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.

Fitbit reportedly set to acquire Pebble for a ‘small amount’

Fitbit is reportedly set to acquire Pebble for an undisclosed amount of money, according to a new report stemming from The Information. The deal is near completion but its terms have not been finalized, though rumours indicate the transaction is “thought to be for a small amount” of money. Fitbit is likely seeking additional market…

Rogers says all Mobilicity customers have now been migrated to Chatr

Rogers purchased Mobilicity for $465 million back in 2015. At the time, the struggling wireless carrier amassed 150,000 wireless subscribers, but more importantly, secured wireless spectrum in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa. Rogers halted activation of new Mobilicity accounts on August 15th and has been transitioning its customers away from using its network to…

Apple Music offering $4.99 student pricing in Canada

Apple has rolled out discounted Apple Music pricing for those attending Canadian colleges or universities. Usually priced at $9.99/month, Apple has cut the pricing for Apple Music to $4.99/month for students. The new pricing model is already available in several countries, such as the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and…

Bell confirms Amazon Prime Video officially going live December 1st in Canada

Many Canadians have already been enjoying select programming on Amazon Prime Video for approximately two weeks, but they won’t have to wait much longer to use the streaming platform in an official capacity. Today, during the CRTC’s hearing on renewal of TV licenses, Bell confirmed that Amazon’s on-demand streaming service will officially go live on…

CWTA hires Robert Ghiz as its new President and CEO

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) has a new leader. Effective January 1st, 2017, Robert Ghiz will take on the role of president and CEO of the CWTA. He replaces Bernard Lord, who departed the industry-funded association back in August. Similar to Lord, Ghiz has a political background. Before taking on his new role at…

Freedom Mobile’s LTE network is now live* [Update]

Freedom Mobile, formerly known as Wind Mobile, officially launched its 3G network on December 18th, 2009 and has since amassed over 1 million subscribers. Today, almost seven years later, the carrier has turned on its LTE network. There are some restrictions to Freedom’s LTE network as it uses AWS-3 Band 66. The first is the…

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 Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals [Read here] Wind Mobile rebrands as ‘Freedom Mobile’ [Read here] Twitter teams up with the CFL to make the 104th…

CCTS annual report reveals drop in wireless complaints, billing still an issue in Canada

The Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications (CCTS), an independent yet industry-funded agency, has released its annual report for the year 2015-2016 and found wireless complaints once again topped the list. However, there is a bright spot. Following the trend for the third consecutive year, the number of customer complaints received by CCTS sharply declined. The CCTS’…

Freedom Mobile CEO says ‘it came to a point where we decided to own our own brand’

Alek Krstajic, CEO of Freedom Mobile, proudly watched the signage of Wind Mobile’s Queen Street West location come down to unveil the new Freedom Mobile brand direction. Krstajic declared this is a fresh start for the wireless carrier, which desires to remove the baggage of years past from the its various regulatory and foreign ownership…

Freedom Mobile LTE coverage map, devices and plans

Wind Mobile has renamed itself Freedom Mobile and revealed a specific launch date for its LTE network. For years Wind Mobile’s 1 million wireless subscribers have been requesting that the carrier launch its own LTE network and improve its Canadian coverage. Effective November 27th, Freedom will go live with LTE in Toronto and Vancouver, with…

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. Eastlink releases new ‘Worry-Free Data’ tool for limiting unexpected overages [Read here] The $599 OnePlus 3T will launch in Canada on November 22nd [Read here] Samsung Galaxy Note 7…

15 glorious pictures of the Google Experience store at Best Buy

Google has embarked on a new direction and is now selling its own products in Canada through a partnership with Best Buy Canada. This initiative is a North American first and there are currently four of Google’s “shop within a shop” locations: Mississauga (Heartland Town Centre), Calgary (Deerfoot Meadows), Edmonton (South Edmonton Common), and Vancouver…

CRTC and FCC sign agreement to work together to block robocalls and spoofing

The CRTC recently reached out to Canadian carriers asking for their assistance in combating spam calls, giving them 90 days to come up with practices for blocking “blatantly illegitimate calls” at a network level. To further curb spam calling, the CRTC has signed a memorandum of understanding with the FCC in the United States to…

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains discusses digital economy, 5G, wireless competition and pricing at IIC

Following CRTC’s Jean-Pierre Blais keynote zingers at the Canadian Chapter of the International Institute of Communications conference, colleague Navdeep Bains, Minister of innovation, science and economic development, presented his viewpoints for a brighter Canada. While not as direct as Blais, Bains sees a Canada that is inclusive, innovative, competitive, and also echoed the same disruption conversation…

OpenTable redesigns Android app, brings new Discover home screen to users

OpenTable, a popular platform for online restaurant booking owned by Priceline, has announced a major redesign to its Android app. Currently rolling out to Canadians, OpenTable for Android builds off the iPhone version of the app’s discover home screen. The discover portion of the app displays the latest dining hotspots based on availability, popularity, proximity…

Bell set to increase the monthly price of select wireless plan add-ons this month

Bell’s latest quarterly results revealed the communications giant earned $1.8 billion CAD in wireless revenues and its subscriber base is currently sitting at 8,380,949. Despite its positive earnings, however, the support page on Bell’s website indicates data rates are on the rise this month. “As you may be aware, Bell invests over $3 billion every year…

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 software update encourages Canadians to return device for refund

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone was recalled and banned from all North American flights on October 15th. The company has taken several measures to ensure consumers return the device by issuing press releases, setting up kiosks at select Canadian airports, and pushing out software updates that limit the smartphone’s battery to 60 percent charge. Now,…

Here’s how to mute keywords and phrases on Twitter

Twitter made a progressive step forward by allowing its 300 million users to mute specific words and phrases in their timeline. The reason for the move was to ensure users can “express her/himself in a safe, informative and fun manner,” according to Twitter. If you’re interested in blocking specific tweets, words, or phrases to curb harassment on…

Win a Telus Google Pixel XL

Brian, you have been chosen! Email me to claim your Pixel (double check in the contest box that you are the right Chris M.). Zach@mobilesyrup.com. Interested in winning a Telus Pixel XL? Well, this is your chance! The Google Pixel XL sports a 5.5-inch QHD display, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, 32GB of internal storage, 4GB…