The problem with living in the great white north, well besides being unable to get a locally grown pineapple, is the mobile phone or cell phone coverage out here. Since moving from Saskatchewan I've been using the churches mobile phone but because of hoops too big to jump through we will be leaving that phone alone soon and move on to another option. So I've been trying hard to find out which companies actually have coverage here in the field.
There are three networks in Canada, Rogers, Bell, and Telus. Rogers has a barely useable signal here in this place, and Bell has a bit better coverage, but it seems that Telus has the best coverage for here. Then of course each company has it's own phones and rarely can you get the phone you want with the company you want.
I suppose my question of you mobile phone users is, should I go with a regular phone or a smart phone?
I would like the money saving advantages of just a regular mobile, however I have come to realize that a great deal of the work that I do is internet based now. Email and IM have become important tools that sometimes I just need to have working for me. Occasionally out here the Internet connection can get broken and just fail. During the last internet outage I was waiting for a confirmation email that was seriously time sensitive, and the net was down. A smartphone would help that to no longer be a problem. But the commitment is a larger one, and lets face it, I'm cheap. In fact the only reason I am even considering a smartphone is that the church is ready to help out with the monthly fees, and then it can be used for work too.
So to those of you who have experience either way, comment or email me and tell me your preference and why. I'd be curious and you'd be ever so helpful.