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Free Phone Unlocking Canada Guide

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Having an unlocked phone does wonders in many ways, such as being able to use your existing device while you travel anywhere in the world, increasing its resale value, and having the freedom to switch carriers whenever you like.

All major carriers are now legally required to unlock your phone right now, for FREE!

While many indicate that you need to have an existing account with the carrier, in good standing, that’s not the case, we’ll show you ways around that.

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The Ultimate Checklist Before Selling Your SmartPhone – iOS or Android

We get it, not everyone is a GizmoGrind user. Some people want to sell their phone on classified websites like Kijiji or Craigslist, or elsewhere. This guide is for you!

We also made this post to encourage a safer phone trading environment. We hear too often the nightmares of buying a phone that’s locked to a different carrier or has an iCloud account signed in.

If your selling your phone to GizmoGrind, this post is NOT for you. We take care of everything listed here, all you have to do is remove your iCloud account.

Run through this checklist to make sure you’re selling your phone the right way. Feel free to click on the list below to skip ahead.

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The Future of Smartphones

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I remember being obsessed with the mobile phone ever since my father got his first Qualcomm brick with the pull out antenna. He had it holstered on his side. Damn, that was cool. Each pixel was the size of my thumb and the only thing you had was calling, texting wasn’t mainstream yet.

Old Mobile Phone

 

Then 2017 happened. Mic drop…! What’s everyday norm for today would be sorcery not long ago.

Future Generation Smartphones

 

Yet new tech and scientific discoveries are being spewed up at ludicrous speeds. So what’s the future smartphone? Absent an asteroid or Solar flare, you are the smart device of the future.

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How to Buy Used iPhones on Kijiji Like a Pro – Complete Guide

How to Buy an iPhone on Kijiji Like a Pro – Complete Guide

Kijiji is a go-to place for many but some have had bad experiences or no success and choose to give up on the classified site altogether.

Thing is, Kijiji has awesome prices and our research proves it. Here’s the average sale price of a used iPhone 7 32GB on Kijiji vs buying elsewhere.

Price of used iPhone 7 Canada

*Prices taken on November 2017

 

 

We’ve had more calls than we’d like to count, of GizmoGrind users asking for help after a bad buy, so we decided to put together this guide that will help you use Kijiji like a pro.

 

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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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Unlock Your Samsung Phone Without Unlock Code For Free – A Step by Step Guide

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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,

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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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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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4 Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Cell Phone Bill Today

Bundle Your Services

Bundling your cell phone, internet, TV and home phone with the same company saves a ton of money!

Phone companies are eager for your loyal business, so they’re willing to offer you discounts in exchange for bundling more services with them. Try it: add up your internet, home phone, tv, and cell phone bills separately, then compare it to the price of a bundled package of all four. Even thrifty shoppers will be surprised to see the bundled price is less expensive.

But don’t take the bundled price at face value. Research the prices posted at each company’s website, and contact customer service to ask for any discounts or coupons available. Canadians can often snag a discount of 15-25%, but only if they ask for it.

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