of bonus data to their 2, 4, and 6 GB  Share plans. In response, both Rogers and TELUS have done exactly the same. All three major Canadian carriers are currently offering these limited time offers:
  • 2 GB plans are now 3 GB
  • 4 GB plans are now 5 GB
  • 6 GB plans are now 7 GB
  • (And 10 GB plans also have 2 GB in bonus data, making them 12 GB)
If you want to view all of the plans, visit Bell, Rogers, or TELUS' websites. Or you can compare them side by side using our comparison tool. Here's a comparison of just a few of the new 3 GB plans from each carrier.
There are many more options depending on what type of phone you are interested in purchasing along with the plan (or if you already have your own device), or what type of calling options you want - 300 minutes of local calling, unlimited local calling, unlimited Canada-wide calling, or unlimited Canada/U.S. calling. So if you're interested in a new mobile plan for yourself or your family then take some time to explore your options on our site. 
There is no word on how long these offers will last, but we will have up-to-date information available here as always.
Source:  Bell, Rogers and TELUS

SaskTel has new Canada and U.S. Mobile Plans

August 14, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
SaskTel logo
SaskTel just quietly added some new shareMORE plans to their mobile rate plan options for their customers in Saskatchewan.
The new shareMORE Canada & U.S. rate plans come with shareable data between multiple devices, ranging from 1GB to up to 50GB. They also include call display, voice mail and unlimited text and picture messaging - just like other shareMORE calling options.
However these new plans have the added benefit of being usable south of the border without any roaming charges. On a 2-year contract, customers can make calls and use their data in the U.S. with no extra cost.
See some of the plans side by side using our comparison tool, or view them all at

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
Source:  SaskTel

Essential Phone is Available for Canadian Preorders

August 14, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
 Essential PH-1
After the release date being pushed back by a few weeks, the Essential PH-1 smartphone is finally available for preorder to those who registered with TELUS early. If you missed the registration don't worry, open preorders start this Thursday. Those of you in the US can preorder directly from Essential's website
This 128GB handset currently comes in the colour options "Black Moon" or "Pure White", and orders should start to arrive in 3-4 business weeks. For a limited time, when you preorder through TELUS you can also get the Essential 360° Camera - with a $270 value - for $100. All the camera and all other Essential accessories will connect magnetically, similar to Moto Mods.

Key Features:

  • Beauty Meets Brawn -  There’s a reason titanium is used to build rockets and replace bones. Unlike aluminum, titanium doesn’t scratch, dent, or bend. We believe titanium is the perfect material to create one of the most essential things in our lives – one we all sometimes drop.
  • Full Display - With the Essential Phone’s stunning edge-to-edge Full Display there’s finally a large-screen device that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand.

  • Cameras - The world’s thinnest dual camera system built for a phone. It uses both color and monochrome sensors that can capture up to 200% more light than traditional phone cameras. This results in stunning images that are rich in color and detail, even in low light.

  • Accessories that simply Click - Don’t you hate it when you have to buy new dongles, chargers, and accessories every time your phone is upgraded? We do too. So we decided to make this a thing of the past. The magnetic connector with wireless data transfer keeps your phone cord-free, future-proof, and always up-to-date.
Essential Phone

See full specifications for the Essential PH-1


Availability & Pricing:

TELUS | Now available for registered preorder! General preorders start August 17th.
  • Full price:  $1050.00
  • On a 2-year plan:  Starting at $290.00

About Essential Products:  "Essential Products is a new type of company focused on creating consumer technology products for the 21st century. Founded by Andy Rubin, co-founder of Android, the world's most widely used operating system, Essential Products is headquartered in Palo Alto, California." -

Image Credit:  Essential

Source:  TELUS

Introducing the T-Mobile REVVL - an Exclusive New Budget Phone

August 10, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
 T-Mobile REVVL budget smartphone
T-Mobile just introduced the T-Mobile REVVL - a compelling new budget phone. The REVVL will run you up only $125 USD at full cost, or you can pay $5 per month on an 18-month contract.
The smartphone comes with loads of features that you would not expect in that price range. Here are some the key features:
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Generous 5.5" HD display
  • 13 MP main camera with HDR mode
  • Android 7.0 Nougat operating system
  • 5 MP front-facing selfie camera with a wide-angle lens
  • Sharp looks - no carrier brands plastered onto it, and a good screen to body ratio.

Those of you in the US can get a hold of the T-Mobile REVVL in stores or online.

About T-Mobile:   "As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The Company's advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 72.6 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and MetroPCS." - T-Mobile
Source:  T-Mobile

Vidéotron Launches Another Promotion on their PREMIUM Plans

August 9, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
Videotron Logo
Quebec's Vidéotron wrapped up their double-data promotion last month, but have already launched a new limited time offer to replace it. All PREMIUM mobile phone plans now come with an additional 3GB of data. The 3GB, 4GB, 5GB, and 6GB plans are now 6GB for $66, 7GB for $77, 8GB for $88, and 9GB for $99 (noticing a pattern yet?) with only a few dollars difference to the regular price. Additional data for all plans is $7 per GB.
If you already have your own device you can still enjoy the extra data, with the pricing for this option having raised by a mere $1 - $3 from the usual. 
Whether you are bringing your own phone or purchasing a new one, all of these plans come with unlimited international text messing, unlimited photo and video messaging from within Quebec, call display and voicemail with storage space up to 35 messages. They also come with Vidéotron's "Daily Traveller Pass" which lets customers use their plan while roaming in the US for $6 per day, or internationally for $10 per day.
There is no information about how long this deal might last, and unfortunately I can not even give it an honest guess as Quebec has a extremely competitive mobile rate plan market that constantly change at the drop of a dime.

About Vidéotron:  Vidéotron, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in cable television, interactive multimedia development, Internet access, cable telephone and mobile telephone services. Vidéotron is a leader in new technologies with its illico interactive television service and its broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access, analog and digital cable television, and other services. As of December 31, 2016, Vidéotron was serving 1,690,800 cable television customers, including 1,587,000 Digital TV subscribers. The Club illico over-the-top video service had 314,700 members. Vidéotron is also the Québec leader in high-speed Internet access, with 1,612,800 subscribers to its cable service as of December 31, 2016. As of the same date, Vidéotron had 893,900 subscriber connections to its mobile telephone service and was providing cable telephone service to 1,253,100 Québec households and organizations. For the twelfth consecutive year, Vidéotron ranked as Québec's most respected telecommunications company in the annual Léger survey.

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