Showing posts from May, 2007

If a tree falls on your car...

Since I work from home, I'd say my car is generally parked at my apartment building an average of about 23 hours / day (95.8% of the time). Normally my car would have been nestled right back in the corner of the right-hand spot in the picture below.

It just so happened that yesterday when the lightning storm hit, I was out at a networking event that ran late. Looks like that event saved me from a significant insurance claim!

Canada wireless monopoly equals insane mobile data rates

I called Fido today to ask about data plans. The standard rate is 5 cents / KB = $51.20 / MB. To give you an idea, at mobile speeds (about twice the speed of a modem) you can download about 50 MB / hour. So downloading at full speed costs $2,560 / hour - plus tax. The best plan you can buy lets you pre-pay $100 / month for 200MB, and then $5 / MB thereafter -- still about $250 / hour.

Fido used to have an unlimited data plan available. This was canceled shortly after Rogers purchased them. How much money did Rogers have to pay to bribe the competition bureau to approve that sale?

It seems like more and more people have been blogging and writing about this. Even the mainstream media is starting to wake up:

Bell to charge you $3,600 per hour for Wireless Internet access
Fido data comes down in price, $4000 now buys 1GB of data not 200MB
Canadian cell phone rates are higher than Mexico

Call your MP today and ask them why the big three (Bell, Telus, Rogers) are continued to be allowed th…