Interaction09: Dont' forget, international phone plan!

27 Jan 2009 - 10:37am
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Christian Crumlish
2006

Good tips, Janna. When I went to Mexico for a week a year or so ago, ATT
also advised me to keep the plan on for an additional month because
sometimes the reconciliation from "foreign" (US-perspective) operators does
not come in right away. This may have just been their way of getting me to
pay extra for another month, though!
-x-

On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 6:53 AM, Janna Hicks DeVylder <janna at devylder.com>wrote:

>
> Have you figured this out for other carriers? Share your knowledge!
> See you soon, looking forward to it.
>
>
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27 Jan 2009 - 10:40am
Mario Bourque
2008

Definitely check your rates. If you are on AT&T, chances are you will be
pushed onto the Rogers network. Others (Verizon) will most likely end up on
the Bell or Telus Networks. Make sure you check your phone, text and data
rates before coming. Data rates can add up if you're not careful. Canadian
mobile providers make a lot of money from international roaming, a 20MB data
plan for light email use and twitter should be sufficient for a week. If
you're worried about more, bump up one. It's better than coming home with a
$200 bill.

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On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 9:53 AM, Janna Hicks DeVylder <janna at devylder.com>wrote:

> Hey all,
>
> I just called AT&T to see what I could add to my existing plan so I can use
> my iPhone more economically while in Vancouver. Here's some info:
>
> CALLS
> If you don't do anything, calls will be $.79/min (incoming and outgoing).
>
> If you sign up for the world traveler package for $4.99/month, calls will
> be
> $.59/min (incoming and outgoing).
>
> TEXT
> 50 cents to send, 'free' to receive (up to the amount based on your current
> text plan)
>
> DATA
> If you do nothing, you're charged $.02/kb
>
> Or else, you can pay the following:
> $24.95/month for 20 mb
> $59.99/month for 50 mb
> $119.00/month for 100 mb
> $199.00/month for 200 mb
>
> PROBLEMS
> 916 343 4685 for international support (free call from Canada)
>
> Apparently if you call after the conference and before the end of the
> billing cycle you can get the coverage prorated...
>
> Have you figured this out for other carriers? Share your knowledge!
> See you soon, looking forward to it.
>
> Janna
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27 Jan 2009 - 11:16am
Christian Crumlish
2006

also, if you have a smartphone (iPhone or other), think about turning off
Push for mail and any other automatic data-sucking services. I've known
cases of people unwittingly running up $100s on their bill in just days.
-x-

On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 7:40 AM, Mario Bourque <lists at mariobourque.com>wrote:

> Definitely check your rates. If you are on AT&T, chances are you will be
> pushed onto the Rogers network. Others (Verizon) will most likely end up on
> the Bell or Telus Networks. Make sure you check your phone, text and data
> rates before coming. Data rates can add up if you're not careful. Canadian
> mobile providers make a lot of money from international roaming, a 20MB
> data
> plan for light email use and twitter should be sufficient for a week. If
> you're worried about more, bump up one. It's better than coming home with a
> $200 bill.
>

--
Christian Crumlish
I'm writing a book so please forgive any lag
http://designingsocialinterfaces.com

27 Jan 2009 - 1:27pm
Gustavo Gawry
2006

Roaming for me is unbelievably expensive so o thought about buying a prepaid
GSM chip when I arrive in Vancouver... Just to have a number where people
can call me... But I will definitely do the same as Steve said, wifi all the
time...
:-)

On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 3:11 PM, Steve Portigal <steve em portigal.com> wrote:

> Of course, you could just be insanely cheap like me and refuse to use
> any roaming services at all while in Vancouver. Skype from the hotel
> room and email/twitter from iPhone when there's WiFi (and there will
> be confernece WiFi, right???)
>
>
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27 Jan 2009 - 1:34pm
Tori Breitling
2007

Can we get an update on free wifi in the rooms? Last I heard, it was
uncertain.

Thanks,
Tori

27 Jan 2009 - 2:37pm
Nasir Barday
2006

There will be WiFi in the conference spaces. Normally you have to pay
for in-room Internet per night, but will let Greg chime in on that.

For anyone looking to get a GSM card, you may as well go roaming with
your home network's card. Cards I've found, at least for ROGERS (and I
think they're the only GSM gig in town) are upwards of $60 and only
include $10 of phone credit, which is charged at a high per-minute
rate. Makes sense for long trips, but not for these few days, even if
you're going to Whistler before/after.

Being cheap as well, I'm going to plow $20 into AT&T data roaming (it
will take some willpower), to wayfind using Google Maps when we're out
and about (e.g. IxDA Pub Crawl). For Twitter, E-mail, and RSS geekery
I'll stick with using conference WiFi.

- N

30 Jan 2009 - 5:50pm
Nasir Barday
2006

Skype has a nice $2.95/month unlimited U.S. and Canada plan.
$9.95/month unlimited to U.S. and Canada, and landlines 25 additional
countries. Flat enough for ya, Catriona?

- N

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