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] Everything you need to know about the ‘Netflix Tax’ [Read here] Freedom Mobile forms distribution partnership…

LG G6 vs. LG G5: What’s the difference?

Following the modular G5, LG has returned to the smartphone market in 2017 with the G6. The company was not shy on details prior to the device’s official announcement at Mobile World Congress, and has no revealed plans to officially release the flagship Android in Canada this April. In a previous teaser, LG hired known industrial…

BlackBerry KEYone sign-up page goes live in Canada

TCL Communications and BlackBerry unveiled the KEYone today at Mobile World Congress. This is its fourth Android-powered smartphone, which follows the DTEK60, DTEK50 and the Priv. If you’re a loyal BlackBerry user or interested to learn about the KEYone, then you can “get first access to purchase” the physical QWERTY keyboard device by signing up…

BlackBerry KEYone vs. BlackBerry Priv: What’s the difference?

The newest smartphone from BlackBerry is the TCL-produced KEYone, formerly known to many as the Mercury. “An iconic BlackBerry smartphone made for the modern use,” said BlackBerry in its marketing material. The main feature of the Keyone is the physical QWERTY keyboard that also doubles as a fingerprint sensor as it’s embedded within the spacebar….

Watch the BlackBerry MWC 2017 keynote presentation live stream here

BlackBerry will be announcing the official name and availability of the Mercury during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The keynote presentation is happening on February 25th and starts at 7:00PM CET (6:00PM GMT, 1:00PM EST, 10:00AM PST). Thankfully, you can tune in with the live stream embedded below. The Mercury’s main feature is the 4.5-inch…

New Nokia 3310 to feature colour display and similar design to original version

Nokia is expected to make an effort to build a name for itself in the mobile market once again at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC). HMD Global, the Finnish-based company that owns the exclusive license for the brand will reportedly reveal three new handsets during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with one being the relaunch…

BlackBerry DTEK50 now $299 unlocked

Much of the focus this week for BlackBerry is on its upcoming Mercury smartphone. However, for those interested in scoring a deep discount on its second Android-powered smartphone can head on over to Amazon Canada as the online retail has slashed the price of the DTEK50. The DTEK50 can be yours for $299 unlocked, which…

W|W: The Wearable Weekly – The future through eSight’s wearables

Welcome to The Wearable Weekly, your trusted guide to all things wearable tech. If you only have time to read one thing about wearables this week, this is it. Don’t forget to subscribe to The Wearable Weekly using the form below to make sure it hits your email inbox every week! Statistics & forecasts Fossil looking to…

Samsung Galaxy A5 will retail for $500 in Canada

While many Canadians are waiting for Samsung to unveil the Galaxy S8, the company will first release the 5.2-inch Galaxy A5. Samsung hasn’t announced when it plans to release the A5 in Canada. However, an internal document obtained by MobileSyrup reveals the A5 will cost $499.99 off contract. It’s expected that the handset will be…

Loblaws warns of security breach with PC Plus program, resets all passwords

Loblaws has announced a potential security breach on its PC Plus rewards program and has automatically reset all passwords. In an email to customers, Loblaws states, “In recent weeks, we have observed some unusual activity on select PC Plus accounts. Our investigation indicates that the PC Plus system has been the target of fraud, resulting…

Anyone in the United States can now order Snapchat Spectacles online

Late last year, Snap stated it planned to “to significantly broaden the distribution” of Spectacles in 2017. Today, the company went one step closer to Canadians being able to purchase the sought after smart glasses. While not officially available to those located north of the U.S. border, Snap has opened up online orders for Spectacles…

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…