Mobile Handset Library

The Mobile Handset Library is a joint venture between Tbaytel and the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre which assists companies in four ways:

  1. Entrepreneurs looking to enter the mobile space need to be aware of their competitors, and we have access to every platform and app store where you can demo a competitors product.  Not only can you decide which platform you'd like to focus on, but you can get an understanding the competitive landscape and competitor short comings. 
  2. The Mobile Handset Library lets developers do critical testing without the high cost of purchasing unlocked phones or committing to multiple mobile operator contracts.  According to a recent study only 16% of users will use a buggy app more than twice, so take advantage of the chance to thorougly test your app!
  3. Not everything requiring a mobile handset is an app and non-software related companies who are producing smartphone and tablet accessories are able to take use the library as well.  With access to various devices, you are able to ensure a proper fit of any manufactured product with the device(s) of choice.
  4. We are moving to a mobile world where the look and feel of your mobile web presence is important and operating your business from a mobile device anywhere in the world with 24/7 support is crucial.  We want our regional companies to remain competitive and be aware of mobile business opportunities.  

Our library currently has 12 devices available, including tablets, for rental or on a subscription basis to interested parties. For a full listing of our library check out our listing below. Handsets are currently available to rent or subscribe to at the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre.


Pay-As-You-Go Plan

Phones: $20 per day + Unlimited Data
$25 per day + Unlimited Data 

Subscription Plan

Phones & Tablets including Unlimited Data Plan is available at a cost of $300 for an annual subscription and is available to Innovator Members only.

Why Pay?

The mobile handset library is a user community driven initiative. To keep our library up to date we require a shared cost between the user base.


1.  Register with the Innovation Centre.

2. Email us with the timing and type of device you wish to rent with our request formPlease format request emails as “Handset Library Request –”.


The Mobile Handset device should be wiped clean to protect your data and proposed innovation.  The Innovation Centre does not claim responsibility for devices that are not restored back to factory settings.  For instructions, please see Factory Reset Codes.


Do you frequently upgrade your mobile or tablet and are looking to put your old phone to good use?  Contact Jaquelyn at the Innovation Centre about how you can donate your old phone and add to the Mobile Handset Library.


 Email us to find out more


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