Canada Bans Carrier Locked Phones Starting December 1st

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Canadians are waking up to good news this morning.  The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has ruled that starting December 1, 2017, all phones sold in the country are to be unlocked and carriers are banned from locking them to their network.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that as of December 1, 2017, all individual and small business wireless service customers will have the right to have their cellphones and other mobile devices unlocked free of charge upon request. In addition, all newly purchased devices must be provided unlocked from that day forward.

Canada mobile users pay some of the highest tariffs when it comes to mobile data usage and the ruling is aimed at creating competition between the carriers and to allow customers to more easily move from carrier-to-carrier to get the best deal.  This should, hopefully, have the knock-on effect of driving costs down for consumers.

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Huawei P10 and P10 Plus Pre-Orders Start at Rogers in Canada

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Canada’s largest mobile provider Rogers has begun taking pre-orders for the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus.  The carrier is offering both phones at a variety of different payment options to their customers including the ability to purchase the phones outright.

The 5.1″ P10 is available in Black or in the Rogers exclusive color Prestige Gold for $649 without a contract while it will cost $499 on a 2 year on their Talk & Text Plan.  The 5.5″ P10 Plus is $749 without a contract and $599 on a 2 year Talk & Text plan.  Their are other plans available from the carrier for both phones.

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Android Nougat Update Rolling Out to Samsung Galaxy S7 on Rogers and Telus in Canada

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Good news this morning for those in Canada who have the Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge on either Rogers or Telus.  The two carriers have begun the process of rolling out the Android Nougat 7.0 update to those devices.  The update comes a few days later than the majority of carriers in Canada started the update roll out and follows the release of the update here in the United States.  By all indications, the update is virtually identical to the update that rolled out to other Canadian and US carriers.  That is, it is based on Nougat 7.0 and has the February 2017 Android Security Update.

The update for the phones is sizable at just over 1GB so you will certainly want to make sure you are on a Wi-Fi connection to download it.  Once the update is downloaded, you can expect the install to take 15-20 minutes and after the reboot is complete, you will be on Nougat.

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