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.

Win an LG X Power!

The LG X Power recently launched in Canada at an affordable $250 off contract. LG’s latest smartphone packs a massive 4,100 mAh battery. Interested in winning this mid-range Android beast? It’s simple: follow the instructions below. Win a LG X Power! Aside from its massive 4,100mAh battery, the LG X Power is a Marshmallow device…

Note 7 pre-orders generate ‘huge response,’ says Samsung Canada

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 7 last week and stated the phone will be available in Canada on August 19th. The 5.7-inch Marshmallow-powered Android will be launch with most Canadians carriers, including Bell, Telus, Rogers, Wind, Eastlink, Videotron, Koodo, for $1049.99 without a term and as low as $0 on contract. Pre-orders are currently live and…

Vidéotron to unveil new monthly plans designed for heavy data users [Update]

Vidéotron recently announced its Q2 results, revealing that the telecom has increased its subscriber base to 828,900, a jump of 33,200 over the last last three months. Heading into the busy back-to-school season, the carrier has revealed a revamp of its plan offerings. Vidéotron will release four new options for heavy data users tomorrow, August…

Rogers One Number is no longer available for new sign-ups

Launched back in 2011, Rogers One Number allowed customers to use VoIP calling for $10 per month. Now, according to Rogers’ website, “One Number is no longer available for new sign-ups.” Rogers One Number is a VoIP service that allows users with poor or no cellular service to make calls from a phone number associated with…

Moto Z will cost $900 off contract when it launches in Canada

It looks like the Moto Z — which was officially unveiled during Lenovo Tech World back in June — will soon make its way to Canada. We have received word that Motorola’s latest smartphone will retail for $899.99 no-term when it launches in Canada through the company’s carrier partners. For now, we can confirm that Bell will add…

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. Tangerine and PC Financial rollout support for Apple Pay [Read here] Gear 360 Hands-on: Samsung finally lets its 360 camera out to play [Read here] The Android Nougat-powered LG…

HTC Desire 530 now available at Wind Mobile and Videotron

HTC’s entry-level Desire 530 can be purchased unlocked through the company’s online store, or can now be bought from both Wind Mobile and Quebec-based Videotron. The Desire 530 features a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage with a 5-inch 720p display. HTC notes the Desire 530 also features…

Incipio has acquired fellow case maker Griffin for an undisclosed amount of money

Incipio today announced it has acquired fellow accessory manufacturer Griffin Technology, best known for its Survivor brand of cases. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, though Incipio did note Griffin will continue to operate as a separate entity, with its own release schedule. “Griffin has a 25-year history of designing, manufacturing and distributing iconic mobile accessories. As part of…

SyrupCast 81: Galaxy Note 7 and the Hub+ life

On this episode of the SyrupCast we talk about the new Galaxy Note 7 from Samsung. In addition, we speak about how BlackBerry is offering its Hub technology to Android 6.0 users, which could be the company setting itself up for a life beyond hardware. We also venture into a discussion about the recent $1.3…

Microsoft Canada discounts Lumia 950XL and Lumia 950 to $649 and $599

Microsoft has come back to the table with another price drop for its Windows 10-powered Lumia 950XL and Lumia 950 devices. While not as good as its previous promotion, those interested can now purchase either the flagship Microsoft’s 950XL for $649 or the smaller 950 for $599, a savings of $200 and $150, respectively. In addition, Microsoft is offering up a free…

Telus Q2 2016: wireless revenues top $1.6 billion, subscribers reach 8.4 million

Telus has reported its Q2 2016 results today and has confidently held its position as Canada’s second largest wireless carrier with 8.4 million subscribers. As for wireless revenues, Canada’s second largest telecom accumulated $1.6 billion for the quarter, which is an increase of 40 million or 2.6 percent over the same time last year. Wireless…

Marshmallow is now powering over 15.2 percent of Android devices

Google has revealed that 15.2 percent of Android device are now running Marshmallow. New Nexus devices are en route, currently known as the HTC Nexus ‘Sailfish’ and ‘Marlin,’ which are tipped to run Android 7.0 Nougat. In addition, LG has confirmed it will be releasing the V20 running Android Nougat in Q3. Source: Google

Bell reports strong Q2 2016 results, wireless subscriber base now tops 8,280,000

Bell has reported a strong Q2 2016 in terms of both revenues and subscribers. According to George Cope, president and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada, the positive earnings are a direct result of the company executing its strategy with “positive momentum in broadband TV and Internet, media and especially wireless.” Specifically for wireless, Bell…

MTS Q2 2016 results show 484,021 wireless subscribers, down 2.5 percent from last year

According to MTS’ Q2 2016 financial statements, MTS showed its overall revenues of $252.3 million, up $1.6 million, representing an increase of 0.6 percent from the same period a year ago. MTS notes this is a direct result of “information solutions revenues, and strong subscriber growth translating into higher internet services revenues.” As for wireless,…

Alcatel Idol 4 Canadian launch set for Q3 with multiple carriers

The Alcatel Idol 4 and Idol 4S were announced in February during Mobile World Congress. While these mid-range Android devices come with respective 5.2 and 5.5-inch displays, only one will makes its way to Canada in the coming weeks. Rick Leitao, Director, Canada for Alcatel, North America, stated to MobileSyrup, “We can confirm that our…

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 specs, pricing and Canadian availability

The Galaxy Note 7 is now official and Samsung has once again updated the leader of its phablet flagship with improved specs and noticeable enhancements. As previously reported, Samsung is skipping past the Note 6 branding with the Note 7 brining the device in-line with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Canadians will be able…