A Wireless Experiment: $20 All Inclusive Wireless

22 Sep

I recently became aware of a service known as Hushed by sheer luck and have been absolutely blown away by the possibilities this app enables.

Hushed is toted as an app that allows you to get a disposable number in a large list of countries to use as a burner number. Good idea right? The product is simple, elegant and works well. But here’s what the company I don’t think realises.

If you select a Canadian or US number, an unlimited plan becomes available which offers unlimited Calling, Texting and MMS anywhere in North America for $4.99 per month! Here’s where it gets really good.

Fido has a promotional data plan right now which offers 3GB of data for $15 per month (in Ontario not sure of other provinces). Do you see where I’m going with this yet?

Here’s what I did:

  • Visited a Fido store and purchased a Data Only SIM card (The sims used for tablets.) at $10 and set up the $15 data plan mentioned above.
  • Signed up for Hushed through the Android app (Also available on iOS) and selected a number.
  • Purchased the unlimited plan from Hushed.

That’s it! I can now call, text and use data all for $20 a month. The overage costs on this $15 data plan is $10 a GB which is perfect. This means I can even do 5GB of data and unlimited calling for about $40 a month.

Hushed also includes visual voicemail, and calling options such as call display and call forwarding.

The app also lets you have multiple numbers. So for instance if you run a small business, you could simply request another number for it.

I you want to try it out for yourself, you can sign up and try a number out for 3 days. Also don’t worry about loosing your number! You can open a support ticket and have your number ported in as well should you decide to stick with the service.

Get Hushed: iOS | Android

Pebble Time Round and Best Buy

9 Feb

A colleague and I were looking at all the various wearables that were on sale at Best Buy this week when something caught my eye. The Pebble Time round was on sale!

If you saw my wish list for Christmas this year, you’ll know that I’ve been waiting for one of these since their announcement, and now I could have one on sale?!?! Sign me up! My colleague was interested in picking up a Microsoft Band 2 as well since they were also on sale.

We headed out over lunch to pick up our new wearables and fortunately for me the store close to where we work had stock of the Pebble Time Round. My colleague on the other hand was not so lucky 🙁 They had zero stock of the Microsoft Band 2 in a medium size and large was far too big for him.

Now here’s my biggest problem with Best Buy during the week. They’re not busy so they don’t keep a lot of staff on during the day. My colleague and I showed up with the intention to buy and actually ran into more resistance trying to buy something than browsing the store.

We had to ask for someone to come and open the display case to retrieve the products we wanted to buy three different times with five to ten minutes in between each request. They kept telling us someone would be right over and nobody came.

Finally a member of the Geek Squad happened to walk by us and ask if we needed something. We told him we did, and eventually he got someone over to us that had the keys to open the case.

Once I had my Pebble Time Round in hand, I paid and left. Easy peasy!

Really happy with it so far but I am curious to see how the battery ends up working out for me. At present it’s sitting at 80% which is where it was when I took it off the charger this morning, so we’ll see how it goes. I’m really loving the R2D2 watch face I have though so totally worth it!

 

Thoughts on the Apple Watch

13 Jul

This past Friday I made an appointment at my local Apple Store to go and try on the Apple Watch Sport. Quite honestly I thought the Apple Watch would be much to big for me to wear comfortably while I work but once the sales rep put it on my wrist, it never left. I thought I would post a mini, three day usage review, to give you my thoughts on this particular device.

The Purchase Experience

Buying anything at an Apple store is just so simple. You can make an appointment online or even just walk in. I prefer to make an appointment personally because generally the Apple store I go to is quite busy. The staff are super friendly and helpful and really can answer just about any question you throw at them. I asked a couple of general noob questions, and was satisfied with the answers. I paid for my purchase and took my new toy home.

Getting it home

Once I had the watch home, it was time to power it up and play with my new toy. My watch in particular had an 80% charge on it out of the box. I decided not to charge it any further and just get it up and running.

Pairing the Apple Watch

Pairing the Apple watch was super simple. When you boot up the Apple Watch there are a few screens it goes through and then it simply displays a neat space looking image that you point your iPhone camera at and poof! They’re paired.

Battery life

This is one thing that is definitely less than spectacular at least I’ve found. I’m a very moderate user. Several emails and texts every couple of hours or so and while the battery technically would last me a full couple of days, the Pebble Time would go a full week with the same usage. Now I know this is not a Pebble Time and I cannot expect the same kind of battery life, but I would love if this watch could last a little longer, although I still haven’t tried the battery saver mode which from what I understand can extend the life of the Apple Watch rather significantly by killing off unnecessary processes that drain battery.

Overall first impresssion / tldr

I really like the watch so far! It’s pretty comfortable, it works as advertised, but the battery life could be better.

Giving Blackberry Another Try (Day 1)

27 Feb

Growing up the Blackberry platform was the best smartphone platform for its time. I had almost every single model of the Blackberry that I could get my hands on starting from the RIM950 and ending with the Blackberry Z10.

I was one of the first people in line to buy the Blackberry Z10 and was super excited until I got my Z10 home, updated, and charged.

After half of a day on standby, the Z10 notification light was blinking indicating that the battery needed charging. I found this hard to believe but charged it back up to full and continued my day. Around 4PM that same day, the light was blinking again and so I returned the Z10 after being told there was nothing wrong with it, and never looked back.

Here I am in 2015 still wanting Blackberry / RIM to succeed and as a result am giving Blackberry another fair shake. So far I’ve set everything up to my liking and side-loaded the android apps I use daily.

Today is Day 1.