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Thursday, April 7, 2011

The UBB Deception: Usage Based Billing in Canada Explained

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 09:30 PM

This is one of more easier to understand videos when it comes to the issue of Usage Based Billing - UBB - and what it really means. I'm putting this on every site in the network because if you're in Canada, you need to understand what's happening (everyone else in the world might find it interesting). Now that one of the ISPs here in Canada has admitted that the pricing of their plans is not linked to actual use, the logic behind UBB start to become even more baffling. We know the motivation is money, but as a "small c capitalist" I believe there's room for plenty of profit while still being fair to your customers. The model of usage-based billing we use in society for buying clothes and food should be applied in the same way for a data connection. Read more...

Friday, March 4, 2011

UK Also Offering iPad 2 on Launch Day

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:00 AM

"At least three major third-party retailers should be carrying the iPad 2 during the US launch, information indicates. A definite partner is Best Buy, which has already posted a splash image advertising a March 11th rollout. Meanwhile, a source claims that iPad 2 SKUs have entered inventory systems for Walmart and Sam's Club."

And besides those US retailers, UK retailers Orange and T-Mobile will offer it when it's available, tentatively on March 25th. And in other news, Rogers of Canada is also going to offer the Personal Hotspot option when iOS 4.3 comes out.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Netflix Comes to Canada However It's Instant Watch Only

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:37 AM

"As expected, Netflix has kicked off its first offering outside the United States by opening up a Watch Instantly portal for Canadians this morning at"

It's a step in the right direction for those wanting Netflix service, although due to licensing and legal restrictions you won't be able to get a physical disk from Netflix while in Canada. There are some differences however in compatible devices, notably the Xbox 360 isn't on the compatibility list for the Canada Netflix Instant Watch. The cost for the service is roughly $8.00 USD or $7.82 CAD. More info can be found at the Netflix site where they have posted the press release [link].

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

iPhone 4 Will Be Sold Unlocked in Canada

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:30 AM

"...following yesterday's shock victory for the jailbreaking community in the US, in comes more news saying the non-open days of the iPhone may be slowly coming to a close -- the iPhone 4 will be sold unlocked in Canada when it goes on sale on Friday."

In Canada, users will have their choice between Rogers, Telus and Bell as carrier. As a result, the iPhone 4 will be sold unlocked in Apple Stores so that users can choose their own carrier. They'll also be able to pull the SIM and replace it with another if they travel through countries that support GSM, which means they'll avoid roaming charges. Canadian iPhone 4 owners will also be able to switch providers. The catch: buying the phone unlocked means buying it unsubsidized. The 16 GB model will cost $659, and the 32 GB model will be $779. Are any of our Canadian readers planning on buying the iPhone 4 unlocked?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

So What's Netflix Up To?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 AM

"Netflix's revenue missed expectations last quarter, possibly because many of us haven't laid hands upon a DVD or Blu-ray in quite some time. The number of customers streaming movies has jumped drastically from a year ago."

So 61% of it's customers (me included) are streaming video now compared to 37% a year ago. People are paying the lower $8.95 USD per month rate for one disc shipped at a time since they get to stream as much as they want, regardless which plan they are on. For me, since they don't have everything on the streaming, it makes sense to get on the family plan, which gives me some choices and my wife some choices.


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Starbucks Starts Free Wi-Fi Today in US and Canada

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 07:30 AM

"Mmm... nothing like the smell of a warm caramel macchiato in the morning being masked by the smell of fresh greenbacks being burned, right?"

Nothing better than free Wi-Fi with your coffee, unless it's one of those blueberry muffins. Anyway, two clicks and you get free Wi-Fi at any Starbucks in the USA or Canada starting today. Good luck finding a seat now!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Apple Store at Southgate Centre in Edmonton Opens Tomorrow

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 04:00 AM

"The second Apple store in Edmonton (Alb.) will open this Friday at the Southgate Centre shopping center."

