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Ask Slashdot: SIM-Card Solutions In North America?

scream at the sky Re:You'll want either AT&T or T-Mobile. (146 comments)

Mini SIM to Micro SIM can be punched no problem, but I sell a lot of nano sims because someone tried to punch their existing sim down to a Nano, only to find that the entire nano sim (plastic frame included) is smaller than the cut out area, and their sim is now ruined.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: SIM-Card Solutions In North America?

scream at the sky Re:You'll want either AT&T or T-Mobile. (146 comments)

Prepaid service in Canada sucks ass.

Services like Wind and Mobilicity are dirt cheap, offering unlimited voice and data, but stop working as soon as you leave your major urban areas. They also use AWS frequencies, so unless you have a phone that works on 1700 HSPA you're SOL. If you are going to Canada first, look at Wind because they also have an offer where you can get unlimited US Roaming on your account for $15, this would save the need to pick up a second SIM while in the US.

The big 3 (Rogers, Telus, Bell) frankly don't give a crap about prepaid service, and charge so much for it that it makes more sense to go onto a contract plan and cancel service the same day you leave the country (no more 30 day notice required thanks to the CRTC and the WCOC. Rogers gives the best compatibility with hardware (GSM 850,1900, a fist full of HSPA and LTE Frequencies as well) where Telus and Bell only support HSPA (850, 1900) or LTE on a handful of frequencies.

If you are just going to be in major urban areas Chat-R Wireless (which is just a Rogers Wireless sub brand) has the best rates, but as soon as you are outside of a major urban area your pay through the nose in domestic roaming charges, and the biggest data plan they offer is 200MB for a month (if this matters to you). I'm not 100% sure, but I don't think Chat-R offers a nano sim, so if you have an iPhone 5/5S/5C or an HTC One M* you're SOL as well,

Expect the SIM to cost you between $10 and $20, as well as your first month service upfront.

Disclosure: Industry pro, I've worked in the Canuck retail telecom industry since '99. I've worked for every provider in the country in one aspect or another, and they all suck, I'm cynical and jaded about it, so take advice with a grain of salt, the size of a Buick.

about 3 months ago

7.1 Billion People, 7.1 Billion Mobile Phone Accounts Activated

scream at the sky Re:Sanity check (197 comments)

That was my thought as well.

I'm personally "responsible" for a 500% skewing of the statistic.

  1. work phone
  2. ipad
  3. android tablet
  4. WiFi Hotspot
  5. personal phone

about 4 months ago

Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

scream at the sky No (650 comments)

It's 12 years old for crying out loud, let it die.

That's like arguing that Nokia should still be providing support and software upgrades for the 6100.

about 5 months ago

Justine Sacco, Internet Justice, and the Dangers of a Righteous Mob

scream at the sky Re:The author has a couple of good points. (399 comments)

The little bit that I have read says that this isn't the first time she's made racially motivated comments.

Just like no one would blink if someone hacked this account and posted sarcastic remarks about, well, anything.

about 8 months ago

Piracy Offers Heavy Metal a New Business Model

scream at the sky Re:Maybe, but... (246 comments)

So had Metallica...and we all know how that turned out for them.

about 10 months ago

Connecting To Unsecured Bluetooth Car Systems To Monitor Traffic Flow

scream at the sky Re:its an invitation for disaster. (161 comments)

I guess as I get older I simply don't understand the psychology of the asshat as well as I used to.

about a year ago

Connecting To Unsecured Bluetooth Car Systems To Monitor Traffic Flow

scream at the sky Re:its an invitation for disaster. (161 comments)


that seems like an awful lot of effort, for very little gain, other than to show that you can be an ass. What's the point?

about a year ago

Connecting To Unsecured Bluetooth Car Systems To Monitor Traffic Flow

scream at the sky Re:Halifax too! (161 comments)

To be honest, I don't know exactly how it works, I suspect that it looks for *any* BT MAC, not just a headset. Phone, PDA, Laptop, Tablet, iPod and then uses that for the calculation.

about a year ago

Connecting To Unsecured Bluetooth Car Systems To Monitor Traffic Flow

scream at the sky Re:Halifax too! (161 comments)

Calgary (Alberta, not Texas) has been doing this along major routes for a while, and it's fantastic. Road side signs give very accurate updates on the fly as to how long it will take to get to the next major landmark.


about a year ago

Canadian Hotel Sues Guest For $95K Over Bad Review, Bed Bugs

scream at the sky Re:Sue the man, or the website owners? (432 comments)

There is no "First Amendment" in Canada. We have our own set of laws, and American laws don't apply.

