Author: Ian Hardy

I write articles on the happenings within the Canadian wireless scene since Brick Breaker was cool. Building the wireless community is my gig and I'm probably the biggest fan of Tim Hortons in Canada.

Top Canadian mobile stories from the past week

Every week we bring you the latest in Canadian mobile news. Listed below is a quick overview of the top stories from the past seven days: Win a ‘Really Blue’ Google Pixel courtesy of Google and Rogers [Read here] Google Pixel and Pixel XL to support VoLTE over Rogers ‘soon’ [Read here] SyrupCast Podcast Ep….

Apple announces WWDC 2017 will take place June 5 – 9

Apple announced today that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will happen on June 5th to the 9th in San Jose, California. “Technology alone is not enough. Technology must intersect with the liberal arts and the humanities, to create new ideas and experiences that push society forward. This summer we bring together thousands of brilliant…

CRTC extends online discussion about the Wireless Code until February 20

As part of the ongoing review of the Wireless Code, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) offered all Canadians the ability to participate and voice their opinions through an online discussion board. A request from accessibility group Deaf Wireless Canada Committee (DWCC) has been granted, resulting in the CRTC extending the participation date until February…

Xplornet to launch LTE network in Manitoba, says ‘new competition is coming’

Rural broadband service provider Xplornet is ramping up plans to launch its LTE wireless network, noting “new competition is coming.” On the heels of the Bell-MTS acquisition approval, Xplornet says it is “finalizing its plans” that will give “more mobile choice to all Manitobans.” As part of the agreement by the Innovation, Science and Economic…

Top Canadian mobile stories from the past week

Every week we bring you the latest in Canadian mobile news. Listed below is a quick overview of the top stories from the past seven days: 4 tips to help new Fire Emblem Heroes players get the most out of the game [Read here] Telus Q4 2016 Earnings [Read here] How to avoid bill shock…

Nexus 6P, Nexus 6 and BlackBerry Priv reach ‘End of Life’ status at Telus

New smartphone season is upon us and that means 2016 flagship devices are reaching the dreaded “end of life” status. According to an internal document received by MobileSyrup, Telus is retiring BlackBerry Leap, BlackBerry Priv, Motorola Nexus 6 and the Huawei Nexus 6P, from its device lineup. It’s worth noting that all of these devices…

BlackBerry DTEK50 and DTEK60 see lovely price cuts for Valentine’s Day

BlackBerry is showing Canadians the love by cutting the price of its latest Android devices. Gearing up for the big Valentine’s Day, BlackBerry is holding a special sale that sees the DTEK50 cut from $429 to $344 CAD no-term. In addition, the DTEK60 has also been slashed by $53 to $597 CAD. Both devices are…

Top Canadian mobile stories from the past week

Every week we bring you the latest in Canadian mobile news. Listed below is a quick overview of the top stories from the past seven days: BlackBerry Mercury to include the same camera sensor as the Pixel [Read here] Nintendo is bringing its Zelda escape room experience to Canada [Read here] BlackBerry CEO John Chen…

Public Mobile tussles with Freedom Mobile in epic tweet storm

Freedom Mobile and Public Mobile customers travelling in the U.S. experienced data outages last week. While the outages have been since resolved, the episode led to a strange confrontation between the two carriers. For some reason, Public Mobile, which is owned by Telus, took to Twitter and hijacked various conversations between Freedom Mobile and its…

Leaked LG G6 image shows back with dual-camera and fingerprint sensor

LG will officially unveil its latest flagship smartphone, the G6 on February 26th at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The upcoming device follows the G5 from 2016 but drops all of that device’s modular features. A new image has surfaced that shows the LG G6 in all its glory. According to Business Insider, a “near-final…

Bell Q4 2016 Earnings: Subscriber base now at 8,468,872, $1.88b in revenue

Bell has announced its Q4 2016 results and once again the telecom and media company recorded strong revenues in wireless. Bell’s wireless operating revenue increased 6.4 percent over the same period last year to $1.88 billion CAD. The company directly attributed the results to more postpaid subscribers and higher blended Average Revenue Per User (ARPU)…

Telus registers Digital City trademark to expand IoT focus

Telus launched its IoT Marketplace in 2014 to help Canadian businesses accelerate the adoption of Internet of Things. The carrier has progressively made strides across Canada that encourages companies to be smarter and more connected, specifically in transportation with geolocation for trucks, in retail wireless POS in retail, and by also offering managed Wi-Fi and…

Two long press tips that make Twitter for iOS faster

Twitter has over 319 million users around the world and recently made a number of changes to the layout of its platform. While many are waiting for the social network to tackle abuse, Twitter has changed the way users interact with its app by combining Moments, search and live video into a new Explore tab….

Telus pushes back CDMA network shutdown to May 31st, 2017

Last month, Telus informed subscribers that it would shut down its legacy CDMA network on January 31st. At the time, the carrier said its reason for shuttering the network was because “of the limited availability of the CDMA equipment required to maintain it,” adding that it had mostly replaced CDMA with “newer, faster and more reliable…

HTC’s Jason Mackenzie and Leon Rosenzwaig depart the company

Confirming the news on Twitter, HTC’s global executive vice president announced that he is departing the company effective today. In a statement sent to the MobileSyrup, the company said said, “HTC can confirm that Jason Mackenzie has left the Company. We appreciate his considerable contribution to HTC, and wish him well in his future endeavours….

Freedom Mobile and Public Mobile customers experiencing US data roaming outage [Update]

Freedom Mobile recently removed T-Mobile as a roaming partner in the United States to have AT&T be its sole provider. However, it seems those currently travelling south of the border are having a challenge using data with Freedom’s AT&T-only roaming agreement. Freedom customers have been complaining about an AT&T data outage for several days on…

Fitbit might be cutting as much as 10 percent of its workforce

Following the acquisition of Pebble and Vector Watch, Fitbit is rumoured to have plans to slash up to 10 percent of its workforce. According to a report from The Information, the wearable tech company is set to announce disappointing fourth-quarter results tomorrow. What could be taken as a sign of a slowdown of customers purchasing…

Top Canadian mobile stories from the past week

Every week we bring you the latest in Canadian mobile news. Listed below is a quick overview of the top stories from the past seven days: Samsung says Note 7 overheating was caused by battery issues [Read here] Samsung will not unveil the Galaxy S8 at Mobile World Congress [Read here] Telus leads Rogers and…