First off, I have to admit this blog is a personal pet peeve of mine and it has to do with Canada’s wireless industry as it relates to data. That’s right the buzz word of the 21st century – data – because our lives will continue to become increasingly depend on it.
So Bell, Rogers and Telus finally got smart over the last few months by allowing their customers to use Twitter on their networks the way it was meant to be used. Bell was the first to announce it had reached a deal with Twitter allowing incoming messages at no extra cost in February, Rogers followed last week and Telus joined the party this week.
So what’s my peeve? Well since the days of the pager we have been sending text messages on first generation networks. So why do we need to have a data plan for accessing the internet and sending and receiving emails and a separate plan for text messaging. Isn’t it all the same data?
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LOL, L2G, LMAO, MTF, ADN, CUL… A new language is emerging. There are over 1000 different text messaging abbreviations out there. Many of these are used by different groups of people with all sorts of hobbies and interests. The average texter only uses about 20 of the most common ones such as LOL (laugh out loud), TTYL (talk to you later), and BTW (by the way). Not only is this a faster way to communicate with each other; it saves money! If you are not on an unlimited text plan, typing out every word you are trying to say would cost you a small fortune every month. Read the rest of this entry »