Android News Canada 10/05/13: Galaxy S4 Updates, Rogers Wireless Plan Changes, Mobilicity's Sweetheart Deals and more

 

TELUS Updates Optik On the Go

You probably already know this by now if you use the app, but TELUS updated Optik On the Go this week by bringing in tons of new content options and the necessary performance improvements. The Optik catalog is actually free to TELUS television subscribers. You get access to channels like Super Channel, Disney XD, and Treehouse. If you're a TELUS TV subscriber and you want to check out the app, you can find the smartphone version here, and the tablet version here.

Rogers Lowers Monthly Plan Fees in Quebec

Rogers is making a few changes to their monthly service frees and plans.

"In reaction to the competitive environment of Quebec, Rogers launches new rates on 3 May 2013."

Individual plans:

  • $25/month plan talk and text:
    • 100 minutes
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail
  • $30/month plan talk and text (was $35/month):
    • 200 minutes
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail
  • $35/month plan talk and text (was $42/month):
    • 1,000 minutes
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail
  • $45/month plan talk, text and internet (was $55/month):
    • 200 minutes
    • 150mb data
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail
  • $60/month plan talk, text and internet (was $70/month):
    • Unlimited Canada-wide calling
    • 3GB data
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail
  • $70/month plan talk, text and internet (was $80/month):
    • Unlimited Canada-wide calling
    • 5GB data
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail
  • $90/month plan talk, text and internet (was $100/month):
    • Unlimited Canada-wide calling
    • 7GB data
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail

Family Plans:

  • New $70/month plan talk and text plan:
    • 2,000 minutes
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail
  • $90/month plan talk, text and internet (was $110/month):
    • 2,000 minutes
    • 300 MB data
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail
  • $120/month plan talk, text and internet (was $140/month):
    • Unlimited Canada-wide calling
    • 6GB data
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail
  • $140/month plan talk, text and internet (was $160/month):
    • Unlimited Canada-wide calling
    • 10GB data
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail
  • $180/month plan talk, text and internet (was $200/month):
    • Unlimited Canada-wide calling
    • 14GB data
    • Unlimited evenings starting at 6PM
    • Unlimited texts
    • Call Display
    • Voicemail

Mobilicity Tries to Win Back Lost Customers with New Sweetheart Deals

Mobilicity is trying to win over customers with lapsed account balances, obviously they want the business and probably need it too. In exchange for returning to the network, Mobilicity is offering two very unique "sweet deals" that they hope will win you over.

The first plan is $25 (Smart Plan), for unlimited talk, text, caller I.D. and data. The second plan is $40 (Smarter Plan) for unlimited North American calling, global text, voicemail, call waiting/forwarding, and discounted BlackBerry Internet Service. Of course, both plans offer unlimited data, or "free data for life" as Mobilicity puts it.

The deals are only available for a limited time, there's no mention of how long, so make sure you hurry up and take advantage of them while you can. They're actually only valid through the company's *611 portal, and you must agree to an Automatic Monthly Payment through an authorized credit card or checking account.

theScore Inc Secures $16 Million in Funding for New Mobile Sports Platforms

As the title suggests, theScore Inc. has secured $16 million in private funding from several different investors, including Relay Ventures, Levfam Holdings, and Rogers Media.

According to John Levy, the company's CEO, the company plans to use the money to develop new mobile sports platforms.

"This financing allows us to ramp-up the development of some exciting new features for our mobile sports platforms, providing sports fans with an even more immersive experience while accelerating user growth across the United States."

theScore currently has a plethora of sports apps available on iOS, Android and Blackberry 10. They reported an excess of 4.2 million monthly users in January 2013, which is certainly nothing to sneeze at. Clearly they're hoping to boost those numbers by developing new platforms thanks to the new funding.

The CIBC Mobile Payment App is Now Available

Rogers is expanding the CIBC Mobile Payment App to several new platforms. The app, previously known as Suretap, allows customers to pay for small ticket items ($50 or less) directly from a compatible smartphone.

Previously, the app was only available to the Blackberry platform but it's since been expanded to include the LG Optimus G, Galaxy Note II, Blackberry Bold 9790 and Blackberry Z10. Of course, more devices will be added to the list over the next few months.

To use the app, you must be a Rogers customer, with an NFC-enabled SIM and a CIBC Visa Card- you also need a compatible device too but hopefully that's a given.

Bell's Samsung Galaxy SII HD LTE Receives Jelly Bean Update

This one is pretty straightforward folks. The Samsung Galaxy SII HD LTE through Bell has been updated to Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), and the update is now available through Samsung's desktop software Kies. Go ahead and grab it, and then be sure to let us know how it works out for you!

 

MTS Announces LTE Expansion Plans to Celebrate 25 Years Wireless Anniversary

May 6 marked the 25 anniversary of MTS connecting their very first wireless call in Manitoba. The President of MTS, Kevin Shepard had this to say:

"Since the first cell phone call was placed in 1988, MTS's wireless network has grown to encompass over 200 cell sites that simultaneously support over one million calls, millions of texts, and terabytes of data every day."

The MTS LTE coverage map currently affects nearly 60% of the Manitoba population and over the next half a decade the company is "poised to become substantially larger and reach even more Manitobans."

MTS is launching a new LTE network in Winnipeg and Brandon, but later this year they'll also be expanding to Selkirk, Portage la Prairie, Steinbach, Ste. Anne, Grand Beach and Victoria Beach.

First Canada Galaxy S4 Firmwares are Now Available

The first carrier branded firmwares for the Galaxy S4 (SGH-I337M) have been released.

Firmware Details:

  • Android Version: 4.2.2 - Build JDQ39
  • PDA: I337MVLUAMDJ
  • CSC: I337MOYAAMDJ

The good news is that now the custom ROMS and kernels will really start hitting the scene.

CHATR Renews Wireless Offering with $20 unlimited local and $35 unlimited nationwide talk plans

Chatr is now offering a $20 unlimited local talk plan until August 6. There's also a $25 province-wide plan with 50 outgoing texts and a $35 unlimited nation-wide plan with unlimited texts. Of course, all incoming calls on those plans are free while the talk limitation is on outgoing calls. Check out Chatr's website for more information.

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