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February 1, 2010

Apple vs Google, Adobe

 

Once sworn friends and now sworn enemies..  First Google announced their Android mobile software (direct threat to the iPhone), then GOOG announced a new web browser (direct threat to Safari), then a shocking announcement of a new Chrome operating system (direct threat to OS X), then came a rejection of Google Voice from the iPhone app store, and finally the resignation of Google CEO Eric Schmidt from Apple’s board.  Obviously Android has tremendous appeal. It is an open operating system with third party application development without Apple’s tightly monitored app approval process. Plus, Android’s ability to operate many mobile devices will be a direct threat to Apple’s mobile market share. App developers could simply grow weary of Apple’s obsessive regulations and start coding for a different platform. That is entirely possible with some of the iPhone’s app stores many developer problems.  http://dandriffill.com/2009/08/19/apple-vs-google/

As usual Apple likes to convey the image it is number one, even if it is clearly not, it is number one in certain limited  areas only, MS computers still rule the waves.. so does Google 

Google music services compete with I tunes. So does Google android phones, Google chrome browser, Googles you tube all commpete with Apple, and Google Chrome OS is a viable alternative to Mac OS.. Google seemed to have  to realized now  it does not need Apple realtionships at all ..

and so now Apple chief Steve Jobs has lately come out swinging , reacting to the release of Google’s Nexus One, which has apparently angered him by being now fairly cool, and by actually having a decent reception – unlike a certain apple iPad. Google  “They entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them. This don’t be evil crap: It’s bullshit.” yeah and ‘How dare someone else try and sell a phone'” especialy a very decent one . https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/the-best-iphone-to-buy-or-to-use/

Flash has all the advantages any entrenched technology enjoys and remains the standard multimedia language for a vast majority of developers and programmers. The new iPad would not display videos, animations or any other features created using Flash, a type of multimedia software made by Adobe. Flash is one of the world’s most prolific  applications, appearing on 98 percent of all computers. YouTube videos run on it. It is what animates millions of graphics and advertisements on Web sites around the world. Adobe says the technology supports nearly 75 percent of video on the Web and 70 percent of online gaming sites.  Flash would not be used on the iPhone. Apple has argued that the Flash technology is too slow and unduly taxes laptops and netbooks. The company also has concerns over Flash’s vulnerability to viruses and other malware, as well as the way Flash-based content can voraciously consume battery life.. but what about the real monetary concerns? Adobe, said Apple’s opposition was a way for the Apple gouging company to control its iTunes system. “I think it’s pretty clear that Apple wants to regain control of the content consumers see online and the content Apple offers for their devices,” Many persons also do maintain  it is impossible for Apple to maintain a walled garden around the content and advertising people consume on the iPad.  The same  Jobs once again threw  a couple of insults against Adove too. “They (Adobe) have all this potential to do interesting things but they just refuse to do it. They don’t do anything with the approaches that Apple is taking, like Carbon. Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy”, he is reported as saying. “Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it’s because of Flash. No one will be using Flash”. Sadly there are constant updates required for Adobe flash, which do slow down your computer if you do not install them too..

November 10, 2009

Iphone, Palm Phone Rush

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It seems Canada’s iphone providers are a typical step backwards again.. In a rush to make money, while screwing consumers too often, they do  selll   inadeqate objects or those too quickly outdated..  toohttps://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/06/14/buyer-beware-beware/
 
 Rogers officially releases Dell Streak for $149.99 next on 3-year Rogers states that this product is “Designed with the future in mind, the Dell Streak will support over-the-air updates including Android platform upgrades, Adobe Flash 10.1, video chat applications enhancements and other software innovations.” The Streak comes with Android OS 1.6 but will be upgraded to 2.1 (no talks of upgrades past this yet).It’s a disservice to customers to sell something like this to customers that may not be informed enough to know better. No word on the actual actual upgrade date, is insane. I wouldn’t touch this device with the outdated Anroid and no confirmed update date. Don’t buy it until you see Android 2.2 on it. Android 2.1 doesn’t support Adobe Flash. Sony Ericsson has a hard time moving from Android 1.6 to 2.1.Here is the link: http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/products/2010/09/23/update-on-updates/ 

 Does it also mean  (1) Rogers is the exclusive seller of this device in Canada; or (2) a person using this device will not be able to roam onto other networks such Bell, Telus or any carrier outside Canada (e.g. AT&T, Vodafone, etc.). It is SIM locked to Rogers?there is no way to switch to another provider.Canadian carriers are bot required to provide the unlock code upon request?  In Canada, there are no laws regulating SIM locking or unlocking.  The  consumer advocates say all carriers are inserting locks for no other reason than to keep customers from switching. Most carriers charge $20 for each month remaining on a contract, and more if the customer has a data plan, so a subscriber who cancels a two-year plan after only one year would be on the hook for at least $240. Locked phones also force consumers to pay their carrier’s often-hefty roaming fees when travelling internationally. With an unlocked phone, the owner can buy a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card from a local carrier for a small fee and make much cheaper calls wherever they may be.  The big 4 are still screwing the consumer  It is time to unlock the phones and let providers compete on a level playing field for the provision of service. Unlocking phones will also allow many companies that don’t offer telecommunication services to sell phones – that means downward pressure on the price of phones and phones that are current. The teleco skullduggery has got to be stopped. Unlocking phones is a start.

Canadians can still unlock their phone through several methods, such as independent phone dealers found in many malls, but it often incurs an additional charge and voids the warranty on the device. Doing so is  Competition in the wireless industry is heating up with the recent launch of several new carriers, but critics say Canadians are still facing at least one big barrier to choice — locked phones — and a new copyright bill expected to be introduced this week could make matters worse. Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/05/31/copyright-cellphone-locks.html#ixzz14uCT7obZ

https://sites.google.com/site/euprepaidcallingcardssims/mobile-manufacturers/box-breaking/sim-lock

Unlocked iPhones Could Herald True Mobility  http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/5144/135/

Many US or Canadian based cell phones do not work at all in China.or elswhere too?  If you  have confirmed that your cell phone will work in China, you can either decide to keep the current SIM card with your provider in the phone and pay the extremely high rates that North American providers charge to use their service in China or, you can swap out their SIM cards and use a local Chinese one and literally spend pennies as opposed to dollars. SIM cards for China are easy and inexpensive to find and purchase in China but, please note that there are many types available for purchase. Not all will allow you to place international calls. You may also purchase them online. There are several US vendors, including www.cellularabroad.com and http://www.amazon.com that offer SIM cardshttp://www.chinatoday.com/travel/china_travel_guide/cell_phone_service_advise_for_china.htm

