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All posts tagged "data plan"


Monday, May 30, 2011

abroadband: Data Access for Travellers

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.abroadband.com/

My friend Rafe Blanford pointed out this service, which I hadn't heard of until now. It looks interesting - at current rates, it's about 86 cents USD/CAD per MB, and they support SIMs, microSIMs, and USB sticks. That's not "I'm going to order a TV season on iTunes and download it all" cheap, but if you were careful about not downloading email attachments and were sparing with your Internet access, you could make a $40 investment last a week or two. While you can check your online balance easily, it seems this isn't a true pre-pay solution...the metre keeps running without stopping, so be careful what you decide to download.

Note that this is for data only: this is for your laptop, tablet, or I-only-want-Internet-phone. If you want to use your phone abroad and do voice calls, text, etc. you'll need to get a SIM from a wireless carrier. Anyone know of a service similar to this but for full phone service?


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sprint Ups Data Rates by $10/Months on New Smartphone Plans

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:15 AM

http://hothardware.com/News/Sprint-...emium-Data-Fee/

"Ruh roh Shaggy, get ready to fork over an extra $10/month to Sprint to cover the wireless service provider's "Premium Data add-on charge to activations of smartphones." But don't worry, the additional funds coming out of your pocket is how Sprint shows it's "committed to providing its customers a great wireless experience now and in the future." Does that help ease the sting?"

This is going the wrong way - if carriers want more customers to get on board with ARPU-boosting data plans, they've got to get cheaper, not more expensive. Unless of course, due to spectrum constraints and an inability to actually cope with the data usage happening today, carriers like Sprint don't particularly want hordes of new customers signing up. I find that hard to believe - data service plans are one of the few areas of new growth for wireless carriers based on what I read.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Microsoft and Verizon Defend Kin Plan Pricing

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 02:12 PM

http://www.computerworld.com/s/arti...75&pageNumber=1

"Microsoft's new Kin phones are not truly smartphones, but Verizon Wireless is charging users a minimum monthly $70 service fee anyway -- $30 alone for data -- over a two-year contract. Microsoft and Verizon representatives defended the fee on Tuesday, partly because of the Kins' automatic cloud-based backup of video, pictures and other data."

I've been critical of the reality distortion field that accompanies Steve Jobs every time he presents, so I can't be any less critical when I see Microsoft and Verizon doing the same thing. Both Microsoft and Verizon are standing arm in arm and together defending the pricing plan they've come up with for Kin. Ultimately, technology pundits such as myself saying the pricing plans are too expensive only count for so much - which isn't much - and what really mattes is what the market says.

In a few months we'll be able to see how popular the Kin is - or isn't - and make some conclusions from that. I maintain that the sweet spot would have been somewhere in the $40 to $50 pricing plans for both voice and data, and even lower if it's part of a family plan, not the $70+ realm that Verizon has chosen. Price matters - it always has, and it always will. Time and time again, consumers will accept "good enough" technologies if they intersect with a price point that makes sense; netbooks are a good example of this principal in action. The technologies in Kin are interesting, but not unique, and only someone who doesn't know any better is going to pay $70 per month for a Kin voice and data plan. Microsoft blew a prime opportunity to capture an important slice of the market...


Friday, July 11, 2008

Confirmed: Rogers Canada Offering 6 GB Monthly Data Plans for $30/month for Windows Mobile Smartphones, Until August 31st

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 11:59 AM

Some good news for our Canadian readers: I just got off the phone with Rogers Canada, and according to the woman I spoke with, the 6 GB of monthly data for $30/month is an open offer to all 3G smartphones, including Windows Mobile phones. There are some caveats on this, the biggest being it has to be a new three-year activation, or involve a hardware upgrade. The reality is that Rogers wan't to either acquire you as a new customer, or get you to drop a few hundred dollars in hardware, in order to qualify for this offer - but even with that, this still seems like a staggeringly good deal. So good, in fact, I'm not sure I'm going to believe it until I've switched from Fido and see my first bill. Any of my fellow Canadians going to jump on this offer? It apparently ends August 31st (though that may just be marketing hype).


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Rogers Canada Data Plan Pricing: The Guessing Game Continues

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 11:10 AM

http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2008/...for-30-a-month/

The insanity for us Canadians continues - I posted about the original rumour, $30 for unlimited data, with a sense of enthusiasm. Then I was crushed when the pricing was officially announced and it was completely idiotic - no unlimited data plans, and even the data caps were pretty silly (400 MB doesn't last long when you're browsing full Web pages and streaing YouTube videos). Engadget reported on a rumour that Apple was ticked off about this as well and they actually diverted a good chunk of the iPhones meant for Rogers to Europe - highly amusing if true. ;-) And now we have another rumour: 6 GB of data for $30/month. I have no idea of this is true, but I can only hope it is - and I can equally hope that I'll be able to get one of these plans and use it with my Windows Mobile phone. I guess I'll know pretty soon...


Thursday, June 19, 2008

Rogers Canada to Offer $30 Unlimited Data Plans...for iPhones

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 11:29 AM

http://www.ehmac.ca/ipod-itunes-iph...html#post688463

Yeah, I know most of you are sick of seeing the word "iPhone" on this site, but this is news worth sharing for our Canadian readers. I've been waiting for this moment for over a year now: I knew that our one and only GSM phone provider here (Rogers/Fido, same company) couldn't release the iPhone with the same insanely expensive data rates they've kept us shackled with for years, and believe it or not I was rooting for Apple to come up here and shake things up. It looks like my wish was granted: if the information in this thread is accurate, Rogers will be offering two flat-rate data plans: one consumer-based plan for $30 per month that offers "Unlimited Data (E-mail/Web), includes Visual Voicemail", and one enterprise-based plan for $45 per month that offers "Unlimited Data with personal and corporate e-mail, web, includes Visual Voicemail". I'm not sure what qualifies as "corporate email", but even if I have to pay $45 per month, I'll do it gladly.

If they somehow shackle this data plan to the iPhone hardware it might present a problem, but I'm confident someone will figure out a clever way to get this type of plan working on any GSM phone. Or maybe in a stroke of business sense, Rogers will realize that it's ridiculous to offer certain data plans restricted to certain types of phones and everyone will have access to flat-rate data for $30 to $45/month. I'm not holding my breath though...


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