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Virgin shows who’s boss with “Screw you Recession” site

screwyourecessionnewimageA couple weeks ago we let you know about the upcoming website by Virgin Mobile Canada called “Screw You Recession”.

This officially launched today and in true Virgin fashion the description is perfect: “The recession sucks. We know it, you know it. So what are we going to do about it? Well, we’ve decided not to take this whole thing lying down. That’s right. We’re not gonna take it… no, we’re not gonna take it. We’re not gonna take it anymore.

We say “screw you recession!”

We tried screaming that for a while, and nothing really happened. Well, nothing that helped us save any cash. So we decided to put together this blog. This is recession central. A place to find the best recession links combed from the web, swap and learn tips on how to save a buck, vent a little if you’re feeling angry, and team up with other like-minded recessionistas and trade info on how to be cheap. Cool and kick ass – but cheap. In 2009 cheap is the new chic. Just like Zac Efron says, “we’re all in this together.” Well, he sung it really, but you know what we mean. Basically, we’re gonna make the recession our bitch“.

The actual site is divided into a few catagories that include: Money, Living, Fashion, Going Out, Eat, Arts, Green and Tech. Basically, the “ScrewYouRecession” site is a forum for people to express themselves and share tips on how to save money.

Check it out here


DNCL Survey: 80% “receiving noticeable fewer calls”

do-not-call-me-telemarketerThere is a new report out regarding the CRTC’s National Do Not Call List that I personally find shocking. The Marketing Research and Intelligence Association says 80% of people who registered are now receiving fewer unwanted calls.

The DNCL officially launched September 30th, 2008, and over 2.7 million Canadians registered within the first couple weeks. The DNCL is now over 6 million. A few weeks after the launch, President Bruce Cran of the Consumers’ Association of Canada says boldly stated that the DNCL is “a travesty. Here we have all these people thinking they were getting rid of incoming phone calls. Anyone who is registered should suspect their phone number is being broadcast to the four winds. The problem is that the CRTC sells the registry list online and specifically in Toronto, you can get 600,000 names for $50″.

However, in this new survey of over 2,000 Canadians, Brendan Wycks of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association said, “What our survey found was the do-not-call list is benefiting the great majority of those who registered a number on the list. Fully eight in 10 say that since they registered a number they are receiving noticeable fewer calls”

The survey says:
- 50% say they are receiving noticeably fewer or far fewer telemarketing calls
- 20% are receiving slightly fewer calls
- 10% are receiving no telemarketing calls at all

Where I come into differ on this survey is that I on average get 2 calls per day from some “Car Warranty expiring” or that I have “Won a free Vacation Getaway”. Before I registered last September, I can confidently say that I never received calls like this, and in this volume. Occasionally I did receive the credit card offers, but nothing to this extent.

Wycks goes on to say that “there’s a small but not insignificant minority, 13 per cent to be precise, that say they are receiving more calls since they registered with the do-not-call list,”

Unfortunately, I guess I’m part of the “small but not insignificant minority, 13 per cent”.
Have your say in our Forum here

Source: CTV


Sony Ericsson puts back XPERIA, C905, T303 & W705 as “Coming Soon”

se-new-phonesA couple weeks ago Sony Ericsson Canada updated their website with the XPERIA, C905, T303 & W705 as “Coming Soon”… only for all those to be taken down a few days later. Well, time passed and they have put them all back online with the familiar “Coming Soon” slogan.

Expect more info over the next few days.


Rogers LG Neon Video Review

This little beast is meant to used for anyone who is a heavy texter. Rogers recently released the LG Neon and is certainly priced right at $29.99 on a 3-year contact.

Apart from the standard features that a phone comes with such as contacts, calendar, etc, you will notice that the Neon comes with a 2.0 megapixel camera (with video capabilities). In addition, it has a MP3 Player with FM Radio, Stereo Bluetooth, and can hold up to 4 GB of extra memory.

The overall weight of the Neon is light, only a measly 108 grams so this will not fell heavy in your pocket or hand. More importantly, the 2.4 inch screen will make it easy to write your e-mail/text messages, view pictures, games. However, using the internet on some pages did not render the pages well. We are still testing the battery life on this, but found the call quality (sending and receiving calls) to be clear.

Overall, we really like the Neon and its price point. This decent slider has a full QWERTY keyboard and comes in Pink and Grey. Check out the video review here:

Other available price plans are: $79.99 on a 2-year contract; $149.99 on a 1-year contract and outright for $199.99.


