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.

Alcatel Idol 4 now available at Videotron, Bell and Virgin Mobile

Alcatel has announced that its Idol 4 handset will launch with Virgin Mobile and Bell on September 30th. Alcatel knows its market and is not competing against the premier handsets like the iPhone 7 or Galaxy S7, though despite its price tag, the Idol 4 features a glass body and full metal frame. In addition,…

Moto Z will sell for $399 on a 2-year contract

Lenovo’s next flagship smartphone under the Motorola brand will be coming to Canada on October 5th. We’ve already reported the phone will be available to Canadians for $900 CAD on a no-term contract, but have now received pricing for those interested in purchasing the modular device on-contract. According to sources, this image of a flyer…

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. AirPods review: Welcome to the wireless future [Read here] Google to announce new smartphones October 4th [Read here] Huawei’s Nova Plus is coming to Canada [Read here] Twitter now…

Snapchat Spectacles can record 10-second videos, will retail for $130 (USD)

Quickly following a leaked video for a wearable called Spectacles, Snapchat has confirmed the device and rebranded the company to simply Snap. In a report in the Wall Street Journal, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel announced a pair of “video-sharing sunglasses” called Spectacles that will be released this fall in teal, black and coral. “We’ve been…

Samsung Canada says Galaxy Note 7 sales will resume ‘mid-October’

Sales of the Galaxy Note 7 in Canada will resume sometime in mid-October, according to Samsung Canada COO Paul Brannen. In an interview with MobileSyrup, Brannen stated, “Samsung’s first priority is to fulfill devices for customers who have registered for the Canadian Product Exchange. We have started to ship replacement devices and anticipate fulfilling the…

Unlocked HTC 10 discounted to $799 [Update]

HTC has expanded its colour options past onyx and ceramic for the HTC 10 to include red and gold. At the time, comments within the article indicated the price for its latest flagship, which was originally released in Canada on April 29th, was too high at $999 unlocked. It seems HTC Canada heard your comments…

Google to announce new smartphones October 4th

Google has sent out a message to the masses that “October is coming.” October is coming. #madebygoogle https://t.co/UNMr2cJXhk pic.twitter.com/LzyswaEBjh — Google (@google) September 20, 2016 This date is likely when the company will unveil the new Pixel and Pixel XL, the rumoured successors to the company’s Nexus lineup of smartphones, now just proudly showing the…

Photos of Google Pixel and Pixel XL reveal device design

Ahead of its announcement on October 4th, Google and HTC’s next devices have appeared online. The Pixel and the larger Pixel XL are pictured side by side and resemble the leaked renders from earlier today. Both Android devices are sporting and aluminum, white finish with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and glass panel. The Pixel is…

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. iPhone 7 review: Apple sets the stage for 2017 [Read here] Kobo Aura One vs. Kindle Oasis: Perfect opposites [Read here] New Note 7 model will have green battery…

SyrupCast 87: The new hotness

On this episode of the SyrupCast we talk about Apple’s iPhone 7 launch in Canada, Samsung’s unfortunate Note 7 debacle, and the evolution of sound on our Podcast. Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O’Rourke, Rose Behar, Ian Hardy Duration: 32:53 Subscribe to the iTunes Audio feed Subscribe to the Stitcher Audio feed Download SyrupCast Episode 87 Like our podcast? Please leave us a…

People are lining up for the iPhone 7 at Toronto’s Eaton Centre

The tradition continues. Similar to previous years, loyal Apple enthusiasts have started to lineup overnight to score one of the new iPhone 7 devices. The picture above was captured outside the Toronto Eaton Centre and shows approximately 20 people are cued up. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in Canada on…

Apple confirms iPhone 7 Plus and Jet Black iPhone 7 stock sold out

A year ago, Apple set an opening weekend record by selling 13 million iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones in just three days. Unfortunately, for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus launch, Apple has opted not to release sales stats, but has given an indication as to how desirable the new devices are. According…

HTC 10 now available in gold and red in Canada

The HTC 10 launched in Canada on April 29th with Bell and also unlocked through HTC’s online store. At the time of release, only the Onyx (black) and Ceramic (limited edition) models were available. Now, however, there are two new HTC 10 colour variants to choose from. HTC Canada quietly updated its site and released…

BlackBerry offering 40 percent off select accessories until September 27th

In case any loyal Canadian BlackBerry users needed a reason to stock up on original accessories directly from the company, the company is knocking off a cool 40 percent of the retail price of various cases and chargers until September 27th in what could be called a late back-to-school sale. In total, there are 24…

Apple’s first iPhone 7 commercial shines the spotlight on its camera

Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is set to officially launch in Canada on September 16th. Teasing the phone landing on store shelves, the Cupertino, California-based company has just released its first commercial promoting the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The 33-second spot highlights the 7’s new, upgraded camera features, stereo speakers, water-resistant. Usually, Apple commercials…