856 posts • joined 10 Mar 2008
No, it's free.
You just have to sign up to a 2-year contract of 3 payments: 1 x $299 + 2 x $99. The device itself is free - just like in a smartphone contract.
I bet almost all of them originated from MSFT in some way or form.
They're trying to kill linux as they see it as a cancer.
Ryan Giggs tried to shut down the internet, now MSFT are trying to kill linux.
I don't have one ounce of sympathy for MSFT as I'm old enough to remember the worst abuses of their monopoly power.
Call the Mormons and the Church of Scientology.
"On top of the €1m thrown on the pile for this Grand Coalition, Kroes said a further €3.5m would be tossed in to this spring to pay for a 'pan-European awareness-raising campaign' for 2014"
Most of the EUR1m will be eaten up in admin overhead in Brussels. EUR3.5m on advertising isn't really going to change things. It will all be forgotten a month after the ad campaign stops.
MSFT won't be paying vendors a kick-back? Presumably, prices have come down accordingly. Wait. No. Oh Noes! Prices haven't fallen!
Supplier kick-backs are never good for the consumer - witness what the FSA has done with 'Independent' Financial Advisors.
"Sony's head of mobile has said today that the company is aiming to be the third most loved smartphone maker over rivals like Huawei, ZTE and Motorola."
Well that's a FAIL then.
2005 RootKit Scandal
2010 PS3 'Other OS' Support U-turn.
It's not what you'll do now, Sony, it's what you've done in the past that people will remember you for. There's a lot of hate out there for you.
One of the finest top-shelf cliterature series from Mr Desmond.
Re: BBZ10 Price Cut.....
I totally agree. I have spent a not insignificant part of the day googling to see what price I can get the Z10 for without a contract. The result: the price hasn't changed. Ergo, the price 'cut' is down to the telephony service providers, not the manufacturer.
This latest RIM-job isn't a RIMming at all. To paraphrase Alec Baldwin, it's the telephony providers "reeming you out".
Getting excited over Windows Updates.
I blew my load over W8, I'll have you know.
Yeah, I was wondering about the thought processes behind that appointment. I mean, ask someone over 30 who she is and I reckon 4 out of 5 think she sings "Bad Boys" and "Broken Heels".
Then there's the price - circa £500 - when the Nexus 4 is £280. Talk about a marketing fustercluck.
Re: I am conflicted...
1) said he was not aware of Webber's crimes when the hacker joined the prison's IT class,
2) maintained that it wasn't his decision to admit the lad to the course,
3) was blamed for the hack and excluded from the prison, and
4) was cleared of any wrongdoing at a disciplinary hearing last March.
Another public circus fustercluck. No doubt those in charge at HMP Isis are still there. That's the real crime.
Re: A lot of work...
Agreed, but not everyone lives in the USA. Ergo, they don't give a flying fuck about silly US laws.
Microsoft has jazzed up Bing Maps with an extra 13 million square kilometers
...and it's still shite compared to Google Maps.
Can it mount NAS
Can a personal NAS be used with this?
Re: MS are trying a little harder to push the Surface than the Zune
I had a WinPho7. It was shit. Then WinPho8 came out and, guess what, I had to buy a new phone if I wanted to experience it. So I didn't buy another phone. And I sold the Nokia Lumia. Once bitten.
The Blackberry Z10 looks good. But my eyes can't get past the Nexus 4. £280. Simply magnificent value.
It's been said before in jest, but it now appears to be a real possibility - a redesigned and revolutionary way to dispose of human waste.
I can hear the words now....Ladies and Gentlemen, Apple give you: the iShit
(**cue raptuous applause from mass media fanbois***)
Re: Who cares
"Microsoft claimed it failed to spot that it was no longer including the browser choice screen for 17 months: the vendor has described the apparent mishap as a "technical error" rather than a deliberate action to push Internet Explorer."
They've admited to it. Strict Liability crime - purported lack of Intention is irrelevant except to the determination of the fine. No intention but a clear admission of Recklessness. MSFT have form. Expect a massive fine. Too right.
Buy one in minutes
If they cut the price to below £300, I'd buy one in minutes.
I believe, set up correctly, a flourescent tube doubles as an affordable light sabre.
3 - when MSFT has a product that uses it.
Re: Graph with *3* lines on it
"because the network operators fear Google so much, they’re backing every conceivable alternative, except the one that can succeed, which is Windows Phone."
'jaw dropped at that one. 'Gave up reading and came straight here.
I believe there are 6 men on the International Space Station at the moment, so if consider their 'junk' to be too much, then you could be correct. Maybe ask John Tyner.
Are you saying that if I find two astronauts and put their 'helmets' together, we will be able to hear the Screams from the Nexus 1?
This new learning amazes me...
...the company is slowly disappearing down the shitter.
(Nuke because there isn't an avatar for something imploding).
BOOM! Shot across the bow, baby!
How d'ya like them Apples, Tim Cock?
Not for everyone
It's not going to be for everyone. There will always be people who don't like it and people who do.
Blame the Marketing Dept
I can get a Nexus 4 for £280. Why would I pay £500 for a Z10?
It's that simple.
Theft Act 1968
Where a person receives property from or on account of another, and is under an obligation to the other to retain and deal with that property or its proceeds in a particular way, the property or proceeds shall be regarded (as against him) as belonging to the other.
I believe this is what Recorder Michael Stevens was refering to with the words "if the employer says ‘put it in landfill and leave it to rot’, it is for them to decide. It is not for you to harvest the parts, sell them and provide an income"
Additionally, as already pointed out by others, his employer had not actually disposed of them - they were just marked for disposal. No wonder Holwell admitted to theft.
