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Bell Mobility is one of the major Canadian wireless service providers. They currently offer the BlackBerry Z10, among other older BlackBerry devices. Bell owns Virgin Mobile Canada, which acts as their prepaid brand. In addition to its strong presence in wireline internet services, Bell also owns high-grade media companies. These include CTV, Astral Media (pending CRTC approval), and a partial stake in Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (who own various Canadian sports teams).
| 24 CommentsUnboxing the Bell BlackBerry Q10
We've reached the thrilling conclusion of our Canadian BlackBerry Q10 unboxing trilogy. We ran all over Toronto yesterday picking up Q10s and visiting with carriers, including Bell. Incidentally, my visit to the Bell store coincided with that of some CBC folks, so I talked to them a little bit...
Sep 11, 2013
Bell all set to carry the BlackBerry Z30 in Canada
Hot on the heels of the news that the BlackBerry Z30 has entered carrier testing, it seems as though Canadian carriers are possibly a bit further along. As spotted inside some of Bells internal systems, the BlackBerry Z30 is will be arriving on the carrier at eventually, the exact date and pricing details are still missing from the information. At this point, it's pretty much just a waiting game that hopefully ends soon. We've seen so much of the device already, I'm over waiting and just want one right now.
Bell customers will be happy to know that the Bell TV app has made its way to BlackBerry 10. The free app allows Bell TV customers to watch live TV including over Wi-Fi while Bell Mobility Customers can connect to Mobile TV and view on-demand programming.
The app also provides channel guides, alert notifications, feature programs and more. Of course you'll need to be in Canada and a Bell customer to take part in the fun, but the app itself looks pretty sweet overall.
Aug 13, 2013
BlackBerry Q5 now available in Canada
The BlackBerry Q5 went on sale today across Canada for about $50 on a two-year contract or $200 on a $150 tab, which falls in line with what we were expecting. Virgin has an exclusive on the red version, and elsewhere you'll only have the black model, even though we've seen the Q5 in white and pink during the launch. Here are some links to everybody putting this on store shelves.
Telus - $425 outright with no contract or $49 with a two-year contract.
Bell / Virgin - $399 outright with no contract or as low as $49.99 with a two-year contract.
There is sure to be some pricing in-between with the tab offers and such that carriers offer but overall the pricing is as was expected with the exception of Telus. That extra $25 seems likely to turn people off a bit after you add in taxes and such. Also remember, if you fancy a red BlackBerry Q5 that's exclusively available only on Virgin Mobile.
Jul 15, 2013
New two-year contracts and rate plans heading to Telus and Bell
In early June the CRTC announced a plan that would place some limitations on Canadian carriers including capping data and roaming charges and allowing customers to cancel contracts after just two years with no additional fees. Rogers, Bell and Telus all responded saying they would make the necessary changed to comply with the new codes before the effective date of December 2, 2013.
Jul 05, 2013
BlackBerry Q10 now available in white at TELUS and Bell
After a short exclusivity period, now Rogers isn't the only one in Canada with the BlackBerry Q10 in white. Both TELUS and Bell now offer the white Q10, TELUS has theirs front and center in the online store, as does Bell. Both are $199 on a three-year term, or $700 up-front. It looks like there's no love for WIND just yet.
Even though I tend to favor classic black devices, it was really nice unboxing the BlackBerry Q10 in white when it first launched on Rogers. For some folks, like Kevin, white is the only way to go. Be sure to keep an eye out for these models, since stock may be hard to come by.
Existing Q10 owners, do you wish you held out for the white one? Anyone on Rogers already packing one?
Jun 25, 2013
White BlackBerry Q10 available from Bell starting July 5th
If you've been wanting a white BlackBerry Q10 in Canada but weren't with Rogers or willing to pick one up off contact, we have some good news for you. It appears as though Rogers Canadian exclusivity on the device is almost over and starting on July 5th, you'll be able to grab a white BlackBerry Q10 from Bell. The pricing of the white version will be the same, meaning you'll be looking at throwing down $200 on a 3-year contract or $700 outright. Every time I see the white version, it makes me want one.
