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New Rogers data pricing brings hope for sanity in Canadian wireless fees

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There are whispers that Rogers will be revamping their data costs as of October 1 for the better.

  • $15 - 2 MB
  • $25 - 500 MB
  • $30 - 1 GB
  • $60 - 3 GB
  • $80 - 8 GB

      While those might not add up much to the $30 for 6 GB promo plan that was going in August (looks like it’s going to be extended through September), there are a few more things that make these new data rates way more appealing. First off, the first three months of data usage will be free, allowing subscribers to figure out which plan suits them best. Second, users will now get SMS alerts when they approach their limit so they won’t get dinged with heavy-duty overage charges. Thirdly, even if you happen to go over on data, those costs will capped at $100. This is awesome news for those of us who happen to be a little zealous with our mobile browsing, and makes tethering a much more realistic option. Telus and Bell will really have to step up to the plate in order to compete with a plan this appealing… Maybe their supposed HSPA partnership will bring something juicy to customers, like, say, the BlackBerry Bold.

      (via BlackBerry News)

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Canadian minister on incoming SMS charges: “Tough luck”

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Jim Prentice, Canadian Minister of Industry, recently met up with execs from Telus and Bell to discuss the upcoming $.15 charges on incoming SMS messages. In the end, Prentice, who had previously had serious concerns over the move by carriers has since backpedalled, and is advising unsatisfied customers to find alternatives.

“Given these undertakings by Bell Mobility and Telus, I would encourage consumers dissatisfied with existing plans to seek alternatives. The telecommunications market in Canada is dynamic — choice is available,”

Like who, Rogers? A single alternative isn’t exactly what you’d call choice, let alone personify a dynamic market. To be honest, it’s hardly about finding good wireless rates in Canada anymore, it’s just about finding the one who will screw you over the least. If you’re as unhappy about this as we are, the NDP party is running a petition to fight the new SMS charges. Bell’s charges have already kicked in and Telus will commence the gouging on Aug. 24.

(via CBC)

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Bell and Telus to charge for incoming SMS

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Bag of moneyIf you thought the new Rogers data plans were a good step for Canadian wireless, it looks like the competition is taking two more back by starting to charge $0.15 per incoming text message. Oh, come on. That might be the norm for American carriers, but we get so few perks up here in Canadia - throw us a bone. I really hope Rogers doesn’t lose their lead and follow along with the other two…

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Sprint forcing users to upgrade data plans?

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When the Simply Everything plan came out, it came off as a pretty sweet deal, considering you got GPS navigation, TV, lots of minutes and unlimited data, but by the sounds of it, some users are being forced to upgrade their plans if they pick up a new device. That’s right, no standalone Vision or Power Vision, plans, just Everything, starting at $69/month. Man, throw that in the mix with their customer relations stance, and craptacular Q1 earnings, and you’ve got a carrier continuing a downward spiral. Any Sprint users able to confirm the new data plan setup?

(SprintUsers via BGR)

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BlackBerry Cool Podcast: Episode 32

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BlackBerry CoolThe illustrious Mr. Douglas Soltys graces us with his presence this episode, as we run down the week’s news…

All MP3 and no iTunes makes RSS a dull boy.

Also on BerryTunes, for streaming podcasts right to your BlackBerry!

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BlackBerry Cool Podcast: Get Connected Fairly Act

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Parliament HillI was going to sit on this one until next week’s podcast, but it was just too good to hold out on. Member of Parliament David McGuinty is heading up a little something called Bill C-555 (a.k.a the Get Connected Fairly Act), which is aiming to eliminate extraneous wireless costs like data overages and system access fees for Canadian consumers and enterprises in the hopes of increasing adoption and overall quality of life. Best part of all? He wants all Canadian mobiles to be unlocked. A noble cause indeed, and one that BBCool is most certainly behind. If you’ve got 13 minutes, it’s always awesome to hear about the Canadian wireless landscape sucking just a little bit less. Go ahead and learn more about Bill C-555 and even sign the petition if you’re north of the border. Fight for your right to MP3, rock the iTunes vote, and viva la RSS.

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New Rogers data plans

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The data plans that have been in the cooker since January are finally seeing the light of day for BlackBerry. $30 for 300 MB and $50 for 500 MB are the main flavours, but differ a little bit. The $50 plan is Flex, meaning if you go over your allotment, Rogers will bump you up to the next tier. Not bad, but still not unlimited. We got a look at some of the internal marketing docs, and they had some pretty interesting demographical info, claiming less than 1% of users go over 100 MB monthly, meaning their $30 plan is more than enough for regular users. To be fair, that’s because it’s been stupidly expensive to get a 100 MB plan - now that you’re offering it for way cheaper, data services are much more accessible, so capping 300 MB is entirely possible. Oh, another lil caveat - these plans aren’t available for BES users, BIS only. How do you guys do on your monthly data usage?

See the rest of Rogers Data Plan after the jump

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MO-Call offering cheap calls from your BlackBerry

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Using an on-device app, MO-Call is offering cheap voice calling worldwide. Now available on a bevvy of BlackBerry devices, this sounds like a much smoother approach than dialling through a lengthy calling card processes, and who doesn’t want to save some coin on international calls? Cheers Hayden!

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Raketu offers VoIP to BlackBerry

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Raketu is busting out some cheap international calling rates through a browser-based application for BlackBerry. To see just how cheap we’re talking, check out their rates page and see what you can get for your area - I know I was pretty happy with the results. Outside of that, Raketu also offers this cool social networking/TV thing called Raketu TV. As for their new voice over IP calling service, head on over to blackberry.raketu.com on your mobile browser to sign up.

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Canadian charged $85k in mobile web charges

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CashmoneyHeh, some poor shmuck in Calgary thought that that his “unlimited mobile web browsing” plan with Bell included tethered connections to his PC. So, after some regular usage, including downloading high-def movies over his KRZR’s connection, Piotr Staniaszek got a beefy bill in the mail amounting to almost $85,000. Luckily, Bell wasn’t completely heartless, and were willing to knock down the charge to $5,000, but that’s still a pretty expensive lesson to learn.

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