Read this: CRTC drops the hammer on telemarketers
Let’s face it.. we’re more connected now than ever. Even a recent report that asked if we could only take one item with us over a 24 hour period, 38% of us said it would be our mobile phone over our wallet. A new book put out by The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) and Riverside Architectural Press called “Mobile Nation: ” has been released.
The co-editors, Martha Ladly and Philip Beesley gathered info from a 2007 Mobile Nation conference that focused on “exploring the emerging field of mobile experience design”.
Ladly said “Mobile devices such as cell phones, BlackBerries and the iPhone are a part of our day-to-day lives – by the end of 2007, over 3.3 billion people were mobile phone users worldwide, Mobile Nation is one of the first books that looks at the social nature of mobility from a broad range of perspectives. The fundamental question we ask is ‘How we can design a better, more productive, more creative, more globally accessible mobile experience?”
Mobile Nation focuses on 5 areas:
1. How can mobile technologies be “reimagined” and repurposed for new user communities?
2. How can mobile technologies be designed and adapted for multiple platforms?
3. How can mobile experiences move beyond text, sound, and image to respond to the diverse and ever-changing needs and desires of mobile users?
4. How are new paradigms in mobile communication challenging the way we experience art, design and performance?
5. How are rapidly emerging hybrid, open-source, and do-it-yourself communities intersecting with social science, engineering, architecture, and other media disciplines?
The book is available here for $34.95
Also, they have provided a sneak peek into the book with a PDF here
The 15 successful winners in the recent Wireless Spectrum Auction can officially start talking with each other. This news is not new as we recently heard that Bell and Telus are rumoured to share the estimated $1 billion cost to switch to a HSPA network.
The Globe wrote a great article on what each winner might need to do in order to sustain growth and become more profitable. Can Globalive make a deal with Vidéotron Télécom? Will Shaw do a deal with Bragg Communications? Read the article here
At the Citi Investment Research Technology Conference in New York, Google’s Tim Armstrong was asked about mobile ads revenue potential: “It all comes down to scalability. Will the iPhone grow more quickly? I think the non-iPhone analog devices will see search grow. Typically, we don’t scale all of our resources until we see movement on the consumer side. We’ve been selling ads on mobile for the last 18 months. You should expect to see more over time. But it took a number of years for search to get going, and it will be the same for mobile to pick up as well, from an ad revenue perspective.”
Back in the beginning of June, David McGuinty, M.P. for Ottawa South started a campaign to pass Bill C-555: the Get Connected Fairly Act. Well, summer is all over and he’s back in business with more vigor than ever.
On his website he clearly lays out the problems on why our cell phone bills in Canada are so much higher compared to other countries around the world, such as Europe and the United States. McGuinty also put together a snazzy bar chart that shows our rates compared to these countries. In addition, not letting the problems just lay there, he outlines the necessary solutions to help reduce our cost and frustration.
Here is the Problem and Solution from his website:
Canada pays the highest cellphone bills in the developed world, and has the lowest cellphone adoption rate.
Heavy cellphone users in Canada pay 56% more than heavy users in the US, average users pay 33% more than their counterparts in the US.
There is no purpose for a ‘system access fee’ except to confuse consumers.
Confusing terms of service and sky-high rates have a direct impact on our usage rates.
Today in Canada, the cellphone adoption rate is 58 cell phones per 100 residents. In the US, 84/100 (and the US is the next lowest country among G7 nations).
Bill C-555 makes three substantial changes. It:
1. Eliminates the System Access Fee and other misleading charges by making it a term of licensing that cell phone service providers roll all ‘fees’ into their monthly plan rate;
2. Mandates a ‘fact sheet’ for every cell phone contract that sets out each service being provided and its associated cost; and,
3. Launches a CRTC inquiry into competition, consumer protection, and choice in telecommunications in Canada.
Clear pricing encourages price competition between service providers and benefits both the consumer and the industry. Increased competition means better services are provided more efficiently and reduces barriers to competitiveness, productivity, innovation and growth for SMEs in Canada.
In Canada we have challenges getting cost effective rate plans and data plans… however, over in Australia, carrier ComTel (runs Vodafone network) has launched a creative way to lower their plans. The catch is to opt-in and receive advertising sent to your phone. In order to get the $10 a month plan you must get up to 5 ads a day sent to you and have to click on at least 50% of them… if you later chose to opt-out, the rate goes up to $29 a month. Read more here
Scott Adams, creator of “Dilbert”, made a segment of his cartoon back in 1997 that spoke about Bell Canada. With all the restructuring and re-branding changes that are happening currently at the new Bell(er), I’m curious if this is still the case. Check it out here
Back-to-School season is upon us and Nokia has stepped up with another contest that ensures we keep our country filled with A.D.D. students.
The contest is called “Back to School in Red or Blue: Show your Colours” and you have the chance to win a Rogers Wireless Nokia 5310 XpressMusic phone in either in red or blue.
The object of the contest is to send a picture of yourself wearing a red and blue outfit (sounds more American than Canadian). The contest lasts until 11:59pm EST September, 25th, 2008… with the celebrity judge Tara Spencer-Nairn who will pick 5 winners based on colour co-ordination, style and fashion sense.
For those (like me) who didn’t know who Tara Spencer-Nairn is… she plays Karen Pelly on Corner Gas. Full details here…. and also, check out this screenshot of the prizes you can win.
Bell Canada and Telus are expected to announce this week that they will share estimated $1 billion cost to upgrade thier CDMA networks to HSPA network, putting more pressure and competition for Rogers Wireless. Nokia Siemens Networks is said to be the vendor that will provide Bell Canada and Telus with the HSPA network upgrade. Read whole article here from the Financial Post
With all the hype with touchscreens these days we recently played around with the Samsung Instinct (aka the “Apple Eater” or “iPhone Killer”).
This is a light device, only at 4.4 ounces and comes loaded with many great features such as a 2.0 mega pixel camera that has video recording capabilities, 3G connectivity to the web, GPS and a music player. Samsung wants people to directly compare this to the iPhone and in our review we take a peek into this touchscreen to see if it even comes close to the iPhone 3G:
This is available at Telus for $129.99 on a 3-year plan… also at Bell(er)