May 02, 2013
How to unlock your BlackBerry Q10 from Canadian carriers!
If you're looking to get a new BlackBerry Q10 but one isn't available for your carrier, you still have options. Thankfully in most cases you can simply unlock your BlackBerry Q10 and use it on another carrier providing the networks are compatible (you can use a Rogers device on AT&T for example - more on this below).
Unlocking also proves useful if you are a frequent international traveler as you aren't confined to your carrier's roaming plan and can instead use a local prepaid SIM card in an unlocked device.
May 01, 2013
Win a new BlackBerry Q10 from Bell and CrackBerry.com!
In Canada and didn't get to pick up a BlackBerry Q10? Well today might just prove to be your lucky day - the good folks at Bell have provided us with a brand new Q10 to give away to one lucky CrackBerry reader.
We know many of you are Z10 owners who don't have the means to jump on the Q10, while there are also plenty of you who are still undecided - so here's your chance to get a BlackBerry Q10 without having to think about it.
If you're a resident of Canada, all you need to do to enter is leave a single comment on this post telling us your favorite feature of the Q10 - the keyboard, classic design, Instant Action, badass battery life or whatever it may be.
We'll run this one through Sunday at midnight PST, so drop your comment below to get in on the action. Huge thanks to Bell for hooking us up!
Unfortunately this one is only open to Canadian residents but not to worry - we'll have more contests for everyone else soon.
Apr 23, 2013
BlackBerry Q10 launching in Canada on May 1st
If you're in Canada it looks like the wait to get your hands on a BlackBerry Q10 won't be much longer. We got word today that Rogers, TELUS, Bell and a handful of other Canadian carriers will be offering up the full-QWERTY Q10 starting May 1st. While pre-orders have been available for a few weeks now, just a few more days and you'll be able to grab one for yourself in stores and online.
The Q10 will run you $199 on a 3-year term and will also be available on Virgin Mobile Canada, Fido, Koodo Mobile, and Sasktel. Best Buy, Future Shop, TBooth Wireless, The Source, Walmart Canada and WIRELESSWAVE will all sell the Q10 as well.
Still no word from WIND on a release date nor anything at all regarding the Q10 from Mobilicity.
Will you be picking up a Q10? Let us know in the comments!
Apr 19, 2013
Bell document shows BlackBerry OS 10.1 to include custom message notifications, BlackBerry 7 data transfer and more
We've been hearing all kinds of things on the rumor mill about BlackBerry OS 10.1. While some features like HDR camera and PIN messaging have already popped up on the SDK OS, a leaked document from Bell shows off even more features that are expected to arrive with the new OS.
The document outlines plenty of information about the upcoming BlackBerry Q10 and OS 10.1. While there is no release date listed on the document it's noted that the Q10 will be "available soon" and that the off-contract price will ring in at $699.
Among the features listed as part of the 10.1 update are more notification options for contacts and messages, the ability to transfer data from a BB7 device to BB10 using BlackBerry Protect, a dark theme for apps like calendar and contacts, and improved camera options like HDR.
Of course none of these features are 100% confirmed (but they do look highly possible) so we'll just have to wait it out for now. OS 10.1 will be available on the Q10 at launch and should arrive for the BlackBerry Z10 shortly thereafter.
Feb 06, 2013
How to unlock your BlackBerry Z10 from Canadian carriers!
Since the BlackBerry Z10 went on sale yesterday in Canada, the CrackBerry forums and twitter have been a buzz with questions on if and how the Z10 can be unlocked. Unlocking your BlackBerry from its native carrier allows you to use a SIM card from another carrier in it. This is especially handy when traveling - instead of roaming you can pick up local SIM cards. In the case of the Z10, there is a different sense of urgency going on. With the Z10 not coming to the US until March, a lot of eager BlackBerry fans in the US are looking to pick up a Canadian Z10, unlock it, and then use it on their local US-based carrier.
