Archive for June, 2009

Rogers has new shared family data plan

Friday, June 5th, 2009
Rogers family data plan

iPhone users are currently paying $30 for voice + $40 for data = $70/month,
so for two smartphone users sharing one Rogers bill, this could save $50.

This doesn’t includes all the service charges, 911 fees, and postage and handling that Rogers charges, which probably whittles the real savings down to 52ยข or something. :-/

It shows up at the top of the
search results for “family data plan”,
but Rogers isn’t very rigorous about links into their site, so YMMV.

More Rogers phone news

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Apparently Rogers
has revived the $30 for 6 GB data plan, originally offered at iPhone launch.
Also, they’ve
added MMS to the value pack while also increasing its cost from $15 to $20.

On top of all this, it is expected that Rogers will announce
a new high-capacity data plan for phones/mobile that will top out at 15 GB/month for $150. Yikes!

It’s phone season

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
HTC Android phone
HTC Android phone – click for larger

Rogers
has announced
[1]
[2]
availability of the HTC Dream and HTC Magic phones, both running Google’s Android OS, which is not dissimilar to the iPhone’s OS.

The major concern with the previous Android phone, the G1, was the battery life.
It would last an hour.
Apparently this is no longer such an issue.
According to
ZDNet Asia:

Inevitably the connected nature of many of the HTC Magic’s applications means that you’ll push the battery pretty hard. The quoted life is up to 7.5 hours of talk and 420 hours on standby. We found we needed to charge the battery every day at first, but after the initial burst of heavy use this settled down to a couple of days between charges.

The phones cost the same – $150 – and Rogers offers a $45/month, 500 MB data plan.
Quite a bit less data than the 6 GB plan early iPhone users are currently enjoying.

Another phone on the horizon is the
Nokia N97.