Tips on choosing the mobile and internet service provider for startups

Choosing the right mobile and internet service provider is one of the most difficult things these days because there are lots of models available that you can’t even decide that which mobile and internet provider is going to be perfect for your needs. The beginners, that are choosing the mobile for the first time, make lots of mistakes and they always make a wrong decision unless they take help from an expert.

Today, we’re going to share some informative tips on how you can find the best mobile and internet service, provider. We’re going to address the options that can help you all around the world because if we talked about a particular country, the rest of the people would still stay confused about making their decision.

So, we have targeted the most common options that can help you in any part of the world. Taking a look at these tips would help you make an informed decision.

Research

The research is the key element to find the best option. You can ask your friends about the internet service providers in your country or you can also find the list on the internet. Once you have found the names of all the service providers, you need to create a list and start searching for their positive and negative aspects.

Create a list of these aspects and then compare them with each other and try to find the perfect service for your needs. If you rely on others to find the best service provider, you won’t be able to make the right decision because their needs are different from yours.

Prepaid or postpaid

One of the major problems that most of the beginners face is that they find it difficult to choose between the prepaid and postpaid data plan. We recommend that prepaid datentarif is the perfect option for you as a beginner. You can move to the postpaid plan later but in the beginning, you should only choose the prepaid data plan.

Reliability

Reliability is another important aspect that most of the people overlook in the beginning. You should always be careful about the mobile and the internet service provider you’re going to choose. A reliable option will help you save your money in the long run otherwise, you’d have to change your mobile after a few months or even after some weeks.

Data plan

You should choose the data plan according to your personal needs. There are some internet providers that provide good quality services at a higher rate with limited data while there are others that provide poor quality services with unlimited data. We recommend that you should always choose the internet provider that provides you the good quality services because there is no benefit of choosing the low-quality services as it will only waste your money.…

Product-Market Fit is All That Matters – an Interview with Hopper Travel Founder Frederic Lalonde

Frédéric Lalonde is a serial entrepreneur in the travel business. In 1997, he co-founded Newtrade Technologies, raised $7 million of venture funding, grew the company to 70 employees and eventually sold it to Expedia in 2002. Newtrade built one of the world’s largest connectivity platforms for the hospitality industry. Frédéric then stayed at Expedia for four years as Vice President.

Now Frédéric is changing the travel industry once more with Hopper. Hopper is a search engine for planning trips, currently in closed alpha testing. We wanted to know more about Frédéric’s background and what he has learned in creating Newtrade and now Hopper.

Riku: How was Hopper started and where did the inspiration come from?

Frédéric: We started Hopper because planning a trip online is unnecessarily tedious and time consuming.

Online travel is a unique segment because the information on the Internet is incredibly fragmented and messed up. There are thousands of websites that offer product search (flights, hotels, cars, etc.) and hundreds of thousands of travel content sites. Then every local operator offering tours, activities, events, etc. has a website – that’s a couple million more. The space is also plagued by SEO tactics and pricing volatility.

There is no Amazon, iTunes or even a real Google for travel. I am not even sure it’s entirely possible to build one. So naturally that’s what we decided to do with Hopper.

For more information about travel business. Click here.

DokDok Launches Context.IO the Missing Email API

After raising financing from Real Ventures a couple months ago, DokDok has been accelerating their efforts in a big way. Yesterday they announced Context.IO, which they describe as “the missing email API.” In fact, DokDok is now very much a secondary interest for the company – it’s an example of what can be built with the Context.IO API, which is where they’ll be focusing from here on in. It makes sense for the company to rebrand at this point, to make it clear that they’re not focused just on email attachments, but in providing a layer of interactivity between email and web apps for everyone.

So what is Context.IO?

It’s an API that’s intended to make email integration with web applications much easier and more robust. They’re targeting web app developers, aiming to have them use the API to do email integration. And it is a pain point. Context.IO rightly points out on their site as an example that integration between email and CRM is typically done by BCC’ing a bizarre email address to put content into the CRM. It’s a manual, repetitive and error-prone process.

“Context.IO enables immediate, complete and rich email integration in collaboration and productivity apps,” says Bruno Morency, founder of Context.IO and DokDok. “Your users get instant gratification, you get increased adoption and retention.”

Developers can go to the site and request an API key to get started. The company’s business model is also clear – they’ll be charging for API usage. Pricing is not yet announced, but it will be soon when they open things up a bit more.

The company is also hiring a front end developer.

For more information about Context IO. Click here.

Assistive Technology Helps Kids with Learning Disabilities – An Interview with Andrea Prupas

I had never heard of “assistive technology” until Andrea Prupas reached out and introduced herself to NextMontreal. I looked at Andrea’s site and company, inov8 Educational Consulting and was particularly intrigued by the references there to mobile devices (including iPads). I’ve seen my own kids use an iPad and it’s an incredible experience; they instinctively get it and can dive into all kinds of apps within seconds. So it makes complete sense to me that iPads and similar touchscreen, handheld devices could be used to help children with learning disabilities. And the possibilities are quite amazing.

One of our goals with NextMontreal is to introduce everyone to a broader spectrum of technology and how it can be used. We said from the beginning, “This isn’t just about web and mobile startups.” So Andrea’s story and experience is interesting – although not a technologist, she’s actively using technology in her business, and doing so in unique ways. It’s a story worth sharing.

NextMontreal: What is assistive technology?

Andrea Prupas: Assistive technology is a broad term for any device that helps an individual bypass the challenges associated with their disability. There are multiple categories of assistive technology, designed for different populations and different purposes. The assistive technology that inov8 Educational Consulting uses can be divided into two categories: “learning and educational aids” and “augmentative communication aids.” Learning and educational aids are specifically designed to help an individual actively engage in the learning process and overcome academic difficulties. Augmentative communication aids are technologies that provide individuals with an alternative method of understanding or communicating language.

Assistive technologies must meet the specific needs of an individual that requires it, and not the other way around. Our key guiding principle with assistive technology recommendations is: person first, technology second.

NextMontreal: What does inov8 Educational Consulting do?

Andrea: inov8 Educational Consulting works with families and their children with special needs, to use assistive technology tools to educate and empower. We help these families to provide the most effective learning environment for their child. We are highly specialized and work with children with diverse learning needs. Many of our clients are children with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, language disorders and developmental delays.

We offer two types of specialized services. Our parent seminar series, called “succeed@school” is designed to inform families about specific hardware and software available in the area of special education (for example, using an iPod as a communication device or using a specialized piece of software to develop math skills). Our other service is private consultations for families. We will work one-on-one with the family and child, integrating the software/hardware into the school curriculum or into their home environment (for example, we will show the student how to produce an essay with the use of the software, or we will show the family how to customize a communication app to suit their child’s home environment).

Above all, we always take a pedagogical, personalized approach to the use of technology. The most well-designed, innovative tool might not be well suited to the needs of a specific child. That’s why it’s critical to perform a comprehensive assessment to determine which tools would be most effective.

We are proud to say that we are a consulting company specializing in mobile and portable devices such as the iPod Touch and iPad as well as standard computers. We will customize a package on these products for an individual child, based on his or her needs. These applications are research-driven, highly interactive, powerful, mobile and effective; and they can have a significant impact on learning for students with special needs.

For more information about Assistive Technology. Click here.