GOOGLE’S Android mobile operating system has surged past Apple’s iPhone and Canada’s Blackberry in the third quarter to become the world’s second biggest smartphone platform. Finland’s Nokia sold 29.5 million smartphones during the third quarter of the year for a 36.6 per cent share of the worldwide market, down from 44.6 per cent a year ago. Sales of Android-powered smartphones soared to 20.5 million units, giving the Android platform a 25.5 per cent market share, up from just 3.5 per cent a year ago. Apple’s iPhone was next on sales of 13.5 million units for a 16.7 per cent market share, down from 17.1 per cent a year ago. Canada’s Research In Motion, maker of the Blackberry, was in fourth position with sales of 11.9 million units. Its market share dropped to 14.8 per cent from 20.7 per cent a year ago. Microsoft’s Windows Mobile saw sales of 2.2 million units giving it a 2.8 per cent market share, down from 7.9 per cent a year ago, worldwide mobile phone sales totaled 417 million units in the third quarter, up 35 per cent from a year ago. Smartphone sales grew 96 per cent to 81 million units and accounted for 19.3 per cent of overall mobile phone sales in the quarter.  

 

The lying spin doctors at  the news media, Canada’s major telecommunications firms are busy working too .. Bell also does not discriminate, show partiality, it seems ready to abuse anyone.. Competition between Telus, Bell and Rogers, which control about 90 per cent of Canada’s wireless market, intensified when Bell and Telus upgraded their wireless networks, enabling them to sell Apple’s coveted iPhone for the first time earlier this month. Network speed doesn’t matter to regular cell phone or internet  users,   because it makes no difference for voice usage, but it becomes crucial to the smartphone experience when using bandwidth intensive programs, and for persons who  like to view, download multimedia on the net..
 
On top of that many people have rushed to get a  cell phone and have tied themselves now  to a long term telecommunication provider contract while meanwhile very significant consumer features, new application usages have evolved..  and these thus have made their phones obsolete very quickly. Now  being able to listen to music while browsing the web and sending email makes a multi-tasking Smartphone an appealing option, plus the ability to watch videos online as well. A cell phone’s integration with popular and widespread Google apps like Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Voice will help with its popularity.
 
 
Advertised speed is now again at the centre of a legal dispute between two of the country’s largest cell phone providers. Rogers and Telus. Telus Communications Inc. launched a lawsuit against Rogers Communications Inc. in British Columbia’s Supreme Court over Rogers advertisements that claimed its wireless network is the “fastest” and the “most reliable” in Canada. Rogers claims  its mobile network indeed provided faster data speeds than those of its competitors, Telus and BCE Inc.’s Bell Canada. Actually the  data speed are not consistent from day one now too and many customers have complained they do not continual recipe the expected, advertised speeds.  Telus says   its new network offered speeds as fast as those provided by Rogers  in areas available. Rogers’ advertising also  gives consumers the impression that its network provides better call clarity, fewer dropped calls and more reliable data transmission  and even all that is questionable from any communication firm now  too. 
 
 
Phone customers in  parts of Ontario were  feeling frustrated after several hours of disrupted phone service, according to the Canadian Press new service.  Some phone calls  were dropped during the day. Because the outage was the result of a problem at Telus Corp..  Rogers said it has internal and third party external audit since 2007 as proof that it is the most reliable network. Rogers added Telus lack data on its network performance.
 
“Rogers has no network advantage and shouldn’t be misleading the Canadian populace with “false superiority claims?” or any of the Canadian firms now still too.. One can read about  loads of customers dissatisfaction about Rogers, Telus, Bell posted on the net now already too.  Rogers Wireless was   disputing a Bell Canada ad claiming Bell has the “the fastest … network across North America early in the year.” The ASC found the claim to be false, but Bell Canada ignored the ruling and continued to run the advertisement, because they don’t recognize the organization as legitimate. …it seems I only hear bad things about Bell Canada. Are they really that bad?  Worse. Plus they offer less and charge more. If I’m not mistaken they are also the most expensive for anything (internet,phone etc)if your not on a contract.”
 
Our monopolistic Canadian wireless carriers are engaging in a war of words over even false words over speeds, reliable, etc., Telus. Rogers, Bell spin doctors all unrealistically say they expect to make loads more money gouging the customers with extra fees.. Dream on. Canadians are known to be cheap for a start eveben. Telus.   B.C.’s largest private corporation, now has a “long-term evolution” network that will maybe provides a true global standard in five to six years while others already offer compatibility all over the world .   A prolonged recession combined with higher up-front costs for new smart phones has forced Telus Corp. to cut its overall financial outlook for the fiscal year even as it faces greater competition    Combined with upfront costs Telus and the others too  must pay Apple and other handset makers such as Research In Motion Ltd. for devices means earnings for the year will be lower than expected, Telus said.  Canadian carriers pay as much as $400 per iPhone with the hope that subscribers will surf the web, pushing up data revenues. Not a very realistic hope. When Consumers are already money conscious, because of the present recession.
 
Rogers Communications Inc.,  has been the market leader in wireless in Canada for years – in part because it was the only carrier to offer HSPA, favoured by handset makers like Apple Inc. The adds also do say “Telus and Bell went live with their next-generation 3G wireless network last week, delivering high-speed Internet service that’s up to four times faster than home service delivered by wires.”  Telus has spent hundreds of millions of dollars overlaying its existing cellphone network with high-speed packet access (HSPA) technology in partnership with Bell Canada, The massive 1.1-million-square-kilometre network extends across British Columbia, Alberta and eastern Canada now.   This  wireless service is available through an Internet stick that goes in a port on any laptop computer, and network speed of 21 megabytes per second that is fast enough to download and view high-resolution video, there is a COST ASSOCIATED WITH UT STILL TOO..   Now that Bell Mobility and Telus Mobility have a joint sleek new wireless network, they have to contend with headaches that had been a concern only to their rival, Rogers Wireless, burdens, like “grey market” unlocked phones and data roaming, The Bell,  Telus  network reaches also across the two western provinces and into Canada’s major urban centres but still does not cover all of Canada.. Telus/Bell HSPA+ network misses almost 2 complete provinces and northwestern Ontario for any coverage, and does not allow in country GSM roaming.across the two western provinces and into Canada’s major urban centres but still does not cover all of Canada..
 
