Data roaming rant
Cheap calls are old hat. We have cheap flights, now we need cheap roaming data.
Vodafone (the only 3G network worth bothering with in Ireland, and still piss poor) has finally introduced affordable-ish data roaming rates with the Connect Abroad package, as I discovered accidentally from its website (not like they'd tell me, I'm only a business customer).
But, like everything the mobile data industry produces, 3G data is still fubar'd by shitty pricing, policies and devices.
Connect Abroad has a 50 MB per day limit (for €12), or 100MB if I pay €75 (!!!) per month). 100MB in a month - am I supposed to surf the web using telnet?
Voda IE have withdrawn the PCMCIA card, forcing us to use the crappy-flappy USB dongle (try retrieving that from your fellow train passenger's lap without getting slapped).
So, I think, "why not use a 3G phone as a bluetooth modem" - that way the device stays in my trousers where it won't upset anybody or wear out my USB ports. But no, the 3G data pricing plans don't apply to this mode of use - if I use my phone this way I am back to per-MB pricing. WTF!
Oh, unless I have a 3G Blackberry, in which case I get unlimited data. On the device. But as a modem? And abroad? Who knows. And if I'm fed up with my BB, and I want to try Windows Mobile, I'm SOL on pricing, and the only Windows Mobile phone offered by Voda IE is a Palm Treo.
FFS, all I want is a choice of any 3G phone on the market, with bluetooth modem capability, push e-mail, an SSH client and humane pricing wherever I am in Europe (or at least UK/Ireland).
Having spent billions on licenses (and possibly because of this), is really beyond the wit of man to develop, package and price this stuff so it's usable?
If there is a vengeful god, I hope he as a file on these asshats.