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CRTC Says Mobile Providers Cannot Give Their Own Content Unfair Advantage

A new ruling published yesterday by the Canadian telecom regulator, CRTC, sets a new limit on how companies owning both media and communication businesses can use television and sports content to bolster their wireless arm of the business. The decision applies specifically to television applications provided by Bell and Videotron. These apps attracted controversy, because [...]

The Unsustainable Nature of T-Mobile’s UnCarrier Philosophy

T-Mobile’s ongoing UnCarrier marketing plan has had one ultimate goal: take the unnecessary confusion out of the wireless industry. Under the watch of eccentric CEO John Legere the company has rolled out several phases of its UnCarrier revolution over the last few years, going as far as to abolish overage fees, early cancellation fees, contracts, [...]

Huawei Interested in Opening R&D Office in Waterloo Region

Huawei Technologies is interested in opening a research and development office in the Waterloo Region. The news comes as a solution for an area which has been working against the odds to find jobs for hundreds of employees who have been laid off by BlackBerry. While the office is said to focus on mobile security, [...]

The Cost of Chasing Malware Ghosts

Recent cyber-security attacks on the likes of Target, Home Depot, JP Morgan Chase, and, most recently, Sony Pictures have shown us all just how damaging malware can be to a company’s reputation and bottom line, as intrusive hacks can cost businesses millions of dollars in damage, not to mention the cost of stolen high value [...]

Mobilicity Secures Funding for AWS-3 Spectrum Auction

Struggling wireless startup Mobilicity has managed to secure funding to participate in the upcoming auction for AWS-3 spectrum, just a few days before the final deadline for registration. Last week the carrier filed materials with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice asking for a creditor protection extension until May 8, as it is in talks [...]

AT&T’s Mexican Acquisitions Establish Unprecedented Cross Border Network and Provide True Growth Potential

As a Canadian living near the U.S. border I’m keenly aware of the ironclad boundaries between the countries’ respective wireless networks, as walking a few metres to the south often means the difference between connecting to my local network and incurring international calling and roaming charges. In fact, for as long as wireless technology has [...]

Telus Paging Service Shutdown Questions Effectiveness of New Technologies

A letter sent by Telus informing recipients that it is canceling its pager service across Canada has raised concerns among some residents of Québec’s rural communities and questions how well incumbent wireless players perform in terms of wireless network coverage. Even as cellular coverage continues to improve, there are still areas which lack a wireless [...]

Where’s the future we were promised?

It has taken me a few weeks into the New Year to really start to formulate my thoughts on this matter, but as the calendar flipped to 2015 I really began to wonder about the limitless possibilities for technological development we all envisioned a few decades ago, and, given what I see now, wondering where [...]

T-Mobile Score Program Offers Actual Smartphone Discounts (some patience required)

T-Mobile knows that the real money in the mobile world comes from data use, and users are more likely to consume data on a feature-rich modern smartphone, as opposed to more antiquated models or, gasp, a feature phone. To that end, the UnCarrier is rolling out a new promotion, called Score!, aimed at getting smartphones [...]

Canadian Launch Date of Apple Pay Still Unknown

Apple announced its foray into the mobile payments market last fall with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and launched it on October 20 for the US only. Since then, Canadians who own the latest Apple device have demonstrated that they are able to use Apple Pay in Canada – if they have a US [...]

A Conundrum for Schools: Teachers or Technology?

As the annual British Education Training and Technology (BETT) shows wraps up for another year, a premier trade show for educational technology, many are left envisioning the future of gadgets in the classroom, no doubt swayed by the savvy presenters over the last several days towards the notion that unfettered technological advancement in the field [...]

Chen Calls for Legislation Forcing Blackberry App Development

The App Store and Google Play both have more than 1.4 million apps available for download, while Windows Phone and BlackBerry owners are used to a much smaller selection of apps. That’s exactly what BlackBerry CEO John Chen finds discriminatory, so he wants US legislators to force developers to create apps for the failed BlackBerry platform. [...]

Facebook at Work, a Recipe for Disaster

I doubt I’m exaggerating when I say that Facebook is likely the most used piece of software across the entire business world, a wonderful piece of time-wasting banality that has already cost companies so much in lost revenue by hampering employee productivity that many businesses are employing draconian anti-Facebook rules to curb its negative influence. [...]

Google Signs Deal with Sprint and T-Mobile to Step Out as Wireless Carrier

Google has inked deals with Sprint and T-Mobile to become a wireless service reseller (or mobile virtual network operator – MVNO) in the US, reports the Wall Street Journal and The Information. At this point, it isn’t clear how much the search giant will charge for wireless services or how wide its coverage will be. [...]

Imitation Replaces Innovation: A Mobile Industry Defined by Copycats

Earlier this month Xiaomi, the company dubbed “China’s Apple,” unveiled its latest smartphones, two larger phablet devices designed to directly compete with Apple’s latest iPhone 6 Plus. Foregoing any marketing subtleties, Xiaomi has made no secret out of the fact that its latest products are Apple killers, noting that each is lighter, thinner, and less [...]

Average Smartphone Price under $100 by 2020, Gartner Predicts

Gartner has looked into its crystal ball, and predicts changes in network infrastructure, smartphone pricing, rapid mobile development, and end-user services. The market research company says IT leaders should plan to make Wi-Fi a strategic...Show More Summary

Is Samsung Courting Blackberry? Possibility Still Exists Amidst Denials

Last week Reuters news agency broke the story that Samsung had offered to purchase struggling Canadian mobile firm Blackberry for $7.5 billion, a report that sent Blackberry’s shares temporarily skyrocketing and the mobile industry into a frenzy of speculation about what the future might look like with a Samsung-Blackberry merger. But the following days were [...]

Build Your Own Smartphone: Google’s “Project Ara” Embraces Unique Modular Design

With one pilot project barely out the door, Google has unveiled its next significant mobile beta test, announcing that its unique modular smartphone device, dubbed “Project Ara”, will be released in Puerto Rico later this year. In case you don’t remember, Project Ara was conceived as a Motorola research project in late 2013, the once [...]

Dirk Wössner Leaves Deutsche Telecom to Lead Rogers’ Consumer Business Unit

Rogers will have a new president of its Consumer Business Unit from April 6, 2015, in the person of Dirk Wössner, the carrier’s CEO, Guy Laurence, announced yesterday. Wössner has vast experience in the telecom field as the employee of Deutsche Telecom, where he was responsible for all of their sales and distribution in Germany. [...]

Google Glass is Gone…For Now

For some it was the best of geek chic, for others the birth of a new kind of mobile monster, but regardless of what you may have thought of Google’s controversial Glass eyewear project, there’s no question that for the last few years it has had all of us talking. But despite the fact that [...]

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