Tag Archives: Cell Phone

Text Messages Can Be Considered Private Even Once Received, Supreme Court Says

Text Messages Can Be Considered Private Even Once Received, Supreme Court Says

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

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A man walks and texts on his smart phone in downtown Toronto on Monday, October 30, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

OTTAWA – Canadians can expect the texts they send to remain private — at least in some cases — even after the messages reach their destination, the Supreme Court declared Friday in setting aside the firearms convictions of a man whose sent messages were uncovered by police.

In a potentially significant 5-2 ruling, the high court set aside the convictions against Nour Marakah, whose messages were found by Toronto police on the mobile phone of an alleged accomplice.

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Man Robbed at Knifepoint Trying to Sell Phone Online

Man Robbed at Knifepoint Trying to Sell Phone Online

Winnipeg Police CrestWINNIPEG — A man trying to sell his cell phone that he had listed online was robbed of his property at knifepoint on Thursday afternoon.

Winnipeg police say the victim contacted them to report he was in the 500 block of Atlantic Avenue to meet a potential buyer who had entered his vehicle. The suspect took out a machete-style knife and demanded property from the victim, who complied and then fled his own vehicle. The victim wasn’t injured.

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Consumers with Shared Wireless Accounts Advised to Watch Out for Overage Fees

Consumers with Shared Wireless Accounts Advised to Watch Out for Overage Fees

By David Paddon, The Canadian Press

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A Telus sign is pictured at company’s annual meeting in Vancouver on May 8, 2014. Telus has joined Rogers in saying it can’t meet a Dec. 1 deadline for completing changes to the way customers are billed for extra data usage and international roaming charges. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

TORONTO – Consumers are being advised to vigilantly check their wireless data consumption and roaming fees, as it looks increasingly unlikely that Canadian telecoms will implement notification methods required under a new wireless code by the December deadline.

The advice comes after Telus Corp. and Rogers Communications Inc. told the CRTC recently that they won’t be able to implement enhanced overage notifications by Dec. 1, because of the technical complexity.

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Wireless Improvements Made at Bell MTS Place

Wireless Improvements Made at Bell MTS Place

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Bell MTS Place on Portage Avenue. (TNSE)

Fans attending Wednesday’s Winnipeg Jets home opener at Bell MTS Place will notice a difference in how their cell phones work within the building.

Bell MTS made upgrades to its LTE network in the arena over the summer, more than tripling the capacity for wireless customers. A common frustration of those who attend events in the building is slower speeds or periods of non-connectivity given the volume of other users in the vicinity. Similar headaches have been shared by football fans at Investors Group Field in the past.

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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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