Stocking Stuffer #Giveaway with @TELUS CAN 21/12


Since working with TELUS (for a few years now), you’ve learned how much I love their customer service, and their network service.  I’ve had wonderful experiences domestically, and internationally as well.

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

TELUS is obsessed with delivering an unmatched customer experience and ensuring their customers get the most out of their new phone, accessories and connected products. As part of this commitment, TELUS offers personalized, one-on-one sessions with expert learning specialists through their unique Learning Centres. TELUS Learning Specialists cover everything from basic device functionality to helpful tips and tricks for the most advanced users. If you’re looking for mobile health accessories for the fitness fanatic in your life, their TELUS Health Tech Trainers will make sure you walk away with the best wearable that fits their health goals.

Both their Learning Centre Specialists and Health Tech Trainers sessions are complimentary, and can be booked online or in-store. With a TELUS Learning Centre session, your loved one can feel confident using their new smartphone, accessories or wearable tech to its full potential!

Here are some fabulous stocking stuffer ideas:

NOTH1023Ground Cord Taco:    Tidy tidings

  • The cord taco will help you clean up all of those wires in your bag, pocket, car or wherever they are
  • Premium leather greatly changes the look from messy to cool and organized
  • The taco is made from 100 per cent leather and seals shut with a metallic button
  • Works great for earbuds, USB cords and other small wires.

Price & Availability:

NAUD1091Happy Plugs Earbuds:   A trendy way to listen

  • Happy Plugs are like no other headphones offering maximum sound in minimal size and gorgeous colors
  • The earbuds shut out unwanted sounds in your surrounding environment
  • Compatible with all smartphones and comes with built-in mic and remote

Price & Availability:

NCAB1124Native Union Belt Cable – lightning:   Power packaged up

  • The Native Union Belt Cable puts an end to untidy, tangled-up cables at the bottom of your bag
  • The four foot braided cable is wrapped up and secured with an integrated leather belt so it always looks smart and tangle-free, and stays in prime condition


Price & Availability:

Begins on: time post goes live and  Ends on: December 21, 2015 at 8 pmEST

PRIZE:  the above-mentioned three items

Terms and Conditions:  Open to Canadian residents 18+ only (excludes Quebec). Winner will be notified within 48 hours of the giveaway via email, and will be required to provide their full name, address and telephone number, so that Sponsor can mail out the prize.  By entering this contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a PR agency for the purpose of mailing your prize.  Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize.  [Please read entire Terms and Conditions]  All winners must be from within Canada.  Please note giveaways are only open to Canadian residents and will not be sent out of the country.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media channel.

NOTE: My Bits and Bleeps will not be held liable for any potential loss, damage or undelivered status of the prize.

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The LG G4 at @TELUS is THE Smart Phone WITH Fantastic Service … Even When Travelling!

Lucky me was able to take a LG G4 to Portugal with me!  I shared pictures on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook so you know how fabulous the camera is.  What with its f/1.8 low-light lens, Manual Mode, Optical Image Stabilization, Laser Autofocus, and high-res image sensors … yes; I’d say “professionals everywhere watch out”!    I also only have positive things to say about the processor too; it does it all: web-surfing, emails, phone calls!  LG G4’s great camera, and user-friendly software challenges its competitors; however, there’s still room for improvement in its battery life and on its speaker placement.  Suffice it to say, overall this baby can do everything I need it to do, and well!  I have to say I LOVE how classy and sexy looking it is.  This model is sleek, and fits wonderfully and comfortably in the hand.  I am a tactile kind of gal so personally I really life the feel of the genuine black leather (it’s really nice); this also means no need for an added phone case.  That means less bulk in my back pocket and/or in my purse.   To be perfectly honest, the slight curve of the phone may also play a factor in how comfortably the phone fits in the hand.  I also love how I never have to wipe of fingerprints … of any kind.  That’s definitely a plus!

  • O/S: Android
  • Screen:  Curved 5.5” Quad HD (538ppi)
  • Camera:  Rear: 16MP  Front: 8MP
  • Processor:  Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Processor
  • Battery:  3000 mAh
  • Internal Memory:  32GB
  • Expandaple Memory:  Up to 2TB microSD
  • Weight/Dimensions:  155 grams*/ 148.9mm x 76.1mm x 6.3~9.8mm*
  • SIM card:  NFC Micro SIM

Get more info HERE.   [ * Actual size and weight vary by configuration and manufacturing process.]

Travelling with your smart phone can be costly, but it isn’t too bad if you’re careful.  The TELUS blog has a post that nicely sums up 4 ways to keep your cost down while travelling. Essentially, (1) buy a travel pass to your mobile account, (2) disable alerts, (3) turn off data roaming and use secure WIFI when possible, and (4) consider using an international SIM. 

