SyrupCast

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, staff reporter Jon Lamont, telecom reporter Shruti Shekar, and guest The Globe and Mail telecom reporter Christine Dobby recap the latest developments in competitive pricing regarding Canadian smartphone plans.

This past week, Rogers announced its Infinite Plans starting at $75 CAD for 10GB of high-speed data, with additional unlimited data at a throttled speed of 256Kbps. Other Canadian carriers quickly followed suit with their own promotional plans. Telus initially offered a plan with a flat 15GB for $75, but with no unlimited data.

Next up, Bell launched plans matching Rogers' offering, and then released additional plans to match Telus' deal as well. Finally, Telus released a 'no overage' plan, including the same 10GB of high-speed data for $75, along with faster throttled unlimited data speed at 512Kbps. Smaller carriers such as Eastlink and SaskTel were not far behind in launching or promoting their own versions of unlimited data plans as well.

The team talks about what these plans mean for Canadian consumers. They also take a look back at the last time Canada's largest carriers launched major promotional plans. And finally, the SyrupCast team discusses whether these plans will help or hurt the carriers offering them.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? Send us an email to podcast@mobilesyrup.com. If you're feeling extra adventurous, send us a voice recording of your question or comment and you may end up featured in a future episode!

Total runtime: 38:52
Shoutouts: 34:55

Igor gives his shoutout to Kawhi Leonard. Shruti sends a shoutout to the Raptors and to Christine. Jon shouts out Bungie. Finally, Christine gives her shoutout to Marc Gasol.

Direct download: SyrupCast201_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 10:47am EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacicand MobileSyrup managing editor Patrick O'Rourkediscuss the announcements from Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC).

Last week, Patrick headed out to Cupertino, California to cover Apple's WWDC on the ground. There were a lot of announcements, but some of the biggest included: the death of iTunes, the creation of an iPad-specific operating system, a new Mac Pro(and a corresponding, pricey display), and of course - iOS 13. Patrick and Igor take time to dig into each of the announcements, whether they thought the updates make sense in the grand scheme of things, and what they are most excited about.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? Send us an email to podcast@mobilesyrup.com. If you're feeling extra adventurous, send us a voice recording of your question or comment and you may end up featured in a future episode!

Total runtime: 34:23
Shoutouts: 31:45

Igor gives his shoutout to the sequel to Nintendo's Breath of the Wild. Patrick sends a shoutout to the Halo Infinite trailer and to Link's Awakening.

Direct download: Podcast_200_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:36pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup staff reporter, Shruti Shekar is joined by the Editor of The Wire Report, Anja Karadeglija, to do a deep dive into the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review.

For the past few years, the Canadian government has promised to review the Broadcasting Act and the Telecom Act -- both of which date back to the early 1990s. Finally, last year, the government appointed a panel of seven experts to lead a review of this legislation. The panel has been accepting written submissions from various companies and organizations within the media and telecom industries to inform their interim report, which is due to release sometime this month.

Ahead of this anticipated report, Shruti and Anja breakdown the written submissions of a handful of key players. With the exception of Shaw, one thing all of the major companies involved seem to agree on is a Netflix tax.

It's important to note though that the term 'Netflix tax,' could mean multiple things and ranges from whether Netflix should be imposed a sales tax or whether it should contribute part of its revenue into Canadian content.

Shruti and Anja also ask the question, why should we care about a legislative review of the Broadcast and Telecom Acts?

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Total runtime: 30:23

Direct download: SyrupCast_199_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:37am EDT

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