Posts Tagged 'canada'

Netflix comes to Canada

Woo! Finally Canadians are getting a dose of what U.S. customers have enjoyed for a while now. There are some minor hardware compatibility issues so check out the site if you cannot wait.
Bottom line $7.99 a month for instant movie streams right to your tv. French titles coming soon. 1 month free trial on now. Netflix

Canada getting tough on copyright

So the party may be over for Canadian downloaders. Companies now have the right to go after infringers to the tune of $100 to $5,000 for breaking digital locks for the purpose of copying. The penalty goes up to $500 to $20,000 per offense for commercial activities. So much for Bill C-61. Some specific incidents that are mentioned are: PVRs are ok, legally purchased CDs to pcs and ipods are ok, cell phone unlocking is ok. The new bill also requires ISPs to keep tabs on what their customers are downloading. Ruh roh.

Torrent sites are also in danger for legal action. Backups are legal. It would appear on the surface it attempts to balance the rights of the content developer vs the consumer. The bill is still open to ongoing amendments and could possibly change as technology becomes available. In the meantime, start using private torrent sites.

Canadians in no iPad rush

With little fanfare iPads are launching in several countries starting tomorrow. For many Canadians there’s no rush to get one. The early adopters already own one after driving across the border or purchasing one from the grey market. Best Buy, Futureshop, and Apple stores expect to stock limited quantities of all 6 versions, however if you’re hoping to get one be advised that the entry level model ($549, 16 GB, wifi, non 3G) will probably sell out. At best you’ll have to drive to more than one store to get your hands on one if you don’t plan on lining up overnight.

I’m projecting the sales of the 3G version will be quite limp given the pathetic data plans offered by Rogers and Bell. $15 for 250 MB? Really? I suspect even the dumbest rich bastards won’t fall victim to that scam. Maybe if it came in a distinct color to denote that it was indeed the expensive version or at least some other markings to let everyone else know that you have a superior status symbol. Perhaps it would be a good idea for next year’s version, hmm?

For the poor folk look to the cheap electronics market of Shenzhen China where knock offs and bootlegs are plentiful. For a mere $100 you can own a 7″ ipad clone or if you want something with a little more power, $400 gets you a 10″ model with Windows 7. There’s always going to be a cheaper alternative to those who are willing to wait on technology.

Price plans, limited stock, or simply a poor choice to waste your money. Any way you look at it iPad sales will be lower than expected. While we are close to our neighbors to the south, Canadians are not blindly following sheep like our American cousins. Ipod yes. Iphone yes. Ipad no.

iPads landing in Canada

Apple’s set to strengthen their grip on Canadians with the release of the iPad on May 28th. For just a few dollars (or a kidney) you can own this magical device that even grandma can use. Touchscreen (no usb), WiFi (no memory expansion), access to thousands of apps (only thru iTunes), 10 hours of battery life (battery not replaceable), and the envy of everyone else at the coffee shop (jerk).

Another bit of news is that Rogers Wireless has released pricing info for the 3G version as well.

$15 gets you 250MB
$35 for 5GB
or piggyback off of your existing cell phone plan for $20

Just you get an idea of what pricing for the actual iPad 3G looks like … $779 for the 32GB version. $549 for the 16GB non 3G version. Ah, the price of becoming a member of the Scientology Apple brotherhood.

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If you’re still on the fence perhaps some expert reviews may help you decide.
iPad Review

Piracy Suspect Arrested

Now there’s something to be said for keeping illegal activities hush hush, even when it comes to selling pirated console games. It’s a fairly serious problem in Canada and could get you arrested with some jail time. A suspect was arrested in Quebec in possession of over 300 pirated games and equipment to modify gaming consoles. While modding your console is technically not illegal (I think), doing so in order to facilitate a crime (ie. copy pirated games) IS illegal. However I wouldn’t go around advertising that as a part of your general computer services as a rule.

Also in other pirating news, maVen died. No joke. After getting out of jail Geremi Adam died of a drug overdose. He was one of the most notorious Canadian pirates, known for his quality movie cams. He was only 28 years old.

Canadian Mobile News

With eBay the only source to score a Nexus One Google superphone Canadians were kind of left out of the loop. However there is hope. Wind Mobile supposedly is in talks to bring the phone to Canada. Woot! This would be a significant coup for the fresh wireless company. But keep in mind you have to buy the phone which is currently priced around $500 US, so expect to pay at least as much if you want experience the Google superphone in Canada.

Android 1.5 got ya down? Tired of harassing Rogers and HTC to provide an OS update? Well there is some good news in store for HTC users in Canada. HTC will be providing some updates for the Magic and Dream. The Magic will get the full 2.1 update, while the Dream will get some updates but remain at 1.5. I guess something is better than nothing. The Magic now appears slightly more appealing.

However we’re all waiting on the Sony Xperia X10 aren’t we?

Should You Lock In for another 3 years?

With the wireless industry in Canada to become more competitive in the new year existing carriers are trying desperately to keep their customers. Offering shiny phones for a brand new 3 year commitment. So should you do it? I guess it really comes down to whether you’re happy with your service provider. In some rural areas you don’t really have a choice with the service provider you have but some of the major city centers will have customers jumping ship for greener pastures. Here’s what to expect:

Rogers - phones for $1, initially requires a data plan but can be canceled later, 3 year commitment. Rogers services bundle discounts 15% CSRs are bending over backwards to get you to sign up for another 3 years, no need to threaten to cancel either.

Bell - talk and data plans from $40/month, new deal with the Source to distribute their phones. I believe they also offer a bundled service discounts. No really good phone deals. I’m guessing they are betting on the Olympics to boost their customer base along with touting their high speed wireless network.

Telus - smartphones for $0, $50 for 3 year contracts requires data plan. Great marketing as usual. Have you seen the hippo commercial? Now available at Black’s Camera locations.

Wind - building up steam with their cheap, no contract plans. The only downside is that you have to buy the phone up front. The company seems to be very responsive and listening to the community. Number portability not a problem. Some real promise with the way this company is defining itself.

Dave Wireless – other than no contracts not much has been revealed. New company Dave Wireless says it won’t compete on price.

Public Mobile – no contract (I see a recurring theme here) $40/month for UNLIMITED talk and text. It looks like they are aiming for the entry level market to try to scoop customers away from Koodo and Fido. Phone offering doesn’t look great at the moment.

It looks like pricing should should get a bit cheaper for all but premium services (data) will still end up costing you $50+ a month. I’m still wondering who’s cell towers the new service providers will be running off of. You can be sure that which ever salesperson you speak to they will be extra nice in an effort to get your business. I think one of the barriers to switching for existing customers is the “bundling” aspect. Many already enjoy the “bundle discounts” from having multiple services with one company. Definitely a smart move by those companies who implemented it.

Competition is still good. Hopefully this will be a good time for you to negotiate a better plan with your carrier or even cut ties and move on. Now, what shiny phone should I pick?


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