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.

Ian’s favourite things of 2016

For me, 2016 was a mix of love of the usual dose of Tim Hortons, Taylor Swift, eBikes, exploding phones, Tesla, and trying to understand the hype of Pokémon Go. Overall, thankfully, it was a tremendous year for tech in Canada, and one that laid the foundation for an exciting 2017. Here are five of…

Volkswagen acquires Vancouver-based PayByPhone

Volkswagen has acquired Vancouver-based PayByPhone for an undisclosed amount of money. According to the Wall Street Journal, Volkswagen is interested to clean up its image from the 2015 diesel-emissions controversy and this deal is about solely a play to gain access to proven technology that makes the overall driving experience easier and convenient. “This is…

Amazon says it delivered over one billion items with Prime this holiday season

Amazon seems to be one of the places Canadians decided to shop this holiday season as the company has released some impressive statistics, which also includes Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Boxing Day. Noting a “record-breaking season,” Amazon stated that it shipped over one billion items shipped to Prime members worldwide. In addition, its app…

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. The best Canadian Boxing Day deals [Read here] The best Canadian carrier Boxing Day deals [Read here] Minister of Transport approves Santa to operate sleigh in Canada [Read here]…

Amazon Canada 2016 Boxing Day deals

Amazon Canada has revealed its 2016 Boxing Day deals and opened a dedicated section on its site showcasing all the retailer’s various discounted items. Below you’ll find some of Amazon Canada’s top overall discounts on various product categories, as well as a few specific deals on items that caught our eye. Check out all our Canadian carrier…

Canadian carriers and analysts respond to CRTC ruling broadband internet a basic service

While there are many questions still outstanding regarding the CRTC’s decision yesterday that broadband Internet service is now considered a “basic telecommunications service for all Canadians,” MobileSyrup reached out to carriers for comment on the ruling. “Whether in a small town in northern Yukon, a rural area of eastern Quebec or in downtown Calgary —…

Bell drops support for its Windows Phone app

The adoption rate of BlackBerry and Window phones has dwindled significantly over the last few years, with most wireless customers in Canada opting for iOS and Android-powered smartphones. To put this in perspective, the last Windows Phone device released by Bell was the Samsung ATIV S in 2012. It seems the carrier has come to…

Bell Let’s Talk Day is set for January 25, 2017

Now in its seventh year, Bell is bringing back its popular Bell Let’s Talk Day to raise awareness for mental health issues. On January 25th, the telecommunications giant will donate five cents for every text message sent and local and long distance call made over its network, as well as every tweet issued using the…

Twitter’s CTO and VP of product depart the flock

The executive departures at Twitter continue as its CTO and VP of product have opted to leave the social network. On Twitter, Adam Messinger, Twitter’s chief technology officer, stated, “After 5 years I’ve decided to leave Twitter and take some time off. Grateful to @jack for the opportunity and to my team for shipping.” Messinger…

HTC teases new ‘for U’ product, reveal set for January 12

HTC is teasing something new for 2017. While the message is vague, the company is promoting that it’s all about “U.” Early rumours indicate HTC could be planning to unveil new controllers for the Vive, or possible a second-generation of its virtual reality headset. The Vive competes directly with Facebook-owned Oculus and Sony’s PlayStation VR….

LG G5 update to Android 7.0 Nougat now available to download in Canada

After rolling out the Android 7.0 update to G5 users in South Korea, LG promised users in other markets will also receive sweet Nougat “in the weeks to come.” It seems the promise was kept as we have received tips from several readers that Bell has pushed out the Android 7.0 update to its customers….

Unlocked BlackBerry DTEK50 and Priv discounted on Amazon Canada

BlackBerry is still committed to releasing new smartphones and we will most likely see a physical QWERTY Android early 2017. If you’re interested in picking up the first Android-powered BlackBerry Priv, or the follow-up DTEK50, then there are a few deals to take note of. Amazon has once again dropped the unlocked price of both…

Rogers unveils its Boxing Day deals

Boxing Day is still a week away but many Canadian retailers and carriers have already started to push for year-end savings. Microsoft Canada unveiled its Holiday Super Sale with some decent discounts, and now Rogers is the first carrier out promos. Similar to Black Friday, Rogers is offering a free Samsung Gear Fit2 when you…

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. OnePlus 3T Mini Review: Victory lap [Read here] Rogers seems to be opening up Roam Like Home to customers without Share Everything [Read here] SyrupCast Podcast 100: Ghosts of…