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September 9, 2009

Skype, Magic Jack

 
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Skype finally hits iPhones in Canada.  Skype is finally releasing a downloadable application for Apple’s popular iPhone in Canada,   Iphone and iPod Touch owners will be able to download it to their device for free, whereupon they can use Skype’s internet-based calling service. This is the beginning of the end for the telcos. Sell your Rogers, Bell, Telus stock today. As free WiFi continues to spread there will be no need for voice or data plans. Who is going to drop 100/month when the exact same service is available free? see   http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/tips-tricks/how-to-make-unlimited-calls-to-canadausa-with-skype-on-the-iphone-for-3month/  “Wireless carriers have so far prohibited the application from using the iPhone’s cellular internet connection to make calls, because doing so means customers could drop their voice plans altogether.” The companies want control, control, control. The (very bad) CRTC will stand up for the rights of all big businesses to push consumers around and deliberately remove features that people want, leaving no alternative.. I took a MagicJack * option and for about $100.00 I have no more phone bills for any calls in North America for six years and that included the hardware as well.  With an American number (mine is out of Seattle) and wireless connectivity everywhere and anywhere in the world there is an open network; MagicJack is not subject to the same whims and requirements of the myopic Canadian regulators… let alone the needs of law enforcement.  Plug any phone into MagicJack Never pay a monthly phone bill again! Free local and long distance calling in the USA and Canada. 100% Risk Free 30 Day Trial ) http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/09/08/skype-iphone.html?ref=rss   
 
Skype for iPhone is now available in Canada :)  and download it now (opens in iTunes/App Store).  Skype released an upgrade version 1.2 for the iPhone last Friday that added features such as call forwarding, the ability to send SMS (short message service) messages and improved quality of computer-to-computer calls, which are free. Skype [free – iTunes link],  is finally available for iPhone and iPod touch users in Canada.  http://www.theiphoneblog.com/2009/09/09/skype-iphone-canada/ 
   
 For iPhones right out of the box you can…
-Sign up for SkypeOut credit to make Canadian/USA long distance calls for 2 cents/minute.
Sign up for a Skype subscription plan and make unlimited calls to Canada/USA for $3/month.
-Download Skype from Canadian iTunes instead of going through US iTunes
 
 
iPod nano 5th Generation Teardown   http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPod-nano-5th-Generation/1157/1 Popular Repair Guides
  
Skype – Make free calls and great value calls on the internet With Skype you can make free calls over the internet to other people on Skype for as long as you like, to wherever you like. It is free to download, Skype (pronounced /ˈskaɪp/) is a software application that allows users to make voice calls over the Internet. Skype-to-Skype calls, video calls and instant messaging are free, any time of the day or night, anywhere in the world. Call phones from Skype Save money when you call landlines and cell phones around the world at low, per-minute rates. Or, buy a subscription for unlimited calls.* Download Skype to get started You need Windows 2000, XP or Vista to run Skype. Skype is costing money to run,  in much the same way that YouTube has become a financial burden for Google. Both companies have wrestled long and hard to monetise these businesses to a point where they become cash flow positive. There is no question that Skype is a popular service and that it offers a great set of features to users. It also has great appeal to small businesses and sole traders, allowing users to run their entire business from a laptop. Skype is not a replacement for your traditional telephone service and cannot be used for emergency calling. http://www.skype.com/intl/en/getconnected/
 
 
* Magic Jack – Not A Bad Gadget for Free Calling But Forget About Customer Service if a Billing Error is Made  All the Clear Calls You Want – But Little Customer Support on Mistakes They Make in Charges, just like most firms it seems anyway.. Magic Jack is a tiny gadget that plugs into the USB port of your PC. Any phone can then be connected to Magic Jack, and – voila – all the free domestic calls you want (and prepaid International calls can be made for .02 a minute). When purchased by calling the number shown in the infomercial Magic Jack, itself, costs $39.99.  System requirements include Apple/Mac, Windows XP or Vista, as well as a high-speed Internet connection. I do not recommend ordering the device over their automated phone order-processing. It is too easy to have an error occur at the end, when they ask if you want priority shipping, the second year, and any additional devices. They do have their website, where orders can be placed and where, perhaps,  errors may be less likely to occur. MagicJack is now being sold at a number of retailers (which is very different than when I purchased mine).  In view of the guarantee on the device, I, personally, don’t see how anyone can go too wrong with it.
 
Telus unable to sign new mobile customers… “poor customer service from telus is news?  That’s a “Mickey Mouse” Provider anyway.  Am I am supposed to feel sorry for them? Does this warrant coverage? Karma someone said.. Wait, people are still signing up for Teuls? You can’t speak to anyone……and when you do it’s like talking to your dog…….the only difference is you get a responce from your dog. .. their high speed internet services are also terrible. Poor customer relations as well as trouble getting thru technical support.  Telus probably went over thier bandwith cap or even better..they are throttled… by Bell or Rogers?  Maybe telus should find a better service provider. Telus uses a lot of Dell equipment which should be all you need to know.  this couldn’t happen to a better gouging, money hungry corp. Their record of poor service and arbitrary contract fees, etc has finally caught up with them. My most common telemarketing call: Telus, of course. Desperate fools, I’m NEVER coming back. I’ve had satellite with Bell (terrible service), I’ve had a cell phone through Rogers (nightmare) and both internet and landline through telus (clunky incompetent service)… None can I say went smoothly.  Is anyone happy with any Canadian provider? ” http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2009/09/09/telus-new-customers-outage.html
 
I really do love to read the news comments at the CBC or the Globe & Mail.. they are very hilarious too.
 

Do always  check your actual ISP speed http://www.acanac.ca/speedtest/  check for the blatant theft-corruption on a daily basis and ask them to fix it immediately as well..

 
Do see also
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/06/14/buyer-beware-beware
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/07/07/crtc-farcical-hearings-on-internet-speed-control/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/08/31/federal-consumer-protection-ha-ha-ha/

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