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Sony Xperia XZ1 coming to Canada through Bell and Freedom Mobile

Fingerprint sensor in tow, the Xperia XZ1 is coming to Canada.

It’s Sony’s best phone ever, and even without a fingerprint sensor earned a recommendation from our own Andrew Martonik — despite its $ 699 price.

Now we’re hearing that Sony’s 5.2-inch flagship is coming to Canada on October 26 through carriers Bell and Freedom Mobile. Pricing and availability will be shared at a later date, but given its near-$ 700 U.S. price tag it’s safe to  [Read More…]

Bell Mobility takes a first step in replacing SMS in Canada

Bell has launched its version of the RCS standard for Galaxy S8 users.

Slowly but surely, more carriers are starting to move to RCS to hopefully begin replacing SMS over the long run. All the pieces are in place in Android phones for RCS, since Google has built the standard into the Android Messages app. But users won’t be able to actually use the new standard until their carriers update their piece of the puzzle.

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Bell launches support for near-gigabit LTE speeds in Canada

Near-gigabit speeds are coming to one Canadian carrier.

Bell, the third-largest carrier in Canada, has announced that it now supports quad-band LTE Advanced in some parts of Canada, enabling speeds of up to 750Mbps.

The company launched tri-band LTE Advanced a couple of years ago, but now that the Galaxy S8 is approaching release, and with the support of gigabit LTE speeds with 256QAM and 4×4 MIMO, Bell is taking the opportunity to re-ignite the wireless speed  [Read More…]

Bell Media to broadcast new Star Trek series in Canada

While the new Star Trek series from CBS will stream on the company’s All Access service in the U.S. and Netflix in most of the rest of the world, Bell Media will be the official exclusive distributor of the series in Canada. Bell will have the right to show the series both online and on television.

Bell says that the show will launch on CTV in Canada on the same night as the U.S. premiere, with  [Read More…]

MTS shareholders vote to approve $3.9 billion acquisition by Bell

BCE, parent company of Canada’s third-largest wireless carrier Bell Mobility, has now overcome at least one hurdle to acquiring Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS), with the majority of MTS shareholders approving the deal.

In fact, the resolution received near-unanimous approval from shareholders, says MTS:

The Arrangement Resolution was approved by 99.66% of the 43,098,172 votes cast by Shareholders present in person or represented by proxy at the special meeting of Shareholders held earlier today.

Bell originally announced  [Read More…]

Bell sells MTS deal to Canadians with promises of better service, faster speeds

Bell’s impending acquisition of Manitoba’s regional telecommunications incumbent, MTS, still needs approval by Canada’s various regulators and government bodies, but the company’s biggest test is with the province’s own cellphone customers.

According to an interview with Winnipeg Free Press, Bell CEO Wade Oosterman says that while price changes are not guaranteed, service improvements are:

“I think it’s way too early to speculate on (price changes). What I know with certainty is that quality will go up.”

At  [Read More…]

Bell paves way for higher prices across Canada with MTS deal

Things are going to get worse before they get better.

In many cities across Canada, the announcement that BCE Inc. had purchased MTS, Manitoba’s largest wireless provider, was met with a resounding shrug. Why should it matter to those in Ontario, Alberta or British Columbia that the name on their bill will soon change for a million people in the middle of the country?

Simply, because MTS has traditionally undercut the Big Three — Rogers, Telus  [Read More…]

Bell purchases MTS in $3.9 billion deal

There is more consolidation in the Canadian telecom space today.

BCE Inc., parent company to Canada’s third-largest wireless carrier Bell Mobility, has announced a deal to purchase Manitoba Telecom Services, known to most Manitobans as MTS, for $ 3.9 billion CAD.

The deal comes after MTS struggled to find a buyer for its Allstream fiber business, after the government initially blocked the sale to a holding company owned by Egyptian telecom mogul, Naguib Sawiris back  [Read More…]

HTC 10 now available from Bell in Canada

The HTC 10 is now available in Canada. The Taiwanese company’s latest flagship was announced earlier this month for the Canadian market, where we learned Bell would be an exclusive carrier partner until the end of June.

As we reported earlier this week, Bell is selling the HTC 10 for an eye-watering $ 349.99 on a 2-year contract, and $ 899.99 outright, which comes in slightly lower than HTC’s own price of $ 999.99 for the unlocked  [Read More…]

The HTC 10 will cost more than the Galaxy S7 on contract at Bell

The HTC 10 will cost more than the Galaxy S7 on contract when it goes on sale at Bell this Friday.

According to sources close to Android Central, the HTC 10 will cost $ 349.99 on a 2-year contract at its exclusive carrier on April 29, with an outright price of $ 899.99 — $ 100 less than HTC’s retail price for the handset unlocked.

While the HTC is one of the finest devices on the market  [Read More…]