John Oliver – Net Neutrality

The 2012 Best Rural Smart Hub Internet Plans In Alberta

UPDATE FOR 2012

Hi everyone,

The 2011 post seemed to get a lot of traffic and I’ve been slacking a bit to update it with 2012 pricing.  Here it is!

PROVIDER MONTHLY $ 3 GBS 5GBS 10GBS 15GBS OVERLIMIT $/GB
ROGERS $47.00 INCLUDED $57.00 $72.00 $92.00 $10.00
BELL $45.00 INCLUDED $55.00 $70.00 $90.00 $15.36
TELUS $45.00 INCLUDED $55.00 $70.00 NOT AVAILABLE $20.48
NOTE: THESE ARE ALL BASED ON 7.2MB/S SPEED PLANS

These are the current hubs available as of July 30th, 2012.

Bell Mobility Turbo Hub
Rogers Wireless Rocket Hub
Telus Mobility Smart Hub

I might add that the performance of your internet hubs relies greatly on where your nearest cellular tower is.  Steven Nikkel has made a very handy site that shows you where the closest towers are in your area and which company operates them.  

Check it out at www.ertyu.org it works for all of Canada. Even to snoop around, it’s really interesting to see how many towers there are across the country!

I’m currently running Bell’s Netgear MVBR1210C and it seems to be working out alright, the tower is a fair distance away but I still get decent download speeds. Now if I could just find a way to get an unlimited plan I’d be set.

Thanks again for reading! Take it easy and hope you find decent access to the internet wherever you may be!

CC.

Here is the background from my previous post in 2011.

Hey Internet users,

I go online, I’m rural in Alberta and it is not cheap or fast in my current situation so I’d thought I would share some research.  I surf the internet and currently live at Antler Lake, Alberta and we have (as I know currently) wireless, satellite, or dial-up.   I currently use an Internet Stick from Bell and decided to look at options other than Satellite or the Internet Stick. My internet stick isn’t exactly cheap considering Netflix and Youtube cost me $255 last month. Or fast because trying to upload my own pictures to this blog has been frustrating. The reliability of my “internet stick” has been questionable, last month I’ve been online and it seems that I have to unplug/reset my card within the first 5 minutes. I decided to check out what the best available mobile internet plan for people in rural areas in Alberta is. Here’s what I’ve found.  I hope this helps anyone in Canada/World, regardless of where live.

Smart Hub plans are currently offered by Bell, Telus, and Rogers as of April 12, 2011.  Data caps for Smart Hubs are a bit better than Internet Sticks, don’t ask me why.  These companies offer the following for Smart Hub Plans:

Note:  From what I’ve seen on the web, all of companies noted above use $/mb for over usage, which means 1024 MB per GB, and I will convert them for you to GB…  I think it seems only fair to offer that in the internet age of Vimeo, Youtube, Netflix, etc..  We’re all thinking in GigaBytes…

The rate plans I’ve found are for Alberta. Rates across the country for comparison/discussion would be appreciated!

Okay, now the nickels and dimes of the whole thing.

One Gigabyte = 1024 Megabytes… So 1 cent / MB = $10.24 per GB.

  • Bell Mobility – NETGEAR MBR1210 Turbo Hub = $65 /month for 10GB – Anything over costs $15.36 CAD / GB.
  • Telus –  Smart Hub Plan = $70/month for 10 GB – Anything over costs $20 CAD / GB.
  • Rogers – Rocket Hub = $85/month for 10 GB – Anything over costs $10 CAD /GB.

Hopefully this helps you in finding an internet plan that works for you in the rural areas of Alberta, Saskatchewan, or any province in Canada, or the world!

If you find rate plans that are better than I have found, let me know!

Take Care,

Conquestcommando

The 2011 Best Rural Smart Hub Internet Plans In Alberta

UPDATE FOR 2012

Hi everyone,

This post seems to get a lot of traffic and I’ve been slacking a bit to update it with 2012 pricing.  Here it is!  If you find anything better out there for plans, let me know or post it in the comments!  Take it easy.

CC.

PROVIDER MONTHLY $ 3 GBS 5GBS 10GBS 15GBS OVERLIMIT $/GB
ROGERS $47.00 INCLUDED $57.00 $72.00 $92.00 $10.00
BELL $45.00 INCLUDED $55.00 $70.00 $90.00 $15.36
TELUS $45.00 INCLUDED $55.00 $70.00 NOT AVAILABLE $20.48
NOTE: THESE ARE ALL BASED ON 7.2MB/S SPEED PLANS

These are the current hubs available as of July 30th, 2012.

