City of Waterloo backs BlackBerry with signing of new 3-year deal with Bell

By Bla1ze on 23 Jan 2014 02:33 pm EST
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Although it might not come as a surprise to many folks considering the fact that Waterloo is the home of BlackBerry, the Council of the City of Waterloo on Monday voted to enter into a new three year agreement between Bell Mobility and the City of Waterloo for the continued provision of BlackBerry and Cellular Services worth $516,000 over a three year period. Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran stated the smartphones have changed the way the city does business, and how it reacts to residents needs.

A lot of our crews will have them — all our planners, our bylaw guys who are out, firefighters," she said. "We just feel that it keeps us connected so that if we need to get anything done we have instant connection.

The City of Waterloo recent launched their Ping Street app that was created to help residents connect and access information including waste pickup, events, road closures and government contact information. Halloran also added that the city is not looking to use any different brand of smartphone other than BlackBerry at this time. 

According to comments given to Mobile Syrup, the City of Waterloo maintains 204 BlackBerry devices and 166 mobile phone devices of which, 50 of the BlackBerry devices have been upgraded to BlackBerry 10.

Download the Ping Street app for BlackBerry 10, iOS and Android

92 comments

QuIcKsIlV3r

How did this end up at the top? *yawn* Delete this please

Observation Junkie

Hey QuicKsllv3r, guess that makes you first,
:)

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QuIcKsIlV3r

lol shhh, that's why I said delete this, I wasn't first, damara1109 was the "first" post...

Observation Junkie

Sorry, I've never heard of Damara and I can't recall seeing anyone before you!!!!

:)

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TranceRomance

Lol!!

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BB Adict

Q breaking his own imposed rule. Not good at all.

Addict for 10 years, but it may be time to get off this drug.

kevdogg3291

Time to feed the 'first' troll :)

Observation Junkie

Yea, I just hate these people who are first

;)

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TranceRomance

Keep moving BlackBerry!

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QuIcKsIlV3r

Been to Waterloo many times, nice beautiful city and all covered by the big bad Bell lol

TranceRomance

Let's do lunch Quick.

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Observation Junkie

With QuicKsllv3r? ;)

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TranceRomance

Yup.

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thisiscjay

I see what you did there lol

QuIcKsIlV3r

ya, no offence dude, I don't do lunch with other dudes I don't know lol plus I don't live in Waterloo (about an hour away)

Observation Junkie

Hey Trance, your date let you down

;)

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TranceRomance

He made waterloo sound so nice. I figured rival ninja could come together every now and then for some burgers and brews.

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trroystory

Lol crackberry members.. best responses ever

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bspence87

Do you wear a lot of Tapout shirts..?

BerryRipe

UFC t-shirts. LoL

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

QuIcKsIlV3r

Oh, nope no tap out shirts here

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TranceRomance

Quick is more of a hockey fan. No Tapout shirt for this man.

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birdman_38

Perhaps you should change your user name to "TranceBromance". Sheesh!

TranceRomance

I beat you to it birdman. Bbrrrrdd!!!

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birdman_38

I noticed that, later on. Lol

Observation Junkie

Now what's a UFC, is this kinda secret language you got going on?

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Prem WatsApp

http://www.insertmysearchengineofchoice.com

My name is Prem, I'm using BBM ... from my QuZe10 ...whatarhyme...

TranceRomance

That's funny. Those tapout clowns crack me up.

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TranceRomance

No offense taken. Just some bros having a brew. Maybe I should have put it that way.

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Prem WatsApp

Correct, was having the same thought. A brew. Might just be a bit too far away geographically.

"Civil conversation" manners are great, and make Quickie much more likable.

My name is Prem, I'm using BBM ... from my QuZe10 ...whatarhyme...

TranceRomance

See! My shaolin technique is not that bad.

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QuIcKsIlV3r

haha a brew would be great sometime!

TranceRomance

Sooooooooo...if you knew me then it's a different story? We could have our ladies there and watch the sunset together and you and I could chat about man things like....UFC or how cool our Blackberries are.

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Observation Junkie

You mean, send them ladies home and just you and QuicKsllv3r watch the sun go down..... together,with your burger and brews, wow that's so rooooomantic.

That brings a tear to my eyes
;)

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Observation Junkie

.......
And they lived happily ever after....

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TranceRomance

Hahaha! You wrong for that one OJ! You can join us! All of you! One big happy CrackBerry family! And then everyone can come down here to wine country after Waterloo!

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QuIcKsIlV3r

lmfao don't go there! You can join in

Observation Junkie

Hey, I ain't letting Trance trying his Shaolin techniques on me.

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blackberrygrow

Observation why is your pictures soo scary

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Observation Junkie

Hey blackberry, I guess that must be a compliment, lol

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TranceRomance

I know! It was all legit until that.

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TranceRomance

Haha! We will call it Trance Bro-mance! Bwahahaha!!!!

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jojo beaconsfield

Don't come to Montreal that's all you see is Bell Buildings.not to mention the Bell center,oh well.

zten

Represent!

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zten

Without BlackBerry there will be no city of waterloo

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RP Singh

I'm sure the city was there before the smartphone was invented.