BlackBerry Z10 Unlocking Instructions
Once you have obtained an unlock code, whether by purchasing it from a third party unlocker or from your carrier, BlackBerry has made it really simple in BlackBerry 10 to unlock your phone.
Step 1: Go to Settings > Security and Privacy > SIM Card
Step 2: Scroll down to Phone Network Lock, and tap the Unlock Network button
Step 3: Enter your 8 digit unlock code, and hit OK.
Voila! You'll see a pop up message saying Network Code Entered Successfully! From there, you can put the SIM card from different carriers into your BlackBerry Z10.
TAKE NOTE: You only have 10 tries to unlock your BlackBerry. If you enter the wrong code ten times, you're going to have a useless phone. So don't do it. Before you enter your code, double check you spelled it right. From there hit OK. If the code does not work, stop right then.
What US carriers will unlocked BlackBerry Z10s from Canada work on?
If you're on AT&T, T-Mobile and their MVNO's like Simple Mobile and Net10, an unlocked BlackBerry Z10 from carriers in Canada (Rogers/Fido, Bell/Virgin Mobile, Telus/Koodoo, ) will work.
Feb 04, 2013
BlackBerry Z10 Buyer's Guide - Canada Edition
The Brits got first stab at the BlackBerry Z10, and now Canada is next up. Today the Z10 is available on Rogers, Bell, and TELUS, but what's the difference? Pretty slight at the end of the day, but here are the details on their plans in an easy-to-compare format. This is important stuff to know if you're going to be signing on to a three-year commitment, though there are always tab and off-contract options available.
If you really need convincing as to whether or not the BlackBerry Z10 is worth the investment, you'll probably want to check out our insanely long review. Keep in mind that while those three-year commitments may be daunting, the termination fees scale with how long you have left on your contract and are much better than they used to be. Without further ado, here's our breakdown of Canadian service plans for the BlackBerry Z10.
Jan 30, 2013
Rogers, Telus, Bell, and others confirm February 5th availability for the BlackBerry Z10
There you have it Canada, BlackBerry has announced the Canadian carriers for the launch of the all new BlackBerry 10 powered, BlackBerry Z10. All the major Canadian carriers including Rogers, TELUS, Bell, Koodo, Fido, Sasktel and many others have confirmed that they will have the BlackBerry Z10 available on February 5th. If you’re looking to get a head start most of these carriers will also be offering preorders starting today. Continue reading for links to the various Canadian carriers.
Jan 24, 2013
Rumored BlackBerry Z10 in Canada release date emerges
So there have been some rumors flying around over Twitter, Facebook, the CrackBerry forums, two-way pagers, chain letters and telegraph the last few days about a rumored release date for the BlackBerry Z10 here in Canada (yes I can say "here in Canada" since I'm actually in Canada for once). It's being said that the BlackBerry Z10 will arrive at Telus and Bell on February 5th in both black and white models.
While we can't say either way if this is true, we aren't ruling anything out just yet. No word on Rogers yet in most of the rumors that are floating around, but given Roger's long standing support for BlackBerry over the years we have to believe they'd be right there at the front of the line to launch BB10 as well.
Jan 18, 2013
Virgin trade-in program coming January 29th - Trade up to a new BlackBerry 10 phone!
Virgin Mobile looks to be launching a new trade-in program in Canada starting January 29th. Through the program you'll be able to trade in any exisiting phone as long as it meets certain criteria such as turning on, being functional and having a working battery. There will be an online trade-in tool available that will let you estimate the value of the device and you can then take it to a retail store to receive credit towards a new phone or accessories. What better way to work up credit towards that new BlackBerry 10 phone, right?
Take the re-invented BlackBerry 10 for a spin and give us four Twitter tips or tricks over 4 weeks.
Post them on Twitter with #vmtester to spread your expertise around.
To say thanks, the smartphone is yours to keep. Your Twitter awesomeness, however, lives on forever.