Bell Mobility Turbo Hub
Rogers Wireless Rocket Hub
Telus Mobility Smart Hub

Hey Internet users,

I go online, I’m rural in Alberta and it is not cheap or fast in my current situation so I’d thought I would share some research.  I surf the internet and currently live at Antler Lake, Alberta and we have (as I know currently) wireless, satellite, or dial-up.   I currently use an Internet Stick from Bell and decided to look at options other than Satellite or the Internet Stick. My internet stick isn’t exactly cheap considering Netflix and Youtube cost me $255 last month. Or fast because trying to upload my own pictures to this blog has been frustrating. The reliability of my “internet stick” has been questionable, last month I’ve been online and it seems that I have to unplug/reset my card within the first 5 minutes. I decided to check out what the best available mobile internet plan for people in rural areas in Alberta is. Here’s what I’ve found.  I hope this helps anyone in Canada/World, regardless of where live.

Smart Hub plans are currently offered by Bell, Telus, and Rogers as of April 12, 2011.  Data caps for Smart Hubs are a bit better than Internet Sticks, don’t ask me why.  These companies offer the following for Smart Hub Plans:

Note:  From what I’ve seen on the web, all of companies noted above use $/mb for over usage, which means 1024 MB per GB, and I will convert them for you to GB…  I think it seems only fair to offer that in the internet age of Vimeo, Youtube, Netflix, etc..  We’re all thinking in GigaBytes…

The rate plans I’ve found are for Alberta. Rates across the country for comparison/discussion would be appreciated!

Okay, now the nickels and dimes of the whole thing.

One Gigabyte = 1024 Megabytes… So 1 cent / MB = $10.24 per GB.

  • Bell Mobility – NETGEAR MBR1210 Turbo Hub = $65 /month for 10GB – Anything over costs $15.36 CAD / GB.
  • Telus –  Smart Hub Plan = $70/month for 10 GB – Anything over costs $20 CAD / GB.
  • Rogers – Rocket Hub = $85/month for 10 GB – Anything over costs $10 CAD /GB.

Hopefully this helps you in finding an internet plan that works for you in the rural areas of Alberta, Saskatchewan, or any province in Canada, or the world!

If you find rate plans that are better than I have found, let me know!

Take Care,

Conquestcommando

10 myths from usage-based billing supporters

Definitely worth a read.  Some good points here on internet billing in Canada.  My aircard bill from Bell last month was $270.00.  Ouch.

10 myths from usage-based billing supporters.

 

CC.

Perspective on Usage Based Billing in Canada… From Reddit.com

I may start to sound like a broken record on this UBB thing, but I think it’s important in Canada. The internet is a luxury, I realize that. What I do have a concern with is with price gouging by any form of business when it is not necessary. Oh wait, price gouging is never necessary. So here is something interesting to get your brains going.

I just came across this on Reddit (I discovered Reddit about a month ago…Sigh.) The idea that this may be a cheaper alternative is starting to make me think that UBB could get this bad.

Click to see the comments generating from this on Reddit!

Reddit post from a concerned Canadian. Click to see the comments generating from this photo on Reddit!

Internet Usage Based Billing In Canada. My Thoughts. Yours?

Stop Usage Based Billing in Canada

Stop Usage Based Billing in Canada

Okay, here is my rant about what the CRTC approved about Usage Based Billing (UBB).

I’m living in rural Alberta with no highspeed options aside from an aircard or satellite.  Which, by the way, are expensive and not very reliable from my experiences.

Here’s the CRTC post regarding usage based billing. Telecom Decision CRTC 2011-44t

Usage Based Billing is what I anticipated years ago, yet I’m still upset about it.  The reason I’m upset is that I love the internet and its capabilities. (Helping people to be be informed of civil unrest, wartime atrocities, corrupt politicians, Youtube, or watching funny videos on failblog.org)

Uploading pics and videos of me and my friends having fun together, whether to share with them or anyone on this lovely planet is WAY MORE gratifying than waiting for a new show to air on TV.  It doesn’t seem to connect me to my friends as much.

I wonder what this guy would think about UBB if he were alive today…

Alexander Graham Bell Phoning the CRTC to say "Usage Based Billing Blows!"

Alexander Graham Bell Phoning the CRTC to say "Usage Based Billing Blows!"

I like television shows and movies, don’t get me wrong, they make me smile every day and the people that work in the film industry work hard to bring us quality programming (aside from the annoying ads…)

The biggest reason I’m upset is that why do we now have to pay extra to connect with my family and friends, just because the communication infrastructure here in Canada can’t possible cope with the current demands…  The fact that the big ISP’s spearheaded this is making me think of sending the CRTC a written letter to complain… It’s going to be on a typewriter or even handwritten.   I figured I would “Do Them A Kindness” and save them a couple of bucks on bandwidth…  Maybe I’ll get a response, maybe not.  Thoughts?

CC.

Here’s a link for a few blogs against UBB, haven’t read a lot of it, at least we’re starting to blog about it.
Online petition to stop UBB in Canada
Stop Usage Based Billing In Canada – A WordPress Site