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.

Unlocked BlackBerry DTEK60 appears on Staples Canada for $700 [Update]

Following the lead of B&H and NCIX, Staples Canada has listed the specifications and price of the upcoming BlackBerry DTEK60 smartphone. According to the retailer’s listing, the unlocked Android device will cost $699.99 (CAD) — though it’s currently ‘out of stock online.” As for specs, BlackBerry’s latest smartphone will come with a 5.5-inch QHD (2560…

OPP Thanksgiving distracted driving blitz results in almost 245 charges

The goal during the OPP’s latest Thanksgiving long weekend blitz, aptly called Operation Impact, was to see zero distracted driving related charges. Unfortunately, and as many might have expected, this did not occur. In a statement, the OPP notes it ticketed “close to 245 drivers” over a three day period. The latest statistics released by…

Unlocked HTC 10 can now be purchased for $200 less

Hot on the heels of the Note 7s’ second recall, HTC is offering up a massive discount on the HTC 10. Usually priced at $999, HTC notes interested Canadians can purchase its flagship Android for $200 off the retail cost, bringing the price down to $799 unlocked. The HTC 10 can is available in onyx…

Samsung permanently ends production of the Galaxy Note 7

August 19th to October 11th. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is no longer. After citing consumer safety, Samsung informed its carrier and retail partners to stop selling its latest flagship, as well as asked customers to “power down and stop using the device.” Samsung noted it was investigating the latest reports of Note 7 units…

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. Watch the Blue Jays’ division series this weekend for free with Sportsnet Now [Read here] Moto Z and Moto Z Play are now available in Canada [Read here] Fido…

Canadian Wireless Trade Show set for October 26th and 27th

Returning to Toronto for the sixth year is the annual Canadian Wireless Trade Show, which promises to show off some new tech innovations coming into the market. Similar to previous years, the event is free and will take place at the Toronto Congress Centre on October 26th and 27th. The event is set to focus…

Will you be buying the Google Pixel or Pixel XL?

Canadians can now order the 5-inch Pixel and 5.5-inch Pixel XL. Google’s new Android 7.1-powered smartphones are blazing a new trail for the company, but the cost of these new devices caught many by surprise. Pixel pricing starts at $899 for the Pixel and $1,049 for the Pixel XL, with the phone also being available on contract…

Google Pixel and Pixel XL specs, pricing and Canadian availability

Google has officially dismantled its Nexus smartphone lineup to make way for a new era of devices called Pixel. Two new smartphones, which carry the “Made by Google” brand, have been announced and will be coming soon to Canada. The Pixel and Pixel XL are Android 7.1-powered devices that come with some unique specs and…

Google Pixel commercial airs in Canada [Video]

Update: Now that the Pixel and Pixel XL have been announced we have embedded the official promo videos for the Android devices. Google also takes an opportunity to poke at Apple with the inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone jack. Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones have already leaked multiple times before official unveiling later today,…

Apple Pay is now available to Desjardins customers

Desjardins has finally brought Apple Pay to its customers. Apple Pay officially went live in Canada in November 2015 with American Express. Shortly after, CIBC, RBC, ATB Financial, Canadian Tire Financial Services, TD Canada Trust, BMO, and Scotiabank all added the mobile payment solution to their services. Desjardins customers will only be able to make…

Google Pixel will be available October 20th, according to Rogers

Ahead of Google’s October 4th Pixel and Pixel XL event, Rogers has revealed an October 20th release date for the still unofficially announced phones. The sponsored ad appeared on Facebook, noting that pre-orders will be available today with the official release date set for Thursday, October 20th. The ad also indicates Rogers will have more information…

Google Pixel and Pixel XL leak in high-res press images

Ahead of Google’s October 4th event, the Pixel and Pixel XL have both surfaced on Telus’ website. It look like Google’s new smartphone will come in both white and black and that it will be available for pre-order on October 4th, the same day the phone is scheduled to be officially revealed. Unfortunately, pricing is not…

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. BlackBerry to end internal smartphone hardware development [Read here] CRTC broadband study reveals Canadian ISPs meet or exceed advertised download speeds [Read here] Rogers offers free $400 Insta-Share Projector…

Alcatel Pop 7 LTE tablet launches in Canada for $150 no-term

Following the launch of the Idol 4, Alcatel has also released an affordable tablet option to Canadians. The Pop 7 LTE is one of the most affordable Android tablets around at $150 outright. This 7-inch slate has a 1024 x 600 pixel display, is powered by Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 and features a 1.1GHz Snapdragon quad-core…

BlackBerry hires Steven Capelli as the company’s new CFO

BlackBerry’s fiscal Q2 2017 earnings were not pretty. Not only did the company announce a $372 million net loss on $334 in quarterly revenues, it also announced the decision to “end all internal hardware development,” revealing plans to continue outsourcing the manufacturing of its smartphones. BlackBerry has $2.5 billion in cash and investments on hand and to…