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CRTC Bans Cellphone Unlocking Fees, Clarifies Rules for So-Called Family Plans

CRTC Bans Cellphone Unlocking Fees, Clarifies Rules for So-Called Family Plans

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

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OTTAWA – Cellphone companies will soon no longer be allowed to charge customers to unlock their devices, Canada’s telecom regulator said Thursday as it unveiled sweeping changes to the wireless code of conduct.

The new code from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission also says as of Dec. 1, all newly purchased devices must be sold unlocked — one of several other changes aimed at giving people more control over their wireless services.

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Providers Have to Invest to Meet Growing Demand for Mobile Use: Bell CEO

Providers Have to Invest to Meet Growing Demand for Mobile Use: Bell CEO

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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George Cope, President and CEO of BCE Inc., speaks during the 2017 annual general shareholders meeting in Ottawa on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Cope says his company and its competitors have to invest in infrastructure to keep up with a booming consumer appetite for entertainment both at home and on mobile devices. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

WINNIPEG – Internet and mobile providers must invest in infrastructure to keep up with a booming consumer appetite for entertainment both at home and on the go, Bell Canada Enterprises CEO George Cope said Tuesday.

High-speed mobile data usage is up 37 per cent from just last year, while the amount of data streaming over the Internet has more than quadrupled in five years, Cope told the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

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New App Allows for Virtual Dig at Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre

New App Allows for Virtual Dig at Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre

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The new Fossil Discovery Adventure app accompanies visitors to the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden, Manitoba. (HANDOUT)

A new augmented reality smartphone app is adding another layer of interactivity for those who visit the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden.

The “Fossil Discovery Adventure” app is the first-of-its-kind for a Canadian museum, allowing visitors to collect AR fossils throughout CFDC by finding 12 digital dig sites and applying their knowledge of the exhibits to the app’s built-in trivia game.

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Thieves Steal Cell Phone Tower in Northern Manitoba

Thieves Steal Cell Phone Tower in Northern Manitoba

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A 68-foot tower used to support a cell phone booster and wireless Internet has gone missing in northern Manitoba.

RCMP say the tower was stolen from Egg Lake on April 2 and loaded onto a trailer after being dismantled. It was last seen behind a red Dodge truck heading east on PTH 60 on April 3.

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Deal Closes for TELUS to Expand Wireless Service in Manitoba

Deal Closes for TELUS to Expand Wireless Service in Manitoba

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A woman is silhouetted as the Telus Corp. logo is displayed on a screen during a company event in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, October 2, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

TELUS is crossing the T on a deal to expand its wireless footprint in Manitoba following the acquisition of MTS by Bell.

The company has formally closed the deal to acquire one-quarter of Bell MTS’ postpaid wireless customers and 15 dealer locations. The deal is valued at approximated $300 million, and closed on April 1.

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A Tale of Two Canadas: How Cell Phone Coverage Varies

A Tale of Two Canadas: How Cell Phone Coverage Varies

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

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NEEPAWA, Man. — Did you know that Canadian cell phone users have one of the fastest mobile networks in the world? Neither did I, because I’m usually struggling to find more than three bars of service.

Last month, Open Signal released their annual State of Mobile Networks report, which found that Canada had the 11th fastest network in the world — faster than the U.S. and the U.K., faster in fact than many European countries. Open Signal is an application that users download to help them find networks, towers and improve their connection. It also monitors their usage, and then aggregates that information for reports on characteristics like network speeds and WiFi usage. The speed reported is an average of all of the mobile data connections a user experiences, which also means it effectively measures how much of the users’ networks have been upgraded to the faster 4G technology. The end result is a more accurate picture of real-life network performance.

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RCMP Ticket Driver for Allegedly Slowing Traffic, Taking Photo

RCMP Ticket Driver for Allegedly Slowing Traffic, Taking Photo

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A driver is handed a ticket for distracted driving after allegedly slowing traffic to take a photo of an RCMP Checkstop van. (RCMP / TWITTER)

A driver who slowed down to allegedly take a picture of an RCMP Checkstop vehicle couldn’t have done it at a worst location.

Mounties tweeted on Thursday that the 58-year-old was pulled over for distracted driving while slowing traffic to snap a photo of their van.

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Manitoba’s Deaf Community Reminded of Text with 911 Service

Manitoba’s Deaf Community Reminded of Text with 911 Service

MTSMTS is reminding Manitobans about its Text with 911 (T9-1-1) service, which is available for the deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and speech-impaired (DHHSI) community.

“Two years ago, we were thrilled to be one of the first telecommunications providers in the country to make this free service available able to DHHSI Manitobans,” said Heather Tulk, chief customer officer with MTS.

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Bell MTS to Invest $1B on Northern Manitoba Communications

Bell MTS to Invest $1B on Northern Manitoba Communications

MTSBell MTS will invest $1 billion over the next five years to increase broadband communications services in northern Manitoba.

The plan calls for complete LTE and HSPA+ wireless coverage for the Highway 6 corridor to Thompson, and new wireless and wireline broadband services for five indigenous communities: Easterville, Gods Lake Narrows, Gods River, Grand Rapids and Red Sucker Lake.

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