Almost eleven months ago, the entry-level BlackBerry Q5 was released in Canada. The device resembled a QWERTY BlackBerry Q10, but sported a plastic body with squared-off corners. With the new wave of BlackBerry devices upon us, it seems that Bell is making space on its shelves, giving the Q5 an “End of Life” notice.
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Every week we bring you the latest in Canadian mobile news. Below is a quick overview of the top stories from the past seven days.
Another exclusive smartphone is heading to Bell this month. The ZTE Grand X, a 5-inch 720p device with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 5MP rear camera and 1MP front-facing camera, will arrive in Canada on July 29th. While the device might not be for everyone, the specs are something to consider for the price, which is a respectable $149.95 no-term. The
Apple launched its latest iPads, the Air and Mini with Retina Display, in October of last year. Apart from being available directly from Apple, many Canadian carriers decided to begin selling the tablets this past June. And, better last than never, regional carriers SaskTel and MTS have announced plans to launch the iPad Air with Wi-Fi + Cellular
LG declared last week that the new G3 will start arriving at Canadian carriers on August 1st. This new flagship smartphone will be available at Rogers, Bell, MTS, SaskTel and Videotron and Canadians will only see the Metallic Black colour option available at launch. LG and the carriers have been secretive on the price points,
The BlackBerry Passport was officially announced last month and the company has been promoting its design all over the place, even going as far as to say “We’ve been living in a rectangular world for quite some time… it’s Hip to be Square.” Apart from the design, BlackBerry has also embedded a 3-row “touch-enabled keyboard”
Microsoft cutting 18,000 jobs, 70% will be from its acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services division
Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s new CEO, is wasting no time making significant changes to the structure of the company. What was rumoured last week is now reality as Microsoft announced one if its largest employee reductions in its history. In total, a stunning 18,000, or 14% of its workforce, will be laid off or “moved on”
Struggling wireless carrier Mobilicity was recently granted creditor protection until September 26th. Upon that date, we’ll discover the fate of the company, which revealed in a court document it has 155,000 active subscribers. In what could be a early back-to-school promotion, or possibly one last kick at the can, Anthony Booth, Mobilicity’s CEO, has teased Canadians “amazing new
RBC already has its every day banking app available on Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, and now Canada’s largest bank has targeted its mobile business customers. The RBC Express Mobile app for business owners offers the ability “to stay on top of important business banking tasks.” Business owners can view balances and transactions, transfer funds
The connected home is gaining traction this year as we’ve recently seen several major acquisitions in the category. In January, Google acquired Nest for $3 billion, known for its the popular Learning Thermostat and Protect Smoke Detector. More recently, Apple announced its first Internet of Things-based projects with HomeKit. Now, according to a report on TechCrunch, Samsung has