Sent from my iPuh-lease-as-IF

Observation Junkie

They built the city around blackberry

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mnc76

LOL... at the very center of Waterloo, buried deep in the Earth, is the first BlackBerry pager.

CB10 : Z10 STL100-3 10.2.0.1803

jojo beaconsfield

Just like the Lonnie ,at the last Olympics ,at center ice.Winners all the way.

birdman_38

You mean the Loonie? That was first in Salt Lake City in 2002.

Lonnie was the one creeping around the athlete's village in Vancouver.

Observation Junkie

Awesome, great to hear local town backing a local (and international) business

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mikeo007

Damn Waterloo bending the rules, why can't I get a decent 3-year contract :P

raino

You WANT a three year contract with Bell?

just_luc

Not so much with Bell, I'd prefer Rogers but I'd love my 3 year contracts back either way.

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Observation Junkie

3 year contracts??? Wow you going to miss all those new blackberry releases every year.

I'm keeping my one year rolling contract.

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mikeo007

Yup. I'd rather be eligible for upgrade every 3 years and keep my fantastic retention plan rather than be eligible every 2 years but have to pay twice as much for my plan. I'll be buying every new phone off contract for the foreseeable future.

Observation Junkie

Sounds like your plan system is different to the UK.
Here I can still keep my plan and still have an upgrade every year.

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mikeo007

We could until recently. We used to be able to buy a phone off contract, or on 1-2-3 year contracts with varying discounts based on contract length, all while keeping our existing plan. When the carriers introduced 2 year plans, they introduced a completely new scheme whereby old contracts could no longer purchase phones at a discounted price without changing to a different plan. It's criminal if you ask me, but that's never stopped canadian carriers before...

Observation Junkie

They tried that cap with me, saying I could only get a new phone if I changed plans at the end of my one year.

Well... I complained, and they said no.
So I sent an email to the MD, and the next day I was told yes I can have a new blackberry and no change of plan required.

Naturally I threw a few legal quotes in there when I emailed the MD

:)

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raino

Doesn't this kill loyalty schemes? Or I guess the 2 year contracts wiped the slate for carriers, so there really was nothing they could offer...

Plazmic Flame

I'm definitely in that same boat. Since the switch to 2 year contracts, the price on monthly plans has reached the level of "ridiculous". I'll definitely be buying all my phones now off contract and keeping my 6GB plan @ $80/month, tax incl.

Drmoe

I expected nothing less!

Posted using the best phone ever, the white Z10!

Hup55

I think this is a helpful app. Too bad my municipality isn't on board with this. I think it's very convenient having all of the information on your BlackBerry.

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bspence87

Right on KW! Now call up your buddies in York, Durham, Haldimand, Niagara, etc and tell them to get their shit together

landorghini

Wow. That is what I called dedication.

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Prem WatsApp

City of Waterloo is dogfooding their homegrown stuff. Good to hear!

My name is Prem, I'm using BBM ... from my QuZe10 ...whatarhyme...

Romrider

Waterloo!!!! Stand up!!!!!

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Observation Junkie

The town does a Mexican wave

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Romrider

That is for sure!! Lol

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imcurved

Congratulations to the residents of city of Waterloo. I only wish my city supported BlackBerry the same way.

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gary690

Good news for blackberry at least its another contract that's good for three years.

christoph77

Good stuff! :)

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BB Super Junior

Toronto needs to do this. And all across Canada. In fact, not just Waterloo and other Canadian cities, but anywhere water is used.

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Killjoyhere

I agree. The products our governments buy can be just as important as who is elected.

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itsachickthing

I'm very glad the local govt is showing this support for Waterloo. Beautiful city, lived there in the 90's, but amazed at the cost, and in the dark about the kind of infrastructure/support BlackBerry might be providing that makes the contract for 300+/- devices worth $516,000.

If anyone in the know could share a little bit how this works, it's got me curious. (not being sarcastic, sincerely wondering. Thanks!)

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wtrmlnjuc

Congrats to 'loo, but f!@# Bell, really.

Killjoyhere

This, I can say, is taxes to good use.

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Waterton

I am a firefighter in my great hometown of Waterloo and yes a lot of our firefighters and administration staff use blackberries. I don't need a phone for games like bejeweled or the latest Netflix app. I use my phone for texting and sending emails and making a crystal clear call.and my Z10 does that perfectly. Not to mention it has the best virtual keyboard ever devised! I will support blackberry all the way and am proud of my city and my employer for doing the same! Go BlackBerry

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AtInsider

This is good news, and hopefully the rest of Canada follows close behind. BB10 is the obvious choice.

Rockland63

Good on them! Every Canadian city should do the same. Pisses me off when I see City of Ottawa employees and civil servants sporting iPhones or Droids!

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birdman_38

Don't let it bring you down.

ThePHM

It would be news if Waterloo did not renew BlackBerry services.

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oneinfiniteloop

IMO, we need this kind of facelift to Blackberry's BB10 UI soon - that user interface looks bright and gorgeous to my eyes. I think Blackberry should hire the UI designers working for the City of Waterloo?

RPM_KW

I've had Pingstreet for a while. Pretty cool app. Every city needs this.

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07thking

Wish i had that app in NYC.

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