Telus sues Rogers over advertised claims    Telus Communications Co. is suing Rogers Communications Inc., claiming Rogers no longer has the right to call itself “Canada’s most reliable” or “Canada’s fastest” network.  So if Rogers wants to continue with this claim, they should cover all of Canada and all their customers. Not just the ones that happen to live in a major city centre. Nationwide coverage??? Not even close.    I currently have Telus “high speed” Internet service. On numerous occasions, this Telus service has been slower than my old 56K dial-up service. That is why I am canceling my Telus service as of next week and going with the competition (just to see if they are any better).   Telus is in no position to be taking legal action based on Rogers engaging in misleading advertising. Telus does it too, with its advertised claims of high speed internet access. If Telus is advertising high-speed Internet service, it should be high speed 24/7, and not just when the network is not busy.   And this is not just my computer or modem being slow, as I have had numerous others tell me that their Telus “high speed” Internet service is very slow at times.   A perfect example of the pot calling the kettle black   Just another couple of corporate crybabies looking to gouge the customer.  http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/11/18/bc-telus-rogers-lawsuit.html

Misleading facts , costs or hidden costs already too. Rogers scrapped its unpopular ‘System Access Fee’ earlier this year, but replaced it with a Government Regulatory Recovery Fee, and increased the price of some cell phone plans. “I suppose that they hoped by putting ‘Government’ in the title that people would assume the fee is legitimate,” quipped Virgin Group Chairman, Richard Branson and   “Bell, which owns 100% of Virgin, is the only carrier still charging a system access fee for new customers.” As for the Government Regulatory Recovery Fee, Rogers says it covers “provincial 911 fees, spectrum acquisition, licensing charges, and contribution charges to help subsidize telephone service in rural and remote areas.” It is about half the cost of the old System Access Fee, which is still charged by Bell Mobility (but not Virgin).

False misleading advertising has long time been made by Telus, Rogers, Bell and others in Canada whole the Ostrich federal consumer dperantmt, government did nothing.. I even wrote to you about THIS ISSUE  too and what it takes the courts to deal with everything now, AND so why do we need the  government ?

AND ANYONE WHO HAS TRIED TO DEAL WITH BELL SERVICE, COMPLAINT DEPARTMENT KNOWS HOW OBSTINATE, STONE WALLING, UNHELPFUL THEY MOSTLY CAN BE TOO..

It is an established, undeniable fact that at least 40 percent off Bell’s present, past customers have  been dissatisfied with the actual customer support they have received in Canada relating to cell phones, internet services, billings, etc. That is why many of them have gone elsewhere even to Videotron, Acanac, etc.  https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/11/08/bells-lies-vs-reality-again/

  
see also
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/06/14/buyer-beware-beware/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/09/09/skype/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/09/21/the-new-still-sad-unacceptable-reality/
 
 
 Many can see clearly that Rogers, Bell, Videotron, Shaw, Telus all only care about one thing.. maximum profits.. motivated by maximum greed..  mostly finding an excuse to charge the customer even for more.. and yes that they have done with their lies, distortions … and no one cares about integrity or  the citizens, consumer, the CRTC or the governments now included. 
  
Public exposure and prosecution of the guilty persons seems to be most effective way that works for everyone’s benefit in dealing with the bad acts of others still.

June 14, 2009

Buyer beware, iphones, Beware especially of ..

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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
 
Canadian cellphone rates among world’s worst,  The average Canadian cellphone user is paying among the highest bills in the developed world, according to a new international study. Using a comparison package of 780 calls made, 600 text messages and eight multimedia messages sent per year, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development found that Canada has the third-highest wireless rates among developed countries. The United States had the highest rates for this “medium-usage” package, followed by Spain. Canadians falling into this usage category shelled out an average of $500 US a year for their cellphone service, compared with $635 for Americans and $508 for Spaniards. Dutch users had the cheapest rates, with an annual expenditure of only $131 for the sample plan. Canadians who were light or heavy users ranked slightly better in the OECD’s annual Communications Outlook, released Tuesday. Light users, defined as those making 360 calls a year and sending 396 text messages and eight multimedia messages, spent $195 US a year on average — the 11th-most expensive among the 30 OECD member countries. Heavy users, those making 1,680 calls a year and sending 660 text messages and 12 multimedia messages, spent $563, which ranked near the middle of the pack at 12th. The poor showing was not surprising — the Canadian government has acknowledged that rates are too high and are contributing to lagging cellphone usage. Canada now ranks last for cellphone users per capita in the OECD, having been surpassed by Mexico since the organization’s previous study. The OECD’s findings are in line with the CBC’s iPhone iNdex, which was compiled last year when Rogers Communications released Apple’s iPhone 3G. The iNdex compared the total cost of the device across 21 countries and found that Canada was the second-most expensive, next to Italy. The total cost of ownership of high-end devices such as the iPhone has also been considerably higher because Canada is the only OECD country to require three-year contracts. Most countries have two-year limits on contracts. Canadian carriers have recently begun offering such devices without contracts, albeit with hefty up-front fees.
 
Canadians are also getting hosed for their internet access, according to the OECD Communications Outlook study. Canada has the second-most expensive high-speed connections, or those ranging between 12 and 32 megabits per second, next to only the Slovak Republic. Such a connection costs around $90 US per month in Canada, well above the OECD’s average of $53. Medium-speed connections, or those between 2.5 and 10 megabits, are eighth-most expensive out of 30 countries at about $48, above the $43 average. Low-speed connections, under 2.5 megabits, are ninth-most expensive at around $33, slightly above the OECD average of $32.
http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/08/11/canada-cellphone-rates-expensive-oecd.html
 
Many of us suspected that already too.
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And I have told you so why …. http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/05/23/bell-bce-sympatico/
 
