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.

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…

HTC 10 Android 7.0 update now rolling out in Canada

After receiving updates to the HTC One M8 and One M9, HTC 10 owners have been patiently waiting for the notification that Android 7.0 is available to download. Now, Nougat is finally available to Canadians HTC 10 owners. So far, only Bell owners have received the update, though other carriers should soon follow. If you haven’t seen…

Rogers expects Joseph Natale to take position as CEO in July

Guy Laurence stepped down from his post as CEO and president of Rogers on October 17th, 2016. At the time, Rogers Chairman Alan Horn stepped up to serve as Interim President and CEO until ex-Telus CEO Joseph Natale’s non-compete expired. Rogers announced its Q4 quarterly earnings today and stated Natale could officially be on board…

Virgin Mobile re-introduces Quebec-only monthly plans

According to internal documents we received, Virgin Mobile has re-introduced some of its plans prior to 2016 ending. These are not advertised online and Virgin notes that its sales team “can think of it as our little secret to seal the deal (shh).” However, we have them listed below and there are a few caveats…

Samsung confirms the Galaxy Note brand will continue with the Note 8

It looks like Samsung’s Galaxy Note line of smartphones will continue. “I will bring back a better, safer and very innovative Note 8,” said D.J Koh, Samsung’s mobile chief, in an interview with CNET. Following its recall of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung has announced that its beleaguered smartphone’s difficulties were caused by faulty batteries and…

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: TVO becomes first Canadian broadcaster to stream a daily program via Periscope on Twitter [Read here] Freedom Mobile selects AT&T as its sole roaming partner in the United States…

Unlocked BlackBerry Priv now $450, DTEK50 and DTEK60 also discounted

BlackBerry launched its first Android-powered smartphone, the Priv, in Canada on November 6th, 2015. Since this date, BlackBerry has released two other Android devices — DTEK50 and DTEK60 — with plans for the ‘Mercury‘ sometime this year. Now well over a year old, the Priv has seen several price drops and the latest comes from…

Tim Hortons and Burger King to launch mobile order and pay feature this Spring

Tim Hortons is the greatest place on Earth and it seems its tech game will be fully baked this Spring. Following Starbucks Canada, Tim Hortons and Burger King, which are owned by Restaurant Brands International, will launch a mobile app that gives customers the option to order and pay in advance for food or beverages…

Amazon Canada offering ‘Back to University’ deals on tech

We’re guessing Amazon is looking for a reason to discount some tech after the holidays, or possibly make back some of the money it owes the Competition Bureau, as it is now holding a one day ‘Back to University’ deals with deep price cuts on select computers, tablets, accessories, games and gear. Here is round-up…

Freedom Mobile selects AT&T as its sole roaming partner in the United States

Shaw-owned Freedom Mobile, previously known as Wind Mobile, recently announced its quarterly earning and reported wireless revenues of $138 million CAD, ARPU of $36.84, and a small jump in subscribers to reach 1,052,758. The most important milestone for the carrier in the last three months was the successful launch of its ‘traffic-free’ LTE network in…

Samsung to reveal why the Galaxy Note 7 caught fire on January 23rd, says report

During CES 2017, Tim Baxter, president and COO of Samsung Electronics America, stated the company is “reflecting” and “listening” to its customers after the unfortunate Galaxy Note 7 battery issues, Samsung is “recommitting to [its] customers in 2017” and will continue “building on [its] heritage to reach higher for you.” Baxter According to a new report…

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: Welcome to MobileSyrup 3.0 [Read here] Intel’s Project Alloy Hands-on: Shooting drones in merged reality [Read here] BlackBerry partners with Giuliani security consulting firm [Read here] A look at…

BlackBerry DTEK50 and Priv scheduled to receive security update on January 16th

According to the latest software update schedule from both Rogers and Telus, the Android-powered BlackBerry DTEK50 and BlackBerry Priv are scheduled to be updated with security improvements on January 16th. Unfortunately, the finer details are not known but will probably be the usual performance, stability improvements, and vague bug fixes from the previous OS upgrade….