That is tomorrow in case you lost track of the day like I sometimes do. The store will be open from 8am until 9pm, and you can get more info on the store, as well as directions over at Apple. You can also find out more about the Southgate Centre on Wikipedia.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Speaking of TomTom, They Dropped Their Prices!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:00 PM

"TomTom has placed both of their U.S. iPhone navigation apps on sale for their lowest prices ever, which means you can give your mom the gift of navigation for Mother's Day without breaking the bank. It will also probably be more fun for her to use than that cooking apron you gave her last year for Mother's Day."

TomTom for the U.S. has dropped to $39.95 USD ($20 off the normal price) while the TomTom U.S. Canada version has dropped to $49.99 USD (also a drop of $20 from the normal price). Couple this with the Star Wars voices and they are making it very attractive to own TomTom don't you think?

Friday, March 26, 2010

Rogers in Canada Offering Tethering for iPhone Users

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

""Rogers today revealed that its free data tethering promo is becoming a permanent fixture of its plans," Electronista reports."

Anyone with a Canadian 1GB or larger data plan has the option of using the iPhone or other smartphone as a 3G connector without having to pay a separate fee. The data is taken out of the monthly transfer allowance. There are some limits, however, such as not being able to use it with US data roaming plans or the shared plans for family and 3G modems. This puts Rogers in line with Bell and Telus. Wonder if this will put a fire under AT&T to do the same since it has been over a year since they promised "coming soon" hasn't it? Somehow I doubt it, what are your thoughts?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

iStore Adds New Location in Montreal

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 09:00 AM

"Proving that there is room for authorized Apple resellers, the Boutique iStore chain has added a new location in the north suburbs of Montreal (Canada)."

The iStore is inside the Place Rosemère shopping mall north of city center Montreal. It is the largest one in the chain of four, and is about seven miles from the Carrefour Laval Apple store. They also offer priority service for all your repair needs as well as in-store workshops. Very familiar set up when compared to the Apple retails stores, it's almost like being in one!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Canada Gets a Discount

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"For those of you in Canada, good news. The cell carriers Telus and Bell have announced pricing and availability for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. In addition, Rogers will be announcing an update to its pricing."

Telus and Bell announced their pricing and availability, ranging from $99.00 CAD for the 8GB to $299.00 CAD for the 32GB 3GS. The data plans vary a bit, ranging from $50.00 CAD to $100.00 CAD with variety of plans in between for both companies depending on the data plan you choose. Rogers is also supposed to be announcing their plan soon. From what I gather in the article, location may be your determining factor due to the coverage areas, so check out the coverage map provided by prior to purchase.

I agree with the author; I'm jealous of all the competition our neighbors to the North have going on and wish we had it!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Telus and Bell Will Sell iPhone in Canada

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:30 AM

"Many Canadians are cheering as Telus and Bell announced plans Tuesday to begin selling Apple's popular iPhone, ending Rogers reign as the exclusive iPhone carrier in Canada."

Both companies will begin selling the iPhone in November of this year, after upgrading their networks to support HSPA (high-speed packet access), which is used by the iPhone. Both companies previously had CDMA networks. This will give Canadians three companies to choose from, as Rogers is the other company in Canada selling the iPhone. They may get quite a lot of business as Rogers also has a very unhappy customer base, as evidenced by websites that were created like

Friday, August 21, 2009

Apple Hits 10% of Canadian PC Market

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 02:00 PM

"Canada may have the highest proportional number of Mac users in the world after recent gains by Apple, according to an IDC study of computer sales in the country during the spring."

The study says Apple broke the double digit barrier for the first time by hitting 10% of all non-server computer shipments between March and June of this year. The leaders in this category are HP with 22.1% and Dell with 20.7%. In the portables category, Apple also increased sales by roughly 24% from the same time last year. Acer is the big leader in this area with 21.4% of the market share, mainly due to the sales of their Mini Notebooks. Even with these highpoints, the overall market in Canada for PC sales is down 14.06% from a year ago.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Mad Men In Canada, iTunes Only

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"Another milestone toppled. Mad Men, the wildly popular TV Show about the Madison Avenue advertising industry in the early 60's is entering its third season in the US on AMC."

Season One was broadcast on CTV, season two on the secondary A network, and now season three will only be available via iTunes in Canada. I guess it isn't as successful in Canada as it is in the US. You can still stream seasons one and two from the AMC website.

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