January 31st is Bell Let's Talk Day 2018

January 11, 2018  by Ayla Ylanen
Bell Canada Let's Talk about Mental Health Day 2018


It is that time of year again. On January 31, 2018, Bell encourages everyone to talk about mental health.

For every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view, or use of their Facebook frame or Snapchat geofilter, Bell Canada will donate 5˘ towards mental health initiatives in Canada. You don't have to pay anything to help, just talk. This campaign is extremely easy to be a part of!

How to help?

  • Text: Bell Canada, Bell Aliant, or Bell MTS customers just need to send any text message to raise funds
  • Call: Just like with texting, customers raise funds simply by talking on the phone
  • Twitter: Tweet with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk
  • Facebook: Watch Bell's Let's Talk Day video or use the Bell Let's Talk Facebook frame
  • Instagram: Watch Bell's Let's Talk Day video
  • Snapchat: Watch Bell's Let's Talk Day video or send a snap using the Bell Let's Talk geofilter

Visit letstalk.bell.ca for more information.


About Bell: Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing broadband wireless, TV, Internet and business communication services from Bell Canada, Bell Aliant and Bell MTS. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca or BCE.ca.

Changes to Public Mobile Legacy/Pioneer Rate Plans

January 10, 2018  by Ayla Ylanen
Public Mobile logo


Customers who joined Public Mobile before January 27, 2015 have what is known is a Legacy or Pioneer type rate plan. Pioneer customers are the only Public Mobile subscribers that have access to a 1-855-4PUBLIC call center for support, while more recent customers access support through an online forum.

Since the number of active Legacy/Pioneer accounts is slowly dwindling, the costs of maintaining call service support are increasing. In light of this, on February 15th Public Mobile is raising the price of all Legacy/Pioneer rate plans. These plans include:
  • $22 Province-Wide Talk
  • $28 Canada-Wide Talk + Text
  • $43 Canada-Wide Talk + Text + 1GB Data
  • $48 Canadian & U.S. Talk + Text + 1GB Data
  • $63 Canadian & U.S. Talk + Text + 2GB Data
Customers with any other rate plans will not be impacted by this price increase. To learn more about the specifics of this change visit publicmobile.ca/serviceupdate.

If any Pioneer customers are unhappy with this change, they can switch to PM's TELUS-owned sister company Koodo and get a similar rate plan there for the same price. This offer runs from January 10th until February 9th, 2018.


About Public Mobile: "Public Mobile is a self-serve, prepaid Canadian mobile brand launched on March 18, 2010 and acquired by TELUS in October 2013. Public Mobile was one of several new cellphone providers, which launched in Canada after a government initiative to encourage competition in the wireless sector." - Wikipedia

Source: Public Mobile

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is Upon Us

January 5, 2018  by Ayla Ylanen

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show - better known as CES - starts this Sunday so prepare yourselves for an overwhelming amount of cool new technology from mobile and other electronics companies like LG and Samsung. Here's the schedule of just some of what is to come in artificial intelligence, IoT, smart homes and cars, virtual reality, augmented reality and everything else. The full schedule can be found at the CES official website.

Sunday, January 7


  • 1:30 - 1:45 pm @ Mandalay Bay, Level 2, Reef A : VROrbit
  • 2:00 - 3:00 pm @ Mandalay Bay, Level 2, Reef B&C : Living in Digital Times: All You Need to Know About 2018 Lifestyle Tech in One Spot
  • 3:00 - 3:45 pm @ Mandalay Bay, Level 2, Mandalay Bay E : Byton
  • 4:00 - 4:45 pm @ Mandalay Bay, Level 2, Oceanside B : 2018 Tech Trends to Watch
  • 8:00 - 9:30 pm @ MGM, Grand Conference Center : Nvidia


Monday, January 8


  • 10:15 - 11:15 am @ Tech East, LVCC, North Hall, N258 : Gaming: The Killer AR/VR App
  • 10:15 - 11:15 am @ Tech East, LVCC, North Hall, N261 : The New Normal in Smartphones
  • 2:00 - 2:45 pm @ Mandalay Bay, Level 2, Mandalay G : Samsung
  • 3:00 - 3:45 pm @ Mandalay Bay, Level 2, Lagoon K : Qualcomm
  • 5:00 - 5:45 pm @ Tech East, LVCC, Central Hall, 1733 : Sony


