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Bell to allow Manitoban customers to roam within province at no extra cost

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It’s safe to say that Bell doesn’t have a widely-available network in Manitoba. Along with TELUS, its cross-Canada network partner, the company covers the greater Winnipeg area, stretching to Brandon in the west and Selkirk in the southeast. That’s a good chunk of the population, but certainly nowhere near as comprehensive as MTS and Rogers, which entered into network sharing agreements in 2009 and 2013 to build out HSPA+ and LTE in the province respectively.

According to an internal document we received, Bell will soon allow its Manitoban customers to roam on Rogers’ network at no extra charge. In what appears to be an attempt to get ahead of government regulation on domestic roaming, Bell has reached an agreement with Rogers to allow occasional and fair use access to areas outside its own network for calls, texts, MMS and internet use. Long distance service will be possible, but only if the customer already has a bundle for it in their local service area. And, like all other long distance plans, once a user enters a new service area a call made to a number within it is local, while calling home becomes long distance. All incoming calls accepted within a roaming area count as long distance, too. (more…)

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Nokia uses potatoes and apples to charge a Lumia 930

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Nokia’s Lumia 930 is currently enjoying its European launch and its manufacturer is hoping to drum up publicity for the phone in the weirdest way possible.
As a follow on from last year’s lightning experiment, Nokia set out to create the world’s largest battery using apples and potatoes.

Inspired by the classic potato battery experiment, Nokia wondered how many potatoes (and apples, I guess) it would take to power its new Lumia 930 smartphone. The answer is 800. It takes 800 apples and potatoes to organically charge the Lumia 930. (more…)

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Contest: Win a Moto E!

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The Motorola Moto E is one of the most affordable smartphones on the market. This entry-level beauty has a 4.3-inch display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 1980 mAh battery, a 5MP camera and runs Android 4.4 Kit Kat — you can check our review here.

Thanks to our friends at Motorola Canada we have one Moto E to giveaway! To enter this contest all you have to do is either follow us and re-tweet this contest on Twitter (@mobilesyrup), “Like Us” on Facebook (Facebook.com/MobileSyrup), or join us on Google+.

The contest is on until July 31st and we’ll select a winner shortly after.
Good luck to all who enter!

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Google Glass users can now add USB webcams to their Glass units

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Google Glass may have been Google’s first foray into the wearable space but the device has yet to make it to market. Development is still ongoing with the Glass team regularly pushing out new updates for members of the Explorer program. Thanks to this most recent update, Explorers can now attach additional cameras to the HMD. (more…)

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Nokia Canada confirms availability of Cyan update for Lumia 1020 users (Update: Not quite)

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A little less than two weeks ago, Nokia revealed that the Windows Phone 8.1 Cyan update had started rolling out to Lumia devices. Unfortunately, there was nothing about a Canada-specific roll-out. Just that it would be available for all Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices “in the coming weeks.”

The official roll-out schedule still has ‘under testing’ for every Lumia device on all Canadian carriers, but Nokia Canada revealed via Twitter that the update is now available to all Lumia 1020 users. (more…)

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John Chen looking for his own dance partner to compete against IBM and Apple

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A half-year into his tenure as BlackBerry’s CEO, John Chen has developed a reputation for delivering great quotes with a dry wit. Chen was in fine form earlier this week when he told the Financial Times he wasn’t concerned about the recently announced deal between Apple and IBM, likening the partnership to when “two elephants start dancing.”

While Chen acknowledged the current industry perception that his company now faces an imposing challenger, he also declared that the partnership could be seen as good news for Blackberry, because it “validates what is a huge market.”

While market validation is desirable, market share is preferable, and Chen knows that BlackBerry can’t provide a complete enterprise services offering alone. The CEO also indicated to the Financial Times that he is working on potential partnerships.

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Moto E now available at Eastlink

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Motorola’s entry-level Moto E has made it over to regional carrier Eastlink and can be yours for $0 on its 2-year easyTab, or a high $192 retail price – which Eastlink notes “is made to last and priced for all.”

As a refresher, the specs of the Moto E have it coming with a 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 960 x 540, runs Android 4.4 (Moto committed to update the OS for 18-months), dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage (expandable up to 32GB), 5MP camera, 1980 mAh battery and weighs in at 142 grams.

Source: Eastlink
(Thanks Todd!)

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