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Android Nougat now available for the HTC One M9 through Bell

After Android 7.0 Nougat began rolling out to HTC One M9s via Telus, Videotron and Freedom, Bell’s website now indicates that the update is available for download through its network. Meanwhile, Rogers’ website still indicates that the update is “coming soon.” Nougat 7.0 brings with it features such as multi-window usage, Doze 2.0 for improved…

Bell’s residential service rates are increasing

Shortly after Telus announced that it was cutting bundle savings due to infrastructure costs, Bell has stated it is increasing residential services rates effective February 1st, 2017, in order to support infrastructure development. “Bell is leading Canada’s broadband communications revolution with investments of more than $3.5 billion CAD each year in network infrastructure. That’s more…

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…

7th annual 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…

Bell-MTS deal moves forward with CRTC broadcasting approval

Canada’s telecom regulator has approved the transfer of MTS’s broadcasting rights to Bell parent company BCE, effectively approving the deal from its end and bringing it one step closer to completion after approval by MTS shareholders and a Manitoba provincial court in June 2016. The $3.9 billion deal now has to be approved by Canada’s Competition Bureau…

Bell tests AT&T’s ECOMP platform in the aim of moving more network functions to the cloud

Bell has announced that it is now testing American telecom giant AT&T’s ECOMP platform, an infrastructure delivery tool and network cloud service that facilitates the deployment of software-defined networks (SDN). In a press release, AT&T states that Bell will use the ECOMP platform (short for Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy) to create and manage…

Bell is now selling CraveTV gift subscriptions for the holidays

While the closure of Rogers and Shaw owned Shomi is now firmly in the rearview mirror, Bell is still making a strong push for its own streaming platform. The telecom has announced that it is now offering CraveTV in increments of three, six or 12 months at CraveTV.ca/gift. The three month increment costs $23.97 CAD,…

NFL backs Bell, asks CRTC to keep Super Bowl ads Canadian

The NFL has sent a letter to Canada’s ambassador to the United States promoting the use of Canadian ads during the Super Bowl. The CRTC released a policy banning substitution of American ads for Canadian ads (known as simultaneous substitution or simsub) during the big game in January 2015, but gave Bell until the the…

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…

Bell joins Facebook’s open-source telecom infrastructure project as first Canadian carrier

Nine months following its launch, Bell is now the first Canadian carrier member of Facebook’s international open-source telecom infrastructure project, which aims to speed up the development of new technologies and provide the world with increased wireless access. “Scaling traditional telecom infrastructure to meet this global data challenge is not moving as fast as people…

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’…

Ontario court rules in favour of Bell, bars VMedia from offering skinny basic Roku app

After only a little over two months in operation, Toronto-based VMedia’s skinny basic package Roku app has been barred by an Ontario court after a legal fight with Bell Media. In his decision, however, Justice Fred Meyers said it will ultimately be up to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to set future policy…

Here are Canadian carriers’ Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals

Black Friday is still undoubtedly a bigger deal in the U.S. than it is in Canada, but that doesn’t mean Canadian carriers don’t offer some significant holiday season savings. Below is a roundup of all the deals that have been posted so far by Canadian wireless, cable and internet providers for Black Friday and Cyber…

CRTC renews broadcast packages for one year rather than seven following hearing

The Canadian Radio Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) recently renewed Canadian broadcast licenses for one year rather than seven. This comes as a response to the public hearings that took place in early September to review the carrier practice of offering skinny TV packages. Since March 1st Canadian cable providers have been obligated to provide basic packages…

Rogers, Bell and Telus all appear on Top 100 corporate R&D spenders list again

The most important thing a technology company can do to grow and prosper is to invest in research and development. This kind of investment doesn’t necessarily guarantee success, but without it, those in the industry face a much larger challenge. Each year, Research Infosource puts together a list of the Top 100 Corporate research and development (R&D)…

Is the Bell-MTS deal on the rocks? Will Shaw save it?

It’s been nearly seven months since Bell Canada announced an agreement to buy Manitoba Telecom Services for $3.9 billion CAD and still there has been no official word from the federal government on what it thinks of the deal. The Competition Bureau is the primary regulator Bell has to satisfy with this purchase, but since…

Bell Canada hacker sentenced to four years in American prison

An American man who posted the information on thousands of Bell Canada customers online has been sentenced to almost four years in U.S. federal prison. The 22-year old Tennessee man hacked login and passwords combination for thousands of Bell Canada customers after discovering a vulnerability within the carrier’s subscriber network, reports the Ottawa Citizen. The…

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,…

Bell Fibe TV now available on Apple TV

Starting today, Bell Fibe TV customers in Ontario and Quebec can use their fourth generation Apple TV to watch up to 450 Fibe TV channels. The move marks the first time a Canadian TV service provider has made their content available on Apple’s digital media player and microconsole. CraveTV, Bell’s over-the-top streaming service, is also…