"Smith and Howarth stole from UK taxpayers, using the money that should have paid for public services to fund luxury lifestyles filled with prestige cars and expensive holidays," HMRC assistant director of criminal investigation Mike Preston said in a statement
They didn't take anything. They just didn't give it. Yes, they broke the law and they have been justly sentenced. However, it's unfortunate that HMRC has chosen to use this emotive language as it makes them look like the tax collectors of medieval times. I pay my taxes but I do not hold the view that the state has an unalienable right to any part of my property and it pisses me off when people like Mike Preston think it does.
Re: I see a lot of fantasy posted. Let's dispose of some.
Excellent analysis, but I couldn't decide which quote was the best:
"being granted MORE shares even as he sells the ones he already has"
lol. too true. Or:
"the people who bait these hooks are the master baiters of all time."
rofl. I take it you had to pause and remember to spell 'bait' and not 'bate'?
thumbs up, due. :D
Life Support Payments
"Any move to platform agnosticism will likely result in Microsoft withdrawing their regular support payments."
If MSFT did that, NOKIA would be dead. MSFT is turning NOKIA into a heroin addict where the heroin is MSFT subsidies. The more this goes on, the more "going cold turkey" is no longer an option. At that point, NOKIA will have no choice but to become an operating division of MSFT.
Staring them in the face
The answer is staring them in the face: video calls.
Plug your TV into your phone line and ethernet and make and answer calls on your TV.
Dumb this down to the level of the iCrowd and charge a fortune for it.
Re: Please stop moaning about transat differences
What a load of bullshit. Cost of living has nothing to do with it and to think otherwise is an indication of a feeble mind.
The 1950's "Cost-Plus" pricing paradigm bares little resemblence to the current retail model. Retailers set their prices on what they think a consumer will be prepared to pay, not how much it costs the retailer to buy. The only 'cost-plus' in today's retail framework is price + VAT.
You need to remove VAT and any other sales taxes from the headline prices BEFORE applying exchange rates to see which market sector provides the retailer with greater (profit) margin.
$10,600 = 53 x $200
That's 53 seperate instances of the horse trampling on your phone before the thing breaks even.
Seriously, for someone that accident-prone, they're better off spending the $10,600 on phone insurance.
Alternatively, even at $800 per phone, $10,600 is an upgrade* plan to last next decade.
*excluding iPhones, of course, as that would be a 'downgrade' given their current plan of bringing to market old tech at new tech prices, like the i5.
Tax Holiday?????? WTF?
US corporations are not repatriating their offshore cash because of the huge US tax bill they would otherrwise face. No tax is currently being paid and no tax will ever be paid. The money will remain offshore. Ad infinitum. To label a change in law as a 'tax holiday' is nothing but bizarre. What tax is being avoided? The tax that will never get paid anyway? How can non-payment of tax that will never be paid be called a 'tax holiday'?
Finally, he's going. My only hope is that he will be charged and stand trial for the crimes he has allegedly committed while in charge of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. If he is innocent then he will finally have cleared his name over his alleged involvement in the harbouring of paedophiles. If not, he will be sent down and, upon his death, may he burn in hell. Either way, his continued occupation of the post has brought nothing but disgrace to the Catholic Church and undermined the good work done by those beneath it.
This is the future, IMHO.
A phonePC with:
- local and cloud storage
- thin client capability for those intensive CPU/'desktop' apps.
- fat wireless bandwidth
I can't wait to see that.
There you have it.
Anything other than "we tried to sell something people don't want".
"consumers will lose the end-to-end encrypted push email offered by BIS servers"
Oh great. Consumers will no longer be getting RIMmed - they'll be getting REAMED OUT thinking they've bought Blackberry's USP only to discover somebody's tinkered with their anus.
The US Government wants to dictate our privacy laws? Tell 'em to go get fucked.
"The continued impact of regulatory price changes reduced revenue"
...in other words:
"consumers were paying too much, we didn't want to lower our prices, but the regulator forced us to."
Re: Shamsung stores
US patents and trademarks aren't enforceable outside of the US.
Transfer Pricing is a highly judgemental element of tax law where neither party (Tax Payer or Tax Authority) can be 100% sure of its position until the matter is settled either in or out of court.
'Fraud' requires dishonest intention. A defendent can be found to have committed the act (eg. transfered goods between related parties at unacceptable prices) but without proof of dishonest intention there is no fraud.
No one is buying them
If O2 is knocking them out at £149.99 then they can't be moving off their shelves. I'd better wait some more - it's like PriceDropTV :-D
Bring back the O2 Joggler
Remember that piece of shit?
One swallow doesn't make a summer
The allegation could be levelled at all hardware manufacturers.
24-month lock in
Why would I want to pay an extra £4pcm for an inferior phone? More is less? Besides, contracts are for people who can't afford to pay up-front.
I churn my handset about every 6-9 months and I use PAYG averaging £5pcm. The cheapest Pay Monthly offer at CPWH is 24mo at £36pcm which, at £480 upfront, equates to £16pcm for voice + data. Of c ourse Vodafone, et. al. don't pay retail to BB. They pay wholesale, so the 'free' phone you get with contract means their voice+data tarrif is actually >£16pcm.
£16+pcm is an issue for me. I don't like being ripped off and I'd prefer to spend the £16+ every month on getting pissed at my local boozer while I pull really fit birds with my new phone every 6-9 months.
I'm not sure the Z10's extra 36ppi is worth a £100 premium.
I've just checked on CarphoneWarehouse:
SIII = £410 :-)
Z10 = £480 :-s
i5 = £510 :-O
£30 cheaper than the i5? 'Says more about the i5's price than the Z10.
£70 more expensive than the SII? I think I'll wait for the Z10 to come down in price.