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TELUS is one of the three major Canadian wireless service providers. They currently have the BlackBerry Z10 for sale and other BlackBerry devices. TELUS owns Koodo, which acts as their prepaid brand. TELUS was founded in 1990 in Alberta as a holding corporation for the crown company Alberta Government Telephones Commission.
I'm still no fan of contracts but if you've been waiting to get a BlackBerry Z30 on the cheap or the upcoming BlackBerry Passport isn't for you, now is likely the best time to do so if you live in Canada. Right now, TELUS, Bell and Rogers are all offering the device for free with a 2-year contract on specific plans until Sept. 15th.Continue Reading →
Over the past few weeks now we've received several tips surrounding the list of Canadian carriers who are suggested to be releasing the BlackBerry Passport. It's comprised of all the usual suspects such as Bell, Rogers, and TELUS but unlike some previous device releases, everything surrounding the Passport has been rather hush-hush and the tips have never come along with the typical 'proof' people have come to expect.Continue Reading →
If you live in Canada and are looking to move into a new BlackBerry 10 device but don't have a lot of cash to throw around, the fine folks at Koodo may have just what you're looking for. Right now, on their website and in-store you can pick up a BlackBerry Q5 for only $150 outright or $0 if you actually want a plan with their Tab option. For comparison sake, the parent company of Koodo, TELUS still lists the Q5 for $425 outright while Rogers is offering the device for $350 outright. The only drawback? You only have black to choose from.Continue Reading →
The pricing for the TELUS BlackBerry Z30 has been revealed thanks to a leaked internal doc. Much in the line of other carriers, the Z30 will run you $129 on a 2-year term from TELUS. Good news for those of you looking to buy one off contract as well as the TELUS model will fetch $650 - a full $50 less than that of Bell.Continue Reading →
Much in the same fashion as Rogers did one year ago, TELUS is introducing NFC-enabled SIM cards to be used for mobile banking services. The new SIM will be available on October 10th though sadly it looks like it will only be compatible with the BlackBerry Bold 9900 - not any BlackBerry 10 devices (at least for now).Continue Reading →
Though the UK and Middle East were the first confirmed regions to get the BlackBerry Z30, TELUS in Canada wasn't shy about chiming in with today's announcement to say that they'll be picking up the big-screened beaut eventually as well. Rogers told us they didn't have any info on the Z30 to share right now, and Bell is all in and will be offering Z30 soon. Most regions should likely have access to the Z30 by the holidays, in any case.Continue Reading →
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.Continue Reading →
We've received several tweets today about the BlackBerry Q5 arriving at several Canadian retailer locations today. The device hasn't as of yet gone on sale at any of them but the stock is most certainly arriving. Over at Mobile Syrup, they've managed to score a few shots from the carriers internal systems that shows the pricing of the device when it goes on sale.
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.
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With rumors of the BlackBerry Q5 coming to Fido already out there, another Canadian carrier has joined the mix as well in a more confirmed manner. Koodo has now listed the device on their website as coming soon. Listing only the Black version, folks looking to pick up a BlackBerry Q5 on Koodo will have the option of getting the device for a low $50 with the Koodo tab or $350 outright. Sure you could get a BlackBerry Z10 or Q10 for cheaper with contracts and all that but $350 straight up isn't all that bad for a BlackBerry 10 device. Check out our BlackBerry Q5 review, if you haven't already.Continue Reading →
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.Continue Reading →
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?Continue Reading →
The wireless landscape in Canada is changing once again as TELUS has now announced they've agreed to acquire Mobilicity. The deal worth $380 million will still need to be approved by the Competition Bureau, Industry Canada, and Mobilicity's debtholders. Over the past little while, Mobilicity was looking to have the company change hands due to financial concerns but if all goes through, it will ensure all 250,000 Mobilicity customers continue to have service without disruption.
"A concern for our customers and employees led us to approach TELUS, which has a reputation for a strong customer focus, as evidenced by their industry leading client loyalty," said Stewart Lyons, Mobilicity President. "I am confident TELUS will look after our employees and our customers, mitigating any disruption to their service, while offering the best outcome for all stakeholders."
