Freedom Mobile Canada 150 Plan

If you were looking to sign up with Freedom Mobile, today is the day!

Freedom Mobile has introduced a Canada 150 plan that is sure to put all of your worries to rest.

The plan includes:

  • 3GB of Full Speed LTE Data
  • Unlimited Calling and International Texting
  • Unlimited Picture and Video messaging in Canada and the US
  • Caller ID and Voicemail

The plan also allows you to use all of these features while in their coverage area OR WHILE ROAMING! Not to mention LTE is now live in Ottawa, and several other parts of Canada!

No more excuses Canada! Join a carrier that is actually trying to imrpove things each and every day!

You can get more details on the plan here.

Review: Blackberry KeyOne

The Blackberry KeyOne is the first device that Blackberry has produced in recent memory that really had me excited about owning a Blackberry again.

Blackberry has finally created an Android device with the latest version of the operating system as well as a fantastic camera, large battery, and best of all a physical keyboard that only Blackberry knows how to do.

Battery Life

The battery life on the Blackberry KeyOne is absolutely insane! On reddit some users have posted over 10 hours of screen on time on a single charge. I’ve had slightly lower numbers than that, but I also was never able to drain the battery entirely in a day.

Camera Quality

The camer a sensor is the very same sensor in the Google Pixel and Pixel XL devices. It turns out some pretty incredible photos and videos.

 

Call Quality

The call quality on the Blackberry KeyOne has been absolutely stellar. Callers are loud and clear and can hear me just as clearly. Not much else to say about this. It works tremendously well as a phone.

Build Quality

The build quality on the Blackberry KeyOne is truly exquisite. The full metal body with the curved screen edges and the grippy textured back make this device a delight to hold in your hand.

Conclusion

The full outright cost of the Blackberry KeyOne is $729 unlocked from Blackberry, and for the price you get a great camera, fantastic battery life, and a physical keyboard. If these are things that are important to you as they are to me, then this is a fantastic device to consider.

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!

Thoughts on the Asus Zenfone 3

I’ve been using the Asus Zenfone 3 as my daily driver for about a week now, and wanted to lay down some initial thoughts and impressions about this phone because Christmas is coming and I truly think this device is something any mobile phone fan would love.

Tech Specs

  • Dual SIM Card Slots
  • 5.5 Inch Capacitive Super IPS+ Display
  • Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
  • 64GB of Internal Memory
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 16MP Camera with Phase Detection and Optical Image Stabilization
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • USB-C with Fast Charging

The Camera (Photos)

The Camera (Videos)

Network Speeds (WIFI and LTE)

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Screen Shots

Final Thoughts

After some strong consideration, I have actually decided to sell my Pixel and stick with the Zenfone 3. It’s a perfect phone for me that offers the features I want at a crazy attractive price point, and performs well without any stutter or lag.

Wireless Experiment Follow Up

In my last post, I spoke about an idea I had to try and have total wireless services for about $20 CAD per month which was a theory that I put into practice and quickly found out that there are definitely some issues with trying to do this.

  1. Hushed.com is pretty unreliable on Android and iOS.
  2. Calls seldom made it through.
  3. Texting worked well.

The whole week I was using Hushed.com exclusively, I didn’t receive many calls at all. This is usually pretty normal for me so I didn’t pay it any mind. That is until multiple family members and friends called my wife’s phone looking for me. That’s when I knew there was a problem.

It seems as though unless the app is in the foreground, it really doesn’t receive calls properly. Callers are generally sent to voicemail instead.

The outcome of my experiment was total failure. This type of service and setup are not recommended at all, as you cannot guarantee your calls will make it through.