Tuesday, January 9


  • 9:00 - 11:15 am @ Tech West, Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4302 : The New World of Digital Payments
  • 2:00 - 3:00 pm @ Tech West, Venetian, Level 5, Palazzo Ballroom : Huawei Keynote Address
  • 2:15 - 3:15 pm @ Tech West, Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4304 : Pumping Technology: The High Tech Gym Rat
  • 3:30 - 4:30 pm @ Tech East, LVCC, North Hall, N258 : Social Media Transforms Entertainment Marketing
  • 4:15 - 5:15 pm @ Tech West, Venetian, Level 4, Marcello 4405 : Health and Wellness in the Smart Home


Wednesday, January 10


  • 8:45 - 11:15 am @ Tech West, Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4302 : The Changing Business of Play and Learning
  • 9:00 - 10:00 am @ Tech East, LVCC, North Hall, N261 : All Eyes on Augmented Reality
  • 9:00 - 10:00 am @ Tech East, LVCC, North Hall, N253 : Let's Go Humans: Celebrating Life-Changing Tech
  • 9:00 - 10:00 am @ Tech East, LVCC, North Hall, N262 : Amazon's Quest for Alexa to be Everywhere
  • 9:00 - 10:15 am @ Tech East, Westgate, Level 1, Pavilion 9 : Autonomous Vehicles in the Cities of Tomorrow


Thursday, January 11


  • 9:00 - 11:00 am @ Tech East, LVCC, North Hall, N262 : Advanced Alexa Skill Building: Conversation and Memory Conference
  • 10:15 - 11:15 am @ Tech East, LVCC, North Hall, N258 : The Future of AI
  • 10:15 - 11:15 am @ Tech West, Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4302 : The Wearable Workforce
  • 11:30 - 1:30 pm @ Tech East, LVCC, North Hall, N262 : How to Build an Alexa Gadget!
  • 5:00 - 7:00 pm @ Tech West, Venetian, Venetian Tower, Suite 29-324 : What is Hi-Fi?


Friday, January 12


  • 9:00 - 4:00 pm @ Tech West, Ventian, Ballroom E/F : Innovation Awards Showcase, Day 4
  • 11:00 - 11:45 am @ Tech West, Sands, Halls A-D, 45222 : Between Sports and Esports
  • 12:00 - 12:30 pm @ Tech West, Sands, Halls A-D, 45222 : The OTT Revolution
  • 12:45 - 1:15 pm @ Tech West, Samds. Halls A-D, 45222 : Athletes Influencing Tech
  • 10:30 pm - 4:00 am @ Tech West, Venetian, TAO Nightclub : CES Closing Party


Source & Image Credit: CES

Here's the New Limited Edition OnePlus 5T in Sandstone White

January 4, 2018  by Ayla Ylanen
OnePlus 5T Sandstone White Variant

The midrange flagship smartphone OnePlus 5T launched in November last year, and until today has only been available in a "Midnight Black" finish. A "Sandstone White" variant has just been unveiled, and comes with 128 GB of internal storage and 8 GB of RAM. The texture is different from the Midnight Black version but otherwise the specifications and price - $729 Canadian - are identical.

Sales will launch at OnePlus' website on January 9th.



"One of the Best Midrange Phones is Even Better in White" by Gizmodo
OnePlus 5T review by Gizmodo

OnePlus 5T Review by C-net: "OnePlus 5T gets a cool new sandstone white look"
OnePlus 5T review by C-net


About OnePlus:  "It all started in the winter of 2013 with a simple, bold idea: make a better phone. But, not just a better phone – a better way of doing things. A new kind of tech company that works hand in hand with users to do something amazing, something meaningful. We gather exceptional talent from all over the world with various backgrounds, beliefs, and perspectives, but we all share one common dream: change things for the better and leave a mark on the world. We pursue the highest standards professionally, personally, and ethically. Empowered by a bold mindset, we create products that transcend geography, customs and cultures. We always strive for improvement and aim to provide the best value to our users. Remaining introspective, we look to improve ourselves before demanding or criticizing others. Believing that great products raise people’s living standards and spread happiness, we bring technology back to the community by building an open and collaborative platform. Fame and profits alone seldom equal respect. Respect comes from doing right things the right way and building something that matters. We are dreamers who always reach for the most ambitious goals. We are enthusiasts who love what we do. Most importantly, we Never Settle." - OnePlus

Images Credit and Source: OnePlus

2018 Smartphones to Look Forward to

January 2, 2018  by Ayla Ylanen
Happy New Year all!