 Adam Savage, the co-host of the popular TV show MythBusters, got the unfathomable $11,000 cellphone bill he got while travelling Canada.  Not liking that disconnected feeling, he used a mobile modem — a thumb-sized device that plugs into a USB port on a laptop — from his U.S.-based AT&T carrier to connect to the Internet in Montreal. On Friday, after he returned back to the United States, he discovered his cellphone had stopped working. When he called AT&T to find out the problem, his jaw dropped. He was slapped with an $11,000 bill for data usage during his five-day stay in La Belle Province. With his Canadian roaming rates at $0.015 cents per kilobyte, he would have had to use about 750,000 kilobytes — or about 750 megabytes — worth of data transfers.  About  750  minutes watching  YouTube ”   http://www.canada.com/MythBuster+uses+Twitter+fight+phone+bill/1741348/story.html 
 
“D.C. Police Officers Carry iPhones,  Police officers can use the iPhone to run traffic checks, track patrol routes and better respond to incidents. “Apple has done an amazing job with the user interface,”   “The browser application and application integration is so simple” The D.C. government has been testing the iPhones since Apple launched a beta program for the device among enterprises. About 75 iPhones are being used in the areas of public safety, education and healthcare.  “http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2008/09/gadget-love-for The main problem is the often poor service you get from the people, carriers  who actually do sell, service the iPhones..

Quebec to end automatic cell phone contract renewals, surprise fees  and what about the Internet service  providers, who are the same firms doing the same bad things there too to the customers, well?

Quebec to end automatic cellphone contract renewals, surprise fees CBC.ca –  The Quebec government has tabled legislation to better protect consumers in the province when they sign cellphone contracts. Justice Minister Kathleen Weil said laws aimed at protecting cellphone users were written in the early 1970s and don’t address current consumer habits. She said Bill 60, introduced Tuesday, would revise outdated rules. There can be “very onerous penalty fees” to pull out of a contract once a service provider automatically renews it — usually for a period lasting three years, Weil said. The bill would prohibit the renewal of cellphone contracts without a customer’s written approval, she said.  It would also force merchants to disclose the total cost of the goods and services offered, a move Weil said should prevent customers from being caught off guard by hefty fees for services they don’t want, such as text messaging. In addition, companies won’t be able to suddenly increase fees during the life of the contract. “Consumers often don’t understand everything that they have agreed to when they’ve signed that contract,” the minister said. “The contracts are a little vague, and there are services that are added over time without their knowledge and without their consent.” “The first thing that [merchants] do is offer you a free cellphone, and it’s sort of the lure that gets you into that relationship,” Weil told reporters. Merchants will have to explain existing warranty protection Weil said the new law would make it illegal for merchants to sell extended warranties before telling customers what the manufacturer already offers for warranty protection. It would also put an end to expiry dates on prepaid cellphone gift cards. The minister said the bill, amending the province’s Consumer Protection Act, would correct an imbalance in an evolving industry. “In consumer protection you often have an imbalance that happens over time and in the whole field of telecommunications. There is not a jurisdiction in North America that hasn’t noticed this imbalance.” Michel Arnold, head of the non-profit consumer rights group Option consommateurs, said Quebec is the first jurisdiction in the country to introduce this kind of consumer protection. Weil said officials in the province receive nearly 700 formal complaints about cellphone contracts each year — about 10 per cent of all consumer complaints — as well as thousands of inquiries. Bill 60 is expected to be adopted before the end of the year.

and what about in the rest of Canada too?

It costs a cellphone company a mere third of a cent to transmit a text message that it charges customers as much as 15 cents to send, estimates a University of Waterloo professor. http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/06/18/tech-text-message-pricing-keshav-cellphone.html
 

Quebec Government Proposes Regulation of Cell Phone Contracts Teleclick.ca;

Bill 60 makes it easier to break phone contracts The Gazette (Montreal) ; CJAD – CTV Montreal  

  Apple iphones are Smart but RIM’s Blackberry phones dominate 50 percent of the North American market.. BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) also gained, increasing its share to almost 20% from 13.3% during the quarter. The manufacturer last week also reported a 33% increase in quarterly profit, adding 3.8 million new BlackBerry subscribers. The company noted that 80% of new customers came from consumers and small businesses rather than corporate users.

 

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Doctors and Med Students Embrace Smartphones  May 21st 2009   Even though smartphones have been around for years, the exploding application scene (started by Apple’s App Store) has transformed what was typically a business communication device into much, much more. Despite the surge in mobile entertainment apps, it’s not all games: According to the Washington Post, roughly 64-percent of doctors in the U.S. use a smartphone, and many are using devices like the iPhone to look up drug interactions, view X-rays, and even stream music during a surgery.   Med school students are also getting in on the action, with Georgetown’s medical school requiring students to own either an iPhone or iPod Touch (sound familiar?). Similarly, Ohio State University has promised to give each and every one of its 1,400 students an iPod Touch by this Fall. Catherine Lucey, Vice Dean for Education at OSU told the Washington Post, “It allows the residents and the students to ask questions at the bedside, and not rely on memory and not guess. They can actually sit with the patient if they wish and use a number of online sources.”   There’s pretty much an infinite number of uses a device like the iPhone could offer the medical field. With over 25 pages of medical-related apps on the App Store alone — and the ability to link specialized hardware to the yet-to-be-released iPhone 3.0 — you have to wonder if Apple had this planned all along. [From: The Washington Posthttp://www.switched.com/2009/05/21/doctors-and-med-students-embrace-smartphones?icid=sphere_wpcom_inline

   

