T-Mobile REVVL PLUS Launched in the US Today

November 17, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
T-Mobile REVVL Plus smartphone

Back in August, T-Mobile launched their own budget smartphone, the T-Mobile Revvl. Today they have followed up with the T-Mobile Revvl Plus. The devices are similar, both having a fingerprint sensor, running Android Nougat operating system, loaded with 32GB of internal memory and 2GB of RAM, and have expandable memory up to 128GB with a microSD card. The Plus comes with a few enhancements including:
  • Larger 6.0" 1920 x 1080 pixels display
  • Dual 13 MP and 5 MP rear cameras
  • Upgraded 8 MP front-facing camera
  • More powerful 3380 mAh battery

See full specifications for the Revvl Plus.

The Revvl Plus is available in a black finish with details in T-Mobile's signature magenta shade of pink. Unlike the original Revvl, the Revvl Plus is branded with T-Mobile's logo on the back.

US subscribers can get the REVVL PLUS for $0 down and $9 per month on an 18-month lease agreement.

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

Bell's Roam Better has the New Option of Home Data

November 15, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
Bell Mobility Logo in Vancouver BC

As of today, Bell subscribers can pick from either the pre-existing Roam Better 100 MB add-on or the new Roam Better Home Data option. The old Roam Better with 100 MB option comes with unlimited talk and text and 100 MB of data on top of the data included with a regular monthly plan. It costs $5 for travel in the US, or $10 in over 135 international destinations.

The new Roam Better with Home Data option also has unlimited talk and text, but uses data that is already included in the user's monthly plan. The new option costs $6 for travel in the US, or $12 for international locations. This option could potentially save heavy data-users a lot off their bills while travelling.

All Roam Better add-ons are active for 24 hours. They are all compatible with most Bell monthly mobile plans, including Share plans, Voice and Text only plans and Small Business plans. If you plan to travel to a location not covered by Roam Better you will need to look into a Travel Pass.

Subscribers can activate Roam Better at any point in time, and will only be charged once they actually roam. To activate, just text "ROAM" to 8000 for Roam Better with Home Data, or text "ROAM100" to 7626 for Roam Better with 100 MB.

You can view all of the add-ons at bell.ca/mobility/roam-better or at our Add-Ons section of CompareCellular.ca.

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.

Source: Bell Mobility

Videotron Hits 1 Million Mobile Customers Milestone

November 8, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
Videotron 1 Million Customers Milestone

Since Videotron first joined the Quebec's mobile marketplace back in September 2010, they have grown steadily and have gathered a large and very pleased customer base. As of today they have 1 million customers just in their mobile phone subscriptions.

"As we look back over the road we have travelled since our launch in 2010, we are filled with pride. A million thanks to our clients. They are the ones who push us to do better every day. This is an important milestone for Videotron and for each of its 6,500 employees, without whom this ambitious project would not have been possible," said Manon Brouillette, President and CEO of Videotron.

Some Stats on Videotron's Network to date:
  • The network rated highest by eastern Canadian users for the 3rd year in a row, according to J.D. Power;
  • More than $2 billion invested since 2008;
  • 1,000 jobs created, out of a total of more than 6,500 employees;
  • Coverage area of more than 82,315 km2;
  • Covers 898 municipalities in Québec and 20 in Ontario;
  • 130 points of sale.

“As the world becomes ever more connected and mobile, the telecommunications industry is entering a decisive phase. We are determined to be on the front lines and to continue innovating to meet the many challenges that lie ahead,” Manon Brouillette continued.

Videotron has plans to continue expanding and improving; densifying network coverage, investing in the upcoming 5G and IoT revolution, working with Quebec's Open-Air Laboratory for Smart Living and keeping on top of technology as we move forward.

About Videotron: "Videotron, 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. Videotron 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, Videotron 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. Videotron 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, Videotron 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, Videotron ranked as Québec's most respected telecommunications company in the annual Léger survey." - Videotron

Source: Videotron

Public Mobile is Giving 1 GB Bonus Data for Referrals

November 8, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
Public Mobile logo

If you refer a friend to Public Mobile's network before November 20th, both you and your friend can get 1 GB of bonus data on your 30 or 90-day plans. You can refer up to 5 friends during this promotion, so could potentially get 5 GB of bonus data for yourself.

The type of data you get will be the same speed as what your account currently has; 3G plans will get 1GB of 3G data, and 4G LTE plans will get 4G LTE bonus data. Plans with no data will get 4G LTE data by default.

The small print:
  • Your friend needs to activate their plan before the promotion period ends on November 20th.
  • Your friend can activate their Public Mobile SIM card at activate.publicmobile.ca
  • On the referral page, your friend should enter your Public Mobile phone number to activate the bonus referral data for you both.

If you a refer a friend you will also get a $1 credit off of your monthly bill for as long your friend's Public Mobile account remains active.

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

BlackBerry Motion will be Available in Canada Next Week

November 3, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
TCL Communications unvelied the BlackBerry Motion earlier this month, and have confirmed that it will be launching in Canada on November 10th. This is TCL's first BlackBerry smartphone to receive an IP67 water and dust resistance rating. It is quite similar to the KEYone, with an Android 7.1 Nougat operating system, 32GB of internal storage, and 4GB of RAM, but costs about $100 less. BlackBerry Motion is what you would expect of a business-focused BlackBerry device, but has a 5.5" touchscreen rather than a physical Qwerty keyboard.

