MobileBlog

News and views on the Canadian telecom industry, and tips and tricks for saving on your cell phone bill.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Rogers #Winning Again...

With much bravado that one would expect from the democratic and consumer friendly Rogers on February 9th of this year announced their long awaited and heralded 'data sharing plan.' Of course the skeptics were right in predicting that one can't share anything with Rogers unless there is a fee involved and the price has been set at $10.00 per device after you select certain 'shareable' data plans. (Not anything can be shared after all!)

For a great indepth critique of data for all read MobileSyrup's article by Ian Hardy. Hardy breaks down the costs and explains how the usual $35.00 6 gig is all of a sudden $60.00. And with the added charges of $10.00 per device its completely useless to share your data plan unless you intend to use the internet about as much as you use morse code.

Fast forward to March 3rd. Apple announces the new Ipad2 but more importantly Ios 4.3.

I'm going to come back to this announcement but first speak want to tell you about my own iphone usage:

I used to be on the old 500 megabyte data plan but recently upgraded to the 6 gig realizing that my data usage was higher than most peoples. Or so I thought. Being someone who comes across a lot of folks cell phone usage, I've noticed other people in similar data usage brackets as myself and have recommend those incurring overages to upgrade to the 6 gig. (The 6 gig is no longer on the Rogers website and you are either on the 500 meg, 1 gig, 2 gig or 5 gig plan now.)

For most of us we aren't going to use the excess data that is alloted to us. So what do you do with it if you aren't sharing it:

Apple introduces: Personal Hotspot


There's your answer, all of a sudden to 'share' your data, you don't need a Rogers data plan, you don't even need a 3G ipad. All you need is your iphone. Doesn't matter which carrier you're with or even what kind of device it is: ipad, ipod, laptop, tablet, tabtop (its coming... you heard it here first).

So for those of you have an iphone 4 and the share plan. I suggest you cancel it. For those of you who are considering the data share plan: don't. Now two of the major platforms support mobile hotspots (iphone and Android).

Which begs the question: Who will use the Rogers Data Share Plan....

Rogers #Winning Again...

With much bravado that one would expect from the democratic and consumer friendly Rogers on February 9th of this year announced their long awaited and heralded 'data sharing plan.' Of course the skeptics were right in predicting that one can't share anything with Rogers unless there is a fee involved and the price has been set at $10.00 per device after you select certain 'shareable' data plans. (Not anything can be shared after all!)

For a great indepth critique of data for all read MobileSyrup's article by Ian Hardy. Hardy breaks down the costs and explains how the usual $35.00 6 gig is all of a sudden $60.00. And with the added charges of $10.00 per device its completely useless to share your data plan unless you intend to use the internet about as much as you use morse code.

Fast forward to March 3rd. Apple announces the new Ipad2 but more importantly Ios 4.3.

I'm going to come back to this announcement but first speak want to tell you about my own iphone usage:

I used to be on the old 500 megabyte data plan but recently upgraded to the 6 gig realizing that my data usage was higher than most peoples. Or so I thought. Being someone who comes across a lot of folks cell phone usage, I've noticed other people in similar data usage brackets as myself and have recommend those incurring overages to upgrade to the 6 gig. (The 6 gig is no longer on the Rogers website and you are either on the 500 meg, 1 gig, 2 gig or 5 gig plan now.)

For most of us we aren't going to use the excess data that is alloted to us. So what do you do with it if you aren't sharing it:

Apple introduces: Personal Hotspot


There's your answer, all of a sudden to 'share' your data, you don't need a Rogers data plan, you don't even need a 3G ipad. All you need is your iphone. Doesn't matter which carrier you're with or even what kind of device it is: ipad, ipod, laptop, tablet, tabtop (its coming... you heard it here first).

So for those of you have an iphone 4 and the share plan. I suggest you cancel it. For those of you who are considering the data share plan: don't. Now two of the major platforms support mobile hotspots (iphone and Android).

Which begs the question: Who will use the Rogers Data Share Plan....

Don't Wait, Re-Negotiate

The Importance of Re-Negotiating, Quickly.

When did you last look really look at your last cell phone bill. I'm talking not just the amount and how much they dinged you for long distance.

I'm talking getting into the line by line which calls are costing you what and where. The devil is in the details unfortunately and as it slides month by month, so too do your savings and that cash that could have otherwise been in your pocket. Lets not forget that every dollar spent or every minute gone 'over' is also subject to HST.

The point is that each month as your cell phone bill remains left and not looked at, the longer it festers and gets infected. No not the kind of infection that will kill you, but the kind of infection that takes unnecessary money out of your pocket. Saving $20.00 per month is $240.00 per year.

Lets look at some of the realities of your cell phone contract:

1) It sucks to call your carrier to talk to them
They've made it annoying to talk to them, to remain on hold and to actually find someone to help you.

2) Their billing system is complicated and understanding it is difficult
In order to look for billing errors it takes a concerted effort to actually find any billing errors and combined with point 1 its nearly impossible

3) The most important date of your cell contract is when you get free phones:
Eventually, we will lose, break/damage or just WANT a new phone. When that happens we will sign a new contract and go forth from there.

4) Life goes on
You have better things to do than worry about your cell phone bill

The combination of these realities is such that the sooner you renegotiate the better. Too often it gets put to the back burner.

No longer, give MobileVantage a shout and get the savings you deserve.

Make your last cell phone bill, the last one you overpay on.

Don't Wait, Re-Negotiate

The Importance of Re-Negotiating, Quickly.

When did you last look really look at your last cell phone bill. I'm talking not just the amount and how much they dinged you for long distance.

I'm talking getting into the line by line which calls are costing you what and where. The devil is in the details unfortunately and as it slides month by month, so too do your savings and that cash that could have otherwise been in your pocket. Lets not forget that every dollar spent or every minute gone 'over' is also subject to HST.

The point is that each month as your cell phone bill remains left and not looked at, the longer it festers and gets infected. No not the kind of infection that will kill you, but the kind of infection that takes unnecessary money out of your pocket. Saving $20.00 per month is $240.00 per year.

Lets look at some of the realities of your cell phone contract:

1) It sucks to call your carrier to talk to them
They've made it annoying to talk to them, to remain on hold and to actually find someone to help you.

2) Their billing system is complicated and understanding it is difficult
In order to look for billing errors it takes a concerted effort to actually find any billing errors and combined with point 1 its nearly impossible

3) The most important date of your cell contract is when you get free phones:
Eventually, we will lose, break/damage or just WANT a new phone. When that happens we will sign a new contract and go forth from there.

4) Life goes on
You have better things to do than worry about your cell phone bill

The combination of these realities is such that the sooner you renegotiate the better. Too often it gets put to the back burner.

No longer, give MobileVantage a shout and get the savings you deserve.

Make your last cell phone bill, the last one you overpay on.