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.

Nintendo Switch pre-orders now live in Canada for $399.99 [Update]

During the Switch keynote presentation in Tokyo, Japan, Nintendo officially announced a release date and pricing for its next video game console. The portable gaming console will be available in Canada on March 3rd for $399 through most retailers, including Best Buy, EBGames, and Amazon Canada. There is no indication as to the number of units Nintendo will…

In pictures: HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play

HTC, the manufacturer of the Google Pixel smartphones, unveiled two new smartphones that will be its leading Android devices in 2017. The HTC U Ultra and the HTC U Play are “all about U” and comes with a faster processor, better camera, and more storage when compare the HTC 10 from 2016. You can check…

HTC U Ultra vs. HTC U Play vs. HTC 10: What’s the difference?

This is a new direction for HTC, again. HTC unveiled two new smartphones with the core premise of bringing you into the device, specifically leaving the “Be Brilliant” tag line behind and ushering in “It’s all about U.” Two new smartphones, the HTC U Ultra and the HTC U Play, with a 5.7-inch and 5.2-inch…

Twitter to live stream the Presidential inauguration of Donald Trump

A new era is upon us on January 20th, 2017. Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States and Mike Pence will become the 48th Vice President of the United States. While one can watch all the political festivities unfold on TV or YouTube, Twitter is once again stretching…

LG says your ‘ideal smartphone’ will come to life, teases G6 unveiling

LG has already confirmed its next flagship smartphone will be called the G6, which follows its G5, G4, G3 and G2 predecessors. It’s already known that the G6 will feature a 5.7-inch 1440 x 2560 pixel display and shed its modular dreams. To keep enticing the masses and bring on new friends, LG has already…

Rogers is giving 2GB of free data to select customers

Rogers has over 10 million wireless subscribers and it seems to be in the giving mood. To start 2017 on the right foot, Rogers has been sending select customers a text message offering up 2GB of free data. The text simply states, “To say thanks, 2GB of data has been added to your account. Happy…

Welcome to MobileSyrup 3.0

I remember driving to Oakville at the end of 2007 thinking about starting a blog focused on the wireless industry in Canada. At the time, BlackBerry was king, Motorola was innovating with the Moto Q, Sony Ericsson was pushing music, and Nokia targeted gamers. As for the wireless carriers, Rogers was setting the stage to…

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’s Galaxy S8 might feature PC functionality when connected to a monitor [Read here] Rogers may be expanding ‘Rogers-EXT’ [Read here] 4 ways to bolster your cyber security in…

Nokia 6 officially unveiled: Android 7.0 Nougat, 5.5-inch display and 4GB RAM

Nokia’s return to the smartphone market has been rumoured for months and now we’re finally are getting our first official look at the company’s upcoming device. HMD Global secured the exclusive rights to license the Nokia brand for smartphones late last year and has announced that it will release the Nokia 6 during the first…

Here are a few tech deals from Amazon Canada

After an onslaught of holiday deals, Amazon and its partners are still offering deep discounts on various tech accessories. Here’s a selection of what we’ve found so far. AUKEY 20000mAh Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank for $22.39 [44 percent off] Speck Products CandyShell Wrap Case for iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus for $50.95 [36 percent…

TTC Wi-Fi coverage expanding past platforms and into subway tunnels in 2018

Toronto commuters will soon be able to use their wireless devices beyond the subway platform and into tunnels next year, something many riders feel is long overdue. BAI Canada, a subsidiary of Broadcast Australia, was awarded $25 million contract to rollout the TTC’s Wi-Fi network in 2013 and is now active in 51 connected stations…

Samsung Galaxy A5 confirmed to launch in Canada

Earlier this week, Samsung announced a trio of new smartphones to its lineup. Falling under mid-range Galaxy A series, Samsung unveiled the 5.7-inch Galaxy A7, 5.2-inch Galaxy A5 and the 4.7-inch Galaxy A3. Similar to the 2016 version, Canadians will only see the Galaxy A5 be available. In a statement to MobileSyrup, a Samsung Canada…

Twitter signs exclusive deal to livestream 31 PGA tournaments this year

Twitter is continuing to expand its relationship with the PGA by exclusively live streaming an additional 31 tournaments through the remainder of this golf season. Originally announced last August, those interested in tuning into a specific broadcast of a PGA tournament can simply access Twitter either logged-in and logged-out from PGATourLive.twitter.com. Twitter notes its coverage…

Samsung has shipped over 5 million Gear VR headsets, 10 million hours of video viewed

In September 2014 Samsung, in partnership with Facebook-owned Oculus, released its first virtual reality headset called the Gear VR. During the company’s keynote presentation at CES 2017, Tim Baxter, Samsung electronics America president and COO, stated that Samsung has shipped over than 5 million Gear VR headsets to customers around the world. While this is…

5.5-inch HTC One X10 leaks in new photo

Rumours point towards HTC unveiling three Android-powered smartphones in Q1 2017. What looks like the first official photo of one of these devices has just leaked. According to reputable device leaker Evan Blass, HTC will release a follow-up to the One X9 with the launch of the 5.5-inch One X10. The exact release date is…

Here’s everything we know about the BlackBerry ‘Mercury’

During CES 2017, Steve Cistulli, president and general manager of TCL Communication in North America, unveiled BlackBerry’s fourth Android-powered smartphone. Currently going by the internal codename of ‘Mercury,’ the go-to-market branding will most likely be the DTEK70, which follows the DTEK60, DTEK50, and the Priv. Mercury is set to be the first of many devices…

OnePlus 3T in Soft Gold is back in stock in Canada

OnePlus launched the follow-up to the OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 3T, on November 22nd. While the phone was small step forward, the “Never Settle” manufacturer added some substantial hardware improvements over its predecessor. Packing in a Snapdragon 821 processor, 3,400mAh battery, 16 megapixel front-facing camera, 6GB of RAM and a 1920 x 1080 pixel Optic…