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How to Get LTE on the Blackberry Keyone on Freedom Mobile

Last week I went back to the Blackberry Keyone as my daily driver only to notice that for some odd reason, I could not get it to connect to LTE. I live in Ottawa so Freedom Mobile’s LTE network uses band 4 (1700/2100) for LTE which means this phone should work just fine. “No sweat!” I thought as I quickly dialed 611 from my device. I’ll just ask tech support…. maybe it’s just a provisioning issue..

When I spoke to Freedom Mobile’s ‘technical’ support team (and I use that term loosely.) the lady on the other end of the phone told me that in no way shape or form is a Blackberry going to work on their LTE network, I stopped her and told her she had to be mistaken. I live in Ottawa and Ottawa uses band 4 for LTE which this device has. Why would it not work? “Blackberry will only work on our 3G network.” I was told.

I did some googling and soon learned that the Blackberry Keyone needed a very minor change to get it working on LTE. Here is that change:

    1. Open your dialer (The phone app)
    2. Press the following: *#*#46368676#*#*
    3. You will be presented with the menu in the first screen shot.
    4. Tap Phone Information.
    5. You will be presented with the menu in the second screen shot.
    6. Under “Set Preferred Network Type” select either LTE/WCDMA or LTE/WCDMA Auto (If the option is there.)
    7. Hit the home button and you’re all set.
    8. Your phone may drop your connection temporarily as it tries to connect to LTE.

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Please note: This will only work if you’re in one of the areas that Freedom Mobile uses band 4 (1700/2100) for their LTE. The Blackberry Keyone does not have a band 66 antenna, so it still won’t work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fuck Off Rogers

Another anti-competitive and anti-consumer move is approved by our useless telecom regulator.

Rogers was given approval to purchase AWS-1 spectrum from Videotron the other day and this should have never been allowed to happen.

Rogers is already insanely spetrum heavy and is nowhere near reaching their network capacity.

Shit like this makes my blood boil. This spectrum should have to be surrendered by Videotron and put back up for auction for the smaller carriers. This bull shit with big companies getting bigger while the little guys get screwed every which way by the big 3 douchebags is enfuriating!

The CRTC needs to get off its ass and keep working towards fixing this broken system! I’m so tired of seeing anit-competitive behaviors like this from companies that keep claiming they have enough competition here in Canada.

Rogers, Bell and Telus own every other small brand in Canada aside from regional carriers like Sasktel and Freedom Mobile.

So fuck off Rogers! You lie through your teeth!


TouchPlow: Uber for Snow Plows

TouchPlow WebsiteIf you live in Canada like I do, you probably hate clearing your laneway as much as I do. TouchPlow is the solution to that problem!

I have to admit that this week I let my laziness get the best of me and by Saturday, my laneway was covered in ice and so using my snowblower wasn’t going to work too well for me. This is where TouchPlow came into play.

As the title of this post states; TouchPlow is the Uber for snow plowing!

TouchPlow is super simple. Create an account, add an address, describe your laneway, and book a plow. They offer varying prices depending on the size of your laneway, whether or not you want them to clear your walkway, and how fast you want them to show up and plow your laneway.

When the job is done the plow operator has to provide proof of the job being completed, and you are notified by the app that your laneway has been plowed. You also get to leave feedback for the operator which is reviewed by a real person within a couple of business days.

I am super satisfied with how the job was completed and how fast it was done! I ordered the 4-12 hour service, and it was done within 2 hours! Incredible!

Thought it was worth sharing! Check out the images below for how it works!

Android Download | iOS Download


Back on the Vape Trail

E-Leaf iStick PowerLast week I decided I was done with smoking cigarettes for good. I no longer wanted to feel that heavy chest feeling in the morning. I no longer wanted to be wheezing when I went to bed. I no longer wanted to be out of breath walking up short flights of stairs. I was done with all of it.

I headed to a local vape shop and picked up some supplies, and am happy to say I haven’t smoked in a week now.

It’s super simple to get off cigarettes with this method and in my opinion, these devices do a lot less harm to your lungs than a cigarette does. I no longer wheeze, my smokers cough is nearly gone, not to mention I no longer smell like absolute dog shit!

I’m quite happy with the decision and where I’m at. The next step would be to get off nicotine entirely, but I really do enjoy my vape / smoke throughout the day as a way to take a breather, so it will be much harder to stop entirely.

For now I am happy with the result over the course of a week, and I’ll continue to work hard on keeping off the smokes.


Best Buy Canada Nintendo Switch Confusion

After watching the Nintendo Switch event I knew I was going to be purchasing one so the following morning, I hopped on to BestBuy.ca and pre-ordered mine as soon as I could.

I messed up my original order by using my shipping address as my billing address and my billing address as my shipping address. After a couple of calls to Best Buy customer service, my order was corrected and good to go with one small problem…………………..

The launch date that Best Buy has for my order and for the Nintendo Switch is March 31st? This doesn’t make any sense as the console is launching on the 3rd of March.

I’ve reached out to Best Buy on Twitter to clarifiy.


I have read conflicting information saying that Best Buy made a mistake or they intend to launch it on the 31st. I will be sure to update this post with new information as soon as Best Buy responds.

 

***** UPDATE *****

BestBuy Canada didn’t respond to me at all on Twitter however they did send out a bulk email confirming the date is wrong on everyones preorders. See below.