2 things iPhone needs

apple-iphone-5-white-all-sidesAll of us have had telemarketers bothering us at one point or another. Lately I’m being bothered up to three times a day, sometimes as late as 9pm, by one number in particular: 1 (514) 904-3190, which seems to come from Quebec, Canada and is apparently IPSOS Reid, a tiresome surveys company. I do not answer these calls but the ringing drives me crazy.

It’s times like these I realize there are two things my iPhone is missing that should have come standard in the first place.

1. A “silent” ringtone. The iPhone has a whole bunch of shrill, annoying ringtones but not a single silent one. With a “silent” ringtone I could assign it to the phone number in question and never have to worry about an aggressive phonecaller disrupting my dinner. I realize there’s a workaround: uploading a silent mp3 to my iPhone’s ringtone directory but I’m disappointed they couldn’t just add a silent one to begin with.

2. Number blocking. How come I have to jailbreak my iPhone in order to have call blocking? Why isn’t it an option in the first place? It can’t be too hard to add the ability to send the annoying caller directly to voicemail, at the very least. Telus, which I’m on, does have the ability to dial *60 to block the last number that called, but it only allows up to 50 blocked numbers.

Android phones have both of these features on their phones. If Apple was smart (or cared) they would add these things to an update, preferably sooner than later, before I decide to jump ship to an Android phone which I’m seriously considering once my contract is up just for those two features alone.

News, Opinion

The CRTC Needs Some Teeth

crtcThe CRTC (aka the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission)¬†is currently “looking into” the¬†wholesale rates Canadian companies charge for roaming in its ongoing investigation into why Canadian roaming rates are so high.

Apparently, the Big Three (Telus, Rogers and Bell) are trying to charge higher rates to the small, new entrant companies (such as Wind) than they charge to U.S. wireless companies. This is a ploy to kill local competition, the longtime dream of Robellus.

The problem is, the CRTC is a toothless organization run by company hacks, beholden to the shareholders and not to the Canadian public. So this is a case of “I’ll believe it when I see it.” We’ve heard this all before and little is ever done. Robellus owns them all.

Canada pays some of the highest cell rates in the world and if the CRTC were serious, they’d look into the costs themselves, not just roaming fees. I am currently paying $86 a month for 1gb of data, unlimited texts and phone calls and I’m tired of being ripped off but have little choice to switch, as they all collude in charging the same prices. The lack of competition is hurting us and it’s about time the CRTC got off its knees and began to change the cellular landscape once and for all instead of being Robellus lackeys.

Some underdeveloped countries have much better rates than we do. It’s a sham, and it must end but first we need an organization that has some teeth. The only way we will see better rates is to have true competition, something the CRTC doesn’t give a damn about.