2018 should be an interesting and innovative year in the world of mobile technology. With 5G networks looming near, improvements to facial recognition technology and virtual assistants, and constant design improvements, some great phones are sure to come in the near future. Here's a quick peak at some of the flagship smartphones we can probably expect to see in 2018:


Huawei P20 (And P20 Plus)
Expected Release Date: January

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
Expected Release Date: February

OnePlus 6
Expected Release Date: March

Samsung Galaxy Note9
Expected Release Date: August

Apple iPhone 11
Expected Release Date: September

Google Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL
Expected Release Date: October

OnePlus 6T
Expected Release Date: November


Five Best Smartphones of 2017

December 20, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
Top 5 Smartphones 2017

Continuing our wrap up of 2017, we've picked the five best Smartphones released this year. Of the 38 phones released in Canada this year we feel that these are the best of the bunch. Compare all five right now through our site by clicking here.


Apple iPhone X


Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone X is packed with innovative technology that would be impossible to exclude from our list.
  • 5.8" Super Retina HD Display
  • Capable of wireless charging with Qi chargers
  • Facial recognition technology and Animoji
  • Available at Bell and Bell MTS Mobility, EastLink, Fido, Freedom Mobile, Koodo Mobile, PC Mobile, Rogers, SaskTel, Tbaytel, TELUS, Videotron and Virgin Mobile
  • Released in November

Apple iPhone 8


The iPhone 8 - and 5.5" iPhone 8 Plus - utilize Apple's latest operating system, iOS 11.
  • 4.7" Retina HD Display
  • Compatible with AR Kit
  • Dual 12 MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras with Dual OIS, HDR, quad-LED True Tone flash, optical zoom and 10x digital zoom, plus a 7 MP front-facing camera
  • Available at Bell and Bell MTS Mobility, EastLink, Fido, Freedom Mobile, Koodo Mobile, PC Mobile, Rogers, SaskTel, Tbaytel, TELUS, Videotron and Virgin Mobile
  • Released in September

Samsung Galaxy S8


Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices feature bezel-less Quad HD+ "Infinity" displays to get the most out of your screen space.
  • Dual Pixel 12 MP camera with an f/1.7 aperture, plus an 8 MP front-facing camera
  • Fast and wireless charging capabilities
  • Facial recognition technology to quickly unlock your device
  • Available at Bell and Bell MTS Mobility, EastLink, Fido, Freedom Mobile, Koodo Mobile, PC Mobile, Rogers, SaskTel, Tbaytel, TELUS, Videotron, Virgin Mobile
  • Released in April

Samsung Galaxy Note8


Samsung's Galaxy Note8 comes with an S Pen Stylus so that you can take notes, send messages and much more in your own handwriting.
  • 6.3" Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display
  • Iris scanning for airtight security
  • IP68 water and dust resistance rating
  • Available at Bell and Bell MTS Mobility, EastLink, Freedom Mobile, Koodo Mobile, Rogers, SaskTel, Tbaytel, TELUS, Videotron
  • Released in September

Pixel 2 XL Phone by Google


Google's Pixel 2 XL comes with a built-in Google Assistant to make your life easier.
  • 6.0" QHD+ pOLED display
  • Compatible with Google's Daydream Virtual Reality
  • Pixel Imprint back-mounted fingerprint sensor for quick unlocking
  • Available at Bell, Fido, Freedom Mobile, Koodo Mobile, Rogers, TELUS, Videotron
  • Released in September

Need to see them side by side? Compare the Apple iPhone X, Apple iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy Note8 and Pixel 2 XL Phone by Google

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