Consider it an birthday present. On the same day that WIND Mobile celebrates its 6th Anniversary, news has surfaced that Shaw Communications is set to acquire WIND for $1.6 Billion.
Shaw, a Canadian telecommunications company with a large footprint in Western Canada, currently does not offer wireless services. This isn't the first time WIND has been attempted to be bought, as rumors of a Verizon buyout circulated in 2013.
BlackBerry wasn't joking when they said they'd be taking the security of the PRIV wholeheartedly. Effective this morning, user who purchased their PRIV through AT&T can download the first maintenance release from their beloved Android-powered device. The update brings several productivity and security improvements, but heed warning: You'll want to use Wi-Fi to download this 475 MB update!
WIND Mobile is acting on their recent spectrum acquisitions in a game changing way. After purchasing a significant amount of AWS-3 Spectrum back in March, WIND had originally planned to start the rollout of their LTE network in 12-18 months. According to their press release today, WIND has partnered with Nokia Networks to deploy what will be one of the most advanced LTE networks in Canada, giving them a strong foothold into being Canada's #4 wireless carrier.
If you are looking for a STV100-1 variant of the Priv, and would rather bypass Digital River/ShopBlackBerry altogether, you can now order/purchase a BlackBerry Priv (STV100-1) online from Walmart in the USA.
This variant is the same one that can be purchased unlocked on ShopBlackBerry, and includes the wireless charging capabilities.
Early adopters of mobile devices tend to switch devices on regular basis, and likely want to make sure that all their information is removed from the PRIV prior to handing it off to it's new owner. Ty over at Inside BlackBerry has compiled a great How-To for completing a factory reset of your BlackBerry Priv!
Did you know that PRIV includes Factory Reset Protection?
Provided you set up a Google account on your device, if you ever misplace your PRIV, Factory Reset Protection can prevent someone who finds it from being able to reset, and use your device as their own.
To help you, and BlackBerry administrators managing PRIV devices in their environments, here’s an overview of how this feature works, and three important things you’ll want to know!
When you complete the PRIV Setup Wizard, provided you signed into your Google account, Factory Reset Protection is enabled. Simply put, after the device is reset, the only way to set it up again is by entering the previously used Google account.
Do you live in the Philippines? Good news! You can now pre-order the Priv by BlackBerry through MemoXpress, BlackBerry’s exclusive partner in the Philippines, with availability in mid-December for PHP 45,000.
Highlights of PRIV include:
Stunning 5.4” dual-curved screen
Long lasting 3410 mAh battery
Both touch and physical keyboards
Schneider-Kreuznach® certified camera
Extraordinary audio quality
RELEASING PRIV™, BLACKBERRY’S FIRST POWERED BY ANDROID™
BlackBerry is set to report on its Q3 fiscal 2016 results on December 18th, 2015. There will be a conference call and a live webcast beginning at 8 am ET, with a replay of the conference call available at approximately 10 am ET.
Roam Mobility, my personal favorite MVNO when traveling to the USA, has decided to take on the task of becoming a MVNO north of the border. The Vancouver-based company has provided roaming packages to the USA & Mexico since 2012, and now are offering packages to Canada under the name Roam Mobility Canada.
Roam Mobility's plans for visitors to Canada will include unlimited
I will confess, the most difficult thing about moving to Android has been the general UI. I love gestures. I love swiping. BlackBerry did a good job with the home button short cuts and the ability to slide from the left side in most apps mitigates my anguish a bit.
Quickly following the update to BlackBerry's DTEK application Password Keeper has been pushed up to 126.96.36.199. This one has a bit more than just bug fixes with "improvements to the user experience" listed as well.