April 14, 2014

This Week:

ROGERS LAUNCHES SURETAP WALLET

Rogers has launched the suretap wallet, a new application that lets customers use their smartphones to make payments at thousands of retailers across the country. The application allows customers to safely store eligible payment cards on their smartphone and make purchases by simply holding their phone up to contactless payment terminals. Customers can add multiple cards to their suretap wallet, including a Rogers Prepaid MasterCard, that can be topped up with funds for mobile payments. Also available for purchase are gift cards from Canadian food and beverage merchants and retailers including Swiss Chalet, Milestones Grill and Bar, Montana’s Cookhouse, Harvey’s, Kelsey’s, Indigo, Earls Restaurants, Ardene and Spafinder Wellness 365. In the future, the suretap wallet application will offer more retailer gift cards, as well as store loyalty cards, coupons and ID cards. Information: http://www.rogers.com/suretap.

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MTS INTRODUCES WIRELESS DEVICE TRADE-IN PROGRAM

MTS has introduced My Trade-In, a new program that lets consumers swap their used devices for an in-store credit at any MTS Connect store location. MTS representatives will confirm the trade-in value of any device brought into the store and issue a credit on the spot. Consumers can then use these in-store credits to offset the cost of upgrading to a new device or switching their service to MTS. After being reset to their factory settings, traded-in devices will be recycled and resold in other markets, or disassembled and sold for parts. The My Trade-In program is run in partnership with Phobio, an international company that facilitates wireless retailer trade-in programs. Information: http://www.mts.ca/mytradein.

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REGION OF PEEL LAUNCHES TEXT WITH 9-1-1 FOR DHHSI CITIZENS

The Region of Peel in Ontario, encompassing the communities of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, has introduced the Text with 9-1-1 (T9-1-1) service for deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and speech impaired (DHHSI) citizens. The new T9-1-1 service allows DHHSI citizens to converse with a 9-1-1 emergency communications officer through text messaging in order to get the emergency help they need. DHHSI individuals are required to register nationally with their wireless service provider in order to access the T9-1-1 service. While T9-1-1 is not yet available across Canada, national registration allows those DHHSI individuals to use the service in regions which have implemented the service. Members of the DHHSI community are encouraged to visit http://www.textwith911.ca to learn more about T9-1-1, including information about service availability and how to register with their service provider.

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SASKTEL 2013 SUBSCRIBER NUMBERS

In 2013, SaskTel added a total of 8,035 net new retail wireless voice and data subscribers. The carrier’s total retail subscriber base was 615,694 as at December 31, a year-over-year increase of 1.3%.

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MTS ANNOUNCES 20 FINALISTS FOR FUTURE FIRST COMMUNITY GRANTS

MTS has announced the 20 finalists for the Future First community grants. Until April 19, Manitobans are invited to will help determine the 10 youth serving organizations that will share $100,000 in grants by voting online at http://www.mts.ca/mts/future+first/grants. A shortlist of 15 projects will move forward to a final selection committee of community leaders who will determine the final 10 community grants recipients for 2014. MTS will present the 10 grants of $10,000 each on Manitoba Day, May 12, 2014. MTS Future First: Connecting Today’s Youth to Tomorrow is a multi-faceted community investment program that includes sponsorships, grants, donations, scholarships, employee volunteerism and fundraising programs to help in the advancement of Manitoba youth.

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TCS SELECTED BY US GOVERNMENT TO STUDY GEO-TARGETING ACCURACY FOR WIRELESS EMERGENCY ALERTS

TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), a provider of secure mobile communication technology, has announced that the US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has selected TCS to perform the first phase of the Directorate’s research study, “Constructing Algorithms that Utilize RF Cell Site Propagation Footprints for Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)”. The study focuses on using the area footprints associated with radio frequency coverage to improve geo-targeting granularity and accuracy for delivery of WEA messages.

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MOBILE GIVING IN ACTION: AUTISM NOVA SCOTIA

Autism Nova Scotia, formerly the Provincial Autism Centre, is a non-profit association located in Halifax. The organization provides programs and services to the autism community while helping families and professionals across the province access resources and quality information about autism spectrum disorders. Throughout April – Autism Awareness Month – cell phone users can support the organization by texting the keyword “AUTISM” to 45678 to donate $5. For more information about Canada’s mobile channel for charitable giving, visit the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada Web site at: http://www.mobilegiving.ca.

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BERNARD LORD TO ADDRESS HALIFAX CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – APRIL 24

Mobile data usage in Canada will grow nine-fold by 2018 as Canadians remain among the world’s fastest adopters of leading-edge smartphones. Canada’s 28 million wireless customers have access to some of the fastest and most robust wireless networks on the planet, and they demand high value for the wireless services they are choosing to consume more of each and every day. Join CWTA President and CEO Bernard Lord on April 24 as he addresses the Halifax Chamber of Commerce about how the Canadian wireless industry is working to ensure that Canadians can continue to have access to the wireless services they can’t live without. Information and reservations: http://halifaxchamber.com/content/Events_Calendar#id=171&cid=622&wid=301.

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