Simple, right? You get a BlackBerry 10 device and you tweet out tips and tricks you learn during your time using BlackBerry 10 so that others may learn as well. If you're interested in adding your name to be among those chosen, head on over to the Virgin Mobile Canada site using the link below to get started. Thanks, Richard!
Jan 11, 2013
T-Mobile and Bell rumored launch dates leaked
As the January 30th launch date of BlackBerry 10 draws closer, more information is trickling out regarding when carriers will have the devices for you to buy. We've seen several carriers and some retailers getting ready with pre-orders available on their sites and in store, and today sees some internal leaks from Bell in Canada and T-Mobile in the US regarding availability.
Jan 03, 2013
BlackBerry Curve 9320 lands on Bell January 11th
Earlier today it was announced that T-Mobile will be releasing the Curve 9315 later this month, and now it appears that Bell is also dishing out another Curve as well. The BlackBerry Curve 9320 has been widely available for some time now, but any Bell customers looking to grab one will be able to do so on January 11th according to a leaked internal doc. The entry-level Curve 9320 is sporting a 3.2MP camera, wifi, Bluetooth, GPS and FM Radio and should be $199 no-term.
Aug 09, 2012
4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook Features and Specifications
The 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook has arrived. An updated version of the original BlackBerry PlayBook, the new model brings along 4G LTE as well as some updated hardware including a 1.5GHz processor. The BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE is availble now in Canada from Rogers, Bell and Telus.
4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook Specifications
1.5 GHz dual core processor
1 GB RAM
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n
USB: Micro USB port
HDMI: Micro HDMI port
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 3.1 with support of the following Bluetooth profiles: Dial-Up Networking (DUN) Serial Port Profile (SPP) Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) Human Interface Device (HID) (keyboard only)
Aug 02, 2012
Research In Motion Introduces the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet
We've been hearing rumors non-stop for weeks now, and it looks like the 4G BlackBerry PlayBook is finally upon us. The new PlayBook supports 4G LTE networks and is available first in Canada with other regions including the US and Europe to follow. While there is no mention of price, the 4G LTE PlayBook will be available in with 32GB of memory from Bell, Rogers and TELUS in Canada on August 9, 2012.
WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - August 02, 2012) - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM)(TSX: RIM) today launched the new 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with built-in support for cellular networks. The new 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook maintains a sleek and ultra-portable form while delivering overall faster performance over the original BlackBerry PlayBook, as well as support for blazing fast 4G LTE networks. Launching in Canada first, the new 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook allows customers to work more productively and connect to the Internet, as well as access their email, on-line apps, media and content, from more places than ever.
Mar 19, 2012
OS 126.96.36.1997 becomes official for BlackBerry Torch 9860 the courtesy of Bell Mobility
If you're on Bell and own either a BlackBerry Torch 9860, you'll want to go ahead and grab your USB cables if you've been waiting for BlackBerry 7.1 to drop. Bell has now posted OS 188.8.131.527 to their BlackBerry download page, though previously leaked and not as far ahead as T-Mobile's version -- it's still nice to see they got around to releasing it.
Mar 05, 2012
Official OS 184.108.40.206 for the BlackBerry Curve 9360 from Bell
Bell has officially released OS 220.127.116.11 for the BlackBerry Curve 9360. While this is an official release, remember to use caution when updating your device. If you need help along the way, you can head into our help forums or check out some of our BlackBerry 101 articles including How to Install or Upgrade to a new OS. If you do install this OS, hit up the forums thread below for findings, fixes and more discussion.
Feb 22, 2012
Virgin Mobile Canada releasing BlackBerry 7.1 for the Curve 9360 Feb. 23rd
If you have a BlackBerry Curve 9360 Virgin Mobile Canada, you'll want to keep an eye out for system updates come Feb. 23rd. According to the documentation above, Virgin Mobile Canada will be rolling out BlackBerry 7.1 to its customer base. No mention of what version it will be upon release but OS 18.104.22.1688 has leaked already so if you're impatient, you can go ahead and load that up or you can just hit that software update button tomorrow.
