ValleyWag used this as an excuse to launch into an attack on the principles behind Data Portability as part of their coverage. We discussed it, and concluded that the model has to begin with privacy, and ensuring that privacy contracts between services are honored, before any discussion of portability.
We also talked a little about what to expect on Monday at the Apple WWDC. Aside from Steve Job’s dress, not much is known. Assuming the keynote is simulcast, we’ll move the SquawkBox until directly afterward.
Just last week I had a chat with my Rogers rep on the phone. It has become a monthly ritual…. I phone them and ask if I’m paying too much. They tell me whether there are any better new deals available. It’s the only way to make sure I’m not getting raped by Ted “Jolly” Rogers pricing.
What did I learn?
the $65/month data plan which I’ve written about previously has gone away. Rogers will still give you 1 G of mobile data, but now they want $100/month. Hello? When the rest of the world has data rates that are plunging like a stone, Jolly Rogers is cranking their rates up. Sure smells like a monopoly to me. Is anyone at Industry Canada paying attention? Needless to say, I chose to stick with my pre-existing $65/month “deal”.
the $7/month “vision plan” which includes a whack of video calling, SMS, internet and email data, access to the Rogers music store, Yahoo and more is available to owners of N95 phones, even if you haven’t bought them from Rogers. It’s not all good news, though. In order to get that $7/month you have to sign up for a three year contract.
“What? But I already own the phone!”
“I’m sorry sir, the contract has nothing to do with the phone.”
I said “No thanks” to their Vision “deal”. I would have done $7/month uncontracted, but there’s no way I’ll be locked into a three year deal with any phone company. At first I was mystified as to why Jolly Rogers would leave $7/month of high margin low usage revenue on the table. They did it because they can. As the only game in town, your only option is to agree to their terms.
Despite the lavish television advertising, video calling is dead on arrival in Canada. It needs an expensive phone, with a long term contract, that few people have and under the current pricing are unlikely to obtain. Thank the pirates on HMS Monopoly at “Jolly” Rogers HQ.
From Paris France, Andy writes about the rise of complimentary WiFi this morning. He says his broadband speeds are better than hotels, and all he needed was a code from the waiter. Like Andy, I’ve been choosing to leave my hotel for broadband access. Hotel broadband has become unreliable, ports are blocked frequently, and I’m [...]
Paris and Lindsay’s private photos are all over Valleyway this morning. The photos were obtained via a Yahoo! hack that allowed Valleywag to access the girls private areas on MySpace. The folks at the Wag have used this as an opportunity to take a swipe at Data Portability, calling it wrongheaded. Perhaps Data Portability is [...]