Activating a SmartPhone with NO Data Plan

Want a Smart Phone but do not want to subscribe to Data plan??

I was faced with a problem the other day with one of our clients – they wanted to get a Blackberry for a user – however – this user did not require a data plan. They wanted him to have a blackberry to keep all company hardware uniform for internal reasons –  however  – they were discouraged at the price of the hardware due to not having a data plan!

Example Rogers BB 9800 $99.99 on a 3 yr term with data – with no data plan the unit will be $424.99 on a 3 yr term  —  In order to oblige the client with desired pricing – and follow the system guidelines set out by the carrier –  we utilized the following solution!

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Horror Story of the Week: How Not to Do a Hardware Upgrade

Hardware Upgrade Mishap: Imagine yourself in this situation: 

 

You are faced with the task of getting a new employee a new phone and number. In order to keep costs down, you decide to recycle one of the old unused numbers on your account.  You Find a number on your bill that is showing no usage and has the user name of employee who is no longer with the company.  A quick call to the carrier customer service confirms that there has been no usage, so you go ahead with the upgrade and switch to a new SIM card. 

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Turn Data Off While Roaming

Enjoy Cost Savings by Turning Your Data Off  While Roaming

This is really nothing new – however – very often forgotten about until your Cell Phone Bill arrives.

 

Although there are data roaming features that can be added through your carrier’s Cellular Customer Service before you travel –  using data can still be very expensive. Not to mention data usage is hard to judge – How do you know how much Data you will use while traveling or roaming?

 

If you are traveling with your smartphone and you do not want to rack up huge data roaming charges, it’s good to know that your handset has the ability to temporarily turn the data function off.

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How to Tether your Smartphone to the BlackBerry Playbook

Tethering your Smart Phone and BlackBerry Playbook!

For some, part of the perk of sitting down in your favorite coffee shop with your ‘For Here, Grande, Non-Fat, No Water, 180 Degrees, Chai Tea Latte’ is connecting your BlackBerry Playbook to the available Wifi network and browsing the web while you enjoy your drink. Your latte isn’t quite the same without perusing your recent emails or perhaps catching up on the latest celebrity gossip).  Best part is that you aren’t using the data included in your plan! (hmmm…. maybe now is a good time to download those large files…)

 

While connecting to Wi-fi is great, it may not always be convenient, particularly if you live in a more rural area( Wifi hotspots can be few and far between) or if you are on the move( while it might be nice, all day in the shop is probably not in the cards).

Since the BlackBerry Playbook was released in a Wi-fi version only, this might pose a problem for you.

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Text Messaging – Are you covered?

Did you notice any increased charges on your mobile billing lately?

 

Text messaging has gotten a little more expensive on two of the big Canadian three.

Bell Mobility and Rogers Wireless have now begun to charge $0.20 for text messaging outside of a text plan.

That means anyone who does not have text messaging included with their cell phone plan or as an added feature, or anyone who exceeds their number of allowed sent messages will be paying $0.20 for each text message.

 

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How to Reduce Data Roaming on an iPhone

How to Reduce Your Data Roaming Charges on Your iPhone While Traveling Abroad

 

If you have an iPhone and are travelling outside your home country you will incur data roaming charges – here are a few tips to lower these costs!

 

Turn Fetch new Data off – Instead of having data pushed to your device automatically, Check your email and calendar manually controlling the flow of data to your device thus reducing the amount of data used.

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Mobile Analysis of Pooling Accounts

Pooling Accounts  and Mobile Expense Analysis

Savings can be achieved in many ways when analyzing mobile expenses.  One key factor is the minute allowance of voice plans, which should be evaluated to ensure they are appropriate for a unit or account’s usage.

 

Pooled plans provide a challenge to understand at times, especially when it means looking at an entire account as a whole instead of each unit as an individual.  This means, for example, [Read more…]

Tele-Watch Communication Snapshot Report

Tele-Watch Has A Report For That!

 

 

Just need to know how much you spent on mobile costs without sifting though bills, compiling complicated spreadsheets, and spending hours wanting to rip your hair out?

 

Tele-Watch has a report for that!

 

The Communication Snapshot report is a summary report of all wireless accounts in one place. [Read more…]