The iphone operating systems  choices include RIM’s  BlackBerry OS, Apple’s iPhone OS, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile, the Google backed Android platform, Nokia’s Symbian standard and the  Palm’s new webOS. Apple is competetive in style and technology, but it’s not the breakaway frontrunner in phones. Remember also, wireless carriers such as Verizon and AT&T — not the handset maker – typically provide the first level of customer support and service if there’s a problem with a device. The proliferation of iphones, operating systems adds another level of difficulty to the  already complex set of offerings.  You also do clearly have to be a full time tech nerd to get the best usage out of your internet connections, iPhone too.. Iphone basically  is a consumer phone and not a real business phone in comparison..  the iPhone’s supposed immediate Web savvy is not very relevant firstly in a business setting. More  detailed criticism of what the iPhone lacks that BlackBerry (and Windows Mobile) do provide to corporate IT: “No enterprise management solution exists. This is okay for a SOHO, but for any business with more than a few hundred users it is unmanageable. No centralized enterprise device encryption products that meet HIPAA, SOX, SEC, or any other form of compliance requirements. In other words I cannot prove beyond my word that a device is encrypted if it is stolen and contained sensitive information. This leaves most U.S. corporations liable to hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and potential jail time.” and that there is “no self-destruct mechanism if a lost or stolen device is activated. [For a BlackBerry,] we can send a kill signal that will wipe the device and render it as useful as a brick forever. The device can only be restored to functionality and service by the company that owns it. There is not reset, no reformat. It is dead to the thief and useless to a pawn shop.” “No imaging or standards solution exists for iPhone. We can plug any of our blackberry or Windows Mobile devices into a controller and instantly load a company standard of software and features. This lowers support costs. We can allow and disallow particular functions and features from a central management console controlling what is called a desired state. In other words, we can say a machine can only have a proven stable configuration and deny unauthorized ‘freeware or software’ that may compromise reliability. We can remotely backup data and information for users which makes turn around for replacement or damaged devices quicker and practical because it also restores it to the last state a user had their device. Let’s see you do that with an iPhone.”.. you can’t create folders on the iPhone to manage your apps, as you can on the BlackBerry.  And  the BlackBerry’s themes, which   give   a more integrated view of my applications than the default “Zen” view.  “There are also today themes that can show a number of combinations on the home screen such as calendar events, new mail, sms and MMS messages (the iPhone can’t send MMS, by the way), etc. There are also themes called icon themes that give the user a more ‘unified interface,’ as you put it, just like the iPhone. This is all designed to allow the user the ability to customize their experience to their liking. To understand or view more, simply do a google search for ‘blackberry themes.’ http://www.itbusiness.ca/it/client/en/home/News.asp?id=53601
    
Don’t now just believe everything you read even if it is in print..  “Toronto-based Rogers said it activated more than 360,000 smartphones — including Apple’s(AAPL.O) iPhone and Research In Motion’s (RIM.TO)(RIMM.O) BlackBerry — during the quarter ended March 31.” “The Google phone has finally landed in Canada  HTC’s Magic smartphone  succeeds in blending some of the best attributes of the iPhone and the BlackBerry without outright copying either of the devices.  The Magic is one of only two phones currently available in Canada to sport Google Inc.’s new Android operating system (the other being the HTC Dream). Apple’s iPhone 3GS and Palm’s Pre has captured a lot of hype but it don’t count when compared to the leader Research in Motion. A recent Yankee Group survey showed 41% of Americans plan on buying a smartphone for their next phone purchase, and 50% of those people plan on buying a BlackBerry. Only 25% said they would buy an iPhone. BlackBerrys cost less for them to operate than iPhones and Pres. “RIM’s design is much more bandwidth-efficient than its competitors.” “BlackBerry will  adapt its operating system to become much more consumer-friendly for it controls just 20% of the global market, compared to 41.2% for Nokia.”
 
 But what about what the fact that most of positive sale spin adds do not tell you in detail the actual functionalities,  actual final monthly costs too… “The device’s downfall is that it only has 512 megabytes of onboard memory. The Magic has a microSD card slot to allow for up to 16 gigabytes of additional memory (a 2-GB microSD card is included with the phone). So, the Magic is probably not for someone who wants to tote around a huge video and music collection.” etc., ” With the Apple   iPod Touch I  could access the web in WiFi zones, but could not easily check my work email too . My working it outside the office was possible, but it took more effort over the RIM BlackBerry with which  I now already can’t live without it.”
  
 
Now that anytime Internet connections the new order of the new technological age is here   the real problem is   too many Telecommunication Equipment Customer’s Representatives do  either deliberately lie or they even unintentionaly lie because they are incompetent, technically ignorant to try to make a sale, and next you can get the Unexpected  iPhone bill  wireless data roaming charges,  and you also now  next finding out that the wireless surfing can come at a staggering cost. Includes any of the customers who mistakenly signed up for the Rogers Rocket mobile service, or Bell’s plans  thinking they were getting the equivalent of a no-limits plan.   
   
“The present  future development  of iPhone includes multimedia messaging (MMS),  and adding  data tethering to the iPhone, which will turn the device into a wireless modem to connect laptops to 3G networks.
 
“MMS and Tethering – two features that have been readily available on many smartphones for years – are finally making their way to the iPhone. But if you’re in the United States, you won’t be able to use them for at least a few months. Because AT&T, the network with an exclusive lock on the iPhone in the US, couldn’t get it together in time to support them for the iPhone 3.0 software launch. At launch on June 17th, MMS is going to be supported by 29 carriers, and tethering will be supported by 22 of them. So when can we finally expect these stateside? MMS is apparently coming “later this summer”. And tethering? A much more nebulous (and ominous) “later”.

This is ridiculous, plain and simple. AT&T has almost certainly known about Apple’s plans for many months if not years, and was probably involved in determining when these features would be launching in the first place.

AT&T has made it clear many times that it simply doesn’t have the bandwidth to support the millions of new iPhone users that are using their “unlimited” data plans far more than they would on other phones.

Apparently AT&T won’t support the long-awaited addition of MMS upon the iPhone 3GS’s launch. Boy Genius Report explains the situation thusly, [T]he reason it’s not good to go right away is because AT&T has to manually remove all the “Opt Out MMS codes” on each account. Basically, if we were to summarize this, and we’re going out a little bit of a limb, remove the Opt Out MMS code, and MMS will work with the final OS 3.0 build right away. We’ve also just heard that tethering will be 100% locked out at launch, but AT&T’s in the process of putting together a $70/mo unlimited data and tethering plan. SMS and MMS will not be included in that plan, we’re told.” http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/06/08/att-underscores-how-badly-it-sucks/

Sadly AT&T for a start is not the only carrier that doesn’t have presently  adequate  existing bandwidth to support all of their customers, iPhone users  using  an “unlimited” data plan  and that would now include Rogers and Bell? who are clearly already capping their existing customers and others to over come this serious shortcoming,   and in spite of what they do all  promise now they might have in the future I really rightfully do not believe them.  ..  why Rogers and Bell, others  are always a LOSER. Always looking for some way to SOCK IT TO  their customers over  and over again and find another excuse to make the customers pay more. If they all knew the whole truth the Lower subscriber usage means smaller revenues for carriers like Rogers , Telus Corp  and Bell, BCE Inc  