TELUS EUROPE TRAVEL PASS:  [Stay connected for less.]

TELUS’ Europe Travel Passes provide even more value with a savings of up to 90 per cent off regular pay-per-use rates. For example, customers travelling to Europe can get 150 outgoing and free unlimited incoming text messages, 50 minutes of voice and 150 MB of data for only $50, in comparison to spending more than $600 with pay-per-use rates. For more information on TELUS’ travel passes to Europe as well as other popular destinations visit

My experience with TELUS service in Europe:

My trip to Portugal was stressful enough (personal issues); I certainly didn’t need the added stress of not being connected!   There were two main concerns:  I had left my daughter in Canada, and I was super worried about not finding my way around.  Have you ever driven in Lisbon and the surrounding areas?  Trust me; when I say, it is NOT an easy thing to do.  Maps and directions are conflicting, signs are horrible, and everyone drives dangerously!  Did you know that turns are often (if not always) before the sign?  BEFORE the sign!  Explain that one!  It is very different there.  Even with the indispensable help from TELUS’ Service, and Google Maps I STILL got lost … and several times!  I found myself navigating via following the blue line on Google Maps.  You know; the one that illustrates on the map which route your car is taking.  Here are my two suggestions to Google Maps:  update your maps, and get someone who is bilingual to speak.  I found it very difficult to follow along.  Even my English-speaking friend (only English) can pronounce the Portuguese street names better!  Ugh.  I took comfort in the EXCELLENT service from TELUS that was dependable … not once did it falter.  I’ll be honest, I did have doubts before leaving to Europe.  Last time I went to Europe it was 1994 … I basically just left my cell phone behind!  I didn’t really know what to expect this time around but sure was relieved to experience a stress-free trip.  I felt safe, comfortable, and confident.  I highly recommend trusting TELUS with your smart phone service needs.  Thank you TELUS for your continued excellence and superior customer service.

Disclosure:  TELUS loaned me the above item.  I have not been financially compensated in any way.  I am not obliged to give a positive review.  Any opinion(s) expressed is my own, and is given freely.  Any information acquired from TELUS’s various social media formats has been authorized, and has been done so as to facilitate my post/review.

Microsoft’s Tech Tablets, Accessories and Upgrades #BTS

It’s Back-To-School time and I’m so excited!  Why?  I have a simple explanation:  my daughter needs to follow a schedule.  Quite frankly, I think the entire household craves that structured time.  The key to keeping up with modern-day-learning [gone are the days of chalk and the chalkboard]  is using the tools to help you succeed.

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

It’s time to focus on Back-to-School Supplies; Microsoft has the student essentials!  Get your student excited about learning with these beauties:

NOTE:  I especially love the foldable keyboard.  Psst, I also believe the Surface 3 the perfect portable processor.


In today’s tech-driven classrooms, a laptop or tablet has gone from a nice-to-have, to an absolute necessity. Thinner and lighter than ever, Microsoft’s Surface 3 is the perfect option for work, play and everything in-between. Powerful, productive and portable, the Surface 3 does all the things you love on a tablet like watching videos, playing mobile games or connecting with friends. But when you add the pen and keyboard, the Surface 3 turns into a fully functional laptop. Highlight digital textbooks and makes notes in the margins, develop essays and presentations, take notes in class or even record lectures and seamlessly save them to OneDrive – the Surface 3 does it all.   It’s no wonder Surface tablets are top of their class 😉



  • Atom x7 processor and Windows 8.1 – perfect for multitasking
  • Provides 10 hours of video-playback and can run downloadable programs just like a PC
  • Multiple ports so students can easily plug in a USB, mouse or printer
  • Comes with 1TB of free OneDrive storage, so students can access their files anywhere

The Surface 3 starts at $639; pen ($49.99) and type cover ($129.99) sold separately.


If the laptop you bought last September will do just fine, make sure you’ve got the latest software update. Windows 10 is a free upgrade to anyone running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 during the first year after launch. Windows 10 combines features you know and love like the return of the start menu, with great new productivity and security features, like Microsoft Edge and Cortana, coming soon. Plus, the service will evolve and get even better over time. New features are delivered when they’re ready, without having to wait for the next major release – giving you a safe and secure Windows experience.


Microsoft Office proficiency is more important than ever. According to a recent IDC study, Skill Requirements for Tomorrow’s Best Jobs, Microsoft Office is third on a list of fundamental skills for top-grossing, high-growth employers, which is why Microsoft is working with schools to give over 4 million students across the country access to Office – at no cost to the student or their family.