Key Features:

  • Made for privacy - Not everything is meant to be shared. Protect the private details of your life, both work and personal. Use the Private Zone to lock away photos, messages, and confidential documents in a secure zone that can be accessed with the Fingerprint Sensor. Use Privacy Share to prevent people around you from seeing private and sensitive content on your screen.

  • Made for efficiency - With the Smart Convenience Key you can customize to bring up apps and functions you use most often. Now you can further customize based on where you are; in the car, at home, or at work.
  • Impressive photos in any light  - 12 MP main camera with large pixel auto-focus, 8 MP front camera with wide angle lens and flash, 4K video recording, and a built-in scanner to save digital copies of documents or receipts.


See full specifications for BlackBerry Motion

Compare BlackBerry Motion and BlackBerry KEYONE

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Availability & Pricing:  

Bell Mobility | Available November 11th!
  • Full price:  $599.99
  • On a 2-year term:  $99.00
Koodo | Coming soon!
  • Full price:  $605.00
  • On a Tab Large plan:  $100.00
SaskTel | Coming soon!
  • Full price:  $599.99
  • On a 2-year Premium Plan:  $99.00
TELUS | Coming soon!
  • Full price:  $605.00
  • On a 2-year Premium Plan:  $100.00 

About BlackBerry:  "BlackBerry smartphones are manufactured, marketed and sold globally under a brand licensing agreement with TCL Communication. As a top-10 global smartphone manufacturer, TCL Communication’s portfolio of products – which include Alcatel, BlackBerry and TCL branded devices – are currently sold in over 160 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Headquarter in Hong Kong, TCL Communication operates nine R&D centers worldwide, employing more than 13,500 people across the globe. For more information on BlackBerry smartphones from TCL Communication, please visit BlackBerryMobile.com."
Source:  BlackBerry

Squeezable HTC U11 Life is in Canada Today

November 2, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
 HTC U11 Life
The HTC U11 Plus probably won't make it to Canada - or even to the US, but we do get the HTC U11 Life! For under $500 Canadian, this smartphone rocks many of the same features as the original U11 and is hard to ignore.
It looks just like the U11 and even comes in the same Sapphire Blue finish as the U11. It also feature's HTC's signature "Edge Sense" which launches apps and performs other functions with a squeeze applied to the edge of the device. An IP67 water and dust resistance rating is also shared with the more expensive original U11. If you're wondering why the U11 Life is so much cheaper; it is more compact, with a 5.2" display and a lower 1080p resolution, has an acrylic back panel rather than Corning Gorilla Glass 5, a 2600 mAh battery rather than 3000 mAh, and has smaller storage and RAM options; 32GB with 3GB RAM (and a US version with 64GB and 4GB RAM).
U11 Life launches today with Android 7.1 Nougat, but an Android 8.0 Oreo update is coming later this month.

Key Features:

  • Edge Sense - A simple squeeze now lets you do more than ever before. Launching your camera is incredibly fast. Just pick up your phone and squeeze. Another squeeze and you’ve just captured a magical moment. No more fumbling for buttons or awkward hand positions. A squeeze also lets you switch easily and smoothly between the front and main cameras.

  • Amazing Photos in any Weather - With HTC U11 life’s weather resistant IP67 rated package, Edge Sense lets you snap great photos with a simple squeeze even when there is dust, rain or snow coming at you.

  • Powerful, Not Power Hungry - HTC U11 life powered by the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 630 mobile platform gives you the performance you’d expect from a top-notch mobile processor. Though it’s amazingly small at 14nm, it packs a powerful punch providing you crystal clear graphics, seamless streaming of hi-def movies or staying connected at ridiculously fast speeds on less battery power. 
  • A salute to the beauty of HTC U11  - A continuation of our liquid surface design philosophy. Inspired by the beauty and grace of glass, HTC U11 life incorporates an acrylic glass back surface that’s pleasing to the eye. The phone is crafted to impress using Optical Spectrum Hybrid Deposition. By layering highly-refractive precious minerals across the phone’s back cover, we’ve created stunningly vivid colorsv that transform light with every movement you make.
HTC U11 Life Hero


See full specifications for HTC U11 Life

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Availability & Pricing: 

HTC Canada | Available now!
  • Full price $449.00 
Canadian carrier pricing still TBA

HTC's U11 Life is most of the U11 for a Lower Price

 HTC's new Midrange Phone Proves the Company isn't Dead Yet (Gizmodo)

HTC's new midrange phone proves the company isn't dead yet

The HTC U11 Life Crams Flagship Features into a Cheaper Body (engadget)

The HTC U11 Life crams flagship features into a cheaper body

About Google:  "HTC brings brilliance to life through leading innovation in smart mobile device and experience design. Beginning with a vision to put a personal computer in the palm of our customers' hands, we have led the way in the evolution from palm PC to smartphone. The Pursuit of Brilliance is at the heart of everything we do, inspiring best-in-class design and game-changing mobile experiences for consumers around the world. At HTC, the Pursuit of Brilliance is the impulse to create, to venture into the unknown with an unwavering dedication to bring innovative design to life. It pushes us everyday to re-imagine new ways to connect the world, our consumers, and their pursuits in ways never before thought possible." - HTC
Images Credit:  HTC

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