“In Vancouver, David Morton was sold on a Rogers Rocket Mobile Internet Stick – a wireless USB modem that links to the Rogers network and provides wireless data connectivity when you’re away from a wired-in or Wi-fi Internet connection. It’s a useful solution for road warriors and other mobile Internet users, but starting at $25 for 500 megabytes of data – compared to upwards of 60 gigabytes or more on cable or ADSL Internet connections starting at about the same price – it doesn’t add up to an economical deal. For many users, a combination of the two – a wired-in Internet solution for home and a USB modem for when they’re on the road – is the best answer. But some consumers are reading the fine print too late to avoid hefty contract cancellation penalties.  “I went into the Rogers store in Yaletown and had quite a discussion with them,” Morton said. “It was kind of sold to us as a home Internet solution. They didn’t tell us it had limits. By the time he realized that wasn’t the right solution, it was too late. “My wife used it for just over the one-month trial period and when she took it back they stuck us for the penalty,” said Morton. .. users considering this for their main home connection should remember 500 MB usually suits just one person using the connection, and often for mobile use only. That limit would fall far short of the needs of a family sharing a home Internet connection.” “I did try to find out what the rates were before leaving. Through Rogers’ website, I couldn’t get any understanding of what the rates would be. There was something about so much per kilobyte downloaded, but one really has no idea what kilobytes are used to check an e-mail.” One of the problems is that talk of megabytes and gigabytes is so much techno-gobbledygook for many consumers. They may have no idea what it translates into when it comes to web surfing, sharing videos, e-mail, downloading movies and music, or the many other functions that have made computers an indispensable tool of daily living.  ” http://nbbusinessjournal.canadaeast.com/journal/article/699295  
 
Google Updates iGoogle for iPhone, Android Smartphones  iGoogle allows users to personalize the information they recieve in a single page from Google. It does this through a series of RSS feeds and other data sources (i.e. weather, finance, quotes, calendar). A new mobile edition is available for the iPhone and Android that greatly increases the amount of information made available to smartphone users. This new version is faster and easier to use. It supports tabs as well as more of your favorite gadgets, including those built by third-party developers. Note that not all gadgets — like those with Flash — will work in mobile browsers.  One of our favorite new features is the in-line display of articles for feed-based gadgets. That means you can read article summaries without leaving the page. You can also rearrange gadget order or keep your favorite gadgets open for your next visit. None of these changes will mess up the layout of gadgets on your desktop computer, so feel free to play around and tune your mobile experience.  http://www.pdastreet.com/articles/2009/6/2009-6-15-Google-Updates-iGoogle.html
 
So the market for web-browsing and multi-media capable mobile phones — dubbed smartphones — has also matured in the last year, as competitors such as Palm and Research in Motion as well as mobile phone mainstays such as Nokia, Samsung and HTC battle for market share. Now about the other side of the add  facts.. read the fine print, talk to some experts first. Many people say that the  major carriers in Canada have all lost their  chance for public credibility years ago and they  have no use for any of the  four companies, who  make massive profits and treat their  customers like garbage. They have  had it with cell phones in this country.  Hopefully one of the new companies will drive  the bad incumbents into bankruptcy lile they did to Nortel.. Gouging consumers with high prices, extras tends to backfire with serious repercussions.
 
 Ever wonder besides viruses that as time goes by you notice that   your computer net is slower, and slower, well it is no  secret Bell, Rogers, and others cannot handle the continually increasing demands cause by computers and iphones now too. So their thus do next  systems break down, do too often have failures, are over used, in over capacity mode.. and these carriers seem to  have been to cheap to rectify the problem, update, modernize their communication equipment..
 
curve
 

 

  What all does your mobile do for you?
  • Yes you make and receive calls
  • Send and receive SMS
  • Take photographs
  • Store phone numbers/contacts
  • Play music
  • Surf the net
  • Play video
  • Send and receive multimedia files
  • Organizer
  • Calculator

Grocery chains, Coprorations, ISP, iPhones, “Just like cable and satelite offers where they sign you up and then slowly bleed your services down to test patterns.  What I love is their departure gift after cancellation, the “cancellation fee”. These corporations are a joke. They will follow Chrysler into the dumpster as people increasingly must tighten budgets.” History repeats itself often…  

“Bell Canada Inc. is facing another challenge to its internet throttling practices as Quebec’s consumer watchdog, L’Union des consommateurs, has filed a class-action lawsuit against the company. The suit, filed Thursday in Quebec Superior Court on behalf of Montreal resident Myrna Raphael, seeks certification for all subscribers in the province. The lawsuit alleges that by deliberately slowing internet speeds, Bell has misrepresented its service and raised concerns over privacy. The consumer watchdog is seeking the return of 80 per cent of the internet subscription price, which it says is equal to the reduction in speed, as well as $600 per subscriber to compensate for false advertising and $1,500 for privacy rights violation. The watchdog said in a release that Raphael signed a three-year contract with Bell in 2006 on the basis that she would receive a connection with “always-on constant high speed, without frustrating interruptions during peak hours of the day.”  Montreal-based Bell has admitted it is using so-called deep packet inspection, or DPI, technology to slow down certain uses of the internet — primarily peer-to-peer applications such as BitTorrent — during peak periods. The company says it needs to do so because a small percentage of heavy peer-to-peer users are causing congestion on its network, which could slow overall speeds for a large number of customers. Bell spokesman Mark Langton said the company does not comment on cases before the courts. Bell is not the only internet service provider to throttle customers speeds, as Toronto-based Rogers Communications Inc. has acknowledged doing so. The union, however, also launched a class-action lawsuit against Vidéotron last year for forcing download limits on internet customers in the middle of their contracts. The company said it was not violating the terms of those contracts as it gave customers two months warning. 

The suit was followed Thursday night by submissions to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission by Bell and the Canadian Association of Internet Providers, which represents 55 smaller ISPs that rent portions of the company’s network. The parties were responding to an inquiry into Bell’s traffic-shaping practices by the CRTC, which sprouted from a complaint filed in April by CAIP.

In its filing, Bell said the traffic shaping, which it began applying to its own Sympatico customers in November and then to its wholesale CAIP customers in March, was necessary in order to prevent the slow-down of speeds for about 700,000 customers. Bell’s head of regulatory affairs, Mirko Bibic, told CBCNews.ca on Friday that throttling is just one of the means in which the company is addressing its congestion problem. Pricing plans based on usage as well as continued investment are the other solutions, he said, although “building alone is not going to solve the problem.”

