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Videotron offers unlimited talk/text + 6GB of data

technologyEdward KiledjianComment
As a Quebecer, I am always complaining about the lack of real competition of wireless services so I love seeing carriers compete. Videotron has come to the plate with a pretty competitive offering (limited time of course) for existing Videotron customers. 
The plan includes:
  • unlimited Canada and US calling
  • Unlimited SMS and MMS to anywhere in Canada
  • CallerID
  • Voicemail
  • Call Waiting
  • Conference calling
  • 6 GB of data
  • 5 hours of illico mobile for the first year

See plan details here.

Rogers and Videotron will deploy LTE in Quebec together

CanadaEdward KiledjianComment
Rogers has announced a new 20 year partnership with Videotron which will create a shared LTE network in the province of Quebec and the Ottawa region. The companies will create and use a new province wide LTE network benefiting customers of both companies.
Both companies said this partnership will provide better and more complete coverage across the entire province including rural areas which may be lightly served today.
Videotron is also selling some of its AWS spectrum licenses in the Toronto area to Rogers. 

What is Microsoft Surface Missing?

technologyEdward KiledjianComment

Now that we know the spec s of Microsoft’s Surface RT (arm based version) and Pro (Intel based version), we can start comparing it to the Ipad.

Overall the pro version is thicker, heavier and more feature packed. There are some interesting omissions (from both versions) that may be problematic for some:

  •  No GPS – Based on the information provided, it looks like both versions will come without GPS. This is doubly surprising since the product will have a built-in maps application.
  • No Mobile Broadband – Neither table will come with mobile broadband option. This is a big surprise since the Pro version would likely find a home with companies who would demand mobile connectivity. 

An accessory I am expecting to see is a docking station [so I can easily hook up a keyboard/mouse, add an external screen, add extra storage or get additional ports] but Microsoft hasn’t announced one yet. This may be just as irritating to companies as having no mobile broadband.