Note: Bell, who owns Virgin Mobile Canada has already released v22.214.171.124 for the 9360 so Virgin will likely release the same.
While Rogers beat everyone to the punch, today Telus, Bell and Virgin Mobile have all made the BlackBerry Bold 9790 available for purchase. If you're in Canada and looking to pick up the Bold 9790, you now have plenty of choices. Prices vary a bit on each carrier, but it looks like Bell and Virgin are the best at $99.99 for a 3-year term. The Bold 9790 is carrying a 1GHz processor, 5MP camera...
Posted by Michelle Haag on 16 Nov 2011 9:24 am EST
Carriers across Canada are starting to announce when they'll be releasing the newly announced BlackBerry Bold 9790. Yesterday Rogers and TELUS both dropped some information, with Rogers being a bit cryptic and only saying it will be out "just in time for the holiday gift-giving season". TELUS went ahead and posted their pricing info for the Bold, but no date for release yet. You'll be able to...
Looks like Rogers won't be the only Canadian carrier releasing the BlackBerry Bold 9900 in White. Bell is all geared up to release the device just in time for holiday shopping with the date starting on November 24th. As expected, no price point changes are noted in the details. All that's left is the wait time -- who's picking one up? I know Kevin will have one but I'm pretty tempted as well...
If you've not yet grabbed a BlackBerry PlayBook and are looking to pick one up for cheap but, Bell and SaskTell have dropped the price by $200. 16GB now is $299.99; 32GB is $399.99 with the 64GB coming in at $499.99, these prices are noted as being available only until November 17th. You'll find them listed on the Bell and SaskTel sites.
Posted by Michelle Haag on 28 Aug 2011 2:40 pm EDT
Launching a few days ahead of schedule, both Bell and Virgin Mobile Canada have the BlackBerry Curve 9360 available for purchase on their websites. Pricing is consistent across the sites with the entry level device coming in at $349.99 off contract or as low as $49.95 on a 3 year contract.
If you're more interested in the new BlackBerry Torch 9860, Bell has gone ahead and released it online as...
Posted by Jared DiPane on 25 Aug 2011 11:14 am EDT
Always fun to see three carriers bring the same OS out as an official release for a device that has yet to be released, but if you are a lucky user who happened to snag a BlackBerry Curve 9360, give this a shot. OS 126.96.36.1999 is the latest official available for this device, and yours to download now. While it is an official, you will want to be sure you are careful while loading, and be sure...
Posted by Michelle Haag on 22 Aug 2011 4:20 pm EDT
Bell customers hoping to pick up a BlackBerry Torch 9860 today are facing a bit of disappointment as the device remains unavailable. Though it wasn't officially announced that it would be available August 22, leaked documents two weeks ago had led to that conclusion. It seems now that Bell will be making the Torch 9860 available on August 31st, which is just a bit over a week away. No word on...
Posted by Michelle Haag on 16 Aug 2011 2:57 pm EDT
“Everyone’s favourite BlackBerry Curve just got even better. The sleek and stylish new BlackBerry Curve 9360 is ‘just right’ in so many ways – it comes complete with enhanced specifications”
This is according to a leaked screenshot from Bell regarding the yet unannounced BlackBerry Curve 9360. The really interesting part about this screenshot though, is that it lists the launch date of the...
Posted by Joseph Holder on 12 Aug 2011 3:36 am EDT
BlackBerry OS 7 devices are here (or at least on their way)! The BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, BlackBerry Torch 9810, and the BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 devices are soon to be hitting the shelves in a store near you. Up north, our Canadian colleagues have already managed to snag some of these next generation BlackBerry smartphones for themselves.
The rest of us, though, we wait anxiously for...
Much to the dismay of many BlackBerry users, it looks as though the new BlackBerry 7 line up is not going to be launching with WiFi hotspot capability built into the OS. Now, that's not to say it isn't coming ever. In fact, some new documentation from Bell Mobility shows that is part of the ultimate plan for WiFi hotspot. As noted in the image above you can see not only the release date for...
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