CAIP in its submission accused Bell of lying to the CRTC by saying its throttling was only being used on peer-to-peer applications. The group said Bell has admitted to two independent ISPs, Sentex and Execulink, that its DPI technology was having an impact on virtual private network (VPN) connections, which was affecting individuals’ ability to work from home. The group also said DPI was affecting Voice over Internet Protocol telephones “  http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2008/06/02/tech-quebec.html 

There are some legitimist reasons for high  costs… one is the fact that the telecommunications companies tend to be  very poorly managed, have too many cheap, indecent, incompetent personnel
    
The Consumers’ Association of Canada has told the CRTC it is up to Internet service providers to prove they have to restrict web traffic. The association says the major ISPs have not shown they need to manage web traffic. The CRTC opened hearings Monday into what conditions ISPs such as Bell, Rogers Communications and Quebecor can control traffic on their networks. The ISPs have said they need the ability to throttle traffic during peak times, to fight off congestion on their network. https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/04/15/bell-sympatico/ 
 
 
New entrants seek to change wireless iphone  game, consumers looking for choices beyond the current offerings of Rogers, Bell and Telus, http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/06/19/wireless-entrants-globalive-dave-public-mobile.html
 
In today’s technology driven products, markets, a 3 year contract  with a phone carrier is eternity, meaning your purchased  phone will be quickly obsolete before that.
  
HTC will be the first manufacturer to bring Adobe Flash to the Android platform with the release of its new Hero/Sense device.  iPhone is now the only platform with substantial weight on the market that doesn’t boast support for Flash. With the new Flash Player 10 just around the corner and HTC officially joining the Open Screen Project, Android, Symbian OS, Windows Mobile, and Palm WebOS will be among the first platforms to support full web browsing and access to virtually all Flash-based Web content.  Adobe says about 80% of all online videos are delivered in Flash today and Adobe Flash Player content reaches over 98% of Internet-enabled desktops worldwide. With flash there are No modifications generally required to access most of the internet immediately, to get movies, maps, games, and lot more 
http://www.adobe.com/devnet/devices/articles/htchero.html
 
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/04/27/basic-contract-law/

September 6, 2008

Restrictive Trade practises

 
US Supreme Court OKs Cellphone Unlocking Suit. The cell phone unlocking exemption covers cases where cell phone software locks are circumvented “for the sole purpose of lawfully connecting to a wireless telephone communication network.” This could force AT&T to unlock the coveted iphone. AT&T is Apple’s exclusive phone provider. “They may be more unwilling than otherwise because the iphone is such a big seller. Unlocking your iphone is perfectly legal under a 2006 exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. AT&T, the bundled phone provider for the new iphone, threatened legal action over the weekend against a Belfast-based company that claims it has developed software to circumvent the locks that prevent the iphone from being used on networks other than AT&T’s. As the Cellphone users of America know they can  unlock their phones and they have nothing to lose but their roaming charges? The new copyright ruling that lets Americans unlock their phones without legal liability should be a significant benefit for cell addicts around the country. Basically, the exemption will make it possible for consumers to take cellphones with them when switching carriers. In the past, providers forced customers to turn in or throw out old phonees when switching to a new carrier.
 
http://blog.wired.com/
   
 Misleading Corporate advertising and even  Restrictive Trade practices such as even locking the phones  should have been banned before they were implemented. what any person does with his product, iphone included,  after he bought is basically no one’s business..
  
do see also https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/08/12/apple-mr-jobs-has-admitted-privacy-invasion-iphone/
 
http://wittnessed.wordpress.com/2008/09/05/popular-christian-based-readinsg-resources/

July 6, 2008

Bell, BCE, Sympatico. iPhone

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Bell bites back with poor-man’s iPhone Globe and Mail – 3 Jul 2008 BCE Inc.’s lengthy struggle to privatize may have left management distracted and Bell Canada’s brand reliant on a couple of aging beavers, but the phone company is still managing to strike back at its more nimble rivals.
Bell to offer smartphone with unlimited data plan CBC.ca
Can You Avoid The iPhone Data Plans From Rogers? Yes, But It Will CTV.ca
E Canada Now – Marketnews.ca – The Gate – Canada NewsWire (press release)

Ever wonder besides viruses that as time goes by you notice that   your computer net is slower, and slower, well it is no secret Bell, Rogers, and others cannot handle the continually increasing demands caused by computers and iphones now too. So their systems break down too often, have too many failures often, are over used, in over capacity mode.. and these carriers seem to  have been to cheap to rectify the problem, update, modernize their communication equipment..    https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/06/14/buyer-beware-beware/

The stastics on my own sites do show that MY MANY POSTS ABOUT MY UNDENIABLE EXPERIENCE WITH BAD BELL SYMPATICO ARE STILL ON THE TOP 3 MOST POPULAR READINGS OF ALL OF MY VARIOUS TOPICS THAT I HAVE POSTED ON MANY SITES OF MINE.

I had already written months ago  even here that Bell was capping the Sympatico downloads EVEN cause it was making way for their iphone business and Bell will definitely abuse it’s phone customers the next same way it has undeniably now too  abused many of it’s ISP customers. Sad and unaccepatable.
 
    
Message from youth: Don’t charge us for incoming texts
Canoe.ca –  SUN MEDIA A decision by telecom giants Bell and Telus to charge customers for receiving text messages as well as sending them isn’t sitting well with youth who use the service more than any other group.
Bell/Telus Text Messaging Cash Grab Makes No Economic Sense Teleclick.ca
Text-fee plan flayed Winnipeg Sun
Prepaid Reviews – Canada.com – CBC.ca – Canoe.ca
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consumer groups and opposition politicians are alarmed, since cellphone users have no control over who messages them. The groups see the new charges as a cash-grab, and want the federal government to regulate how telecommunications firms set fees. 
 

  

 see also
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/04/15/bell-sympatico/
http://postedat.wordpress.com/2008/06/29/dealing-effectively-with-complaints-problems-bad-service-isp-provider/

 http://mywebpage.netscape.com/CtznK287/bell.htm

   

July 5, 2008

Too Many major ISP suppliers are unacceptably guilty of

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Too Many major ISP suppliers are unacceptably guilty of initial and subsequent false misleading advertising practices, and an immoral  “Bait and switch” business   practice as well.
 