CRTC to hammer down on “premium” text messages rules?

58fc9ac848ed4587dc4564c0db98a470Montreal-based non profit group, Union des consommateurs, is submitting a request to the CRTC to look into getting stricter rules for companies who send out “premium” text messages. You know the companies who ask you to sign up and offer you jokes, contests, quizzes, surveys, horoscopes, sports scores etc…

Seems like some individuals after signing up are being billed between $16 to $35 a month. Although some customers don’t remember actually signing up for the double opt-in service, they try and make contact with the carriers/marketers to remove them only to get frustrated when no contact information made available.

On behalf of Quebec residents, the group has filed complaints against Fido, Rogers, Telus, Koodoo, Bell and Vidéotron to the CRTC. They’re requesting the carriers to remove charges for premium text messages from their customers’ bills while a complaint is investigated.

More on this Monday


Video: LG Secret Review & LG Neon Unboxing

In part 2 of our review of the LG Secret, we went into further detail of the features such as its camera, video, music and internet. The call quality, reception and battery life are all good and we found nothing to be concerned with. People could clearly hear us and the battery has yet to burn out.

First, the LG Secret is a sleek looking device that only weighs in at 116 grams, 11.8 mm thin and can hold up to 16GB of extra memory. At 2.4 inches (240-320), the screen size is good for the overall size of the phone and was impressed with how easy it is to use.

Secondly, the touchscreen buttons will take a bit of getting used to as they are incredibly sensitive. However, just with everything, within a few days you’ll have this mastered.

The most impressive feature of the LG Secret is the 5 megapixel camera. Your images can be cropped, shared, saved, made into a movie etc… and can take videos with an amazing 30 frames per second. We actually did the unboxing of the LG Neon on the LG Secret and came out really clear in sound and its recording. Pictures can be viewed either portrait or landscape, scrolled through by using the touchscreen.

Regarding the music player: sound quality is good with the speaker located at the earpiece. However, the web browsing needs a bit of work as it renders pages all out of whack with text links everywhere. You can use this for quick surfing… on the good side of the web is the 3G connection speed.

Check out the video below for the full review. The LG Secret is currently available at Rogers for $149.99 on a 3-year contract.


Update: Video of Apple wireless keyboard and iPhone work together

Remember the video we showed you a couple weeks ago with the an Apple wireless keyboard and a iPhone working in harmony with together over a Bluetooth connection. The original video was very blurry, so they have come back and shot another clear version.

They say “Both the keys and the display are in camera focus at the same time, iPhone is in Airplane Mode (so WLAN is intentionally off here) and it uses a simplified mechanism for key event injection (so there is no “VNC running on localhost” icon any longer)”. Check it out here (more…)


Roger McNamee predicts iPhone early adopters will switch to Palm Pre

mcnamee-20090306-250Roger McNamee, founding partner of Elevation Partners, had an interview with Bloomberg and went on record that the downfall of the iPhone is upon us… and everyone who has a contract ending will switch over to the Palm Pre:

“June 29, 2009, is the two-year anniversary of the first shipment of the iPhone. Not one of those people will still be using an iPhone a month later. Think about it — if you bought the first iPhone, you bought it because you wanted the coolest product on the market. Your two-year contract has just expired. Look around. Tell me what they’re going to buy.”


Bell lowers price of BlackBerry Storm to $199.95

bellstormdropBell has matched the recently reduced price drop from TELUS and you can now get the BlackBerry Storm 9530 fifty dollars cheaper for $199.95 on a 3-year contract (with a minimum $45 per month voice and data plan).

The other price plans stay the same and can be yours a 2-year for $549.95; 1-year for $649.95 and the always affordable take a mortgage out no contract for $699.95.


AppStore: Over 25,000 iPhone apps now available

10000apsimageThe Apple AppStore has reached another milestone as it easily passed by the impressive 25,000 available apps mark today.

You can pick and choose from several categories and basically if you can think of it an app it probably exists. Since launching on July 11, 2008 with only 500 apps, then we crossed the 10,000 marker on November 30th… 15,000 apps and 500 million downloads mark on January 16th. The 20,000 mark was reached last month on February 11th.

So in eight short months there are 25,000 apps. I say we’ll hit the 50k mark July of this year.

Finally, now that RIM has announced the BlackBerry AppWorld and Palm will release their Store, how will this change the game for everyone?

Source: MocoNews