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Rogers offers US roaming for $7.99 a day

TravellingEdward KiledjianComment

In February, I wrote about a new Fido plan that offered US roaming for $7.99 a day. I wanted to remind Rogers customers that they too have the same option.

The plan costs $7.99 a day [for US bound travellers] which comes with 50MB of 3G data a day. Some some of us, 50MB seems extremely limiting but Rogers assures us that this is "twice the data a Rogers wireless customer would typically use per day while in Canada". 

Telus and Bell don't yet offer by the day plans for Canadians visiting the US: 

  • Telus has a plan that costs $40 and offers 100MB for 30 days ($1 per extra MB).
  • Bell has a plan that costs $40 and offers 100MB for 30 days ($0.40 per extra MB) 

My next blog entry will be about a Canadian service called Roam Mobility that offers another option for users who own unlocked smartphones. 

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Fido to offer US roaming package for $7.99

technologyEdward KiledjianComment

Sometime this spring, Fido will launch a new US roaming add-on for its Canadian customers. For $7.99, you will get 50MB of US data roaming for a 24 hour window. Activation of the pack will be automatic as soon as you use data in the US. If you pass the 50MB limit, they will charge another $7.99 for each 50MB used (rounded up).

 

 

SoundGecko let's you listen to your favorite website

technologyEdward KiledjianComment

SoundGecko is a service that takes in web content you are interested in and makes it available as a downloadable audio track. In simple terms, it converts the content you want into spoken word so you can listen to it while driving, running errands or anytime you can't read.

There are clients for IOS, Windows Phone and Android.

Available on the App Store Download from Windows Phone Store Android App on Google Play

How it works

You sign up for a free account and then go to the SoundGecko page.

you enter your registered email address and add the URL of the content you want read.

You can also add content via the Chrome extension.

Once processed, you can listen to the content online, download it or browse it via their mobile app

Their mobile apps

The mobile apps are clean and easy to use. Any article it processes appears in the app within minutes.

You can play the content or link to the original article. If the original article contains graphs or videos, that part of the article is skipped by the audio conversion engine.

Leverage the cloud

If you use Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft Skydrive, SoundGecko can automatically upload the MP3s to that service. 

You can also listen to your conversions as a podcast using most podcast catchers.

Premium version

Many users will find that the free version is more than adequate for their casual needs. For the more die hard, they offer a pro version which costs $2.99 a month:

Verdict

This is an interesting way to stay up to date with the latest web content that interests you. I tried it for a couple of days and stopped using it but some of my contacts swear by it and have even forked over for the premium version. 

I say try it with the free version and see if this is something that can benefit you. Definitely interesting for the road warrior.