Here’s how it works: if a child or post-secondary student is enrolled in a district school board or individual school which has purchased Microsoft Office for use by its faculty and staff, they are eligible to access Office from their schools through the Office for Students program. All they need to do is log-on to to check their eligibility and download Office.


And the best part about it, is it’s not just for school! Students can download Office on up to five PCs and Macs, iPads, Android tablets, iPhones or Android phones for use at home and in the classroom.

What it includes:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • OneNote
  • Access
  • Publisher
  • 1TB of storage on OneDrive
  • Office Online for in-browser editing


The Universal Foldable Keyboard is perfect for a student on-the-go —its ultra-thin, lightweight, compact design lets students easily take it wherever they go so they can get more done on their tablet or smartphone no matter where they are!



  • Works across devices: The Universal Foldable Keyboard was designed to work with iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows tablets, and Windows Phone. Pair the keyboard with any combination of two compatible devices and quickly switch between them with one touch.
  • Ultra-thin and lightweight: Only 5mm thin, the innovative, foldable design easily fits into a purse, bag, or pocket.
  • Full-size keyset: The full-size keyset provides fast, accurate typing.
  • Easy on/Easy off: Open the keyboard to connect to your tablet or smartphone. Simply close the keyboard to shut it down
  • Spill-resistant design: Water repellent keyset and fabric helps protect against accidents.
  • Rechargeable battery: The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to three months of usage on a single charge.
  • Bluetooth Smart®: Clutter-free and reliable experience utilizing the latest in Bluetooth 4.0 technology, consuming less power.

Top tech tips for surviving the school year – By Marc Saltzman

Forget books, binders and backpacks – today’s students also need access to three other Bs: broadband, blogs and Bluetooth.

High school and post-secondary students, in particular, can take advantage of the latest high-tech tools – be it for work and play to give them the leg up when they head back to the classroom this fall.

Here’s a few grade-A tech tips to help students make the most out of the school year.

(1) Take advantage of free apps to stay organized

There are many tools that help students get productive to get things done, but most parents know that Microsoft Office is the cream of the productivity crop: Word, PowerPoint and Excel are a must for writing papers and creating presentations; OneNote makes it easy to take notes and organize research; Outlook helps students stay on top of deadlines, appointments and more.  What many parents don’t know, is that Office is available for FREE to students across Canada. Here’s how it works: if the student is enrolled in a district school board or individual school that has purchased Microsoft Office for use by its faculty and staff, they are eligible to access Office through the Office for Students program. Visit to check the student’s eligibility and download Office today.

(2) Upgrade your world

If you purchased a new computer in the last year and a half, your student is probably set for the year, but make sure they have all of the latest operating system upgrades, like Windows 10, so they can take advantage of the newest features.  Free for home users running Windows 7 or newer, Windows 10 is the Windows you know and love, only better. It brings back familiar features like the Start menu, adds new features like Microsoft Edge, which has the ability to type on webpages or annotate using your fingertip or stylus pen. Multitaskers will rejoice with the ability to snap up to four apps in place and Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant, is coming to Canada soon, as well. Cortana will help keep track of things that interest you, make helpful suggestions, remind you of appointments and help you stay closer to the people who matter most. Plus, she continually learns about your interests, friends and favourite things, just like a real assistant.

(3) Do the cloud

“The dog ate my homework” isn’t going to fly in 2015 – because students can access their work from anywhere thanks to the cloud.  Take advantage of free cloud services like OneDrive, which lets students store their school work and personal files, including research notes, calendar dates, contacts, photos and videos, music and audiobooks, and more. Students can access their files from multiple devices, anywhere in the world, as well as easily share large files with fellow students or collaborate in real-time on projects.  Along with the OneDrive webpage, you can also download the OneDrive app for free for use with smartphones and tablets.

(4) Heed the call

Why should university-bound students pay through the nose for long distance calls back home when they can video chat for free over Wi-Fi?  Skype lets students keep in touch with family and friends with Skype-to-Skype calling, for free, plus you can add video which is more meaningful than audio-only – especially if you’re feeling a little homesick (whether students admit it or not).  Skype also lets you message others, share files and call to landlines and mobile phones on the cheap.

(5) Double duty

Many students prefer a laptop for school work but a tablet to do the fun stuff, like checking social and watching videos, so why not get a versatile device that does both!  Starting at $639, Surface 3 is powerful, productive and portable. The Surface 3 does double-duty, allowing students do all the things they love, like playing mobile games or connecting with friends, while also working as a fullyfunctioning laptop where they can take notes, write essays and create presentations.  The optional magnetic Type Cover keyboard and trackpad is available in multiple colours so students can personalize to their style and, can choose to write, draw and annotate on the screen with their fingertip or optional Surface Pen.

About Microsoft Canada
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