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

Twitter Extending Character Count

7 Jan

The last few days I’ve been reading articles about how Twitter is mulling around the idea of removing the character limit on a tweet or drastically increasing it. Personally I think this is a bad idea and may do more damage to the Twitter brand than help.

Twitter’s entire identity is as a micro blogging service. Granted originally the character limit was imposed because of technological restrictions limiting the number of characters in an SMS message to 160.

As time has gone on at Twitter, users have become much more creative in how they tweet and do whatever they can to make it short and sweet and to the point. If / When Twitter decides to get rid of the limit, we will start seeing blog like posts from every brand and person on twitter gumming up what used to be a nice feed of quick little snippet posts.

If I wanted to read a persons blog, I would read their blog. If I want to read the short and sweet version, I follow them on Twitter.

The limit makes Twitter what it is and removing that limit opens us up to the same spam we see on Facebook pages all around the world.

Twitter removing their character limit turns it into a less interesting version of Tumblr. In fact Tumblr is more feature rich than Twitter and allows for a lot more personalization. So if Twitter is going to jump off the deep end and become another Tumblr, then why not just pack up and move in with Tumblr?

Just my opinion.


Why are people pissed about Peeple?

2 Oct

peeplelogoI’ve seen this app show up in my Facebook and Twitter feed numerous times in the last few days and wanted to find out why people have been brandishing pitchforks and petitioning to have it removed from the app stores before it has even been released, so I decided to do some looking around.

The number one issue I see people complaining about is that the app will allow people to leave anonymous reviews of a persons character which would leave them open to being bullied. This argument is relatively weak considering there is absolutely nothing stopping me from creating a fake profile on Facebook and doing the exact same thing! Where’s the petition to have Facebook shut down and removed from all the app stores in which is resides?

To me this app makes absolute sense and I think will be a fantastic tool for people when used properly, and much like any other app on the internet there will be methods of having false comments, and harassing content removed. So why is everyone so worried?

I personally can’t wait to try out this app. I think it will be a great way to get to know people and find out about their character.

Here’s a perfect scenario. You are eyeing something on craigslist and after exchanging contact information, you decide to meet up. You can have a look at this persons name or number on the Peeple app and see just what kind of person you are meeting with. This may very well save you from a precarious meet up and prevent something bad from happening.

I love the idea that profiles can be made on someone else’s behalf because then if someone else has dealt with a sketchy person on Craigslist, they can alert you to scammers, or thieves or any other of the lowlife types that mess with people on Craigslist.

I think this app will bring a level of honesty to the people you see day to day, and the people you don’t even know. I’m all for it.

Power to the Peeple.