Via an official statement in its website, the third biggest mobile operator in the country is announcing that it has decided to limit LTE roaming for its subscribers traveling to Canada and Mexico starting on November 12th. The cap will be at 5 gigabytes each month, and while it is true that T-Mobile will not be charging for overages, mobile users will have to expect connection speeds as sleepy as 128 kbps if they go beyond the 5 gigabyte limit per month.
Among the Group of Seven (G7) nations -- which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States -- Canada happens to have the most expensive mobile rates. On top of that, users based in the Great Big North often have to pay at least $50 to have their mobile devices unlocked when they decide to switch to another network.
Google’s own mobile payment system is making its debut in Canada this week, while enjoying support from several major banking institutions based in the Great White North. The launch of Android Pay in Canada was actually teased by the tech giant during its recent I/O developer conference held a few weeks ago, and according to a report recently published by MobileSyrup, the Canadian roll out of Google’s contactless mode of payment was expected to happen.
Rogers Communications, a mobile operator based in Canada, just became the second major carrier to join in on the Rich Communications Service (RCS) messaging fun. The first to do so of course was major US wireless carrier Sprint, which launched its support for Google’s RCS on its Android powered handsets about a month ago. For those not familiar with RCS, it is a specific messaging standard that integrates features such as group chats, sharing of high resolution images, and more into the usual SMS experience.
Major telecommunications players in Canada are now taking their first steps towards offering their respective 5G services to Canadian mobile users in the near future. Indeed, Bell, Rogers, and Telus are all joining in to establish operating benchmarks for 5G networks. Bell Canada, the biggest telecoms company in the country, is looking to start testing its 5G network.
AT&T has just revealed that it has added new Mexico and Canada roaming services for subscribers on some of its existing smartphone plans. Those who are subscribed under the AT&T Unlimited Plan, they can expect to be able to soon enjoy their plan’s voice calls, text messaging, and data inclusions in and between Mexico, Canada, and the United States, absolutely free of roaming fees. And beginning on May 20th of this year, subscribers can have the option of adding the Roam North America service to their Unlimited Plan without having to worry about any additional charges, either through the MyAT&T portal, or by making a phone call directly to the wireless carrier.
Apple has just revealed that Apple Pay, its mobile payment system, will now support credit and debit cards running on the Visa or MasterCard credit networks, plus the Interac debit network, for all the top five major banking institutions, as well as two smaller bank entities, in Canada. Indeed, as of May 10th of this year, Apple Pay is already available from the following:
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) -- Visa, MasterCard, Interac
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) -- Visa, MasterCard, Interac
Alberta Treasury Branches (ATB) -- MasterCard, with support for Interac coming soon
Canadian Tire Financial Services -- MasterCard
Apple Pay is also coming in June to the following:
Customers of MetroPCS, a prepaid subsidiary of major US wireless carrier T-Mobile, can already make use of their mobile devices just like home when visiting the country of Mexico. But just this week, the mobile services provider has decided to extend its service to the nation north of the United States border via its latest North America Unlimited add-on.
As reported earlier, Apple Pay was supposed to arrive in Canada this week. Well, it is now official -- Apple has made its mobile payment system available in the Canadian market. However, in order for iOS users living north of the United States border to start making use of Apple’s contactless mode of payment, they will have to own the exact right credit card.
According to the blog iPhone in Canada, Apple’s own mobile payment system could be launching in the country of Canada as early as this week. Apparently, customer service representatives from American Express had told the tech website that Apple Pay is scheduled to arrive in the Canadian market on Tuesday, November 17th.
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