Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Rumours and New Features

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Those who are feeling left out after hearing the news of the iPhone 8, then I’ve got news for you. The new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 which is expected to be released sometime in August has been unveiled and it has plenty of features that will leave Android lovers breathless and anxious in anticipation.  If rumours are to be believed, then the device will be launching on August 23. Another thing to note (see what I did there?) will be the price point which much like its competitor, will be around the $1000 mark. Possible features per sources include things such as:

 

  • S Pen support
  • Fingerprint scanner embedded in the screen
  • Wireless charging support
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Available in a variety of colours including Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey and Deep Sea Blue

 

This new

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$50 Unlocking Fee on a $500 Phone?

If you’ve been dying to get your phone unlocked, then I have great news for you. The fees that most services providers would charge to unlock your device is now being banned by the CRTC. The Canadian Radio and Television Corporation announced in June that the fee, considered by many to be the reason most people cannot leave their service providers is going to be banned as of December 1, 2017. The future for Canadian smartphone owners seems bright!

So all new devices will now be sold, completely unlocked. What does this mean for you as a consumer? I’ve done the digging for you. To start, lets look at how we got here.

 

The Truth behind Unlocking Fees:

The cost of owning a smartphone here in Canada is high enough when you take

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Is iPhone 8 Worth the Upgrade?

iPhone 8 icon

If you’re an Apple fan like myself, then I’m sure by now you’ve already heard the news regarding Apple’s new iPhone 8 release in September. However, if you are an Apple fan then I’m sure you already own an iPhone, which leads to next the question, is the iPhone 8 worth it?

 

Ever since I got my first phone, I’ve been hooked onto Apple products from the beginning.  I started off with an iPhone 4 and have been using my iPhone 6 for the last 2 and a half years. I have no complaints since most Apple products generally have a lifetime of about 3-4 years. However, many people update once Apple releases new phones since older models generally become outdated.

 

We’ve all experienced things like glitches, slow phones and battery

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$40 Phone Plans on Kijiji with 5GB Data?!?

Kijiji Text conversation negotiating Price Plans

The cost of owning a phone here in Canada is ridiculously high and often unnecessarily overpriced. When you think about it, there aren’t that many telecommunications companies in Canada so the competition to get customers is much higher. When everything is run by 3 main corporations, it makes it harder to find alternatives to getting a phone plan that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. In this blog post, I’ve aimed to break some major phone companies and the way these phone plans are laid out. However, I’ve also explored other options that are beneficial and won’t leave you entirely broke.

 

In Canada, there are 3 main companies that offer phone plans for Canadians and include major corporations otherwise known as Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility, and Bell Mobility. You

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Best Canadian Apps for your Smartphone

Best Canadian Apps

If you have a smartphone, then you’re already familiar with the plethora of apps available on the app store. However, it’s a little bit of a different ballgame if you’re Canadian. Apart from the major apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Messenger, there are tons of FREE apps that will be beneficial if you’re Canadian like me.

Transportation:

Getting around can be a bit of a hassle if you’re entirely familiar with how the TTC works, or if you’re always struggling to stay on schedule. Here are three apps that will help you organize your time and find a ride to get to where you want to go.

Transit App:

The worst thing in the world is waiting for a bus or a train in the cold. And

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Free Samsung Unlocking – Step by Step

Samsung with unlocked padlock

For us, this hack became apparent after the S6 release. Samsung started free unlocking for all their devices, at least in Canada. Yes, you heard right! Samsung themselves will unlock your device free of charge. Now we’re sharing it with the GizmoGrind community so you can save your cash the next time you go to unlock your phone.

Let’s get the basics out of the way. This is not a root. It’s a 100% legitimate way to unlock your device. Before we brought this to you all, we made sure to test it out thoroughly to make sure it’s totally safe. We found it works 9 out of 10 times and the times it doesn’t, try again the next day, it may

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Google Pixel – Best Smartphone in The World

Google pixel

The Google Pixel is a monumental leap for Google. Forget the Nexus. The Google Pixel is truly a “Google Phone.” Like think about it, Google, the guys who make Android, making a phone. Pure Bliss! Are they the absolute best, Nop! Comparing the Pixel to Samsung’s S8, the upper hand goes to the S8. However, the Pixel released about a year before the S8 and this was Google’s first go, imagine the second Gen Pixel. Oh boy, I’m sure a lot of people in suits are sleeping less easy.

I’ll skip the jargon and explain what you need to know as simply as I can so you can fully appreciate just how exciting this is for Android fans. Also, I’ll be comparing the

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Rising Cost of Owning A Smartphone In Canada – InfoGraphic 2017

You know the feeling, that gut turning moment when you get your cell phone bill in the mail. By the way, not opening it for a week doesn’t make it go away. It still sits on your counter, a juicy chunk out of your bank, really out of your life. Canadians are well travelled, comparing price plans abroad to what we pay here, most of us know its exorbitant. I’ll explain how they’re extortionary! You probably also noticed that buying a new smartphone is getting pricey. These two factors are becoming a serious expense for Canadians, and many are slowly getting blindsided by the upward trend hoping it will get better. I hate to break it to you but after this, you’ll see why its just getting started

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Sugar Mobile Review on Android 2017

Sugar Mobile Logo

We’re all for saving on your phone bill at GizmoGrind, so I’ve been itching to do a review on Sugar Mobile. Let’s dive in and see what we get for $19 a month. The thing is, Sugar Mobile has had its ups and downs and faced some criticism, like the continuous feed of negative rants on HowardForums. Still, I couldn’t help but try it out myself.

Quick Rundown:

$19 a month for unlimited calls and texts in US and Canada. On top of that, you get 400MB of Data. WOW! Hold up, let’s analyze this offer and see what its pros and cons are.

How it Works

Sugar Mobile is an MVNO in telecom lingo, which is Mobile Virtual Network Operator. VoIP technology, baby!

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Kick Your Phone Contract with These Tips

KICK YOUR PHONE CONTRACT WITH THESE TIPS

 

Once in a while you may feel like upgrading to the latest version of your phone’s brand. Or you’re simply tired of the gadget you have used over the years and you just feel like getting a new one. However, this can be a tall order if you are tied down to a phone contract.

There are very many reasons as to why you’d wish to get out of a contract with your service provider. Maybe you just don’t like them, maybe you’d like to switch to another carrier or you simply want to upgrade your device earlier. For instance, on Rogers wireless, upgrading to iPhone 5S would cost you a whopping

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