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 SaskTel.com.
 

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 sasktel.com.
 
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." -  Essential.com

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.

Ice Wireless Continues to Innovate with Help From Parallel Wireless

August 3, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
 
 
US-based Parallel Wireless announced today that they have partered up with Canadian Ice Wireless to help with the deployment of a 4G LTE Advanced wireless network in remote regions of northern Canada. Parallel Wireless' multi-technology network solution has already been successfully deployed, and Ice Wireless will be able to continue upgrades quicker and more cost-efficiently.
 
"Our decision to partner with Parallel Wireless was driven by our joint vision of connecting the unconnected. We are committed to providing our customers – regardless of location – with the best possible communications experience so they can continue to thrive. The tricky thing with bringing the Internet to the next billion is that solutions need to be very cost-effective and easy to deploy," said Samer Bishay, President and CEO, Iristel & Ice Wireless. "This new partnership strengthens our leadership in the cellular market and allows us to establish connections to better the world. Parallel Wireless outstanding combination of technical expertise, proven systems integration, and excellent service and support makes them the ideal partner to help us achieve our goals.”
 
"Almost 4 billion people in the world are still unconnected. They are missing out on the ways the Internet helps to connect with family and friends, get education, run businesses, acquire better career opportunities, enjoy entertainment and much more. The remote users want the entire Internet experience, not just a sliver of it," said Steve Papa, founder and CEO, Parallel Wireless. "At Parallel Wireless, we are constantly expanding and updating our portfolio to help deliver this Internet experience to every single person. As a communications leader and technology innovator, Ice Wireless shares our passion for connecting the worldwide population. We look forward to supporting Ice Wireless and its customers way into the future.” 
 
Learn about Ice Wireless' recent work from our March article.

 
About Ice Wireless:  "Ice Wireless is a facilities-based mobile network operator that delivers state-of-the-art LTE-A technology to rural and remote areas of Northern Canada. Ice Wireless was launched in Inuvik, Northwest Territories in 2005. The Ice network covers 75% of the population of the Yukon and Northwest Territories and also provides service to Iqaluit, Nunavut and Northern Quebec." icewireless.com
 
About Parallel Wireless, Inc.:  "Parallel Wireless is on a mission to connect the 4 billion unconnected people by reimagining the architecture of cellular infrastructure. The reimagined architecture enables operators to deploy any G cellular networks as easily and as cost-effectively as enterprise Wi-Fi whether for rural, enterprise, public safety, M2M, Smart Cities, or dense urban. The company is in production on six continents and engaged with many leading operators worldwide. Parallel Wireless' innovation and excellence has been recognized with 31 industry awards." parallelwireless.com
 

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