Here is the undeniable reality.. Many bad ISP corporations beforehand do not disclose the amount of capping that they do to their customers., or after wards, or lie as to much they supposedly cap. For example I have a Bell Sympatico connection or I can use a second party proxy connection, and next I get twice the download speeds with the proxy over the Bell’s capped services even  during the non peak hours as well, such as all day Saturday.. not just  evenings  4.0 pm to 2. am when Bell admits it caps their lines. Now that is a fact any potential bell customer should know now too.
 
“AP  Sun Jun 15, 9:45 AM ET  At one time, the word “unlimited” meant unlimited.
 
Sprint’s mobile broadband service is the latest to abandon the term and the principle in favor of a monthly cap designed to keep their heaviest users from overwhelming their network.
 
But Sprint isn’t alone: its two 3G competitors also cap usage, and two wireline broadband operators are testing explicit caps as well. In the earliest days of broadband, service was either heavily capped, with ridiculously low limits–I recall DSL plans that had 1 GB monthly downstream limits for business-grade offerings–or totally uncapped. 
 
 Now, the idea of capped service with metered rates, stern warnings, or cancellations above a monthly limit are fully in fashion. For the last few years, companies like Comcast and Verizon’s wired broadband division have warned users about excessive downloads, degraded their service, or canceled their accounts, often with little recourse, and sometimes denying it all the while. Enough states’ attorneys general and FCC staff and commissioners have been involved that what was implicit has become explicit, but with the related effect that caps have become much lower than what they were in the ad hoc days before these changes. Driving all this is not scarcity, because there’s plenty of headroom out there on the Internet, but two interrelated issues: service providers always dramatically oversell their service, and some users are actually abusers. ( But really how can one be an absuer when he pays for and uses what was advertised now?
 
 On the first issue, if an ISP has 500 people connected to a central office DSLAM (a DSL aggregator) with a total downstream bandwidth of 2 Gbps, there’s no universe in which a phone company makes available 2 Gbps to that location. Rather, they allot a fraction of that, which works when traffic is bursty, not continuous. Many people downloading or streaming a lot impact everyone in the same grouping. (I’ve seen this at home when I complained about my 3 Mbps DSL dropping to 500 Kbps at night. A Qwest technician explained I was lumped with heavy users, and with about 20 minutes of waiting on the phone, regrouped my line to another, less used pod of users, and my service has been fine since. The nice part is that was a logical change; no one had to walk over to a cage and move my wires around.)
 
The second issue has provoked a lot of debate. But without explicitly labeling the limits on a service, a subscriber can’t technically abuse it. If you know when you sign up for Comcast that they limit your use to 10 GB and provide tools to monitor as well as an understanding of what that bandwidth would allow you to “consume” each month, it’s a very different matter than “all you can eat. “
 
Verizon had long promised unlimited Broadband Access for their 3G EVDO mobile broadband service. But it was well documented that unlimited had fairly strict limits. After an investigation by the New York attorney general’s office, Verizon agreed to change its disclosures, pay some costs to the state, and refund money to some subscribers. The company now fully discloses its 5 GB per month limit for combined upstream and downstream data. Verizon charges you 49 cents per MB ($490 per GB) when you cross that limit, and the company says that they use email, SMS, and a live data usage display in their connection manager to keep you apprised. Note that a single high-definition movie download might consume nearly 5 GB.AT&T, likewise, has a 5 GB cap each month on LaptopConnect, its 3G cell data offering, with unspecified behavior when you top that amount–additional charges may apply, but clarity would be helpful. They note in their PDF-only terms and conditions: “The parties agree that AT&T has the right to impose additional charges if you use more than 5 B in a month. Prior to the imposition of any additional charges, AT&T shall provide you with notice and you shall have the right to terminate your service.”Sprint has joined this club with first the leaked news and then official confirmation that starting July 13, 2008, its 3G service would also have a 5 GB cap. A spokesperson told me that off-network roaming–ostensibly with Verizon or Alltel, the only other major providers of 3G in the US using the EVDO flavor–is capped at 300 MB per month. Now these are all 3G providers, who have limited spectrum over which they have to make sure all contending users in each cell get approximately the same kind of experience. They can’t afford one user sucking down all bandwidth. However, we’re seeing the same kinds of limits start to be tested for cable-based broadband.

Comcast is testing delaying traffic–slowing down packet transmission to throttle the bandwidth rate–in two Eastern cities they cover for the heaviest users of their service. This is an effective cap, rather than a cutoff. (Comcast has been delaying BitTorrent P2P traffic for all its users prior to this; this change affects all traffic, not just BitTorrent, and is being announced, instead of sub rosa.) In a town in Texas, Time Warner Cable is experimenting with offering different speed packages each of which is coupled with a monthly limit on usage. The lowest-priced package offers a ridiculous 768 Kbps downstream and 1 GB per month for $30 per month; the highest-priced is 15 Mbps downstream with a more reasonable 40 GB per month limit. Charges are $1 per GB above that. With cable companies traditionally and telephone companies newly offering television programming, premium channels, and on-demand video, the caps are another tool to prevent competition from over-the-Internet sources of things to watch. In a situation in which a few carriers control all the pieces, it’s unclear whether rate caps can stick. If both telcos and cable companies decide to impose such limits and restructure their networks, who do you turn to? People with broadband are unlikely to cancel it. In a monopoly or duopoly market, you can’t switch brands. There has to be a happy middle–a role that the FCC may help to negotiate. A 40 GB cap switched to 400 GB might serve precisely the right purpose without penalizing average users who have no other market choice. With Time Warner Cable charging a buck a gigabyte above their monthly limits in their test market, but with Amazon’s S3 service delivering it retail for as little as a tenth that, it’s not hard to see that carriers are looking to caps to solve network problems and make a little scratch on the side.”  http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20080615/tc_pcworld/146752

 http://mywebpage.netscape.com/CtznK287/bell.htm
 
Beware always of men and women, bullies, tormentors, control freaks,  persons, civil and public servants,  politicians, pastors, leaders, elders, Corporations, governments who falsely do, will try to enslave you, oppress you, exploit you even while they claim they are proclaiming the truth, democracy, trying to help you, etc.,
 
Is 51:23 ..your tormentors {and} oppressors, those who said to you, Bow down, that we may ride {or} tread over you; and you have made your back like the ground and like the street for them to pass over.

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