Transitioning from the CDMA to the 4G LTE Network

What you need to know:

Telus is currently in the process of decommissioning the old CDMA network. They are planning to have it completely shut down by January 31, 2017. All customers still relying on the older network should receive a letter advising them of the turndown, detailing what options they have in order to migrate to the newer 4G network. In order to ensure service isn’t interrupted, customers are advised to make the switch to Telus’ 4G network as soon as possible.

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Why is Telus doing this? 

  • Telus continues to invest in the expansion of 4G/4G LTE services throughout the country. As a result; they are aiming to shut down the old CDMA network in 2017. They are already reaching out to customers asking that they upgrade to a new 4G/4G LTE phone to ensure service is not interrupted.

What happens if I do not want to make this change?

  • The CDMA network will be turned down in 2017 and when this happens, you will no longer be able to use your old phone. We recommend taking advantage of the available offers to migrate to 4G before January 31, 2017.

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Benefits of switching:

Customers who migrate to Telus’ 4G network will experience Canada’s most reliable mobile network. That means better call quality and fewer dropped calls, an improved data connection and faster speeds, as well as coverage that extends to 97% of Canadians. You also gain the ability to use the latest Smartphones and other devices if you so choose.

 

Google Pixel
The Google Pixel, a new Premium smartphone available through Telus.

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If you are unsure whether or not your old phone is still reliant on the CDMA network and is due for an upgrade, you can always come in-store or give us a call at (780) 998-9551. Fore more information regarding available phone and plan pricing though Telus, you can follow this link to their website, or call in to 1-866-558-2273.

 

 




Introducing the Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Introducing the Google Pixel and Pixel XL

The Pixel and Pixel XL are two new phones soon to be available. They have entirely been designed by Google, and feature a bunch of cool and useful Google-based features, built right in to the phone itself.

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New Features

One of the core features of the Pixel phones is what is being called the Google Assistant, an updated take on the Ok Google feature included with some of the newer Android phones. You can access the Assistant by saying ‘Ok Google’ out loud, or by holding down on the home button. According to Google, the more you use it, the more useful it gets.

Google has also stated that anyone buying a Pixel will also receive unlimited storage for all of their photos and videos, all stored at full resolution online in Google Photos. This will greatly help reduce the amount of storage space normally taken up by your photos, allowing you to save more of what really matters to you to your device, like apps and music.

The phone also features Rapid Charge technology via the the reversible USB Type-C charger, giving you up to 7 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes. And when you aren’t using your phone, Doze automatically puts it into a sleep state to extend your battery life.

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Specs

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the more important specifications of the Pixel phones, including screen size, battery capacity and weight:

Pixel

  • Operating System: Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Screen: 5.0” FHD AMOLED display (1920×1080)
  • Camera: Rear: 12.3MP camera
  • Front: 8MP
  • Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 2.15 Ghz + 1.6 Ghz, 64 Bit Quad-Core processor
  • Battery: 2770 mAh
  • Internal Memory: 32GB
  • Weight / Dimensions: 143g / 143.84mm x 69.54mm x 7.31mm

Pixel XL

  • Operating System: Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Screen: 5.5” QHD AMOLED display (2560×1440)
  • Camera: Rear: 12.3MP camera
  • Front: 8MP
  • Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 2.15 Ghz + 1.6 Ghz, 64 Bit Quad-Core processor
  • Battery: 3450 mAh
  • Internal Memory: 32GB
  • Weight / Dimensions: 168g/ 154.72 x 75.74 x 7.31mm

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More Info

If you’d like a more detailed review of the new Pixel phones, check out MobileSyrup’s detailed article, detailing specs and hands on impressions.

For info on the available pricing of the phones through Telus, here’s a link for that as well. The phones are set to be released by Google on October 20th, with availability in-store soon to follow.