In addition to maintaining service for customers, TELUS will also retain all 150 Mobilicity employees throughout the transition process and will offer long term employment to those employees. If you're looking for the full details, the press release from TELUS and Mobilicity can be found below.Continue Reading →
Canadians, are you looking at getting a BlackBerry Q10 this weekend? Be sure to check out our extensive buyer's guide first!Continue Reading →
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.Continue Reading →
We get our hands on the BlackBerry Q10 being sold by the first of three Canadian carriersContinue Reading →
If you're Canadian and over 18, Koodo wants you to have a BlackBerry Q10 smartphone and to help you obtain one they're giving away 10 of them. You'll have to head on over to their Facebook page, give them a like and fill in some personal details but after that it's smooth sailing.
In addition, if you opt to share your entry with the world, you can gain one bonus entry as well. As it stands, contest closes onTuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 12:00PM (EST). If you're looking towards entering, we suggest you also read the contest rules as supplied by Koodo on their Facebook page. Also note, we're not affiliated with this contest. It's all on Koodo.Continue Reading →
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!Continue Reading →
If you're on Rogers, Fido or TELUS (Yes, that includes Koodo) and are the proud owner of a BlackBerry Z10, you'll want to go ahead and check for software updates on your device. As reported in the CrackBerry forums and witnessed on some of our own devices, software update v10.0.10.85 is now arriving OTA. Yes, that's the software version -- the OS version itself is 10.0.10.672 and the highest release we've seen thus far, including leaks.
Update: BlackBerry has posted on the Inside BlackBerry Blog a detailed look at the changes this OS brings. You can find a quick summary of those changes below.Continue Reading →
Rogers isn't the only one setting up pre-orders for the BlackBerry Q10; TELUS kicked off their reservation system for the key-studded device tonight. Though pricing and dates aren't being set in stone, BlackBerry has been pretty clear that we'll see the Q10 come in April. If you haven't had a chance to check it out, take a look at our Q10 hands-on video.Continue Reading →
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.
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.
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.Continue Reading →
While Kevin was getting all drooly over his white BlackBerry Z10 from Rogers, I got up close and personal with the TELUS retail packaging. Though the contents remain more or less the same, it solidifies a few things about what you get from the store. For one, there's minimal carrier branding, both on the box and on the device. Secondly, there are the bare essentials for accessories; you get a USB cable, wall charger, and headphones.Continue Reading →
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.Continue Reading →
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.Continue Reading →
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.Continue Reading →
The hits just keep on coming - today Koodo, WIND and Mobilicity announced that they too will be carrying BlackBerry 10 devices at launch. Koodo announced via their Facebook page and both WIND and Mobilicity confirmed to MobileSyrup via email. We'll add these to the growing list of carriers that will have BlackBerry 10 devices at the ready. Just a few weeks left until launch and we're getting anxious. Bring on BlackBerry 10!
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TELUS has jumped on the growing list of carriers offering up BlackBerry 10 promos and customers can now pre-register for BlackBerry 10 devices. The page simply states that BlackBerry 10 is coming soon but allows customers to register for updates on BlackBerry 10 including news, promos and information on products and services. While signing up doesn't guarantee you a preorder for a device, you'll certainly be able to stay in the loop and be one of the first to grab one at launch. Head over to the link below for more details.Continue Reading →
It’s no question that BlackBerry is pushing ahead with the launch of BlackBerry 10. It’s evident in the employee morale, the developer support and even the carrier support. While Kevin was in Waterloo at RIM headquarters, he discussed the carrier support of BlackBerry 10 with Frank Boulben. Mr. Boulben was quite adamant that carriers shared a similar enthusiasm for the new product. Recently I had the chance to visit the TELUS Toronto office during an event and got to talk shop with James Bishop who is Manager of Product Marketing at TELUS, and Brent Johnston who is VP Mobility Solutions at TELUS. Keep reading as we answer the question: Is TELUS behind the all-new BlackBerry and the BlackBerry 10 OS?