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Monday, May 30, 2011

abroadband: Data Access for Travellers

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

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

And When The Cloud Breaks, Your Data Will Fall...

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 08:00 AM

It's all about The Cloud these days - your data, you entertainment, your everything - stored on a service that you can access with any online connection. The benefits are many, but what you don't always hear about are the down-sides of everything being cloud-based. What if you get locked out of your account? I've heard of more than a few people that get locked out of their Gmail account or who can't access their Gmail calendar. It happens to Hotmail and Yahoo users as well. What if the company hosting your information deletes it, either accidentally or not, or goes out of business? That's not an uncommon problem. In terms of uptime most cloud services are fairly robust, when things go wrong, they can really ruin your day. Read more...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Share Your iPhone 4 Data Plan With Your iPad, if You Dare

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:00 AM

"You can't argue that having 3G everywhere on your iPad is unbelievably convenient. This ubiquitous access to all the content you want is indeed nothing short of revolutionary. Unfortunately, the convenience comes at a price."

So yes, you can fit your iPhone 4 Micro SIM card into your iPad and by inputting the above credentials into the APN Settings fields (go to the settings app, then preferences ---> cellular data) on your iPad, but in the process you do violate the AT&T terms of use and risk the wrath of AT&T. But if you feel lucky, you now know what you need to do.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wow AT&T, Just Wow

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 05:21 PM

"AT&T has warned that its recent data caps will still apply when using the 3G MicroCell. Despite its creating a 3G cell site of its own, it's still considered part of the network and counts towards the 200MB or 2GB ceilings, even though the Internet connection handles much more of the traffic. AT&T has justified the lack of free data by noting that the data still goes over its network at other stages."

I thought I was seeing things when I read this the first time, and had to reread closer to see if I was missing something. Nope. AT&T announced that they are going to put any data that is obtained via the MicroCell (data that you already pay for via your Internet provider) towards your monthly cap. I've read responses to this from outrage to no big deal. From my perspective, I use Wi-Fi at home, so if I were to get one I'd fit under the reasoning AT&T is using, which is that it was intended to improve voice calls not provide a primary data stream. But on the surface it's just, well, wow. Amazing. What are your thoughts?

Monday, June 14, 2010

Free Wi-Fi at Starbucks, Starting July 1st

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 06:00 PM

"There's big Starbucks news today that may help customers more easily swallow those venti lattes which can cost more than $5 in some places - the chain is going to offer unlimited free Wi-Fi at all its U.S. locations starting July 1."

They are calling it the Starbucks Digital Network, and instead of having to purchase something tied to your Starbucks registration to get a few hours of wi-fi, starting on July 1st you will get unlimited free wi-fi access. Starbucks is teaming up with Yahoo! to create the portal, and they will offer access to various content providers including, among others, Apple iTunes, The New York Times, Patch, USA TODAY, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! and ZAGAT.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Save on In-Flight Internet With This Code

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 10:00 AM

"Now here's a great deal if you're traveling: Until July 10, 2010, you can use the promo code SAVE25 to get 25% off your GoGo Internet in-flight Wi-Fi session."

All you have to do is look for the "gogoinflight" signal at 10,000 feet, open a browser, and enter promo code SAVE25 on the payment info page to get 25% off your in-flight Internet signal. You can also use code TRYTHIRTYDAY, which will give you $5.00 USD off of a 30-day GoGo pass. GoGo has a variety of pricing options from $4.95 USD for a single flight up to 1.5 hours to $39.95 USD for 30-day pass for unlimited usage on any flight. Not a bad deal if you travel a lot and want to save a few bucks.

Monday, May 10, 2010

iPad Data Plan From Australia's Telstra and UK's Orange

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

"As iPad fever grips the nation, Telstra today announced it will offer dedicated data plans for the iPad 3G in Australia."

And if you activate your "kit" by the 30th of June, 2010, you get an additional 2GB of data. The pricing is a bit different from what we have here in the US, which is $14.99USD for 250MB of data on the basic plan and $29.99 USD for unlimited data plan. Another company on the international front that has announced data plans for the iPad is Orange UK. Their announcement has their basic plan at £12.50 and their unlimited at about £40 per month. In comparison, if they priced the same plans for basic and unlimited as AT&T is in the US, their plans would cost respectively £10 and £20 per month.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Stuck in the Airport? Have Some Free Skype

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 09:00 AM

"Airports are wonderful places, aren't they? Everyone is friendly, the seats are comfortable, the prices reasonable, and the food delicious. I love hanging around airports. I relish the time between connecting flights, and I have been known to pack my bags and drive to the nearest international airport just to hang out and pretend I'm waiting for a flight."

Obviously he is delusional, but if you find yourself stuck in the airport over the next two days, Skype wants to make it a little easier on you by offering free service at any of sites, which number over 100,000. This ends at 23:59GMT on Friday April 23rd, 2010. If you are stuck, check it out at Skype.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Create Your Own MiFi

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

"So you like the idea of the MiFi but you already have a 3G USB stick, eh? The Wi-REACH aims to give you the best of both worlds with a $99 cradle that turns your 3G USB stick into a Wi-Fi hotspot."

I still have an old Verizon USB Modem laying around somewhere and would definitely give this a shot if I didn't already have a MiFi. You can even have up to 10 devices share the signal, even though I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want that many taking up my bandwidth!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Facebook Banned at Apple Stores! (or maybe not)

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 12:00 PM

"Despite reports that the Internet-enabled Macs at Apple's retail stores aren't allowing customers to log on to Facebook, Apple says it doesn't limit access to the popular social-networking site."

Several sites wrote about the supposed storewide ban on Facebook , but apparently it isn't an official company policy. According to an Apple spokesman, they use Facebook as part of their demo for iLife '09, so why would they ban it? But there are reports of various stores not allowing it, which I personally don't see as a problem. If you are going to buy something and want to test it out, by all means use it and see how it performs. Don't expect to hang out there for hours like you are in some Internet cafe. If you want to browse the Internet and don't have a computer, go to the library.

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