about a year ago

AOSP Maintainer Quits

scream at the sky Re:Let anyone forget... (221 comments)

It can also be one hell of a motivator to prove someone wrong.

about a year ago

Mount Everest Gets 4G Connectivity

scream at the sky Re:This will work with....? (125 comments)

Bell and Telus in Canada maintain a fairly extensive CDMA network, even though it has been largely deprecated with an HSPA overlay that is compatible with 3G / 4G / LTE as well.

about a year ago

Firefox 23 Makes JavaScript Obligatory

scream at the sky Re:Let's dumb it down for everyone (778 comments)

Because as the barriers to entrance get lower, and access gets easier, less and less educated people will use the service.

Unfortunately, general purpose application developers have to cater to the lowest common denominator in order to get wide spread use of their software.

about a year ago

Most Companies Will Require You To Bring Your Own Mobile Device By 2017

scream at the sky Re: Yeah, right. (381 comments)

Employees need to get over it, and understand that a second line is a blessing.

I work as a Corporate Store Manager for Bell in Canada, and 90% of my peers carry a single device, and use the same device for work and personal. Bell supplies the line, and they bully vendors into supplying the hardware. Of the 40 or so managers in town, and several hundred sales reps, every single one of use that has been around for longer than 3 months (policy change) carries a Bell supplied line.

I carry my Bell supplied line (BB z10), as well as a personal line (Galaxy Note 2) daily when I am at work, although I tend to leave the Note in my jacket pocket, in the stock room. None of my peers, none of my staff, and none of my superiors have my personal line number, outside of HR, in my employee file.

Conversely, I leave the z10 in the same jacket pocket when I am home, or out and not working.

Work / Life balance is far more important to me than a little bit of extra weight in a pocket.

about a year ago

My most frequent OS migration path?

scream at the sky Windows - (413 comments)

Windows to anything else, usually Debian, but my primary laptop has been OSX for the last year, with Debian running in a very rarely used VMWare instance.

Windows 8 Pro on another laptop, Debian on everything else, Ubuntu on my Galaxy Nexus, for shits and giggles.

about a year ago

Why We'll Never Meet Aliens

scream at the sky The smarter we are... (629 comments)

The more curious we get... I hope to hell that a person 10, 100, or 1000* smarter than we are now wouldn't have abandoned curiosity.

about a year ago

Botched Security Update Cripples Thousands of Computers

scream at the sky Production (274 comments)

Why on earth would someone update software like this on production systems, instead of testing it in a lab environment first?

Anyone that knocked 80% of our servers offline by applying this patch would be packaged out the next day.

about a year and a half ago

Did Tech Websites Exploit the Boston Marathon Bombing?

scream at the sky Re:Lots of misinformation (182 comments)

Where were you ?

I was on slashdot when 9/11 happened, and I fail to see how in it's own way slashdot is not a very, very old (in internet years) form of social media.

about a year and a half ago

New Seagate Hybrid Drives Hampered By Slow Mechanical Guts

scream at the sky Re:semi serious question (130 comments)

higher density at 10K would still give tremendous rewards though.

Admittedly, it would just be a stop gap, eventually SSD will be everything, I get that, but in the mean time I would like to see Seagate and WD do what they do really well, rather than give us half baked solutions like these hybrid drives.

about a year and a half ago



Emergency Recall on iPhone Mini AC Adaptors

scream at the sky scream at the sky writes  |  about 6 years ago

scream at the sky (989144) writes "URGENT ~ APPLE AC ADAPTER RECALL

Important Safety Notice

Apple has determined that under certain conditions the new ultracompact Apple USB power adapter's metal prongs can break off and remain in a power outlet, creating a risk of electric shock. They have received reports of detached blades involving a very small percentage of the adapters sold, but no injuries have been reported.

The ultracompact USB power adapters were supplied with every iPhone 3G sold in Canada, and may also have been purchased separately as an accessory:

Customer safety is always Apple's top priority, and therefore they have voluntarily decided to exchange every ultracompact power adapter for a new, redesigned adapter, free of charge.

Users with ultracompact power adapters should immediately stop using them until they exchange them for a new, redesigned ultracompact adapter. Complete details on the exchange program are available on the web at:

In the meantime, customers should charge their iPhone 3G by connecting it to their computer with the USB cable that came with their iPhone or by using a standard-sized Apple USB Power Adapter (with fold up prongs) or with a third party adapter designed to work with the iPhone, such as a car charger.

Customers who have purchased this ultracompact adapter as a standalone accessory, may also exchange it for a new one."


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