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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.