* Posts by Paul Vigay

3 posts • joined 28 Dec 2007

Asus launches 'world's fastest' smartphone

Paul Vigay

Why oh why

did they go and put Windows Mobile on it? That's reason enough for me not to buy it.

I'm waiting for a manufacturer to make a decent Linux based smartphone. I'd have thought Asus of all people might have done that, if only because of their Eee legacy.

And I agree with gabor about battery life. I don't think I've ever found a phone who's battery lasts as long in real life as the blurb said it would. Having said that, my current phone (a Nokia E90) has a pretty decent stand-by life, as I only charge it about once a week, and it's on 24/7.

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Tom Cruise Scientology vid leaks onto net

Paul Vigay
Alien

<evil snigger>

That clip is just dying out for someone to re-edit it and over-dub a wacky soundtrack to make Cruise look like a total nut-job. Oh, wait, hang on. I think he did that himself in the original!

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Man uses mobe as modem, rings up £27k phone bill

Paul Vigay
IT Angle

Daft if you don't read the small print with a magnifying glass

Although you could probably be forgiven for not understanding UK mobile contracts, as they're all pretty confusing and ISP mobile providers are all a bunch of cowboys.

I agree with the people who say that Ofcom ought to step in and slap companies who label things "unlimited" when in fact they /are/ limited.

However, you also need to examine the T&Cs of your tariff closely. I'm with T-Mobile and on my tariff their GPRS charges are extortionate - about £7.50 per meg. However, I get (relatively) cheap data calls so if I know I'm going to be downloading a fair bit of data, it actually works out cheaper to use the phone as a modem but not on GPRS, but by dialling into my normal ISP on their 0845 number. Although it's slower, it's charged per minute and still works out a lot cheaper than GPRS with T-mobile.

I don't really use mobile internet enough to pay the (regular) additional subsription for 'unlimited' data calls. However, for the average 'high street customer' I'd say the whole subject is rather confusing for non-techies.

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